The 17 Best Movie Soundtracks of All Time

There are movie soundtracks that enhance the power of a great film, and then there are movie soundtracks that not only make a great movie iconic, but can stand alone in their own right. You know the ones I’m talking about—films like Footloose and The Bodyguard have become so synonymous with their soundtracks, it’s hard to imagine one without the other. The films on this list aren’t movie musicals, just films that were paired perfectly with a carefully crafted soundtrack that take its sad moments to full-on heartbreaking and its thrills to heart-pounding heights. Ahead, our guide to the best movie soundtracks of all time.

Twilight (2009)

Really, all five of the Twilight Saga‘s soundtracks should be on this list, but if we have to pick one, we’ll go with the original. The first Twilight film paired its moody, angsty love story with rock anthems and ballads by Paramore, Muse, Linkin Park, and Iron & Wine. Edward Cullen himself (Robert Pattinson) even contributed two songs.

The Bodyguard

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