My 50 All-Time Favorite Original Movie Scores


Gone With The Wind (1939): Max Steiner

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 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.

The Pink Panther

The Pink Panther (1963): Henry Mancini

Zorba the Greek

Zorba the Greek (1964): Mikis Theodorakis

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

Once Upon A Time in The West

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

The Godfather

The Godfather (1972): Nino Rota


Chinatown (1974): Jerry Goldmith.

Taxi Driver

Taxi Driver (1976): Bernard Herrmann.


Carrie (1976): Pino Donaggio


1900 (1977): Ennio Morricone

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 (1982): 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

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

Revolutionary Road

Revolutionary Road (2008): Thomas Newman.

Under the skin

Under the Skin (2013): Mica Levi

Beale Street

If Beale Street Could Talk (2018): Nicholas Britell

The Power of the Dog

The Power of the Dog (2021): Jonny Greenwood


Spencer (2021): Jonny Greenwood

Bernard Herrmann (5)Dominic Frontiere (1)Alex North (1)
Ennio Morricone (5)Jerry Goldsmith (1)Michael Nyman (1)
Philip Glass (2)Mark Isham (1)David Raksin (1)
Jonny Greenwood (2)Maurice Jarre (1)Nino Rota (1)
Henry Mancini (2)Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman (1)Miklos Rozsa (1)
Giorgio Moroder (2)Anton Karas (1)Phillipe Sarde (1)
Vangelis (2)Wojcheich Kilar (1)Max Steiner (1)
John Barry (1)Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1)Mikis Theodorakis (1)
Elmer Bernstein (1)Francis Lai (1)Franz Waxman (1)
Nicholas Britell (1)Mica Levi (1)Roy Webb (1)
John Corigliano (1)Toshiro Mayuzumi (1)John Williams (1)
Vladimir Cosma (1)Jerome Moross (1)
Pino Donaggio (1)Thomas Newman (1)


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