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Besides SW, what's your fav John Williams score?

Discussion in 'Star Wars And Film Music' started by Mr. K, Apr 9, 2014.


Besides SW, what's your fav John Williams score?

  1. Indiana Jones

  2. Harry Potter

  3. Superman

  4. Jurassic Park

  5. E.T.

  6. Other

Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Theron Solo

    Theron Solo Jedi Knight star 1

    Oct 31, 2012
    I have to go with Indiana Jones. I still think it's the best theme song of all time. I wish it would play when exciting things happen in my life.
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  2. Jair Crawford

    Jair Crawford Jedi Knight star 2

    Nov 3, 2012
    Besides Star Wars, these are some of my favorite John Williams themes and/or cues

    I Passed For White
    The Rare Breed
    Jane Eyre
    The Towering Inferno
    Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
    The Witches Of Eastwick (Cue - The Ballroom Scene)
    Born On The Fourth Of July
    Hook (Cue - You Are The Pan)
    Jurassic Park
    Schindler's List
    A.I. Artificial Intelligence
    War Horse

    And his other works/concert works:

    Hello (Jazz Piano)
    Concerto For Tuba And Orchestra
    Concerto For Bassoon And Orchestra "The Five Sacred Trees"
    Concerto For Cello And Orchestra
    Summon The Heroes (1996 Olympics Theme)
    Concerto For Horn And Orchestra
    Concerto For Viola And Orchestra
  3. darth-sinister

    darth-sinister Manager Emeritus star 10 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Jun 28, 2001
  4. Jair Crawford

    Jair Crawford Jedi Knight star 2

    Nov 3, 2012
    The final movement of his Horn Concerto. It's just... it's hard to describe, really. I just love this.

    Not exactly a film score, I know, but not enough people are aware of John Williams' concert works. He really brings out a unique sound here.
  5. Veloz

    Veloz Jedi Master star 6

    Aug 30, 2004
    My second favorite is Indy for sure. Others include E.T, Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, Close Encounters, Saving Private Ryan.
  6. Darth Dnej

    Darth Dnej Jedi Master star 4

    Apr 27, 2013
    Harry Potter. As much as I love Indiana Jones, I think John Williams's score for Harry Potter was slightly better.
  7. darth_mccartney

    darth_mccartney Jedi Master star 4

    Jul 3, 2008
    The whole ET score is stunning. I do love Jurassic Park/The Lost World too though!
  8. NotSoScruffyLooking

    NotSoScruffyLooking Jedi Master star 3

    Mar 20, 2009
    ET and Superman. ET had the better overall score and Superman had the better main theme.
  9. The_Book_of_Sith

    The_Book_of_Sith Jedi Knight

    Sep 5, 2012
    I have to go with ET. What a spine-tingling, haunting score, perfectly compliments the movie. I'm getting all goosepimply and teary just thinking about it :)
  10. Primetime_Jedi

    Primetime_Jedi Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Apr 21, 2000
    Schindler's List needs to be on the poll. It's not necessarily my #1 favorite but it ranks high up there. I bought the CD in 1993 and it's quite moving. He also won the Oscar!--which is why I can't call that soundtrack "underrated."
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  11. RogueZero

    RogueZero Jedi Master star 1

    Mar 17, 2009
    John Williams' score for Superman The Movie is my favorite film score ever. The main Superman theme, the mysterious and regal Krypton theme, the beautiful, elegiac and emotional growing up/Smallville theme and the love theme are the best stuff he's ever done (and that's saying something; John's E.T. and Empire of the Sun scores are close seconds and thirds).

    This piece from the film is a particular favorite. Unbelievably beautiful.
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  12. Han Burgundy

    Han Burgundy Jedi Master star 3

    Jan 28, 2013

    I simply cannot chose anything over this. The only thing that beats it is Star Wars.

    That being said, I've had the pleasure of sitting at a live performance of Schindler's List (Mr. Williams was not present, sadly) and I have to say that was one of the most beautiful things I've ever experienced. Incredibly haunting score.
  13. sbk1234

    sbk1234 Jedi Knight star 1

    Sep 21, 2014
    I voted for Indiana Jones and Superman. But who are we kidding? The man has NO bad work!
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  14. ObiAlKenobi

    ObiAlKenobi Jedi Knight star 3

    Mar 10, 2012
    Indiana Jones saga.

    Runner up: Superman
  15. mratm23

    mratm23 Jedi Knight star 3

    May 13, 2014
    Indiana Jones, ET, then Schindler's List.
  16. rumsmuggler

    rumsmuggler Jedi Grand Master star 7

    Aug 31, 2000
    E.T., Schindler's List, Empire of the Sun
  17. Chancellor Yoda

    Chancellor Yoda Jedi Master star 4

    Jul 25, 2014
    Indiana Jones, Schindlers List
  18. Jedi Daniel

    Jedi Daniel Jedi Grand Master star 5

    Apr 7, 2000
    Jurassic Park
  19. TpJedi

    TpJedi Jedi Master

    May 14, 1999
    Schindler's List is incredible
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  20. TpJedi

    TpJedi Jedi Master

    May 14, 1999
    I also love Jaws,Memoirs of a Geisha,Born on the 4th of July, JFK, and Empire of the Sun
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  21. Master_Lok

    Master_Lok Force Ghost star 6

    Dec 18, 2012
    Raiders and Jaws are almost a tie, but Raiders is very memorable and pretty much perfect.
  22. Rachel_In_Red

    Rachel_In_Red Jedi Knight star 3

    May 12, 2013
    The guy is an incredible musician. Love his work.

    By the way, quick question. When someone like Williams is composing the score for a film, is he given the film to watch, he watches it, and then goes to work developing music that he thinks fits those scenes? Or is he just given general direction as far as what the director expects?
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  23. Darth Eddie

    Darth Eddie Jedi Master star 4

    May 14, 2013
    Actually the first one. He watches the raw footage and then writes the score based on his reaction. More often than not the film editor will shuffle things around as well.

    -Almost forgot to address the thread topic :p
    Superman is my favorite single piece of non-Star Wars music, but I love the Last Crusade score a lot. I know I'm just ssssoooooooo unique.
  24. MaryChristine

    MaryChristine Jedi Youngling

    Dec 2, 2014
    Jurassic Park
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  25. cubman987

    cubman987 Your Friendly Neighborhood CT/PT/Saga Moderator star 6 Staff Member Moderator

    Nov 7, 2014
    This is a tough question....I guess I'm going with Indiana Jones, though I have to say few things pump me up like the Superman theme does or creep me out like the Jaws theme.