Best Movie Score Composers


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41 Michael Giachinno

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

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42 Angelo Badalamenti
43 Trevor Rabin
44 Lee Byung-woo
45 Giorgio Moroder
46 Kenji Kawai
47 Henry Mancini

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

48 Ramin Djawadi

One epic composer, for some reason he reminds me of Two Steps from Hell, his music just drives the films like the Pacific Rim theme, gets me right in the moment

He is a great composer and well-known one.Game of throne, clash of titans, iron man aren't these enough to be amongst the top 20. It is a pity of course when I didn't saw his name on this list.

49 Bill Conti

It's a crime he's not higher on this list. Vote people!

The Rocky movies (some of the most inspirational music of all movie soundtracks), The Right Stuff, The Karate Kid and For Your Eyes Only.. enough said. Bill Conti is incredible and should be much higher on this list than indicated.

Truly an underrated composer in many respects.

All of the Rocky movies & Karate Kid's (those two franchises alone should equal a top 20 ranking), James Bond, The Right Stuff, Masters of the Universe, Thomas Crown affair, and many more...
He killed it in the 80's and should be way higher on the list, without question. - expertCritic

50 Ilayaraja Ilayaraja Ilaiyaraaja is an Indian film composer who works in the South Indian cinema but predominantly in Tamil since the late 1970s.

His music will speak to our body and soul. We can feel a eternal world.

Greatest Ever

God of music

Listen to ilayaraja's bgm' s..t hen you guys decide who is the king of kings...

51 Alfred Newman
52 Miklos Rozsa

Not only is het the "Father" of the rest of the list, the others all point to him for inspiration.

Is there a soundtrack that can compare with "El Cid". No, no and no! the absolute best.

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53 Steve Jablonsky

31? Surely he should be higher! He has the most beautiful music I have ever listened to. He composed for all the transformer movies, as well as others like Battleship, and Ninja Turtles. I love his work.

"Autobots", "Arrival to Heart" and "My Name is Lincoln" make him great!

He deserve the third place!

Really, 45? This guy is awesome.

54 Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Korngold literally invented the 'Hollywood' sound. Even though he wasn't the most prolific of film composers, he easily is the giant that all other film composers stand upon. Also, his film music has the rare ability to work outside of the concert hall WITHOUT any sort of editing, unlike most all film composers other than John Williams (like Star Wars? Look up King's Row by Korngold; you'll notice something vaguely similar).

Korngold wrote with integrity, worked very hard and had an outstanding natural ability. It is seriously sad to see someone like Zimmer so high up - he barely does anything compared to the rest of the team that works for him and his ideas are vacuous. Studios - please, please give more liberty to the composer and allow this artform to mature from the cheap formulae which presently choke it

It was once said of Korngold that had he not gone into film composition he would be wildly considered today as one of the greatest composers of his time. Listen to the soundtrack of The Adventures of Robin Hood. It is phenomenal!

55 Jerry Fielding
56 Jan A. P. Kaczmarek
57 Murray Gold

What a shame, I was hoping top 30, I love this guy so much and his attitude and outlook is just amazing but there are too many people that I have told people about Murray Gold that just don't recognize the name and it's a real shame, some of the scores from Doctor Who are just thrilling and remembering, I particularly enjoy "Scarecrows go to War" and "Martha's Theme"

He has written some truly, truly, beautiful music. Stuff that would put him up there with the likes of John Williams if he wasn't so overlooked. Give the Doctor Who soundtrack a try. I guarantee you'll be pleasantly surprised by how amazing it is.

58 Klaus Badelt

Why is the composer of "He's a Pirate," "Will and Elizabeth," and more amazing Pirates of the Caribbean songs not on this list?

Whoops. Don't vote for him. Hans Zimmer actually played a huge role in the first soundtrack.

59 Tom Holkenborg

Mad Max Fury Road: The bombastic Brothers in Arms soundtrack.

Junkie XL is the best!

60 Nicholas Hooper

Hooper is brilliant. I can't believe he's not up in 5th position where I wanted him.

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