This is a 10 best movie soundtracks list. Most movie-goers agree that a movie soundtrack can make and break the enjoyment of a movie. This is a list of soundtracks we consider the best movie soundtracks that communicate the theme, the essence and/or the subject of the film.

  1. "Citizen Kane" (1941) by Bernard Hermann. Hermann's score is the perfect partnership to Welles' masterpiece. The drifting snowfall effect in "Rosebud" lets the audience know the psyche of Charles Foster Kane more intimately than the characters that people his world.

  2. "The Graduate" (1967). The folk-rock duo Simon & Garfunkel captured the essence of this film's themes of youth and rebellion in their choice of songs. From the film's theme being "The Sound of Silence" to the use of "Parsley, Rosemary & Thyme" and the famous "Mrs. Robinson."

  3. "Planet of the Apes" (1968) by Jerry Goldsmith. We recognized this movie soundtrack because of Goldsmith's inventive method of using regular kitchen tools to create a primitive melodic sounds to represent the apes and orchestral work to represent the clash of human and ape.

  4.   "Singin In The Rain" (1952) by various artists. This movie soundtrack to this delightful musical-film will lift anyone's spirits and it reflects the gaiety of pure entertainment.

  5.  "Psycho"(1960) by Bernard Hermann. Everyone recognizes this theme whether or not you've seen this movie and if you haven't you should. The original Hermann score is so classic, not even Danny Elfman could effectively recreate Hermann's score for the 1999 remake.

  6.  "Alien" (1970) by Jerry Goldsmith. "Alien," another one of Goldsmith's scores, was chosen because of his use of eerily elongating the music over the film's sequences, subconsciously reinforcing the vast emptiness of space and the fact that "in space no one can here you scream."

  7.  "The Fountain"(2006) by Clint Mansell. Composer Clint Mansell creates a spellbinding soundtrack, striking the perfect balance between the organic, orchestral elements representing the love story and the injection of electronic sounds to elevate the love story to an inter-galactic romance.

  8.  "Inglourious Basterds" (2009) by various artists & Composer Ennio Morricone. This list would not be complete without one reference to Quentin Tarantino. With the score for "Inglourious Basterds" it is mixed with various artists such as David Bowie's "Putting Out The Fire" and Morricone's tracks which are clearly influenced by classic film scores such as "The Third Man" (1949). We think it could be one of Tarantino's best soundtracks.

  9.  "There Will Be Blood"(2007) by Radiohead guitarist Johnny Greenwood. Greenwood's percussion-dominated film score speaks to the direct point-of-view of Daniel Plainview combating between his feelings of madness and greed with the semblance to the beat of a human heart.

  10. "Inception" (2010) by Hans Zimmer. Zimmer is one of our most talented film composers we have today and "Inception" is one of his most innovative movie soundtracks. With the entire film being composed by using one song, "La Vie En Rose" by Edith Piaf, sometimes in its original form and in other times using parts of the song, the "Inception" soundtrack could not be ignored.