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Choose the Best Film Composer of All Time

Vote for the composer who you believe to be the greatest movie composer ever. Whose music is the best? Choose your answer carefully.

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Written by John Tuttle

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  1. This list is too top heavy with current composers, and ignores far too many giants.

    My vote for best all-time would be John Barry, the first superstar composer. He’s best known for the early James Bond films, and he won five Oscars. His music for “Dances with Wolves” is becoming a standard part of the concert repertoire.

    Where is Ennio Morricone? No list of great film composers is complete without him. His scores for “Once Upon a Time in the West,” “Once Upon a Time in America,” and “The Mission” are all masterpieces; “Gabriel’s Oboe” is easily a pice Mozart might have written.

    Were this my top ten list, it would be, in order of preference: John Barry, Ennio Morricone, Jerry Goldsmith, Bernard Herrmann, Elmer Bernstein, Henry Mancini, James Horner, Wojciech Kilar, Howard Shore, and Thomas Newman.

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