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Not sure if this topic belongs here or under "Banter" as with the other music threads, or if many other people collect or pay attention to film scores. In any case, here are my top 10, with the level of exposure playing a heavy role in ranking.

10. Basil Poledouris

9. John Barry

8. Michael Giacchino

7. Trevor Jones

6. Alexandre Desplat

5 & 4 (tie) Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard (like them both separately and together, though lately I've been less keen on some of Zimmer's recent output)

3. Patrick Doyle

2. John Williams

1. Howard Shore

Honorable Mentions: Bernard Herrmann, Alan Menken

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No order to mine:

John Carpenter

Angelo Badalamenti

Fabio Frizzi

Goblin

Ennio Morricone

Steve Moore

Basil Poledouris

Tangerine Dream

Vangelis

Simon Boswell

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Max Steiner (King Kong, The Searchers), Franz Waxman (Bride of Frankenstein, Rebecca, Sunset Boulevard), Bernard Herrmann (Citizen Kane, Vertigo, Taxi Driver), Elmer Bernstein (The Man with the Golden Arm, Sweet Smell of Success), John Carpenter (Assault on Precinct 13, Halloween, The Fog), Pino Donaggio (Carrie, Blow Out, Body Double), Tangerine Dream (Sorcerer, Thief), Vangelis (Blade Runner), Howard Shore (Dead Ringers, Naked Lunch, Crash, The Lord of the Rings), Clint Mansell (The Fountain)

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A few that haven't been mentioned:

Cliff Martinez

Daft Punk

Danny Elfman

David Shire

Heather McIntosh

Jonny Greenwood

Michael Kamen

Nicholas Hooper

Shane Carruth

Trent Reznor

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Danny Elfman is my favorite. All his Burton collaborations, his comic book stuff, Nightmare Before Christmas. 

Mychael Danna and Rob Simonsen did a great score in 500 Days of Summer, I'd be interested to hear other stuff by them.

Michael Giacchino's a good one, very diverse in what he produces.

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Nick Cave and Warren Ellis have done some superb work. Their score for The Assassination of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford is a personal favourite.

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