[Poll] Who’s the greatest film composer of all time?

Kaiwan_NI
Kaiwan_NI Administrator Posts: 2,525 admin
edited July 2023 in Social Club

The most memorable film scores are the ones that stick with you long after you've left the cinema, or turned the screen off. But which soundtracks deserve to be remembered as the pinnacles of auditory achievement, fit to be a benchmark for years to come?

We recently asked on Twitter and whittled down the top 10 composers based on the replies:

Now we want you to be the judge.

Who’s the greatest film composer of all time? Vote below. 🧐

[Poll] Who’s the greatest film composer of all time? 85 votes

Bernard Herrmann
7%
arachnautrev32petemainBruce MacLeodAndy CordyScott Kissel 6 votes
Brad Fiedel
1%
tribepop 1 vote
Ennio Morricone
15%
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Hans Zimmer
25%
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Howard Shore
1%
LukeMans 1 vote
James Horner
1%
Copper 1 vote
John Barry
1%
Milkster 1 vote
John Williams
35%
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Vangelis
10%
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Wendy Carlos
1%
gviio 1 vote
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  • PK The DJ
    PK The DJ Member Posts: 844 Guru
    edited September 2022
    John Williams

    I think John Williams is hard to beat. A very long career and the scores to some of the biggest movies on the planet.

    He's the Pioneer of film scores - the "industry standard". 😄

  • Kubrak
    Kubrak Member Posts: 2,756 Expert

    For me it is by far Phil Glass, strange, he is not listed.

  • Kymeia
    Kymeia Member Posts: 3,488 Expert
    Ennio Morricone

    Out of those Morricone is my favourite - he has created some truly breathtaking and moving scores. Hate Williams, his music is too brash and unimaginative for me.

  • Kymeia
    Kymeia Member Posts: 3,488 Expert
  • Paule
    Paule Member Posts: 1,328 Expert
    Hans Zimmer

    Klaus Schulze isn't here also.

  • Kaiwan_NI
    Kaiwan_NI Administrator Posts: 2,525 admin
    Vangelis

    The choices are based on the replies we received on social. Surprisingly don't see many Philip Glass mentions there

  • Paule
    Paule Member Posts: 1,328 Expert
    edited September 2022
    Hans Zimmer

    Surprisingly don't see many Philip Glass mentions there.

    Philip Glass is not good for the masses. Myself like his music.

  • Kubrak
    Kubrak Member Posts: 2,756 Expert

    Maybe, but he has made many soundracks (50+). OK, some of them were more for minority, but others not.

    https://philipglass.com/films/all/

  • Paule
    Paule Member Posts: 1,328 Expert
    edited September 2022
    Hans Zimmer

    Myself own a box: The Complete SONY Recordings. It contains 24 cd's. Wonderful music.

    With a thick booklet in three languages: english, french and german.

  • ozon
    ozon Member Posts: 1,235 Expert

    A little surprising that Danny Elfman didn’t make it to the list.

  • Tom Mosler
    Tom Mosler Member Posts: 15 Advisor
    Hans Zimmer

    I voted for Hans Zimmer but I also like work of Howard Shore (big LOTR fan).

    Both composers music always makes me want to rewatch the movies they were featured in.

  • MoHoK
    MoHoK Member Posts: 16 Member
    edited September 2022
    Vangelis

    this list is inaccurate... where is Danny Elfman or Christopher young? Philip Glass or Clint Mansell ?

  • John Kennedy Drinkall
    John Kennedy Drinkall Member Posts: 1 Member
    John Williams

    Surprised not to see KLAUS BADELT up there

  • tcrist
    tcrist Member Posts: 1 Member
    Ennio Morricone

    I really like Bruno Coulais. Very creative. Beautiful, quirky, energetic whatever the vibe of the film is, he captures it so well in a very unformulaic manner.

  • Andy Cordy
    Andy Cordy Member Posts: 6 Member
    Bernard Herrmann

    Couldn't believe that Bernard Herman was 0% when I signed in!

    Psycho? North by Northwest? Vertigo? The list is long.

    C'mon!

    They are classics for a reason.

    Startlingly original even today

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