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?

Indiana Jones 38 vote(s) 44.2%
Harry Potter 11 vote(s) 12.8%
Superman 17 vote(s) 19.8%
Jurassic Park 13 vote(s) 15.1%
E.T. 10 vote(s) 11.6%
Other 13 vote(s) 15.1%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Theron Solo Jedi Master

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    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 Jedi Grand Master

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    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
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  4. Jair Crawford Jedi Grand Master

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    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.
    Last edited by Jair Crawford, Jun 9, 2014
  5. Veloz Force Ghost

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    My second favorite is Indy for sure. Others include E.T, Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, Close Encounters, Saving Private Ryan.
    Last edited by Veloz, Jun 17, 2014
  6. Darth Dnej Jedi Grand Master

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

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    The whole ET score is stunning. I do love Jurassic Park/The Lost World too though!
  8. NotSoScruffyLooking Force Ghost

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    ET and Superman. ET had the better overall score and Superman had the better main theme.
  9. The_Book_of_Sith Jedi Master

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    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 Force Ghost

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    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 Jedi Grand Master

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    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 Force Ghost

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    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 Jedi Master

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    I voted for Indiana Jones and Superman. But who are we kidding? The man has NO bad work!
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  14. ObiAlKenobi Jedi Grand Master

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    Indiana Jones saga.

    Runner up: Superman
  15. mratm23 Jedi Grand Master

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    Indiana Jones, ET, then Schindler's List.
  16. rumsmuggler Chosen One

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    E.T., Schindler's List, Empire of the Sun
  17. Chancellor Yoda Jedi Grand Master

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    Indiana Jones, Schindlers List
  18. Jedi Daniel Force Ghost

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  19. TpJedi Force Ghost

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    Schindler's List is incredible
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  20. TpJedi Force Ghost

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    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 Force Ghost

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    Raiders and Jaws are almost a tie, but Raiders is very memorable and pretty much perfect.
  22. Rachel_In_Red Jedi Grand Master

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    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 Force Ghost

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    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.
    Last edited by Darth Eddie, Dec 9, 2014
  24. MaryChristine Jedi Youngling

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  25. cubman987 Game Winner

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    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.