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.
He is a god among film score composers. He has won over 20 Grammy's for his scores as well as 5 Academy Awards with 48 nominations; the second most nominations of any person in the history of the Academy (Walt Disney is number one).
The success of many films has been directly influenced by the master compositions of John Williams. They are the few films which are famous, not just for their visual content and stories but for their music. - Tatatat
He is the GreatestV 37 Comments
His music is beautiful. I can see why people would want John Williams in the lead but Hans Zimmer is extraordinary by his music and has different variety. Jaws, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Superman, all big and flashy but that's it. It's nothing like the true beauty in the childhood soundtracks- The Lion King, Prince of Egypt, etc.
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
Yes, there are composers who make the catchy soundtracks. Zimmer, however, makes soundtracks which simply send shivers down your spine - literally, I get the chills. He is a great, for certain. His music is absolutely beautiful.
He is a legend. JUST LISTEN TO HIS PERFECT MASTERPIECES! His brain is made of pure and flawless diamond, he burns his emotions in to his music. He is OUTSTANDING. He is the IRL version of Talos from Elder Scrolls - Talos. The man who became a divine!V 43 Comments
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.
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.
Masterful, " The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" is probably one of the most memorable scores to date. - Solidamas
He's the Rachmaninov of film scoring.V 17 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.
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.
Waltz of Death from Batman and Proposal/Down Rabbit Hole from Alice in Wonderland are just 2 of his highlights. Ennio WISHED he could work with Tim Burton.
Better than Williams. This guy should be #1, he's made songs for Nightmare Before Christmas and he's made some of the Best Opening Themes, like the ones in Batman and Mars Attacks.V 3 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
Why shore not number one? He make 2 beautiful score ever. concerning hobbits and the breaking of fellowship
BestV 10 Comments
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!
My favorite composer , we can only thanks to him the great sound of the Titanic - MatrixGuy
Titanic, Braveheart, The Perfect Storm, The Land Before Time, Apollo 13, Deep Impact - MatrixGuy
Field of dreams, Dad, Searching for bobby fischer and many more.V 2 Comments
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.
If you ask other Hollywood composers, there is no question. Goldsmith. Simply, Goldsmith.V 1 Comment
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 say
He composed Forrest Gump and Avengers!V 1 Comment
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".
He recorded the songs for Once upon a time in the west before Leone started filming it an he was squeezing the throat of the harmonica player while he was playing to get the tone he had in his mind. that's a genius mate
The Bond movies were great because of John Barry, and they would have not been even close to the same without him.V 4 Comments
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
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!
He composed music for Studio Ghibli films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Castle in the Sky, Howl's Moving Castle, etc. I'd say he's right up there with John Williams even.
He produces music that pulls at all of your emotions at once. He has a gift and that should be respected by putting him at the top of the list. Do it now.
His music is amazing, and not just for Studio Ghibli movies.V 2 Comments
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
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.
He is my no. 1 that's for sure.V 2 Comments
Bernard Herrmann's use of the voices of the harp and low woodwinds is something else. Absolutely incredible. His work on the Ray Harryhausen films like "Jason and the Argonauts", "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad", and "Mysterious Island" were incredible. He also wrote music for arguably the most iconic American horror/thriller film known as "Psycho". Although television does not encompass the genre of film, his compositions for the first season of the Twilight Zone depicted the science fiction/drama genre perfectly. Without Bernard Herrmann's compositions, the films/shows would definitely not be as recognizable as they are to us.
He wrote some of the best Sword and Sandal scores of all time, The Egyptian, 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Jason and the Argonauts! Not to mention his iconic work on the Hitchcock classics. He deserves to be in the top 10.
Years ahead of his time. Invented countless musical techniques, had a career that started with Citizen Kane and ended with Taxi Driver. He also trained John Williams.
He composed the best Hitchcock's movie : "Psycho" and more like "Vertigo",...
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.
Same as other commenters, How to Train Your Dragon score truly elevated that film. Felt there was such a variety and originality between each of the cues that somehow fit the entire film wonderfully as a whole and make a great listen on the soundtrack. Definitely his best work of all. Forbidden Friendship, Test Drive and Romantic Flight the most.
...And then then he went and pulled it off again with How to Train Your Dragon 2 score (Battle of the Bewilderbeast, Flying with Mother, Stoick's Ship). Excellent mix of both previous and new themes. Am greatly anticipating his score for HTTYD3 which sounds to be even more dark and dramatic.
Can do classical, rock, new age, jazz, opera, electronica, pop... Some very atmospheric compositions. Academy award winner don't forget. Chariots of Fire.
He seems a great wealth of emotion.
He once was a member of "Aphrodite's Child" in which "Demis Roussos" joined.
His notable OST are "Chariots of Fire", 'Blade Runner" and ""Conquest of Paradise".
Did you ever listen his music, Harry Potter And the deathly hallows; Girl with a pearl earring; Lust, Caution; Argo; Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close. In his music you can feel the pain, joy, in other words, it will take you into the movie. I think he deserve a chance to be on the top.
The Golden Compass, Julie & Julia, Coco Before Chanel, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Grand Budapest Hotel
Merlins beard! Are you serious? #18? NO! Mr. Desplat is by far second, only to be beaten by the almighty John Williams. He is then followed by Hans Zimmer, and then Nicholas Hooper (where even is he, on this screwed up list? ).
Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Part 2,Godzilla,And The Secret Life Of Pets Have The Best Scores From HimV 4 Comments
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
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