The 5 Greatest Film Composers

Saturday, August 25 by Gregory Wakeman

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Movie composers are probably the least appreciated members of the filmmaking team. Their work is so influential to the success of a movie, and it can be the difference between a sensational production and a truly awful cinematic experience. But which movie composers have created the best compositions to ever grace the big screen, songs that you can really hum and sing along to? Well here are the five greatest film composers in history.

Bernard Herrmann

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Alfred Hitchcock's go to guy for film composing is the man behind some of cinema's most endearing moments in films like "Psycho", "Vertigo" and "North by Northwest". His talents were then utilized later in his career by Martin Scorsese in 1976's "Taxi Driver", which helped to secure his place in celluloid infamy.

Howard Shore

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Over the last two decades, Shore has worked with every great modern director that you can think of, including David Fincher for "Seven", Scorsese for "Gangs of New York" or Peter Jackson for the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. He's not scared to sell his soul, either, working most recently on the "Twilight" movies.

Hans Zimmer

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Looking for something epic? Then Hans is your guy. Ever since winning the Academy Award in 2001 for "Gladiator", Zimmer has provided the tunes to every grandstanding epic cinema piece you can think of. Most notably, he's worked on Christopher Nolan's "Batman" saga and "Inception".

Ennio Morricone

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Never has a film's score become so synonymous with a director. Morricone created the themes to "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" and every other Sergio Leone film before working on "The Thing" and "The Untouchables" after his death. Morricone's work has been incredibly influential.

John Williams

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The most famous composer to ever grace the earth, Williams' effect on cinema and popular culture is immeasurable. Whether it's his from his work on "Radiers", "Superman", "Jurassic Park" or "Jaws", he will be remembered for a long, long, long time.