My Favorite Film Composers

The most unappreciated part of a movie is the musical score, which is also one of the most important parts. These composers have added the dimension needed to their films that will help them from good movies to great (and sometimes trancedent)
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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)...
“ The best composer of our time, I really don't have to give reasons because his music speaks for itself, and everyone has heard at least of his extraordinary themes ” - sammysoso1
 
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“ The Lord of the Rings films have the best score ever written. Period. However, Shore is below Williams because his entire body of work doesn't match up. ” - sammysoso1
 
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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...
“ Apollo 13 is one of my favorite scores, his score excel at bringing the emotion, however he references his previous works a little much in his projects ” - sammysoso1
 
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“ Known for the exciting Bourne scores (which are very good), his greatest works are the overlooked X3 and How to Train Your Dragon (should've won the Oscar) ” - sammysoso1
 
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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...
“ Kingdom of Heaven is a masterpiece, the Narnia scores are also very good. And his X-Men Origins: Wolverine score was the high point for that film ” - sammysoso1
 
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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...
“ You will never mistake Ennio's scores for anyone else's. ” - sammysoso1
 
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“ Possibly the next Williams, he certainly has the style and affinity for full bodied orchestral music, very excited for his future ” - sammysoso1
 
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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.
“ Excellent thriller scores, added the humanity needed to the Nolan Batman scores ” - sammysoso1
 
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David Arnold
Music Department, Stargate SG-1
“ His Bond scores are surprisingly intelligent and exciting ” - sammysoso1
 
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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)...
“ In my opinion overrated, however I have to recognize the talent for producing blockbuster scores that work within the film with great frequency ” - sammysoso1
 
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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...
“ Great brass and percussive scores, with some really beautiful, more emotional parts (Forrest Gump and Cast Away) ” - sammysoso1
 
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Daft Punk
Soundtrack, Iron Man 2
“ The TRON score is really, really good (surprised the hell outta me) ” - sammysoso1