The 20 Best Movie Soundtracks Of All Time
Two major soundtrack releases -- last week's "Inside Llewyn Davis" and "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" -- take two different tacks in regards to their tracks.
Like "O Brother, Where Art Thou?", the Coen Brothers' latest film integrates its songs firmly into the story, shy of a musical, but without meaning if not for its songs. Justin Timberlake, the film's star Oscar Isaac, Marcus Mumford and more topline the traditionals and golden Greenwich-era folk music.
"Catching Fire" is the latest in a string of major Hollywood flicks that assembled several previously unreleased songs from top-line artists like Coldplay, Ellie Goulding and Christina Aguilera, some of whom composed and recorded specifically for the movie.
Thinking about high profile releases like these, HitFix staffers put our heads together to rank some of the best film soundtrack releases we could think of. There were fierce defenses of sole votes, and no shortage of those who claimed they wore their record/tape/CD down to ashes. It was also no surprise there were great mixes for terrible movies -- we'll leave it to you to determine which those are.
But for every "Shaft," "Judgement Night," "The Crow," "Menace II Society," "Stealing Beauty," "American Graffiti" and "Twilight" film soundtrack we couldn't include in the Top 20, there were no-brainer classics like "Purple Rain," "Pulp Fiction" and "Pretty in Pink" to keep the conversation calm.
Check out our ranked list of the 20 Best Soundtracks Of All Time below, and rank 5 of your own, too. And don't fuss too bad, we'll do a Best Soundtrack Score some other time, you "There Will Be Blood" fans.
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2014 | Action | PG-13Summary: Andy Serkis, aka Gollum in Lord of the Rings, dominates as the ape Caesar in this story of post-apocalyptic tribal warfare between man and ape.Director: Matt Reeves
Cast: Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Toby Kebbell
2000 | Drama | RSummary: Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu hinges three stories on an awful car accident, and explores the most difficult, and the most uplifting moments in life. Featuring Gael Garcia Bernal in a breakout role.Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Cast: Emilio Echevarría, Gael García Bernal, Goya Toledo
2001 | Family | GSummary: Mickey Mouse and friends have to fend off troublemakers from all across Disney’s imaginary universe, including Captain Hook, Cruella De Ville, Jafar, and Hades in this Halloween comedy for kids.Director: Jamie Mitchell, Rick Schneider
Cast: Wayne Allwine, Tony Anselmo, Jeff Bennett
1990 | Documentary | NRSummary: Paris Is Burning is a 1990 documentary (directeor Jennie Livingston) filmed in the mid-to-late 1980s, chronicling the ball culture of New York City and the poor, African American and Latino gay and transgendered community involved in it. Many consider Paris Is Burning to be an invaluable document...Director: Jennie Livingston
Cast: Dorian Corey, Pepper LaBeija, Willi Ninja, Octavia St. Laurent
2014 | Comedy | PGSummary: The Little Rascals are back in an all-new movie! Join the fun with Spanky, Alfalfa, Darla, Buckwheat, Petey the dog and the whole gang as they are up to their usual mischief! The Rascals try anything to raise the money needed to save their grandma's (Doris Roberts) bakery. The only trouble is - t...Director: Alex Zamm
Cast: Drew Justice, Rio Mangini, Jenna Ortega, Eden Wood
1999 | Drama | RSummary: Jim Carrey digs deep into a portrayal of late comedian Andy Kaufman, whose complex and provocative routines were not limited to the stage and TV screen.Director: Milos Forman
Cast: Jim Carrey, Danny DeVito, Gerry Becker, Courtney Love
2006 | Drama | NRSummary: Two old pals reunite for a camping trip in Oregon's Cascade Mountains.Director: Kelly Reichardt
Cast: Daniel London, Will Oldham, Tanya Smith, Robin Rosenberg
1973 | Horror | PGSummary: Spooky haunted house tale in which a team of paranormal investigators attempts to verify the existence of supernatural spirits by spending a week inside a supposedly haunted mansion.Director: John Hough
Cast: Roddy McDowall, Gayle Hunnicutt, Pamela Franklin
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Jake Gyllenhaal does double the work as a mousy teacher who meets his exact physical double... and has to deal with his intense nature when the other guy wants some of his life.Director: Denis Villeneuve
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon
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