My 62 All-Time Favorite Original Movie Scores


Gone with the Wind (1939): Max Steiner


Rebecca (1940): Franz Waxman

Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane (1941): Bernard Herrmann

King's Row

King’s Row (1942): Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Double Indemnity

Double Indemnity (1944): Miklós Rózsa


Laura (1944): David Raksin


Notorious (1946): Roy Webb

The Best Years of Our Lives

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946): Hugo Friedhofer

The Third Man

The Third Man (1949): Anton Karas

Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard (1950): Franz Waxman

A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951): Alex North.

The Big Country

The Big Country (1958): Jerome Moross


Vertigo (1958): Bernard Herrmann

North By Northwest

North by Northwest (1959): Bernard Herrmann.


Psycho (1960): Bernard Herrmann.

The Magnificent Seven

The Magnificent Seven (1960): Elmer Bernstein

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961): Henry Mancini

Lawrence of Arabia

Lawrence of Arabia (1962): Maurice Jarre.

To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962): Elmer Bernstein

Eight and a Half

Eight and a Half (1963): Nino Rota

The Pink Panther

The Pink Panther (1963): Henry Mancini

Zorba the Greek

Zorba the Greek (1964): Mikis Theodorakis

Juliette of the Spirits

Juliette of the Spirits (1965): Nino Rota

A Man and a Woman

A Man and a Woman (1966): Francis Lai.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (1966): Ennio Morricone

Reflections in a Golden Eye

Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967): Toshiro Mayuzumi

John Barry

You Only Live Twice (1967) | Midnight Cowboy (1969)

(the same score rearranged for harmonica)

John Barry

Once Upon A Time in The West

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968): Ennio Morricone

Romeo and Juliette

Romeo and Juliette (1968): Nino Rota

The Godfather

The Godfather (1972): Nino Rota


Chinatown (1974): Jerry Goldmith.

Taxi Driver

Taxi Driver (1976): Bernard Herrmann.


Carrie (1976): Pino Donaggio


Rocky (1976): Bill Conti

The Other Side of Midnight

The Other Side of Midnight (1977): Michel Legrand

Midnight Express

Midnight Express (1978): Giorgio Moroder


Tess (1979): Philippe Sarde.

The Stunt Man

The Stunt Man (1980): Dominic Frontiere

American Gigolo

American Gigolo (1980): Giorgio Moroder

Altered States

Altered States (1980): John Corigliano.

Chariots of Fire

Chariots of Fire (1981): Vangelis

Body Heat

Body Heat (1981): John Barry.

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981): John Williams.


Diva (1981): Vladimir Cosma.

Blade Runner

Blade Runner (1982): Vangelis.


Koyaanisqatsi (1983): Philip Glass


Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985): Philip Glass

The Mission

The Mission (1986): Ennio Morricone

Blue Velvet

Blue Velvet (1986): Angelo Badalamenti

The Moderns

The Moderns (1988): Mark Isham.

Cinema Paradiso

Cinema Paradiso (1989): Ennio Morricone

The Last of the Mohicans

The Last of the Mohicans (1992): Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman

Bram Stoker's Dracula

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992): Wojciech Kilar

The Piano

The Piano (1993): Michael Nyman


Gladiator (2000): Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard

There Will Be Blood

There Will Be Blood (2007): Jonny Greenwood

Revolutionary Road

Revolutionary Road (2008): Thomas Newman.

Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy

Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy (2011): Alberto Iglesias

Under the skin

Under the Skin (2014): Mica Levi

Beale Street

If Beale Street Could Talk (2018): Nicholas Britell


Spencer (2021): Jonny Greenwood

Bernard Herrmann (5)John Corigliano (1)Mica Levi (1)
Ennio Morricone (4)Vladimir Cosma (1)Toshiro Mayuzumi (1)
Nino Rota (4)Pino Donaggio (1)Jerome Moross (1)
John Barry (3)Randy Edelman (1)Thomas Newman (1)
Elmer Bernstein (2)Dominic Frontiere (1)Alex North (1)
Philip Glass (2)Alberto Iglesias (1)Michael Nyman (1)
Jonny Greenwood (2)Mark Isham (1)David Raksin (1)
Henry Mancini (2)Maurice Jarre (1)Miklos Rozsa (1)
Giorgio Moroder (2)Trevor Jones (1)Phillipe Sarde (1)
Vangelis (2)Anton Karas (1)Max Steiner (1)
Franz Waxman (2)Wojciech Kilar (1)Mikis Theodorakis (1)
Angelo Badalamenti (1)Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1)Roy Webb (1)
Nicholas Britell (1)Francis Lai (1)John Williams (1)
Bill Conti (1)Michel Legrand (1) Hans Zimmer (1) *
* with Lisa Gerrard (not credited)

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