West Side Story Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, 1961Jazz-propelled percussion, Shakespearean grandeur and great lyrics make for an edgy brilliance in Sondheim and Bernstein's breakthrough street opera.
The Big Country Jerome Moross, 1958The old West never sounded so new, shimmering or so big as it did in Moross's score for this Gregory Peck film, as its success as a 1990s dance music sample demonstrated. Grace of My Heart Various, 1996The film may have verged on parody, but its soundtrack of 1950s and 1960s pop facsimiles is lovely, touching and fun and enough to pass for a long-lost Phil Spector project.
Dr No Monty Norman/John Barry, 1962The film that introduced not just the 'dang danga dannnng dang dang dang dang' James Bond theme, but also Honey Ryder singing Underneath the Mango Tree. Reservoir Dogs Various, 1992On the so-bad-it's-good principle which would see him revive the career of John Travolta, Quentin chose some of the worst songs from the Seventies - notably Stuck in the Middle With You by Stealers Wheel - and made them hip.
Goldfinger John Barry, 1964So perfectly judged are all John Barry's Bond scores that they could fill half this list. Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence David Sylvian and Ryuichi Sakamoto, 1983Featuring an unlikely David Bowie as a Japanese POW, Nagisa Oshima's film is now best remembered for its melancholically beautiful soundtrack.
The Harder They Come Various, 1972Jimmy Cliff's buoyant title track and You Can Get it if You Really Want are the evergreen hits that helped turn pop audiences' ears to reggae, but the supporting acts, The Maytals and The Slickers, provide the mournful magic here.
Trouble Man Marvin Gaye, 1972'There's only three things that's for sure: taxes, death and trouble,' Marvin Gaye sings on the opening track of this noirish, nervy and mainly instrumental soundtrack about a tough private detective.
A sequel followed, but the director Larry Cohen rejected Brown's music - because it didn't sound like him.
Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid Bob Dylan, 1973Dylan's lazily strummed soundtrack, where banjos bounce and Knockin' on Heaven's Door makes weariness sound wonderful, spoke volumes.
The Godfather II Nino Rota/Carmine Coppola, 1974Just as Francis Ford Coppola's sequel is even more nuanced and resonant than The Godfather, so its score - in which Nino Rota's haunting theme is supplemented by new pieces by Coppola's father, Carmine - is even better. Its big, brilliant soundtrack of jukebox classics did all the work for it.
American Graffiti Various, 1973For an unapologetically slight slice of nostalgia about the mythic power of rock? Wild Style Various, 1983Rap's Rock Around the Clock mythologised graffiti writers, downtown DJs and New York's emerging street sound.
Here he sticks to the piano and lets Gayle sugar-coat his picaresque brand of romance.
The Mission Ennio Morricone, 1986Roland Joffe's epic historical tale starred Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons and some glorious scenery, but still owed its emotional impact to Morricone's cascading score.