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Great Movie Scores (In My Opinion)

Updated on January 11, 2017

One thing most people all agree on whether they are big movie goers or watch the occasional film is that movies without music would not be the same. The aim of this hub is to share my love of film music and hopefully introduce people to what I think are some of the greatest movie scores. There are many, many great scores and I don’t think one hub would do them all justice but perhaps this may start people’s journey to discover many more.

To start with no one can deny how great John Williams’ scores have been for some of the all time great films. Star wars, Indiana Jones and Jaws to name but a few, however more or less everyone is aware of these and I want to try addressing score's which are not as well known. Some of these people may know, but not know, who wrote them. Below are five composers who have significantly contributed to film music over the years.

Marco Beltrami

Marco Beltrami is possibly not as widely known as others but has produced some great music for some great films.

Underworld: Evolution has some very violent and graphic scenes however particular aspects of the score are undoubtedly beautiful such as the track "Patricide" and "The Future", which both have beauty and drama combined.

Hellboy too has some great musical accompaniment to some classic scenes. I recommend Marco Beltrami highly to those who like dramatic music and catch The 3:10 To Yuma, Scream Trilogy, Red Eye and Max Payne.

Hans Zimmer

Hans Zimmer has been involved in some beautiful scores of many Hollywood blockbusters. Including the dramatic and haunting Gladiator, which I enjoy again and again and unlike some movie music does not get tiresome if over played.

The last samurai too has many dramatic moments, but also contains some peaceful patches which are easy on the ears. The Lion king is an unforgettable Disney classic and has some great songs which are now infamous, however Hans Zimmer’s score emphasizes the drama and beauty of this film.

These are just a few of his greats but I also recommend you check out True Romance, Mission Impossible II, Driving Miss Daisy and The Thin Red Line.

John Murphy

In the House In a Heartbeat is now infamous as used widely in adverts and also edited in Kick Ass recently. The score to 28 days later is excellent along with its sequel 28 weeks later which has aspects of beautiful haunting moments scored excellently by Murphy.

Sunshine also scored by Murphy is again brilliant at combining haunting and beautiful scenes.Its style can easily trace itself to Murphy picking out an electronic classical feeling similar to other scores he has composed.

Ennio Morricone

Ennio Morricone is undoubted one of the most famous composers in the business and in my opinion one of the greatest. The man has produced infamous classics such as A Fist Full of Dollars and Once Upon a Time In The West. I had the pleasure of seeing him live at the Verona Arena in 2010 and amazing does not do the concert justice. I could write a whole hub about the man and his music but to recommend but a few, Lolita, The Untouchables, Navajo Joe and The Mission are great and beautiful and all should listen.

Clint Mansell

Requiem for a dream is widely known piece of music especially after its use in the lord of the rings trailer. However his scores for The Fountain and Smokin Aces are excellent and hold much for modern styling of music in films. I suggest people check out the tracks "Death is the road to awe" from "The Fountain" and "Dead Reckoning" from Smokin Aces.


I hope to have introduced or reaffirmed some classic music with this hub, though here other composers I recommend if you are a film music fan.

John Debney – The Passion of the Christ

John Powell – The Bourne Trilogy

Paul Haslinger - Underworld

Brian Tyler – Eagle Eye, Constantine

Craig Armstrong – Elizabeth: The Golden Age, The Bone Collector, Plunkett and Macleane

Nicholas Hooper – Harry Potter 5 and 6

Clinton Shorter – District 9

James Newton Howard – Batman Begins

Greg Hale-Jones – The Generals Daughter

Steve Jablonsky - Transformers

Carter Burwell – Twilight

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      Patrick McCormack 6 years ago from Nottingham, England

      Thanks for the interest. If i am honest i forgot John Barry (ashamed) great soundtracks there. I am sure there are many i have forgotten and might have to update and edit at a later date...Thanks again

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      Daydreamer Too 6 years ago

      I quite agree with you on how some of the sound tracks actually help increase the popularity of the movie. Gladiator was so moving because of the repeated piece of music through it that called him 'Home'

      John Barry is another huge success story for his sound tracks from Out of Africa, Somewhere in Time, Dances with Wolves to name just a few.

      This was a great hub, thanks~!

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      khauler 6 years ago