Music doesn't always make a film, but it certainly has the ability to elevate the medium in profound ways. Some of the best original scores for movies are just as brilliant with the visuals they accompany as they are without. When you need to focus, sometimes the best soundtrack isn't a killer album but instead, a killer soundtrack.

We took it upon ourselves to put together a list of some of our favorite original scores to listen to in isolation, removed from the material they were originally composed for. These are scores that stand up as incredible albums regardless of their original intent, from foreboding horror-inspired ambience to soaring orchestral grandiosity.