Best Movie Score ComposersROTTIE13
The Top Ten
How can Hans Zimmer be higher than John Williams, Seriously, John Williams: Jaws, Star Wars, Close Encounters, Superman, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Indiana Jones, Home Alone, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter Seriously, people!, John Williams owns Hans Zimmer.
Might want to change the pic, that's John Williams the character actor, not John Williams the composer. - truckturner
If you listen to his music, you can really feel the dreeam behind it.
John Wiliams did a better work than Hans Zimmer look at all his PricesV 71 Comments
Williams was awesome, but just imagine a movie like Dark Knight, the Lion King, or Man of Steel without his scores in them. His music makes movies feel like real life. Period.
The most amazing soundtracks in the entire world:
The Lion King
All the Pirates of the Caribbean movies
Prince of Egypt
The Dark Knight
There is no contest.
Definitely beautiful soundtracks. You should add Gladiator to that list; it's one of the best soundtracks ever. - ugh
Music made me cryV 62 Comments
Best of the best, hands down my favorite movie composer. It is amazing that he isn't more widely known. I'm sure a lot of people enjoy his music without knowing it is him but he has immortalized himself with the Sergio Leone Westerns, making those good movies great.
He is better than Hans zimmer. Even zimmer admitted himself
His scores can be either eclectic and strange, or harmonious and heavenly, or both at the same time. His theme to 'The Red Tent' is simply sublime, the Stereo version of 'The Ecstasy of Gold' is like a religious experience, and his work with Christy is just magnificent. His scores for 'Red Sonja' are the best thing about the movie.
He's had a few speed bumps here and there, but those scores are creative and eclectic.
I think he's one of the best composers of all time, and has worked on an entire range of genres.
Simply the best ever. he can do cheerful: Cheyenne's theme, Once Upon A Time In The West; Wacky, Main Theme from My Name is nobody; Dramatic, Man With A Harmonica, Once Upon A Time again, Sad, The Funeral, American Sniper ( even though a lot of credit goes to Nino Rossi For writing the trumpet tune, Downright beautiful, gabriels oboe from the mission and Good Luck Jack from My name is nobody, and of course, totally iconic, Theme from The Good The Bad And the Ugly. John Williams comes a close second for me, but Morricone I feel is simply more sophisticated and original. Hans Zimmer is good, but once you've heard on song you've heard it all. Another really great, but underrated composer is Earle Hagen, for his brilliant work on the Andy Griffith Show, with it's iconic theme, and tender moments. Yeah, I know I'm gonna get some Eye Rolls for that one, but he should at least be on the list.V 26 Comments
I love many of the composers on this list and their themes are on my iPod, but self-taught Oingo Boingo lead singer/writer Danny Elfman... just look at the themes: Batman, MIB, Spider Man, The Simpsons, Tales From The Crypt, Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, Black Beauty, Sommersby, Hulk, Planet of the Apes, Sleepy Hollow, Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory...just amazing.
Tim Burton films, The Simpsons' theme song, and Oingo Boingo frontman. - Zahveed
Equal to Zimmer and following to Williams, Danny Elfmans superb changes in style and odd variations of sound make the films more tantalizing, his iconic themes and specifically his scores for the Tim Burton films make him one of the most recognized film composers of the modern age.
Hell yeah! No one is Better then Danny. From my heart and from my hand, why don't people understand, my intention?V 4 Comments
Number 14?!?! Howard Shore did the Lord of the Rings, which has the most epic soundtrack ever! He should AT LEAST be in the top ten. - Blubbydubber1
Really he is 2nd in my opinion. Lord of the rings trilogy scores are the greatest scores ever each track has its own life and match the situation. The best film, the best story line and the best musics ever made
Great great music
Why shore not number one? He make 2 beautiful score ever. concerning hobbits and the breaking of fellowshipV 13 Comments
For "A Beautiful Mind". Incredible!
Nobody can choke the emotion like James did
Second only to John Williams. See you in the next life.
He has many great soundtracks, like titanic, avatar, and perfect storm, but to me his greatest was braveheart, particularly "the execution" and "end credits! Fantastic work and although the movie wasn't historically accurate, the soundtrack was incredible!V 5 Comments
The Omen. Planet of the Apes. Chinatown. I don't even need to continue, do I? - truckturner
The ultimate chameleon, a fearless experimenter, capable of excelling in any genre. Jerry Goldsmith's discography is an absolute treasure trove, a gift that never stops giving: The Omen, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Patton, Chinatown, Alien, Poltergeist, Under Fire, Planet of the Apes, The Wind and The Lion. The list goes on, believe me it does.
This list is a popularity contest. Anyone who studies Goldsmith's music as a whole will know that he should be in the top 2 at the very least, the most innovative composer of our time bar none.
In terms of musical variey and experimentation Jerry Goldsmith is the best.V 2 Comments
Alan is by far... one of the greatest composers of our time
Back to the Future
Night at the Museum
This genius has created numerous memorable movie scores. The second best, behind only John Williams (hard to beat Star Wars, Jaws, Indiana Jones, and Superman)
The castaway theme, that is all I have to sayV 2 Comments
The gravel road from the village is the best movie soundtrack ever, followed by the 6th sense, both of which he made. Unbreakable also had great music, and avatar, king kong, and batman had cool soundtracks too.
Should be top 5. Excellent match with Shyamalan - JustAnAccount
The Fugitive, Falling Down, The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs, The Village, The Devil's Advocate, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, I Am Legend, Defiance, King Kong... so much awesome osts! This guy is a genius!
Hunger games and Maleficent have incredible music making him without a doubt one of the best! - ugh
The best, no reason to argue! - RookWizard
He's the best modern time film composer
The shape of water, the danish girl, suffragette, the imitation game...def my fave composer!
This man wrote the incredible and eery score for Ghost Writer deserves to be much higherV 10 Comments
Should be higher on the list. Captivating musical scores for all his movie work!
Unlike all the others - all great, all amazing - he understood better than anyone before, now, or ever, the inseparable relationship between Music and Image. In order to bring meaning to the image, one must first interpret the image, become emotionally tied to it, then LIFT it to the heavens with the one universal language that binds us all. All these composers are genius, but Mr. Barry is the only one who also understood his role. He is Number 1. He is the mentor and role model for all the others topping this list.
Over his career he has scored the most diverse range of films from the Knack to the whisperers, from Mary queen of Scots to the cotton club. He also used melody like no other composer even within the body of his scores not just the main titles. He achieved this very simply, with few notes but massive amounts of heart and emotion that fit the film perfectly. He may have become a little repetitive in terms of tempo, style and arrangements during the last 15 years of his work but overall he can and could not be bettered. AMAZING
All his Bond-scores beat the most movie music out there.
I think that his other scores are brilliant too, especially "Dances with wolves" and "The Specialist".
Up ratatouille coco inside out The Incredibles rogue one and Jurassic world
HOLY COW 32, I WAS EXPECTING LIKE 7TH OR SOMETHING IN THE TOP TEN, his soundtracks or just iconic and moving and wonderful, this was music that absolutely moved me, I mean opening of UP was perfect, it was so empowering that the music brought me to tears, Ratatoullie was absolutely great too, if you guys don't know him, some serious research has to be done, his works within children films with Pixar could make a grown man cry, he is absolutely incredible (mind the pun) and I've even seen him placing 4th on other lists
Prediction: this guy will be the next John Williams. He's already done Jurassic World and now Rogue One. Though I don't like to think about it, John Williams is pretty old, and Giacchino will do amazing once he's gone, though I hope that will not be anytime soon.
He has created some of the best scores of all time: The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Up, Inside Out. Giacchino can just perfectly capture every moment of a film in a piece of music. His soundtracks are absolutely wonderful.V 4 Comments
What's wrong with the world!
He is simply greatest of all time
I'd take Ghibli soundtracks over anything in the top 10 everyday
22!? This is outrageous, I wasn't expecting him to be in top 5 in all honesty or even the top 10 for that matter, but top 15 at least, I had to go searching for him on this god damn list, they still got it right with Williams, Zimmer and Elfman at the top, but someone who has worked on films for Studio Ghibli that can be just as iconic as Star Wars or Harry Potter isn't even in the top 15!? SHAME!V 7 Comments
Blade Runner is pretty much the reason why I adore this composer. - Kevinsidis
Blade Runner, 1492, Chariots of Fire are some of my all-time favorites!
Can do classical, rock, new age, jazz, opera, electronica, pop... Some very atmospheric compositions. Academy award winner don't forget. Chariots of Fire.V 1 Comment
Only John Williams comes close to the work of max Steiner. The most prolific of all
Max Steiner should be on 2, but you guys are only listening to popular.
He was the "Father of Film Music" and he composed the music of Gone With the Wind in one only month. - tudorcfr90
BEST JAPANESE COMPOSER EVER! Should be number one - asantalo
An amazing composer, that has the ability to deliver a tsunami of emotions with every note.
Best Music Composer of All Times. Listen to "Death Is The Road To Awe" (The Fountain) and "Lux Aeterna" (Requiem For A Dream) and contemplate the unbelievable emotional connection between the music, the films and each scene the score is synced to.
Noah, Requiem for a Dream (Lux Aeterna), The Fountain (The Last Man), Black Swan, etc. are some of the movies with the greatest soundtracks of all time. And they were all made by this guy!
His work is beautiful. Try listening to The fountain "The Last Man". at first, it's almost boring, but once you're at 1:30, it's stunning! "V 5 Comments
Even though he is not deserving of the Number 1 spot, no other composer on this list would be ashamed to be listed below Thomas Newman. He's really THAT good.
Thomas Newman should be WAY higher in this list. For me, he is indisputably in the top 10 of all time greatest movie composers.
Every piece he composes is just magic, it makes any movie become so real and each tone is captivating. My personal favorite goes to Road to Chicago by my all time favorite film "Road to Perdition". He is as good as people like Hanz Zimmerman and John Williams, and surpasses Danny Elfman.
Any Other Name in American Beauty's score. Enough to be in the top ten.V 5 Comments
Sense and Sensibility :'))))) - RookWizard
Patrick Doyle is awesome. He definitely makes 4th on my list
He did Thor and Cinderella 2015
This guy is coolV 1 Comment
All you see at the top are modern composers with their fancy gadgets and teams. Some are very good but don't equal the masters.
Exciting, enjoyable, memorable music.
Wrote some iconic soundtracks of the 40s...
Sure he wasn't as iconic as John Williams but god damn I was hoping for top 20 at least, come on guys pick up your game, I thought the music for Shrek was probably one of the most memorial movies of my childhood, and yeah Narnia wasn't just awesome it was SPECTACULARLY in the moment perfectly timed scores.
Shrek, Enemy of the State, The Chronicles of Narnia, Total Recall, Unstoppable and more. This guy's awesome, definitely up there.
How was Harry Gregson-Williams not on this list? There is a certain magical quality in his scores for the Shrek and Chronicles of Narnia films.
Spectacular soundtracks that really get your adrenaline pumping. He sure knows how to score action movies.V 3 Comments
Loved what he did with Wreck-It Ralph!
From Pacific Rim, to Westworld, to the Great Wall, to Game of Thrones, all of Ramin's music is absolutely exhilarating.
He should be among top 10.
47...are you serious... - JustAnAccountV 3 Comments
Best ever. Period.
Bernard Herrmann at so low a ranking completely invalidates this list.
Herrmann should definitely be ahead of plagiarist, John Williams (compare his Jaws theme with Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. A definite rip off).
Citizen Kane, Psycho, Vertigo, North By Northwest, Taxi Driver, Sinbad, Jason and the Argonauts, Mysterious Island, The Ghost of Mrs Muir. All spectacular. My favourite composer by farV 4 Comments
His best one is The Little Mermaid. - asantalo
This guy is the whole package. Disney movies wouldn't be the same without him.
He composed the best Disney musicals.
La dolce vita
All the best Fellini's masterpieces.
And the Godfather...
From a technical point of view, his technique is probably the best.
Greatest composer of all time is Nino Rota
Personally best composer. Really How To Train Your Dragon was supernatural. Love tracks like Forbidden Friendship, Test Drive Romantic Flight. He has potential to be finest music composer of all time. - divphygamer
How To Train Your Dragon score was legendary! - mohit100
He should be so much higher, Hancock, Xmen Last Stand, HTTYD, The Bournes, the Ice Ages, Jumper he is amazing.
The How to Train Your Dragon score was the best music ever made! - 17nobrienV 1 Comment
Because Pixar's movies wouldn't be half of what they are without his music. - keep-me-posted
Probably the best you and coming movie score composer. First discovered him with 300. But also responsible for guardians of the galaxy films, John wick films... definitely a top 10 for me.
Excellent soundtracks to accompany his excellent movies
Cool back in the 80's. Now his stuff seems weird and repetitive. Still, unique style - JustAnAccount
Are You Having A Laugh. You All Clearly Have Some Big Alarming Gaps In Your Education. Bernstein's Work Is Beyond Beautiful. He Deserves To Be Up There With Morricone, William, Zimmer And Goldsmith. I Mean come on. Does "The Magnificent Seven" Not Ring Any Bells. The First Proper Composer Of The Silver Age. He Invented And Started A Trend Williams, Morricone, Goldsmith And Majority Of Current Composers Still Use Til' This Very Day
The Gypsy Moths (1969) film score is terrific! The Gypsy Moths, directed by John Frankenheimer, and starring Burt Lancaster, Gene Hackman, and Deborah Kerr is a classic, and Bernstein's music really sets the tone.
Gettysburg, Angels in the Outfield, Last of the Mohicans.
No words..Just hear apocalypse score..
Conan The Barbarian score for 1981 is the best score of all time!
Conan is top score of all time for me
Only because of the Conan OST he should be in top10 at least
The Blue Lagoon (1980) Conan the Barbarian (1982) RoboCop (1987) The Hunt for Red October (1990) Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book (1994) Starship Troopers (1997) Les Misérables (1998)V 1 Comment
Thor 2 and Iron Man 3
I've no words for AR. RAHMAN can compose everything, from Rock to Indian Classical, from African to Arabic music, from African to American. His level is equal to that of Mozart. He is not just great, but the Greatest. I also admire the work of Zimmer, Alexandre...etc. But Rahman is above the all. We can't place him on number 1 or No.2. He is the only one, the Super-one. Taal, Alai Puyuthey, Bombay, Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, Rockstar, Chekka Chivantha Vaanam... and so on.
He is the perfect example for how a musician have to be. You cannot ask John Williams or Morricone to compose an eastern piece, or African, etc. But in his hands every style of music is safe. From Jazz to Reggae, From Rock to Bollywod, Fom western classical to Indian Classical or Chinese... He has proved it over the times... - nikhiledakkott
He is the best!
The only reason he is not in the top ten is because he is indian and he is muslim. He is the music Maestro. Just listen to "Ellapughazum", "Jai Ho", "New York Nagarum"V 1 Comment
He's a genius! Come on, guys! He is the modern Williams! Don't forget his "Up", "Star Trek" and "LOST" soundtracks!
The ratatouille soundtrack is just amazing, much people ignores it, In the top ten I think
Don't forget the Incredibles!
The "Bartertown" theme in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome nails it. Also the main theme from "Zhivago" -- it is heartbreaking. For those two films alone, he must be in the Top 10. Until hearing "Pirates of the Caribbean", he was my Number One. Now I have him at Number Two.
Yes! The great Mancini! The other 45, with the exception of John Williams, barely deserve mentioning.
His first Academy award for best original film scoring of the Glenn Miller Story came in 1954. Also television themes like Peter Gunn. We were immersed in Mancini's genius for over three decades.
He composed the scores for the Pink Panther films of the 60s-70s, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Wait Until Dark, Charade, the Days of Wine and Roses, and Victor Victoria
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