David ArnoldOne of the best newcomer composers. David Arnold writes large powerful action scores similar to those of John Williams but with even more robust orchestration.The Musketeer

Stargate SG-1

Wing Commander

John BarryBest known as the composer of most James Bond scores from the 60s through the 80s. He has not been scoring many movies lately.The Man With the Golden Gun
Elmer BernsteinTruly a legend in his own time, Bernstein is almost completely responsible for the "American Western" sound of film music. His classic scores include The Magnificent Seven, Airplane, Heavy Metal, and now The Wild, Wild West. Elmer Passed away recently.Big Jake
Justin Caine BurnettThis newcomer Media Ventures composer shows great promise with his excellent fantasy score for Dungeons and Dragons.Dungeons and Dragons
Carter BurwellI actually don't know much about this composer, but from what I have heard of his work, I'm not impressed.Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows
Wendy CarlosCarlos is one of the most overlooked composers in the film scoring business, though a lot of people may recognize her sound from A Clockwork Orange.Tron
Carmine CoppolaThe father of the legendary director Francis Ford Coppola. Carmine died in 1991 and though he was never revered too highly for his compositional skills, many are fans of his work.The Black Stallion
Don DavisDon Davis became much more popular in 1999 with his blockbuster score to The Matrix. His style is generally very atonal though he has done a great fantasy/adventure score for the box office flop Warriors of Virtue.House on Haunted Hill

Jurassic Park III

The Matrix

Georges DelerueOne of the more notable compsers of recent times who sadly died in the early 1990s.The Black Stallion Returns
Klaus DoldingerAnother one of those composers that I don't know much about. All I know about him is that he was born in the 1930s and has scored a couple of films for director Wolfgang Petersen.The Never Ending Story
Randy EdelmanRandy Edelman is one of the hardest working composers in Hollywood. He has added immeasurably to such flicks as Kindergarten Cop, Gettysburg, and Beethoven. He has also scored the original DragonHeart, one of my favorite scores of all time.DragonHeart
Cliff EidelmanCliff Eidelman began his career with Star Trek VI in 1991 when he was just 24 years old. He shows great promise, but doen't seem to have many high-profile projects to work on.Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
Danny ElfmanDanny Elfman is one of the most popular composers working today, although I've never personally liked his scores that much. His scores are generally morbid comedies and he is best known for his collaborations with director Tim Burton.Batman

Batman Returns


Edward Scissorhands

Mission: Impossible

Planet of the Apes

Sleepy Hollow

Steve EndelmanWhy is it that there are three composers that have last names that sound so much alike? Endelman, Edelman, Eidelman... it can get confusing. Anway, this is yet another composer I know little about, and haven't heard nearly enough of his work to judge him very well.Bride of the Wind (Snapshot Review)
David Michael FrankI know nothing of this composer other than the fact that he has scored the television show The Mole.The Mole
John FrizzellFairly new to the film scoring scene, Frizzell has actually had quite a few high-profile projects at this point, such as Alien Resurrection and Beavis and Butt-Head Do AmericaAlien Resurrection
Nick Glennie-SmithAnother Media Ventures composer, not to be confused with Harry Gregson-Williams.The Rock
Elliot GoldenthalMost people don't like Goldenthal's chaotic style. Though it is hard to listen to, his music is not just noise. It is very intricate and undeniably ingenious.Alien3

Batman Forever

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

In Dreams

Interview With the Vampire


Jerry GoldsmithOne of the most popular and prolific composers of the twentieth century, Jerry Goldsmith's career lasted for over forty years beginning with television, most notably The Twilight Zone. He has sadly passed away in the early 2000s.The 13th Warrior
Hollow Man
Logan's Run
The Mummy
The Omen
Damien: Omen II
The Final Conflict (Omen III)
Police Story
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Joel GoldsmithSon of the legendary Jerry Goldsmith, and an extremely talented composer in his own right.Stargate SG-1
Harry Gregson-WilliamsAnother Media Ventures composer, and probably one of the few, along with John Powell, that prevents me from listing all Media Ventures reviews under the heading "Media Ventures" on this page. Gregson-Williams is a talented man, much moreso than most other MV guys.The Rock


Spy Game

John HarrisonHarrison is an old associate of the legendary horror director George Romero. Getting his start in all sorts of different independent movie "jobs", he often wrote music to accompany Romero's films.Day of the Dead (Snapshot Review)
HelloweenA German, pseudo-heavy metal band that emerged in the mid 1980s. They are the major innovators of the "Power Metal" sound which has been overused to the point of embarassment by countless bands in Europe, though this band's early work has always been some of my favorite. They have also influenced a lot of Japanese video game composers.Chameleon
Joe HisaishiI don't know much about this guy's career, but he is a composer of Japanese film music.Princess Mononoke
James HornerHorner's career has lasted for a little over twenty years now. His popularity began mostly with Star Trek 2, but his profile rose to being one of the most popular composers ever with his 1997 hit score for Titanic, the highest selling orchestral soundtrack of all time.Aliens
Battle Beyond the Stars
A Beautiful Mind
Deep Impact
Gorky Park
Humanoids from the Deep
The Land Before Time
Legends of the Fall
The Mask of Zorro
The Perfect Storm
The Rocketeer
The Spitfire Grill
Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan
Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock
Iron MaidenA band on the lighter-sounding end of heavy metal, originating in the early 80s from a musical movement known as the "New Wave of British Heavy Metal," or NWOBHM for short.Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Noriyuki IwadareThe head composer for the the video game company Two-Five which works with Game Arts. His scores are generally simplistic and full of pop influence, but at the same time he can turn out modern orchestral classics like Grandia.Lunar 2: Eternal Blue
Trevor JonesJones is actually not a very well-known composer, but he has scored The Last of The Mohicans which is one of the most popular scores of the last decade.Dark City
Yoko KannoYoko Kanno is one of the most revered of anime composers, but she has done a numer of video game scores as well. Personally, I've always thought that her fans have overrated her work, but she does have some very good material.Cowboy Bebop
Kevin KinerAn associate of David Arnold. He has composed mostly for televsion but has been trying to get into movies lately.Stargate SG-1

Wing Commander

Mark McKenzieMcKenzie's career began as an orchestrator for other composers such as Danny Elfman, but he has been composing his own scores as of late.Dragonheart: A New Beginning
Alan MenkenEver seen a 90s Disney musical? If the answer is yes, then you've probably heard his music before.Beauty and the Beast
Yasunori MitsudaYasunori is a composer in the relatively new art of game music. He began his career doing sound effects for Final Fantasy V in 1992 when he was just twenty years old!Chrono Cross OST

Chrono Trigger OSV



Ennio MoriconneThe single most prolific film composer thus far. He is most popular for his spaghetti western scores from the 1960s.Mission To Mars
Thomas NewmanOf the popular Newman family of composers which includes Lionel, Alfred, Randy, and David.American Beauty
Koh OtaniOne of the more prolific composers of Japanese anime.Gundam Wing Operation 1
Rachel PortmanOne of the most popular female composers. Her music is almost always very sweet and melodic.Addicted to Love

Hart's War

John PowellAnother Media Ventures composer, and probably one of the few, along with Harry Gregson-Williams, that prevents me from listing all Media Ventures reviews under the heading "Media Ventures" on this page. Powell is a talented man, much moreso than most other MV guys.Evolution


Trevor RabinLet's just say that Rabin's my least favorite film composer and leave it at that.American Outlaws


Graeme RevellNot one of my favorite composers, but his scores to movies like Power Rangers and The Crow have been decent.Pitch Black/Bride of Chucky
Leonard RosenmanI'll put this as gently as I can: I really don't care for Rosenman's work. He has been composing for a long time.Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home
Hitoshi SakimotoAnother video game RPG composer responsible for scores to games in the OgreBattle series. He has worked on a couple games for Squaresoft and is generally partnered with co-composer Masaharu Iwata.Vagrant Story
Motoi SakurabaMy second favorite game music composer. Sakuraba has provided scores to every chapter in three different game series: Shining Force, Star Ocean, and Tales.Star Ocean: The Second Story

Star Ocean: The Second Story Arrange Album

Eric SerraCertain not the most prolific (or best) composer out there. He is usually very heavy on synth and is most often found scoring the films of French director Luc Besson.The Fifth Element
Edward ShearmurShearmur has been best known as a keyboardist for various pop groups. However, he is a trained musician and has been composing film scores for the last couple years. He has also conduced a little bit of Elliot Goldenthal's material.K-Pax
Alan SilvestriSilvestri is the "chameleon" of film composers. He basically imitates styles of other composers, but is actually very talented and generally writes good music.The Mummy Returns
Masami UedaMasami is the premier composer for Capcom's popular Biohazard (Resident Evil) horror video games.Bioharzard (Resident Evil) 2
Nobuo UematsuUematsu is undoubtedly the most popular videogame composer thus far and also my favorite. His scores to the Final Fantasy series have sold millions of copies in Japan, The United States, and even in Europe. This isn't very difficult to believe when you listen to such soundtracks as Final Fantasy VI, which ties with The Empire Strikes Back and Star Trek 2 as my favorite soundtrack of all time.Final Fantasy VI Original Sound Version

Final Fantasy VII Original Soundtrack

Final Fantasy VIII Original Soundtrack

Final Fantasy VIII: Orchestra Version

Final Fantasy IX Original Soundtrack

Final Fantasy X Original Soundtrack

VangelisOne of the synth composers to emerge in the early eighties. I've always fairly despised his work even though he does have a group of fans.Blade Runner
James L. VenableAnother composer that I know very little about. I only even heard of him recently through shows on Cartoon Network like Samurai Jack and The Powerpuff Girls.Iron Monkey
Stephen WarbeckI really don't know that much about this composer, but I definitely like what I'm hearing.Captain Corelli's Mandolin

Charlotte Gray

John WilliamsIf you don't know who John Williams is, I have no idea why you're looking at my site right now.Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone


Jurassic Park

The Lost World - Jurassic Park

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

Star Wars: Attack of the Clones

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

Akira YamaokaAs far as I know, Silent Hill is the only thing this composer has done.Silent Hill
Christopher YoungYoung is mostly known for his horror and suspense work on films like Hellraiser, Bless the Child and such. He is very talented and has not yet achieved the popularity that he actually deserves.The Glass House (Snapshot Review)
Hans ZimmerHe began his career as a strictly synth composer, but in 1994 Disney hired him to score The Lion King and the rest is history. To be honest, his rock-influenced scores and heavy use of synth combined with orchestra get on my nerves a lot, though not nearly as much as they used to.Black Hawk Down


The Rock

The Thin Red Line

The Wings of a Film