Bands/Musicians 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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112 23
John Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Romance, Classical music, Jazz

2
83 27
Ennio Morricone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Lounge music, Classical music, Easy listening

3
91 32
Hans Zimmer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Electronic music, Film score, Video game music

4
45 13
Alan Silvestri is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Film score

5
39 9
Howard Shore is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Tom Islava added

6
43 13
James Newton Howard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Film score

7
48 17
James Horner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Film score

8
35 10
Jerry Goldsmith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Tom Islava added

9
43 17
Danny Elfman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
christian.reichhold added Soundtrack, New Wave, Alternative rock

10
45 19
John Barry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Film score

11
45 19
Henry Mancini is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Easy listening, Jazz, Film score

12
28 6
Michael Giacchino is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Tom Islava added

13
40 16
Bernard Herrmann is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Opera, Film score

14
33 12
Vangelis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
New Age music, Electronic music, Classical music

15
26 8
Alexandre Desplat is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
BigBen added Film score

16
38 20
John Powell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Film score

17
30 14
Nino Rota is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Opera, Film score, 20th-century classical music

18
38 21
Bill Conti is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Disco, Film score

19
27 12
Thomas Newman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
BigBen added Film soundtrack, Film score

20
20 9
Klaus Badelt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Film score

21
21 10
Harry Gregson-Williams is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Film score, Video game music

22
23 13
Erich Wolfgang Korngold is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Opera, Film score, 20th-century classical music

23
25 16
Elmer Bernstein is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Film score

24
18 10
Alan Menken is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Tom Islava added

25
25 17
Basil Poledouris is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Film score

26
15 10
Clint Mansell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Rock music, Electronic music, Industrial rock

27
15 10
Rachel Portman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
BigBen added Film score

28
15 10
Miklós Rózsa is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Film Score Composers

29
28 23
A. R. Rahman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Soundtrack, Bollywood, Indian classical music

30
16 11
Patrick Doyle is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Film score

31
17 13
Randy Newman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Pop music, Rock music, Soft rock

32
16 13
Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Opera, Ballet, Art song

33
15 12
Randy Edelman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Pop music, Film score

34
15 12
Brian Tyler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
New Age music, Rock music, Electronic music

35
14 11
Maurice Jarre is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
BigBen added Film score

36
12 9
Elliot Goldenthal is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Opera, Musical theatre, Experimental music

37
9 6
Michael Kamen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Film score

38
9 6
David Arnold is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Film score

39
3 0
Lalo Schifrin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Vasilis Koutsounakis added Spy music, Rock music, Jazz

40
13 11
Joe Hisaishi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
New Age music, Progressive rock, Film score

41
11 9
Trevor Jones is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Film score

42
11 9
Philip Glass is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Opera, Classical music, Contemporary classical music

43
8 6
Sherman Brothers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Tom Islava added Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman

44
6 4
Franz Waxman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Tom Islava added

45
3 1
Alfred Newman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Vasilis Koutsounakis added Film score

46
3 1
Max Steiner is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Vasilis Koutsounakis added

47
3 1
Alex North is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Vasilis Koutsounakis added Film score

48
15 14
Sergei Prokofiev is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Opera, Ballet, Ballet

49
12 11
Dario Marianelli is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Film score

50
9 8
Michel Legrand is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Film score