My Favorite Soundtracks Ever...& More

By D.JKruliq D.JKruliq
updated 6 months ago

Collection of personal favorites, noteworthy soundtracks, and others as good, if not better than the motion pictures on this list. Please keep in mind, that some entries here are also other film-related media releases. There are also compilations, box sets, artist/composer/various artist(s) collection(s), promotional items, digital [only] releases and singles, as well. Most entries are not in any particular order just yet (for now). Please also be aware, some entries do count as one release. Referring particularly to Numbers; #3-5, #8-9, #14-15, #23-24, #34-36, #37-38, #40-41, #51-52, #56-57, #89-90, #110-111, #125-126, #144-145, #150-151, #167-168, #178-179, and #180-181. Numbers #78-79 and #83-84, technically count as one soundtrack. The first entry (out of the two) is the one that was officially used, while the other was either unused or completely rejected. Finally, will maybe compile a separate video game soundtrack/ film soundtrack list, of movies based on a video game. It has gotten a lot more difficult to update this, so I will shrink this ...just a little. Please enjoy!

Update: Recently added the following original soundtracks (from own collection):

1.) Mark Isham- "Fire In The Sky" (1993) 2.) Arthur Kempel/Northwest Sinfonia- "The Arrival" (1996 Sci-fi film score) 3.) Michael Kamen- "The Dead Zone" [1st Pressing- 1983 Film] (1994) 4.) Michael Giacchino- "Super 8" (2011) 5.) Atli Örvarsson- "Vantage Point" (2008) 6.) Philippe Sarde- "Lord Of The Flies" (1990 remake U.K. release) 7.) Hans Zimmer- "Interstellar" (2014- Original U.S. release) 8.) James Newton Howard- "The Interpreter" (2005) 9.) Shirley Walker- "Turbulence" (2013 release - 1997 film) 10.) Nathan Whitehead- "The Purge" (2013) [digital only] 11.) Various- "Dope" Original Soundtrack (2015) [digital only] 12.) Various- "Dumb And Dumber To" (2014) [digital only] 13.) Nathan Whitehead- "The Purge: Anarchy" (2014) [digital only] 14.) Alexandre Desplat- "Firewall" (2006) [German release Cd] 15.) Tomandandy- "The Strangers" (2008) [original CD-R album score] 16.) Various- "2 Days In The Valley" (1996 film) [Original German release] 17.) Nathan Whitehead- "The Purge: Election Year" (2016) [digital only] 18.) Various- Empire- Two Worlds (Original Cd Soundtrack - to a 2003 film/movie) and 19) Eli Batalion/Jerome Sable - Stage Fright (2014 Score) [digital only]. Will update periodically or whenever I add anything new that corresponds to the list. Thank you again for looking!

Feel as it is not necessary to add all of the James Bond related soundtracks/compilations (again); this nice list more than greatly compensates the entire collection, except for the missing "Skyfall" (2012) and Thomas Newman's "Spectre" (2015) original scores. Please look here below:

Selected Few/ Notable missing soundtracks on the site (so far, IMO):

Richard Stone- Pumpkinhead (1989) (Super rare score/ available as part of a boxed set)
Alan Silvestri- Cast Away (2000) [Actual 'score' not the compilation of different compositions]
Harry Gregson-Williams- Déjà Vu (2006) [digital only score?!]
Nathaniel Méchaly- Taken 3 (2015) [digital only?!]
Various [Wojciech Kilar/ Antoni Wit, etc.]- We Own The Night (2007)
Javier Navarrete- Mirrors (2008) [available, if at all?!]
Eli Batalion/Jerome Sable- Stage Fright [2014 Lakeshore Records Cd release/ digital was added]

  1. Vladimir Cosma - Diva (Original Soundtrack Recording)

    7 For Sale from $3.41

    Directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix. This 1981 classic has a mix of everything, including great acting, superlative music (in a positive sense!), exciting action scenes and suspense. Definitely an awesome soundtrack, that's why it is at the top here, being a personal favorite.

  2. Klaus Doldinger - Das Boot - The Director's Cut (Original Filmmusik)

    7 For Sale from $6.70

    Also known as "The Boat" (1981) and directed masterfully by Wolfgang Petersen. Please do make sure to see or purchase the "Director's Cut", which is even better.

  3. Vangelis - Blade Runner

    Own the 25th Anniversary Edition, 3 Cd set of this spectacular soundtrack. True fans (Purists) know, this still isn't the definitive collection fans have long been waiting for. Am not as picky as some fans and love the newly recorded music on Disc Three!

  4. Vangelis - Blade Runner - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

    Mostly music that should have been on the official release from 1994. Not perfect, though better than the easier to find official (single disc) versions for sure.

  5. Vangelis - Blade Runner - Esper Edition -

    With so many unofficial releases, this one seems to be the most definitive yet. Too bad this is a Cd-r set and yes ...not readily available!!

  6. James Horner Performed By The London Symphony Orchestra - Braveheart (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

    The "More Music From Braveheart" compilation is also a great companion to this soundtrack (next entry).

  7. Philip Glass - Koyaanisqatsi (Original Soundtrack Album From The Film)

    7 For Sale from $20.51

    Only heard this recently as of Dec. 2014. Was definitely perplexed, only because my ears were truly missing out on a unique listening experience. Don't miss out on this one! (-:

  8. Eric Serra - Musique Du Film De Luc Besson 'Le Cinquième Elément'

    11 For Sale from $3.30

    Excellent soundtrack to 1997's "The Fifth Element" starring Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, among many others.

  9. Basil Poledouris - Robocop (Original Soundtrack)

    8 For Sale from $20.97

    The 1987 R-rated cult classic directed by Paul Verhoeven. The "Director's Cut" was released later on Dvd, as part of the Criterion collection. A truly great score for this one. The film was remade later, as PG-13 rated fare in 2014.

  10. Basil Poledouris - Robocop

    21 For Sale from $25.00

    The very cool looking 2015 double vinyl reissue!

  11. Giorgio Moroder - Cat People (Original Soundtrack)

    30 For Sale from $4.98

    Loosely based on the 1942(!) film that went by the same title.

  12. Nino Rota - Romeo & Juliet

    Music from the great 1968 film version directed by Franco Zeffirelli.

  13. Dimitri Tiomkin - The Thing From Another World / Take The High Ground! (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

    7 For Sale from $19.00

    The highlight here is the score to "The Thing From Another World" from the 1951 classic film. Am not familiar with "Take The High Ground!" though at all.

  14. Bernard Herrmann - The Day The Earth Stood Still

    3 For Sale from $20.00

    Great score to one of the best sci-fi films ever from the 1950's. Please do avoid the corny 2008 remake, if you haven't already.

  15. Ennio Morricone - The Thing

    15 For Sale from $14.77

    Music from the excellent John Carpenter remake released in 1982. Of course, the original film was named "The Thing From Another World". It was released in 1951 and directed by Christian Nyby. By the way, check out the outstanding score for the original at Number #18.

  16. John Carpenter - Halloween (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

    6 For Sale from $74.99

    One of the actual released on... Yes! "Halloween" scores, back in 31st October, 2013. Very nice looking vinyl release.