- Lord of the Rings
- Harry Potter
- Star Wars
- The Mask of Zorro
- Pokemon the Movie 2000
- all the Inuyasha Movies
- Night at the Roxbury
- Pulp Fiction
- Kill Bill
- The Good the Bad and the Ugly
- The Prince of Egypt
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Hunchback of Notre Dame
- Winnie the Pooh
- The Lion King
- The Little Mermaid
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Do you only mean soundtracks that include popular music or ones that are based on the score?
I was about to ask the same question.
Speaking strictly of the scores, some of what I like can be found in this thread. I wouldn't necessarily call the pieces I've presented there "the best", but they're "awesome" in one way or another.
Strictly speaking of score, there's no doubt in my mind that Star Wars takes the cake. Actually, all three of the 'original' movies have fantastic scores. I think The Empire Strikes Back is probably my favourite.
I think a lot of the best movie scores tend to be fantasy and sci-fi movies because the subject matter of the film itself gives the composer more creative freedom. I kind of feel sorry for the guys who only score action movies because they're very constrained. Action scores tend to sound very similar; they're expected to sound that way.
A lot of what John Williams has composed is, for lack of a better term, 'classic'. There are probably few people in the world who wouldn't recognize The Raiders March from the Indiana Jones movies (probably the best action scores, since Spielberg and Lucas give Williams a lot of leeway), or the two notes from Jaws that quietly build into a loud crescendo, or the sweeping theme from Jurassic Park, or more recently the melody from Harry Potter. Williams is probably the best and most prolific composer of these fluffy pop orchestrations. I've known a couple classical music fans who can't stand the stuff because it's just "too pops" but I think they're nuts. There was a time when Mozart, Beethoven and all their other favourite composers were just writing the pops stuff of their day.
Soundtrack itself, taking into account pop and other songs that happen to play during the course of the movie, is much harder for me to speak of. Movies like O Brother Where Art Thou? speak for themselves.