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AFI's 100 Years of Film Scores


Part of the AFI 100 Years... series, AFI's 100 Years of Film Scores is a list of the top 25 film scores in American cinema. The list was unveiled by the American Film Institute in 2005.

John Williams has the most scores in the top 25, with three: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jaws, and the top choice, Star Wars. Elmer Bernstein, Jerry Goldsmith, Bernard Herrmann, and Max Steiner each have two scores listed.

The most scores by one composer nominated for the top 25 was 11; seven composers accomplished this: Max Steiner, Elmer Bernstein, Alfred Newman, Jerry Goldsmith, Franz Waxman, Miklos Rozsa, and John Williams.

The list

# Film Title Year Studio Composer
1 Star Wars 1977 20th Century Fox Williams, JohnJohn Williams
2 Gone with the Wind 1939 Selznick International Steiner, MaxMax Steiner
3 Lawrence of Arabia 1962 Columbia Jarre, MauriceMaurice Jarre
4 Psycho 1960 Paramount Herrmann, BernardBernard Herrmann
5 The Godfather 1972 Paramount Rota, NinoNino Rota
6 Jaws 1975 Universal Williams, JohnJohn Williams
7 Laura 1944 20th Century Fox Raksin, DavidDavid Raksin
8 The Magnificent Seven 1960 United Artists Bernstein, ElmerElmer Bernstein
9 Chinatown 1974 Paramount Goldsmith, JerryJerry Goldsmith
10 High Noon 1952 United Artists Tiomkin, DimitriDimitri Tiomkin
11 The Adventures of Robin Hood 1938 Warner Bros. Korngold, Erich WolfgangErich Wolfgang Korngold
12 Vertigo 1958 Paramount Herrmann, BernardBernard Herrmann
13 King Kong 1933 RKO Steiner, MaxMax Steiner
14 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982 Universal Williams, JohnJohn Williams
15 Out of Africa 1985 Universal Barry, JohnJohn Barry
16 Sunset Boulevard 1950 Paramount Waxman, FranzFranz Waxman
17 To Kill a Mockingbird 1962 Universal Bernstein, ElmerElmer Bernstein
18 Planet of the Apes 1968 20th Century Fox Goldsmith, JerryJerry Goldsmith
19 A Streetcar Named Desire 1951 Warner Bros. North, AlexAlex North
20 The Pink Panther 1964 United Artists Mancini, HenryHenry Mancini
21 Ben-Hur 1959 MGM Rózsa, MiklósMiklós Rózsa
22 On the Waterfront 1954 Columbia Bernstein, LeonardLeonard Bernstein
23 The Mission 1986 Warner Bros. Morricone, EnnioEnnio Morricone
24 On Golden Pond 1981 Universal Grusin, DaveDave Grusin
25 How the West Was Won 1962 MGM, Cinerama Releasing Newman, AlfredAlfred Newman, Ken Darby

External links

  • The list of the 250 nominated film scores
  • The list of the 25 winning film scores
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