The Most Inspirational Instrumental Music from Movies

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From “Interstellar” to “The Lion King”, these are the most inspirational instrumental movie scores that will give you all the feels.

The Shawshank Redemption

One of the most popular and well-loved films of all time, The Shawshank Redemption is a story of hope, friendship, and the power of the human spirit. It’s also a film with some of the most iconic and inspirational music in movie history.

The score for The Shawshank Redemption was composed by Thomas Newman, one of Hollywood’s most celebrated film composers. Newman’s score perfectlycaptures the emotional journey of the film’s protagonist, Andy Dufresne, as he adapting to life in prison and eventually finds redemption.

The main theme from The Shawshank Redemption is “Shawshank Redemption Theme” by Thomas Newman. This beautiful and evocative piece of music has become one of the most iconic and beloved pieces of movie music ever composed. It perfectly encapsulates the emotions of hope, friendship, and redemption that are at the heart of the film.

If you’re looking for some inspirational and uplifting music from movies, look no further than The Shawshank Redemption.

Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump is an American drama film based on the novel of the same name by Winston Groom. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson, and Sally Field. The story depicts several decades in the life of Forrest Gump (Hanks), a slow-witted but kind-hearted man from Alabama who witnesses and inadvertently influences several defining historical events in the 20th century United States.

The film differs substantially from Groom’s novel, including different characters, incidents, and a more optimistic ending. Principal photography took place in late 1993 and moved among various locations in Georgia (United States), North Carolina (US), South Carolina (US), and Virginia (US).

Forrest Gump won multiple awards and nominations during its theatrical release. At the 67th Academy Awards, it won six Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Hanks, Best Director for Zemeckis, Best Adapted Screenplay forEric Roth , Best Visual Effects , and Best Film Editing . It also won Golden Globe Awards for Best Motion Picture – Drama , Best Actor – Drama for Hanks, Best Director for Zemeckis, and Best Supporting Actor for Sinise.

The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight is one of the most iconic and influential superhero movies of all time. The score, composed by Hans Zimmer, is one of the most memorable and moving pieces of music in any movie. This instrumental track, entitled “Aurora,” begins with a soft piano melody that swells into a grand and sweeping orchestral piece. The music is both dark and heroic, perfectly capture the mood of the film.

The Godfather

The Godfather is one of the most iconic and influential films of all time. It is also one of the few films to have been released in multiple versions, with both the original theatrical cut and the reconstructed footage from Mario Puzo’s original novel being widely available.

The film’s score is one of its most memorable aspects, with composer Nino Rota creating a series of unforgettable pieces that have been used in countless other films and TV shows over the years. The theme from The Godfather is perhaps the most iconic, with its instantly recognizable melody and soaring string arrangement. Other standout tracks include “The Immigrant Song” (featured during the opening credits), “Speak Softly Love” (used during the famous wedding scene), and “I Have but One Heart” (played during the film’s emotional final moments).

The Silence of the Lambs

The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 American horror thriller film directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, and Scott Glenn. Based on the 1988 novel of the same name by Thomas Harris, the film tells the story of Clarice Starling, a young FBI trainee who is tasked with catching a serial killer known as “Buffalo Bill”. The novel was originally adapted into a film in 1986 with different actors, but it was not as successful.

The Silence of the Lambs won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Hopkins, and Best Actress for Foster.

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