My Favourite Composers of Film Music

Within the description box for each composer is the amount of scores I have heard by them (this only includes the films I have seen all the way through). They are in order of year of release.

My favourite score is highlighted in GREEN and the most recently added score is in BOLD. [UNDER CONSTRUCTION]
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1.
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)...
“ Film scores heard by: 34

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
12 Years a Slave (2013)
Rush (2013)
Man of Steel (2013)
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
Rango (2011)
How Do You Know (2010)
Inception (2010)
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
The Boat That Rocked (2009, uncredited)
The Dark Knight (2008)
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)
The Holiday (2006)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
Batman Begins (2005)
Madagascar (2005)
Shark Tale (2004)
The Last Samurai (2003)
The Ring (2002)
Black Hawk Down (2001)
Hannibal (2001)
Gladiator (2000)
The Thin Red Line (1998)
The Prince of Egypt (1998)
As Good as It Gets (1997)
Muppets Treasure Island (1996)
The Lion King (1994)
Cool Runnings (1993)
True Romance (1993)
Toys (1992)
Thelma & Louise (1991)
Rain Man (1988) ” - MichaelBramhald
 
2.
“ Film scores heard by: 32

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
Cosmopolis (2012)
Hugo (2011)
A Dangerous Method (2011)
Eastern Promises (2007)
The Departed (2006)
A History of Violence (2005)
The Aviator (2004)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
Gangs of New York (2002)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
Spider (2002)
Panic Room (2002)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
The Score (2001)
Dogma (1999)
eXistenZ (1999)
The Game (1997)
Se7en (1995)
Ed Wood (1994)
Philadelphia (1993)
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
Naked Lunch (1993)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
An Innocent Man (1989)
Dead Ringers (1988)
Big (1988)
The Fly (1986)
Videodrome (1983)
Scanners (1981)
The Brood (1979) ” - MichaelBramhald
 
3.
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)...
“ Film scores heard by: 36

Lincoln (2012)
War Horse (2011)
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (2011)
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
Munich (2005)
War of the Worlds (2005)
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
The Terminal (2004)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Minority Report (2002)
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
Sleepers (1996)
Schindler's List (1993)
Jurassic Park (1993)
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
Hook (1991)
Home Alone (1990)
Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Empire of the Sun (1987)
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Jaws 2 (1978)
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Family Plot (1976)
Jaws (1975) ” - MichaelBramhald
 
4.
Thomas Newman
Music Department, WALL·E
“ Film scores heard by: 23

Saving Mr Banks (2013)
Side Effects (2013)
Skyfall (2012)
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
Brothers (2009)
Revolutionary Road (2008)
WALL·E (2008)
The Good German (2006)
Little Children (2006)
Jarhead (2005)
Cinderella Man (2005)
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
Finding Nemo (2003)
Road to Perdition (2002)
The Green Mile (1999)
American Beauty (1999)
Meet Joe Black (1998)
Oscar and Lucinda (1997)
The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)
Little Women (1994)
The Shawkshank Redemption (1994)
Scent of a Woman (1992)
The Player (1992) ” - MichaelBramhald
 
5.
“ Film scores heard by: 15

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Argo (2012)
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Carnage (2011)
The Ides of March (2011)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
The Tree of Life (2011)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
The King's Speech (2010)
The Ghost Writer (2010)
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
The Painted Veil (2006)
The Queen (2006)
Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003) ” - MichaelBramhald
 
6.
Carter Burwell
Music Department, Fargo
“ Film scores heard by: 24

Seven Psychopaths (2012)
True Grit (2010)
The Kids Are All Right (2010)
A Serious Man (2009)
Burn After Reading (2008)
In Bruges (2008)
No Country for Old Men (2007)
Kinsey (2004)
S1m0ne (2002)
The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)
A Knight's Tale (2001)
Being John Malkovich (1999)
Velvet Goldmine (1998)
The Big Lebowski (1998)
Gods and Monsters (1998)
Fargo (1996)
A Goofy Movie (1995)
Rob Roy (1995)
Wayne's World 2 (1993)
This Boy's Life (1993)
Barton Fink (1991)
Miller's Crossing (1990)
Raising Arizona (1987)
Blood Simple. (1984) ” - MichaelBramhald
 
7.
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...
“ Film scores heard by: 32

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Men in Black 3 (2012)
Dark Shadows (2012)
Real Steel (2011)
The Next Three Days (2010)
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Terminator Salvation (2009)
Wanted (2008)
Corpse Bride (2005)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Big Fish (2003)
Red Dragon (2002)
Men in Black II (2002)
Spider-Man (2002)
Planet of the Apes (2001)
Spy Kids (2001)
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Flubber (1997)
Men in Black (1997)
Mars Attacks! (1996)
The Frighteners (1996)
Mission: Impossible (1996)
Black Beauty (1994)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Batman Returns (1992)
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Darkman (1990)
Batman (1989)
Beetlejuice (1988) ” - MichaelBramhald
 
8.
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...
“ Films scores heard by: 23

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
Avatar (2009)
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Apocalypto (2006)
The Chumscrubber (2005)
Troy (2004)
Iris (2001)
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
The Grinch (2000)
Mighty Joe Young (1998)
The Mask of Zorro (1998)
Titanic (1997)
Balto (1995)
Jumanji (1995)
Apollo 13 (1995)
Casper (1995)
Braveheart (1995)
The Pagemaster (1994)
Patriot Games (1992)
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991)
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
The Land Before Time (1988)
Aliens (1986) ” - MichaelBramhald
 
9.
Alan Silvestri
Composer, Forrest Gump
In over thirty years as a film composer, Alan Silvestri has blazed an innovative trail with his exciting and melodic scores, winning the applause of Hollywood and movie audiences the world over. Born in Manhattan in 1950, Alan was first drawn to music at an early age. Beginning as a drummer, his love for instruments quickly grew to include the bassoon...
“ Film scores heard by: 23

Flight (2012)
Avengers Assemble (2012)
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
A Christmas Carol (2009)
Night at the Museum (2006)
Van Helsing (2004)
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003)
Maid in Manhattan (2002)
Lilo & Stitch (2002)
The Mummy Returns (2001)
What Women Want (2000)
Cast Away (2000)
Stuart Little (1999)
Mousehunt (1997)
The Quick and the Dead (1993)
Ri¢hie Ri¢h (1994)
Forrest Gump (1994)
Predator 2 (1990)
Back to the Future Part III (1990)
Back to the Future Part II (1989)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Predator (1987)
Back to the Future (1985) ” - MichaelBramhald
 
10.
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...
“ Film scores heard by: 8

The Untouchables (1987)
The Mission (1986)
Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
The Thing (1982)
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
For a Few Dollars More (1965)
A Fistful of Dollars (1964) ” - MichaelBramhald
 
11.
Randy Newman
Music Department, Toy Story 3
“ Film scores heard by: 10

Toy Story 3 (2010)
Meet the Fockers (2004)
Seabiscuit (2003)
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
Meet the Parents (2000)
Toy Story 2 (1999)
A Bug's Life (1998
Pleasantville (1998)
James and the Giant Peach (1996)
Toy Story (1995) ” - MichaelBramhald
 
12.
Jerry Goldsmith
Music Department, Total Recall
Born on February 10, 1929, Jerry Goldsmith studied piano with Jakob Gimpel and composition, theory, and counterpoint with Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. He also attended classes in film composition given by Miklós Rózsa at the Univeristy of Southern California. In 1950, he was employed as a clerk typist in the music department at CBS...
“ Film scores heard by: 15

Hollow Man (2000)
The Mummy (1999)
Small Soldiers (1998)
Mulan (1998)
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
The 'Burbs (1989)
Innerspace (1987)
Gremlins (1984)
First Blood (1982)
The Secret of NIMH (1982)
Poltergeist (1982)
Alien (1979)
The Omen (1976)
Chinatown (1974) ” - MichaelBramhald
 
13.
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...
“ Film scores heard by: 15

Total Recall (2012)
Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
The Number 23 (2007)
Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
Team America: World Police (2004)
Shrek 2 (2004)
Beat the Devil (2002, short)
Phone Booth (2002)
Shrek (2001)
Chicken Run (2000)
Enemy of the State (1998)
Antz (1998)
The Borrowers (1997) ” - MichaelBramhald
 
14.
James Newton Howard
James Newton Howard attended the University of Southern California's music school, but dropped out to tour with Elton John, and eventually compose music for film and television. He started with Head Office in 1985. He has been nominated for eight Academy Awards. He currently is a songwriter, record producer, conductor, keyboardist, and film composer.
“ Films scores heard by: 22

After Earth (2013)
The Bourne Legacy (2012)
Water for Elephants (2011)
The Tourist (2010)
The Dark Knight (2008)
The Happening (2008)
I Am Legend (2007)
Blood Diamond (2006)
King Kong (2005)
Batman Begins (2005)
Collateral (2004)
The Village (2004)
Peter Pan (2003)
Treasure Planet (2002)
Signs (2002)
Dinosaur (2000)
The Sixth Sense (1999)
My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)
Space Jam (1996)
Primal Fear (1996)
The Fugitive (1993)
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) ” - MichaelBramhald
 
15.
“ Film scores heard by: 18

Happy Feet Two (2011)
Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury (2011, video short)
Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon (2010, TV short)
How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
Hancock (2008)
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
Alfie (2004)
The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
The Italian Job (2003)
The Bourne Identity (2002)
Shrek in the Swamp Karaoke Dance Party (2001, video short)
Rat Race (2001)
Evolution (2001)
Shrek (2001)
Chicken Run (2000)
Antz (1998)
Face/Off (1997) ” - MichaelBramhald
 
16.
Elmer Bernstein
Music Department, Cape Fear
Elmer Bernstein was educated at the Walden School and New York University. He served in the US Army Air Corps in World War II. A prolific and respected film music composer, he was a protégé of Aaron Copland, who studied music with Roger Sessions and Stefan Wolpe. Bernstein worked in various artistic endeavors...
“ Film scores heard by: 13

Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic (2004, TV documentary)
Keeping the Faith (2000)
Wild Wild West (1999)
The Age of Innocence (1993)
My Left Foot (1989)
The Black Cauldron (1985)
Ghostbusters (1984)
Thriller (TV short)
Trading Places (1983)
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Airplane! (1980)
The Magnificent Seven (1960)
The Tin Star (1957) ” - MichaelBramhald
 
17.
Bernard Herrmann
Music Department, Citizen Kane
The man behind the low woodwinds that open Citizen Kane, the shrieking violins of Psycho, and the plaintive saxophone of Taxi Driver was one of the most original and distinctive composers ever to work in film. He started early, winning a composition prize at the age of 13 and founding his own orchestra at the age of 20...
“ Films scores heard by: 11

Cape Fear (1991)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Marnie (1964)
Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
Psycho (1960)
North by Northwest (1959)
Vertigo (1958)
The Wrong Man (1956)
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
The Trouble with Harry (1955)
Citizen Kane (1941) ” - MichaelBramhald
 
18.
Elliot Goldenthal
Composer, Heat
Elliot Goldenthal is an Academy Award-winning composer best known for his original music scores for such films as Frida and Across the Universe, among his other works. He was born on May 2, 1954, in Brooklyn, New York. His father was a house-painter, and his mother was a seamstress. Young Goldenthal was fond of music and theatre...
“ Film scores heard by: 9

Public Enemies (2009)
The Butcher Boy (1997)
Batman & Robin (1997)
Michael Collins (1996)
A Time to Kill (1996)
Heat (1995)
Batman Forever (1995)
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)
Alien 3 (1992) ” - MichaelBramhald