Have you ever tried watching a movie with the sound turned down? It’s not the same, is it? Even the scariest seeming scene from a terrifying horror becomes much less jumpy with the music or sound effects removed. While every film should be able to stand on its own, film soundtracks play a crucial part in engaging the audience. Well-placed musical accompaniments are carefully placed to stir just the right emotions at just the right time. Just listening to the OST (Original Soundtrack) can bring back the entire movie and how it made us feel.

Here are ten film soundtracks we wouldn’t be without.

10. Sucker Punch (2011)

This would be an annoyingly shallow film if not for the fantastic soundtrack which, unlike Romeo and Juliet, actually does make the entire movie feel like a music video. And that’s OK. Amazing songs including ‘Army of Me’, ‘White Rabbit’ and ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)’ take us deeper into the surreal inner world of Babydoll (Emily Browning), a girl placed in a mental asylum who is waiting to have a labotomy, who is (also) a girl trapped in a cathouse, who is (also) fighting a series of beautiful battles against dragons, robots and steampunk Nazis…

9. The Fountain (2006)

This soundtrack composed by Clint Mansell perfectly encapsulates the film’s themes of yearning, sorrow and enlightment as medical researcher Tom Creo (Hugh Jackman) fights to save his dying wife Izzi (Rachel Weisz), and struggles to come to terms with mortality. The powerful musical accompaniment takes us deep into the realms of our own subconscious – then out again. It’s basically a meditative journey; apply whenever you’re having similar questions about life. Check out the triumphant finale, ‘Death is the Road to Awe’, it’s absolutely spine-tingling!

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  • Jeremy Maline

    No Lord of the Rings? No Star Wars? This list is missing some truly great music. Try again next time.

  • TD

    Grosse Pointe Blank, Phenomenon, The Truth About Cats and Dogs, City of Angels and Beautiful Girls all have great soundtracks as well.

  • Minna Hansson

    I LOVE that you included Sucker Punch but I would have liked to see Watchmen on the list as well :)

    • Minna Hansson

      Oh and The Great Gatsby’s soundtrack was also absolutely perfect.

  • Amazonwmn

    The Crow soundtrack