Top 15 Inspirational Movie Soundtracks to Write To

If you are a writer and don’t already listen to music when you write, you may want to consider changing that. Music has the ability to stimulate our imaginations, create emotions, and inspire thought. So next time you can’t seem to incorporate genuine emotion in a sad scene, try listening to a sad song. It will help you channel its emotion into your writing. Just be careful you are aware of what you are listening to throughout each type of scene. You wouldn’t want to be listening to a sad song during what’s supposed to be a happy scene! 

Since music is so powerful, learn how to be strategic with what songs you listen to based on a certain character, mood, or time period. So tune out the world and fall into your world of writing as you listen to these songs. Click any title to listen.

I Don’t Think Now is the Best Time

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End


Composer: Hans Zimmer
Time: 10:44
If you’re looking for a good song to play behind an action scene, this song sets the stage perfectly. Just don’t let any pirates crawl into your story because of it! Played during the final battle of the 3rd Pirates of the Caribbean, the song captures the epicness of the scene and can help you incorporate that same emotion in your own writing. Plus, the length of the song allows you to be fully submerged in your story.

A Postcard to Henry Purcell

Pride and Prejudice

Composer: Dario Marianelli
Time: 2:39
This song plays as Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy dance seemingly alone as they’ve filtered out everyone but each other in the room. I often listen to this song for more serious scenes.




Composer: Hans Zimmer
Time: 4:36
This is the song that beautifully ties up the ending of the movie Inception. It feels both inspirational and hopeful. When you reach the end of writing your story, try giving this track a try to create an equally beautiful ending.

At Wit’s End

At World’s End

Composer: Hans Zimmer
Time: 8:03
Starting out slowly and quietly, At Wit’s End provides the perfect transition into an action scene as the volume grows and the pace quickens. It also contains several slower sections to allow for any downtime within an action scene.

Beauty Killed the Beast part V

King Kong

Composer: James Newton Howard

Time: 4:13

This is one of my favorite songs for writing sad scenes and usually finds itself on repeat for a few rounds. It has so much emotion built into the song that you can feel it strengthening your scene. This could be good for a farewell scene, a death, or any moment you would want your readers to feel a sense of sadness.

The Stag


Composer: Patrick Doyle
Time: 4:56

Adventure awaits in this song from Cinderella for the majority of the beginning. The 3 and a half minute mark is my favorite part of the song as it slows down. It’s maybe not the best song to write to, but you can check it out by clicking on the title above to see if you can find a place for it in your own story.

Air Raid Drill

Mockingjay Part 1

Composer: James Newton Howard
Time: 4:32

The two and a half minute mark is about where this song gets really good. It encompasses a sense of urgency, action, and a hint of hope. Composed by the same man, this song has hints of Beauty Killed the Beast from the King Kong soundtrack I mentioned earlier. So if you liked that one, you’ll love this one.

The Red Flower

Jungle Book

Composer: John Debney
Time: 3:15

Is one of your characters having an adventure through the jungle? In this part of the soundtrack, Mowgli runs through the jungle, carrying a torch of fire to save his animal friends. While the song works really well in the scene, that doesn’t mean yours has to be the same. Give it a listen and see what it inspires your characters to do.

Gwen and Arthur


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Composer: Rob Lane

Time: 5:29

The Spotify version is very short (only 53 seconds), but you can listen to a much longer version of it on YouTube in the above link. As Gwen and Arthur’s love theme, it will work for any romantic scene you need to write. For another good taste of it, listen to the beginning of the finale track on this album.

Relieve Him of His Wand

Newt Says Goodbye to Tina

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Composer: James Newton Howard

Time: 12:33
Time: 3:26

These two tracks take place near the end of the movie, which is full of goodbyes, tears, and hope. You may hear a little bit of Polar Express in the theme music of the soundtrack, but it’s just as powerful and lovely to listen to. These songs could both work well for the ending of a story.

I Understood Something


Anna Karenina

Composer: Dario Marianelli
Time: 3:18
Time: 1:53
The first song feels like a song you would hear as the credits start rolling immediately after a shocking ending to a movie. The feel of the first is like walking in a dream, everything passing by as if you were a ghost. -opera, whimsical

The second sounds more operatic and whimsical. It would be perfect to play behind a dance or any elegant scene. Think rich women in ball gowns.

Samwise the Brave

Two Towers

Composer: Howard Shore
Time: 3:46

If any of your characters ever need hope or inspiration, give them this song to uplift them like Sam did to deliver Frodo into Mordor. With such a powerful song, your characters could feel invincible.

The Fellowship Reunited

The Return of the King


Composer: Howard Shore

Time: 12:18 (extended album)

This is another great song to play as you wrap up your story. With its many transitions of mood, you can glide along wrapping up your story in a beautiful way. -sometimes the mood changes too quickly and you have to skip the song or reset it to the beginning

So there’s the top for my favorite tracks to listen to. Of course, as a fantasy writer, I lean more towards the action inspiring songs. If these don’t work for your genre of writing, let me know what it is. I might have just the song in mind!

Or, check out my full playlist on Spotify by clicking on the links for “Music to Write To” or “Movie Soundtracks” if you want the full albums and a wider selection. More and more amazing soundtracks are being released, so I’m always adding to the list.

Have fun finding the perfect songs to write your stories to. Feel free to share yours in the comment section below.



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