AFI's 100 Years of Film Scores

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AFI 100 Years... series
1998100 Movies
1999100 Stars
2000100 Laughs
2001100 Thrills
2002100 Passions
2003100 Heroes & Villains
2004100 Songs
2005100 Movie Quotes
200525 Scores
2006100 Cheers
200625 Musicals
2007100 Movies (Updated)
2008AFI's 10 Top 10

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: Steiner, Bernstein, Alfred Newman, Goldsmith, Franz Waxman, Miklós Rózsa, and Williams.

# Film Title Year Studio Composer
1 Star Wars 1977 20th Century Fox, Lucasfilm Ltd. John Williams
2 Gone with the Wind 1939 MGM, Selznick International Max Steiner
3 Lawrence of Arabia 1962 Columbia, Horizon Pictures Maurice Jarre
4 Psycho 1960 Paramount Bernard Herrmann
5 The Godfather 1972 Paramount Nino Rota
6 Jaws 1975 Universal John Williams
7 Laura 1944 20th Century Fox David Raksin
8 The Magnificent Seven 1960 United Artists, Mirisch Company Elmer Bernstein
9 Chinatown 1974 Paramount Jerry Goldsmith
10 High Noon 1952 United Artists, Stanley Kramer Productions Dimitri Tiomkin
11 The Adventures of Robin Hood 1938 Warner Bros. Erich Wolfgang Korngold
12 Vertigo 1958 Paramount Bernard Herrmann
13 King Kong 1933 RKO Max Steiner
14 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982 Universal, Amblin Entertainment John Williams
15 Out of Africa 1985 Universal John Barry
16 Sunset Boulevard 1950 Paramount Franz Waxman
17 To Kill a Mockingbird 1962 Universal Elmer Bernstein
18 Planet of the Apes 1968 20th Century Fox Jerry Goldsmith
19 A Streetcar Named Desire 1951 Warner Bros. Alex North
20 The Pink Panther 1964 United Artists, Mirisch Company Henry Mancini
21 Ben-Hur 1959 MGM Miklós Rózsa
22 On the Waterfront 1954 Columbia, Horizon Pictures Leonard Bernstein
23 The Mission 1986 Warner Bros., Goldcrest Films Ennio Morricone
24 On Golden Pond 1981 Universal, ITC Entertainment Dave Grusin
25 How the West Was Won 1962 MGM, Cinerama Releasing Alfred Newman, Ken Darby

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