Top 10 Best Composers of All Time

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Ennio Morricone
A classmate of director Sergio Leone with whom he would form one of the great director/composer partnerships (right up there with Eisenstein & Prokofiev, Hitchcock & Herrmann, Fellini & Rota), Ennio Morricone studied at Rome's Santa Cecilia Conservatory, where he specialized in trumpet. His first film scores were relatively undistinguished...
“ Best known for:

Once Upon a Time in America
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The Untouchables
Cinema Paradiso
The Mission ” - Serpico_08
John Williams
As one of the best known, awarded, and financially successful composers in US history, John Williams is as easy to recall as John Philip Sousa, Aaron Copland or Leonard Bernstein, illustrating why he is "America's composer" time and again. With a massive list of awards that includes over 41 Oscar nominations (five wins)...
“ Best known for:

Star Wars
Schindler's List
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
Saving Private Ryan ” - Serpico_08
Hans Zimmer
German-born composer Hans Zimmer is recognized as one of Hollywood's most innovative musical talents. He featured in the music video for The Buggles' single "Video Killed the Radio Star", which became a worldwide hit and helped usher in a new era of global entertainment as the first music video to be aired on MTV (August 1, 1981)...
“ Best known for:

Rain Man
The Lion King
The Dark Knight
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl ” - Serpico_08
Danny Elfman
Music Department, Corpse Bride
As Danny Elfman was growing up in the Los Angeles area, he was largely unaware of his talent for composing. It wasn't until the early 1970s that Danny and his older brother Richard Elfman started a musical troupe while in Paris; the group "Mystic Knights of Oingo-Boingo" was created for Richard's directorial debut...
“ Best known for:

Edward Scissorhands
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Batman Returns
Mission: Impossible
Men in Black ” - Serpico_08
Thomas Newman
Music Department, WALL·E
Thomas Newman is an American film score composer. He was born in Los Angeles. His father was notable film score composer Alfred Newman (1900-1970). The Newman family is of Russian-Jewish descent, and includes several other well-known musicians. Thomas' mother Martha Louis Montgomery (1920-2005) wanted her sons to have a musical education...
“ Best known for:

American Beauty
The Green Mile
Finding Nemo
The Shawshank Redemption ” - Serpico_08
“ Best known for:

Twin Peaks (TV series)
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
Mulholland Drive
Lost Highway
Blue Velvet ” - Serpico_08
Harry Gregson-Williams
Composer, Shrek
Harry Gregson-Williams is a composer. He was the composer on all four installments of the blockbuster Shrek franchise; garnered a BAFTA nomination for the score for the first Shrek; and received Golden Globe and Grammy Award nominations for his score to Andrew Adamson's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion...
“ Best known for:

Enemy of the State
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Shrek 1, 2
Man on Fire
Kingdom of Heaven ” - Serpico_08
James Horner
Music Department, Titanic
James Horner began studying piano at the age of five, and trained at the Royal College of Music in London, England, before moving to California in the 1970s. After receiving a bachelor's degree in music at USC, he would go on to earn his master's degree at UCLA and teach music theory there. He later completed his Ph.D...
“ Best known for:

The Mask of Zorro
Troy ” - Serpico_08
Éric Serra
Music Department, The Fifth Element
Eric Serra was born on September 9th, 1959 near Paris in France. His mother died when he was only 7 years old. His father, Claude Serra was a well-know songwriter in France in late 50s and 60s. Serra began to learn play the guitar at 11 years old and became a professional musician for Mory Kante;, Didier Lockwood and Michel Murty at 15 years old...
“ Best known for:

Le grand bleu
The Fifth Element
Joan of Arc ” - Serpico_08
Henry Mancini
Music Department, The Pink Panther
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, but brought up in Pennsylvania, where he played the flute in a local band, as a youth, before sending some arrangements to Benny Goodman. Goodman offered him a job and, after serving in WWII, he joined the rearranged Glenn Miller band. In 1952, he was given a two-week assignment...
“ Best known for:

Breakfast at Tiffany's
The Pink Panther
The Pink Panther Strikes Again
The Great Race ” - Serpico_08