Heartbreaking movie scores!

by Movieholique | created - 29 Apr 2011 | updated - 09 Aug 2014 | Public

A list of emotional/impressive movie OST's.. I'll gladly take recommendations of your favourites!

1. Alexandre Desplat

Composer | The King's Speech

Alexandre Desplat was born on August 23, 1961 in Paris, Île-de-France, France as Alexandre Michel Gerard Desplat. He is known for his work on The King's Speech (2010), Argo (2012) and The Queen (2006).

(Twilight - New Moon) .... the Meadow .... Almost a Kiss .... Edward leaves

(the King's Speech) .... the King's Speech

(The Painted Veil) .... the Lovers .... Kitty's Theme .... Morning Tears

(Lust, Caution) .... Wong Chia Chi's theme

2. 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 ...

(Twilight - Eclipse) .... Jack Black

(the Lord of the Rings - the Return of the King) .... the House of Healing feat. Liv Tyler

3. James Newton Howard

Composer | King Kong

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 (1985) in 1985. He has been nominated for eight Academy Awards. He currently is a songwriter, ...

(the Village) .... Rituals .... Gravel Road

(I Am Legend) .... I'm Sorry

4. Thomas Newman

Music_department | Skyfall

Thomas Newman is an American film score composer. He was born in Los Angeles. His father was notable film score composer Alfred Newman (1900-1970). The Newman family is of Russian-Jewish descent, and includes several other well-known musicians. Thomas' mother Martha Louis Montgomery (1920-2005) ...

(American Beauty) .... American Beauty

(Revolutionary Road) .... End title

(Brothers) .... Main theme

(Road to Perdition) .... Main theme

5. 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 ...

(the Lion King) .... This Land

(the Pacific) .... Honor (theme) also Geoff Zanelli and Blake Neely

(the Gladiator) .... Honor Him .... Now We Are Free .... Elysium also Walt Fowler

(Inception) .... Time

(Last Samurai) .... Taken .... Safe Passage

6. Javier Navarrete

Composer | El laberinto del fauno

Javier Navarrete was born in 1956 in Teruel, Aragón, Spain. He is known for his work on Pan's Labyrinth (2006), Wrath of the Titans (2012) and Byzantium (2012).

(Pan's Labyrinth) .... Long, Long Time Ago

7. Dario Marianelli

Composer | Atonement

Dario Marianelli was born in Pisa and studied piano and composition in Florence and London. After a year as a postgraduate composer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, he spent 3 years at the National Film and Television School, from which he graduated in 1997. Dario's film scores include '...

(Atonement) .... Elegy for Dunkirk .... Farewell

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 ...

(Titanic) .... My Heart Will Go On - Céline Dion .... the Portrait (instrumental) .... Rose .... Hymn to the Sea .... Come Josephine in My Flying Machine

(Braveheart) .... For the Love of a Princess .... Main theme

(a Beautiful Mind) .... First Drop-off, first kiss

9. Clint Mansell

Composer | Black Swan

Clint Mansell was born on January 7, 1963 in Coventry, West Midlands, England. He is a composer, known for Black Swan (2010), The Fountain (2006) and Requiem for a Dream (2000).

(the Fountain) .... the Last Man .... Together We Will Live Forever .... First Snow .... Stay With Me

10. 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 ...

(Schindler's list) .... main theme

(Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) .... a Window to the Past

(Memoirs of Geisha) .... Sayuri's theme

11. 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 ...

(Cast Away) .... end credits

(Forrest Gump) .... main theme

12. Abel Korzeniowski

Composer | A Single Man

Born on the 18th of July, 1972, in Cracow, Poland. In 1996 graduated the instrumental studies (specialization: cello), and then in 2000 graduated with merit from the composition class of Krzysztof Penderecki at the Music Academy in Cracow. At the same Academy, in the years 1999-2000, he was an ...

(Single Man) .... And just like that .... George's Waltz

13. Rachel Portman

Composer | Never Let Me Go

Rachel Portman was born on December 11, 1960 in Haslemere, Surrey, England as Rachel Mary Berkeley Portman. She is known for her work on Never Let Me Go (2010), Chocolat (2000) and Emma (1996). She has been married to Uberto Pasolini since 1995. They have three children.

(Never Let Me Go) .... Main theme .... We All Complete

14. Shigeru Umebayashi

Composer | Yi dai zong shi

Shigeru Umebayashi was born on February 19, 1951 in Kitakyushu, Japan. He is a composer, known for The Grandmaster (2013), 2046 (2004) and House of Flying Daggers (2004).

(House of Flying Daggers) .... Lovers - Flower Garden

(Curse of the Golden Flower) .... Theme of the Empress

15. Danny Elfman

Music_department | The Nightmare Before Christmas

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 ...

(Edward Scissorhands) .... main theme .... the Grand finale

16. Max Richter

Soundtrack | Shutter Island

Max Richter was born on March 22, 1966 in Hamelin, Lower Saxony, West Germany. He is a composer, known for Shutter Island (2010), The Leftovers (2014) and Waltz with Bashir (2008).

(Perfect Sense) .... A Lovers Complaint

(Sarah's Key) .... the Tree, the Beach, the Sea

(Shutter Island) .... On the Nature of Daylight

17. 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), ...

(Lost) .... Life & Death

18. Patrick Doyle

Composer | Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Patrick Doyle is a classically trained composer.

His first film score, the acclaimed adaptation of "Henry V" with Kenneth Branagh for Renaissance films was scored in 1989. He has subsequently worked with Kenneth Branagh, a long time collaborator on numerous pictures including "Dead Again", "Much Ado...

(Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) .... Death of Cedric

(Her) .... Song on the beach

20. Ludovico Einaudi

Composer | This Is England

Ludovico Einaudi was born on November 23, 1955 in Turin, Italy as Ludovico Maria Enrico Einaudi. He is a composer, known for This Is England (2006), The Intouchables (2011) and Sotto falso nome (2004).

(the Intouchables) .... Fly

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