10The Odd Couple (1968)
#10 on our list of top 10 movie themes ever list is The Odd Couple. When Felix (Jack Lemmon) becomes suicidal over his impending divorce, he moves in with his best friend Oscar (Walter Matthau). Felix drives Oscar crazy with his obsession over his soon-to-be ex. Oscar tries to get him out of his funk by arranging a double date with two wacky British neighbors, Cecily (Monica Evans) and Gwendolyn (Carole Shelley). However, the plan backfires and Felix grows even more despondent.
9Chariots of Fire (1981)
In the class-obsessed and religiously divided United Kingdom of the 1920s, two runners train for the 1924 Olympics. Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson), a devout Christian, sees running as part of his worship of God’s glory and refuses to train or compete on the Sabbath. Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross) overcomes anti-Semitism and class bias, but neglects his beloved sweetheart Sybil (Alice Krige). The score for this great pic is glorious.
8Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
After his childhood buddy is murdered while visiting Detroit, rebellious cop Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) follows a lead to Beverly Hills, California. He checks in with old friend Jenny Summers (Lisa Eilbacher) and starts to believe her boss, art dealer Victor Maitland (Steven Berkoff), might have been involved with the murder. Axel is trying to solve the case however, Lt. Bogomil (Ronny Cox) of the Beverly Hills Police Department does not trust Foley quite yet.
7Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Science fiction adventure about a group of people who attempt to contact alien intelligence. Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) witnesses an unidentified flying object, and even has a “sunburn” from its bright lights to prove it. Roy refuses to accept an explanation for what he saw and is prepared to give up his life to pursue the truth about UFOs. But if Roy can’t convince you, this top 10 movie theme will on its own.
6St. Elmos Fire (1985)
A group of recent college graduates embark on a series of misadventures in the real world. There’s Kirby (Emilio Estevez), a waiter who wants to be a lawyer; Kevin (Andrew McCarthy), a moody writer who yearns for the wild Jules (Demi Moore); Alec (Judd Nelson), whose political aspirations alienate his girlfriend, Leslie (Ally Sheedy); and Wendy (Mare Winningham), a quiet girl in love with Billy (Rob Lowe), who juggles roles as husband, dad and drunk. Together they grapple with adulthood.
5The Good The Bad and the Ugly (1966)
A mysterious stranger named Blondie (Clint Eastwood) and a Mexican outlaw named Tuco (Eli Wallach), form an uneasy partnership in the Southwest during the Civil War. Blondie turns in the bandit for reward money, then rescues him just as he is about to be hung. When Blondie’s shot at the noose around Tuco’s neck is missed, a furious Tuco decideds to have him murdered. All is seemingly forgiven, as the men reunite to beat out a sadistic criminal and the Union army to find $20,000 buried in the desert. Great film for sure, but the movie theme playing in the background makes all the difference in this picture.
Secretary Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) is on the run after stealing $40,000 from her employer. Traveling on the back roads to avoid police, she stops for the night at the decrepit Bates Motel. She soon meets the polite, but highly strung, proprietor Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins). For the most part things are okay, until the movie’s theme begins to play and the story takes a turn. Psycho is a thriller favorite.
3Star Wars (1977)
New movie fans and older ones alike know what the music score to this great sci-fi picture sounds like. The Imperial’s March and the main title theme are some of the film industry’s best. George Lucas gave us the unforgettable visuals, and John Williams gave us the remarkable score. A top 10 movie theme that is big in every sense of the word.
2Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Steven Spielberg’s 80’s cult classic is #2 on our top 10 movie themes ever list. One look at the distinguished Dr. Indiana Jones and moviegoers know they’re in for a thrill ride. The search for the Ark of the Covenant, sponsored by the U.S. Government would not be complete with theme music that is befitting such an undertaking. The explosions, chase scenes, comedy, and music will keep you engaged.
Our top 10 movie themes ever rolls to #1 with Rocky. One of the most famous movie themes of all time, and certainly one of the most famous with a boxing story line. Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky is beloved by so many because it is the ultimate underdog-triumphs-against-all-odds story. A small time fighter gets a once in a lifetime shot at becoming world champ. In his way is the champ Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers). Made for one million dollars in 1978, the original and sequels have generated over a billion dollars in box office sales.