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The best American composers
6. Elmer Bernstein
A friend of Leonard but no relation, Brooklyn-born Elmer is most famous for his numerous film scores. Amongst his great achievements were the soundtracks to The Magnificent Seven, The Ten Commandments, The Great Escape, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Ghostbusters. He won an Oscar for his score to Thoroughly Modern Millie in 1967.