20 Popular Movie Themes
What makes a great movie? A stellar cast, an excellent script, sharp direction, and yes, a theme that will keep on playing in the heads of moviegoers long after they have left the theater.
OK, so some of the films listed below are not exactly Oscar Best Picture material. But one thing’s for sure: they’ve all got kick-ass themes that have become just as popular and memorable as the movies themselves. Sort of like the TV theme songs I'll never forget, stuck in my head for all time.
One word: magical.
2. Rocky theme
I just love how this whole theme starts with fanfare reminiscent of gladiator-themed movies, then evolves into a full-blown funk orchestra. Cool.
This theme made me feel like Michael Myers is gonna come right out of nowhere and stab me with that big-ass knife of his.
One of the most recognizable guitar licks ever.
John Williams is a movie theme god, and this one’s the proof.
Not a few people have confused this one with the Star Wars theme, but the Superman theme is an entirely different John Williams creation, and just as rousing.
Have you ever heard a bass line that is more recognizable? Probably not.
8. Jaws theme
If there’s one movie theme that perfectly conveys that feeling of impending doom, this has got to be it.
One unforgettable tribute to this theme from The Godfather is that Paulie Walnuts from "The Sopranos" had his car horn rigged to play this tune.
Another John Williams masterpiece.
This theme has been remade and remixed countless times, but nothing beats the Henry Mancini original.
It was fun listening to Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley sing their own drunken version of that "Yo Ho" pirate song in the first movie.
This is one theme that absolutely captures the swashbuckling nature of this film series.
Great theme music from what is probably the greatest film series of all time.
15. Terminator theme
You can tell this is one action-packed flick by its theme music alone.
If John Williams is to Steven Spielberg films, then Alan Silvestri is to Robert Zemeckis movies. The Back to the Future trilogy is just the first in a long line of Zemeckis films Silvestri has composed music for.
Silly, carefree music at its best.
18. Psycho theme
The shower scene where Janet Leigh gets skewered wasn’t all that scary, but it’s the accompanying ominous music that never fails to make anyone cringe.
I remember spending hours as a kid trying to play this tune on my dad’s keyboard.
20. Titanic theme
Celine Dion’s voice was everywhere for more than a year after this gigahit premiered, right to a point where it just became sickening.
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