Top Original Film Scores of 2016

Posted: January 9, 2017 by filmmusicreporter in Film Music News

Top 3 Favorite Movies of 2016 (in alphabetical order):

1. La La Land
2. Manchester by the Sea
3. Hacksaw Ridge

Runner-ups (in alphabetical order):

– Cafe Society
– Fences
– Lion
– Nocturnal Animals
– O.J.: Made in America
– Patriots Day
– Sully

Most Underrated Movies of 2016:

1. The Light Between Oceans
2. Bleed for This
3. Desierto
4. The Founder
5. Snowden

Here is the list of all scores we considered/experienced in context of the film (includes movies to be released in 2017 that received an awards-qualiyfing release in 2016):

10 Cloverfield Lane – Bear McCreary
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of the Benghazi – Lorne Balfe
20th Century Women – Roger Neill
The 5th Wave – Henry Jackman
The 9th Life of Louis Drax – Patrick Watson
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie – Jake Monaco
The Accountant – Mark Isham
The Adderall Diaries – Michael Andrews
Alice Through the Looking Glass – Danny Elfman
All We Had – Michael Brook
Allied – Alan Silvestri
Almost Christmas – John Paesano
Amanda Knox – Danny Bensi & Saunder Jurriaans
American Honey – No score
American Pastoral – Alexandre Desplat
The Angry Birds Movie – Heitor Pereira
Anthropoid – Robin Foster
Army of One – David Newman
Arrival – Johann Johannsson
Assassin’s Creed – Jed Kurzel
The Autopsy of Jane Doe – Danny Bensi & Saunder Jurriaans
Bad Moms – Christopher Lennertz
Bad Santa 2 – Lyle Workman
Barbershop: The Next Cut – Stanley Clarke
Barry – Danny Bensi & Saunder Jurriaans
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Hans Zimmer & Junkie XL
Ben-Hur – Marco Beltrami
The Benefactor – Danny Bensi & Saunder Jurriaans
The BFG – John Williams
A Bigger Splash – No score
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk – Mychael Danna & Jeff Danna
Bleed for This – Julia Holter
The Birth of a Nation – Henry Jackman
Blair Witch – Adam Wingard
Blood Father – Sven Faulconer
Blue Jay – Julian Wass
Born to Be Blue – David Braid, Todor Kobakov & Steve London
The Boss – Christopher Lennertz
The Boy – Bear McCreary
Bridget Jones’s Baby – Craig Armstrong
The Brothers Grimsby – David Buckley & Erran Baron Cohen
The Bronze – Andrew Feltenstein & John Nau
Cafe Society – No score
Captain America: Civil War – Henry Jackman
Captain Fantastic – Alex Somers
Cell – Marcelo Zarvos
Central Intelligence – Theodore Shapiro & Ludwig Goransson
Certain Women – Jeff Grace
The Childhood of a Leader – Scott Walker
The Choice – Marcelo Zarvos
Christine – Danny Bensi & Saunder Jurrians
Collateral Beauty – Theodore Shapiro
Colonia – Fernando Velazquez & Andre Dziezuk
The Comedian – Terence Blanchard
Complete Unknown – Danny Bensi & Saunder Jurriaans
The Confirmation – Jeff Cardoni
The Conjuring 2 – Joseph Bishara
Criminal – Brian Tyler & Keith Power
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny – Shigeru Umebayashi
The Dark Horse – Dana Lund
The Darkness – Johnny Klimek
Deadpool – Junkie XL
Deepwater Horizon – Steve Jablonsky
Demoliton – No score
Denial – Howard Shore
Desierto – Woodkid
Dirty Grandpa – Michael Andrews
The Disappointments Room – Brian Tyler
The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Joseph Trapanese
The Do-Over – Rupert Gregson-Williams
Doctor Strange – Michael Giacchino
Don’t Breathe – Roque Banos
Don’t Think Twice – Roger Neill
The Dressmaker – David Hirschfelder
The Eagle Huntress – Jingle Punks & Jeff Peters
Eddie the Eagle – Matthew Margeson
The Edge of Seventeen – Atli Orvarsson
Elle – Anne Dudley
Elvis & Nixon – Edward Shearmur
Equals – Dustin O’Halloran & Apparat
Equity – Alexis & Sam
Everybody Wants Some!! – No score
Eye in the Sky – Paul Hepker & Mark Kilian
The Family Fang – Carter Burwell
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – James Newton Howard
Fathers and Daughters – Paolo Buonvino
Fences – Marcelo Zarvos
Finding Dory – Thomas Newman
The Finest Hours – Carter Burwell
The Fits – Danny Bensi & Saunder Jurriaans
Florence Foster Jenkins – Alexandre Desplat
The Forest – Bear McCreary
The Founder – Carter Burwell
Frank & Lola – Danny Bensi & Saunder Jurriaans
Free State of Jones – Nicholas Britell
The Fundamentals of Caring – Ryan Miller
Genius – Adam Cork
Get a Job – Jonathan Sadoff
Ghostbusters – Theodore Shapiro
The Girl on the Train – Danny Elfman
Gleason – Dan Romer & Saul Simon MacWilliams
Green Room – Brooke Blair & Will Blair
Gods of Egypt – Marco Beltrami
Gold – Daniel Pemberton
The Great Gilly Hopkins – Mark Isham
Guernica – Fernando Velazquez
Hacksaw Ridge – Rupert Gregson-Williams
Hail, Caesar! – Carter Burwell
The Handmaiden – Yeong-wook Jo
Hands of Stone – Angelo Milli
Hardcore Henry – Dasha Charusha
Hell or High Water – Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
Hello, My Name Is Doris – Brian H. Kim
Hidden Figures – Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams & Benjamin Wallfisch
High-Rise – Clint Mansell
The Hollars – Josh Ritter
A Hologram for the King – Johnny Klimek & Tom Tykwer
How to Be Single – Fil Eisler
Hunt for the Wilderpeople – Moniker
The Huntsman: Winter’s War – James Newton Howard
I Saw the Light – Aaron Zigman
I.T. – Timothy Williams
Ice Age: Collision Course – John Debney
In a Valley of Violence – Jeff Grace
Imperium – Will Bates
Incarnate – Andrew Lockington
Independence Day: Resurgence – Thomas Wander & Harald Kloser
Indignation – Jay Wadley
Inferno – Hans Zimmer
The Infiltrator – Chris Hajian
The Intervention – Sara Quinn
Into the Forest – Max Richter
The Invitation – Theodore Shapiro
Jack of the Red Hearts – Danny Bensi & Saunder Jurriaans
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back – Henry Jackman
Jackie – Mica Levi
Jane Got a Gun – Lisa Gerrard & Marcello De Francisci
Jason Bourne – John Powell & David Buckley
Joshy – Devendra Banhart
The Jungle Book – John Debney
Keanu – Steve Jablonsky & Nathan Whitehead
Keeping Up with the Joneses – Jake Monaco
Kicks – Brian Reitzell
Kill Your Friends – Junkie XL
A Kind of Murder – Danny Bensi & Saunder Jurriaans
King Cobra – Tim Kvasnosky
Knight of Cups – Hanan Townshend
Krisha – Brian McOmber
Kubo and the Two Strings – Dario Marianelli
Kung Fu Panda 3 – Hans Zimmer
La La Land – Justin Hurwitz
Last Days in the Desert – Danny Bensi & Saunder Jurriaans
The Legend of Tarzan – Rupert Gregson-Williams
The Light Between Oceans – Alexandre Desplat
Lights Out – Benjamin Wallfisch
Life, Animated – T. Griffin & Dylan Stark
Lion – Dustin O’Halloran & Hauschka
Little Men – Dickon Hinchliffe
Live by Night – Harry Gregson-Williams
The Lobster – No score
London Has Fallen – Trevor Morris
Louder Than Bombs – Ola Flottum
Love & Friendship – Benjamin Esdraffo
Loving – David Wingo
Maggie’s Plan – Michael Rohatyn
The Magnificent Seven – James Horner & Simon Franglen
Man Down – Clint Mansell
The Man Who Knew Infinity – Coby Brown
Manchester By the Sea – Lesley Barber
Manhattan Night – Joel Douek
Masterminds – Geoff Zanelli
Me Before You – Craig Armstrong
Mechanic: Resurrection – Mark Isham
The Meddler – Jonathan Sadoff
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life – Jeff Cardoni
Midnight Special – David Wingo
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates – Jeff Cardoni
Miles Ahead – Robert Glasper
Miracles From Heaven – Carlo Siliotto
Misconduct – Federico Jusid
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Mike Higham & Matthew Margeson
Miss Sloane – Max Richter
Miss Stevens – Rob Simonsen
Moana – Mark Mancina
Money Monster – Dominic Lewis
The Monkey King 2 – Christopher Young
A Monster Calls – Fernando Velazquez
Moonlight – Nicholas Britell
Morgan – Max Richter
Morris from America – Keegan DeWitt
Mother’s Day – John Debney
Mr. Church – Mark Isham
Mr. Right – Aaron Zigman
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 – Christopher Lennertz
My Life as a Zucchini – Sophie Hunger
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising – Michael Andrews
The Neon Demon – Cliff Martinez
Nerve – Rob Simonsen
The Nice Guys – John Ottman & David Buckley
Nina – Roy Folguera
Nine Lives – Evgueni & Sacha Galperine
No Stranger Than Love – Geoff Zanelli
Nocturnal Animals – Abel Korzeniowski
Now You See Me 2 – Brian Tyler
O.J.: Made in America – Gary Lionelli
Office Christmas Party – Theodore Shapiro
One More Time – Joe McGinty
Ordinary World – Dickon Hinchliffe
Ouija: Origin of Evil – The Newton Brothers
Our Kind of Traitor – Marcelo Zarvos
Other People – Julian Wass
Outlaws & Angels – Colin Stetson
Papa: Hemingway in Cuba – Mark Isham
Passengers – Thomas Newman
Paterson – Carter Logan
Patriots Day – Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
Pele: Birth of a Legend – A.R. Rahman
Pete’s Dragon – Daniel Hart
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping – Matthew Compton
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – Fernando Velazquez
The Program – Alex Heffes
The Purge: Anarchy – Nathan Whitehead
Queen of Katwe – Alex Heffes
Race – Rachel Portman
The Red Turtle – Laurent Perez Del Mar
Regression – Roque Banos
Risen – Roque Banos
Ride Along 2 – Christopher Lennertz
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Michael Giacchino
Rules Don’t Apply – No score
Sausage Party – Christopher Lennertz & Alan Menken
The Secret Life of Pets – Alexandre Desplat
The Sea of Trees – Mason Bates
Search Party – Craig Wedren
Septembers of Shiraz – Mark Isham
The Shallows – Marco Beltrami
Shut In – Nathaniel Mechaly
The Siege of Jadotville – Joseph Trapanese
Silence – Kim Allen Kluge & Katherine Kluge
Sing – Joby Talbot
Sing Street – John Carney
Snowden – Craig Armstrong & Adam Peters
Solace – BT
Southside With You – Stephen James Taylor
Star Trek Beyond – Michael Giacchino
Storks – Mychael Danna & Jeff Danna
Suicide Squad – Steven Price
Sully – Christian Jacob & The Tierney Sutton Band
Swiss Army Man – Andy Hull & Robert McDowell
The Take – Alex Heffes
Tale of Tales – Alexandre Desplat
Tallulah – Michael Brook
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows – Steve Jablonsky
Term Life – Dave Porter
Toni Erdmann – No score
Triple 9 – Atticus Ross, Claudia Sarne & Leopold Ross and Bobby Krlic
Trolls – Christophe Beck
True Memoirs of an International Assassin – Ludwig Goransson
The Trust – Reza Safinia
Tumbledown – Daniel Hart & Damien Jurado
Under the Gun – Brian Tyler
Viral – Rob Simonsen
Voyage of Time – Hanan Townshend & Simon Franglen
War Dogs – Cliff Martinez
Warcraft – Ramin Djawadi
Weiner – Jeff Beal
When the Bough Breaks – John Frizzell
Why Him? – Theodore Shapiro
Wiener-Dog – Nathan Larson & James Lavino
The Wild Life – Ramin Djawadi
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot – Nick Urata
The Whole Truth – Sacha & Evgueni Galperine
The Witch – Mark Korven
X-Men: Apocalypse – John Ottman
The Young Messiah – John Debney
Zoolander 2 – Theodore Shapiro
Zootopia – Michael Giacchino

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