Part 2 – Film Scores and Composers

Great Film Scores of the 1980s

(* great score to a less-than-stellar film project)

1980

The Empire Strikes Back – John Williams

Masada (TV mini-series) – Jerry Goldsmith

The Stunt Man – Dominic Frontiere

The Shining – Wendy Carlos plus classical/20th century orchestral

The Mountain Man * – Michel Legrand

Saturn 3 * – Elmer Bernstein

1981

Dragonslayer – Alex North

Raiders of the Lost Ark – John Williams

On Golden Pong – Dave Grusin

Chariots of Fire – Vangelis

The Final Conflict (The Omen Part 3) * – Jerry Goldsmith

Clash of the Titans – Laurence Rosenthal

Altered States * – John Gorigliano

1982

E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial – John Williams

Sophie’s Choice – Marvin Hamlisch

Conan the Barbarian * – Basil Poledouris

Quest For Fire – Philippe Sarde

Star Trek 2 – The Wrath of Khan – James Horner

The Dark Crystal – Trevor Jones

Frances – John Barry

Poltergeist * – Jerry Goldsmith

Tron – Wendy Carlos

1983

Under Fire – Jerry Goldsmith

Koyaaniqatsi – Philip Glass

Rumble Fish – Stewart Copeland

The Thing – Ennio Morricone

Twilight Zone – The Movie – Jerry Goldsmith

Gandhi – George Fenton

Local Hero – Mark Knopfler

Krull * – James Horner

Return of the Jedi – John Williams

The Year of Living Dangerously – Maurice Jarre

Brainstorm – James Horner

Monsignor * – John Williams

1984

Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom – John Williams

Supergirl * – Jerry Goldsmith

Star Trek 3 – The Search For Spock – James Horner

The River – John Williams

1985

Silverado – Bruce Broughton

Witness – Maurice Jarre

Legend * – Jerry Goldsmith (European version only)

Mad Max – Beyond Thunderdome – Maurice Jarre

Back to the Future – Alan Silvestri

Explorers – Jerry Goldsmith

Out of Africa – John Barry

1986

The Mission – Ennio Morricone

Hoosiers – Jerry Goldsmith

The Three Amigos – Elmer Bernstein / Randy Newman

Star Trek IV – The Voyage Home — Leonard Rosenman

An American Tail – James Horner

Crimes of the Heart – Georges Delerue

1987

Empire of the Sun – John Williams

The Untouchables – Ennio Morricone

Wings of Desire – Jurgen Kneiper

The Witches of Eastwick – John Williams

1988

The Milagro Beanfield War – Dave Grusin

Cinema Paradiso – Ennio and Andrea Morricone

Willow – James Horner

Frantic – Ennio Morricone

The Land Before Time – James Horner

Moon Over Parador – Maurice Jarre

The Last Emperor – David Byrne / Ryuichi Sakamoto / Hans Zimmer

The Last Temptation of Christ – Peter Gabriel

Gorillas in the Mist – Maurice Jarre

Who Framed Roger Rabbit? – Alan Silvestri

Scrooged – Danny Elfman

Beetlejuice – Danny Elfman

1989

Field of Dreams – James Horner

Glory – James Horner

In Country – James Horner

The Little Mermaid – Alan Menken

Driving Miss Daisy – Hans Zimmer

Dead Poet’s Society – Maurice Jarre

Born on the 4th of July – John Williams

Batman – Danny Elfman

 

Great Film Scores of the 1970s

1970

Patton – Jerry Goldsmith

Jane Eyre – John Williams

A Man Called Horse – Leonard Rosenman

Little Big Man – John Hammond

The Point – song score by Harry Nilsson

Ryan’s Daughter – Maurice Jarre

Airport – Alfred Newman

Wuthering Heights – Michel Legrand

Friends – Elton John

The Red Tent – Ennio Morricone

Waterloo – Nino Rota

1971

Fiddler on the Roof – adaptation by John Williams

Diamonds Are Forever – John Barry

Man in the Wilderness – Johnny Harris

The Wild Rovers – Jerry Goldsmith

A Clockwork Orange – Walter (Wendy) Carlos

Summer of ’42 – Michel Legrand

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – song score by Leslie Bricusse

Dirty Harry – Lalo Schifrin

Jack Johnson – Miles Davis

See No Evil – Elmer Bernstein

1972

Jeremiah Johnson – John Rubinstein, Tim McIntire

Silent Running – Peter Schikele

Images – John Williams

Brother Sun, Sister Moon – song score by Donovan

The Godfather – Nino Rota

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – song score by John Barry

The Cowboys – John Williams

Duck, You Sucker (AKA A Fistful of Dynamite) – Ennio Morricone

Sleuth – John Addison

The Poseidon Adventure – John Williams

Lady Caroline Lamb – Richard Rodney Bennett

1973

Papillon – Jerry Goldsmith

O Lucky Man – song score by Alan Price

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid – Bob Dylan

The Magic Flute – Mozart

Sisters – Bernard Herrmann

The Exorcist – Mike Oldfield, Penderecki and others

The Thief Who Came To Dinner – Henry Mancini

1974

The Three Musketeers – Michel Legrand

The Towering Inferno – John Williams

Where the Lilies Blooms – Flatt & Scruggs

Chinatown – Jerry Goldsmith

Murder on the Orient Express – Richard Rodney Bennett

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad – Miklos Rozsa

Earthquake – John Williams

It’s Alive – Bernard Herrmann

Shanks – Alex North

 

1975

The Wind and the Lion – Jerry Goldsmith

Jaws – John Williams

Barry Lyndon – adaptation by Leonard Rosenman

Moses, The Lawgiver – Ennio Morricone

Bite the Bullett – Alex North

The Man Who Would be King – Maurice Jarre

 

1976

Taxi Driver – Bernard Herrmann

Obsession – Bernard Herrmann

Logan’s Run – Jerry Goldsmith

King Kong – John Barry

Fellini’s Casanova – Nino Rota

Black Sunday – John Williams

The Omen – Jerry Goldsmith

 

1977

Star Wars – John Williams

Close Encounters of the Third Kind – John Williams

Jesus of Nazareth – Maurice Jarre

Providence – Miklos Rosas

Islands in the Stream – Jerry Goldsmith

Sorcerer – Tangerine Dream

Crossed Swords (AKA The Prince and the Pauper) – Maurice Jarre

The Other Side of Midnight – Michel Legrand

 

1978

Days of Heaven – Ennio Morricone

The Lord of the Rings (animated) – Leonard Rosenman

The Fury – John Williams

Superman – John Williams

The Deer Hunter – Stanley Myers

The Boys from Brazil – Jerry Goldsmith

Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe – Henry Mancini

Big Wednesday – Basil Poledouris

 

1979

Apocalypse Now – Carmine Coppola, The Doors and others

Alien – Jerry Goldsmith

Zulu Dawn – Elmer Bernstein

Star Trek – The Motion Picture – Jerry Goldsmith

The Black Hole – John Barry

1941 – John Williams

Manhattan – George Gershwin

Time After Time – Miklos Rozsa

Moonraker – John Barry

Tess – Philippe Sarde

Dracula – John Williams

The Life of Brian – Eric Idle