music The Best Film Score Composers  

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Film score artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good film score bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top film score bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Film score groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all film score bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest film score bands of all time, since the most famous film score artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best film score music.

You can click on the film score band names to see more information about that particular notable film score group. If they're near the top of the best film score artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top film score bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the film score band names themselves.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different artists, including Marvin Gaye and Paul Oakenfold. Rank your favorite artists to see them get to the top of the list. Is Trent Reznor better than Leonard Bernstein?

All important, significant and iconic names in film score music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new film score bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of film score, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into film score music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good film score bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent film score bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best film score bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest film score musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular film score bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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John Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
John Williams Romance, Classical music, Jazz

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Ennio Morricone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Ennio Morricone Lounge music, Classical music, Easy listening

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Henry Mancini is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Henry Mancini Easy listening, Jazz, Film score

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Bill Conti is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Bill Conti Disco, Film score

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Hans Zimmer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Hans Zimmer Electronic music, Film score, Video game music

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John Barry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
John Barry Film score

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John Powell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
John Powell Film score

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James Horner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
James Horner Film score

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Bernard Herrmann is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Bernard Herrmann Opera, Film score

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Jerry Goldsmith is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Film Score Composers

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James Newton Howard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
James Newton Howard Film score

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Alan Silvestri is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Alan Silvestri Film score

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Thomas Newman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Thomas Newman Film soundtrack, Film score

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Danny Elfman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Danny Elfman Soundtrack, New Wave, Alternative rock

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Vangelis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Vangelis New Age music, Electronic music, Classical music

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Nino Rota is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Nino Rota Opera, Film score, 20th-century classical music

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Basil Poledouris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Basil Poledouris Film score

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Michael Giacchino is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Film Score Composers

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Howard Shore is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Film Score Composers

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Elmer Bernstein is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Elmer Bernstein Film score

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Rachel Portman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Rachel Portman Film score

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Maurice Jarre is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Maurice Jarre Film score

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Alexandre Desplat is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Alexandre Desplat Film score

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Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Dmitri Shostakovich Opera, Ballet, Art song

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Harry Gregson-Williams is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Harry Gregson-Williams Film score, Video game music

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Sergei Prokofiev is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Sergei Prokofiev Opera, Ballet, Ballet

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Patrick Doyle is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Patrick Doyle Film score

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Erich Wolfgang Korngold is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Erich Wolfgang Korngold Opera, Film score, 20th-century classical music

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Joe Hisaishi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Joe Hisaishi New Age music, Progressive rock, Film score

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Dario Marianelli is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Dario Marianelli Film score

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Clint Mansell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Clint Mansell Rock music, Electronic music, Industrial rock

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Klaus Badelt is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Klaus Badelt Film score

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A. R. Rahman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
A. R. Rahman Soundtrack, Bollywood, Indian classical music

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Michael Nyman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Michael Nyman Opera, Ballet, Minimal music

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Alan Menken is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Film Score Composers

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Sherman Brothers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
The Sherman Brothers Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman

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Randy Newman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Randy Newman Pop music, Rock music, Soft rock

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Randy Edelman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Randy Edelman Pop music, Film score

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Elliot Goldenthal is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Elliot Goldenthal Opera, Musical theatre, Experimental music

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Trevor Jones is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Trevor Jones Film score

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Philip Glass is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Philip Glass Opera, Classical music, Contemporary classical music

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John Debney is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
John Debney Soundtrack, Film score

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Michael Kamen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Michael Kamen Film score

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Zbigniew Preisner is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Zbigniew Preisner Film score

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Michel Legrand is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Michel Legrand Film score

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Brian Tyler is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Brian Tyler New Age music, Rock music, Electronic music

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Miklós Rózsa is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Film Score Composers

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Tōru Takemitsu is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Tōru Takemitsu Choral music, Electronic music, Chamber music

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Steve Jablonsky is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Steve Jablonsky Film score

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Trevor Rabin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Trevor Rabin Rock music, Classical music, Pop rock