My Favorite Music Composers of Hollywood

by chandanshivaramu | created - 30 May 2012 | updated - 31 May 2012 | Public

My favorite Music directors.. what more to say.. each one of them is legendary in his own rights.. Though i admit few of them are ultra specials like.. Hans Zimmer and Mike Ziacchino..!!

1. Hans Zimmer

Composer | Gladiator

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 ...

IMHO, he is the most innovative music director of Hollywood ever...!! just think of his range !! to name a few.. Broken Arrow, Lion King, Inception, Gladiator, Black Hawk down etc..

2. Jerry Goldsmith

Music_department | Star Trek: First Contact

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 ...

He is unbelievable and a timeless masterpiece.. !! Loved him in LA Confidential, The Ghost and the darkness, The Mummy, The Omen, Alien, Basic Instinct, Forever young, Rambo series...etc.

3. David Julyan

Composer | The Cabin in the Woods

David Julyan is known for his work on The Cabin in the Woods (2012), The Prestige (2006) and Insomnia (2002).

Haunting and hypnotic music all the way.. Nolan's usual.. in the Memento, The Prestige and Insomnia...

4. 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 ...

He has some of the most popular music themes of all times.. like Titanic and most of James Cameron's flicks, The Mask of Zorro, Braveheart, Legends of the fall (one of my fav), A beautiful mind, Troy, The Perfect Storm etc..

5. Cliff Martinez

Composer | Drive

Cliff Martinez was born on February 5, 1954 in The Bronx, New York, USA. He is a composer, known for Drive (2011), Only God Forgives (2013) and The Neon Demon (2016).

Another innovative music wizard.. spellbinding in .. The Traffic, Solaris, Drive.... etc.

6. Harry Gregson-Williams

Composer | The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

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: ...

He is of the HZ mould but more modern.. My fav movies of his are.. Spy game, Shrek, Deja wu, Cowboys and aliens, Sindbad, prince of persia...

7. Trevor Jones

Composer | Cliffhanger

As a child in Cape Town, Trevor Jones lived opposite the Gem Cinema. The theater was so old and worn out that there was often a loss of the soundtrack, which caused him to realize its power. The fact that everyone in his family worked in film or the theater made it easy to get support in his career...

Great British legend.. who has scored some of the most memorable and haunting music tracks like the last of the mohicans, Mississippi burning, cliffhanger, from hell, dark city, excalibur..etc

8. Michael Giacchino

Composer | Star Trek

Michael Giacchino is an American composer of music for films, television and video games.

Giacchino composed the scores to the television series Lost, Alias and Fringe, the video game series Medal of Honor and Call of Duty and many films such as The Incredibles (2004), Star Trek (2009), Up (2009), ...

Just one reason for me to put him in this list over others.. "Lost" TV Serial!!! and many more like The Incredibles, Ratatouelle.. etc.

9. Alan Silvestri

Composer | The Polar Express

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 ...

Legend of the 80's.. !! loved him in..Back to the future, Forrest Gump, Predator, The Bodyguard, Contact, Blown away, Stuart little.. etc.

10. Maurice Jarre

Composer | Lawrence of Arabia

Unlike many musicians who started to learn music while still in their childhood, Maurice Jarre was already late in his teens when he discovered music and decided to make a career in that field. Against his father's will, he enrolled at Conservatoire de Paris where he studied percussions, ...

Very gifted legend with haunting scores and ever famous memories like The Ghost, Doctor Zhivago, A walk in the clouds, cocktail, witness, Passage to India.. etc

11. Howard Shore

Music_department | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Howard Shore is a Canadian composer, born in Toronto. He was born in a Jewish family. He started studying music when 8-years-old, and played as a member of bands by the time he was 13-years-old. He was interested in a professional career in music as a teenager. He studied music at the Berklee ...

Brooding and dark music in the lord of rings, The Score, The Departed, Seven, Crash, The Silence of Lambs, Panic Room, Edge of Darkness, Cop land.. etc..

12. Elliot Goldenthal

Composer | Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

Elliot Goldenthal is an Academy Award-winning composer best known for his original music scores for such films as Frida (2002) and Across the Universe (2007), 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. ...

Memorable for .. The Heat, Alien3, Sphere, Time to Kill, Batman Forever, Frida.. etc.

13. John Williams

Music_department | Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

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 ...

To round up my list.. here is the fav of Steven Spielberg.. and fav of such movies like.. Jurassic Park, Schindlers list, Jaws, Indiana Jones, Home alone, Sleepers, Munich, Superman, 7 years in Tibet..etc to name a few..