Top 30 Film Scores for the Action, Adventure, War, Western, and Crime Genres

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1. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

90 Metascore

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.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness

Votes: 1,077,834 | Gross: $322.74M

By John Williams

Note: This entry represents the entire Star Wars series.

2. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure

85 Metascore

In 1936, archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before Adolf Hitler's Nazis can obtain its awesome powers.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies

Votes: 776,632 | Gross: $248.16M

By John Williams

Note: This entry represents the entire Indiana Jones series.

3. Duck, You Sucker (1971)

PG | 138 min | Drama, War, Western

77 Metascore

An I.R.A. explosives expert on the run in Mexico meets an amoral Mexican bandit; together they are drawn into the Mexican revolution.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Rod Steiger, James Coburn, Romolo Valli, Maria Monti

Votes: 25,250

By Ennio Morricone

4. The Magnificent Seven (1960)

Approved | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Western

An oppressed Mexican peasant village hires seven gunfighters to help defend their homes.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Eli Wallach

Votes: 78,323 | Gross: $4.91M

By Elmer Bernstein

5. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

R | 178 min | Western

90 Metascore

A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffrè

Votes: 594,392 | Gross: $6.10M

By Ennio Morricone

6. The Wind and the Lion (1975)

PG | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In early 20th century Morocco, a Sharif kidnaps an American woman and her children, forcing President Theodore Roosevelt to send in forces to conduct a rescue mission.

Director: John Milius | Stars: Sean Connery, Candice Bergen, Brian Keith, John Huston

Votes: 7,310

By Jerry Goldsmith

7. Khartoum (1966)

Approved | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In the Sudan, in 1884-85, Egyptian forces led by a British general defend Khartoum against an invading Muslim army led by a religious fanatic, the Mahdi.

Directors: Basil Dearden, Eliot Elisofon | Stars: Charlton Heston, Laurence Olivier, Richard Johnson, Ralph Richardson

Votes: 5,754

By Frank Cordell

8. A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

R | 99 min | Western

65 Metascore

A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volontè, Marianne Koch, Wolfgang Lukschy

Votes: 171,261 | Gross: $14.50M

By Ennio Morricone

9. Farewell to the King (1989)

PG-13 | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

An American soldier who escapes the execution of his comrades by Japanese soldiers in Borneo during WWII becomes the leader of a personal empire among the headhunters in this war story told... See full summary »

Director: John Milius | Stars: Nick Nolte, Nigel Havers, Frank McRae, Gerry Lopez

Votes: 2,396 | Gross: $2.42M

By Basil Poledouris

10. Conan the Barbarian (1982)

R | 129 min | Adventure, Fantasy

43 Metascore

A barbarian warrior sets off to avenge his parents and his tribe whom were slain by an evil sorcerer and his henchmen when he was a boy.

Director: John Milius | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Max von Sydow, Sandahl Bergman

Votes: 124,907 | Gross: $39.57M

By Basil Poledouris

11. The Great Escape (1963)

Not Rated | 172 min | Adventure, Drama, History

87 Metascore

Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson

Votes: 197,684 | Gross: $12.10M

By Elmer Bernstein

12. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

PG-13 | 165 min | Western

80 Metascore

A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards

Votes: 259,866 | Gross: $5.32M

By Ennio Morricone

13. Road to Perdition (2002)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

72 Metascore

A mob enforcer's son witnesses a murder, forcing him and his father to take to the road, and his father down a path of redemption and revenge.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tyler Hoechlin, Rob Maxey, Liam Aiken

Votes: 223,023 | Gross: $104.45M

By Thomas Newman

14. The Untouchables (1987)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

79 Metascore

Federal Agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop Al Capone; because of rampant corruption, he assembles a small, hand-picked team.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro, Charles Martin Smith

Votes: 246,921 | Gross: $76.27M

By Ennio Morricone

15. Rough Riders (1997– )

240 min | Action, Drama, History

Undersecretary of the Navy Theodore Roosevelt resigns to form a volunteer militia unit called "The Rough Riders" to fight in the Spanish-American War.

Stars: Tom Berenger, Sam Elliott, Gary Busey, Brad Johnson

Votes: 1,629

By Peter and Elmer Bernstein

16. Gettysburg (1993)

PG | 271 min | Drama, History, War

In 1863, the Northern and Southern forces fight at Gettysburg in the decisive battle of the American Civil War.

Director: Ron Maxwell | Stars: Tom Berenger, Martin Sheen, Stephen Lang, Richard Jordan

Votes: 23,795 | Gross: $10.77M

By Randy Edelman

17. Metropolis (1927)

Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

98 Metascore

In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge

Votes: 136,736 | Gross: $0.03M

By Gottfried Huppertz

18. My Name Is Nobody (1973)

PG | 116 min | Comedy, Western

A young, easygoing gunman (Hill) worships and competes with an old gunfighter (Fonda) who only wants to retire.

Director: Tonino Valerii | Stars: Terence Hill, Henry Fonda, Jean Martin, R.G. Armstrong

Votes: 20,230

By Ennio Morricone

19. The Guns of Navarone (1961)

TV-PG | 158 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A British team is sent to cross occupied Greek territory and destroy the massive German gun emplacement that commands a key sea channel.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: David Niven, Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, Anthony Quayle

Votes: 40,702 | Gross: $28.90M

By Dimitri Tiomkin

20. Spartacus (1960)

PG-13 | 197 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

87 Metascore

The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman Republic.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton

Votes: 110,113 | Gross: $30.00M

By Alex North

21. Batman (1989)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure

69 Metascore

The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl

Votes: 303,288 | Gross: $251.19M

By Danny Elfman

Note: This entry represents the entire Tim Burton's Batman series.

22. For a Few Dollars More (1965)

R | 132 min | Western

74 Metascore

Two bounty hunters with the same intentions team up to track down a Western outlaw.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Gian Maria Volontè, Mario Brega

Votes: 195,056 | Gross: $15.00M

By Ennio Morricone

23. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

PG | 216 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

100 Metascore

The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins

Votes: 232,002 | Gross: $44.82M

By Maurice Jarre

24. Dr. No (1962)

PG | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

78 Metascore

A resourceful British government agent seeks answers in a case involving the disappearance of a colleague and the disruption of the American space program.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Bernard Lee, Joseph Wiseman

Votes: 130,210 | Gross: $16.07M

By Monty Norman, John Barry, etc.

Note: This entry represents the entire James Bond series.

25. Kelly's Heroes (1970)

GP | 144 min | Adventure, Comedy, War

A group of U.S. soldiers sneaks across enemy lines to get their hands on a secret stash of Nazi treasure.

Director: Brian G. Hutton | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Don Rickles, Carroll O'Connor

Votes: 40,003

By Lalo Schifrin

26. The Mercenary (1968)

PG-13 | 110 min | Comedy, Western

A greedy Polish mercenary aids a mine worker and peasant girl as they lead a revolution against the oppressive Mexican Government, and are pursued by an American rival.

Director: Sergio Corbucci | Stars: Franco Nero, Tony Musante, Franco Giacobini, Eduardo Fajardo

Votes: 3,303

By Ennio Morricone and Bruno Nicolai

27. Zulu (1964)

Not Rated | 138 min | Drama, History, War

Outnumbered British soldiers do battle with Zulu warriors at Rorke's Drift.

Director: Cy Endfield | Stars: Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins, Ulla Jacobsson, James Booth

Votes: 32,400

By John Barry

28. Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

R | 229 min | Crime, Drama

A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, Treat Williams

Votes: 264,772 | Gross: $5.32M

By Ennio Morricone

29. Patton (1970)

GP | 172 min | Biography, Drama, War

91 Metascore

The World War II phase of the career of the controversial American general, George S. Patton.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Stephen Young, Michael Strong

Votes: 85,790 | Gross: $61.70M

By Jerry Goldsmith

30. The Eagle Has Landed (1976)

PG | 123 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

A German plot to kidnap Winston Churchill unfolds at the height of World War II.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland, Robert Duvall, Jenny Agutter

Votes: 16,425

By Lalo Schifrin



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