The best composers right now

Opinion based obviously, but these individuals stand out either for one film or for delivering multiple times.
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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)...
“ The Lion King, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, King Arthur, Sherlock Holmes, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lone Ranger, The Pacific, Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code, Tears of the Sun, The Pledge, The Simpsons Movie, Kung Fu Panda 2, The Bible, Gladiator, & The Last Samurai. Not even all of them, but enough said. ” - daviswclark
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)...
“ Star Wars, War Horse, Saving Private Ryan, The Book Thief, Harry Potter, Home Alone, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, Catch Me If You Can, Superman, Schindler's List & so many more. ” - daviswclark
“ The music for Mama was beyond incredible for a horror movie with actual character development. ” - daviswclark
“ When it comes to horror music, he is one of the best. Scream, The Woman in Black, The Wolverine and World War Z are just a few great examples. Also, the collaboration between him and Buck Sanders for Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is great. ” - daviswclark
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.
“ Bishara's enthusiasm is unmatched. His soundtracks are all unique. The only problem is how loud it can get. ” - daviswclark
“ The soundtrack to Courageous is phenomenal. Honestly, it is one of the few pieces I wish I could have played in band. ” - daviswclark
Randy Newman
Music Department, Toy Story 3
Thomas Newman
Music Department, WALL·E
“ His music usually is entertaining but when Thor:The Dark World came out, I was astounded by how good his themes were. ” - daviswclark
Marc Streitenfeld
Music Department, Gladiator
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...
Craig Armstrong
Composer, Love Actually
Craig Armstrong, born in Glasgow, 1959. Studied composition and piano at the Royal Academy of Music, London from 1977 to 1981. From his base in Glasgow he has written for film, classical commissions and solo recordings. He has composed for Baz Lurhmann's Romeo and Juliet and Moulin Rouge!, The Quiet American...
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...
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...
Steven Price
Composer, Gravity
Steven Price is an Academy Award-winning composer. In 2014 his groundbreaking score for Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity won him not only the Academy Award but also the BAFTA, the Critics' Choice Award, the Satellite Award, and ASCAP's first-ever Film Composer of The Year Award. He has since scored Fury, the WWII epic written and directed by David Ayer...
Henry Jackman
Henry Jackman, born in Hillingdon, Middlesex, UK, began composing his first symphony at age six, and was an accomplished composer by age nine. He went on to study classical music at St. Paul's Cathedral Choir School, Eton College, Framlingham College and Oxford University. As a teenager, he became heavily influenced by the underground rave scene...
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...