Awesome Music / John Williams

John Williams is responsible for many, many memorable film soundtracks. Among them are the soundtracks to every single Star Wars movie and almost every Steven Spielberg film (the exceptions being his Made for TV Movies, The Color Purple and Twilight Zone: The Movie). In short, John Williams has made a career out of writing Awesome Music.

Williams' contributions to the Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Indiana Jones films each have their own pages.
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  • The Accidental Tourist features the rare Williams score that isn't derivative of other composers like Ligeti, Stravinsky, or Copland.
  • The moving main theme from The Patriot.
  • The Superman March. Best Fanfare ever.
    • Very effectively used in the helicopter scene that begins with a growing sense of urgency as Lois faces greater and greater peril until Clark Kent appears. When he realizes he has to change, the growing musical swell that climaxes when he rips open his shirt to reveal his chest symbol is a classic of the superhero film genre.
    • Not to mention John Ottman's use of said theme, as well as his own music, to create a soundtrack that is pretty much non-stop Heartwarming and tearjerking for Superman Returns.
      • A leading example is when Lois Lane's family is trapped in Luthor's sinking ship. The music begins with a mournful dirge as the trio are pulled under to their seemingly-inescapable doom. Just when the tragedy becomes too much, two red boots appear on the door window and the March blasts out with full thunder as Superman saves the day!
    • Smallville ends with Clark Kent running out onto the Daily Planet's roof, ripping open his shirt to reveal the S-shield beneath as he prepares to take flight, the camera focusing on that iconic symbol all while that classic Superman theme song plays ever so magnificently in the background and into the end credits.
    • Oh hey, since we're on the topic of Superman, may we present his love theme.
    • In addition to the main fanfare and "Can You Read My Mind?", there is a really moving musical moment after young Clark Kent tells his mother Martha that he's leaving Smallville to pursue his destiny up north. It's called "Leaving Home", and starts a minute-and-a-half into that track.
    • "The Planet Krypton" anyone?
  • The music from JFK.
  • Much less well known, but just as awesome as all of the above, is the nine-minute piece from The Towering Inferno that accompanies Paul Newman and Steve McQueen rigging explosive charges to the burning skyscraper's water tanks. One of the greatest examples of music used for a rising tension/countdown effect.
  • John Williams won his first Oscar for his adapted score for Fiddler on the Roof.
  • John Williams had some opportunity to compose some Irish music with the Far and Away theme.
  • Home Alone:
  • "Sayuri's Theme" from Memoirs of a Geisha.
  • The main theme from Born on the Fourth of July.
  • "Devil's Dance" and "The Dance of the Witches" from The Witches of Eastwick. Shades of Hector Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique, great orchestral Halloween music.
  • We all know John Williams can compose music for virtually everything, but did you know that he also scored a Western film? (Even better, a John Wayne film?) Check out this rousing piece from ''The Cowboys''.
  • On a related note, just watch this John Williams tribute. Corey Vidal combines lip-synching, video magic and a genius arrangement by four-man comedy/a cappella band Moosebutter for instant fame. (When Moosebutter released their own video version, they did it via Corey's Youtube account. Ascended Fanboy indeed!)
    • Note that, despite the lyrics being about Star Wars, the song uses music from every film but Star Wars!
  • Almost no-one knows that Williams has composed a score for Dracula himself.
  • His score for Family Plot. John Williams and Alfred Hitchcock together? Awesome!
  • The season 3 theme for Lost in Space (although he did the one for seasons 1 and 2 as well).
  • "Olympic Fanfare and Theme", although he was not the original composer of the famous "bum bum, ba-du bum".
  • Both theme songs for Kraft Suspense Theatre, but especially the second one.
  • The discordant, almost avant-garde theme music for The Time Tunnel, especially the longer version played over the closing credits.
  • Heck, even his theme for the NBC Nightly News, "The Mission", is epic.