A Few of the Greatest Film Scores of All Time

  • Harold Arlen:
    • The Wizard of Oz
  • David Arnold:
    • Independence Day
    • The World Is Not Enough
    • Tomorrow Never Dies
  • Malcolm Arnold:
    • The Bridge on the River Kwai
  • Angelo Badalamenti
    • Blue Velvet
    • Twin Peaks
    • City Of Lost Children
  • John Barry:
    • Across the Sea of Time
    • Dances with Wolves
    • From Russia With Love
    • The Lion in Winter
    • Octopussy
    • On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    • Out Of Africa
    • The Scarlet Letter
    • The Specialist
    • Thunderball
  • Elmer Bernstein:
    • The Great Escape
    • The Grifters
    • The Magnificient Seven
    • My Left Foot/Da
    • The Rainmaker
    • The Ten Commandments
    • To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Leonard Bernstein:
    • West Side Story
  • Terence Blanchard:
    • Clockers
    • Eve's Bayou
  • Bruce Broughton:
    • For Loce Or Money
    • Tombstone
  • Carter Burwell:
    • Blood Simple
    • Conspiracy Theory
    • Fargo
    • Miller's Crossing
  • David Byrne:
    • The Last Emperor
  • Wendy Carlos:
    • Clockwork Orange (Complete Score)
  • Eric Clapton:
    • Rush
  • Bill Conti:
    • The Right Stuff/North and South
    • Rocky
    • Rocky II
    • Rocky III
    • Year of the Gun
  • Michael Convertino:
    • Children Of A Lesser God
    • The Santa Clause
    • Jungle 2 Jungle
    • Wrestling Ernest Hemingway
  • Ry Cooder:
    • Trespass
    • Primary Colors
  • Bruno Coulais:
    • Coraline
  • Stewart Copeland:
    • Fresh
    • Rumblefish
  • John Corigliano:
    • The Red Violin
     
  • Vladimir Cosma:
    • Diva
  • Georges Delerue:
    • Day For Night
    • Black Robe, The
    • Steel Magnolias
  • Alexandre Desplat:
    • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    • The King's Speech
    • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
  • Patrick Doyle:
    • Dead Again
    • Great Expectations
    • Hamlet
    • A Little Princess
    • Much Ado About Nothing
    • Quest for Camelot
    • Sense and Sensibility
  • Randy Edelman:
    • Diabolique
    • Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
    • Dragonheart
    • Gettysburg
    • Tall Tale
    • While You Were Sleeping
  • Danny Elfman:
    • Beetlejuice
    • Batman
    • Batman Returns
    • Dick Tracy
    • Dolores Claiborne
    • Edward Scissorhands
    • Mars Attacks
    • Men In Black
    • Midnight Run
    • Mission: Impossible
    • To Die For
  • George Fenton:
    • Dangerous Liaisons
    • Final Analysis
    • The Fisher King
    • Groundhog Day
    • Hero
  • Brad Fiedel:
    • Blink
    • True Lies
    • The Real McCoy
    • Terminator
  • Mike Figgis:
    • Leaving Las Vegas
  • Philip Glass:
    • Koyaanisqatsi
    • Kundun
    • Mishima
  • Ernest Gold:
    • Exodus
  • Elliot Goldenthal:
    • Alien3
    • Batman Forever
    • Drugstore Cowboy
    • Interview with the Vampire
    • Michael Collins
    • Pet Sematary
  • Jerry Goldsmith:
    • Air Force One
    • Alien
    • Basic Instinct
    • The Blue Max
    • Chinatown
    • Outland/Carpricorn One
    • Executive Decision
    • First Blood
    • First Knight
    • Gremlins
    • Inner Space
    • The Omen
    • Planet of the Apes (Expanded Release)
    • Rambo: First Blood Part II
    • The River Wild
    • Rudy
    • The Shadow
    • 6 Degrees of Separation
    • Sleeping With The Enemy
    • Star Trek the Motion Picture
    • Under Fire
  • Herbie Hancock:
    • Blow-Up
    • Round Midnight
  • Bernard Herrmann:
    • Jane Eyre
    • Psycho
    • Taxi Driver
  • James Horner:
    • Aliens
    • An American Tail
    • An American Tail - Fievel Goes West
    • Another 48 HRS.
    • Apollo 13
    • Balto
    • Bopha!
    • Braveheart
    • Casper
    • Class Action
    • Clear and Present Danger
    • Cocoon the Return
    • Courage Under Fire
    • Dad
    • Deep Impact
    • The Devil's Own
    • Field of Dreams
    • Glory
    • Gorky Park
    • Jumanji
    • Krull
    • The Land Before Time
    • Legends of the Fall
    • The Mask of Zorro
    • Patriot Games
    • The Pelican Brief
    • The Rocketeer
    • Ransom
    • Searching for Bobby Fischer
    • Sneakers
    • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
    • Swing Kids
    • Thunderheart
    • To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday
    • Unlawful Entry
    • Where the River Runs Black
    • Willow
  • Toru Takemitsu:
    • Rising Sun
  • Tangerine Dream:
    • Risky Business
  • Dimitri Tiomkin:
    • The Alamo
    • The Guns of Navarone
  • Vangelis:
    • Blade Runner
    • Chariots of Fire
  • Gabriel Yared
    • Betty Blue
    • The English Patient
    • The Lover
  • John Williams:
    • Always
    • Catch Me If You Can
    • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    • Empire of the Sun
    • The Empire Strikes Back - Special Edition
    • E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial
    • Far and Away
    • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
    • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
    • JFK
    • Jaws
    • Jurassic Park
    • The Lost World
    • Nixon
    • Return of the Jedi
    • Raiders of the Lost Ark
    • The Reivers
    • The Terminal
    • Sabrina
    • Stanley and Iris
    • Superman
  • Hans Zimmer:
    • Backdraft
    • Beyond Rangoon
    • Black Rain
    • Broken Arrow
    • Crimson Tide
    • The Fan
    • Gladiator
    • Green Card
    • Hannibal
    • I'll Do Anything
    • Inception
    • The Lion King
    • The Prince Egypt
    • Rain Man
    • Regarding Henry
    • Thelma & Louise
    • The Thin Red Line
  • Compilation Recordings
    • The Film Music of Alex North
    • Film Music Volume II - Ennio Morricone (Virgin)
    • The Ennio Morricone Anthology (Rhino)
    • Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold (DCC Compact Classics)
    • Danny Elfman - Music for a Darkened Theatre - Film &
    • Television Music Volume II
    • Herrmann / Hitchcock: A Partnership In Terror (Film Score
    • Anthology) (Silva Treasury)
    • 20th Century Fox: Music From The Golden Age (Film Score
    • Anthology) - Alfred Newman, Bernard Herrmann, Various
    • Artists (Varese Sarabande) Music from the Great Movie
    • Thrillers - Bernard Herrmann (Decca)
    • Murder Is My Beat: Classic Film Noir Themes And Scenes -
    • Motion Picture Soundtrack Collection (Rhino)
    • The Film Music of Leonard Roseman (Nonesuch)
  • James Newton Howard:
    • Alive
    • The Fugitive
    • Primal Fear
    • The Man in the Moon
    • A Perfect Murder
    • Grand Canyon
    • Outbreak
    • Sixth Sense
    • Restoration
    • Waterworld
    • Signs
  • Mark Isham:
    • Never Cry Wolf
    • Quiz Show
    • A River Runs Through It
  • Maurice Jarre:
    • Doctor Zhivago
    • Ghost
    • A Walk in the Clouds
  • Trevor Jones:
    • Sea of Love
  • Qunicy Jones:
    • The Color Purple
  • Michael Kamen:
    • The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
    • The Dead Zone
    • Die Hard 2: Die Harder
    • Die Hard With A Vengence
    • Highlander: The Original Scores
    • Inventing The Abbotts
    • Jack
    • Last Action Hero
    • Let Him Have It
    • Lethal Weapon 2
    • Lethal Weapon 3
    • Licence to Kill
    • Mr. Holland's Opus
    • Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold:
    • The Adventures of Robin Hood
    • The Sea Hawk
  • Henry Mancini:
    • Lifeforce
    • The Pink Panther
    • Wait Until Dark
  • Giorgio Moroder:
    • Midnight Express
  • Ennio Morricone:
    • City of Joy
    • Once Upon A Time In The West
    • Sahara
    • Wolf
  • Randy Newman:
    • Avalon
    • The Natural
    • Toy Story
  • Thomas Newman:
    • How to Make an American Quilt
    • American Beauty
    • Oscar and Lucinda
    • Shawshank Redemption
    • Unstrung Heros
    • The War
  • Alex North
    • The Film Music of Alex North (Nonesuch)
  • Michael Nyman:
    • Gattaca
    • The Piano
    • ZOO
  • Basil Poledouris:
    • Conan The Barbarian
    • The Hunt for the Red October
    • Lonesome Dove (Cabin Fever Release)
    • On Deadly Ground
    • Robocop
    • Serial Mom
    • Starship Troopers
  • Rachel Portman:
    • Beloved
    • Benny & Joon
    • The Joy Luck Club
    • Only You
    • Used People
    • Where Angels Fear to Tread
  • Rachel Portman:
    • Beloved
    • Benny & Joon
    • The Joy Luck Club
    • Only You
    • Used People
    • Where Angels Fear to Tread
  • John Powell:
    • The Bourne Trilogy
    • How To Train Your Dragon
  • David Raksin:
    • Laura
  • Graeme Revell:
    • Body of Evidence
    • Dead Calm
    • Hard Target
    • Street Fighter
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto:
    • The Last Emperor
  • Lalo Schifrin:
    • Enter the Dragon
  • Eric Serra:
    • The Big Blue
    • The Professional
  • Marc Shaiman:
    • The Addams Family
    • Addams Family Values
    • The American President
    • City Slickers II, The Legend of Curly Gold
    • Down With Love
    • Ghosts of Mississippi
    • Patch Adams
    • Simon Birch
  • Howard Shore:
    • Before and After
    • The Client
    • Cop Land
    • Crash
    • The Fly
    • Looking For Richard
    • Philadelphia
    • The Silence of the Lambs
  • Alan Silvestri:
    • Abyss
    • Back to the Future
    • Back to the Future II
    • Back to the Future III
    • The Bodyguard
    • FernGully: The Last Rainforest
    • Forrest Gump
    • Judge Dredd
    • The Long Kiss Goodnight
    • Shattered
    • Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Score)
    • The Story of Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  • Cong Su:
    • The Last EmperorĀ 
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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Pepijn Caudron October 17, 2013 at 8:44 am

Bernard Herrmann – The Day The Earth Stood Still

Tom S June 25, 2012 at 3:05 am

Nino Rota – 8 1/2

Facebook User March 13, 2011 at 9:47 pm

West Side Story is not fair
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Magnificent Seven
Star Wars 5
Bridge over the River Kwai

Jouko Yli-Kiikka March 12, 2011 at 11:26 am

If I pick one score from each of my favourite composers, my list would be:

Legend (Jerry Goldsmith)
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (Patrick Doyle)
Salem’s Lot (Christopher Gordon)

Richard Einhorn March 12, 2011 at 8:50 am

Max Steiner: King Kong
Anton Karas: The Third Man

Facebook User March 12, 2011 at 8:01 am

Vangelis – Blade Runner
Just about anything from John Barry, RIP.
Hans Zimmer – Inception

Lukas March 12, 2011 at 1:44 am

Howard Shore- The Lord of the Rings
Hans Zimmer- Gladiator
The Kings Row – Erich Wolfgang Korngold

and

Jeff Rona – Bejing Olympia !

Lukas March 11, 2011 at 10:43 pm

The Kings Row – Erich Wolfgang Korngold
The Lord of The Rings – Howard Shore
harry Potter 7 Part 1 – Alexandre Desplat
and
Bejing Olymp Music by Jeff Rona !!!

Stefanie Sellars March 11, 2011 at 9:37 pm

The Mission – Enino Morricone
The Abyss – Alan Silvestri
Star Trek – the Motion Picture – Jerry Goldsmith
Close Enounters – John Williams
All Star Wars and Harry Potter – John Williams
Inception – Hans Zimmer

Facebook User March 11, 2011 at 9:05 pm

3 scores that ALWAYS make me happy /excited / smile: Korngold’s The Sea Hawk, John William’s Superman (or E.T.) & Marc Shaiman’s “Disney’s The Kid.” All have fabulous main titles. Must include John Williams’ Jane Eyre … and OF COURSE, George Fenton’s gorgeous Dangerous Beauty as that’s the score that totally changed my life.

Carlos Garza March 11, 2011 at 8:54 pm

My favorites:
Thomas Newman – American Beauty
Gabriel Yared – The English Patient
Bernard Herrmann – North by Northwest

A few more: Rachel Portman’s Emma score (Oscar) and Eric Serra’s 5th Element, James Newton Howard – The Village. James Horner – A Beautiful Mind

Silberling March 11, 2011 at 7:28 pm

The Sandpiper (Johnny Mandel)
36 Hours (Dimitri Tiomkin)
North by Northwest (Bernard Herrmann)

Mona Gable March 11, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Bernard Herrmann-Psycho (also any other Herrmann score)
The Godfather-Nino Rota
Finding Neverland-Jan Kaczmarek

Facebook User March 11, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Love so many in your list!
Let’s add:
John Williams-
Harry Potter and the Sorcerers’ Stone
Hook
Schindler’s List

Bernard Herrmann-
North By Northwest

Bear McCreary-
Battlestar Galactica

Facebook User March 11, 2011 at 5:14 pm

There’s a lot to mention but if i would have to choose 3 greats that i’m deeply affected and inspired by are
1: Ennio Morricone – The Mission
2: John Williams – Saving Private Ryan
3: Ennio Morricone – Cinema Paradiso

Mario Raposo March 11, 2011 at 5:10 pm

There’s a bunch of them of course.

Ennio Norricone-The Mission
Jerry Goldsmith-Legend
John Williams-Jurassic Park

Charles Maynes March 11, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Prokofiev – Alexander Nevsky
Ron Goodwin – Where Eagles Dare
Maurice Jarre – Witness

flosi March 11, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Eric Serra: The Big Blue
James Horner:Legends of the Fall
Joe Hisaishi:Spirited Away

Facebook User March 11, 2011 at 4:07 pm

The Black Hole – John Barry
Escape From New York – John Carpenter / Alan Howarth
Batman; Mask of the Phantasm – Shirley Walker

Todd Glidden March 11, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Oldies but goodies:

Ryuichi Sakamoto – “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence”
Isaac Hayes – “Shaft”
Tangerine Dream – “Sorcerer”

More recent movies:

Thomas Newman – “Finding Nemo” (unexpectedly for a kids’ movie, I find the second half to be some of his most moving work)
Hans Zimmer – “Black Hawk Down” (still looking for the release of Jeff Rona’s pieces)
Ingram Marshall (et al) – “Shutter Island”

Eric Andrade March 11, 2011 at 1:10 pm

John Powell- How to train your Dragon
Maurice Jarre- Lawrence of Arabia
Ennio Morricone- The Mission

Facebook User March 11, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Dont forget about
Road to Perdition – Thomas Newman
Passion Of the Christ- John Debney
Dark Knight- Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard

diego chersicola March 11, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Angelo Badalamenti – Arlington Road
Nikita – Eric Serra
Captive – The Edge

Anais Wolf March 11, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Gladiator, the Piano, American Beauty.

Sebastien March 11, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Ennio Morricone – Cinema paradiso
James Newton Howard – The village
Howard Shore – The Lord of the ring

it’s hard to choose….

Facebook User March 11, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Of those not mentioned: Thomas Newman’s

The Green Mile
and
Meet Joe Black

Jeremy Doss March 11, 2011 at 12:13 pm

My 3 favorite film scores:
Silverado – Bruce Broughton
Lonesome Dove – Basil Poledouris
Robin Hood Prince of Thieves – Michael Kamen

My almost top 3:
Last of the Dogmen – David Arnold
Dragonheart – Randy Edelman
Dances With Wolves – John Barry

Steve March 11, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Trevor Jones-The Dark Crystal
David Shire-Return to Oz
Michel Legrand-Summer of 42

D.A. Young March 11, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Rachel Portman- Chocolat (2000)

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