Variety recently polled 40 active film composers and asked them to name the three best original movie scores of all time in order of preference. Have a look at their top 10 (11) scores and composers after the jump.
They measured the results of their poll by taking each composer’s top three, and awarded three points to the highest ranked score, two points to the next, and one point for the score they ranked third. Then, with the assistance of ASCAP and BMI, they tallied the numbers to arrive at the top ten (which, thanks to ties, became a top eleven). Ennio Morricone’s theme from The Mission (1986) surprisingly topped their list, while John Williams (Jaws, Star Wars) was the most recognized composer.
Below their selections you can see my own personal list, and feel free to rank yours in the comments.
The Top 10 Scores:
The Top 10 Composers:
My Top 10 Film Scores:
- Star Wars (John Williams)
- The Godfather (Nino Rota and Carmine Coppola)
- The James Bond Theme (Monty Norman)
- Jaws (John Williams)
- Doctor Zhivago (Maurice Jarre)
- Psycho (Bernard Herrmann)
- E.T. (John Williams)
- Lawrence of Arabia (Maurice Jarre)
- Vertigo (Bernard Herrmann)
- The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (Ennio Morricone)
Tags: Bernard Herrmann, Ennio Morricone, Film score, Film Scores, Jaws, John Williams, Maurice Jarre, Star Wars music