John Williams: Top Ten Film Scores


John Williams, who is known for composing all 9 Star Wars films and many other successful movie franchises, recently turned 90 years old on February 8. So, in honor of his birthday, I wanted to highlight some of my favorite work of his. Not only has he been nominated for an Oscar 40 times, he’s won 5 for Best Original Score in 1972, 1976, 197 8, 1983, and 1994.

Starting off with #10, there’s his composition of the first three Harry Potter movies.

#9, his composition of jaws. Not only did he compose some of George Lucas’s best movies, he also worked on some of Steven Spielberg’s hits. Jaws was considered the fist blockbuster in film history.

#8 is E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.

#7, Superman The Movie (1978). This has been his only composition on a superhero movie.

#7 is all the Indiana Jones films. This has been another partnership with Steven Spielberg that was a major success.

#6, Home alone. This movie is one of the best Christmas movies of all time and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Score.

#5, Saving Private Ryan.

#4, all the Jurassic Park movies. This was a collaboration with Steven Spielberg’s direction and Lucasfilm’s powerful CGI that brought the dinosaurs to life.

#3 The Book Thief.

#2, BFG.

Now, the #1 spot, which to no surprise, is his work on Star Wars, his work on all 9 films in the Skywalker Saga and Solo: A Star Wars Story. These movies have won him 13 awards.