The 25 Most Beautiful Scores to Write To

I don’t talk about music often. I listen to it constantly, and my tastes are eclectic, but there is something very personal about the melodies that speak to me. Music is vital to my creative process, and as a writer, I find it invaluable. Film and television scores are a particular weakness of mine, and sometimes I have to watch a movie more than once simply because the first time all I did was lose myself in the composer’s creation. That being said, I’ve been writing a lot of fanfiction recently, and have opened up to my fellow writers about the kind of music that helps me immerse myself in the story.

Here are my top twenty-five scores to write to, in a very vague sort of order. Please note that I have combined certain series to save room on the list (it’s not cheating if the movies in a trilogy have the same composer!). Enjoy!

25.) Gone with the Wind by Max Steiner

24.) Meet Joe Black by Thomas Newman

23.) Ben Hur by Miklos Rozsa

22.) Titanic by James Horner

21.) Maleficent by James Newton Howard

20.) Escaflowne by Hajime Mizoguchi, Yoko Kanno, and Maaya Sakamoto

19.) Thor: The Dark World by Brian Tyler

18.) Little Women by Thomas Newman

17.) Gladiator by Hans Zimmer

16.) The Lion King by Hans Zimmer

15.) Merlin Series 4 by Robert Lane

14.) Amélie by Yann Tiersen

13.) Romeo & Juliet by Abel Korzeniowski

12.) Princess Mononoke by Joe Hisaishi

11.) El Cid by Miklos Rozsa

10.) Pride and Prejudice by Dario Marianelli

9.) The Island by Steve Jablonsky

8.) Doctor Who Series 6 by Murray Gold

7.) The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by Harry Gregson Williams

6.) Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy by Hans Zimmer

5.) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 & 2 by Alexandre Desplat

4.) Games of Thrones Season 3 by Ramin Djawadi

3.) The Hobbit Trilogy by Howard Shore

2.) The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by Howard Shore

1.) How to Train Your Dragon by John Powell


Bonus Track: First off, if you haven’t seen Guardians of the Galaxy, get your ass to the cinema. Second, lend an ear to “Black Tears” from the thrilling score by Tyler Bates.


Until next time,

The Collected Mutineer


  1. thenovelprojectchronicles

    Oh yes, what an awesome post. 🙂 I love love love film and TV scores. I listened to the following on a loop when I was in the darkest throes of my PhD thesis

    1) Inception
    2) Gladiator
    3) Drive
    4) Sunshine
    5) The Island
    6) The Da Vinci Code
    7) Amelie
    8) Last of the Mohicans
    9) Sherlock Holmes
    10) Basically anything by Hans Zimmer.

    I’m sure there was more but those are the ones I can remember. I have since come to love the Game of Thrones Soundtrack too 🙂

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