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100 Greatest Film Score Composers

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Criteria: - The Greatest Film Score Composers were chosen based on composition, originality, variation, variety, quantity, and success in the film score business.

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Edited By: Film Music Fan
Last Updated: 09-01-2006
100 Greatest Film Score Composers
  1. John Williams
  2. Max Steiner
  3. Jerry Goldsmith
  4. Elmer Bernstein
  5. Bernard Herrmann
  6. Ennio Morricone
  7. John Barry
  8. Franz Waxman
  9. Miklos Rozsa
10. Erich Wolfgang Korngold
11. James Horner
12. Alfred Newman
13. Maurice Jarre
14. Dimitri Tiomkin
15. Henry Mancini
16. Danny Elfman
17. Nino Rota
18. Hans Zimmer
19. Alex North
20. Howard Shore
21. Randy Newman
22. Alan Silvestri
23. Thomas Newman
24. Dave Grusin
25. Victor Young
26. Michael Kamen
27. Basil Poledouris
28. James Newton Howard
29. Lalo Schifrin
30. Bill Conti
31. Patrick Doyle
32. Leonard Rosenman
33. Michel Legrand
34. Hugo Friedhofer
35. David Raksin
36. Elliot Goldenthal
37. Georges Delerue
38. Vangelis
39. Bronislau Kaper
40. Alan Menken and Howard Ashman
41. Herbert Stothart
42. Rachel Portman
43. Leonard Bernstein
44. Ernest Gold
45. Richard M./Robert B. Sherman
46. Sergei Prokofiev
47. Malcolm Arnold
48. Aaron Copland
49. David Arnold
50. Charles Chaplin
51. Ilayaraja
52. William Walton
53. Ralph Vaughan-Williams
54. Laurence Rosenthal
55. Ron Goodwin
56. Marc Shaiman
57. David Newman
58. Mark Isham
59. Bruce Broughton
60. A.R. Rahman
61. Jerry Fielding
62. Quincy Jones
63. John Morris
64. Richard Rodney Bennett
65. Trevor Jones
66. Roy Webb
67. Burt Bacharach
68. Randy Edelman
69. Marvin Hamlisch
70. Hans J. Salter
71. Philip Glass
72. Jerome Moross
73. Gabriel Yared
74. Joe Hisaishi
75. Georges Auric
76. Johnny Green
77. Alexandre Desplat
78. George Fenton
79. Michael Giacchino
80. Wojciech Kilar
81. John Debney
82. Michael Nyman
83. Christopher Young
84. Francis Lai
85. Harry Gregson-Williams
86. Giorgio Moroder
87. Harold Faltermeyer
88. John Corigliano
89. Carter Burwell
90. Akira Ifukube
91. Graeme Revell
92. Angelo Badalamenti
93. Mark Mancina
94. David Shire
95. Jack Nitzsche
96. Andre Previn
97. Marco Beltrami
98. John Ottman
99. Mikis Theodorakis
100. John Carpenter
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John Williams
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Max Steiner
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Elmer Bernstein
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Selected Film Scores by John Williams
Valley of the Dolls
Goodbye, Mr. Chips
The Reivers
The Missouri Breaks
Tom Sawyer
The Rare Breed
Cinderella Liberty
The Cowboys
Fiddler on the Roof
The Poseidon Adventure
The Long Goodbye
Seven Years in Tibet
Jane Eyre (TV)
The Fury
Sugarland Express
Black Sunday
The Towering Inferno
Man Who Loved Cat Dancing
The Eiger Sanction
Jaws 1, 2, 3D, 4
Battle of Midway
Close Encounters of the third Kind
Superman 1, 2, 3, 4
Raiders of the Lost Ark 1, 2, 3
Star Wars 4, 5, 6, and 1, 2, 3
ET, The Extra-Terrestrial
The Big Chill
The River
Empire of the Sun
The Witches of Eastwick
The Accidental Tourist
Born on the Fourth of July
Home Alone 1, 2
Presumed Innocent
Schindler's List
Jurassic Park 1, 2
Far and Away
Saving Private Ryan
Seven Years in Tibet (1997)
Angela's Ashes
A.I. Artificial Intelligence
Harry Potter/Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter/Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter/Prisoner of Azkaban
The Patriot
Minority Report
Catch Me if You Can
The Terminal
War of the Worlds
Memoirs of a Geisha
Selected Film Scores
Max Steiner
Selected Film Scores
Jerry Goldsmith
Selected Film Scores
Elmer Bernstein
Cimarron (1931)
King Kong (1933)
The Gay Divorcee (1934)
The Charge of the Light Brigade ('36)
A Star Is Born (1937)
Angels With Dirty Faces (1938)
Gone with the Wind (1939)
Santa Fe Trail (1940)
Sergeant York (1941)
Casablanca (1942)
The Big Sleep (1946)
Night and Day (1946)
Life with Father (1947)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre ('48)
The Caine Mutiny (1954)
The Searchers (1956)
Spencer's Mountain (1963)
Lonely Are the Brave (1962)
The List of Adrian Messenger ('63)
Lilies of the Field (1963)
Seven Days in May (1964)
Von Ryan's Express (1965)
The Blue Max (1966)
The Sand Pebbles (1966)
Planet of the Apes (1968)
Patton (1970)
Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
Chinatown (1974)
Alien (1979)
Star Trek: The Motion Picture ('79)
Basic Instinct (1992)
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Mulan (1998)
The Mummy (1999)
The Ten Commandments (1956)
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
The Magnificent Seven (1960)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)
The Great Escape (1963)
Hud (1963)
The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)
Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)
I Love You, Alice B. Toklas (1968)
True Grit (1969)
The Shootist (1976)
The Great Santini (1979)
Airplane! (1980)
Trading Places (1983)
Ghostbusters (1984)
The Grifters (1990)

Disclaimer: There is nothing 'Official' about these lists. They are compiled by the 'editor' using the
stated criteria, and revised considering the competent suggestions of visitors to this website only.

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