Film Composers I-Z

The following is a guide to film composers whose last names begin with I-Z. Each page is a combination of a filmography and a collection of interviews and scoring sessions. Links are updated as information becomes available (the eventual goal is to find an interview and/or scoring session for each movie). Enjoy!

Maurice Jarre

Jóhann Jóhannsson


Michael Kamen : An American composer, whose film scores included the Lethal Weapon series, the first three Die Hard films, Mr. Holland’s Opus, The Iron Giant and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, among others. He sadly passed away due to a heart attack in 2003.

Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Jed Kurzel

Henry Mancini (1924-1994)

Clint Mansell

Alain Mayrand

Alan Menken : American composer of film and theater music. He is best known for his work in Disney animated films, particularly in the Disney Renaissance. He has earned Academy Awards for his work on The Little Mermaid; Beauty and the Beast; Aladdin; and Pocahontas

Ennio Morricone

Alfred Newman (1900-1970)

Randy Newman: The nephew of Alfred Newman, he has received twenty Academy Award nominations for Best Original Song and Best Original Score (and has so far won twice). Some of his better-known works include: Toy Story (and the sequels); James and the Giant Peach, Monster’s Inc (and its sequel); Seabiscuit and The Princess and the Frog.


Thomas Newman : An American film composer and part of the Newman family of composers (he’s the youngest son of Alfred Newman, creator of the 20th Century Fox fanfare). Newman has composed for Pixar (Finding Nemo, Finding Dory, WALL-E), James Bond (Skyfall and Spectre) and The Green Mile, among many other films.

Alex North


John Ottman: A leading American film composer and also a film editor, Ottman is best known for collaborating with director Bryan Singer. He has scored several X-Men films, Superman Returns, as well as two Fantastic Four films (not the widely panned remake)


John Paesano: An American film composer best known for his work on The Maze Runner film series. He will also score the upcoming sequel to Pacific Rim.

Basil Poledouris


John Powell: An English film composer who has been based in Los Angeles since 1997. He has composed over fifty feature film scores and is known for his work on the Shrek franchise, the Ice Age franchise and the two How to Train Your Dragon films (earning an Academy Award nomination for the first film)

Trevor Rabin

Nino Rota

David Raksin

Leonard Rosenman

Miklos Rozsa

Lalo Schifrin

Howard Shore


Alan Silvestri: An American film composer best known for composing the music to the Back to the Future trilogy and the original Predator film.

Max Steiner


Dimitri Tiomkin


Brian Tyler: An American film composer who first became a big name in 2001 with his score for Frailty. He has notably composed the music for Iron Man 3, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor: The Dark World and Furious 7, as well the current version of the Universal Studio fanfare.

Vangelis: A self-taught composer best known for his work on Chariots of Fire and Blade Runner.

Franz Waxman

John Williams


Hans Zimmer: A German film composer who has written the music for over 150 films, including The Lion King, the Dark Knight trilogy, the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Man of Steel and Batman vs. Superman.