Best film soundtracks of all time

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Jurassic Park trilogy – the original 1993 film, 1997's The Lost World AND 2011's Jurassic Park III all arrive on Netflix – released on Tuesday 16th April

1. Jurassic Park (1993) – John Williams

One of the best films ever made with one of the biggest, boldest and most anthemic scores to match. The perfect accompaniment to incredible scenes of majestic, jaw dropping, CGI dino-action – this is film music from the very top drawer. I even played it at my wedding… yes, you heard – it’s that good.


2. Back to the Future (1985) – Alan Silvestri

Climbing into a DeLorean DMC-12 with 1.21 jigowatts of electricity running through a flux capacitor is not something I would do lightly – but after listening to this inspirational theme I would happily drive at 88 miles per hour into the unknown. Every rumble of this elegantly crafted score sends a shiver down my spine.

3. Jaws (1975) John Williams

Der-na, der-na… that’s the theme going through your head as soon as you go out of your depth on your holidays in Southend-on-Sea. The fact that to my knowledge there’s never been a Great White attack in the Thames Estuary is testament to what a deeply affecting film and intrinsically linked soundtrack the great axis of Spielberg and Williams have created.

4. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) – Thomas Newman

A man spending 19 years tunnelling through a wall with a rock hammer could have been a long-watch had it not been for breathtaking performances from Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman – but many people forget an understated star in the shape of Newman’s majestic soundtrack. Powerful, emotive and at times deeply moving – it encapsulates the dark mood and the highs and lows of this brilliant film perfectly.

5. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) John Williams


Yes, it’s another John Williams score – but what can I say, I’m a sucker for the classics. Whether you’re an Indiana Jones aficionado or just a casual cinema-goer, here’s a piece of music that will set your pulse racing every time.

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