100 Greatest Film Scores

 Title (Year) - Composer
1. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) - John Williams

2. Gone With The Wind (1939) - Max Steiner

3. Lawrence of Arabia (1962) - Maurice Jarre

4. To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) - Elmer Bernstein

5. The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (1966) - Ennio Morricone

6. Psycho (1960) - Bernard Herrmann

7. The Godfather (1972) - Nino Rota

8. Jaws (1975) - John Williams

9. The Magnificent Seven (1960) - Elmer Bernstein

10. E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982) - John Williams

11. Batman (1989) - Danny Elfman

12. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) - Howard Shore

13. The Omen (1976) - Jerry Goldsmith

14. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) - Erich Wolfgang Korngold

15. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) - John Williams

16. The Pink Panther (1963) - Henry Mancini

17. Vertigo (1958) - Bernard Herrmann

18. The Lion In Winter (1968) - John Barry

19. Doctor Zhivago (1965) - Maurice Jarre

20. King Kong (1933) - Max Steiner

21. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) - Jerry Goldsmith

22. Superman (1978) - John Williams

23. Dances With Wolves (1990) - John Barry

24. How The West Was Won (1962) - Alfred Newman

25. Sunset Boulevard (1950) - Franz Waxman

26. Braveheart (1995) - James Horner

27. Schindler's List (1993) - John Williams

28. Ben-Hur (1959) - Miklos Rozsa

29. The Mission (1986) - Ennio Morricone

30. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) - John Williams

31. Ivan The Terrible (1944) - Sergei Prokofiev

32. Modern Times (1936) - Charles Chaplin

33. Rocky (1976) - Bill Conti

34. Kings Row (1942) - Erich Wolfgang Korngold

35. The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) - Franz Waxman

36. Laura (1944) - David Raksin

37. Conan the Barbarian (1982) - Basil Poledouris

38. Goldfinger (1964) - John Barry

39. High Noon (1952) - Dimitri Tiomkin

40. Alexander Nevsky (1938) - Sergei Prokofiev

41. A Place In The Sun (1951) - Franz Waxman

42. Glory (1989) - James Horner

43. Now, Voyager (1942) - Max Steiner

44. Chariots of Fire (1981) - Vangelis

45. Cinema Paradiso (1988) - Ennio Morricone

46. The Red Pony (1949) - Aaron Copland

47. Breakfast At Tiffany's (1961) - Henry Mancini

48. Out of Africa (1985) - John Barry

49. Scott of the Antarctic (1948) - Ralph Vaughan-Williams

50. The Wizard of Oz (1939) - Herbert Stothart

51. The Ghost and Mrs Muir (1947) - Bernard Herrmann

52. The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957) - Malcolm Arnold

53. Chinatown (1974) - Jerry Goldsmith

54. The Great Escape (1963) - Elmer Bernstein

55. Once Upon A Time In The West (1968) - Ennio Morricone

56. Exodus (1960) - Ernest Gold

57. Spellbound (1945) - Miklos Rozsa

58. The Red Violin (1999) - John Corigliano

59. The Sea Hawk (1940) - Erich Wolfgang Korngold

60. On The Waterfront (1954) - Leonard Bernstein

61. Adventures of Don Juan (1948) - Max Steiner

62. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) - Alex North

63. Edward Scissorhands (1990) - Danny Elfman

64. Citizen Kane (1941) - Bernard Herrmann

65. Planet of the Apes (1968) - Jerry Goldsmith

66. Krull (1983) - James Horner

67. The Third Man (1949) - Anton Karas

68. Around The World In 80 Days (1956) - Victor Young

69. Henry V (1989) - Patrick Doyle

70. A Summer Place (1959) - Max Steiner

71. Love Story (1970) - Francis Lai

72. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) - Michael Kamen

73. Alien (1979) - Jerry Goldsmith

74. Romeo and Juliet (1968) - Nino Rota

75. North By Northwest (1959) - Bernard Herrmann

76. The Big Country (1958) - Jerome Moross

77. On Golden Pond (1981) - Dave Grusin

78. Godzilla (1954) - Akira Ifukube

79. The Best Years Of Our Lives (1946) - Hugo Friedhofer

80. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) - John Williams

81. Forrest Gump (1994) - Alan Silvestri

82. Captain From Castile (1947) - Alfred Newman

83. Gladiator (2000) - Hans Zimmer

84. The Ten Commandments (1956) - Elmer Bernstein

85. Spartacus (1960) - Alex North

86. Taxi Driver (1976) - Bernard Herrmann

87. Hatari! (1962) - Henry Mancini

88. Taras Bulba (1962) - Franz Waxman

89. The Lost Weekend (1945) - Miklos Rozsa

90. Patton (1970) - Jerry Goldsmith

91. El Cid (1961) - Miklos Rozsa

92. Walk On The Wild Side (1962) - Elmer Bernstein

93. The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951) - Bernard Herrmann

94. The Natural (1984) - Randy Newman

95. The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) - Alfred Newman

96. Once Upon A Time In America (1984) - Ennio Morricone

97. Jurassic Park (1993) - John Williams

98. Born Free (1966) - John Barry

99. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) - Max Steiner

100. Titanic (1997) - James Horner


101. The Untouchables (1987) - Ennio Morricone

102. Murder On The Orient Express (1974) - Richard Rodney Bennett

103. The Right Stuff (1983) - Bill Conti

104. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) - Thomas Newman

105. A Passage To India (1984) - Maurice Jarre

106. Cutthroat Island (1995) - John Debney

107. Friendly Persuasion (1956) - Dimitri Tiomkin

108. Blade Runner (1982) - Vangelis

109. The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) - Dimitri Tiomkin

110. Bullitt (1968) - Lalo Schifrin

111. Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing (1955) - Alfred Newman

112. It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) - Ernest Gold

113. Wait Until Dark (1967) - Henry Mancini

114. Papillon (1973) - Jerry Goldsmith

115. Halloween (1979) - John Carpenter

116. A Man For All Seasons (1966) - Georges Delerue

117. Requiem For A Dream (2000) - Clint Mansell

118. The Dambusters (1955) - Leighton Lucas

119. Midnight Express (1978) - Giorgio Moroder

120. Summer of 42' (1971) - Michel Legrand

121. Rebel Without A Cause (1955) - Leonard Rosenman

122. Hook (1991) - John Williams

123. King of Kings (1961) - Miklos Rozsa

124. Fargo (1996) - Carter Burwell

125. The Wind and the Lion (1975) - Jerry Goldsmith

126. The Song of Bernadette (1943) - Alfred Newman

127. Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988) - Christopher Young

128. Casino Royale (1967) - Burt Bacharach

129. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) - Klaus Badelt

130. The Wild Bunch (1969) - Jerry Fielding

131. The Man With the Golden Arm (1955) - Elmer Bernstein

132. A Patch of Blue (1965) - Jerry Goldsmith

133. Ragtime (1981) - Randy Newman

134. The American President (1995) - Marc Shaiman

135. East of Eden (1955) - Leonard Rosenman

136. The Piano (1993) - Michael Nyman

137. Get Carter (1971) - Roy Budd

138. Wuthering Heights (1939) - Alfred Newman

139. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) - Alex North

140. Double Indemnity (1944) - Miklos Rozsa

141. The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) - Michel Legrand

142. City Lights (1931) - Charles Chaplin

143. Stargate (1994) - David Arnold

144. Zorba the Greek (1964) - Mikis Theodorakis

145. Young Frankenstein (1974) - John Morris

146. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) - Brad Fiedel

147. Charade (1963) - Henry Mancini

148. American Beauty (1999) - Thomas Newman

149. Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) - Wojciech Kilar

150. Back To The Future (1985) - Alan Silvestri

151. Princess Mononoke (1997) - Joe Hisaishi

152. Finding Neverland (2004) - Jan A.P. Kaczmarek

153. Rebecca (1940) - Franz Waxman

154. Backdraft (1991) - Hans Zimmer

155. Ryan's Daughter (1970) - Maurice Jarre

156. Forbidden Planet (1956) - Bebe & Louis Barron

157. The Reivers (1969) - John Williams

158. Anthony Adverse (1936) - Erich Wolfgang Korngold

159. Poltergeist (1982) - Jerry Goldsmith

160. Gattaca (1997) - Michael Nyman

161. The Alamo (1960) - Dimitri Tiomkin

162. A Little Princess (1995) - Patrick Doyle

163. The Lord of the Rings (1978) - Leonard Rosenman

164. Somewhere In Time (1980) - John Barry

165. Dinosaur (2000) - James Newton Howard

166. Shaft (1971) - Isaac Hayes

167. The Final Conflict (1981) - Jerry Goldsmith

168. The Thing (1982) - Ennio Morricone

169. Legends of the Fall (1994) - James Horner

170. Rudy (1993) - Jerry Goldsmith

171. The Thief of Bagdad (1940) - Miklos Rozsa

172. Dragonheart (1996) - Randy Edelman

173. The Robe (1953) - Alfred Newman

174. It's A Wonderful Life (1946) - Dimitri Tiomkin

175. Cape Fear (1962) - Bernard Herrmann

176. An Affair To Remember (1957) - Hugo Friedhofer

177. The Village (2004) - James Newton Howard

178. Touch of Evil (1958) - Henry Mancini

179. City Slickers (1991) - Marc Shaiman

180. The Witches of Eastwick (1987) - John Williams

181. Terms of Endearment (1983) - Michael Gore

182. Home Alone (1990) - John Williams

183. Girl With A Pearl Earring (2003) - Alexandre Desplat

184. Captain Blood (1935) - Erich Wolfgang Korngold

185. Unforgiven (1992) - Clint Eastwood & Lennie Niehaus

186. Anatomy of a Murder (1959) - Duke Ellington

187. Prince Valiant (1954) - Franz Waxman

188. The Incredibles (2004) - Michael Giacchino

189. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) - James Horner

190. The Hours (2002) - Philip Glass

191. Johnny Belinda (1948) - Max Steiner

192. Silverado (1985) - Bruce Broughton

193. Henry V (1946) - William Walton

194. The Way We Were (1973) - Marvin Hamlisch

195. Mutiny On The Bounty (1962) - Bronislau Kaper

196. Pee Wee's Big Adventure (1985) - Danny Elfman

197. Saving Private Ryan (1998) - John Williams

198. Frenzy (1972) - Ron Goodwin

199. The Miracle Worker (1962) - Laurence Rosenthal

200. The Silence of the Lambs (1991) - Howard Shore



Last Updated: 2017-09-04
Newly added names are in Red

Criteria:
1) The movie had to have at least 30 minutes or more of score.
2) Historical impact. (Unique approach to film scoring)
3) No scores that were famous for incorporating already existing music.
4) Sequel scores: Only one representative from each franchise. What is considered to be the franchises best work.
5) No musicals. With the exception of a musical that had an original backround score that's noteworthy and not based on the songs. So you'll see the 'Wizard of Oz' but not 'The Little Mermaid'.