The following is a sortable list of cinema films which have music by Richard Wagner in their soundtracks (other than films of Wagner's operas themselves). Casual references (and use of the Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin ) are not included.
|Film||Date||Director||Music used from:||Ref.|
|The Birth of a Nation||1915||D. W. Griffith||"Ride of the Valkyries"|
|The Great Dictator||1940||Charlie Chaplin||Lohengrin , prelude|
|Murder!||1930||Alfred Hitchcock||Tristan und Isolde|
|Norbit||2007||Eddie Murphy||Ride of the Valkyries|
|What's Opera, Doc?||1957||Chuck Jones||Ring Cycle , Tannhäuser , The Flying Dutchman|
|Excalibur||1981||John Boorman||Parsifal , Tristan und Isolde , Götterdämmerung|
|Romeo + Juliet||1996||Baz Luhrmann||Tristan und Isolde, (Liebestod)|
|Melancholia||2011||Lars von Trier||Tristan und Isolde|
|Nymphomaniac||2013||Lars von Trier||Das Rheingold|
|Promising Young Woman||2020||Emerald Fennell||Tristan und Isolde|
|The New World||2006||Terrence Malick||Das Rheingold|
|Apocalypse Now||1979||Francis Ford Coppola||"Ride of the Valkyries"|
|The Blues Brothers||1980||John Landis||"Ride of the Valkyries"|
|Hitler: A Film from Germany||1977||Hans-Jürgen Syberberg||Ring Cycle|
|Alien: Covenant||2017||Ridley Scott||Das Rheingold , Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla|
|Ludwig: Requiem for a Virgin King||1972||Hans-Jürgen Syberberg||Ring Cycle , Tristan und Isolde , Lohengrin|
|Winifred Wagner und die Geschichte des Hauses Wahnfried 1914–1975||1975||Hans-Jürgen Syberberg||Ring Cycle|
|A Dangerous Method||2011||David Cronenberg||Siegfried , Die Walküre|
|The Curious Case of Benjamin Button||2008||David Fincher||Tannhäuser , aria "Dich, teure Halle"|
|Florence Foster Jenkins||2016||Stephen Frears||"Ride of the Valkyries"|
|To the Wonder||2012||Terrence Malick||Parsifal , prelude|
|L'Age d'Or||1930||Luis Buñuel||Tristan und Isolde|
|Un Chien Andalou||1929||Luis Buñuel||Tristan und Isolde|
|One Hundred Men and a Girl||1937||Henry Koster||Lohengrin , prelude to act 3|
|Triumph of the Will||1935||Leni Riefenstahl||Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg , "Wach' auf" chorus, (act 3, scene 5)|
|Humoresque||1946||Jean Negulesco||Tristan und Isolde , arranged by Franz Waxman.|
|Unfaithfully Yours||1948||Preston Sturges||Tannhäuser|
|Magic Fire||1955||William Dieterle||Ring Cycle|
|Lisztomania||1975||Ken Russell||Rienzi, Ring Cycle|
|Valkyrie||2008||Bryan Singer||"Ride of the Valkyries"|
|Nosferatu the Vampyre||1979||Werner Herzog||Das Rheingold|
|Christmas Holiday||1944||Robert Siodmak||Tristan und Isolde (Liebestod)|
|The Boys from Brazil||1978||Franklin Schaffner||Siegfried Idyll|
|Escape||1940||Mervyn LeRoy||Tristan und Isolde (“Liebestod”)|
|The Lion Man||1936||John P. McCarthy||“Ride of the Valkyries”|
|The Viking||1928||Roy William Neill||Parsifal, Flying Dutchman , Die Walküre|
|The Right to Live||1935||William Keighley||Tristan und Isolde|
|City Streets||1931||Rouben Mamoulian||Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg|
|Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars||1938||Frederick Stephani||Parsifal|
|Red River Valley||1941||Joseph Kane||“Ride of the Valkyries”, Rienzi|
|Secret Mission||1942||Harold French||Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg|
|Sullivan’s Travels||1941||Preston Sturges||"Ride of the Valkyries"|
|The Scarlet Empress||1934||Josef von Sternberg||"Ride of the Valkyries"|
|A Foreign Affair||1948||Billy Wilder||Lohengrin, overture|
|A Farewell to Arms||1932||Frank Borzage||Tristan und Isolde|
|That Obscure Object of Desire||1977||Luis Buñuel||“Ride of the Valkyries”|
|Abismos de pasión||1954||Luis Buñuel||Tristan und Isolde|
|Mondo Trasho||1969||John Waters||“Ride of the Valkyries”|
|Patriotism||1966||Yukio Mishima||Tristan und Isolde|
|Jarhead||2005||Sam Mendes||“Ride of the Valkyries”|
|8½||1963||Federico Fellini||“Ride of the Valkyries”|
|Love in the Afternoon||1957||Billy Wilder||Tristan und Isolde|
|Sedmikrásky (Daisies)||1966||Věra Chytilová||Götterdämmerung|
|Army of the Dead||2021||Zack Snyder||Götterdämmerung|
|Watchmen||2009||Zack Snyder||“Ride of the Valkyries”|
|Rango||2011||Gore Verbinski||“Ride of the Valkyries”|
|The Running Man||1987||Paul Michael Glaser||“Ride of the Valkyries”|
|Wrath of Man||2021||Guy Ritchie||“Ride of the Valkyries”|
|Army of Thieves||2021||Matthias Schweighöfer||Götterdämmerung , Das Rheingold , Ride of the Valkyries , Siegfried|
|Bronson||2008||Nicolas Winding Refn||Götterdämmerung , Das Rheingold|
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