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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
Romance, Classical music, Jazz
2
Hans Zimmer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Electronic music, Film score, Video game music
3
Ennio Morricone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Lounge music, Classical music, Easy listening
4
Howard Shore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Tom Islava added
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James Horner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Film score
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Alan Silvestri is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Film score
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James Newton Howard is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Film score
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Jerry Goldsmith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Tom Islava added
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Bernard Herrmann is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Opera, Film score
10
Michael Giacchino is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Tom Islava added
11
Danny Elfman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
christian.reichhold added Soundtrack, New Wave, Alternative rock
12
John Barry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Film score
13
Henry Mancini is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Easy listening, Jazz, Film score
14
Alexandre Desplat is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
BigBen added Film score
15
Vangelis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
New Age music, Electronic music, Classical music
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John Powell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Film score
17
Nino Rota is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Opera, Film score, 20th-century classical music
18
Bill Conti is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Disco, Film score
19
Harry Gregson-Williams is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Film score, Video game music
20
Alex North is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Vasilis Koutsounakis added Film score
21
Thomas Newman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
BigBen added Film soundtrack, Film score
22
Alan Menken is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Tom Islava added
23
Klaus Badelt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Film score
24
François de Roubaix is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Conker added
25
Angelo Badalamenti is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Film Score Composers
Conker added Jazz, Film score, Ambient music