My top film composersby mackpiggy | created - 16 Oct 2012 | updated - 04 Apr 2018 | Public
This list is updated periodically with new composers that I find intriguing.
Composer | The King's Speech
Composer and conductor Alexandre Desplat, Oscar winner and seven-time Academy Award nominated, for his prolific filmography and his collaborations with Stephen Frears, Terrence Malick, Ang Lee, Kathryn Bigelow, Jacques Audiard, Wes Anderson, Roman Polanski, George Clooney or Matteo Garrone is one ...
1. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1 and 2 3. The Painted Veil 4. Extremely loud and Incredibly Close 5.
Composer | King Kong
James Newton Howard attended the University of Southern California's music school, but dropped out to tour with Elton John, and eventually compose music for film and television. He started with Head Office (1985) in 1985. He has been nominated for eight Academy Awards. He currently is a songwriter, ...
1. The Fugitive 2. The Hunger Games 3. The Village 4. The Sixth Sense 5. The Dark Knight
Music_department | Skyfall
Thomas Newman is an American film score composer. He was born in Los Angeles. His father was notable film score composer Alfred Newman (1900-1970). The Newman family is of Russian-Jewish descent, and includes several other well-known musicians. Thomas' mother Martha Louis Montgomery (1920-2005) ...
1. Wall-E 2. American Beauty 3. The Shawshank Redemption 4. Finding Nemo 5.
5. Danny Elfman
Music_department | The Nightmare Before Christmas
As Danny Elfman was growing up in the Los Angeles area, he was largely unaware of his talent for composing. It wasn't until the early 1970s that Danny and his older brother Richard Elfman started a musical troupe while in Paris; the group "Mystic Knights of Oingo-Boingo" was created for Richard's ...
1. Edward Scissorhands 2. The Simpsons 3. Batman (1989) 4. Men In Black 5. Pee-wee's Big Adventure
6. Hans Zimmer
Composer | Gladiator
German-born composer Hans Zimmer is recognized as one of Hollywood's most innovative musical talents. He featured in the music video for The Buggles' single "Video Killed the Radio Star", which became a worldwide hit and helped usher in a new era of global entertainment as the first music video to ...
1.The Ring 2. The Dark Knight 3. Inception 4. Hannibal 5. Lion King
7. Howard Shore
Music_department | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Howard Shore is a Canadian composer, born in Toronto. He was born in a Jewish family. He started studying music when 8-years-old, and played as a member of bands by the time he was 13-years-old. He was interested in a professional career in music as a teenager. He studied music at the Berklee ...
1. The Silence of the Lambs 2. The Lord of the Rings trilogy 3. Se7en 4. 5.
Composer | Star Trek
Michael Giacchino is an American composer of music for films, television and video games.
Giacchino composed the scores to the television series Lost, Alias and Fringe, the video game series Medal of Honor and Call of Duty and many films such as The Incredibles (2004), Star Trek (2009), Up (2009), ...
1. UP 2. LOST 3. John Carter 4. Star Trek (2009, 2013)
Composer | Star Wars
As one of the best known, awarded, and financially successful composers in US history, John Williams is as easy to recall as John Philip Sousa, Aaron Copland or Leonard Bernstein, illustrating why he is "America's composer" time and again. With a massive list of awards that includes over 41 Oscar ...
1. Star Wars, 2. Harry Potter 3. War of the Worlds 4. Jurassic Park 5. Jaws 6. E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
10. Alan Silvestri
Composer | The Polar Express
In his ongoing, decades-long career as a composer, Alan Silvestri has blazed an innovative trail with his exciting and melodic scores, winning the applause of Hollywood and movie audiences the world over. With a credit list of over 100 films Silvestri has composed some of the most recognizable and ...
1. Back to the Future trilogy 2.Forrest Gump 3. Contact
11. Junkie XL
Soundtrack | Mad Max: Fury Road
Junkie XL was born on December 8, 1967 in Lichtenvoorde, Gelderland, Netherlands as Antonius B. Holkenborg.
12. Cliff Martinez
Composer | Only God Forgives
1. Contagion 2. Drive 3. Only God Forgives
Composer | Shrek
Harry Gregson-Williams is one of Hollywood's most sought-after and prolific composers whose long list of film and television credits underscore the diverse range of his talents. His latest projects include the science fiction action thriller "The Meg," directed by Jon Turteltaub, the action ...
1. Enemy of the State, 2. Chronicles of Narnia 3. Deja Vu 4. Shrek
14. Marco Beltrami
Composer | I, Robot
1. Scream 1-4, 2. Warm Bodies
15. Carter Burwell
Music_department | Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Carter Burwell was born on November 18, 1954 in New York City, New York, USA as Carter Benedict Burwell. He is known for his work on Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017), Carol (2015) and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011). He has been married to Christine Sciulli since ...
Almost every Cohen Bros. movie
16. Bernard Herrmann
Soundtrack | Taxi Driver
The man behind the low woodwinds that open Citizen Kane (1941), the shrieking violins of Psycho (1960), and the plaintive saxophone of Taxi Driver (1976) was one of the most original and distinctive composers ever to work in film. He started early, winning a composition prize at the age of 13 and ...
1. Psycho 2. The Twilight Zone 3. The Day the Earth Stood Still
17. Henry Jackman
Composer | Kingsman: The Secret Service
Henry Jackman, born in Hillingdon, Middlesex, UK, began composing his first symphony at age six, and was an accomplished composer by age nine. He went on to study classical music at St. Paul's Cathedral Choir School, Eton College, Framlingham College and Oxford University. As a teenager, he became ...
Composer | Blade Runner 2049
Composer of David F. Sandberg's SHAZAM!, Andy Muschietti's IT, and co-composer of Denis Villeneuve's BLADE RUNNER: 2049 (with Hans Zimmer), Benjamin Wallfisch has worked on over 75 feature films and received Golden Globe, BAFTA, 2x GRAMMY and EMMY nominations. He is currently scoring IT: CHAPTER ...
19. Jerry Goldsmith
Music_department | Star Trek: Insurrection
Born on February 10, 1929, Jerry Goldsmith studied piano with Jakob Gimpel and composition, theory, and counterpoint with Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. He also attended classes in film composition given by Miklós Rózsa at the Univeristy of Southern California. In 1950, he was employed as a clerk ...
1. Alien 2. The Twilight Zone 3. Star Trek: Voyager 4. Gremlins 5. Poltergeist
20. Nathan Barr
Composer | Cabin Fever
Nathan Barr is a unique breed of composer. In addition to writing his scores, he also performs all of the instruments heard in many of his compositions. Skilled in many styles and genres, ranging from orchestral to rock, Barr is known for his collection and inclusion of rare and unusual instruments...
1. True Blood 2. Hemlock Grove
21. Clint Mansell
Composer | Black Swan
1. Moon 2. Requiem for a Dream
22. Mark Isham
Composer | Blade
From his days as one of the pioneering icons of electronic music to his current status as a world-renowned legendary film composer, Mark Isham continues to be one of the most prolific and provocative artists on the scene. His gift for creating unforgettable melodies and his love of fresh, ...
23. Joseph Bishara
Composer | Insidious
1. Insidious 2. The Conjuring
24. Theodore Shapiro
Composer | The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Theodore Shapiro was born on September 29, 1971 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Theodore Michael Shapiro. He is a composer, known for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013), Tropic Thunder (2008) and I Love You, Man (2009).
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
25. Brian Tyler
Composer | Iron Man Three
1. Modern Warfare 3 2. Bug, 3. Constantine
26. James Horner
Music_department | Avatar
James Horner began studying piano at the age of five, and trained at the Royal College of Music in London, England, before moving to California in the 1970s. After receiving a bachelor's degree in music at USC, he would go on to earn his master's degree at UCLA and teach music theory there. He ...
1. Braveheart 2. Apollo 13 3. Aliens
27. Steve Jablonsky
Composer | Transformers
Transformers, Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003, 2006), A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
28. Mychael Danna
Composer | Life of Pi
Mychael Danna is an Academy Award-winning film composer recognized for his evocative blending of non-western traditions with orchestral and electronic music. His highly awarded works include the Oscar-winning score for Ang Lee's Life of Pi (2012), and his many Genie Award-winning scores for ...
30. Mark Mancina
Soundtrack | Twister
Known for his wide-ranging talents, Mark Mancina's film scores traverse almost every genre: drama, action, comedy, suspense, and period epic. His dark, edgy music for the Oscar-winning Training Day (2001), is a benchmark score that expanded the boundaries of scoring street-wise drama, and is widely...
31. Tyler Bates
Composer | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
It's anything but typical for the realms of film or music... Tyler Bates regularly transitions from scoring some of the world's biggest film and television franchises, such as Guardians of the Galaxy and John Wick, to rocking massive audiences with Marilyn Manson and back to the studio again ...
1. Rob Zombie films 2. Dawn of the Dead 3. The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
32. Roque Baños
Composer | Evil Dead
Evil Dead (2013)
33. Craig Armstrong
Soundtrack | Moulin Rouge!
Craig Armstrong, born in Glasgow, 1959. Studied composition and piano at the Royal Academy of Music, London from 1977 to 1981.
From his base in Glasgow he has written for film, classical commissions and solo recordings. He has composed for Baz Lurhmann's Romeo and Juliet and Moulin Rouge!, The Quiet...
Moulin Rouge, The Great Gatsby
34. John Debney
Music_department | The Jungle Book
John Debney's career seemed destined for Hollywood, the son of Disney Studios producer Louis Debney, John grew up in nearby Glendale, California where he got early inspiration for film and music growing up on the Disney Studio lot. The child of two musicians, John showed an early aptitude for music...
Sin City, The Passion of the Christ
35. Andrea Guerra
Composer | Hotel Rwanda
1. The Pursuit of Happiness 2. Hotel Rwanda
36. Andrew Hewitt
Composer | The Double
Andrew lives in Los Angeles, holds the greencard, and recently completed his 15th feature film score. He combines a lifelong passion for film with extensive classical training, recording and performance experience. Andrew orchestrates and conducts all his scores, fusing them with electronic ...