The People who Put the Music into Movies

by schellnino | created - 21 Dec 2015 | updated - 23 Feb 2017 | Public

A list of people whose music has left its mark on the film world. (*directors they frequently work with; ^TV themes)

1. John Williams

Soundtrack | Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

As one of the best known, awarded, and financially successful composers in US history, John Williams is as easy to recall as John Philip Sousa, Aaron Copland or Leonard Bernstein, illustrating why he is "America's composer" time and again. With a massive list of awards that includes over 41 Oscar ...

*Steven Spielberg *George Lucas *Chris Columbus

2. Howard Shore

Music_department | The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Howard Shore is a Canadian composer, born in Toronto. He was born in a Jewish family. He started studying music when 8-years-old, and played as a member of bands by the time he was 13-years-old. He was interested in a professional career in music as a teenager. He studied music at the Berklee ...

*Peter Jackson *Martin Scorsese *David Fincher (early work)

3. Hans Zimmer

Composer | Gladiator

German-born composer Hans Zimmer is recognized as one of Hollywood's most innovative musical talents. He featured in the music video for The Buggles' single "Video Killed the Radio Star", which became a worldwide hit and helped usher in a new era of global entertainment as the first music video to ...

*Chris Nolan *Gore Verbinski *Ridley & Tony Scott

4. Cliff Martinez

Composer | Only God Forgives

Cliff Martinez was born on February 5, 1954 in The Bronx, New York, USA. He is a composer, known for Only God Forgives (2013), Drive (2011) and The Neon Demon (2016).

*Steven Soderbergh *Nicolas Winding Refn ^The Knick

5. Trent Reznor

Soundtrack | The Social Network

Trent Reznor is an American songwriter/musician/producer and sole member of multi-platinum act Nine Inch Nails, and now an Academy Award winning film composer. He began creating music as a child in Western Pennsylvania, first on piano and then taking up other instruments. He eventually moved to ...

*David Fincher

6. Danny Elfman

Music_department | The Nightmare Before Christmas

As Danny Elfman was growing up in the Los Angeles area, he was largely unaware of his talent for composing. It wasn't until the early 1970s that Danny and his older brother Richard Elfman started a musical troupe while in Paris; the group "Mystic Knights of Oingo-Boingo" was created for Richard's ...

*Tim Burton *Sam Raimi *David O. Russell

7. Ennio Morricone

Composer | The Hateful Eight

A classmate of director Sergio Leone with whom he would form one of the great director/composer partnerships (right up there with Eisenstein & Prokofiev, Hitchcock & Herrmann, Fellini & Rota), Ennio Morricone studied at Rome's Santa Cecilia Conservatory, where he specialized in trumpet. His first ...

*Quentin Tarantino *Sergio Leone

8. Yôko Kanno

Composer | Kôkaku kidôtai: Stand Alone Complex

Yôko Kanno was born on March 18, 1964 in Sendai, Miyagi, Japan. She is known for her work on Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (2002), Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001) and Wolf's Rain (2003).

*Shinichiro Wantanabe ^Cowboy Bebop

9. Bernard Herrmann

Soundtrack | Taxi Driver

The man behind the low woodwinds that open Citizen Kane (1941), the shrieking violins of Psycho (1960), and the plaintive saxophone of Taxi Driver (1976) was one of the most original and distinctive composers ever to work in film. He started early, winning a composition prize at the age of 13 and ...

*Alfred Hitchcock *Orsen Welles

10. Jeremy Zuckerman

Composer | The Legend of Korra

Jeremy Zuckerman is a Los Angeles-based Emmy Award-winning composer. His work covers a wide range from music for picture to computer music. Jeremy has composed for modern dance, theater, concert, narrative and documentary film, hundreds of episodes of television, and once made a record with David ...

*Joaquim dos Santos / Bryke ^Avatar: the Last Airbender ^Avatar: The Legend of Korra

11. Mac Quayle

Composer | Mr. Robot

Audiences worldwide have been captivated by the unique musical stylings of Emmy-winning and Grammy-nominated composer, Mac Quayle. He currently scores USA Network's Golden Globe winning suspense-thriller "Mr. Robot," starring Christian Slater and Rami Malek, for which Mac won an Emmy.

Most recently,...

*Sam Esmail ^Mr. Robot

12. Ramin Djawadi

Composer | Game of Thrones

Ramin Djawadi was born on July 19, 1974 in Duisburg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. He is a composer, known for Game of Thrones (2011), Iron Man (2008) and Westworld (2016). He is married to Jennifer Hawks. They have two children.

*Guillermo Del Toro *Jonathan Nolan ^Game of Thrones ^The Strain ^Westworld

13. Clint Mansell

Composer | Black Swan

Clint Mansell was born on January 7, 1963 in Coventry, West Midlands, England. He is a composer, known for Black Swan (2010), The Fountain (2006) and Moon (2009).

*Darren Aronofsky

14. Jeff Williams

Composer | RWBY

Jeff Williams is a composer, known for RWBY (2012), Lazer Team (2015) and Red vs. Blue (2003).

*Monty Oum ^RWBY

15. Angelo Badalamenti

Music_department | Mulholland Dr.

Angelo Badalamenti was born on March 22, 1937 in New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on Mulholland Drive (2001), Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992) and A Very Long Engagement (2004).

*David Lynch ^Twin Peaks

16. Jóhann Jóhannsson

Composer | Sicario

Jóhann Jóhannsson was born on September 19, 1969 in Reykjavík, Iceland. He was a composer, known for Sicario (2015), The Theory of Everything (2014) and Prisoners (2013). He died on February 9, 2018 in Berlin, Germany.

*Denis Villeneuve

17. James Newton Howard

Composer | King Kong

James Newton Howard attended the University of Southern California's music school, but dropped out to tour with Elton John, and eventually compose music for film and television. He started with Head Office (1985) in 1985. He has been nominated for eight Academy Awards. He currently is a songwriter, ...

*M Night *Chris Nolan

18. Michael Giacchino

Composer | Star Trek

Michael Giacchino is an American composer of music for films, television and video games.

Giacchino composed the scores to the television series Lost, Alias and Fringe, the video game series Medal of Honor and Call of Duty and many films such as The Incredibles (2004), Star Trek (2009), Up (2009), ...

*Brad Bird *The Wachowskis

19. Hanan Townshend

Soundtrack | The Tree of Life

Hanan Townshend is a New Zealand-born film composer based in Austin, Texas. Townshend was a music licensee on Terrence Malick's Palme d'Or winning film The Tree Of Life, where he received his first significant recognition. He has composed for numerous feature films, including Malick's 2014 film To ...

*Terrence Malick

20. Carmine Coppola

Composer | Apocalypse Now

Composer, conductor, arranger and flautist, educated at the Manhattan School of Music (BA, MA) and Juilliard (on scholarship) (MM). He was first flautist for Radio City Music Hall from 1934 to 1936, the Detroit Symphony from 1936 to 1941, the NBC Toscanini Orchestra from 1942 to 1948 and staff ...

*Francis Ford Coppola

21. Stewart Copeland

Composer | Rumble Fish

Stewart Copeland was born on July 16, 1952 in Alexandria, Virginia, USA as Stewart Armstrong Copeland. He is known for his work on Rumble Fish (1983), Highlander II: The Quickening (1991) and South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999). He has been married to Fiona Dent since 1993. They have ...



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