10 Best War Film Soundtracks

Tuesday, March 22 by Rochelle Connery

There's just something about the 10 best war film soundtracks that make you want to grab a gun and sign up for the Army whether someone's dying in a pool of blood or you're claiming victory with 300 soldiers by your side on a mountaintop. If you're in the mood to feel victorious, listen to one of these war film soundtracks.

  1. "Saving Private Ryan" Steven Spielberg-esque orchestra ring out as Tom Hanks, Matt Damon and Barry Pepper make their way from the shores of Normandy through parts of Germany. "Hymn for the Fallen" was so good, in fact, that it made it onto the "Great Movie Scores from Steven Spielberg" album.
  2. "Inglourious Basterds" Quentin Tarantino mixes a little Clint Eastwood-style Western movie music in with his World War II blood and guts montage. The best music of this war film soundtrack comes in when Eli Roth is bashing the head of a Nazi colonel with a baseball bat.
  3. "The Pianist" Say what you will about Roman Polanski, but he really knows how to direct a World War II movie, especially one that features piano classics from Chopin. But you'd better be a Romantic period music fan to listen to this war film soundtrack at in one sitting from this movie.
  4. "Rambo" Every Rambo installment had a great film soundtrack thanks to Jerry Goldsmith and the reboot by Brian Tyler. Simply hearing the music makes you want to beat the pulp out of those Russian mercenaries.
  5. "The Deer Hunter" Traditional Russian folk tunes meet Irving Berlin's pre-war style in "The Deer Hunter" starring Robert De Niro. Though you won't recognize many of the names, the soundtrack melded with the attitude of the film superbly.
  6. "Schindler's List" "Melancholy" is the best word to describe a soundtrack that could possibly fit with such a depressing movie. In fact, the sad music just makes you want to cry the minute you hear it, which is a sure sign of one of the best war film soundtracks for sure.
  7. "The Expendables" You have to hand it to a movie that features great songs in its trailer and the film itself. Hits from Shinedown and Thin Lizzy appear as some of the most rockin' soundtrack additions in this whole list.
  8. "Defiance" Its more morose violins and orchestra whinings in "Defiance," a movie about three Jewish brothers who sustain a whole village in the wilderness during World War II. But for some reason, you want to keep on listening as they fight alongside Russians against their German enemies.
  9. "Jarhead" There's no single genre to categorize "Jarhead's" soundtrack. Stevie Wonder, Kanye West, Tom Waits, Public Enemy, The Doors and T-Rex lend songs to this war film soundtrack, making for a pretty eclectic blend of everything and nothing.
  10. "Black Hawk Down" Stone Temple Pilots and Alice in Chains meet the likes of Omar Sharif and other Middle Eastern composers in a war film about Somalian war lords. That means plenty of grunge metal and Saudi tunes will accompany the deaths of many actors in the movie.