Best Scores (Soundtracks) In 2014 for Visual Media

For list criteria see below.

This list is titled "... For Visual Media" because it doesn't solely include movie scores but also scores for video games, T.V. series, documentaries, etc. I added "Soundtracks" in brackets because it's the more common term associated with it. However, since the list focuses on scores there is no need of a commercial soundtrack release in order to appear on here.

List criteria:
"Score" means music that was specifically written for a film, video game, etc. to accompany it and underline the events happening in it. For this list it means that songs are excluded, so for example, the credits for "The Lion King" would go solely to Hans Zimmer and not to Elton John.

The score has to be original which excludes titles like "Inglourious Basterds" that only use already existing music.

The media the score has been written for must have been published in 2014 using the premiere date. For foreign films use the original premiere date.

The Top Ten

1 The Grand Budapest Hotel (Alexandre Desplat)
2 How to Train Your Dragon 2 (John Powell)
3 Interstellar (Hans Zimmer)
4 Maleficent (James Newton Howard)
5 The Monuments Men (Alexandre Desplat)
6 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Hans Zimmer and the Magnificent Six)
7 Exodus: Gods and Kings (Alberto Iglesias)
8 Nightcrawler (James Newton Howard)
9 Paddington (Nick Urata)
10 Automata (Zacarías M. de la Riva)

The Contenders

11 Da Vinci's Demons - Season 2 (Bear McCreary)
12 Titanfall (Stephen Barton)
13 Diablo III: Reaper of Souls (Various)

Composed by Derek Duke, Neal Acree, Joseph Lawrence, Russell Brower, Glenn Stafford, Jason Hayes - ChrisZimson

14 Hidden Kingdoms (Ben Foster)
15 Divergent (Junkie XL)
16 Rio 2 (John Powell)
17 The Boxtrolls (Dario Marianelli)
18 A Most Wanted Man (Herbert Grönemeyer)
19 Guardians of the Galaxy (Tyler Bates)
20 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Brian Tyler)
21 The Book of Life (Gustavo Santaolalla)
22 Gone Girl (Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross)
23 World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor (Various)
24 The Imitation Game (Alexandre Desplat)
25 Calvary (Patrick Cassidy)
26 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Howard Shore)
27 The Theory of Everything (Johann Johannsson)
28 Dragon Age: Inquisition (Trevor Morris)
29 Lucy (Eric Serra)
30 The Interview (Henry Jackman)
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