James Newton Howard

James Newton Howard

Highest Rated: 96% The Fugitive (1993)

Lowest Rated: 5% The Last Airbender (2010)

Birthday: Jun 9, 1951

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

An incredibly prolific and versatile composer, James Newton Howard scored a dizzying array of popular and critically acclaimed films, beginning with "Pretty Woman" (1990), "The Prince of Tides" (1991), "The Fugitive" (1993) and "Wyatt Earp" (1994), through "The Sixth Sense" (1999) "Batman Begins" (2005), "King Kong" (2005) and "I am Legend" (2007). Howard - who first sat down at a piano at age two - went on to earn a degree in music and orchestration from the University of Southern California's School of Music, and could have, theoretically, dove right into movie scoring - except for a midstream diversion as a remarkable pop musician in the 1970s, playing keyboards for Elton John, Cher and Toto, among others. Inspiring the loyalty of many prominent filmmakers, Howard enjoyed ongoing working relationships with Lawrence Kasdan, M. Night Shyamalan and sometime director, Kevin Costner. With sweeping scores drawing upon his early exposure to Beethoven and Bach, and melodies informed by his brief but potent career in pop rock, Howard's scores literally resonated with millions of moviegoers, even if household name recognition continued to elude him. But with his stated growing interested in more ambitious themes and unusual arrangements - coupled with his Oscar-nominated score for the George Clooney legal thriller "Michael Clayton" (2007) - many in the industry believed his best work was still yet to come.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
62% 92% Jungle Cruise Original Music $116.8M 2021
94% 97% Raya and the Last Dragon Original Music $54.7M 2021
88% 89% News of the World Original Music $12.7M 2020
81% 72% A Hidden Life Original Music $1.7M 2019
36% 54% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Original Music $159.4M 2018
32% 34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Original Music $54.8M 2018
45% 49% Red Sparrow Original Music $46.7M 2018
54% 53% Roman J. Israel, Esq. Original Music $11.7M 2017
82% 79% Detroit Original Music $16.8M 2017
74% 79% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Original Music $234.0M 2016
20% 45% The Huntsman: Winter's War Original Music $48.0M 2016
58% 74% Concussion Original Music $33.8M 2015
69% 66% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 Original Music $281.7M 2015
36% 29% Cut Bank Original Music - 2014
95% 86% Nightcrawler Original Music $32.4M 2014
54% 70% Maleficent Original Music $241.4M 2014
69% 71% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 Original Music - 2014
90% 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Original Music - 2013
50% 47% Parkland Original Music $652.4K 2013
11% 36% After Earth Original Music $60.5M 2013
55% 58% The Bourne Legacy Original Music $113.2M 2012
49% 52% Snow White and the Huntsman Original Music $155.1M 2012
84% 81% The Hunger Games Original Music $408.0M 2012
37% 41% Larry Crowne Original Music $35.6M 2011
26% 45% Green Lantern Original Music $116.6M 2011
60% 70% Water for Elephants Original Music $58.7M 2011
55% 54% Gnomeo & Juliet Original Music - 2011
44% 43% The Green Hornet Original Music $98.8M 2011
20% 42% The Tourist Original Music $67.6M 2010
49% 53% Love & Other Drugs Original Music $32.4M 2010
75% 55% Nanny McPhee Returns Original Music $29.0M 2010
61% 59% Salt Original Music - 2010
5% 30% The Last Airbender Original Music $131.6M 2010
65% 37% Duplicity Original Music $40.6M 2009
26% 49% Confessions of a Shopaholic Original Music $44.3M 2009
83% 74% Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love Original Music $167.4K 2008
58% 72% Defiance Original Music $28.6M 2008
94% 94% The Dark Knight Original Music $2.0M 2008
18% 24% The Happening Original Music $64.5M 2008
22% 48% Mad Money Original Music $20.7M 2008
80% 86% The Great Debaters Original Music $30.2M 2007
74% 62% The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep Original Music $40.4M 2007
82% 73% Charlie Wilson's War Original Music $66.6M 2007
68% 68% I Am Legend Original Music $256.4M 2007
91% 69% Michael Clayton Original Music $49.0M 2007
87% 74% The Lookout Composer $4.6M 2007
63% 90% Blood Diamond Original Music $57.4M 2006
25% 49% Lady in the Water Composer $42.3M 2006
24% 45% RV Composer $71.4M 2006
23% 25% Freedomland Composer $12.5M 2006
57% 54% The Interpreter Original Music $72.5M 2005
43% 57% The Village Original Music $114.2M 2004
46% 65% Secret Window Original Music $47.8M 2004
46% 64% Hidalgo Original Music $67.3M 2004
28% 35% Dreamcatcher Composer $33.7M 2003
14% 68% Unconditional Love Original Music - 2002
50% 67% The Emperor's Club Original Music $14.1M 2002
74% 67% Signs Original Music $228.0M 2002
48% 54% Big Trouble Original Music $7.3M 2002
32% 40% America's Sweethearts Original Music $93.6M 2001
49% 54% Atlantis: The Lost Empire Original Music - 2001
48% 41% Vertical Limit Original Music $68.5M 2000
70% 77% Unbreakable Original Music $95.0M 2000
64% 48% Dinosaur Original Music $137.7M 2000
39% 67% Snow Falling on Cedars Composer $14.4M 1999
57% 66% Mumford Original Music $4.6M 1999
68% 70% Stir of Echoes Original Music $21.1M 1999
86% 90% The Sixth Sense Original Music $293.5M 1999
10% 25% Wing Commander Original Music $11.6M 1999
8% 50% The Postman Original Music $17.6M 1997
73% 65% Romy and Michele's High School Reunion Original Music $29.2M 1997
82% 75% Liar Liar Original Music $181.4M 1997
73% 73% My Best Friend's Wedding Original Music $126.8M 1997
63% 80% The Devil's Advocate Original Music $61.0M 1997
26% 38% Dante's Peak Original Music $67.2M 1997
75% 42% The Trigger Effect Original Music $3.6M 1996
44% 63% Space Jam Original Music $90.4M 1996
8% 55% Eye for an Eye Original Music $25.7M 1996
51% 66% One Fine Day Original Music $46.1M 1996
76% 89% Primal Fear Original Music $56.1M 1996
48% 74% French Kiss Original Music $36.4M 1995
59% 55% Outbreak Original Music $65.9M 1995
36% 22% Junior Original Music $36.7M 1994
5% 45% Major League II Original Music $29.4M 1994
95% 72% Dave Original Music $61.0M 1993
59% 68% Alive Original Music $36.3M 1993
80% 87% The Saint of Fort Washington Original Music $100.9K 1993
96% 89% The Fugitive Original Music $183.8M 1993
73% 84% Falling Down Original Music $40.4M 1993
95% 88% Glengarry Glen Ross Original Music $10.7M 1992
80% 69% American Heart Original Music $107.9K 1992
57% 30% Night and the City Original Music $6.2M 1992
65% 55% Guilty by Suspicion Original Music $8.4M 1991
70% 70% The Prince of Tides Original Music $72.0M 1991
53% 77% My Girl Original Music $60.2M 1991
23% 65% Dying Young Original Music $32.3M 1991
90% 85% The Man in the Moon Original Music $2.2M 1991
77% 70% Grand Canyon Original Music $32.3M 1991
27% 50% Marked for Death Original Music $43.1M 1990
48% 59% Flatliners Original Music $58.7M 1990
83% 84% Major League Original Music $49.8M 1989
78% 54% Five Corners Original Music $305.4K 1987