List of film director and composer collaborations

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The following film directors and film score composers have worked together on projects.


J. J. Abrams and Michael Giacchino Alias (2001–2006), Lost (2004–2010), Mission Impossible III (2006), Star Trek (2009), Fringe (2008–present), Super 8 (2011), and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

Robert Aldrich and Frank De Vol De Vol scored Aldrich's Kiss Me Deadly (1955), The Big Knife (1955), Attack (1956), What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964), The Flight of the Phoenix (1965), The Dirty Dozen (1967), The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968), Ulzana's Raid (1972), Emperor of the North Pole (1973), The Longest Yard (1974), Hustle (1975), The Choirboys (1977), The Frisco Kid (1979) and All the Marbles (1981).

Irwin Allen and John Williams The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno. Williams composed at least the theme music for 2 of Allen's shows: *Lost in Space (1965–1968) *The Time Tunnel (1966–1967) *Land of Giants (1968–1970)*

Robert Altman and Johnny Mandel That Cold Day in the Park (1969) and MASH (1970).

Jon Amiel and Christopher Young Copycat (1995), The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997), Entrapment (1999), The Core (2003), and Creation (2009)

Gerry Anderson and Barry Gray Although Anderson has only made four films (all being scored by Gray), Barry Gray has worked on almost all of Anderson's TV shows, including Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, UFO & the first season of Space: 1999, along with many others.

Paul Thomas Anderson and Jon Brion Hard Eight (also known as Sydney) (1996), Magnolia (1999), and Punch-Drunk Love (2002). Jon had a cameo appearance in Boogie Nights (1997).

Paul Thomas Anderson and Jonny Greenwood There Will Be Blood (2007) and The Master (2012)

Wes Anderson and Alexandre Desplat Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), Moonrise Kingdom (2012), and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2013)

Wes Anderson and Mark Mothersbaugh Bottle Rocket (1996), Rushmore (1998), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

Theo Angelopoulos and Eleni Karaindrou Angelopoulos and Karaindrou collaborated on every movie Angelopoulos made from Voyage to Cythera (1984) onwards.

Michael Apted and David Arnold The World is Not Enough (1999), Enough (2002), Amazing Grace (2007) and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010).

Dario Argento and Goblin The Italian progressive rock band Goblin provided the soundtrack for Dario Argento's Deep Red (1975), Suspiria (1977), Tenebre (1982), Phenomena (1985) and Sleepless (2001). Argento did not direct Dawn of the Dead (1978), but he and Goblin both contributed to the soundtrack. Goblin member Claudio Simonetti continued to work with Argento after the band's dissolution, and provided soundtracks for Opera (1987), The Card Player (2004), The Mother of Tears (2007), Dracula 3D (2012), the Masters of Horror episodes "Jenifer" (2005) and "Pelts" (2006), and the film Demons (1985), which Argento wrote and produced, but did not direct.

Director Composer Title
Darren Aronofsky Clint Mansell Pi (1998)
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
The Fountain (2006)
The Wrestler (2008)
Black Swan (2010)
Noah (2014)

Richard Attenborough and George Fenton Gandhi (1982), Cry Freedom (1987), Shadowlands (1993), In Love and War (1996) and Grey Owl (1999).

Jon Avnet and Thomas Newman Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), The War (1994) Up Close and Personal (1996) and Red Corner (1997).


John Badham and Arthur B. Rubinstein Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981), Blue Thunder (1983), WarGames (1983), Stakeout (1987), The Hard Way (1991), Another Stakeout (1993) and Nick of Time (1995).

John Badham and Hans Zimmer Bird on a Wire (1990), Point of No Return (1993) and Drop Zone (1994).

Stuart Baird and Jerry Goldsmith Baird and Goldsmith collaborated in the only three movies the former, primarily a film editor, ever directed; Executive Decision, U. S. Marshals, and Star Trek Nemesis (Goldsmith also composed four other films in the same series before his death, those being The Motion Picture, The Final Frontier, First Contact, and Insurrection, in addition to providing the themes to The Next Generation and Voyager.)

Director Composer Title
Michael Bay Steve Jablonsky The Island (2005)
Transformers (2007)
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)
Trevor Rabin Armageddon (1998)
Bad Boys II (2003)

Josh Becker and Joseph LoDuca Thou Shalt Not Kill... Except (1987), Lunatics: A Love Story (1991), Hercules in the Maze of the Minotaur (1994), Running Time (1997) and Alien Apocalypse (2005).

Bruce Beresford and Georges Delerue Crimes of the Heart (1986), Her Alibi (1989), Mister Johnson (1990), Black Robe (1991) and Rich in Love (1993)

Bernardo Bertolucci and Ryuichi Sakamoto The Last Emperor (1987), The Sheltering Sky (1990) and Little Buddha (1993).

Luc Besson and Éric Serra Éric Serra has scored every film directed by Luc Besson except Angel-A. These include Le Dernier Combat, Subway, Le Grand Bleu, Nikita, Atlantis, Léon, The Fifth Element, Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc and Arthur and the Minimoys.

Director Composer Title
Brad Bird Michael Giacchino The Incredibles (2004)
Ratatouille (2007)
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)
Tomorrowland (2015)

Jan de Bont and Mark Mancina Speed (1994), Twister (1996) and Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997).

Danny Boyle and John Murphy 28 Days Later (2002), Millions (2005) and Sunshine (2007).

Danny Boyle and A. R. Rahman Slumdog Millionaire (2008) and 127 Hours (2010).

Director Composer Films
Tim Burton Danny Elfman Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985)
Beetlejuice (1988)
Batman (1989)
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Batman Returns (1992)
Mars Attacks! (1996)
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Planet of the Apes (2001)
Big Fish (2003)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Corpse Bride (2005)
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Dark Shadows (2012)
Frankenweenie (2012)
Big Eyes (2014)
Howard Shore Ed Wood (1994)
Stephen Sondheim Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

Kenneth Branagh and Patrick Doyle Henry V (1989), Dead Again (1991), Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994), Hamlet (1996), Love's Labour's Lost (2000), As You Like It (2006), Thor (2011), and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2013)

Mel Brooks and John Morris The Producers (1968), The Twelve Chairs (1970), Young Frankenstein (1974), Blazing Saddles (1974), Silent Movie (1976), High Anxiety (1978), History of the World, Part I (1981), Spaceballs (1987) and Life Stinks (1991).

Director Composer Title
James L. Brooks Hans Zimmer I'll Do Anything (1994)
As Good As It Gets (1997)
Spanglish (2004)
How Do You Know (2010)

Martin Brest and Thomas Newman Scent of a Woman (1992) and Meet Joe Black (1998).


Christopher Cain and William Ross The Amazing Panda Adventure (1995) and September Dawn (2007).

James Cameron and Brad Fiedel The Terminator (1984), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), and True Lies, (1994).

James Cameron and James Horner Aliens (1986), Titanic (1997), and Avatar (2009)

John Carpenter and John Carpenter Dark Star (1974), Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), Halloween (1978), The Fog (1980), Escape from New York (1981), Christine (1983), Big Trouble in Little China (1986), Prince of Darkness (1987), They Live (1988), Body Bags (1993), In the Mouth of Madness (1994), Village of the Damned (1995), Escape from L.A. (1996), Vampires (1998) and Ghosts of Mars (2001).

Nick Cassavetes and Aaron Zigman John Q. (2002), The Notebook (2004), Alpha Dog (2006) and My Sister's Keeper (2009).

Peter Chelsom and John Altman Hear My Song (1991), Funny Bones (1995) and Shall We Dance (2004).

Michael Cimino and David Mansfield Heaven's Gate (1980), Year of the Dragon (1985), The Sicilian (1987) and Desperate Hours (1990).

Coen Brothers and Carter Burwell Burwell has scored the Coens' Blood Simple (1984), Raising Arizona (1987), Miller's Crossing (1990), Barton Fink (1991), The Hudsucker Proxy (1994), Fargo (1996), The Big Lebowski (1998), The Man Who Wasn't There (2001) Intolerable Cruelty (2003), The Ladykillers (2004), No Country for Old Men (2007), Burn After Reading (2008) and True Grit (2010), and is credited for "additional music" on O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000).

Director Composer Title
Rob Cohen Randy Edelman Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993)
Dragonheart (1996)
Daylight (1996)
The Skulls (2000)
xXx (2002)
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)

Chris Columbus and John Williams Home Alone (1990), Home Alone 2 (1992), Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002).

Francis Ford Coppola and Carmine Coppola Francis Ford Coppola's father, Carmine, scored several of his son's films made for American Zoetrope studios: The Godfather Part II (1974), Apocalypse Now (1979), The Outsiders (1983), Gardens of Stone (1987), New York Stories (1989) and The Godfather Part III (1990).

Alex Cox and Pray for Rain Pray for Rain scored Cox's Straight to Hell (1987), Death and the Compass (1992) and Three Businessmen (1998), and were among the contributors to the score of Sid and Nancy (1986). Their original score for Cox's The Winner (1996) was replaced when the film was edited by its producers into a version Cox disowned.

Wes Craven and Marco Beltrami Scream (1996), Scream 2 (1997), Scream 3 (2000), Cursed (2005), Red Eye (2005), My Soul to Take (2010), and Scream 4 (2011).

Michael Crichton and Jerry Goldsmith Coma (1978), The First Great Train Robbery (1979), Runaway (1984), and The 13th Warrior (1999), which was co-produced by Michael Crichton and partly directed by him (uncredited). Jerry Goldsmith also scored Congo and Timeline, which were based on novels by Michael Crichton. Goldsmith's score for Timeline was ultimately replaced with one composed by Brian Tyler, when the movie was heavily re-edited several times and Goldsmith finally did not feel like investing any more time in the project.

David Cronenberg and Howard Shore All of Cronenberg's films since The Brood in 1979 have been scored by Shore, except for The Dead Zone (1983), which was scored by Michael Kamen. They are both from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Cameron Crowe and Nancy Wilson Almost Famous (2000), Vanilla Sky (2001) and Elizabethtown (2005).


Director Composer Title
Joe Dante Pino Donaggio Piranha (1978)
The Howling (1981)
Jerry Goldsmith Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
Gremlins (1984)
Explorers (1985)
Innerspace (1987)
The 'Burbs (1989)
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
Matinee (1993)
Small Soldiers (1998)
Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)

Frank Darabont and Thomas Newman The Shawshank Redemption (1994), and The Green Mile (1999), both were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Score

Frank Darabont and Mark Isham The Majestic (2001) and The Mist (2007).

Brian De Palma and Pino Donaggio Carrie (1976), Home Movies (1979), Dressed to Kill (1980), Blow Out (1981), Body Double (1984), Raising Cain (1992), and Passion (2012).

Jonathan Demme and Rachel Portman Beloved (1998), The Truth About Charlie (2002) and The Manchurian Candidate (2004).

Director Composer Title
Danny DeVito David Newman Throw Momma from the Train (1987)
The War of the Roses (1989)
Hoffa (1992)
Matilda (1996)
Death to Smoochy (2002)
Duplex (2003)

Walt Disney Studios and Sherman Brothers Brothers Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman contributed songs to several Disney films. Directors included Wolfgang Reitherman: The Sword in the Stone (1963), The Jungle Book (1967), and The Aristocats (1970); Robert Stevenson: Mary Poppins (1964) and Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971); and Norman Tokar: Big Red (1962) and The Happiest Millionaire (1967). They also composed the tune "It's a Small World" for the Disneyland theme park.

Walt Disney Studios and John Debney The Emperor's New Groove and Chicken Little, both directed by Mark Dindal.

Walt Disney Studios and James Newton Howard Dinosaur (film) (2000), Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001), and Treasure Planet (2002), filling in for the original composer choice, Alan Silvestri, who had other commitments with Lilo & Stitch the same year.

Walt Disney Studios and Henry Jackman Winnie the Pooh, Wreck-It Ralph, and Big Hero 6.

Walt Disney Studios and Mark Mancina Tarzan and Brother Bear, both with Phil Collins performing their songs.

Walt Disney Studios and Alan Menken Alan Menken and Howard Ashman- both famous previously for several Broadway hits- began a long collaboration with Disney, considered by many to be among the animated franchise's best, bringing popularity back to the films starting with The Little Mermaid (1989) and Beauty and the Beast (1991). Unfortunately, Ashaman died of AIDS before the release of Beauty... and during production of Aladdin (1992). A dedication at the end Beauty... is made in his honor.

Menken, however, continued on composing the music for Aladdin, Pocahontas (1995), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), Hercules (1997), Home on the Range (2004), and Enchanted (2007), though with different people composing the lyrics in Ashman's place, notably Stephen Schwartz (two times). He also recently scored the music for the animation film Tangled (2010).

Roger Donaldson and J. Peter Robinson Cocktail (1988), Cadillac Man (1990), The World's Fastest Indian (2005) and The Bank Job (2008).

Richard Donner and Michael Kamen Lethal Weapon (1987), Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) and Lethal Weapon 4 (1998). Kamen composed a score to Assassins (1995), but was rejected and was replaced by Mark Mancina.

Dennis Dugan and Rupert Gregson-Williams I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007), You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008), Grown Ups (2010), Just Go With It (2011) and Jack and Jill (2011).

Christian Duguay and Normand Corbeil Screamers (1995), The Assignment (1997), The Art of War (2000) and Extreme Ops (2002).


Clint Eastwood and Lennie Niehaus Niehaus and Eastwood worked together on melodrama movies: Pale Rider (1985), Heartbreak Ridge (1986), Bird (1988), White Hunter, Black Heart (1990), The Rookie (1990), Unforgiven (1992), A Perfect World (1993), The Bridges of Madison County (1995), Absolute Power (1997), Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997), True Crime (1999), Space Cowboys (2000) and Blood Work (2002).

Blake Edwards and Henry Mancini Collaborated many times, including the Pink Panther series and Breakfast at Tiffany's.

Atom Egoyan and Mychael Danna Danna has scored Egoyan's Family Viewing (1987), Speaking Parts (1989), The Adjuster (1991), Exotica (1994), The Sweet Hereafter (1997), Felicia's Journey (1999), Ararat (2002) and Where the Truth Lies (2005).

Sergei Eisenstein and Sergei Prokofiev Eisenstein and Prokofiev collaborated on Alexander Nevsky and Ivan the Terrible Parts One and Two.

Roland Emmerich and David Arnold Stargate (1994), Independence Day (1996) and Godzilla (1998).

Roland Emmerich and Harald Kloser The Thirteenth Floor (1999), The Day After Tomorrow (2004), 10,000 BC (2008), 2012 (2009), Anonymous (2011), and White House Down (2013)


Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Peer Raben Provided music for nearly all of his films, here are the most famous examples: Love Is Colder Than Death (1969), Katzelmacher (1969), Fox and His Friends (1974), Mother Küsters' Trip to Heaven (1975), The Marriage of Maria Braun (1978), The Third Generation (1979), Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980), Lola (1981), Veronika Voss (1982) and Querelle (1982)

Federico Fellini and Nino Rota Fellini and Rota collaborated on 15 films, from The White Sheik in 1952 to Federico Fellini's Orchestra Rehearsal in 1978.

Andy Fickman and Nathan Wang Who's Your Daddy? (2004), Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical (2005), She's the Man (2006), The Game Plan (2007) and You Again (2010)

David Fincher and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross The Social Network (2010), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), and Gone Girl (2014)

David Fincher and Howard Shore Seven (1995), The Game (1997) and Panic Room (2002).

James Foley and Carter Burwell Two Bits (1995), Fear (1996), The Chamber (1996) and The Corruptor (1999).

Bob Fosse and Ralph Burns Lenny (1974), All That Jazz (1979) and Star 80 (1983).

David Frankel and Theodore Shapiro The Devil Wears Prada (2006) and Marley & Me (2008).

John Frankenheimer and Gary Chang 52 Pick-Up (1986), Dead Bang (1989), Against the Wall (1994), The Burning Season (1994), Andersonville (1996), The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996), George Wallace (1997) and Path to War (2002).

Richard Franklin and Brian May Patrick (1978), Roadgames (1981) and Cloak & Dagger (1984).

William Friedkin and Jack Nitzsche Nitzsche and Friedkin collaborates with two movies: The Exorcist (1973) and Cruising (1980).


Terry Gilliam and Michael Kamen Brazil (1985), The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988) and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998).

David S. Goyer and Ramin Djawadi Blade: Trinity (2004) and The Unborn (2009).

Peter Greenaway and Michael Nyman The Falls (1979), The Draughtsman's Contract (1982), A Zed and Two Noughts (1985), Drowning by Numbers (1988), The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989) and Prospero's Books (1990).

Paul Greengrass and John Powell The Bourne Supremacy (2004), United 93 (2006), The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), Green Zone (2010).


Taylor Hackford and Michel Colombier Against All Odds (1984) and White Nights (1985).

Curtis Hanson and Jerry Goldsmith The River Wild (1994) and L.A. Confidential (1997).

Curtis Hanson and Christopher Young Wonder Boys (2000) and Lucky You (2007).

Catherine Hardwicke and Mark Mothersbaugh Thirteen (2003) and Lords of Dogtown (2005).

Renny Harlin and Trevor Rabin Deep Blue Sea (1999), Exorcist: The Beginning (2004) and 12 Rounds (2009).

Hal Hartley and Hal Hartley Surviving Desire (1991), Ambition (1991), Theory of Achievement (1991), Simple Men (1992), Opera No. 1 (1994), Amateur (1994), Flirt (1995), Henry Fool (1997), Kimono (2000), No Such Thing (2001), The Girl from Monday (2005), Fay Grim (2006) and The Apologies (2010).

Stephen Herek and Michael Kamen The Three Musketeers (1993), Mr. Holland's Opus (1995) and 101 Dalmatians (1996).

Stephen Herek and David Newman Critters (1986), Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989), Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991), The Mighty Ducks (1992), Life or Something Like It (2002) and Man of the House (2005).

Mark Herman and Trevor Jones Blame it on the Bellboy (1992) and Brassed Off (1996).

Rowdy Herrington and Brad Fiedel Gladiator (1992) and Striking Distance (1993).

Jim Henson and Trevor Jones The Dark Crystal (1982) and Labyrinth (1986).

Mark Herman and John Altman Little Voice (1998) and Hope Springs (2003).

John Herzfeld and Anthony Marinelli 2 Days in the Valley (1996) and 15 Minutes (2001).

Werner Herzog and Popol Vuh Popol Vuh provided original music for Herzog's feature films Aguirre, Wrath of God (1972), Heart of Glass (1976), Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (1979), Fitzcarraldo (1982) and Cobra Verde (1987), and for his documentaries The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner (1974), Gasherbrum - Der leuchtende Berg (1984) and My Best Fiend (1999).

Walter Hill and Ry Cooder The Long Riders (1980), Southern Comfort (1981), Streets of Fire (1984), Brewster's Millions (1985), Crossroads (1986), Johnny Handsome (1989), Trespass (1992), Geronimo: An American Legend (1993) and Last Man Standing (1996).

Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann Herrmann composed the scores for Hitchcock's The Trouble with Harry (1955), The Wrong Man (1956), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), Vertigo (1958), North by Northwest (1959), Psycho (1960), and Marnie (1965). In addition, Herrmann served as "sound consultant" on The Birds (1963), which does not use a musical score per se.

Agnieszka Holland and Jan A.P. Kaczmarek Total Eclipse (1995), Washington Square (1997) and The Third Miracle (1999).

Ron Howard and James Horner Cocoon (1985), Willow (1988), Apollo 13 (1995), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), A Beautiful Mind (2001) and The Missing (2003)

Ishirō Honda and Akira Ifukube Partnered on 20 films including Gojira (1954), Rodan (1956), The Mysterians (1957), King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962), Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964), Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965), Destroy All Monsters (1968), War of the Gargantuas (1970)

Director Composer Title
John Hughes Ira Newborn Sixteen Candles (1984)
Weird Science (1985)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)
Uncle Buck (1989)

John Huston and Alex North The Misfits (1961), Under the Volcano (1984), Prizzi's Honor (1985), and The Dead (1987).


Peter Jackson and Howard Shore The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013), and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014). Shore was slated to compose Jackson's remake of King Kong, but his score was rejected due to "creative differences". The film was ultimately scored by James Newton Howard.

Joe Johnston and James Horner Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989), The Rocketeer (1991), The Pagemaster (1994), and Jumanji (1995)

Neil Jordan and Elliot Goldenthal Interview with the Vampire (1994), Michael Collins (1996), The Butcher Boy (1997), In Dreams (1999) and The Good Thief (2002).


Director Composer Films
Lawrence Kasdan James Newton Howard Grand Canyon (1991)
Wyatt Earp (1994)
French Kiss (1995)
Mumford (1999)
Dreamcatcher (2003)
Darling Companion (2012)

Krzysztof Kieslowski and Zbigniew Preisner Preisner scored Kieslowski's No End (1984), The Decalogue (1988), The Double Life of Véronique (1991) and the Three Colors Trilogy (1993-4). In Véronique and Three Colours, his work sometimes appears as that of the fictitious Van den Budenmayer.

Masaki Kobayashi and Toru Takemitsu Takemitsu scored ten of Kobayashi's pictures, beginning with The Inheritance (1962) and ending with '"Family Without a Dinner Table (1985)

Takeshi Kitano and Joe Hisaishi

Hisaishi scored many of Kitano's pictures, beginning with A Scene at the Sea (1991) and ending with Dolls (2002)

Satoshi Kon and Susumu Hirasawa Millennium Actress (2001), Paprika (2006) and Dreaming Machine. Also his only TV series Paranoia Agent (2004).

Zoltan Korda and Miklós Rózsa The Four Feathers (1939), The Jungle Book (1942), Sahara (1943), The Macomber Affair (1947) and A Woman's Vengeance (1948).

Emir Kusturica and Goran Bregovic Bregovic scored Kusturica's Time of the Gypsies (1988), Arizona Dream (1993), Underground (1995).

Director Composer Films
Ken Kwapis Cliff Eidelman The Beautician and the Beast (1997)
The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (2005)
He's Just Not That Into You (2009)
Big Miracle (2012)


John Landis and Elmer Bernstein Bernstein has composed ironically bravado "classic Hollywood" scores for Landis comedies as Three Amigos and Animal House, while also providing the incidental music for such Landis projects as the music video for Michael Jackson's "Thriller".

John Landis and Ira Newborn Into the Night (1985), Amazon Women on the Moon (1987), and Innocent Blood (1992).

John Lasseter and Randy Newman Toy Story (1995), A Bug's Life (1998), Toy Story 2 (1999), and Cars (2006).

Francis Lawrence and James Newton Howard I Am Legend (2007), Water for Elephants (2011), and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

David Lean and Maurice Jarre Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago, (1965), and A Passage to India (1984), .

Malcolm D. Lee and Stanley Clarke The Best Man (1999), Undercover Brother (2002), Roll Bounce (2005) and Soul Men (2008)

Spike Lee and Terence Blanchard Blanchard has scored many of Spike Lee's films; the collaboration beginning with Jungle Fever.

Michael Lembeck and George S. Clinton The Santa Clause 2 (2002), The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006) and Tooth Fairy (2010).

Rob Letterman and Henry Jackman Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) and Gulliver's Travels (2010).

Director Composer Title
Brian Levant David Newman The Flintstones (1994)
Jingle All the Way (1996)
The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000)
Are We There Yet?
Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins (2009)
The Spy Next Door (2010)
Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster (2010)
A Christmas Story 2 (2012)
Director Composer Title
Shawn Levy Christophe Beck Big Fat Liar (2002)
Just Married (2003)
Cheaper by the Dozen (2003)
The Pink Panther (2006)
Date Night (2010)
Alan Silvestri Night at the Museum (2006)
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014)

Sergio Leone and Ennio Morricone Morricone scored all Leone's films from A Fistful of Dollars (1964) to his last, Once Upon a Time in America (1984).

Barry Levinson and Ennio Morricone Bugsy (1991) and Disclosure (1994).

Barry Levinson and Randy Newman The Natural (1984) and Avalon (1990).

Barry Levinson and Hans Zimmer Rain Man (1988), Toys (1992) and An Everlasting Piece (2000).

Director Composer Title
George Lucas John Williams Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)

William Lustig and Jay Chattaway Maniac (1980), Vigilante (1983), Maniac Cop (1988), Relentless (1989) and Maniac Cop 2 (1990).

David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti Badalamenti scored Blue Velvet (1986), Wild at Heart (1990), Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1993), Lost Highway (1997) and Mulholland Drive (2001) for Lynch, as well as the television series Twin Peaks.

Adrian Lyne and Giorgio Moroder Foxes (1980) and Flashdance (1983).


John Madden and Thomas Newman The Debt (2010) and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011).

John Madden and Stephen Warbeck Mrs. Brown (1997), Shakespeare in Love (1998), Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001) and Proof (2005).

Michael Mann and Pieter Bourke and Lisa Gerrard The Insider (1999) and Ali (2001).

Michael Mann and Elliot Goldenthal Heat (1995) and Public Enemies (2009).

Richard Marquand and John Barry Until September (1984), Jagged Edge (1985) and Hearts of Fire (1987).

Garry Marshall and John Debney The Princess Diaries (2001), Raising Helen (2004), The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004), Georgia Rule (2007) and Valentine's Day (2010).

Michael McGowan and Andrew Lockington Saint Ralph (2004), Left Coast (2008) and One Week (2008).

Douglas McGrath and Rachel Portman Emma (1996), Nicholas Nickleby (2002) and Infamous (2006).

John McTiernan and Bill Conti Nomads (1986) and The Thomas Crown Affair (1999).

John McTiernan and Jerry Goldsmith Medicine Man (1992) and The 13th Warrior (1999).

John McTiernan and Michael Kamen Die Hard (1988), Last Action Hero (1993) and Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995).

Sam Mendes and Thomas Newman American Beauty (1999), Road to Perdition (2002), Jarhead (2005), Revolutionary Road (2008), Skyfall (2012). Away We Go (2009) was the first film of Mendes without an original score by Newman. Instead, the score to Away We Go was provided by Alexi Murdoch.

Nicholas Meyer and James Horner Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), Volunteers (1985)

John Milius and Basil Poledouris Big Wednesday (1978), Conan the Barbarian (1982), Red Dawn (1984), Conan the Destroyer (1984),Farewell to the King (1989) and Flight of the Intruder (1991).

Bennett Miller and Mychael Danna Capote (2005) and Moneyball (2011).

Anthony Minghella and Gabriel Yared The English Patient (1996), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Cold Mountain (2003) and Breaking and Entering (2006).

Hayao Miyazaki and Joe Hisaishi Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984), Castle in the Sky (1986), My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Kiki's Delivery Service (1989), Porco Rosso (1992), Princess Mononoke (1997), Spirited Away (2001), Howl's Moving Castle (2004) and Ponyo (2008).

Jonathan Mostow and Richard Marvin Flight of Black Angel (1991), U-571 (2000) and Surrogates (2009).


Mike Nichols and Carly Simon Heartburn (1986), Working Girl (1988) and Postcards from the Edge (1990).

Director Composer Title
Christopher Nolan David Julyan Following (1998)
Memento (2000)
Insomnia (2002)
The Prestige (2006)
Hans Zimmer Batman Begins (2005)
The Dark Knight (2008)
Inception (2010)
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Interstellar (2014)
the former two of which James Newton Howard helped provide additional music to.

Phillip Noyce and Graeme Revell Dead Calm (1989) and The Saint (1997).


Steve Oedekerk and Robert Folk Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995), Nothing to Lose (1997), Thumb Wars: The Phantom Cuticle (1999) and Kung Pow: Enter the Fist (2002).

Laurence Olivier and William Walton Collaborated on all of Olivier's films, except for The Prince and the Showgirl (1957).

Mamoru Oshii and Kenji Kawai The Red Spectacles (1987), Patlabor: The Movie (1989), StrayDog: Kerberos Panzer Cops (1991), Talking Head (film) (1992), Patlabor 2: The Movie (1993), Ghost in the Shell (film) (1995), Avalon (2001 film), Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004), The Sky Crawlers (2008), and Assault Girls (2009).


Alexander Payne and Rolfe Kent Citizen Ruth (1996), Election (1999), About Schmidt (2002) and Sideways (2004).

Sam Peckinpah and Jerry Fielding Straw Dogs (1971), Junior Bonner (1972), Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) and The Killer Elite (1975), Which one was not composed by the movie: The Getaway (1972), Fielding's score was rejected and was replaced by Quincy Jones.

Wolfgang Petersen and Klaus Doldinger Einer von uns beiden (1974), Planübung (1977), Das Boot (1981) and The Neverending Story (1984).

Wolfgang Petersen and James Horner The Perfect Storm (2000), Troy (2004)

Donald Petrie and John Debney My Favorite Martian (1999) and Welcome to Mooseport (2004).

Donald Petrie and David Newman How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003) and My Life in Ruins (2009).

Donald Petrie and Alan Silvestri Grumpy Old Men (1993) and Richie Rich (1994).

Roman Polanski and Wojciech Kilar Death and the Maiden (1994), The Ninth Gate (1999) and The Pianist (2002).

Roman Polanski and Krzysztof Komeda Two Men and a Wardrobe (1958), When Angels Fall (1959), The Fat and the Lean (1961), Mammals (1961), Knife in the Water (1962), "La Rivière des Diamants" sequence from the omnibus film Les Plus Belles Escroqueries du Monde (1964), Cul-de-sac (1966), The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967) and Rosemary's Baby (1968).

Roman Polanski and Philippe Sarde The Tenant (1976), Tess (1979) and Pirates (1986).

Sydney Pollack and Dave Grusin The Yakuza (1975), Three Days of the Condor (1975), Bobby Deerfield (1977), The Electric Horseman (1979), Absence of Malice (1981), Tootsie (1982), Havana (1990), The Firm (1993) and Random Hearts (1999).

Alex Proyas and Marco Beltrami I, Robot (2004) and Knowing (2009).

Barry Ptolemy and Philip Glass Transcendent Man (2011).


Sam Raimi and Danny Elfman Darkman (1990), Army of Darkness (1993), A Simple Plan (1998), Spider-Man (2002), Spider-Man 2 (2004), and Oz: The Great and Powerful (2013).

Sam Raimi and Joseph LoDuca The Evil Dead (1981), Evil Dead II (1987) and Army of Darkness (1992). LoDuca also worked on many projects produced by Raimi, including the TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess and Jack of All Trades.

Sam Raimi and Christopher Young The Gift (2000), Spider-Man 3 (2007), Drag Me to Hell (2009)

Mani Ratnam and A. R. Rahman

Roja (1992), Thiruda Thiruda (1993), Bombay (1995), Iruvar (1997), Dil Se.. (1998), Alaipayuthey (2000), Kannathil Muthamittal (2002), Aayutha Ezhuthu (2004), Yuva (2004), Guru (2007), Raavan (2010) and Raavanan (2010).

Godfrey Reggio and Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi (1982), Powaqqatsi (1988), Anima Mundi (1992) and Naqoyqatsi (2002).

Director Composer Films
Rob Reiner Marc Shaiman When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
Misery (1990)
A Few Good Men (1992)
North (1994)
The American President (1995)
Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)
The Story of Us (1999)
Alex & Emma (2003)
Rumor Has It (2005)
The Bucket List (2007)
Flipped (2010)
The Magic of Belle Isle (2012)
And So It Goes (2014)

Wolfgang Reitherman and Sherman Brothers Brothers Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman contributed songs to several films which Reitherman directed for Walt Disney Pictures, including The Sword in the Stone (1963), The Jungle Book, The Aristocats (1970), and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977). See also Walt Disney Pictures and Sherman Brothers.

Ivan Reitman and Randy Edelman Twins (1988), Ghostbusters II (1989), Kindergarten Cop (1990) and Six Days, Seven Nights (1998).

Jason Reitman and Rolfe Kent Thank You for Smoking (2005) and Up in the Air (2009).

Jay Roach and George S. Clinton Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997), Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) and Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002).

Alan Rudolph and Mark Isham Trouble in Mind (1985), Made in Heaven (1987), The Moderns (1988), Love at Large (1990), Mortal Thoughts (1991), Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994), Afterglow (1996) and Breakfast of Champions (1999).

Raúl Ruiz and Jorge Arriagada Arriagada wrote music for over 50 Ruiz films between Colloque de chiens (1977) and Night Across the Street (2012).

Jay Russell and William Ross My Dog Skip (2000), Tuck Everlasting (2002) and Ladder 49 (2004).


Franklin J. Schaffner and Jerry Goldsmith The Stripper (1963), Planet of the Apes (1968), Patton (1970), Papillon (1973), Islands in the Stream (1977), The Boys from Brazil (1978), and Lionheart (1987).

Paul Schrader and Giorgio Moroder American Gigolo (1980) and Cat People (1982).

Director Composer Films
John Schultz Richard Gibbs Like Mike (2002)
When Zachary Beaver Came to Town (2003)
The Honeymooners (2005)
Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer (2011)

Joel Schumacher and James Newton Howard Flatliners (1990), Dying Young (1991), 2000 Malibu Road (Theme music only) (1992), and Falling Down (1993).

Martin Scorsese and Elmer Bernstein Cape Fear (1991), The Age of Innocence (1993) and Bringing out the Dead (1999).

Martin Scorsese and Howard Shore After Hours (1985), Gangs of New York (2002), The Aviator (2004), The Departed (2006), and Hugo (2011)

Director Composer Films
Ridley Scott Hans Zimmer Black Rain (1989)
Thelma and Louise (1991)
Gladiator (2000)
Hannibal (2001)
Black Hawk Down (2001)
Matchstick Men (2003)
Marc Streitenfeld A Good Year (2006)
American Gangster (2007)
Body of Lies (2008)
Robin Hood (2010)
Prometheus (2012)
Director Composer Films
Tony Scott Hans Zimmer Days of Thunder (1990)
True Romance (1993)
Crimson Tide (1995)
The Fan (1996)
Harry Gregson-Williams Enemy of the State (1998)
Spy Game (2001)
The Hire: Beat the Devil (2002)
Man on Fire (2004)
Domino (2005)
Déjà Vu (2006)
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)
Unstoppable (2010)

Peter Segal and Teddy Castellucci Anger Management (2003), 50 First Dates (2004) and The Longest Yard (2005).

S. Shankar and A. R. Rahman Gentleman (1993), Kadhalan (1994), Indian (1996), Jeans (1998), Mudhalvan (1999), Nayak: The Real Hero (2001), Boys (2003), Sivaji (2007), and Enthiran (2010).

Ron Shelton and Alex Wurman Play It to the Bone (1999) and Hollywood Homicide (2003).

Director Composer Films
M. Night Shyamalan James Newton Howard The Sixth Sense (1999)
Unbreakable (2000)
Signs (2002)
The Village (2004)
Lady in the Water (2006)
The Happening (2008)
The Last Airbender (2010)
After Earth (2013)

Bryan Singer and John Ottman The Usual Suspects (1995), Apt Pupil (1998), X2 (2003), Superman Returns (2006) and Valkyrie (2008).

John Singleton and Stanley Clarke Boyz n the Hood (1991), Poetic Justice (1993) and Higher Learning (1995).

Kevin Smith and James L. Venable James L. Venable has composed music for all of Kevin Smith's films since Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001). He also composed music for Clerks the Animated Series.

Zack Snyder and Tyler Bates Dawn of the Dead (2004), 300 (2007), Watchmen (2009), and Sucker Punch (2011)

Director Composer Films
Stephen Sommers Jerry Goldsmith Deep Rising (1998)
The Mummy (1999)
Alan Silvestri The Mummy Returns (2001)
Van Helsing (2004)
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)
Director Composer Films
Barry Sonnenfeld Danny Elfman Men in Black (1997)
Men in Black II (2002)
Men in Black 3 (2012)
James Newton Howard Big Trouble (2002)
RV (2006)
Marc Shaiman The Addams Family (1991)
The Addams Family Values (1993)
Director Composer Films
Steven Spielberg Jerry Goldsmith Twilight Zone: The Movie (segment: "Kick the Can") (1983)
Quincy Jones The Color Purple (1985)
John Williams The Sugarland Express (1974)
Jaws (1975)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
1941 (1979)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Empire of the Sun (1987)
Always (1989)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Hook (1991)
Jurassic Park (1993)
Schindler's List (1993)
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
Amistad (1997)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
Minority Report (2002)
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
The Terminal (2004)
War of the Worlds (2005)
Munich (2005)
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
War Horse (2011)
Lincoln (2012)
St. James Place (2015)

Sylvester Stallone and Bill Conti Paradise Alley (1978), Rocky II (1979), Rocky III (1982) and Rocky Balboa (2006).

Sylvester Stallone and Brian Tyler Rambo (2008) and The Expendables (2010).

Andrew Stanton and Thomas Newman Finding Nemo (2003) and Wall-E (2008).

John Stockwell and Paul Haslinger Cheaters (2000), Crazy/Beautiful (2001), Blue Crush (2002), Into the Blue (2005) and Turistas (2006).

Nicholas Stoller and Lyle Workman Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) and Get Him to the Greek (2010).


Andrei Tarkovsky and Eduard Artemyev Solaris (1972), Mirror (1974) and Stalker (1979).

Andy Tennant and George Fenton Ever After (1998), Anna and the King (1999), Sweet Home Alabama (2002), Hitch (2005), Fool's Gold (2008) and The Bounty Hunter (2010).

Betty Thomas and Richard Gibbs Doctor Dolittle (1998), 28 Days (2000), I Spy (2002) and John Tucker Must Die (2006).

Giuseppe Tornatore and Ennio Morricone Cinema Paradiso (1989), Everybody's Fine (1991), Especially on Sunday (1993), A Pure Formality (1995), The Star Maker (1995), The Legend of 1900 (1998), Malèna (2000), The Disowned (2006) and Leningrad (2006).

Director Composer Films
Jon Turteltaub Trevor Rabin National Treasure (2004)
National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)
The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)


Gus Van Sant and Danny Elfman To Die For (1995), Good Will Hunting (1997), Psycho (1998), Milk (2008), Restless (2011) and "Promised Land" (2012).

Matthew Vaughn and Ilan Eshkeri Layer Cake (2004), Stardust (2007) and Kick-Ass (2010).

Gore Verbinski and Hans Zimmer Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003, Zimmer uncredited), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007), The Lone Ranger (2013).

Paul Verhoeven and Jerry Goldsmith Total Recall (1990), Basic Instinct (1992), and Hollow Man (2000).

Paul Verhoeven and Basil Poledouris Flesh & Blood (1985), RoboCop (1987) and Starship Troopers (1997).


The Wachowski Brothers and Don Davis Bound (1996), The Matrix (1999), The Matrix Reloaded (2003), and The Matrix Revolutions (2003)

Peter Weir and Maurice Jarre Dead Poets Society (1989), Witness (1985), The Mosquito Coast (1986).

Orson Welles and Bernard Herrmann Citizen Kane (1941) and The Magnificent Ambersons (1942).

Billy Wilder and Miklós Rózsa Five Graves to Cairo (1943), Double Indemnity (1944), The Lost Weekend (1945), The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) and Fedora (1978).

James Wong and Shirley Walker Final Destination (2000) and Final Destination 3 (2006).

Joe Wright and Dario Marianelli Pride & Prejudice (2005), Atonement (2007), and Anna Karenina (2012).


Director Composer Title
David Yates Alexandre Desplat Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
Nicholas Hooper Punch (1996)
The Way We Live Now (2001)
State of Play (2003)
The Young Visiters (2003)
The Girl in the Café (2005)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)


Robert Zemeckis and Alan Silvestri Zemeckis and Silvestri have collaborated on every film Zemeckis has made since Romancing the Stone (1984).

David Zucker and Ira Newborn The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988), The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991) and BASEketball (1998).

David Zucker and James L. Venable Scary Movie 3 (2003), Scary Movie 4 (2006) and An American Carol (2008).

Edward Zwick and James Newton Howard Blood Diamond (2006), Defiance (2008) and Love and Other Drugs (2010).

Terry Zwigoff and David Kitay Ghost World (2001), Bad Santa (2003) and Art School Confidential (2006).

Alejandro González Iñárritu and Gustavo Santaolalla[edit]

Babel (2006), Amores Perros (2000), and 21 Grams (2003) - Babel won an Academy Award for Best Score.

Phil Lord & Christopher Miller and Mark Mothersbaugh[edit]

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009), 21 Jump Street (2012), The Lego Movie (2014) and 22 Jump Street (2014).