Would the Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Harry Potter films be as magical as they are without their unforgettable music score? Would the shark from Jaws be as terrifying without those two repeating notes? To quote Steven Spielberg: “Without John Williams, bikes don’t really fly, nor do brooms in Quiddich matches, nor do men in red capes. There is no Force, dinosaurs do not walk the Earth, we do not wonder, we do not weep, we do not believe.”
John Williams has composed music for approximately 100 films; received 50 Academy Award nominations (won 5), and will continue to thrill us with the upcoming soundtrack for Star Wars: The Last Jedi this December – not to mention Star Wars IX and Indiana Jones 5 (both expected in 2019).
To honor Mr. Williams on his 85th birthday, I’ve compiled some of his masterpieces:
The Rebel Fleet / End Title
Washington Ending & Raiders March
Out to Sea / The Shark Cage Fugue
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (End Credits)