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Top Films from Selected Film Composers (A-M)

The lists below include only films for which the composers contributed original music regardless of whether they were credited.

John Barry

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Midnight Cowboy 1969 John Schlesinger 163
2 Goldfinger 1964 Guy Hamilton 241
3 Dances with Wolves 1990 Kevin Costner 333
4 Walkabout 1971 Nicolas Roeg 621
5 From Russia with Love 1963 Terence Young 742
6 Zulu 1964 Cy Endfield 744
7 Out of Africa 1985 Sydney Pollack 751
8 Body Heat 1981 Lawrence Kasdan 754
9 Dr. No 1962 Terence Young 770
10 The Ipcress File 1965 Sidney J. Furie 930
11 The Lion in Winter 1968 Anthony Harvey 1186
12 On Her Majesty's Secret Service 1969 Peter R. Hunt 1762
13 Thunderball 1965 Terence Young 1969
14 Petulia 1968 Richard Lester 2222

Elmer Bernstein

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 To Kill a Mockingbird 1962 Robert Mulligan 70
2 Airplane! 1980 Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and David Zucker 158
3 Sweet Smell of Success 1957 Alexander Mackendrick 198
4 Ghostbusters 1984 Ivan Reitman 220
5 The Great Escape 1963 John Sturges 263
6 The Magnificent Seven 1960 John Sturges 306
7 Animal House 1978 John Landis 314
8 An American Werewolf in London 1981 John Landis 397
9 The Ten Commandments 1956 Cecil B. DeMille 429
10 Far from Heaven 2002 Todd Haynes 650
11 Trading Places 1983 John Landis 786
12 The Age of Innocence 1993 Martin Scorsese 800
13 My Left Foot 1989 Jim Sheridan 837
14 Hud 1963 Martin Ritt 850
15 The Grifters 1990 Stephen Frears 1133
16 The Man with the Golden Arm 1955 Otto Preminger 1347
17 Some Came Running 1958 Vincente Minnelli 1721
18 Stripes 1981 Ivan Reitman 1785
19 The Shootist 1976 Don Siegel 1810
20 True Grit 1969 Henry Hathaway 1945
21 Devil in a Blue Dress 1995 Carl Franklin 2054
22 Birdman of Alcatraz 1962 John Frankenheimer 2342

Carter Burwell

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Fargo 1996 Joel Coen 67
2 The Big Lebowski 1998 Joel Coen 105
3 Being John Malkovich 1999 Spike Jonze 255
4 No Country for Old Men 2007 Ethan and Joel Coen 302
5 Miller's Crossing 1990 Joel Coen 418
6 Blood Simple 1984 Joel Coen 433
7 Raising Arizona 1987 Joel Coen 511
8 Adaptation. 2002 Spike Jonze 643
9 Barton Fink 1991 Joel Coen 653
10 Three Kings 1999 David O. Russell 722
11 In Bruges 2008 Martin McDonagh 1267
12 The Rookie 2002 John Lee Hancock 1458
13 True Grit 2010 Ethan and Joel Coen 1519
14 Gods and Monsters 1998 Bill Condon 1611
15 A Serious Man 2009 Ethan and Joel Coen 1662
16 Velvet Goldmine 1998 Todd Haynes 1837
17 The Hudsucker Proxy 1994 Joel Coen 1943
18 The Man Who Wasn't There 2001 Joel Coen 1999
19 Before Night Falls 2000 Julian Schnabel 2093
20 The Blind Side 2009 John Lee Hancock 2190
21 Where the Wild Things Are 2009 Spike Jonze 2354

Georges Delerue

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Jules and Jim 1962 François Truffaut 167
2 Platoon 1986 Oliver Stone 180
3 The Conformist 1970 Bernardo Bertolucci 205
4 Hiroshima mon amour 1959 Alain Resnais 279
5 Day for Night 1973 François Truffaut 356
6 Contempt 1963 Jean-Luc Godard 388
7 A Man for All Seasons 1966 Fred Zinnemann 667
8 Shoot the Piano Player 1960 François Truffaut 756
9 Silkwood 1983 Mike Nichols 1430
10 The Day of the Jackal 1973 Fred Zinnemann 1490
11 Women in Love 1969 Ken Russell 1587
12 Salvador 1986 Oliver Stone 1660
13 Steel Magnolias 1989 Herbert Ross 1674
14 Beaches 1988 Garry Marshall 1877
15 The Last Metro 1980 François Truffaut 1967
16 Julia 1977 Fred Zinnemann 2018

Danny Elfman

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Edward Scissorhands 1990 Tim Burton 196
2 The Nightmare before Christmas 1993 Henry Selick 349
3 Good Will Hunting 1997 Gus Van Sant 517
4 Spider-Man 2002 Sam Raimi 520
5 Batman 1989 Tim Burton 569
6 Chicago 2002 Rob Marshall 597
7 Spider-Man 2 2004 Sam Raimi 636
8 Men in Black 1997 Barry Sonnenfeld 879
9 Pee-wee's Big Adventure 1985 Tim Burton 887
10 Midnight Run 1988 Martin Brest 993
11 Batman Returns 1992 Tim Burton 1049
12 Big Fish 2003 Tim Burton 1054
13 Beetlejuice 1988 Tim Burton 1111
14 Milk 2008 Gus Van Sant 1242
15 Mission: Impossible 1996 Brian De Palma 1471
16 To Die For 1995 Gus Van Sant 1491
17 Silver Linings Playbook 2012 David O. Russell 1840
18 A Simple Plan 1998 Sam Raimi 1923
19 Mars Attacks! 1996 Tim Burton 1983
20 Sleepy Hollow 1999 Tim Burton 2266
21 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 2005 Tim Burton 2395

Jerry Goldsmith

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Chinatown 1974 Roman Polanski 18
2 Alien 1979 Ridley Scott 27
3 L.A. Confidential 1997 Curtis Hanson 122
4 Planet of the Apes 1968 Franklin J. Schaffner 172
5 Patton 1970 Franklin J. Schaffner 282
6 Poltergeist 1982 Tobe Hooper 584
7 Total Recall 1990 Paul Verhoeven 680
8 The Omen 1976 Richard Donner 693
9 Hoosiers 1986 David Anspaugh 695
10 Seconds 1966 John Frankenheimer 941
11 Basic Instinct 1992 Paul Verhoeven 949
12 Gremlins 1984 Joe Dante 1078
13 Rudy 1993 David Anspaugh 1125
14 First Blood 1982 Ted Kotcheff 1199
15 Papillon 1973 Franklin J. Schaffner 1215
16 The Secret of NIMH 1982 Don Bluth 1405
17 Logan's Run 1976 Michael Anderson 1655
18 Star Trek: First Contact 1996 Jonathan Frakes 1772
19 Mulan 1998 Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook 1882
20 Seven Days in May 1964 John Frankenheimer 1963
21 Star Trek: The Motion Picture 1979 Robert Wise 2014
22 The Mummy 1999 Stephen Sommers 2104
23 Rambo: First Blood Part II 1985 George P. Cosmatos 2138
24 Air Force One 1997 Wolfgang Petersen 2161
25 Tora! Tora! Tora! 1970 Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku, and Toshio Masuda 2175
26 Six Degrees of Separation 1993 Fred Schepisi 2294
27 Lonely Are the Brave 1962 David Miller 2401

Bernard Herrmann

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Citizen Kane 1941 Orson Welles 4
2 Psycho 1960 Alfred Hitchcock 5
3 Vertigo 1958 Alfred Hitchcock 14
4 Taxi Driver 1976 Martin Scorsese 17
5 North by Northwest 1959 Alfred Hitchcock 36
6 The Day the Earth Stood Still 1951 Robert Wise 215
7 The Magnificent Ambersons 1942 Orson Welles 369
8 Jason and the Argonauts 1963 Don Chaffey 807
9 Cape Fear 1962 J. Lee Thompson 1225
10 Fahrenheit 451 1966 François Truffaut 1346
11 Marnie 1964 Alfred Hitchcock 1369
12 The 7th Voyage of Sinbad 1958 Nathan Juran 1523
13 The Ghost and Mrs. Muir 1947 Joseph L. Mankiewicz 1528
14 The Man Who Knew Too Much 1956 Alfred Hitchcock 1544
15 The Wrong Man 1956 Alfred Hitchcock 2012
16 Sisters 1973 Brian De Palma 2062

James Horner

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Aliens 1986 James Cameron 77
2 Titanic 1997 James Cameron 126
3 Braveheart 1995 Mel Gibson 204
4 Field of Dreams 1989 Phil Alden Robinson 313
5 Avatar 2009 James Cameron 392
6 Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan 1982 Nicholas Meyer 414
7 A Beautiful Mind 2001 Ron Howard 581
8 Glory 1989 Edward Zwick 591
9 Apollo 13 1995 Ron Howard 791
10 Cocoon 1985 Ron Howard 1903
11 The Name of the Rose 1986 Jean-Jacques Annaud 1904
12 Searching for Bobby Fischer 1993 Steven Zaillian 1905
13 The New World 2005 Terrence Malick 2068
14 Clear and Present Danger 1994 Phillip Noyce 2111
15 Commando 1985 Mark L. Lester 2133
16 Enemy at the Gates 2001 Jean-Jacques Annaud 2284
17 48 Hrs. 1982 Walter Hill 2385
18 Legends of the Fall 1994 Edward Zwick 2418

Maurice Jarre

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Lawrence of Arabia 1962 David Lean 16
2 Doctor Zhivago 1965 David Lean 288
3 Eyes without a Face 1960 Georges Franju 389
4 Ghost 1990 Jerry Zucker 500
5 Dead Poets Society 1989 Peter Weir 546
6 Fatal Attraction 1987 Adrian Lyne 635
7 Witness 1985 Peter Weir 645
8 The Tin Drum 1979 Volker Schlöndorff 712
9 The Man Who Would be King 1975 John Huston 745
10 Jacob's Ladder 1990 Adrian Lyne 892
11 The Longest Day 1962 Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, and Bernhard Wicki 913
12 The Train 1964 John Frankenheimer 1289
13 The Year of Living Dangerously 1982 Peter Weir 1513
14 The Professionals 1966 Richard Brooks 1781
15 The Damned 1969 Luchino Visconti 1798
16 Enemy Mine 1985 Wolfgang Petersen 2236
17 Enemies, A Love Story 1989 Paul Mazursky 2290

Henry Mancini

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Touch of Evil 1958 Orson Welles 63
2 Breakfast at Tiffany's 1961 Blake Edwards 238
3 Imitation of Life 1959 Douglas Sirk 471
4 Charade 1963 Stanley Donen 806
5 The Pink Panther 1963 Blake Edwards 1018
6 The Party 1968 Blake Edwards 1064
7 Victor/Victoria 1982 Blake Edwards 1264
8 A Shot in the Dark 1964 Blake Edwards 1334
9 Creature from the Black Lagoon 1954 Jack Arnold 1494
10 Mommie Dearest 1981 Frank Perry 2048
11 Wait until Dark 1967 Terence Young 2195
12 It Came from Outer Space 1953 Jack Arnold 2360

Ennio Morricone

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Once Upon a Time in the West 1968 Sergio Leone 62
2 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 1966 Sergio Leone 69
3 The Thing 1982 John Carpenter 129
4 The Battle of Algiers 1966 Gillo Pontecorvo 145
5 Once Upon a Time in America 1984 Sergio Leone 154
6 Cinema Paradiso 1988 Giuseppe Tornatore 208
7 Days of Heaven 1978 Terrence Malick 240
8 The Untouchables 1987 Brian De Palma 487
9 A Fistful of Dollars 1964 Sergio Leone 525
10 Salò 1975 Pier Paolo Pasolini 793
11 For a Few Dollars More 1965 Sergio Leone 799
12 1900 1976 Bernardo Bertolucci 1416
13 Teorema 1968 Pier Paolo Pasolini 1515
14 The Mission 1986 Roland Joffé 1717
15 In the Line of Fire 1993 Wolfgang Petersen 1803
16 The Great Silence 1968 Sergio Corbucci 1875
17 La Cage aux Folles 1978 Edouard Molinaro 1898
18 Duck, You Sucker 1971 Sergio Leone 2098
19 Fist in His Pocket 1965 Marco Bellocchio 2122
20 Investigation of a Citizen above Suspicion 1970 Elio Petri 2322
21 Casualties of War 1989 Brian De Palma 2349
22 Bulworth 1998 Warren Beatty 2363
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