If you were to stop someone on the street and ask them to name any film composer, their answer would likely be John Williams or Hans Zimmer. Indeed, with 169 credits to his name, Zimmer is one of the most prolific film composers of our time, and also one of the most memorable. From the “BRAHHHMMMM” of Inception to the emotional swells of The Thin Red Line, Zimmer’s work has transcended the cinema time and time again to become part of the pop culture lexicon.
But one of the qualities of Zimmer’s work that doesn’t seem to get enough credit is his versatility. He is equally at home in the world of a giant, heady sci-fi film as he is in a Nancy Meyers romantic comedy. This versatility has served him well—almost too well. With so many credits to his name and a chameleon-like ability to mask his signature, you may have forgotten some movie scores were actually written by Zimmer.
While I was revisiting a 2000 actioner recently, I was taken aback to discover (and remember) that the film’s score was a Zimmer original. That spurred me to thumb through his resume and see what other scores had slipped my mind, and the fruits of that labor are as follows: