Anyone who understands movies knows just how important music can be to the overall quality of the film. No matter whether you're talking abou a blockbuster action movie, a sweeping romance, or a cerebral drama, a strong score changes everything. A skilled composer can tell a story with sheet music in the way a director can with actors or a screenwriter can with a word processor.

Of course the irony of a bad score is that you don’t realize how important they are until you get a bad one.

That’s not to say that the state of cinema music is on the downtrend. It’s the opposite, actually. With composers like Hans Zimmer, Clint Mansell, Johnny Greenwood, Alexandre Desplat, and a whole host of others, we’ve seen a mini renaissance in the film industry over the last decade. Just recently we’ve heard gems like the scores for The Master, Stoker, and Mud. Even Man of Steel’s score was memorable, despite the movie itself falling flat.

So if you’re a film aficionado looking to revisit some of your favorites or a beginner trying to learn the ropes, we’re recounting 25 Movie Scores to Make Your Life Feel More Epic.

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