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    Default Top five movie composers

    I would like to know what Movie Composer's are people's favourites. Because I don't have a huge knowledge of movie music, I have limited myself to five, but if you want to include ten, by all means do. My Five, in no particular order, are:

    John Williams
    Howard Shore
    Maurice Jarre
    Michael Nyman
    Nigel Westlake

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    Wojciech Kilar
    Jan A. P. Kaczmarek
    Zbigniew Preisner
    Ennio Morricone
    John Williams

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    These, in no special order, are my favorites, though I'd also consider Herrmann and Korngold as deserving a place on any shortlist of the best film composers.

    1) Erich Wolfgang Korngold
    2) Gottfried Huppertz
    3) Bernard Herrmann
    4) Jerry Goldsmith
    5) (tie) Dmitri Tiomkin/Miklos Rosza

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    It's hard to make a good Top 5, here. However, for over a decade now I have gathered a plethora of film score albums and these 5 have never disappointed me (even when, on many occasions, the actual films did ):

    (as before, no particular ranking)

    John Williams
    Bernard Herrmann
    Bruce Broughton
    Basil Poledouris
    Jerry Goldsmith
    Op. 109

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rondo View Post
    John Williams
    Bernard Herrmann
    Bruce Broughton
    Basil Poledouris
    Jerry Goldsmith
    Yay! Another Poledouris fan.

    Here are mine -- leaving out composers who are better known for other things such as Prokofiev. I'll mention my favorite scores too.

    Bernard Herrmann - The Day the Earth Stood Still / North By Northwest
    Basil Poledouris - Conan, the Barbarian
    Miklos Rosza - Ben Hur / King of Kings
    Mario Nascimbene - One Million Years BC (silly movie - AMAZING score.)
    John Barry - The Lion in Winter

    Well, I'm not so sure about the last one. I might have put James Horner for Brainstorm instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weston View Post
    Yay! Another Poledouris fan.


    Basil Poledouris - Conan, the Barbarian
    That's a good one. Some other good ones that come to mind are Robocop, Starship Troopers and...Cherry 2000---but, to reiterate:
    Quote Originally Posted by Rondo View Post
    ...never disappointed me (even when, on many occasions, the actual films did ):
    Op. 109

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    [Chuckles] Let it be duly noted that Rondo's tastes do not normally run to cheesy sci-fi flicks.

    I haven't seen Cherry 2000, but Wikipedia does state it is best known for the Poledouris score and the limited press CD once brought US$2500 on eBay! I may have to give that a try on some lazy Sunday afternoon.

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    1. Danny Elfman
    2. John Williams
    3. Hans Zimmer
    4. Thomas Newman
    5. Undecided

    And favourite score of all time goes to LOTR: Return of the King

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    John Williams
    Bernard Herrmann
    Howard Shore
    Ennio Morricone

    I can't think of a good 5th composer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PartisanRanger View Post
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    Ennio Morricone
    At first, I recognized this name but couldn't figure out what films he composed for. Then a quick search revealed. He composed one of the most popular segments of film music ever written (you'll know it when you hear it).
    Op. 109

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    I would like to point out that Alfred Newman won nine Oscars and was nominated more than 40 times. These are more nominations and wins than anybody else regardless of category.

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    I am surprised no one has yet mentioned the brilliant Laurence Rosenthal, whose score for Clash of the Titans is one of the all-time great heroic movie themes.

    But John Williams is the film score composer par excellence, and IMHO deserves a place among the greatest composers. Absolute genius!

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    Elmer Bernstein
    Miklos Rozsa
    Maurice Jarre
    Oscar Hammerstein
    John Williams

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    Quote Originally Posted by chillowack View Post
    I am surprised no one has yet mentioned the brilliant Laurence Rosenthal
    Well, imagine MY surprise at the fact that no-one has mentioned...

    1. Serge Prokofiev!
    2. Erich Korngold
    3. Ennio Morricone
    4. John Williams
    5. Miklós Rózsa(?)

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