TOP TEN Movie Soundtracks OST

Readers' panel: Guardian readers nominated some of their favourite film soundtracks, classic and modern.

1. Diamonds Are Forever

"John Barry captured the essence of the Bond films of the 60s and 70s, with lush strings, grand compositions and several collaborations for Bond theme songs with Dame Shirley Bassey. Diamonds Are Forever encapsulates the Las Vegas showiness and Bond swagger of the film. Though It's been parodied and sampled time and time again, it remains inspirational as a soundtrack and John Barry an inspiration to many." Emma Keenan

2. Lord of the Rings

"Sets the tone for the whole trilogy which could have been rather ho-hum without the superb music of Howard Shore. The music is just right – no overbearing 'themes' but just the most suitable atmostpheric lietmotifs which brought the whole thing up to the level of art." Peter Christie


3. The Assasination of Jesse James

"It's haunting, beautiful, and not only perfectly compliments the tone of the film, it also stands alone without the film as a masterful piece of music." Anthony Manzi

4. Natural Born Killers

"A fabulous range of styles with stark contrasts between screen action and the music, which then seems like a sarcastic commentary adding greatly to the film's mixed emotions. Leonard Cohen is always a winner too." Jon Bee

5. The Pianist

"The soundtrack evokes the tragedy and heartbreak of Nazi Germany, whilst offering moments of hope and longing centred around one heroic character. This soundtrack, comprised of masterpieces by composers such as Chopin, uses instrumentation to represent the voices of those who perished and those who struggled on to tell the story." Christopher Mills

6. A Clockwork Orange

"One of my brothers had the soundtrack album and I remember first being drawn to it by the amazing cover artwork. Up until that point my musical eduction was watching Top of the Pops or maybe listening to the radio charts on a Sunday. I hadn't listened to any classical music before, didn't know who Walter Carlos or what electronica was, but when I played that album for the first time, something changed within me." Phil Burns

7. The Last of the Mohicans

"It felt as if I inhaled with the opening and held my breath until after the closing credits. Every frame was gently held by a soundtrack that was never intrusive, yet had the strength to complement and accompany such a dramatic and scenic story. The musical refrain that wove in and out of the film haunts me still." Patrina Pillay Shimmin

8. Goldfinger

"Big, brassy, and Bassey – it was the ideal soundtrack to capture and shape the Bond spirit of those times, and in my opinion has never been beaten in 50 years worth of Bond movie music." Richard Bent

9. Transformers: The Movie

"That's not an attempt to be ironic. That film was a huge part of my childhood, and the soundtrack was a fantastic display of 80s rock/metal also-rans delivering some brilliantly tongue-in-cheek-yet-not-really performances. The rocked up Transformers Theme still gets me going and the sheer cheesy exuberance of Dare always bring a smile to my face. But it's The Touch that sticks out the most … I'm not even sure if this is an eligible entry, but I sincerely hope so." Andy Synn

10. Shaft

"I must have been about ten. At the time I was mesmerized by the American movies coming out at the time. I'd cut the ads for movies like The Exorcist and Rollerball and paste them in a book; and the image of Richard Rowntree swinging on that rope and firing this gun totally did it for me. It just happened that the actual music that then I discovered on the album was a total peach that I fell in love with. It was lush and velvety and nocturnal, it gave this little kid living in Lancashire a feeling of a sexy, dark New York that the film itself completely failed to deliver on." Andy Ide

11. Once Upon a Time in the West

Soaring, elegant, hauntingly atmospheric - among the grandest evocations of the mythic West. Provides the perfect accompaniment to Leone's wonderful images and set-pieces. The way the score matches the picture also provides a masterclass in economy of use. The silences are of equal importance. Julian Allen

12. Schindler's List.

"A towering and remarkable score by John Williams, the finest film composer of all time, it elevates the viewer's spirit and clothes the film in unique beauty. Its moments of terror (Immolation) and remorse (I Could Have Done More) challenges people's emotions, and its rightly considered a masterpiece." Miltiades Christides