The Best Film Scores of 2023 (So Far)

Before fall festivals bring in a wave of serious awards contenders, IndieWire is looking back at the movies we’ve already seen and loved — and the scores that brought them to even fuller life. Releases may keep getting pushed back, but there are already enough film scores living rent-free in our heads (and on repeat in our Spotify playlist) to spotlight the movie music from earlier in the year that tends to get lost in the wave of fall and winter releases.

Our (so far) favorites are wide-ranging; they include everything from intimate love stories to inventive looks into the past to the biggest and loudest blockbusters. But the best scores of 2023 find ways to capture the scope of their stories through music, become an integral part of their films’ pacing, and innovate interesting sounds to better get at the heart of their characters.

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