Is John Williams the greatest film composer ever?

Asked by: BenMueller09
  • He has scored so many movies its impossible not to recognize the themes and not know that it was done by John Williams

    Indiana Jones, Star wars, Et, Jaws, Jurassic Park etc all have magnificent theme and its impossible not to get them stuck in your head. A hardworking man, John Williams always knows how to compose a good song for a good, bad, or terrible movie or movie series. GO JOHN Williams

  • Bad statistics here

    How many people actually voted? I think he's the man. I'm filling in words to see if this site has a credible sample size to make the vote spread credible. Peter piper picked a peck of some funky pickled peppers. He did, didn't he? That's some bad rhetoric for you.

  • Not just the best film composer, but among the greatest composers of all time

    John Williams' body of work should be view not only as great movie compositions, but also as great compositions period. Some people call Williams "just" a movie composer, as though this somehow makes him a lesser composer than the classical composers who wrote for opera, ballet, and other art forms of their time. The quality and range of Williams' work puts him on a par with Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Wagner, and others as a contender for greatest composer of all time.

  • He is amazing

    John Williams is my favorite composer. He has done Star Wars, Super Man, Olympic Fanfare, Indiana Jones, Jaws and many others. His music in Star Wars really makes the movie. His music actually makes movies better and really adds emotion and felling to his films he is a pop culture icon and a family name.

    The second best composer is John Powell, he did How to Train your Dragon.

  • He's the Best

    John Williams is the greatest film composer of all time. He has created scores for some of the most memorable movies in history, and those movies were so memorable in part because of the depth of emotion Williams evokes through his music. He has own multiple academy awards for his brilliance.

  • The amount of top level scores is insane

    Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Jaws, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, ET, Schlinders List, Saving Private Ryan, Superman, Hook, and more.

    This man is responsible for composing some of the most revered and beloved classic films of all time. Star Wars wouldn't be the same with his touch. Neither Jurassic Park or ET. Who can forget the shark shunting music in Jaws? He is a musical genius. There are many other great composers but none I know of have the longetively that John Williams has had in quality. John Williams has composed great soundtracks for decades. Star Wars Episode 7 will show how consistent he is in his brilliance since 1977

  • Yes- Who do think is number 2?

    Not only the sheer number of Oscars that John Williams has won puts him at #1, but the magic he brings to the films he scores is unparalleled to any other film composer. Films such as Star Wars, Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones owe a significant part of their success to Mr. John Williams.

    My number two favorite composer would be Thomas Newman.

  • Not even close

    Many have a wrong opinion that a tune being memorable or hummale means he is a great composer. No. Good music does not need to be hummable. It should evoke emotions while listening to it. That's it. Most people who voted Williams are just casual listeners who got hooked by just the theme of the movie. They voted Williams beuase they are only familiar with him. Sorry your lack of intelligence does not mean he is the best.

  • A very good composer, but his influence is limited

    Williams write in fact only for big budget films. Most of those films were directed by very known directors. Williams' music became often famous by the success of the films. Williams is a very good orchestrator, but his style is not very varied. If you listen to a compilation of him, after a while you will notice that he wrote often the same style of music. Composers such as Jerry Goldsmith and Ennio Morricone have developped different styles, were more experimental and surely more influential. Both were also more productive. Williams composed only 130 scores in 60 years (of which a lot of sequal films including Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter). John Williams is a top 5 composer.

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