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!!
2001: A Space Odyssey Movie Poster
2001: A Space Odyssey
G1968
Based on 14 critics

An imposing black structure provides a connection between the past and the future in this enigmatic adaptation... Read More

Small Soldiers Movie Poster
Small Soldiers
PG-131998
In Theaters on 1998

When teenager Alan (Gregory Smith) buys a set of Commando Elite action figures, he's unaware that they... Read More

Drop Dead Gorgeous Movie Poster
Drop Dead Gorgeous
PG-131999
In Theaters on July 23, 1999

An annual beauty pageant in small-town Minnesota turns ridiculously competitive and ultimately chaotic... Read More

Toy Story 2 Movie Poster
Toy Story 2
G1999
Based on 34 critics

Woody (Tom Hanks) is stolen from his home by toy dealer Al McWhiggin (Wayne Knight), leaving Buzz Lightyear... Read More

Magnolia Movie Poster
Magnolia
R1999
Based on 34 critics

On one random day in the San Fernando Valley, a dying father, a young wife, a male caretaker, a famous... Read More

Man on the Moon Movie Poster
Man on the Moon
R1999
Based on 34 critics

Jim Carrey stars as the late Andy Kaufman, who was considered one of the most innovative, eccentric and... Read More

Spaceballs Movie Poster
Spaceballs
PG1987
Based on 14 critics

In a distant galaxy, planet Spaceball has depleted its air supply, leaving its citizens reliant on a... Read More

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Being There Movie Poster
Being There
PG1979
In Theaters on May 1, 1994

Simple-minded Chance (Peter Sellers), a gardener who has resided in the Washington, D.C., townhouse of... Read More

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Zoolander
PG-132001
Based on 31 critics

Propelled to the top of the fashion world by a photogenic gaze he calls "Blue Steel," dimwitted male... Read More

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Death to Smoochy
R2002
Based on 30 critics

Tells the story of Rainbow Randolph (Robin Williams), the corrupt, costumed star of a popular children's... Read More

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle Movie Poster
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
R2004
Based on 29 critics

Nerdy accountant Harold (John Cho) and his irrepressible friend, Kumar (Kal Penn), get stoned watching... Read More

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Movie Poster
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
PG2005
Based on 40 critics

Based on the beloved Roald Dahl tale, this comedic and fantastical film follows young Charlie Bucket... Read More

Lords of Dogtown Movie Poster
Lords of Dogtown
PG-132005
Based on 35 critics

A drought in 1970s Southern California has an unexpected side effect: as people empty their swimming... Read More

The Simpsons Movie Movie Poster
The Simpsons Movie
PG-132007
Based on 36 critics

The combination of Homer (Dan Castellaneta), his new pet pig, and a leaky silo full of excrement triggers... Read More

Semi-Pro Movie Poster
Semi-Pro
R2008
Based on 29 critics

In 1976, singer Jackie Moon (Will Ferrell) uses the profits from his only hit single to fulfill a longtime... Read More

Turner & Hooch Movie Poster
Turner & Hooch
PG1989
In Theaters on June 16, 2008

Det. Scott Turner (Tom Hanks) is an uptight, by-the-book police officer who hopes to leave his sleepy... Read More

The Big Bus Movie Poster
The Big Bus
PG1976
In Theaters on 1976

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