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Top Films from Selected Film Composers (N-Z)

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

Alfred Newman

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 All about Eve 1950 Joseph L. Mankiewicz 44
2 The Grapes of Wrath 1940 John Ford 159
3 How Green Was My Valley 1941 John Ford 587
4 Wuthering Heights 1939 William Wyler 716
5 Young Mr. Lincoln 1939 John Ford 857
6 The King and I 1956 Walter Lang 925
7 Dodsworth 1936 William Wyler 977
8 Gunga Din 1939 George Stevens 1108
9 Ball of Fire 1941 Howard Hawks 1273
10 The Seven Year Itch 1955 Billy Wilder 1296
11 Stella Dallas 1937 King Vidor 1387
12 The Gunfighter 1950 Henry King 1488
13 Twelve O'Clock High 1949 Henry King 1526
14 Foreign Correspondent 1940 Alfred Hitchcock 1537
15 The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1939 William Dieterle 1601
16 Gentleman's Agreement 1947 Elia Kazan 1613
17 How the West Was Won 1962 John Ford, Henry Hathaway, and George Marshall 1765
18 Leave Her to Heaven 1945 John M. Stahl 1838
19 Heaven Can Wait 1943 Ernst Lubitsch 1851
20 The Robe 1953 Henry Koster 1872
21 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn 1945 Elia Kazan 1899
22 South Pacific 1958 Joshua Logan 2061
23 The Westerner 1940 William Wyler 2301
24 Dead End 1937 William Wyler 2338
25 The Diary of Anne Frank 1959 George Stevens 2356
26 The Prisoner of Zenda 1937 John Cromwell 2420

Miklós Rózsa

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Double Indemnity 1944 Billy Wilder 41
2 Ben-Hur 1959 William Wyler 157
3 To Be or Not to Be 1942 Ernst Lubitsch 268
4 Adam's Rib 1949 George Cukor 509
5 The Lost Weekend 1945 Billy Wilder 523
6 The Asphalt Jungle 1950 John Huston 556
7 The Killers 1946 Robert Siodmak 568
8 The Thief of Bagdad 1940 Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell, and Tim Whelan 891
9 The Naked City 1948 Jules Dassin 1712
10 El Cid 1961 Anthony Mann 1993
11 Lust for Life 1956 Vincente Minnelli 2112
12 Spellbound 1945 Alfred Hitchcock 2130
13 Providence 1977 Alain Resnais 2387

Howard Shore

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 The Silence of the Lambs 1991 Jonathan Demme 33
2 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001 Peter Jackson 35
3 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 Peter Jackson 42
4 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 Peter Jackson 57
5 Seven 1995 David Fincher 114
6 The Fly 1986 David Cronenberg 273
7 The Departed 2006 Martin Scorsese 323
8 Videodrome 1983 David Cronenberg 410
9 Ed Wood 1994 Tim Burton 438
10 Big 1988 Penny Marshall 528
11 A History of Violence 2005 David Cronenberg 596
12 High Fidelity 2000 Stephen Frears 651
13 Dead Ringers 1988 David Cronenberg 719
14 Crash 1996 David Cronenberg 734
15 Philadelphia 1993 Jonathan Demme 973
16 After Hours 1985 Martin Scorsese 1011
17 The Brood 1979 David Cronenberg 1077
18 Gangs of New York 2002 Martin Scorsese 1195
19 Hugo 2011 Martin Scorsese 1306
20 Eastern Promises 2007 David Cronenberg 1465
21 The Aviator 2004 Martin Scorsese 1469
22 Naked Lunch 1991 David Cronenberg 1495
23 Mrs. Doubtfire 1993 Chris Columbus 1497
24 The Game 1997 David Fincher 1506
25 Scanners 1981 David Cronenberg 1804
26 eXistenZ 1999 David Cronenberg 2281
27 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012 Peter Jackson 2312
28 Dogma 1999 Kevin Smith 2315

Max Steiner

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Casablanca 1942 Michael Curtiz 3
2 Gone with the Wind 1939 Victor Fleming 21
3 The Searchers 1956 John Ford 32
4 King Kong 1933 Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack 49
5 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 1948 John Huston 138
6 The Big Sleep 1946 Howard Hawks 181
7 White Heat 1949 Raoul Walsh 346
8 Mildred Pierce 1945 Michael Curtiz 409
9 Now, Voyager 1942 Irving Rapper 497
10 Arsenic and Old Lace 1944 Frank Capra 604
11 Angels with Dirty Faces 1938 Michael Curtiz 1017
12 Key Largo 1948 John Huston 1152
13 The Caine Mutiny 1954 Edward Dmytryk 1240
14 Sergeant York 1941 Howard Hawks 1309
15 Jezebel 1938 William Wyler 1375
16 Dark Victory 1939 Edmund Goulding 1462
17 The Charge of the Light Brigade 1936 Michael Curtiz 1627
18 The Life of Emile Zola 1937 William Dieterle 1652
19 Little Women 1933 George Cukor 1672
20 The Informer 1935 John Ford 1752
21 They Died with Their Boots on 1941 Raoul Walsh 2173
22 The Gay Divorcee 1934 Mark Sandrich 2352
23 The Letter 1940 William Wyler 2365

Dimitri Tiomkin

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 It's a Wonderful Life 1946 Frank Capra 19
2 High Noon 1952 Fred Zinnemann 123
3 Rio Bravo 1959 Howard Hawks 187
4 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1939 Frank Capra 244
5 Red River 1948 Howard Hawks 258
6 Strangers on a Train 1951 Alfred Hitchcock 262
7 Shadow of a Doubt 1943 Alfred Hitchcock 492
8 The Thing from Another World 1951 Christian Nyby 623
9 Giant 1956 George Stevens 765
10 Dial M for Murder 1954 Alfred Hitchcock 999
11 Only Angels Have Wings 1939 Howard Hawks 1156
12 The Guns of Navarone 1961 J. Lee Thompson 1203
13 Duel in the Sun 1946 King Vidor 1204
14 Lost Horizon 1937 Frank Capra 1310
15 You Can't Take It with You 1938 Frank Capra 1411
16 D.O.A. 1950 Rudolph Maté 1651
17 Portrait of Jennie 1948 William Dieterle 1725
18 Champion 1949 Mark Robson 1981
19 Meet John Doe 1941 Frank Capra 2106
20 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 John Sturges 2255
21 The Westerner 1940 William Wyler 2301

John Williams

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Star Wars 1977 George Lucas 6
2 Jaws 1975 Steven Spielberg 24
3 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982 Steven Spielberg 26
4 Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 Steven Spielberg 31
5 Schindler's List 1993 Steven Spielberg 34
6 The Empire Strikes Back 1980 Irvin Kershner 43
7 Saving Private Ryan 1998 Steven Spielberg 91
8 Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 Steven Spielberg 107
9 Jurassic Park 1993 Steven Spielberg 143
10 Return of the Jedi 1983 Richard Marquand 264
11 Superman 1978 Richard Donner 339
12 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 1989 Steven Spielberg 417
13 JFK 1991 Oliver Stone 478
14 The Long Goodbye 1973 Robert Altman 503
15 A.I.: Artificial Intelligence 2001 Steven Spielberg 620
16 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 2001 Chris Columbus 639
17 Minority Report 2002 Steven Spielberg 652
18 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 2004 Alfonso Cuarón 673
19 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1984 Steven Spielberg 723
20 Empire of the Sun 1987 Steven Spielberg 730
21 Home Alone 1990 Chris Columbus 1066
22 Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 2005 George Lucas 1070
23 Fiddler on the Roof 1971 Norman Jewison 1082
24 Catch Me If You Can 2002 Steven Spielberg 1157
25 Born on the Fourth of July 1989 Oliver Stone 1207
26 Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones 2002 George Lucas 1288
27 War of the Worlds 2005 Steven Spielberg 1418
28 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 1999 George Lucas 1423
29 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 2002 Chris Columbus 1536
30 Munich 2005 Steven Spielberg 1619
31 Nixon 1995 Oliver Stone 1630
32 The Towering Inferno 1974 John Guillermin and Irwin Allen 1668
33 The Poseidon Adventure 1972 Ronald Neame 1724
34 Lincoln 2012 Steven Spielberg 2419

Hans Zimmer

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Gladiator 2000 Ridley Scott 133
2 The Dark Knight 2008 Christopher Nolan 177
3 The Lion King 1994 Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff 194
4 Thelma & Louise 1991 Ridley Scott 334
5 The Thin Red Line 1998 Terrence Malick 378
6 Inception 2010 Christopher Nolan 425
7 Rain Man 1988 Barry Levinson 451
8 Batman Begins 2005 Christopher Nolan 481
9 True Romance 1993 Tony Scott 671
10 A League of Their Own 1992 Penny Marshall 733
11 Black Hawk Down 2001 Ridley Scott 916
12 As Good as It Gets 1997 James L. Brooks 986
13 The Ring 2002 Gore Verbinski 1084
14 Cool Runnings 1993 Jon Turteltaub 1173
15 12 Years a Slave 2013 Steve McQueen 1460
16 The Rock 1996 Michael Bay 1464
17 Driving Miss Daisy 1989 Bruce Beresford 1466
18 Interstellar 2014 Christopher Nolan 1581
19 The Dark Knight Rises 2012 Christopher Nolan 1607
20 Kung Fu Panda 2008 Mark Osborne and John Stevenson 2049
21 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 Gore Verbinski 2095
22 The Last Samurai 2003 Edward Zwick 2134
23 Something's Gotta Give 2003 Nancy Meyers 2303
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