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      James Newton Howard

      James Newton Howard

      Highest Rated: 96% The Fugitive (1993)

      Lowest Rated: 5% Major League II (1994)

      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.

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      No Score Yet No Score Yet Pain Hustlers Original Music - 2023
      46% 83% Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore Original Music $95.8M 2022
      63% 92% Jungle Cruise Original Music $117.0M 2021
      94% 97% Raya and the Last Dragon Original Music $54.7M 2021
      88% 89% News of the World Original Music $12.7M 2020
      82% 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
      19% 45% The Huntsman: Winter's War Original Music $48.0M 2016
      58% 74% Concussion Original Music $33.8M 2015
      70% 66% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 Original Music $281.7M 2015
      37% 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
      12% 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
      21% 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
      62% 59% Salt Original Music - 2010
      5% 30% The Last Airbender Original Music $131.6M 2010
      65% 37% Duplicity Original Music $40.6M 2009
      27% 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
      59% 72% Defiance Original Music $28.6M 2008
      94% 94% The Dark Knight Original Music $2.0M 2008
      17% 24% The Happening Original Music $64.5M 2008
      22% 48% Mad Money Original Music $20.7M 2008
      74% 62% The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep Original Music $40.4M 2007
      80% 86% The Great Debaters Original Music $30.2M 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 Original Music $4.6M 2007
      63% 90% Blood Diamond Original Music $57.4M 2006
      25% 49% Lady in the Water Original Music $42.3M 2006
      24% 45% RV Original Music $71.4M 2006
      23% 25% Freedomland Original Music $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 Original Music $33.7M 2003
      14% 68% Unconditional Love Original Music - 2002
      50% 67% The Emperor's Club Original Music $14.1M 2002
      75% 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
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Atlantis: The Lost Empire Original Music - 2001
      48% 41% Vertical Limit Original Music $68.5M 2000
      70% 77% Unbreakable Original Music $95.0M 2000
      65% 48% Dinosaur Original Music $137.7M 2000
      39% 67% Snow Falling on Cedars Original Music $14.4M 1999
      57% 65% Mumford Original Music $4.6M 1999
      67% 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
      75% 65% Romy and Michele's High School Reunion Original Music $29.2M 1997
      83% 75% Liar Liar Original Music $181.4M 1997
      74% 73% My Best Friend's Wedding Original Music $126.8M 1997
      64% 79% The Devil's Advocate Original Music $61.0M 1997
      28% 38% Dante's Peak Original Music $67.2M 1997
      72% 43% The Trigger Effect Original Music $3.6M 1996
      43% 63% Space Jam Original Music $90.4M 1996
      8% 55% Eye for an Eye Original Music $25.7M 1996
      53% 66% One Fine Day Original Music $46.1M 1996
      77% 89% Primal Fear Original Music $56.1M 1996
      48% 75% French Kiss Original Music $36.4M 1995
      59% 56% Outbreak Original Music $65.9M 1995
      39% 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
      75% 84% Falling Down Original Music $40.4M 1993
      95% 88% Glengarry Glen Ross Original Music $10.7M 1992
      80% 68% American Heart Original Music $107.9K 1992
      57% 31% Night and the City Original Music $6.2M 1992
      67% 55% Guilty by Suspicion Original Music $8.4M 1991
      68% 70% The Prince of Tides Original Music $72.0M 1991
      50% 77% My Girl Original Music $60.2M 1991
      25% 65% Dying Young Original Music $32.3M 1991
      91% 85% The Man in the Moon Original Music $2.2M 1991
      78% 70% Grand Canyon Original Music $32.3M 1991
      27% 50% Marked for Death Original Music $43.1M 1990
      50% 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

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      85% 65% Willow Original Music 2022-2023