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See the nation's favourite movie scores as voted by Classic FM listeners. Click through the gallery below, starting at number 20 and counting down to number one.
Rising 12 places since last year, the stirring ‘Hymn to the Fallen’ has become an essential Classic FM track and the perfect piece for solemn ceremonies. Released 1998.
Quirky, romantic and very French, Amelie was a worldwide smash. Tiersen’s score was assembled from the composer’s earlier works. It rises a massive 18 places since 2009. Released 2001.
Another impressive climber since the 2009 Movie Music Hall of Fame, this is a suitably tense and ultimately triumphant score for the true story of the Apollo astronauts who, in 1970, had a problem, Houston. Released 1995.
Ridley Scott’s spectacular cinematography is perfectly accompanied by a stirring score full of martial rhythms and wordless choirs, composed by Vangelis (pictured left). Released 1992
Zimmer collaborated with Elton John and South African Lebo M to create an exhilarating Disney soundtrack - and later an award-winning musical. Released 1994
Marianelli’s sweet piano score is on the up. Keira Knightley excelled as Elizabeth in Joe Wright’s adaptation of the Jane Austen classic. Released 2005.
Horner’s music is about as authentically Scottish as Mel Gibson’s take on the 13th-century patriot. But the film’s soundtrack is wonderfully uplifting. Released 1995
One of British cinema’s catchiest themes: gung-ho heroism and wartime bravery, set to a rhythm that echoes the squadron number. Released 1964
A high climber for British composer Wiseman’s purple-prose score. Stephen Fry was born to play Oscar Wilde. Released 1997
Morricone’s unforgettable music is matchless for director and writer Giuseppe Tornatore’s story of a small Sicilian boy’s love affair with cinema. Released 1988
A non-mover for John Barry’s depiction of a sweeping landscape. Kevin Costner’s film redefined Hollywood’s version of the Wild West. Released 1990
Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto meanders over the plains as Meryl Streep and Robert Redford embark on a love affair, while Barry’s score provides tender accompaniment. Released 1985
Williams does it again, this time conjuring up a magical theme reminiscent of Saint-Saens’s Dance Macabre. Released 2001
Stephen Spielberg always creates a sense of wonder on the big screen and it seems that only John Williams’s music can complement it. A grand, T. rex of an anthem that deservedly moves up five places since 2009. Released 1993
A slight fall for Williams’s heartrending violin theme, which captures the traditional music and sad plight of Europe’s Jews and the shame of man’s inhumanity to man. Released 1993
Johnny Depp swaggered and strutted as Captain Jack Sparrow. Badelt’s music did too: thrilling, surging and just a little bit cheeky. Released 2003
Morricone’s most successful score skilfully mixes Amazonian rhythms with the Baroque style of The Mission’s Jesuit missionaries and rises four places since 2009. Released 1986
The highest of John Williams’s 16 entries. Star Wars revived the golden age of Hollywood film music when grand symphonic scores were the order of the day. It falls from first place last year. Released 1977
Zimmer received an Oscar nomination for the blockbuster. Gerrard’s haunting voice added a timeless quality to the atmospheric music. Released 2000.
With his epic soundtrack for The Lord of the Rings topping our poll of the 101 all-time favourite movie scores for the first time, Howard Shore has confirmed his position as one of today’s most respected film composers. Released 2001-2003