My Favorite Film Scores

When I was younger, songs from Disney movies were my gateway to soundtracks, but the earliest film scores that I remember noticing and wanting to own were John Williams’ score for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Michael Giacchino’s score for The Incredibles.

The first time I heard Hedwig’s Theme during the first teaser trailer for Sorcerer’s Stone, I was instantly transported to a world I had only been able to imagine while reading.

A few years later, by the time the end credits of The Incredibles began, I was grinning with delight not just because of the movie I’d just watched, but because I was so happy that I was getting to hear more of the movie’s music.

My love of film scores has kind of spiraled since then. I began regularly buying scores from almost every movie I saw and liked. Over the past few years, I discovered the amazing soundtrack releases of La-La Land Records and Intrada, and my bank account has continually suffered for it. (the latest title on my wish list is the complete 15-disc score collection for Star Trek: The Original Series)

While there are plenty of well-known movie themes and film scores (most of John Williams’ work, the James Bond theme, Back to the Future, etc.), there are plenty of other scores I’ve fallen in love with that, while not necessarily obscure, I want to share with people.

There’s one in particular that hasn’t been released yet, which I desperately want to own someday, so I also hope maybe this will get it noticed by others. (UPDATE: THIS SCORE WAS FINALLY RELEASED IN ITS ENTIRETY BY THE AMAZING LABEL, INTRADA I AM SO HAPPY)

Anyway, these are my favorite film scores, alphabetically.

  1. The Amazing Spider-Man by James Horner
  2. Atlantis: The Lost Empire by James Newton Howard
  3. Batman Returns by Danny Elfman
  4. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm by Shirley Walker
  5. Black Swan by Clint Mansell
  6. The Bride of Frankenstein by Franz Waxman
  7. Casino Royale by David Arnold
  8. Catch Me If You Can by John Williams
  9. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Danny Elfman
  10. A Christmas Carol by Alan Silvestri
  11. Creed by Ludwig Göransson
  12. Dick Tracy by Danny Elfman
  13. Faust by Timothy Brock
  14. The Great Gatsby by Craig Armstrong
  15. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by John Williams
  16. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by Patrick Doyle
  17. The Haunted Mansion by Mark Mancina
  18. Hellboy by Marco Beltrami
  19. Hook by John Williams
  20. The Incredible Hulk by Craig Armstrong
  21. The Incredibles by Michael Giacchino
  22. Jack the Giant Slayer by John Ottman
  23. John Carter by Michael Giacchino
  24. Jumanji by James Horner
  25. King Kong by James Newton Howard
  26. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang by John Ottman
  27. Lady in the Water by James Newton Howard
  28. Let Me In by Michael Giacchino
  29. The Mask of Zorro by James Horner
  30. Men in Black by Danny Elfman
  31. Metropolis by Gottfried Huppertz
  32. Miracle on 34th Street by Bruce Broughton
  33. The Mummy by Jerry Goldsmith
  34. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service by John Barry
  35. Peter Pan by James Newton Howard
  36. Quantum of Solace by David Arnold
  37. Return to Oz by David Shire
  38. The Shadow by Jerry Goldsmith
  39. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow by Edward Shearmur
  40. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Georges Delerue
  41. Speed Racer by Michael Giacchino
  42. Spider-Man 2 by Danny Elfman
  43. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock by James Horner
  44. Star Trek: Insurrection by Jerry Goldsmith
  45. Stargate by David Arnold
  46. Super 8 by Michael Giacchino
  47. Superman by John Williams
  48. Superman Returns by John Ottman
  49. The Terminal by John Williams
  50. Thor by Patrick Doyle
  51. Thunderball by John Barry
  52. Tomorrow Never Dies by David Arnold
  53. Tomorrowland by Michael Giacchino
  54. Tron: Legacy by Daft Punk
  55. The Wolfman by Danny Elfman
  56. The World is Not Enough by David Arnold
  57. X2 by John Ottman

2 thoughts on “My Favorite Film Scores

  1. Two Bond John Barry sound tracks and no mention of his “Dances With Wolves”?

    It was having the “Wolves” always in the CD player that helped me to manage driving in London. It steeled me for Bus Battles as I fought my way through Putney and calmed me in the moments afterwards.

    I’d suggest a listen and perhaps an amended listing afterwards?

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