Sometimes it captivates you and sometimes you don’t even notice it, but not because it doesn’t connect, but because it is so perfectly crafted that it moves along with the visuals on screen like a jockey on a horse. I’m talking about the music, the simple yet ultra-sophisticated aspect of a movie that directs you through the screening, telling you what to feel and when to feel it. While it would be impossible to perfectly list five of the greatest contemporary film composers since each and everyone of them are uniquely great, here are at least five that we’ve recently heard their magic, and that are scoring many of today’s epic blockbusters.
You can hear Brian Tyler’s magic in many of your favorite movies. He recently composed the music for Now You See Me 2, and is most known for scoring Avengers: Age of Ultron, Iron Man 3 and Furious 7. He also scored the video game Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.
Tom Holkenborg a.k.a. Junkie XL, is one of the most recognized contemporary film composers of our times. His most recent works include Deadpool and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, who he scored alongside Hans Zimmer. One of his most recognized musical pieces is the soundtrack of Mad Max: Fury Road.
He made you cry once already (Titanic). This legendary film composer unfortunately died on June of 2015, but his music still soars through cinemas everywhere. Most known for creating the timeless score for Titanic — for which he won an Academy Award, he has also scored critically-acclaimed films like Braveheart, Radio and Avatar. More of his contemporary works include 2010’s The Karate Kid and 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man. Before his death, he scored The 33 and the upcoming The Magnificent Seven.
The genius behind your favorite Western movies, Ennio Morricone is a film composer that has not only scored grand movies of the past, but is also scoring box office hits of today. His most recent works include Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight. He is most known for scoring Western films like The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly; and For a Few Dollars More.
Considered by many to be one of the best, if not the best film composer of our times, Hans Zimmer has scored countless critically-acclaimed films.
His long list of works include Inception, Pirates of the Caribbean, Interstellar, The Da Vinci Code, and Man of Steel. He has won an Academy Award for his music in The Lion King, Crimson Tide and The Dark Knight. This year he has scored Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice alongside Junkie XL, Kung Fu Panda 3, the upcoming The Legend of Tarzan and the upcoming Inferno.