Western movie themes are the soul of the western movies. They could be as wild as an untamed horse and they could be as soothing as a violin’s deep voice from an open grand canyon at midnight. No movie qualifies as a good western without a good western movie soundtrack.
If rustic western backdrop, crude characters and wildness of old west make you watch a western film then the western movie themes make you feel as you are present there yourself. One who loves western movies can’t deny the fact that it’s western film music which makes an everlasting effect on your mind!
And this effect has been so beautifully carved on western cinema by western film music composers like Ennio Morricone, Dimitri Tiomkin, Victor Young, Elmer Bernstein and Dominic Frontiere that time could never erode it. These western movie themes are as compelling and touching as they were years back. The ‘touch’ is always there.
Most-Wanted-Western-Movies.com presents the list of best western movie themes of all time.
Let’s start from Top to Bottom!
- A Man With Harmonica ( Once Upon A Time In West -1968) by Ennio Morricone
Nothing gives my spine a chill as this sound of harmonica with eco effects composed by the master himself – Ennio Morricone. Once Upon A Time in West (1968) is not only remembered for it classic Sergio Leone touch but also for this western movie theme which intensifies the extreme close-ups used by Sergio Leone. I rate this single track from Once Upon A Time In West as the best western film score.
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966) by Ennio Morricone
This western movie soundtrack is recognizable from a mile, such a unique piece of western film music from Ennio Morricone. This iconic theme was designed in places to mimic the sound of crying hyena. The shades of on screen drama are remarkably supported by background theme. Western soundtrack of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly gets as sharp as Blondy, as mean as Angel Eyes and as sarcastic as our favorite Tuco. In one word.. It is magnificent!
Once Upon A Time in West (1968) by Ennio Morricone
Although remarkable western film music in every sense, except for A Man With Harmonica track, Once Upon A Time In West comes after larger than life theme of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.
For a Few Dollars More (1965) by Ennio Morricone
- High Noon (1952) by Dimitri Tiomkin
- A Fistful of Dollars (1964) by Ennio Morricone
- Unforgiven (1992) by Lennie Niehaus
- The Magnificent Seven (1960) by Elmer Bernstein
- Rio Bravo (1959) by Dimitri Tiomkin
- Johny Guitar (1954) by Victor Young
- How The West Was Won (1962) by Alfred Newman
- My Name Is Nobody (1973) by Ennio Morricone
- Wand’rin’ Star – Paint Your Wagon (1969) by Frederick Loewe and Nelson Riddle
- The Assassination of Jesse James by Coward Robert Ford (2007) by Nick Cave Warren Ellis
- Alamo (1960) by Dimitri Tiomkin
- Comancheros (1961) by Elmer Bernstein
- The Big Country (1958) by Jerome Moross
- Ride the High Country (1962) by George Bassman
- Dances with Wolves (1990) by John Barry
- Wyatt Earp (1994) by James Newton Howard