Famous Movie Composers and their Academy Award nominated moviesby adog1990 | created - 26 Aug 2015 | updated - 1 week ago | Public
Music_department | Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
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 ...
Valley of the Dolls Goodbye, Mr. Chips The Reivers Fiddler on the Roof The Poseidon Adventure Images Pete 'n' Tillie Tom Sawyer The Paper Chase Cinderella Liberty The Towering Inferno Earthquake Jaws Close Encounters of the Third Kind Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope Superman 1941 Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Raiders of the Lost Ark Heartbeeps Yes, Giorgio E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi The River Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom The Witches of Eastwick Empire of the Sun The Accidental Tourist Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Born on the Fourth of July Home Alone JFK Hook Jurassic Park Schindler's List Nixon Sabrina Sleepers The Lost World: Jurassic Park Amistad Saving Private Ryan Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Angela's Ashes The Patriot Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone A.I. Artificial Intelligence Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones Minority Report Catch Me If You Can Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith War of the Worlds Munich Memoirs of a Geisha War Horse The Adventures of Tintin Lincoln The Book Thief Star Wars: The Force Awakens Star Wars: The Last Jedi Dear Basketball The Post
2. Joe Hisaishi
Composer | Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi
Spirited Away Howl's Moving Castle Departures The Wind Rises The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
Composer | The Hateful Eight
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 ...
Days of Heaven La Cage aux Folles The Mission The Untouchables Cinema Paradiso Hamlet (1990 film) Bugsy In the Line of Fire The Star Maker Bulworth Vatel Malèna Django Unchained The Hateful Eight
Composer | L.A. Confidential
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 ...
Freud The Stripper A Gathering of Eagles Lilies of the Field Seven Days in May Fate Is the Hunter In Harm's Way Von Ryan's Express Morituri A Patch of Blue Seconds The Sand Pebbles Planet of the Apes Patton Tora! Tora! Tora! Papillon Chinatown The Wind and the Lion The Omen Logan's Run Islands in the Stream The Swarm The Boys from Brazil Alien Star Trek: The Motion Picture Outland Poltergeist Under Fire Rambo: First Blood Part II Legend Poltergeist II: The Other Side Hoosiers Innerspace Total Recall Love Field Basic Instinct Six Degrees of Separation The Ghost and the Darkness Star Trek: First Contact L.A. Confidential Air Force One Mulan The Mummy Hollow Man
Composer | Far from Heaven
Elmer Bernstein was educated at the Walden School and New York University. He served in the US Army Air Corps in World War II. A prolific and respected film music composer, he was a protégé of Aaron Copland, who studied music with Roger Sessions and Stefan Wolpe. Bernstein worked in various ...
Sudden Fear The Man with the Golden Arm The Ten Commandments The Naked Eye The Tin Star Desire Under the Elms The Buccaneer Some Came Running The Magnificent Seven Summer and Smoke Walk on the Wild Side Birdman of Alcatraz To Kill a Mockingbird Hud The Great Escape The Caretakers Love with the Proper Stranger Four Days in November Hawaii Return of the Seven Thoroughly Modern Millie True Grit (1969 film) The Wolf Men Alaska Wilderness Lake Gold The Shootist Bloodbrothers The Great Santini The Incredible Sarah An American Werewolf in London Genocide Trading Places Ghostbusters My Left Foot The Field The Grifters Cape Fear Rambling Rose The Age of Innocence Roommates Far from Heaven
6. 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 ...
Beverly Hills Cop Beetlejuice Scrooged Batman Dick Tracy Edward Scissorhands Batman Returns The Nightmare Before Christmas Men in Black Good Will Hunting A Simple Plan A Civil Action Sleepy Hollow Spider-Man Big Fish Spider-Man 2 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Corpse Bride Wanted Hellboy II: The Golden Army Milk The Wolfman Alice in Wonderland Real Steel Silver Linings Playbook Frankenweenie Hitchcock American Hustle Fifty Shades of Grey
7. 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 ...
My Beautiful Laundrette Rain Man Black Rain Driving Miss Daisy Days of Thunder Green Card Backdraft Thelma & Louise Toys The Lion King Crimson Tide The Rock The Preacher's Wife As Good as It Gets The Prince of Egypt The Last Days The Thin Red Line Gladiator Pearl Harbor Black Hawk Down Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron The Last Samurai Something's Gotta Give Shark Tale Batman Begins Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Kung Fu Panda The Dark Knight Frost/Nixon Sherlock Holmes Inception Rango Kung Fu Panda 2 The Longest Daycare The Lone Ranger 12 Years a Slave Interstellar Hidden Figures Dunkirk Blade Runner 2049 The Boss Baby
8. Mark Mancina
Composer | Speed
Known for his wide-ranging talents, Mark Mancina's film scores traverse almost every genre: drama, action, comedy, suspense, and period epic. His dark, edgy music for the Oscar-winning Training Day (2001), is a benchmark score that expanded the boundaries of scoring street-wise drama, and is widely...
Speed Twister Con Air Tarzan Training Day Brother Bear August Rush Moana
9. Klaus Badelt
Composer Klaus Badelt started his musical career writing and producing music for dozens of highly successful movies and commercials in his native Germany. In 1998, Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer invited him to move his musical home to Media Ventures in Santa Monica, CA. Since then, Klaus has ...
The Time Machine Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Poseidon
10. Henry Jackman
Composer | Kingsman: The Secret Service
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 ...
Puss in Boots Wreck-It Ralph Captain Phillips Captain America: The Winter Soldier Big Hero 6 Kong: Skull Island Ralph Breaks the Internet
11. John Powell
Composer | Solo: A Star Wars Story
John Powell was born on September 18, 1963 in London, England. He is a composer, known for Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), How to Train Your Dragon (2010) and Rio (2011). He was previously married to Melinda Lerner.
Face/Off Shrek I Am Sam United 93 Happy Feet The Bourne Ultimatum Kung Fu Panda Bolt How to Train Your Dragon Rio Kung Fu Panda 2 How to Train Your Dragon 2 Ferdinand Solo: A Star Wars Story
Composer | Shrek
Harry Gregson-Williams is one of Hollywood's most sought-after and prolific composers whose long list of film and television credits underscore the diverse range of his talents. His latest projects include the science fiction action thriller "The Meg," directed by Jon Turteltaub, the action ...
Shrek Shrek 2 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Gone Baby Gone The Town Unstoppable The Martian
Composer | Wonder Woman
Hotel Rwanda Click Hacksaw Ridge
14. Steve Jablonsky
Composer | Transformers
Transformers Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Transformers: Dark of the Moon Lone Survivor Deepwater Horizon
15. Lorne Balfe
Music_department | Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
13 Hours The Florida Project
16. Alan Silvestri
Composer | The Polar Express
In his ongoing, decades-long career as a 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. With a credit list of over 100 films Silvestri has composed some of the most recognizable and ...
Romancing the Stone Back to the Future The Clan of the Cave Bear Predator Who Framed Roger Rabbit The Abyss Back to the Future Part II Young Guns II Death Becomes Her The Bodyguard Forrest Gump Eraser Contact Stuart Little Cast Away Lilo & Stitch Two Soldiers The Polar Express The Avengers Flight The Croods Allied Ready Player One Avengers: Infinity War
17. 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 ...
Testament The Dresser Cocoon The Journey of Natty Gann Aliens An American Tail Willow Field of Dreams Dad Glory Searching for Bobby Fischer Clear and Present Danger Legends of the Fall Braveheart Apollo 13 Titanic The Mask of Zorro Might Joe Young Bicentennial Man The Perfect Storm How the Grinch Stole Christmas A Beautiful Mind Iris House of Sand and Fog Troy The New World Apocalypto Avatar
18. Michael Kamen
Soundtrack | Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Michael Kamen was born on April 15, 1948 in New York City, New York, USA as Michael Arnold Kamen. He was married to Sandra Keenan. He died on November 18, 2003 in London, England.
Brazil Mona Lisa Lethal Weapon Die Hard The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Lethal Weapon 2 Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Don Juan DeMarco Mr. Holland's Opus What Dreams May Come
19. Howard Shore
Music_department | The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
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 ...
The Fly Big The Silence of the Lambs Philadelphia Mrs. Doubtfire Nobody's Fool Ed Wood The Client Se7en That Thing You Do! The Cell The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Gangs of New York The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King The Aviator A History of Violence The Departed Eastern Promises Doubt The Betrayal - Nerakhoon Hugo The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Spotlight
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, ...
Pretty Woman Flatliners Grand Canyon The Prince of Tides Glengarry Glen Ross Dave The Fugitive Wyatt Earp Junior Waterworld Restoration Primal Fear One Fine Day My Best Friend's Weeding Snow Falling on Cedars The Sixth Sense Treasure Planet Collateral The Village King Kong (2005 film) Batman Begins Blood Diamond Charlie Wilson's War Michael Clayton The Dark Knight Defiance Salt Snow White and the Huntsman Maleficent Nightcrawler Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Roman J. Israel, Esq.
21. Theodore Shapiro
Composer | Tropic Thunder
Theodore Shapiro was born on September 29, 1971 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Theodore Michael Shapiro. He is a composer, known for Tropic Thunder (2008), The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) and I Love You, Man (2009).
On the Ropes The Devil Wears Prada Tropic Thunder The Pirates! Band of Misfits Trumbo
22. Stanley Clarke
Composer | Boyz n the Hood
Four-time Grammy Award Winner Stanley Clarke has attained "living legend" status during his over 40-year career as a bass virtuoso. He is the first bassist in history who doubles on acoustic and electric bass with equal ferocity and the first jazz-fusion bassist ever to headline tours, selling out ...
Boyz n the Hood Poetic Justice What's Love Got to Do with It
23. Herbie Hancock
Soundtrack | Death Wish
Herbie Hancock is an American actor that was born. Herbert Jeffery Hancock, on April 12, 1940, Chicago, IL. He is best known as a piano player, jazz star, and a composer. He has won many Grammy Awards and has performed with many famous musicians beginning with Miles Davis in the 1960s. He achieved ...
Blow-Up A Soldier's Story 'Round Midnight Harlem Nights
24. John Debney
Music_department | The Jungle Book
John Debney's career seemed destined for Hollywood, the son of Disney Studios producer Louis Debney, John grew up in nearby Glendale, California where he got early inspiration for film and music growing up on the Disney Studio lot. The child of two musicians, John showed an early aptitude for music...
Runaway Brain The Emperor's New Groove Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius The Passion of the Christ Iron Man 2 The Jungle Book (2016 film) The Greatest Showman
25. Henry Mancini
Soundtrack | Breakfast at Tiffany's
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, but brought up in Pennsylvania, where he played the flute in a local band, as a youth, before sending some arrangements to Benny Goodman. Goodman offered him a job and, after serving in WWII, he joined the rearranged Glenn Miller band. In 1952, he was given a two-week ...
The Glenn Miller Story Operation Petticoat High Time Bachelor in Paradise Breakfast at Tiffany's Days of Wine and Roses Hatari! The Pink Panther Charade The Great Race Wait Until Dark Two for the Road Gaily, Gaily Sometimes a Great Notion Darling Lili The Hawaiians Sunflower The Molly Maguires Once is Not Enough The Pink Panther Strikes Again Silver Streak 10 Victor Victoria That's Life! Sunset
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), ...
The Incredibles One Man Band Lifted Ratatouille Star Trek Up Day & Night La Luna Star Trek Into Darkness Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Inside Out Zootopia Star Trek Beyond Doctor Strange Rouge One: A Star Wars Story War for the Planet of the Apes Coco Incredibles 2
27. Mychael Danna
Composer | Life of Pi
Mychael Danna is an Academy Award-winning film composer recognized for his evocative blending of non-western traditions with orchestral and electronic music. His highly awarded works include the Oscar-winning score for Ang Lee's Life of Pi (2012), and his many Genie Award-winning scores for ...
The Sweet Hereafter Girl, Interrupted Being Julia Capote Water Little Miss Sunshine Surf's Up The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Moneyball Life of Pi Sanjay's Super Team The Breadwinner
Composer | Thor: Ragnarok
Graduate of Woodridge High School in Peninsula, Ohio.
Attended Kent State University (1970-73) in Kent, Ohio, to focus on attaining an art degree. While at Kent State Mothersbaugh met Jerry Casale and Bob Lewis, who ultimately joined him in forming the 1970-80s avant-garde band Devo.
Awarded an ...
The Royal Tenenbaums Thirteen The Lego Movie
29. Stewart Copeland
Composer | Rumble Fish
Stewart Copeland was born on July 16, 1952 in Alexandria, Virginia, USA as Stewart Armstrong Copeland. He is known for his work on Rumble Fish (1983), Highlander II: The Quickening (1991) and South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999). He has been married to Fiona Dent since 1993. They have ...
Wall Street Four Days in September
30. 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...
Henry V Indochine Mary Shelley's Frankenstein A Little Princess Sense and Sensibility Hamlet (1996 film) Donnie Brasco Quest for Camelot East/West Bridget Jones' Diary Gosford Park Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Rise of the Planet of the Apes Brave Cinderella
31. Marc Shaiman
Soundtrack | Smash
A great talent who started his career in Saturday Night Live (1975), where he worked with colleagues like Rob Reiner or Billy Crystal. He worked for some great stage values as Eric Clapton, Rosemary Clooney, Harry Connick Jr., Billy Crystal, Lauryn Hill, Jennifer Holliday, Nathan Lane, Jenifer Lewis...
When Harry Met Sally... Misery City Slickers The Addams Family Mr. Saturday Night A Few Good Men Sleepless in Seattle Addams Family Values The American President The First Wives Club Ghosts of Mississippi In & Out Patch Adams South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut Marry Poppins Returns
Composer | The King's Speech
Composer and conductor Alexandre Desplat, Oscar winner and seven-time Academy Award nominated, for his prolific filmography and his collaborations with Stephen Frears, Terrence Malick, Ang Lee, Kathryn Bigelow, Jacques Audiard, Wes Anderson, Roman Polanski, George Clooney or Matteo Garrone is one ...
Girl with a Pearl Earring Syriana The Queen The Golden Compass The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Coco Before Chanel A Prophet Julie & Julia Fantastic Mr. Fox The King's Speech Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 The Tree of Life A Better Life Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 The Ides of March Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Moonrise Kingdom Argo Zero Dark Thirty Philomena The Grand Budapest Hotel The Imitation Game Unbroken The Danish Girl Florence Foster Jenkins The Shape of Water Isle of Dogs
33. Alfred Newman
Composer | All About Eve
Alfred Newman was born on March 17, 1901 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. He is known for his work on All About Eve (1950), How the West Was Won (1962) and V for Vendetta (2005). He was married to Martha Montgomery and Mary Lou Dix. He died on February 17, 1970 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California,...
Arrowsmith The Affairs of Cellini The House of Rothschild Barbary Coast The Dark Angel Les Miserables (1935 film) Folies Bergere de Paris Come and Get It Dodsworth Dancing Pirate These Three The Hurricane The Prisoner of Zenda Dead End Stella Dallas Wee Willie Winkie The Cowboy and the Lady Alexander's Ragtime Band The Goldwyn Follies The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939 film) Drums Along the Mohawk They Shall Have Music The Rains Came Beau Geste Young Mr. Lincoln Wuthering Heights Gunga Din The Grapes of Wrath The Blue Bird Tin Pan Alley The Mark of Zorro They Knew What They Wanted The Westerner Foreign Correspondent Lillian Russell Ball of Fire How Green Was My Valley A Yank in the R.A.F. Blood and Sand The Black Swan The Battle of Midway It's Everybody's War Orchestra Wives Ten Gentlemen from West Point Prelude to War This Above All To the Shores of Tripoli December 7th: The Movie The Gang's All Here Heaven Can Wait My Gal Sal The Song of Bernadette Coney Island Wilson Irish Eyes Are Smiling The Keys of the Kingdom Leave Her to Heaven The Dolly Sisters State Fair A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Centennial Summer The Razor's Edge Mother Wore Tights Captain From Castile Gentleman's Agreement Sitting Pretty The Snake Pit That Lady in Ermine Deep Waters Come to the Stable When My Baby Smiles At Me Twelve O'Clock High Prince of Foxes Mother is a Freshman A Letter to Three Wives Pinky No Way Out All About Eve The Gunfighter Panic in the Streets When Willie Comes Marching Home David and Bathsheba On the Riviera Fourteen Hours With a Song in My Heart Call Me Madam The Robe The President's Lady The Egyptian Hell and High Water There's No Business Like Show Business A Man Called Peter Love is a Many-Splendored Thing Daddy Long Legs The King and I Anastasia (1956 film) Bus Stop South Pacific A Certain Smile The Diary of Anne Frank The Best of Everything Flower Drum Song How the West Was Won The Greatest Story Ever Told Camelot Airport
34. Lionel Newman
Music_department | Hello, Dolly!
Lionel Newman was the youngest of a triumvirate of accomplished virtuosos, composers and conductors, who dominated the music department at 20th Century Fox for more than four decades. Already a highly regarded pianist by the age of 15, Lionel went on the national vaudeville circuit as accompanist ...
The Cowboy and the Lady I'll Get By Golden Girl There's No Business Like Show Business The Best Things In Life Are Free Mardi Gras Say One for Me Let's Make Love The Pleasure Seekers Doctor Dolittle Hello, Dolly!
35. 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) ...
Fried Green Tomatoes The Player Scent of a Woman The Shawshank Redemption Little Woman Unstrung Heroes Up Close & Personal The People vs. Larry Flynt Oscar and Lucinda The Horse Whisperer American Beauty The Green Mile Erin Brockovich In the Bedroom Road to Perdition Finding Nemo Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Cinderella Man Little Children The Good German WALL·E Revolutionary Road The Help The Iron Lady Skyfall Saving Mr. Banks The Judge Bridge of Spies Spectre Passengers Victoria and Abdul
36. Randy Newman
Soundtrack | The Princess and the Frog
Randy Newman was born on November 28, 1943 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Randall Stuart Newman. He has been married to Gretchen Preece since 1990. They have two children. He was previously married to Roswitha Schmale.
Ragtime The Natural Parenthood Avalon Awakenings The Paper Maverick Toy Story James and the Giant Peach Pleasantville A Bug's Life Babe: Pig in the Big City Toy Story 2 Meet the Parents Monsters, Inc. Mike's New Car Seabiscuit Cars The Princess and the Frog Toy Story 3
37. David Newman
Composer | The Nutty Professor
In his 25 year career, David Newman has scored over 100 films, ranging from War of the Roses, Matilda, Bowfinger and Heathers, to the more recent The Spirit, Serenity, and Alvin and the Chipmonks: The Squeakuel. Newman's music has brought to life the critically acclaimed dramas Brokedown Palace and...
Throw Momma from the Train Hoffa The Nutty Professor Anastasia (1997 film) 102 Dalmatians The Affair of the Necklace Ice Age Norbit
38. Mark Isham
Composer | Blade
From his days as one of the pioneering icons of electronic music to his current status as a world-renowned legendary film composer, Mark Isham continues to be one of the most prolific and provocative artists on the scene. His gift for creating unforgettable melodies and his love of fresh, ...
Never Cry Wolf The Times of Harvey Milk Reversal of Fortune A River Runs Through It Short Cuts Quiz Show Nell Fly Away Home Afterglow The Cooler Crash The Black Dahlia In the Valley of Elah Warrior Beyond the Lights
Composer | Blade Runner
Vangelis is a composer and performer who works almost exclusively with electronic instruments. He is probably most well known for his Chariots of Fire (1981) and Blade Runner (1982) soundtracks or for the tracks used in the Cosmos (1980) television series. He has been involved in many musical ...
Chariots of Fire Missing Blade Runner
Composer | Sicario
Jóhann Jóhannsson was born on September 19, 1969 in Reykjavík, Iceland. He was a composer, known for Sicario (2015), The Theory of Everything (2014) and Prisoners (2013). He died on February 9, 2018 in Berlin, Germany.
Prisoners The Theory of Everything Sicario Arrival
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. ...
Alien³ Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles Batman Forever Michael Collins Titus Frida Across the Universe The Tempest
42. Bruno Coulais
Composer | Les choristes
Winged Migration The Chorus Coraline The Secret of Kells Song of the Sea
43. Alan Menken
Soundtrack | Beauty and the Beast
New York-songwriter and film composer, Alan Menken is best known for his unforgettable music for Disney movies like Calypso music of The Little Mermaid (1989), the tale as old as time of Beauty and the Beast (1991), the Arabian tale Aladdin (1992) or the beloved song Colors of the Wind from ...
Little Shop of Horrors The Little Mermaid Beauty and the Beast (1991 film) Aladdin Pocahontas The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996 film) Hercules Enchanted Tangled Mirror Mirror Beauty and the Beast (2017 film) Ralph Breaks the Internet
44. Carter Burwell
Music_department | Carol
Carter Burwell was born on November 18, 1954 in New York City, New York, USA as Carter Benedict Burwell. He is known for his work on Carol (2015), Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011). He has been married to Christine Sciulli since ...
Barton Fink Rob Roy Fargo Gods and Monsters Velvet Goldmine Being John Malkovich Before Night Falls The Man Who Wasn't There Adaptation. Kinsey No Country for Old Men In Bruges A Serious Man The Blind Side The Kids Are All Right True Grit (2010 film) Carol Anomalisa Hail, Caesar! Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
45. Bill Conti
Composer | For Your Eyes Only
Harry and Tonto Rocky An Unmarried Woman The Formula Private Benjamin Gloria For Your Eyes Only Rocky III The Right Stuff The Karate Kid The Karate Kid, Part II Happy New Year Broadcast News
46. Gabriel Yared
Composer | The Talented Mr. Ripley
Gabriel Yared stopped his law studies at the age of 20 to work as a professional music composer. He studied with Henri Dutilleux and Maurice Ohana. He worked as a composer, orchestrator or producer for such singers as Françoise Hardy, Charles Aznavour, Gilbert Bécaud and Mireille Mathieu. He made ...
Dangerous Moves Betty Blue Camille Claudel The Lover The English Patient The Talented Mr. Ripley Cold Mountain The Lives of Others A Royal Affair
47. Randy Edelman
Music_department | The Last of the Mohicans
Randy Edelman was born on June 10, 1947 in Paterson, New Jersey, USA. He is known for his work on The Last of the Mohicans (1992), Anaconda (1997) and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008). He has been married to Jackie DeShannon since June 3, 1976. They have one child.
The Last of the Mohicans My Cousin Vinny Beethoven's 2nd The Mask Daylight DragonHeart
48. 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...
Excalibur The Dollar Bottom Runaway Train Mississippi Burning The Last of the Mohicans In the Name of the Father Cliffhanger Richard III
49. Christophe Beck
Composer | Frozen
The Muppets Paperman Frozen Trolls Lou
50. Jon Brion
Composer | Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Jon Brion was born on December 11, 1963 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, USA as Jon Wright Brion. He is a composer, known for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Step Brothers (2008) and The Other Guys (2010).
Magnolia Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind ParaNorman Lady Bird Christopher Robin
51. 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 '...
Pride & Prejudice Atonement Jane Eyre Anna Karenina The Boxtrolls Kubo and the Two Strings Darkest Hour
52. 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), Emma (1996) and Chocolat (2000). She has been married to Uberto Pasolini since 1995. They have three children.
Emma Marvin's Room Beloved The Cider House Rules Chocolat The Duchess
53. John Barry
Music_department | Dances with Wolves
John Barry was born in York, England in 1933, and was the youngest of three children. His father, Jack, owned several local cinemas and by the age of fourteen, Barry was capable of running the projection box on his own - in particular, The Rialto in York. As he was brought up in a cinematic ...
The L-Shaped Room Goldfinger King Rat Thunderball Born Free The Whisperers The Lion in Winter Midnight Cowboy Diamonds Are Forever Mary, Queen of Scots (1971 film) The Day of the Locust King Kong (1976 film) The Deep Moonraker The Black Hole Somewhere in Time Inside Moves Frances The Cotton Club Jagged Edge Out of Africa Peggy Sue Got Married Dances with Wolves Chaplin
Soundtrack | Top Gun
Harold Faltermeyer was born on October 5, 1952 in Munich, Germany as Harold Faltermeier. He was previously married to Karin Faltermeyer.
Beverly Hills Cop Top Gun Beverly Hills Cop II
55. Basil Poledouris
Composer | The Hunt for Red October
Basil Poledouris was born on August 21, 1945 in Kansas City. He started taking piano lessons when he was 7 years old. Eventually, he went on to become a student at USC, where he studied the arts of directing, cinematography, editing, sound and, of course, music. It was also at USC he met John Milius...
The Blue Lagoon RoboCop The Hunt for Red October Starship Troopers
Music_department | Brokeback Mountain
Argentine musician and leader of the now defunct bands "Arco Iris" and "Soluna", Gustavo Santaolalla was one of the references of his country's national music by the end of the 1960s and beginning of the 1970s. During the 70s he relocated to the United States, where he formed the band Wet Picnic, ...
Amores Perros 21 Grams The Motorcycle Diaries Brokeback Mountain North Country Babel Biutiful August: Osage County Wild Tales Borrowed Time
57. Ryuichi Sakamoto
Soundtrack | The Revenant
Ryuichi Sakamoto was born on January 17, 1952 in Tokyo, Japan. He was previously married to Akiko Yano.
The Last Emperor The Revenant
58. Anne Dudley
Composer | The Crying Game
English composer and pop musician. Was a prominent member of the synthpop band The Art of Noise. Now, a critically acclaimed composer. Won an Oscar for Best Original Music or Comedy Score for work in The Full Monty (1997). Since has composed music for more than forty films, including: The Crying ...
Buster The Crying Game The Full Monty American History X Les Miserables (2012 film) Elle
59. Marco Beltrami
Composer | I, Robot
I, Robot 3:10 to Yuma The Hurt Locker The Sessions Logan A Quiet Place Free Solo
60. Michel Colombier
Soundtrack | Man on Fire
Michel Colombier was born on May 23, 1939 in Lyon, France. He is known for his work on Man on Fire (2004), The Golden Child (1986) and New Jack City (1991). He was married to Dana Colombier. He died on November 14, 2004 in Santa Monica, California, USA.
Purple Rain Against All Odds White Nights
61. Wendy Carlos
Soundtrack | Ready Player One
Wendy Carlos, one of the great innovators in synthesized and electronic music, was born as Walter Carlos in Rhode Island on November 14, 1939. She underwent a sex-change operation in 1972, details of which she revealed during a surprise Playboy interview in 1979. Walter's last credited release is "...
A Clockwork Orange TRON
62. Burt Bacharach
Music_department | Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Burt Bacharach is a well known and multi award winning singer and song writer. He has been married to Jane Hansen since 1993, and they have two children together. She is his fourth wife and he has four children. He has worked on many sound tracks including the smash hit, "Beware of the Blob" for ...
A House Is Not a Home What's New Pussycat Alfie Casino Royale Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Arthur Stuart Little
63. T Bone Burnett
Soundtrack | The Hunger Games
O Brother, Where Art Thou? Cold Mountain Walk the Line Crazy Heart Inside Llewyn Davis
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 ...
A Single Man W.E. Nocturnal Animals
65. Rolfe Kent
Music_department | Up in the Air
Rolfe Kent was born in 1963 in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England as Rolfe R. Kent.
Election Kate & Leopold About Schmidt Sideways Up in the Air
66. Craig Armstrong
Soundtrack | Moulin Rouge!
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...
Moulin Rouge! The Quiet American Ray Elizabeth: The Golden Age The Great Gatsby (2013 film)
67. Lalo Schifrin
Music_department | Rush Hour
Immensely talented, Argentinian born pianist, conductor and composer who has written over 100 scores for both television & the cinema including the memorable themes to Mission: Impossible (1966), Mannix (1967), Starsky and Hutch (1975), Cool Hand Luke (1967), and Bullitt (1968). Schifrin has ...
Cool Hand Luke The Fox Bullitt The Hellstrom Chronicle The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge Voyage of the Damned The Amityville Horror When Time Ran Out... Brubaker The Competition The Sting II
68. David Shire
Music_department | Zodiac
David Shire was born on July 3, 1937 in Buffalo, New York, USA as David Lee Shire. He is known for his work on Zodiac (2007), Short Circuit (1986) and Saturday Night Fever (1977). He has been married to Didi Conn since February 11, 1984. They have one child. He was previously married to Talia Shire.
The Conversation Farewell, My Lovely The Hindenburg All the President's Men Saturday Night Fever Norma Rae The Promise Only When I Laugh 2010 Return to Oz
69. Trevor Rabin
Composer | Deep Blue Sea
Trevor Rabin was born in South Africa in 1954. He began playing guitar at the age of 12 after having had piano lessons since he was a toddler. In 1972 he formed the band Rabbit becoming the most successful rock act ever to emerge from South Africa. Rabin left Rabbit to pursue a solo career in ...
Con Air Armageddon
70. 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, ...
Gravity Suicide Squad Baby Driver
71. Nicholas Britell
Composer | Moonlight
Nicholas Britell is a two-time Academy Award-nominated composer, pianist, and producer. His critically acclaimed score for Barry Jenkins' Oscar-winning film Moonlight was nominated for the 2017 Oscar for Best Original Score and was awarded the 2016 Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Original ...
The Big Short Moonlight If Beale Street Could Talk Vice
72. Ilan Eshkeri
Composer | Layer Cake
Ilan Eshkeri is an award winning British composer whose work uses multiple disciplines in various fields of art. Composer, songwriter, producer and conductor, Eshkeri's work is performed in concert halls, theatres, galleries and on film & television; his eclectic body of work is linked by his love ...
The Young Victoria The Invisible Woman Still Alice Shaun the Sheep Movie
73. A.R. Rahman
Composer | Slumdog Millionaire
A two-time winner and five-times nominee of the Academy Award (Oscar), A. R. Rahman is popularly known as the man who has redefined contemporary Indian music. Rahman, according to a BBC estimate, has sold more than 150 million copies of his work comprising of music from more than 100 film ...
Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India Water Elizabeth: The Golden Age Slumdog Millionaire 127 Hours
Music_department | Mulholland Dr.
Angelo Badalamenti was born on March 22, 1937 in New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on Mulholland Drive (2001), Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992) and A Very Long Engagement (2004).
Blue Velvet Wild at Heart The Straight Story Mulholland Drive A Very Long Engagement
75. Marvin Hamlisch
Soundtrack | The Spy Who Loved Me
Musical talent ran in Marvin Hamlisch's family - his father was an accordionist, and at seven Hamlisch was the youngest student ever accepted by Manhattan's Julliard School of Music. Hamlich furthered his education by taking night classes at Queens College and working during the day as a rehearsal ...
Kotch The Sting The Way We Were Save the Tiger The Absent-Minded Waiter The Spy Who Loved Me Same Time, Next Year Ice Castles Chapter Two Starting Over Ordinary People Pennies from Heaven Sophie's Choice A Chorus Line Shirley Valentine The Mirror Has Two Faces
76. Tangerine Dream
Soundtrack | Legend
The pioneering German collective Tangerine Dream has been delivering their distinctive style of ambient music for nearly three decades, laying down a foundation of sound textures and sonic imagery that has influenced many of today's electronic musicians. Founded in 1967 by fine art aficinado Edgar ...
77. John Morris
Music_department | The Elephant Man
John Morris was born on October 18, 1926 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA as John Leonard Morris. He is known for his work on The Elephant Man (1980), Blazing Saddles (1974) and Coach (1989). He was married to Francesca Bosetti. He died on January 25, 2018 in Red Hook, New York, USA.
The Producers Blazing Saddles Young Frankenstein The Elephant Man To Be or Not to Be The Woman in Red Dirty Dancing Ironweed
78. Michael Brook
Composer | Into the Wild
Affliction An Inconvenient Truth Into the Wild Country Strong The Fighter Undefeated Brooklyn
79. Alex Heffes
Composer | State of Play
One Day in September The Last King of Scotland Inside Job Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
80. Laurie Johnson
Prolific British composer who has written scores for over four hundred film and television series. Very much of the old school of film composers, he studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and his scores reflect this classical training in their complexity. The trademark Johnson sound is the...
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Hot Millions Hedda
81. Daniel Pemberton
Composer | Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs Molly's Game All the Money in the World Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
82. Clint Mansell
Composer | Black Swan
Requiem for a Dream The Wrestler Black Swan Loving Vincent
83. Marcelo Zarvos
Composer | Wonder
The Good Shepherd Fences Wonder
84. 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, ...
The Longest Day Lawrence of Arabia Sundays and Cybele To Die in Madrid The Train The Collector Doctor Zhivago Is Paris Burning? The Professionals Gambit Grand Prix The Fixer Isadora The Damned Ryan's Daughter The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean The Island at the Top of the World The Man Who Would Be King The Message The Last Tycoon The Tin Drum Resurrection The Year of Living Dangerously A Passage to India Witness Gaby: A True Story Fatal Attraction Gorillas in the Mist Chances Are Dead Poets Society Enemies: A Love Story Ghost Fearless
85. George Fenton
Composer | Groundhog Day
George Fenton was born on October 19, 1949 in Bromley, Kent, England as George Richard Ian Howe. He is known for his work on Groundhog Day (1993), The Bounty Hunter (2010) and Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998).
Gandhi Cry Freedom Dangerous Liaisons The Fisher King Shadowlands The Crucible Anna and the King Mrs Henderson Presents
86. Cliff Martinez
Composer | Drive
Sex, Lies, and Videotape Traffic Drive
87. Charles Fox
Composer | National Lampoon's European Vacation
Born in the Bronx, 1940. Graduated High School of Music & Art in New York, then studied composition with Nadia Boulanger in Paris.
Before moving to Hollywood, wrote and played Latin music for Salsa legends including Tito Puente, Ray Baretto and Joe Quijano.
In addition to composing over 100 movie ...
Goodbye, Columbus The Other Side of the Mountain Two-Minute Warning Foul Play 9 to 5
88. Leonard Rosenman
Composer | Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Leonard Rosenman was born on September 7, 1924 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), Barry Lyndon (1975) and La La Land (2016). He was married to Judie Gregg, Adele Bracker and Kay Scott. He died on March 4, 2008 in Woodland ...
East of Eden Rebel Without a Cause The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond Fantastic Voyage Barry Lyndon Bound for Glory Cross Creek Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
89. Cliff Eidelman
Composer | Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
On July 6th, 2019, Eidelman's new solo piano work, The Five Tales, was recorded with pianist, Michael McHale at Zipper Hall in Los Angeles, CA. This recording is planned for a Fall 2019 release.
In late 2018, Eidelman's Symphony for Orchestra and Two Pianos was released. It was recorded at Abbey ...
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country One True Thing
90. Johnny Mandel
Music_department | MASH
I Want to Live! The Sandpiper The Americanization of Emily The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! An American Dream MASH Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams The Last Detail Agatha Being There The Verdict
Composer | Finding Neverland
Jan A. P. Kaczmarek is a composer with a tremendous international reputation that continues to grow. As a successful recording artist and touring musician, Jan turned to composing film scores as his primary occupation. Jan's first success in the United States came in theater. After composing ...
Unfaithful Finding Neverland The Visitor
92. Joseph Trapanese
Composer | The Greatest Showman
Joseph Trapanese is best known for his sleek score work for blockbuster films like "Tron: Legacy," "Straight Outta Compton," "The Greatest Showman," "Oblivion" and the "Raid" series. As a composer, arranger, and producer for movie, television, theater, and video game music, he has collaborated with...
TRON: Legacy Straight Outta Compton The Greatest Showman
93. Geoff Barrow
Soundtrack | Annihilation
Geoff Barrow was born on December 9, 1971 in Walton-In-Gordano, North Somerset, England.
Exit Through the Gift Shop Ex Machina
94. Warren Ellis
Composer | Hell or High Water
Has worked extensively with Nick Cave on multiple projects.
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Mustang Hell or High Water
95. Nathan Larson
Soundtrack | Phone Booth
Nathan Larson cut his teeth in the hardcore punk scene in Washington D.C., where he played in seminal bands, such as Swiz. Larson relocated to New York City in 1988, and in the '90s he was the lead guitarist for the influential prog-punk outfit Shudder To Think. Larson is a producer, performer, and...
Boys Don't Cry Dirty Pretty Things The Messenger Margin Call
Composer | Trois couleurs: Bleu
Born in Poland in 1955, Zbigniew Preisner studied philosophy and history in the university of Cracow. In his twenties he started to study music in a autodidactical way: buying records and learning to write by taking the music in parts. He started to write his own compositions. His style has always ...
Europa Europa Damage Three Colors: Red
97. Brad Fiedel
Music_department | True Lies
Extremely talented, prolific and versatile composer Brad Fiedel was born on March 10, 1951 in New York City. His mother was a dancer and his father was a composer and musician. Brad started out as a keyboardist for Hall & Oates. Fiedel first began composing music for movies in the mid-70s for such ...
The Accused Terminator 2 True Lies
98. Andrea Guerra
Composer | Hotel Rwanda
Hotel Rwanda The Pursuit of Happyness Nine
Composer | Lion
A self-taught pianist from the age of 7. He has lived in LA, where he studied art at Santa Monica College and formed the much-adored Devics with Sara Lov, Italy (in the depths of rural Emilia Romagna) and Berlin.
He gained recognition and critical acclaim for his studio albums and live performances...
Marie Antoinette Lion