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.

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

John Barry

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

John Barry

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

The Other Side of Midnight

The Other Side of Midnight (1977): Michel Legrand

Midnight Express

Midnight Express (1978): Giorgio Moroder


Tess (1979): Philippe Sarde.

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

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


Gladiator (2000): Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard

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)Jonny Greenwood (1)Thomas Newman (1)
Ennio Morricone (5)Alberto Iglesias (1)Alex North (1)
John Barry (3)Mark Isham (1)Michael Nyman (1)
Giorgio Moroder (2)Maurice Jarre (1)David Raksin (1)
Vangelis (2)Trevor Jones (1)Nino Rota (1)
Elmer Bernstein (1)Anton Karas (1)Miklos Rozsa (1)
Nicholas Britell (1)Wojcheich Kilar (1)Phillipe Sarde (1)
John Corigliano (1)Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1)Max Steiner (1)
Vladimir Cosma (1)Francis Lai (1)Mikis Theodorakis (1)
Pino Donaggio (1)Michel Legrand (1)Franz Waxman (1)
Randy Edelman (1)Mica Levi (1)Roy Webb (1)
Lisa Gerrard (1)Henry Mancini (1)John Williams (1)
Philip Glass (1)Toshiro Mayuzumi (1) Hans Zimmer (1)
Jerry Goldsmith (1)Jerome Moross (1) 


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