#1 Edited by stoodspoon (613 posts) -

Alan Silvestri

Alexandre Desplat

John Williams

Danny Elfman

Michael Giacchino

Edit: Thomas Newman

#2 Edited by ZeForgotten (10397 posts) -

Nick Glennie-Smith
Harry Gregson-Williams
Hans Zimmer

3 of the 4 people who made the soundtrack for The Rock.

#3 Posted by Liquidus (946 posts) -

Ennio Morricone, Hans Zimmer and Clint Mansell.

#4 Edited by Marcsman (3177 posts) -

The correct answer is John Williams

#5 Posted by SpaceInsomniac (3654 posts) -

Danny Elfman, Randy Newman, Trent Reznor. Their lyrical music ain't bad either.

#6 Edited by taco484 (120 posts) -

Vangelis... I listen to the Blade Runner soundtrack frequently.

#7 Posted by Reisz (1483 posts) -

Basil Poledouris.

#8 Edited by JacobG (39 posts) -

Off the top of my head probably Howard Shore, Hans Zimmer, John Williams, and Michael Giacchino.

#9 Posted by GunstarRed (5116 posts) -

Jerry Goldsmith.

#10 Edited by Yagami (585 posts) -

They are humans, most of them.

#11 Edited by notdavid (837 posts) -

No love for James Horner?

#12 Posted by Sarge__Gunnerz (40 posts) -

Michael Giacchino for sure. I know it's not a movie but Lost had some of the best music around. Say what you want about the show, but that music was pure gold.

#13 Edited by biggiedubs (493 posts) -

Carter Burwell (mostly for In Bruges, and Seven Pyschopaths)

Cliff Martinez (mostly for Drive)

I really liked that there Star Trek: Into Darkness soundtrack too. Micheal Giacchino did that too.

#14 Edited by RVonE (4630 posts) -

Hans Zimmer, Clint Mansell, and Michael Giacchino are the ones I enjoy most consistently.

Then there is a whole host of composers that produced some of the greatest individual scores throughout the of cinema.

#15 Posted by HerbieBug (4212 posts) -

Yann Tiersen is my favorite. Look up the Amelie soundtrack on youtube. It is two uninterrupted hours of lovely. :)

Or how about I post the thing right here:

#16 Edited by PenguinDust (12491 posts) -
  • Maurice Jarre ~ Lawrence of Arabia, The Longest Day, A Passage to India, Dr. Zhivago, etc...
  • Bernard Herrmann ~ Citizen Kane, Psycho, North by Northwest, Vertigo, Cape Fear, Taxi Driver, etc...
  • Henry Mancini ~ Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Pink Panther, Charade, Hatari, A Shot in the Dark, The Great Mouse Detective, etc...
  • Elmer Bernstein ~ The Great Escape, The Magnificent Seven, To Kill a Mockingbird, The World of Henry Orient, Ghostbusters, etc...
  • Hans Zimmer ~ The Lion King, The Dark Knight, Gladiator, Inception, Kung-Fu Panda, Man of Steel
  • Alan Menken ~ The Disney Renaissance stuff, you know them...

Not in any particular order and yes, I like John Williams, too...just not as much as Bernard Herrmann or Elmer Bernstein.

#17 Posted by CashBailey (805 posts) -

@reisz said:

Basil Poledouris.

That he isn't around any more to score this potential new Conan movie with Arnold makes me very sad.

There are some guys doing orchestration in metal bands who I'd love to see do an epic film score. They'd certainly be more memorable and have more melody than the bland sonic wallpaper from hacks like Tyler Bates.

#18 Posted by theodacourt (530 posts) -

Mine tend to be Homo Sapiens.

#19 Posted by HH (609 posts) -

Elliot Goldenthal, Leonard Rosenman, Jerry Fielding.

#20 Edited by Edmundus (271 posts) -

@marcsman said:

The correct answer is John Williams

#21 Edited by JehutySan (9 posts) -

@liquidus: yes, this is correct. With a dash of reznor/ross :D

#22 Edited by armaan8014 (5378 posts) -

Hans Zimmer (the last samurai ost killed me)

#23 Posted by Zleunamme (655 posts) -

In no particular order, just off the top of my head. Howard Shore, James Horner, Harry Gregson-Williams, Danny Elfman, John Carpenter, Vince DiCola, Quincy Jones, Giogio Moroder, RZA.

#24 Edited by Dangerloves (86 posts) -

I grew up mostly listening to showtunes composers like Arthur Schwartz, Cole Porter, Richard Rogers & Oscar Hammerstein (AKA Rogers & Hammerstein), Leonard Bernstein, Nacio Herb Brown etc. When I found my own music it was from guys who were in bands turned composers, Danny Elfman Mark Mothersbaugh, Mike Patton, Joey Santiago, Elmer Bernstein (Animal House), Wendy/Walter Carlos (Tron)

I suggest checking out avant-garde metal band; Fantômas' The Director's Cut. An entire album of film score covers.

A cover of Jerry Goldsmith's The Omen theme.

Mike Patton also did a cover of Deep Deep Down by Italian composer Ennio Morricone theme for Danger: Diabolik (1968)

Patton's score Crank was also pretty good. If you like grindcore and unconventional music in general it should appeal to you.

#25 Posted by StarvingGamer (8146 posts) -

@yagami said:

They are humans, most of them.

Mine tend to be Homo Sapiens.

Glad to see I'm not alone.

#26 Posted by AiurFlux (902 posts) -

Hans Zimmer, Harry Gregson Williams, and John Williams.

That said I give you 10 hours of Time from Inception;


#27 Posted by joshwent (2168 posts) -

John Carpenter. Better composer than director?

Also, Angelo Badalamenti. Click for eargasm...

#28 Edited by zombiepenguin9 (533 posts) -

Howard Shore. I love a lot of film music, but I've only ever gone out and got the soundtracks for Lord of the Rings for some reason.

#29 Edited by HorseFactory (98 posts) -

Angelo Badalamenti, hands down.

#30 Edited by Meltac (2001 posts) -

The obvious choices have already been mentioned multiple times, so I'm gonna go with another favorite of mine; Gustavo Santaolalla. Can't wait to hear The Last Of Us' soundtrack.

#31 Posted by theguy (796 posts) -

Yann Tiersen (Amelie, Goobye Lenin), Ludovico Einaudi (The Intouchables) and Joe Hisaishi (Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and Spirited Away)

#32 Posted by Damodar (1343 posts) -

Ennio Morricone, John Williams, Howard Shore are probably my big three.

Shout outs to Clint Mansell, James Horner, Bernard Herrmann and Danny Elfman.

#33 Edited by Philedius (204 posts) -

Joe Hisaishi, Howard Shore and Clint Mansell.

#34 Edited by TheUnsavedHero (1255 posts) -

Hans Zimmer hands down. This song alone would make me want to see him live if he ever went on the road touring.

#35 Edited by jillsandwich (762 posts) -

Angelo Badalamenti, John Carpenter, Michael Kamen, Basil Poledouris.

Huh, seems like I really like 80s action movies.

#36 Posted by SirPsychoSexy (1328 posts) -

Hans Zimmer, Clint Mansell, John Williams

Here is Clint's adaptation of Swan Lake

#37 Posted by LastNinja (281 posts) -

@joshwent said:

Also, Angelo Badalamenti. Click for eargasm...

Came to post this :)

#38 Posted by Veektarius (4771 posts) -

Basil Poledouris, Ennio Morricone, Hans Zimmer, I guess. John Williams definitely holds a place in my heart, though.

#39 Posted by EquitasInvictus (2025 posts) -

Hans Zimmer for Crimson Tide's Roll Tide

I'd definitely say Clint Mansell, Howard Shore, and John Williams are up there too, though!

#40 Posted by KingOfAsh (51 posts) -

John Williams and Hans Zimmer