This composer came to prominence in Hollywood before the superhero reboot craze. But his skill in marrying brooding lyricism with gripping intensity has been well suited to starker takes on the blockbuster form, such as The Dark Knight. In films like Interstellar, Zimmer's adaptation of chugging, minimalist rhythm is often paired with lush, Romantic-style harmony. The combination isn't just dramatic—it's rousing. And he has a keen sense of humor, too, as his work for The Simpsons Movie proves. Get to know his earliest works (for the likes of Tony Scott) and his latter-day masterpieces.