Silver Screen Symphonies: 20 Iconic Movies with Timeless Soundtracks

When a film is paired with a phenomenal soundtrack, the experience becomes even more unforgettable, staying with us long after the credits roll. From iconic melodies to toe-tapping beats, the combination of captivating visuals and exceptional music can create magic on the big screen. So, prepare to embark on a cinematic journey filled with 20 good movies with soundtracks for the ages.

1. Twilight (2008)

Twilight Kristen Stewart
Image Credit: Summit Entertainment.

It should come as no surprise that Twilight has one of the best movie soundtracks ever. From Paramore to “Super Massive Black Hole” even the cheesiest of films can drop some banging tunes. 

2. The Breakfast Club (1985)

The Breakfast Club
Image Credit: Universal Pictures.

Don't you… Forget that The Breakfast Club has an amazing soundtrack that is still referenced to this day. We love to see it. 

3. Pulp Fiction (1994)

Pulp Fiction Uma Thurman, John Travolta
Image Credit: Miramax Films.

Quentin Tarantino's masterpiece delivers a gripping narrative and introduces us to an eclectic soundtrack that blends genres seamlessly. Each soundtrack featured in this movie perfectly fits the mood the story tries to drive viewers into.

From surf rock to soul, this film's iconic soundtrack sets the tone for its unforgettable characters and explosive storylines.

4. Guardians of The Galaxy (2014)

Guardians Of The Galaxy Chris Pratt
Image Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

You watch some movies, and the soundtrack stays stuck with you. Guardians of the Galaxy does this effortlessly. Getting immersed in the beauty of the soundtracks featured is taking your mind for a nostalgic trip through the cosmos with this film.

The carefully curated mixtape of classic hits from the '60s and '70s adds charm and infectious energy to the epic space adventure film.

5. Trainspotting (1996)

Image Credit: PolyGram Filmed Entertainment.

With a soundtrack that perfectly captures the spirit of '90s alternative music, Trainspotting immerses us in the gritty world of addiction. With Underworld's “Born Slippy,” and a lot of other great songs, each track becomes integral to the film's raw and unapologetic storytelling.

6. The Lion King (1994)

The Lion King
Images: Buena Vista Pictures Distribution.

Decades later, almost everyone can remember the iconic songs featured in this film. The Lion King enchants us with its breathtaking animation and unforgettable soundtrack, including Elton John's “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and other classics like “Circle of Life.”

7. Amélie (2001)

Amelie Audrey Tautou
Image Credit: Miramax and UGC Fox Distribution.

Ask me, and I'd recommend this movie's entire soundtrack to a couple looking to have an exhilarating experience with musicals. Listening to these soundtracks is an experience, as you are easily transported into the whimsical streets of Paris with this French romantic comedy.

The film's soundtrack, composed by Yann Tiersen, beautifully captures the quirky and enchanting atmosphere of Amélie's world with its delicate piano melodies and playful accordion tunes.

8. Almost Famous (2000)

Almost Famous
Image Credit: Columbia TriStar Film Distributors International.

Are you a fan of rock ‘n' roll? Then definitely, this is one for you. Immerse yourself in the world of '70s rock ‘n' roll with this coming-of-age film.

Featuring an incredible selection of classic rock hits, the soundtrack of Almost Famous elevates the film's heartfelt storytelling. It takes us on a nostalgic journey through the era of rock music.

9. La la Land (2016)

La La Land Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling
Image Credit: Lionsgate.

This modern-day musical brings the glamour and romance of old Hollywood to life. The soundtracks featured in this movie take one into a fantastical world.

With its enchanting original songs and breathtaking musical numbers, La La Land delivers a soundtrack that captures the essence of dreams, love, and the pursuit of artistic passion.

10. The Graduate (1967)

The Graduate Dustin Hoffman
Image Credit: United Artists.

Simon and Garfunkel's iconic folk-rock tunes are the perfect backdrop for this timeless coming-of-age film. The melancholic “The Sound of Silence” might wound your heart, but there are other uplifting features to balance the scale.

Take “Mrs. Robinson” for an example. The soundtrack of The Graduate perfectly reflects the conflicted emotions of its protagonist in an intricate style.

11. Saturday Night Fever (1977)

Saturday Night Fever
Image Credit: Paramount Pictures.

Get ready to disco dance with John Travolta in this electrifying classic. The soundtrack of Saturday Night Fever became a global sensation, featuring disco hits like “Stayin' Alive” and “Night Fever” that defined an era and transformed the film into a cultural phenomenon just upon the movie's release.

12. Into The Wild (2007)

Into The Wild Kristen Stewart
Image Credit: Paramount Vantage.

Eddie Vedder's soulful and introspective soundtrack adds a poetic and emotional layer to this inspiring true story. Vedder's haunting melodies perfectly capture the spirit of adventure, self-discovery, and the yearning for freedom that permeates the film's narrative.

13. Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Reservoir Dogs Quentin Tarantino
Image Credit: Miramax Films.

Quentin Tarantino strikes again with a film that pushes the boundaries of storytelling and features an unforgettable soundtrack. From the animated opening credits set to “Little Green Bag” to the iconic “Stuck in the Middle With You” scene, the soundtrack of Reservoir Dogs becomes a character of its own, one you long to connect with on a personal level.

14. The Sound of Music (1965)

The Sound of Music Julie Andrews
Image Credit: 20th Century Fox.

This beloved musical enchants audiences with its timeless songs and breathtaking scenery. From the whimsical “Do-Re-Mi” to the heartfelt “Edelweiss,” the soundtrack of The Sound of Music fills viewers' hearts with joy, love, and awe of music's power.

15. Goodfellas (1990)

Goodfellas Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci
Image Credit: Warner Bros.

Its soundtrack, which features an array of classic hits from the '50s to the '80s, perfectly complemented Martin Scorsese's gangster masterpiece. The music captures the era and enhances the film's electrifying energy and gritty realism.

16. Blade Runner (1982)

Blade Runner Harrison Ford
Image Credit: Warner Bros.

Immerse yourself in the atmospheric world of Ridley Scott's dystopian masterpiece. Vangelis's haunting synthesizer score perfectly captures the futuristic noir ambiance, creating an immersive and otherworldly experience.

Practically, listening to these soundtracks takes you into the future, and who said that time travel isn't possible? Let this soundtrack perform that magic for you.

17. Juno (2007)

Image Credit: Searchlight Pictures.

This coming-of-age movie about pregnancy and friendship also has an absolutely wonderful soundtrack. There's the great scene where Juno is shown the “Superstar” cove by Sonic Youth, or at the very end when Elliot Page and Michael Cera sing “Anyone Else but You.” This movie soundtrack is a 2007 indie dream.

18. Across the Universe (2007)

Across the Universe
Image Credit: Columbia Pictures.

Across the Universe is known for its soundtrack more than anything. This romance movie is set to the music of The Beatles, with the cast singing all of your favorites. From “Hey Jude,” to “Blackbird,” this movie has a wonderful, amazing soundtrack you'll be listening to after you finish the movie.

19. A Star is Born (2018)

a star is born
Image Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures.

While there are a number of versions of A Star is Born, the 2018 version had some of the best songs and performances. The movie, which centers around two performers falling in love and dealing with their demons, has Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga singing some of the most heartwrenching songs. From fan-favorite “Shallow” to the heartbreaking “I'll Never Love Again,” this movie is full of great music.

20. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

scott pilgrim
Image Credit: Universal Pictures.

Another movie that centers around music and bands, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World has some great tunes all throughout. One of the most iconic scenes is when Brie Larson sings “Black Sheep” by Metric. We're still listening to this song constantly.

Source: Reddit.

Boloere Divine Seibidor, fondly called B.S., is a Nigerian-based writer and poet. Her favorite topics include music, especially Hip-Hop, film, lifestyle, and fashion. She's been published by Feral Journal, Fantasy Magazine, The Temz Review, and most notably, Wealth of Geeks. She enjoys romantic dinners, movie nights, and touring new sights. When she's not writing, she's delving back in time to the underground world of Hip-Hop, watching TikTok, or visiting the cinema.