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 sound, Zimmer is behind the scores of more movies than you think. And, even more incredibly, he’s behind the scores of movies that, on their face, don’t necessarily seem like Zimmer’s kind of movie.
So, in celebration of the composer’s 63rd birthday and the jaw-dropping resumé he’s created over the course of his decades-spanning career, let’s take a look at which movies he’s scored that might surprise you.