Let's be clear - today's title is nothing but a cynical exercise in click-bait. Listening to movie scores will not make you a better writer. If it did, I'd be significantly more successful than I am.
Just imagine it was legitimately true, though. Where might you start? Here, friends. I bear the gift of moody music that fuels the imagination. Do the tips of your typin' fingers a solid and check these out on Spotify:
Jeff Beal’s House of Cards score or his work for Gypsy.
Alexandre Desplat’s music for The Danish Girl, The Ides of March, The Painted Veil or Syriana.
Anne Dudley’s score for Elle or her music for Poldark.
Harry Gregson-Williams’ scores for The Zookeeper’s Wife, The Equalizer 2, Déjà Vu or Breath.
James Newton Howard’s work for Snow Falling on Cedars, The Lady in the Water, Concussion or Michael Clayton.
Thomas Newman’s work for He Named Me Malala, The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, The Debt or Revolutionary Road.
Rachel Portman’s score for Never Let Me Go or Despite the Falling Snow.
Hans Zimmer’s music for The Thin Red Line or Frost/Nixon.