There are plenty of classical music cliches in movie history, but perhaps none catchier or featured more prominently in popular films than Richard Strauss's 'Also Sprach Zarathustra.'

You probably know it best as the theme from '2001:A Space Odyssey' or as that song that plays every time a scene needs to be more EPIC! The moment it starts, you know something awe-inspiring is about to happen.

To prove just how engrained in our pop culture lexicon it has become, we have compiled an obscene number of music cues for your viewing pleasure. Here is our selection of the best and worst examples of those infamous five notes: Dun ... dun ... dun ... DUH-DUH!!
The Big Bus
In Theaters on January 1st, 1976

Bad drivers (Joseph Bologna, John Beck) and disaster threaten huge atomic bus. Read More

Death to Smoochy
Based on 30 critics

A fired TV star (Robin Williams) tries to kill his replacement (Edward Norton). Read More

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
Based on 29 critics

Stoned roommates (John Cho, Kal Penn) search for hamburgers in New Jersey. Read More

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Based on 40 critics

Five children tour the wondrous factory of an odd confectioner (Johnny Depp). Read More

Lords of Dogtown
Based on 35 critics

Californians (Emile Hirsch, Victor Rasuk, John Robinson) pioneer a new style of skateboarding. Read More

The Simpsons Movie
Based on 36 critics

Homer (Dan Castellaneta) must save the world from a catastrophe that he created. Read More

Based on 29 critics

A singer (Will Ferrell) uses the profits from his only hit to buy a basketball league's worst team. Read More

Based on 39 critics

A robot leaves Earth to chase a shapely mechanical scout across the galaxy. Read More

Small Soldiers
In Theaters on July 10th, 1998

A boy becomes involved in a war when a faulty microchip turns toy soldiers into an army. Read More

Turner & Hooch
In Theaters on June 16th, 2008

Drooling dog helps tidy detective (Tom Hanks) get drug thugs. Read More

Drop Dead Gorgeous
Based on 28 critics

Two mothers try to help their daughters win a beauty contest for the title of Dairy Queen. Read More

Toy Story 2
Based on 34 critics

When a toy collector kidnaps Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the others band together to bring him home. Read More

Based on 34 critics

Coincidence and fate link several people (Jason Robards, Julianne Moore, Tom Cruise). Read More

Based on 14 critics

President Skroob (Mel Brooks) pits heroes against an evil foe (Rick Moranis). Read More

2001: A Space Odyssey
Based on 14 critics

Supercomputer HAL 9000 guides astronauts on a trip to find the origins of humans. Read More

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Being There
In Theaters on May 1st, 1994

President (Jack Warden) and D.C. power broker heed gardener's (Peter Sellers) utterings. Read More

Based on 31 critics

A supermodel (Ben Stiller) becomes mixed-up in an assassination plot. Read More