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Next month, octogenarian film music genius John Williams will release his first non-Spielberg soundtrack in eight years. The film is The Book Thief, which tells the story of a young girl in Nazi Germany who finds solace in literature. It gives us great pleasure to see that the record-breaking composer is still in top shape and continuing to deliver works that are still intellectually and creatively superior to those of his peers. Easily the most revered film composer alive, Williams is the last of his kind in an industry that seldom uses live orchestras nowadays, instead veering toward more and more minimalist soundtracks.

To celebrate more than half a century of unforgettable film music, let’s look back and remind ourselves of those scenes in which Williams stole the show with his unrivalled talent. I feel the need to point out that the order of this list is hardly of any importance, and that many of Williams’ other scores could well be lauded here also, particularly those from his earlier years. So without further ado, let’s dive right into it. From the top…

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This article was first posted on October 28, 2013