The 99 Most Essential Classical Pieces in Movies

This is a highly-recommended collection.  It's a good introduction to classical music for almost anyone because it's best thought of as "The most recognizable classical pieces in Western culture."  These are familiar works that you have heard in other media and, in some cases, never knew you knew.


Since most pages featuring this collection do not give a complete list (i.e., one or more elements are missing), here are all the tracks including the composer, the complete title of the piece, and (in many cases) a film that prominently featured the piece.

1) Antonio Vivaldi - Also Sprach Zarathustra - Tone Poem for Large Orchestra, Op. 30: Introduction
2) Frédéric Chopin - Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46: In the Hall of the Mountain King (from Scoop)
3) Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky - Rhapsody in Blue (from Manhattan)
4) Giuseppe Verdi - Suite Bergamasque, L 75: Clair de lune
5) Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky - Requiem, K. 626: Lacrimosa dies illa (from The Big Lebowski)
6) Gabriel Fauré - The Valkyrie: Ride of the Valkyries
7) Johann Strauss II - Rinaldo, HWV 7: "Lascia ch'io pianga" (from Antichrist)
8) Franz Schubert - Carmina Burana: O Fortuna
9) Franz Schubert - Adagio for Strings, Op. 11a
10) Jean Sibelius - Cantata, BWV 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben", Part 2: X. Chorale: "Jesu bleibet meine Freude" (Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring)
11) Erik Satie - Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125, "Choral": II. Molto vivace (from A Clockwork Orange)
12) Camille Saint-Saëns - The Tale of Tsar Saltan, Op. 57: Flight of the Bumblebee (from 8 Mile)
13) Gioachino Rossini - Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068: Air
14) Johannes Brahms - Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27:2, "Moonlight Sonata": Adagio sostenuto
15) Gioachino Rossini - Toccata and Fugue in D Minor for Organ, BWV 565 (from Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde)
16) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Adagio in G Minor for Strings and Organ, "Albinoni's Adagio"
17) Sergey Rachmaninov - Gianni Schicchi: "O mio babbino caro" (from A Room with a View)
18) Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky - Morceaux de Fantasie, Op. 3: II. Prélude in C-Sharp Minor: Lento
19) Giacomo Puccini - Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 73, "Emperor": II. Adagio un poco mosso (attacca) (from Dead Poets Society)
20) Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92: II. Allegretto (from The Fall)
21) Johann Strauss II - Cavatina (from Deer Hunter)
22) Giacomo Puccini - Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67, "Fate": Allegro con brio
23) Arvo Pärt - Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Sz 106: III. Adagio (from The Shining)
24) Jacques Offenbach - Carmen Suite No. 2: Habanera
25) Modest Mussorgsky - Festival Overture in E-Flat Major, "The Year 1812", Op. 49 (from V for Vendetta)
26) Camille Saint-Saëns - Canon in D Major
27) Modest Mussorgsky - Ellen's Chants, D. 839: Ave Maria (from Alive)
28) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - The Tales of Hoffmann: Barcarolle (from Life Is Beautiful)
29) Ludwig van Beethoven - Nocturne No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 9
30) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Requiem Mass in D Minor, K. 626: III. Dies Irae (from X2)
31) Felix Mendelssohn - String Quintet in E Major, Op. 13: Minuet (from The Dark Knight)
32) Jules Massenet - Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G Minor
33) Pietro Mascagni - Préludes, Op. 28: No. 15 in D-Flat Major, "Raindrops" (from Moonraker)
34) Gustav Mahler - Rigoletto: "La donna e mobile" (from Captain Corelli's Mandolin)
35) Franz Liszt - Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor for Piano, Op. 35: III. Marche Funébre (Funeral March): Lento
36) Franz Liszt - The Sorcerer's Apprentice (from Fantasia)
37) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Humoresques, Op. 101, B. 187: No. 7 in G-Flat Major: Poco lento e grazioso
38) Ruggero Leoncavallo - Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95, "From the New World": Largo
39) Johann Strauss I - Samson et Dalila, Act 2: "Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix"
40) Franz Joseph Haydn - Pomp and Circumstance, Op. 39: Land of Hope and Glory
41) George Frederick Handel - Requiem, Op. 48: IV. Pie Jesu
42) Gaetano Donizetti - Messiah, HWV 56: Hallelujah Chorus
43) George Frederick Handel - L'Elisir d'Amore, Act 2: Una furtiva lagrima (from Match Point)
44) Gabriel Fauré - Solomon, HWV 67: The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (from Four Weddings and a Funeral)
45) Edward Elgar - String Quartet No. 62 in C Major, Op. 76:3, "Emperor": II. Poco adagio: Cantabile (from Casablanca)
46) Vincenzo Bellini - Radetzky March, Op. 228 (from Kate & Leopold)
47) Antonin Dvorák - Pagliacci: Vesti la giubba (from Happy Feet)
48) Antonin Dvorák - Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467: Andante
49) Paul Dukas - Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 (from Who Framed Roger Rabbit?)
50) Frédéric Chopin - Three Nocturnes for Piano, Op. 62: Liebestraum No. 3 in A-Flat Major, G 541: "O lieb so lang' Du lieben kannst": Poco allegro con affetto
51) Giuseppe Verdi - Symphony No. 5: Adagietto (from Death in Venice)
52) Frédéric Chopin - Cavalleria Rusticana: Intermezzo sinfonico (from Raging Bull)
53) Johannes Brahms - Thaïs: Meditation
54) Luigi Boccherini - A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: III. Wedding March (from American Gangster)
55) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Concerto in A Major for Clarinet and Orchestra, K. 622: II. Adagio (from 27 Dresses)
56) Frédéric Chopin - Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125, "Choral": An die Freude (from The Get Smart)
57) Jacques Offenbach - Serenade No. 13 in G Major, K. 525, "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik": Allegro (from There's Something About Mary)
58) Franz Schubert - Fantasy for Orchestra, "A Night on the Bare Mountain" (from Natural Born Killers)
59) Johann Pachelbel - Carnival of the Animals: The Swan (Le Cygne) (from Mona Lisa Smile)
60) Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky - Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. by Ravel): I. Promenade 1 - The Gnome - Promenade 2
61) Georges Bizet - Orphée aux enfers (Orpheus in the Underworld): Can-can (from Moulin Rouge)
62) Béla Bartók - Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten for Strings and Bell (1977) (from Fahrenheit 9/11)
63) Ludwig van Beethoven - La Bohème: "Che gelida manina" (from Moonstruck)
64) Stanley Myers - On the Beautiful Blue Danube, Op. 314
65) Ludwig van Beethoven - Sonata No. 8 in C Minor for Piano, Op. 13, "Sonata Pathétique": II. Adagio cantabile (from The Lost World: Jurassic Park)
66) Ludwig van Beethoven - Madame Butterfly: "Un bel di vedremo" (from Fatal Attraction)
67) Giacomo Puccini - The Nutcracker, Op. 71a: XIV. Waltz of the Flowers: Tempo di valse (from Caddyshack)
68) Tomaso Albinoni - Concerto No. 2 in C Minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 18: II. Adagio sostenuto (from Spider-man 3)
69) Johann Sebastian Bach - Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Overture (from Zombieland)
70) Antonio Vivaldi - The Barber of Seville: "Largo al factotum" (from Mrs. Doubtfire)
71) Ludwig van Beethoven - Lullaby (Guten Abend, Gute Nacht), Op. 49:4 (from The Truman Show)
72) Johann Sebastian Bach - William Tell: Overture (from Armageddon)
73) Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov - Danse Macabre, Op. 40 (from Shrek the Third)
74) Ludwig van Beethoven - Gymnopédie No. 1
75) Johann Sebastian Bach - Finlandia, Op. 26 (from Die Hard 2)
76) Samuel Barber - Quintet in A Major, D. 667, "The Trout": IV. Theme and Variations: Andantino - Allegretto (from The Sixth Sense)
77) Carl Orff - Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, D. 759, "The Unfinished": I. Allegro moderato
78) George Frederick Handel - Kaiserwaltzer (The Emperor's Waltzes), Op. 437 (from The Last Emperor)
79) Richard Wagner - Requiem, Op. 48: VII. In Paradisum
80) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20: Scéne
81) Claude Debussy - La Traviata: Brindisi (Libiamo ne' lieti calici) (from Pretty Woman)
82) Edvard Grieg - The Sleeping Beauty, Ballet Suite, Op. 66: Waltz (from Ronin)
83) George Gershwin - The Four Seasons, Op. 8, "Spring", RV 269: Allegro
84) Richard Strauss - Waltzes, Op. 64: No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor (from Arthur)
85) Giacomo Puccini - Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 582 (from The Godfather)
86) Maurice Ravel - Lohengrin: Bridal Chorus (from The Father of the Bride)
87) Frédéric Chopin - Serenade No. 13 in G Major, K. 525, "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik": II. Romance: Andante
88) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Concerto in C Major for Mandolin and Strings, RV 425: I. Allegro (from Kramer vs. Kramer)
89) Hector Berlioz - Trumpet Voluntary in D Major, "The Prince of Denmark's March" (from Julie & Julia)
90) Johann Sebastian Bach - Bagatelle in A Minor, WoO 59, "Für Elise" (from August Rush)
91) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - String Quartet No. 13 in A Minor, D. 804, "Rosamunde": II. Andante (from The Dark Knight)
92) Franz Schubert - Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), Act 3: Duettino - Sull'aria (from The Shawshank Redemption)
93) Ludwig van Beethoven - Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: I. Aria (from The Silence of the Lambs)
94) Franz Joseph Haydn - String Quartet in F Major, N. 35: II. Assez vif - Très rythmé (The Royal Tenenbaums)
95) Antonio Vivaldi - Serenade No. 10 in B-Flat Major, K. 361, "Gran Partita": III. Adagio (from Amadeus)
96) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Les Patineurs Valse (The Skater's Waltz), Op. 183 (from Chariots of Fire)
97) Johann Sebastian Bach - Nocturnes, Op. Posth. 72: No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor: Lento con gran espressione
98) Emile Waldteufel - Boléro (from 10)
99) Richard Wagner - Turandot: Nessun Dorma (from The Killing Fields)

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