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Poll: Danny Elfman's Best Scores

We have already had a polls rating the best musical scores on film by composers John Williams and Hans Zimmer. Now let's take a look at one more great composer of our time: Danny Elfman.

You probably know Elfman for composing the eerie and haunting music that accompanies all of Tim Burton's dark films. But he's also an accomplished lyricist for writing all the songs for the musicals "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and "Corpse Bride." And let's not forget about his work in television, composing the main title themes for "The Simpsons" and "Desperate Housewives".

Elfman has been composing for over 30 years and has over 90 credits and 4 Oscar nominations to his name, but unbelievably has yet to win an Oscar.

This is a list of films that Danny Elfman composed the score for. Selection is taken from his awards-nominated work, his highest grossing films, and his otherwise highly regarded scores.

From this list, which film has your favorite Elfman musical score?

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    Alice in Wonderland (2010)

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    American Hustle (2013)

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    Batman (1989)

    including sequel "Batman Returns"
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    Beetlejuice (1988)

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    Big Fish (2003)

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    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

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    Chicago (2002)

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    A Civil Action (1998)

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    Corpse Bride (2005)

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    Darkman (1990)

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    Dick Tracy (1990)

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    Dolores Claiborne (1995)

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    Edward Scissorhands (1990)

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    Frankenweenie (2012)

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    Good Will Hunting (1997)

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    Hulk (2003)

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    Mars Attacks! (1996)

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    Men in Black (1997)

    including the entire "Men in Black Trilogy"
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    Milk (2008)

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    Mission: Impossible (1996)

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    Nightbreed (1990)

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    The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

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    Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

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    Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)

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    Planet of the Apes (2001)

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    Real Steel (2011)

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    Red Dragon (2002)

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    A Simple Plan (1998)

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    Sleepy Hollow (1999)

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    Spider-Man (2002)

    including sequel "Spider-Man 2"
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    Terminator Salvation (2009)

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    Wanted (2008)