Let's hear your top 3 Soundtracks.

For me it’s

  1. Tron Legacy + bonus disc
  2. Transformers score
  3. Last of the mohicans

In no particular order, at the moment they are:

Star Trek II
The Mission
Lawrence of Arabia

Not sure if they’re my top 3, but they’re up there:

Conan the Barbarian (from the 80s)
Star Wars/Indiana Jones
Last of the Mohicans

“Sorcerer” - Tangerine Dream
“Chinatown” - Jerry Goldsmith
“The Magnificient Seven” - Elmer Bernstein

Grease
Sopranos (season 1)
Repo Man
ETA: Hm, maybe you mean actual movie soundtracks, rather than soundtrack albums?

Twin Peaks
Don’t Look Now
Solaris (original)

Symmetry: Themes for an Imaginary Film is incredible. It isn’t for a real film though.

O Brother Where Art Thou?
Sliver (introduced me to Techno)
Purple Rain

Dario Marianelli’s Oscar-nominated score for Pride & Prejudice, of which this is “Dawn,” the opening theme:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=co1-GiL-pJA

James Horner, “A Call to Arms,” Glory:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X051oLwVM8I

Hans Zimmer, “He’s a Pirate,” Pirates of the Caribbean:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s17XDrKuqc4

And two bonus tracks:

Howard Shore, “The White Tree,” The Lord of the Rings:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYczhIzrsgg

And of course Richard Strauss, “Thus Spake Zarathustra,” from 2001: A Space Odyssey:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-QFj59PON4

Each movie has a fantastic soundtrack, all in all; these are just my favorite tracks from each.

Last Action Hero has a sweet soundtrack if you like rock/metal.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - Ennio Morricone
Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Great Escape

Lost Boys
Return of the King
Near Dark

  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion
  • Detroit Rock City

Iconic:
Mag Seven
GWTW
2001

Honorable Mention:
Bridge on the River Kwai
Great Escape
Lawrence of Arabia
Doctor Z

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir - Bernard Herrmann

Breakfast at Tiffany’s - Henry Mancini

Under Fire - Jerry Goldsmith

Until the End of the World

Hands down. The director asked several respected musicians to each write one song that might have an appropriate sound for a movie set a few decades in the future. I went to see the movie and my date and I couldn’t wait to rush out and buy the soundtrack the same night. Check it out.

I can’t put one over the other, but the top 2 are:

Heavy Metal
Repo Man

Third place is a big tie:

Solaris
Koyaanisqatsi
Beavis & Butthead Do America
Team America: World Police
Jackie Brown
Blade Runner
Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels

From Dusk Til Dawn - It’s a great, great Texas blues compilation that could really stand on its own.

Rocky and Rocky II- Bill Conti’s work is irreplaceable to these films.

The next is a toss up of Jerry Goldsmith’s work on Hoosiers and Rudy.

I always admire the soundtrack Tarantino pieces together since Reservoir Dogs. That is a guy who clearly had interesting mp3 playlists before mp3s were a thing (see the reel-to-reel in Pulp Fiction).

As a child of the 70s it’s a tie between John Williams’ Star Wars, Superman & Jaws.

The Kronos Quartet gets honorable mention for Requiem for a Dream

The entire soundtrack for “Wallace and Gromit: the Curse of the Were-Rabbit.”
Then there’s “Pulp Fiction” and “The Godfather”

The Original Star Wars Trilogy

Lord Of The Rings

Space Battleship Yamato (2010)
Yamato Example One
Yamato Example Two