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James Newton Howard
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Filmtracks Statistics:
Average Filmtracks Rating: 3.35
Average Viewer Rating: 3.34
Number of Reviews: 56
Number of Votes: 62,260
Number of Comments: 1,362
Reviews in Filmtracks'
Top 100 Traffic Ranks:
#79. Batman Begins
Reviews in Filmtracks'
Top 100 Voting Ranks:
#12.  Lady in the Water
#76.  Maleficent
Filmtracks Editor's Recommendations:
Restoration
Lady in the Water
The Last Airbender
Maleficent
Decorative Nonsense
Primary Composer Picture
James Newton Howard in the late 1990's

"Composing is a natural fit. As far as the creative process goes, I'd rather do this than anything else, by far. Something different happened to me when I started to write music to images. It was a feeling of excitement and connection and a sense of being in the right place that I never had before."
- James Newton Howard in 2000

Born in 1951, James Newton Howard's youth was rooted in the study of classical music. With a grandmother who performed the violin with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Howard began lessons on the piano that would eventually culminate in a classical education at Santa Barbara's Music Academy of the West (with Reginald Stewart and Leon Fleischer) and at the USC School of Music. Though always fond of orchestral strings, Howard was drawn into the world of pop rock during the 1960's and 1970's. After performing keyboards with the Southern California band "Mama Lion" in the early 70's, Howard produced a few solo albums featuring the advancing technologies of Yamaha keyboards. It was during that time that Howard made a living as a session keyboard artist, often programming synthesizers for the likes of Diana Ross, Carly Simon, Ringo Starr, and others.

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FILMOGRAPHY & REVIEWS AT FILMTRACKS
(see legend below for abbreviations and codes)
 TitleFR VRVTCT RD TRDates Notes
2015:
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
2014:
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1****3.271441|||1,60901/15
Nighcrawler
Pawn Sacrifice
Cut Bank
Maleficent*****4.056659|||1,12508/14
2013:
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire***3.122225|||1,20812/13
Parkland
After Earth***3.502892|||1,23406/13
2012:
The Bourne Legacy**2.482211||1,02808/12
Snow White & the Huntsman***3.234113|||1,08706/12
The Hunger Games (co-wrote)***3.045583|||1,03804/12
2011:
Green Lantern**2.262834||1,43107/11
Water for Elephants****3.262341||1,49406/11
Gnomeo & Juliet (co-wrote)***2.893470||1,47802/11
The Green Hornet
2010:
The Tourist (co-wrote)***3.082311||1,50201/11
Love and Other Drugs
Salt***3.054855||1,17207/10
The Last Airbender*****3.841,77511||||52606/10
Inhale
Nanny McPhee Returns***3.37951||1,72208/11all albums
2009:
Duplicity**2.982900||1,24903/09
Confessions of a Shopaholic
2008:
Defiance (AW)****3.618215||69212/08
Youssou Ndour: I Bring What I Love
The Dark Knight (co-wrote) (AW)**2.734,937131||||20307/08 - 04/10multiple albums
The Happening***3.325913||84406/08
Mad Money
2007:
The Great Debaters
Charlie Wilson's War***3.691790||1,65910/10
I Am Legend****3.802500|||1,46405/10
The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep****3.775324|||71712/07
Michael Clayton (AW)*2.343534|78011/07
The Lookout
2006:
Blood Diamond (AW)****3.7272218||39712/06
Lady in the Water*****4.291,98347|||15307/06
RV
Freedomland**
2005:
King Kong (AW)****3.811,876139|||22612/05
Batman Begins (co-wrote)**2.926,095378||||7906/05 - 09/11
The Interpreter***3.3334110||66404/05 - 10/11
2004:
Collateral
The Village (AW)****3.822,509220|||13707/04 - 09/11
Hidalgo****3.481,07428||30903/04 - 04/09
2003:
Peter Pan***3.482,13479||12412/03 - 03/09
Dreamcatcher**1.991,13529||42303/03 - 03/09
2002:
Treasure Planet****3.451,58714||41512/02 - 02/09
Amongst the Shoes
The Emperor's Club***3.082523||1,07909/03 - 02/09
Unconditional Love
Signs***3.402,61094|||38409/02 - 02/09
Big Trouble
2001:
America's Sweethearts
Atlantis: The Lost Empire****3.745,77945||16605/01 - 01/09all albums
2000:
Vertical Limit****3.481280||1,65207/10
Unbreakable***3.161,94121||26011/00 - 11/07
Dinosaur****3.724,23915||23705/00 - 06/08
1999:
Wayward Son
Snow Falling on Cedars****3.511,1856|27911/99 - 08/07
Mumford
The Sixth Sense***3.534,8583||13308/99 - 06/08
Stir of Echoes
Runaway Bride
1998:
A Perfect Murder**3.691110||1,72101/12
1997:
The Postman****3.551320||1,63407/10
Devil's Advocate****3.431,0491||28911/97 - 06/07
My Best Friend's Wedding (AW)***3.062000|19502/98 - 03/06all albums
Fathers' Day
Liar Liar (co-wrote)***3.126302|83806/99 - 02/08
Romy and Michele's High School Reunion
Dante's Peak (co-wrote)***3.211051||1,64907/10
1996:
One Fine Day
Space Jam
The Trigger Effect
Primal Fear
The Juror
Eye for an Eye
1995:
Restoration*****3.815024|72603/00 - 04/07
French Kiss
Waterworld****3.721,9983|20806/98 - 05/07
Outbreak***3.201380|1,03306/98 - 03/06
Just Cause
1994:
Junior
Wyatt Earp****3.477013|||77606/03 - 12/13all albums
Intersection
1993:
The Saint of Fort Washington
The Fugitive (AW)**3.091,3023|||46712/00 - 09/10all albums
Dave****3.751201||1,60402/12 - 03/13all albums
Falling Down**3.121540||49006/97 - 02/15multiple albums
Alive***
1992:
Night and the City
Glengarry Glen Ross
Diggstown
A Private Matter (TV)
American Heart
1991:
The Prince of Tides (AW)****3.931270||1,64302/12
Grand Canyon
My Girl
The Man in the Moon****3.364761|65601/00 - 08/06
Dying Young
Guilty by Suspicion
King Ralph
1990:
Descending Angel (TV)
3 Men and a Little Lady
Marked for Death
Somebody Has to Shoot the Picture (TV)
Flatliners****3.121540||49006/97 - 02/15multiple albums
Revealing Evidence: Stalking the Honolulu Strangler (TV)
Pretty Woman
Coupe de Ville
The Image (TV)
1989:
The Package
Major League**
Tap
1988:
Everybody's All-American
Go Toward the Light (TV)
Some Girls
Off Limits
1987:
Russkies
Five Corners
Campus Man
Promised Land
1986:
Nobody's Fool
Tough Guys
8 Million Ways to Die
Wildcats
1985:
Head Office
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