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100 Greatest Film Scores

Movie Movies Films
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'.
Newly added names are in Red
Edited By: Film Music Fan
List Begun: 04-11-2007
100 Greatest Film Scores
  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
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