Now that I’ve counted down my top 50 film scores over ten weeks, here’s the full list for easy reference, counting down from #50 to #1. Each one has a link to the video used in the earlier posts. As prolific as film composers are, there will no doubt be additions to this list somewhere in the future; plus, the more films I see, the more exposure I’ll have to great movie music. If anyone has a recommendation, feel free to comment!

Being the list maniac I am, this is only the first (or technically, second) of many. As much as I love music and movies, a good countdown is inevitable, but that is another list and shall be told another time.

  Batman – Danny Elfman/ The Dark Knight Trilogy – Hans Zimmer/James Newton Howard
  Sunshine – John Murphy
  Hoosiers – Jerry Goldsmith                                                         Part 1
  Gladiator – Hans Zimmer/Lisa Gerrard
  Star Trek: The Motion Picture – Jerry Goldsmith/ Star Trek – Michael Giacchino

  Glory – James Horner
  Requiem for a Dream – Clint Mansell
  Elizabeth: The Golden Age — Craig Armstrong/A.R. Rahman         Part 2
  Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey – Bruce Broughton
  Ruby Sparks – Nick Urata

  Backdraft – Hans Zimmer
  Schindler’s List – John Williams
  The Terminator – Brad Fiedel                                                      Part 3
  Rudy – Jerry Goldsmith
  The Last of the Mohicans – Trevor Jones/Randy Edelman

  Superman – John Williams
  Wuthering Heights – Michel Legrand                                            Part 4
  The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos – The Cinematic Orchestra
  The Hobbit Trilogy – Howard Shore
  Inception – Hans Zimmer

  Driving Miss Daisy – Hans Zimmer
  The Incredibles – Michael Giacchino
  The Mummy Returns – Jerry Goldsmith                                         Part 5
  The Avengers – Alan Silvestri
  Treasure Planet – James Newton Howard

  National Treasure 1 & 2 – Trevor Rabin
  Elizabethtown – Nancy Wilson
  Chariots of Fire – Vangelis                                                            Part 6
  Dinosaur – James Newton Howard
  Jane Eyre (1970) – John Williams

  E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial – John Williams
  Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas – Harry Gregson-Williams
  Cast Away – Alan Silvestri                                                            Part 7
  Home Alone – John Williams
  Back to the Future –Alan Silvestri

  Out of Africa – John Barry
  Sherlock Holmes – Hans Zimmer
  Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves – Michael Kamen                             Part 8
  The Piano – Michael Nyman
  Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind – Joe Hisaishi

  Titanic – James Horner
   Forrest Gump – Alan Silvestri
   Jurassic Park – John Williams                                                         Part 9
   How to Train Your Dragon – John Powell/Harry Gregson-Williams
   The Chronicles of Narnia – Harry Gregson-Williams

   Laputa: Castle in the Sky – Joe Hisaishi
   Indiana Jones films – John Williams
   Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy – Klaus Badelt/Hans Zimmer            Part 10
   Star Wars Saga – John Williams
   The Lord of the Rings Trilogy – Howard Shore

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order):

A Beautiful Mind (James Horner)
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Nick Cave/Warren Ellis)
Avatar (James Horner)
Braveheart (James Horner)
Chicken Run (John Powell/Harry Gregson-Williams)
The Cider House Rules (Rachel Portman)
Dances with Wolves (John Barry)
Doctor Zhivago (Maurice Jarre)
Gone with the Wind (Max Steiner)
The Great Escape (Elmer Bernstein)
Hook (John Williams)
The Horse Whisperer (Thomas Newman)
The Hours (Philip Glass)
The Hunger Games (James Newton Howard)
Like Crazy (Dustin O’Halloran)
The Neverending Story (Klaus Doldinger/Giorgio Moroder)
The Shawshank Redemption (Thomas Newman)
The Thin Red Line (Hans Zimmer)
Thor: The Dark World (Brian Tyler)
The Truman Show (Philip Glass)
The Village (James Newton Howard) (The more I listen to this one, the more I think it probably should have been #50.)
Up (Michael Giacchino)