Best Film, TV and Video Game Scores

These movies are accompanied by what I feel to be the best music in the history of films.
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1.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring. (201 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ I see the Lord of the Rings Trilogy as one big film, but I've listed The Return of the King first because it contains all the main themes that were introduced as each movie came out, in all their glorious splendour. The music was highly original, very enjoyable and matched the beautiful scenery perfectly. All the of the themes were very evocative of their respective characters/places, and will always remain memorable. In fact, if I had to pick my favourite bit about this trilogy (which is my favourite film series of all time), I think I would have to go with the music. ” - The-Machine-95
 
2.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard. (179 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
 
3.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A meek Hobbit and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the One Ring and the Dark Lord Sauron. (178 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
 
4.
Halo (2001 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Super-soldier John-117, Master Chief of the United Nations Space Command, must battle a genocidal alien race known as the Covenant following his violent crash-landing on Halo, an ancient and mysterious ring-world.
Director: Joseph Staten
“ Halo's music was just... incredible. The main theme is very epic and fits the idea of a great space battle with the fate of the galaxy at stake very well. The rest of the score ranges from driven and powerful to empty and piercing, conveying at different times the power of the Master Chief, the danger of the Covenant, the enormity of Halo, the vastness and loneliness of space or the absolute terror of the Flood. ” - The-Machine-95
 
5.
How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed. (98 mins.)
 
6.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. (102 mins.)
Director: Dean DeBlois
 
7.
Jurassic Park (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok. (127 mins.)
“ Who can forget the great, sweeping orchestral themes of Jurassic Park? The music in this film perfectly matches the grandeur of the giant extinct reptiles, and the wonder of the idea of bringing them back to life. ” - The-Machine-95
 
8.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate "Captain" Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor's daughter, from Jack's former pirate allies, who are now undead. (143 mins.)
Director: Gore Verbinski
 
9.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her young son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg, made out of liquid metal. (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
 
10.
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
During the near end of the clone wars, Darth Sidious has revealed himself and is ready to execute the last part of his plan to rule the Galaxy... (140 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
“ The score for Revenge of the Sith, while still consisting of some typical Star Wars elements, had some great new stuff in there. It was grand, sweeping and tragic, perfectly conveying the catastrophes that befall both the galaxy as a whole, and Anakin and Obi-Wan personally. In fact, I almost shed a tear during the scene when the Jedi are being killed off, due almost entirely to the music. ” - The-Machine-95
 
11.
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader. (121 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
“ It's Star Wars. It introduced one of the most memorable and exciting themes in the history of not just film music, but music as a whole. Not much else to say really. Star Wars rocks. ” - The-Machine-95
 
12.
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Two Jedi Knights escape a hostile blockade to find allies and come across a young boy who may bring balance to the Force, but the long dormant Sith resurface to reclaim their old glory. (136 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
 
13.
The Legend of Korra (2012 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Avatar Korra fights to keep Republic City safe from the evil forces of both the physical and spiritual worlds. (23 mins.)
 
14.
Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
In a war-torn world of elemental magic, a young boy reawakens to undertake a dangerous mystic quest to fulfill his destiny as the Avatar, and bring peace to the world. (23 mins.)
 
15.
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
After the rebels have been brutally overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker takes advanced Jedi training with Master Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader as part of his plan to capture Luke. (124 mins.)
Director: Irvin Kershner
 
16.
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After rescuing Han Solo from the palace of Jabba the Hutt, the rebels attempt to destroy the second Death Star, while Luke struggles to make Vader return from the dark side of the Force. (131 mins.)
 
17.
Braveheart (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England. (178 mins.)
Director: Mel Gibson
 
18.
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, the Dark Knight, with the help of the enigmatic Catwoman, is forced from his imposed exile to save Gotham City, now on the edge of total annihilation, from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane. (164 mins.)
“ Deshi deshi basara, basara, deshi deshi basara, basara.
Seriously, who wouldn't enjoy Bane's driven, rhythmic theme in this movie? It was perfect for building up the tension and conveying Bane's militaristic power.
The main Dark Knight theme, made up of two long, epic brass notes over flying strings, also makes its return here from the previous movies.
In addition, this movie contains some great vocal work, from the big chant to the haunting soprano vocals. ” - The-Machine-95
 
19.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. (115 mins.)
 
20.
Halo 2 (2004 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Master Chief must defend Earth from invading Covenant forces.
 
21.
The Terminator (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A human-looking indestructible cyborg is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against the machines, while a soldier from that war is sent to protect her at all costs. (107 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
 
22.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A reluctant hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim their mountain home - and the gold within it - from the dragon Smaug. (169 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
 
23.
The Lion King (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Lion cub and future king Simba searches for his identity. His eagerness to please others and penchant for testing his boundaries sometimes gets him into trouble. (89 mins.)
 
24.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a mystical lion. (143 mins.)
Director: Andrew Adamson