One of my favorite aspects of a movie, beyond the plot and the characters, the dialogue and the costumes, is the orchestral soundtrack. I love how a skilled composer can use the score to build emotion, foreshadow danger, identify characters, establish setting and, most important of all, pull the viewer into the heart of the movie. I firmly believe that a film without a score to support it would fall apart. At the very least, the movie would lack the added emotional depth a successful film score provides.
Below, I’ve listed a few of my favorite current composers, as well as some of their most popular film scores. This is certainly not a complete list (I deliberately left out John Williams because I feel his scores are already well known), but it does offer a wide array of musical and movie styles.
If you have already seen the movies listed, I recommend watching them again. This time, pay attention to the score and see how the composer uses the music to support and elevate the rest of the film.
Kimberly's Favorite Film Composers: