Best inspirational movie soundtracks (that will bring a boost to your life)

by Mihail Angelov
inspirational movie soundtracks, movie scores



Whether you are a passionate movie lover or not, whether you understand movies or not, we can all agree that music is significant to the overall quality of the film experience.

Finding more about movie soundtracks opens a new way of inspiration in your life whether you are consuming it while working or relaxing.

Listening to inspiring movie soundtracks can enhance your creativity, helping you to reach an “epic state of mind” where you can become highly motivated and sharpen your focus.

This also can bring a boost to your life and help you come up with great ideas and thoughts. Still, it is vital that you listen to the best inspiring movie scores and not some recommended rubbish movie score from a lame movie.

1. Inception


This perfect action score is composed by the legendary Hans Zimmer and has incredible music elements and sounds, making a significant revolution in the modern sound of soundtracks.

It features classical piano elements, inspiring percussion instruments and guitar riffs that are well crafted into the inspiring movie songs.

Top tracks:

  • Time
  • Dream Is Collapsing
  • 528491
  • Mombasa
  • Waiting For A Train

2. TRON Legacy


Composed by the multi-platinum Electronic duo Daft Punk, this fantastic score for this Disney franchise movie made quite an impact.

There are lots of classical-inspired strings and horns mixed with synth beats and ambient distortion, making it epic when listening on headphones.

Top tracks:

  • Derezzed
  • End of Line
  • The Son of Flynn
  • The Game Has Changed
  • Encom, Part I

3. Avatar


There has been a long time since composer James Horner and the film composer James Cameron collaborated on Titanic. Together they have reached a new level with Avatar, one of the best-earning films in the world.

In Avatar’s soundtrack, there are familiar moments of Horner’s work, including the use of electronic sounds and various vocal soloists, making it very enjoyable for the listener.

Top tracks:

  • The Bioluminescence Of The Night
  • Becoming One Of ”The People” Becoming One With Neytiri
  • Scorched Earth
  • Shutting Down Grace’s Lab
  • War

4. Pirates of the Caribbean


One of the greatest soundtracks that has one of the greatest and recognizable rhythms in the movie music industry.

The main theme will keep echoing in your head, giving full pleasure and fantasy as if you are a pirate and sailing on the sea horizon.

Top Tracks:

  • The Medallion Calls
  • The Black Pearl
  • One Last Shot
  • He’s a Pirate

5. The Dark Knight


First, this movie is considered to be not just the greatest Batman movie ever, but also probably the greatest superhero movie of all time.

Adding the full commitment of my favorite composer Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard, together composing this magnificent and intense suite of music, makes the combination of this movie and its inspirational score one of the best we can ever get.

Top Tracks:

  • Main Theme
  • Why So Serious
  • Aggressive Expansion
  • Agent of Chaos
  • A Dark Knight

6. X-Man: First Class


Despite the fact that this movie is probably the best one in the franchise, its soundtrack is the best X-Men score so far.

The innovative composer, Henry Jackman, has made an epic and memorable title song combined with the finest action music and motives included in the score.

Top Tracks:

  • First Class
  • Cerebro
  • X-Training
  • Sub Lift
  • Magento

7. Transformers


Steve Jablonsky, the composer of the score for Transformers, has done some electronic-heavy, percussion-driven, and modern music sounds with zero restraint.

Adding a chorus to some of the songs makes this soundtrack an epic experience for the modern and sci-fi lovers of music.

The other movie scores for the Transformers franchise include great music also.

Top Tracks:

  • Autobots
  • Decepticons
  • Optimus
  • Arrival To Earth
  • No Sacrifice, No Victory

8. Requiem for a Dream


This cinematic excellence, spiced up with the unique motion picture score composed by Clint Mansell, makes an unforgettable composition bringing the drug addiction experience to a new level.

This melancholy score is a total reflection of the movie, presenting depressed and powerful cello sounds that will make your blood boil.

Top Tracks:

  • Summer Overtune
  • Coney Island Dreaming
  • Hope Overture
  • Marion Barfs
  • Lux Aeterna

9. Jurassic Park


This excellent score, composed by John Williams, combines the typical majestic themes, and surprisingly rough and sometimes brutal orchestral movie songs.

During all these action sounds, there are still some moments of melodic stillness and peace in the score, which makes it enjoyable for all generations.

Top Tracks:

  • Theme From Jurassic Park
  • Journey To The Island
  • Welcome To Jurassic Park
  • A Tree For My Bed
  • End Credits

10. The Last of the Mohicans


This score composed by Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman, including a powerful and intense combination of heroic music and Celts music elements.

This great soundtrack is an epic dynamic piece and one of the most beautiful and inspiring scores of the 90s.

Top Tracks:

  • Main Title
  • The Kiss
  • Fort Battle
  • Promentory
  • The Courier

11. The Social Network



A list of soundtracks wouldn’t be complete if Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross aren’t mentioned. These two masterminds of the new wave electronic music, members of Nine Inch Nails, have created many great pieces of modern scores.

But eventually, their most recognizable and amazing score is the one for The Social Network, which is a combination of NIN compositions and lots of electronic elements with tense music parts making it intriguing and unique in its own way.

Top tracks:

  • In Motion
  • Intriguing Possibilities
  • Painted Sun In Abstract
  • Penetration
  • In The Hall Of The Mountain King

12. A Beautiful Mind


The work James Horner has done in this score is exceptional. This brilliant and intelligently composed soundtrack buzzes every inch of your brain.

The combination of Church vocals and melodic elements adds a great deal of depth and emotional resonance that blends quite magnificently with the film’s cerebral subject matter, and it is excellent when listening to it alone.

Top tracks:

  • A Kaleidoscope Of Mathematics
  • Looking for the Next Great Idea
  • Real or Imagined?
  • Of One Heart, of One Mind
  • All Love Can Be – Charlotte Church

13. Braveheart


Another great movie with emotional cinema music created by James Horner.

This Celtic/Scottish influenced score includes feature bagpipes, atmospheric flutes, and forceful percussion to create several authentic, ethnic and emotionally dramatic symphonies.

Top tracks:

  • Main Titles
  • Wallace Courts Murron
  • The Secret Wedding
  • Betrayal & Desolation   
  • Freedom / The Execution / Bannockburn

14. Gladiator


A masterpiece combination of Hans Zimmer’s work and the voice of Lisa Gerrard. Gladiator’s score represents one of the most pleasant and fulfilling listening experience, including intense battle songs and epic songs spiced with the beautiful ambiance chorus and the talented voice of Lisa.

Top tracks:

  • The Battle
  • The Might of Rome
  • Am I Not Merciful?         
  • Elysium
  • Now We are Free

15. Slumdog Millionaire 


This score cooperation between the skilled composer AR Rahman and the British singer M.I.A.

The music in this score highlights the collision of the past and the new traditions, and the ultimate rush of current Indian music fueled by traditional percussion instruments and vocals, resulting in modern sound.

Top tracks:

  • O… Saya
  • Muasam & Escape
  • Latika’s Theme 
  • Millionaire

Bonus inspiring film scores

Thomas Newman – American Beauty (1999)

Alan Silvestri – Forrest Gump (1994)

Danny Elfman – Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Wrap-Up

There are many other great movie soundtrack songs from older or newer movies, but this list is essential both for beginners and for experts that dive into film music.

This list can serve as a foundation on where you should broaden your views and research to get to know other movie soundtrack scores from these composers or similar ones.

Enjoy listening! 😊

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