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John Williams - Film Music - I
-1- Harry Potter
John Williams and Steven Spielberg - II
John Williams and Steven Spielberg - III

-2- Jaws   -3- Indiana Jones   -4-Jurassic Park
John Williams - IV
-5- Star Wars
 

John Williams, in full John Towner Williams, (born February 8, 1932, Queens, New York, U.S.), American composer who created some of the most iconic film scores of all time. He scored more than a hundred films, many of which were directed by Steven Spielberg.

Williams was raised in New York, the son of a percussionist in the CBS radio orchestra. He was exposed to music from a young age and began studying piano as a child, later learning trumpet, trombone, and clarinet. He started writing music early, trying to orchestrate his own pieces as a teen. In 1948 Williams moved to Los Angeles with his family, where he studied composition privately and also briefly at the University of California, Los Angeles. In 1951 he was drafted into the U.S. Air Force, and during his service he arranged band music and began conducting.

After leaving the air force in 1954, Williams briefly studied piano at the Juilliard School of Music and worked as a jazz pianist in New York City, both in clubs and for recordings. He later returned to California, where he worked as a Hollywood studio pianist for such films as Some Like It Hot (1959), West Side Story (1961), and To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). During that time he also began composing for television, writing songs for such shows as Wagon Train and Gilligan’s Island.

In the early 1970s Williams made a name for himself as a composer for big-budget disaster films, including The Poseidon Adventure (1972), and Spielberg, then an aspiring director, asked Williams to score his first feature, The Sugarland Express (1974). Thus began a decades-long partnership between the two, with Williams scoring some of Spielberg’s best-known films, including shark-attack thriller Jaws (1975), sci-fi flicks Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), the rollicking Indiana Jones series (1981, 1984, 1989, 2008), dinosaur action movie Jurassic Park (1993) and its sequel The Lost World (1997), Holocaust biopic Schindler’s List (1993), war drama Saving Private Ryan (1998), biopic Lincoln (2012), and many more.

Throughout his extensive career Williams created some of the most memorable music in movie history, including the scores and iconic theme songs for eight of the Star Wars films (1977, 1980, 1983, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2015, and 2017) and the first three Harry Potter films (2001, 2002, and 2004). He also composed themes for some of the NBC network’s news programs and for the 1984, 1988, 1996, and 2002 Olympic Games. He was known especially for his lush symphonic style, which helped bring symphonic film scores back into vogue after synthesizers had started to become the norm.

In addition to his film work, Williams was well known as a concert composer and conductor. He composed symphonies as well as concertos for various instruments. In 1980 he became the conductor of the Boston Pops, touring and recording extensively and sometimes leading the orchestra in live renditions of his popular film scores. After his retirement in 1993, Williams remained a laureate conductor for the Pops and guest conducted for such orchestras as the London Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic. In 2009 he composed and arranged a song for the inauguration ceremony of U.S. Pres. Barack Obama.

Williams received many honours and awards for his work. He was nominated for more than 45 Academy Awards and won 5: for his adaptation of the musical Fiddler on the Roof (1971), for Jaws (1975), for Star Wars (1977), for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), and for Schindler’s List (1993). He was also the recipient of 3 Emmy Awards and more than 20 Grammy Awards. In 2004 he was awarded a Kennedy Center Honor, and in 2009 he was awarded the National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to an artist by the U.S. government, for his achievements in symphonic music for motion pictures.

The Very Best of John Williams 

01-Raiders of the Lost Ark - The Map Room: Dawn 0:02
02-Raiders of the Lost Ark - Desert Chase 3:54    
03-Close Encounters of the Third Kind - Introduction 7:55 
04-Close Encounters of the Third Kind - Chasing UFOs 9:46
05-Close Encounters of the Third Kind - The Conversation 11:04 
06-Close Encounters of the Third Kind - Resolution & End Title (cond. C. Gerhardt) 13:26      
07-E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial - E.T. Alone 20:40      
08-E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial - Halloween 23:37
09-E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial - Farewell 26:29
10-The Poseidon Adventure -The Red Wheel 29:50
11-Earthquake - Cory In Jeopardy 32:50   
12-The Towering Inferno - The Helicopter Explosion 35:15     
13-Family Plot - The Mystery Woman 38:05  
14-Jaws - The Empty Raft 41:35
15-Jaws 2 - Fire Aboard And Eddie's Death 42:58
16-Jaws 2 - The Water Kite Sequence 46:25
17-The Fury - Vision On The Stairs 49:21
18-The Fury - Gillian's Escape 53:25
19-The Fury - Gillian's Power 59:39  
20-Dracula - The Love Scene 1:01:23    
21-Superman - Main Title 1:03:36    
22-Superman - The Fortress of Solitude 1:07:50    
23-1941 - Battle of Hollywood 1:13:25   
24-1941 - Invasion 1:15:12  
25-Saving Private Ryan- Hymn to the Fallen 1:16:57    
26-Schindler's List -Theme (violin solo, Itzhak Perlman) 1:22:58  
27-Born on the Fourth of July - The Early Days, Massapequa, 1957 1:27:13   
28-Jurassic Park - Main Theme 1:32:14        
29-Harry Potter - Hedwig's Theme 1:35:39       
30-A.I. Artificial Intelligence - Where Dreams Are Born 1:40:40   
31-Images - Blood Moon 1:45:03       
32-Lost in Space - Main Title 1:48:15   
33-Lost in Space - Countdown 1:49:13     
34-Star Wars - A New Hope - Main Theme 1:51:32  
35-Star Wars - A New Hope - Binary Sunset 1:57:09   
36-Star Wars - The Empire Strikes Back - Imperial March (with James Earl Jones) 2:01:17  
37-Star Wars - Return of the Jedi - The Emperor Arrives 2:02:55    
38-Star Wars - Return of the Jedi - Final Duel 2:05:03     
39-Star Wars - The Phantom Menace - Duel of the Fates 2:07:31     
40-Star Wars - The Force Awakens - Trailer (additional music by J. S. Hanson & F. Lloyd) 2:11:47    
41-Star Wars - The Force Awakens -The Jedi Steps 2:14:01     
42-Star Wars - The Last Jedi - Finale 2:15:41   
43-The 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games Theme & Fanfare (Original 1984 Recording) 2:24:11

The Top 10 Most Beautiful Movie Soundtracks by John Williams
10."Hymn To The Fallen," Saving Private Ryan 00:00-06:08
9. "Anakin's Theme," Star Wars: Episode 1 (gulp!) 06:09-09:16
8. "Saying Goodbye," E.T. 09:17-16:02
7. "Yoda's Theme," Empire Strikes Back 16:03-19:31
6. "Mom Returns," Home Alone 19:32-23:50
5. "Toy Planes, Home, and Hearth," Empire Of The Sun 23:51-28:25
4. "Reunion Of Friends," Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets 28:26-33:33
3. "You Are The Pan," Hook 33:34-37:32
2. "Schindler's Theme," Schindler's List 37:33-42:00
1. "A Tree For My Bed," Jurassic Park 42:01-44:21


John Williams - Film Music - I
-1- Harry Potter
1966 How to steal a million    
1967 Valley of the Dolls  
1970 Jane Eyre 
1971 Fidler on the Roof  
1972 Images 
1974 The Towering Inferno  

1987 The Witches of Eastwick 
1988 The Accidental Tourist

1990 Home Alone 
1992 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York    
1995 Sabrina 
1996 Sleepers

1999 Angela’s Ashes 
2000 The Patriot 

2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone      
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets  
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 

2005 Memoirs of a Geisha 
2013 The Book Thief  


John Williams and Steven Spielberg - II
1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind 
1979 1941
1982 E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial   
1987 Empire of the Sun 
1989 Always 
1991 Hook 
1993 Schindler’s List  
1997 Amistad   
1998 Saving Private Ryan  
2001 A.I.: Artificial Intelligence  
2002 Catch Me If You Can  
2002 Minority Report  
2004 The Terminal
2005 War of the Worlds 
2005 Munich  
2011 The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn  
2011 War Horse 
2012 Lincoln  
2016 The BFG 

2017 The Post

John Williams and Steven Spielberg - III
-2- Jaws   -3- Indiana Jones   -4-Jurassic Park
1975 Jaws 
1978 Jaws 2  
1983 Jaws 3  (Directed by Joe Alves - Music by Alan Parker)
1987 Jaws: The Revenge   (Directed by Joseph Sargent - Music by Michael Small)
1981 Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark  
1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom  
1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade  
2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 
1993 Jurassic Park 
1997  The Lost World: Jurassic Park 
2001 Jarassic Park III  (Directed by Joe Johnston - Music by Don Davis)
2015 Jurassic World  (Directed by Colin Trevorrow - Music by Michael Giacchino)
2018 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom  (Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona - Music by Michael Giacchino)


ohn Williams - IV
-5- Star Wars
1977    Star Wars - Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope
1980   Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
1983    Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi
1999   Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace    
2002   Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones    
2005   Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith  
2015    Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens
2017    Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi
2019    Star Wars. Episode IX    

 

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How to Steal a Million
 

How to Steal a Million is a 1966 heist comedy film, directed by William Wyler and starring Audrey Hepburn, Peter O'Toole, Eli Wallach and Hugh Griffith. The picture is set and was filmed in France, though the characters speak entirely in English. Audrey Hepburn's clothes were designed by Givenchy.

How To Steal A Million - Soundtrack Suite - John Williams

How to Steal a Million - Trailer

How to Steal a Million

How to Steal a Million

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Valley of the Dolls
 

Valley of the Dolls is a 1967 American drama film directed by Mark Robson, produced by Robson and David Weisbart, and starring Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke, Sharon Tate, and Susan Hayward. It was based on the 1966 novel of the same name by Jacqueline Susann.

Johnny Williams - Valley Of The Dolls 

Valley of the Dolls (1967) - Trailer

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Jane Eyre
 

Jane Eyre is a 1970 British television film directed by Delbert Mann, starring George C. Scott and Susannah York. It is based on the 1847 novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. The film had its theatrical debut in the United Kingdom in 1970 and was released on television in the United States in 1971.

John Williams - Jane Eyre - Soundtrack (1970)

Jane Eyre | 1970

TFiddler on the Roof
 

Fiddler on the Roof is a 1971 American musical comedy-drama film produced and directed by Norman Jewison. It is an adaptation of the 1964 Broadway musical of the same name, with music composed by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and screenplay by Joseph Stein and based on stories by Sholem Aleichem. Starring Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey, Molly Picon, and Paul Mann, the film centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his Jewish religious and cultural traditions as outside influences encroach upon the family's lives. He must cope both with the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters, who wish to marry for love – each one's choice of a husband moves further away from the customs of his faith – and with the edict of the Tsar who evicts the Jews from the town of Anatevka.

Throughout the film, Tevye talks to God and directly to the audience, breaking the fourth wall. In these monologues, Tevye ponders tradition, the difficulties of being poor, the Jewish community's constant fear of harassment from their non-Jewish neighbors, and important family decisions.

The film was released to critical acclaim and won three Academy Awards, including Best Music, Scoring Adaptation and Original Song Score for arranger-conductor John Williams. It was nominated for several more, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Topol as Tevye, and Best Supporting Actor for Frey, who played Motel Kamzoil the Tailor. Topol and Frey had performed in stage productions of the musical; Topol as Tevye in the London production and Frey in a minor part as Mendel, the rabbi's son, on Broadway.
 

Fiddler on the Roof  -  [Trailer]

"Fiddler on the Roof" Soundtrack Suite
Suite de 10 minutos de la Banda Sonora Original de la película "El Violinista en el Tejado" (Fiddler on the Roof), compuesta por Jerry Bock en 1964 y adaptada al cine por John Williams en 1971.

Images
 

Images is a 1972 British-American psychological horror film written and directed by Robert Altman and starring Susannah York and René Auberjonois. The picture follows an unstable children's author who finds herself engulfed in apparitions and hallucinations while staying at her remote vacation home.

Conceived by Altman in the mid-1960s, Images secured financing in 1971 by Hemdale Film Group Ltd., and shot on location in County Wicklow, Ireland in the fall of that year. The script, which had been sparsely composed by Altman, was collaboratively developed further throughout the shoot with the actors. Images premiered at the 25th Cannes Film Festival, where York won the award for Best Actress, after which it was released theatrically in the United States by Columbia Pictures on December 18, 1972. Its theatrical run in the United States was short-lived, and the film received little promotion from Hemdale in the United Kingdom.

Critical reception of the film was mixed, with some critics praising York's performance and Vilmos Zsigmond's cinematography, while others faulted it for being incoherent, comparing it to films like Repulsion (1965). The film was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best English-Language Foreign Film, and John Williams was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score.

John Williams - Images - Soundtrack (1972)

Images - Original Trailer (1972)

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The Towering Inferno
 

The Towering Inferno is a 1974 American drama disaster film produced by Irwin Allen featuring an all-star cast led by Paul Newman and Steve McQueen. The picture was directed by John Guillermin. A co-production between 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros., it was the first film to be a joint venture by two major Hollywood studios. It was adapted by Stirling Silliphant from a pair of novels, The Tower by Richard Martin Stern and The Glass Inferno by Thomas N. Scortia and Frank M. Robinson.

The film earned a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Picture and was the highest-grossing film released in 1974. The picture was nominated for eight Oscars in all, winning three. In addition to McQueen and Newman, the cast includes William Holden, Faye Dunaway, Fred Astaire, Susan Blakely, Richard Chamberlain, O. J. Simpson, Robert Vaughn, Robert Wagner, Susan Flannery, Gregory Sierra, Dabney Coleman and, in her final film, Jennifer Jones.

John Williams - The Towering Inferno - Soundtrack - 1974

The Towering Inferno (1974) - Trailer

The Witches of Eastwick
 

The Witches of Eastwick is a 1987 American comedy-dark fantasy film based on John Updike's novel The Witches of Eastwick (1984). Directed by George Miller, the film stars Jack Nicholson as Daryl Van Horne, alongside Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer and Susan Sarandon as the eponymous witches.

John Williams - The Witches Of Eastwick - Soundtrack Suite (1987)

The Witches Of Eastwick - Trailer

The Witches Of Eastwick - 1987 - "Women" (Clip)

The Accidental Tourist
 

The Accidental Tourist is a 1988 American drama film starring William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, and Geena Davis. It was directed by Lawrence Kasdan and scored by John Williams. The film's screenplay was adapted by Kasdan and Frank Galati from the novel of the same name by Anne Tyler.

It was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, and Best Supporting Actress for Davis, which she won. John Williams was nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for Best Original Score.

John Williams - The Accidental Tourist  - Suite

The Accidental Tourist (1988) Trailer 

Home Alone
 

Home Alone is a 1990 American Christmas comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. The film stars Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy who is mistakenly left behind when his family flies to Paris for their Christmas vacation. Kevin initially relishes being home alone, but soon has to contend with two burglars, played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. The film also features John Heard and Catherine O'Hara as Kevin's parents.

Culkin was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Musical or Comedy, and the film was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Original Score, which was written by John Williams, and Best Original Song for "Somewhere in My Memory". After its release, Home Alone became the highest-grossing live action comedy film of all time in the United States, and also held the record worldwide until it was overtaken by The Hangover Part II in 2011. For nearly three decades, the film was also the highest-grossing Christmas film of all time until it was surpassed by The Grinch in 2018. Despite the mixed critical reception upon its initial release, Home Alone has been hailed as a holiday classic among audiences, and is often ranked as one of the best Christmas films of all time.

Home Alone spawned a successful film franchise with four sequels, including the 1992 film Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, which is the only Home Alone sequel to have the original cast reprising their roles.

John Williams - Home Alone (1990) - Soundtrack

Home Alone (1990) Trailer

Home Alone (1990) - Kevin Washes Up Scene (1/5)

Home Alone (1990) - Scaring Marv Scene (2/5)

Home Alone (1990) - Thirsty for More? Scene (4/5)

Home Alone (1990) - Booby Traps Scene (3/5) 

Home Alone (1990) - Kevin Escapes Scene (5/5)

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 
 

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is a 1992 American Christmas comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. It is the second film in the Home Alone series and the sequel to Home Alone. Macaulay Culkin reprises his role as Kevin McCallister, while Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern reprise their roles as Harry and Marv. Catherine O'Hara, John Heard, Rob Schneider, Tim Curry, Dana Ivey, and Brenda Fricker are also featured.

In the film, taking place one year after the events of Home Alone, Kevin and his family decide to take a trip to Florida, but Kevin accidentally boards the wrong plane and ends up in New York City. He tries to make do with what he has, such as using his father's credit card to stay at the Plaza Hotel, but is soon confronted by the recently-escaped Wet Bandits. Using his wits to survive and befriending unlikely locals, Kevin must outrun and out-prank his old enemies again, while his family tries desperately to find him.

Principal photography took place from December 9, 1991 to May 1, 1992; the film was shot in Winnetka, Illinois; O'Hare International Airport in Chicago; Evanston, Illinois; and New York City. The film became the second most financially successful film of 1992, earning over $173 million in revenue in the United States and $359 million worldwide against a budget of $20 million. The film is also notable for featuring a cameo from future U.S. President Donald Trump, who had owned the Plaza Hotel at the time of the film's production. Along with the original Home Alone film, Home Alone 2 is often considered a classic holiday film, and often ranks highly among top-rated Christmas Film lists.

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York - Original Soundtrack
01. All Alone On Christmas - Darlene love
02. Have A Holly Jolly Christmas - Allen Jackson 
03. Somewhere In My Memory - Bette Mader 
04. My Christmas Tree - Home Alone Children's Choir 
05. Sleigh Ride - TLC 
06. Silver Bells - Atlantic Strr
07. Merry Christmas Merry Christmas - John Williams 
08. Jingle Bells Rock - Bobby Helms 
09. Cool Jerk - The Captiols 
10. It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas - Johnny Mentis 
11. Christmas Star - John Williams 
12. Oh Come On All Ye Faithful - Lisa Fischer

Home Alone 2: Lost In New York - Trailer

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) - Merry Christmas, You Filthy Animal Scene (1/5)

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) - Give It to Me Scene (2/5) 

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) - Marv Electrocuted, Harry Blows Up Scene (4/5) | 

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) - Staple Gun Doorknob Scene (3/5)

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) - A Kid vs. Two Idiots Scene (5/5)

Sabrina
 

Sabrina is a 1995 American romantic comedy-drama film adapted by Barbara Benedek and David Rayfiel. It is a remake of the 1954 film Sabrina co-written and directed by Billy Wilder that starred Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, and William Holden, which in turn was based upon a play titled Sabrina Fair.

It was directed by Sydney Pollack, and stars Harrison Ford as Linus Larrabee, Julia Ormond as Sabrina and Greg Kinnear (in his first starring film role) as David Larrabee. It also features Angie Dickinson, Richard Crenna, Nancy Marchand, Lauren Holly, John Wood, Dana Ivey, and French actress Fanny Ardant.

Sabrina was released on December 15, 1995, by Paramount Pictures. 

Sabrina (1995)

Sabrina - Soundtrack
1. Theme From Sabrina
2. Moonlight - Sting
3. Linus' New Life
4. Growing up in Paris
5. (In the) - (TRUE instrumental) Moonlight
6. Sabrina Remembers / La Vie En Rose
7. Sabrina Comes Home
8. Nantucket Visit
9. The Party Sequence / When Joanna Loved Me / The Shadow Of Your Smile / Call Me Irresponsible / Stella By Starlight
10. Sabrina and Linus Date
11. How Can I Remember? - Michael Dees
12. Sabrina's Return to Paris

Sleepers
 

Sleepers is a 1996 American legal crime drama film written, produced, and directed by Barry Levinson, and based on Lorenzo Carcaterra's 1995 novel of the same name. The film stars Kevin Bacon, Jason Patric, Brad Pitt, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Minnie Driver and Vittorio Gassman.

Sleepers (1996) Official Trailer

Sleepers - 1996 - Soundtrack Suite -  John Williams

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Angela's Ashes
 

Angela's Ashes is a 1999 drama film based on the memoir of the same name by Frank McCourt. An international co-production between the United States, the United Kingdom, and Ireland,[1] it was co-written and directed by Alan Parker, and stars Emily Watson, Robert Carlyle, Joe Breen, Ciaran Owens, and Michael Legge, the latter three playing the Young, Middle and Older Frank McCourt respectively.

John Williams - Angela's Ashes - Soundtrack

Angela's Ashes (1999) - Trailer

The Patriot
 

The Patriot is a 2000 American epic historical fiction war film directed by Roland Emmerich, written by Robert Rodat, and starring Mel Gibson, Chris Cooper, Heath Ledger, and Jason Isaacs. The film mainly takes place in rural Berkeley County, South Carolina, and depicts the story of an American Colonist, nominally loyal to the British Crown, who is swept into the American Revolutionary War when his family is threatened. Benjamin Martin is a composite figure the scriptwriter claims is based on four factual figures from the American Revolutionary War: Andrew Pickens, Francis Marion, Daniel Morgan, and Thomas Sumter.

The film takes place during the events of the Southern theater of the American Revolutionary War but attracted controversy over its fictional portrayal of historical British figures and atrocities. Professor Mark Glancy, teacher of film history at Queen Mary, University of London has said: "It's horrendously inaccurate and attributes crimes committed by the Nazis in the 1940s to the British in the 1770s." While it is clear that the actions of then-Colonel Banastre Tarleton were certainly despicable, they were nowhere near the atrocities in the film, especially with the infamous "Burning church" scene, of which there is no historical or written record. Australian film critic David Edwards asserts that "this fictional story is set around actual events, but it is not a history of what America was, or even an image of what it has become—it's a dream of what it should be....The Patriot is a grand epic full of action and emotion....But it's also surprisingly insightful in its evaluation of the American ideal—if not the reality." While, as critic Roger Ebert states, "None of it has much to do with the historical reality of the Revolutionary War".

John Williams - The Patriot - 2000 - Soundtrack Suite 

The Patriot (2000) - Trailer

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (released in the United States as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) is a 2001 fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on J. K. Rowling's 1997 novel of the same name. The film is the first instalment in the long-running Harry Potter film series and was written by Steve Kloves and produced by David Heyman. Its story follows Harry Potter's first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as he discovers that he is a famous wizard and begins his education. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, with Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley, and Emma Watson as Hermione Granger.

The film was released to cinemas in the United Kingdom and United States on 16 November 2001. It became a critical and commercial success, grossing $974.8 million at the box office worldwide. The highest-grossing film of 2001, it is the 37th highest-grossing of all-time (2nd at the time of its release) and the second most successful instalment of the Harry Potter series behind Deathly Hallows – Part 2. The film was nominated for many awards, including Academy Awards for Best Original Score, Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design. It was followed by seven sequels, beginning with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in 2002 and ending with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 in 2011, nearly ten years after the first film's release.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - Trailer

The Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone -
soundtrack was composed and conducted by John Williams 

00:00  Prologue
02:12  Harry's Wondrous World
07:33  The Arrival of Baby Harry
11:58  Visit to the Zoo and Letters from Hogwarts
15:22  Diagon Alley and The Gringotts Vault
19:28  Platform Nine-and-Three Quarters and The Journey to Hogwarts
22:43  Entry into The Great Hall and The Banquet
26:25  Mr.Longbottom Flies
30:00  Hogwarts Forever! and The Moving Stairs
33:47  The Norwegian Ridgeback and A Change of Season
36:35  The Quidditch Match
45:04  Christmas at Hogwarts
48:00  The Invisibility Cloak and The Library Scene
51:16  Fluffy's Harp
53:55  In the Devil's Snare and The Flying Keys
56:16  The Chess Game
01:00:05  The Face of Voldemort
01:06:16  Leaving Hogwarts
01:08:30  Hedwig's Theme

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
 

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a 2002 fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on J. K. Rowling's 1998 novel of the same name. The film is a sequel to the 2001 film Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and the second instalment in the Harry Potter film series. It was written by Steve Kloves and produced by David Heyman. Its story follows Harry Potter's second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as the Heir of Salazar Slytherin opens the Chamber of Secrets, unleashing a monster that petrifies the school's denizens. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, with Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley, and Emma Watson as Hermione Granger and is also the last film to feature Richard Harris as Professor Albus Dumbledore, due to his death that same year.

The film was released in theatres in the United Kingdom and the United States on 15 November 2002. It became a critical and commercial success, grossing $879 million at the box office worldwide. It was the second highest grossing film of 2002 behind The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. The movie was nominated for many awards including the BAFTA Award for Best Production Design, Best Sound, and Best Special Visual Effects. It was followed by six sequels, beginning with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in 2004 and ending with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 in 2011, nearly ten years after the first film's release.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Trailer

Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets - Soundtrack 
Soundtrack was composed and conducted by John Williams

00:00  Prologue: Book II and The Escape from the Dursleys
03:31  Fawkes the Phoenix
07:17  The Chamber of Secrets
11:07  Gilderoy Lockhart
13:13  The Flying Car
17:21  Knockturn Alley
19:09  Introducing Colin
20:59  The Dueling Club
25:07  Dobby the House-elf
28:34  The Spiders
33:07  Moaning Myrtle
35:13  Meeting Aragog
38:32  Fawkes is Reborn
41:51  Meeting Tom Riddle
45:29  Cornish Pixies
47:42  Polyjuice Potion
51:54  Cakes for Crabbe and Goyle
55:05  Duelling the Basilisk
01:00:08  Reunion of Friends
01:05:16  Harry's Wonderous World

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
 

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a 2004 fantasy film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on J. K. Rowling's 1999 novel of the same name. The film, which is the third instalment in the Harry Potter film series, was written by Steve Kloves and produced by Chris Columbus (director of the first two instalments), David Heyman, and Mark Radcliffe. The story follows Harry Potter's third year at Hogwarts as he is informed that a prisoner named Sirius Black has escaped from Azkaban intending to kill him.

The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, alongside Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as Harry's best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. It also features well-known actors in supporting roles, including Gary Oldman as Sirius Black, David Thewlis as Remus Lupin, Michael Gambon (in his debut in the role of Albus Dumbledore), Emma Thompson as Sybill Trelawney and Timothy Spall as Peter Pettigrew. It is the sequel to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and is followed by Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

The film was released on 31 May 2004 in the United Kingdom and on 4 June 2004 in North America, as the first Harry Potter film released into IMAX theatres and to be using IMAX Technology. It was also the last Harry Potter film to be released on VHS in the U.S. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards, Best Original Music Score and Best Visual Effects at the 77th Academy Awards in 2005.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Official Trailer

Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban - Soundtrack 
Soundtrack was composed and conducted by John Williams 

00:00  Lumos!
01:35  Aunt Marge's Waltz
03:48  The Knight Bus
06:37  Apparition On The Train
08:50  Double Trouble
10:25  Buckbeak's Flight
12:31  A Window To The Past
16:24  The Whomping Willow And The Snowball Fight
18:44  Secrets Of The Castle
23:18  The Portrait Gallery
25:16  Hagrid The Professor
27:39  Monster Books And Boggarts!
31:22  Quidditch, Third Year
33:41  Lupin's Transformation And Chasing Scabbers
34:32  The Patronus Light
35:32  The Werewolf Scene
39:35  Saving Buckbeak
46:32  Forward To Time Past
49:03  The Dementors Converge
52:13  Finale
55:36  Mischief Managed!

Memoirs of a Geisha
 

Memoirs of a Geisha is an 2005 American epic drama film based on the novel of the same name by Arthur Golden, produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment and Spyglass Entertainment and by Douglas Wick's Red Wagon Productions. Directed by Rob Marshall, the film was released in the United States on December 9, 2005 by Columbia Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures; the latter was given studio credit only. It stars Ziyi Zhang, Ken Watanabe, Gong Li, Michelle Yeoh, Youki Kudoh, Suzuka Ohgo and Samantha Futerman. Production took place in southern and northern California and in several locations in Kyoto, including the Kiyomizu temple and the Fushimi Inari shrine. The film tells the story of a young Japanese girl, Chiyo Sakamoto, who is sold by her impoverished family to a geisha house called an okiya. Chiyo is eventually transformed into a geisha and renamed "Sayuri", and becomes one of the most celebrated geisha of her time. But with this success, Sayuri also learns the secrets and sacrifices of the geisha lifestyle.

The film was released to mixed reviews from western critics, but was a box office hit and was nominated for and won numerous awards, including nominations for six Academy Awards, and eventually won three: Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design. The acting, visuals, sets, costumes, and John Williams' musical score were praised, but the film was criticized for casting Chinese actresses as Japanese women and for its style over substance approach. The Japanese release of the film was titled Sayuri, the titular character's geisha name.
 

John Williams - Memoirs Of A Geisha -Soundtrack

Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) Trailer 

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The Book Thief
 

The Book Thief is a 2013 World War II war drama film directed by Brian Percival and starring Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, and Sophie Nélisse. The film is based on the 2005 novel of the same name by Markus Zusak and adapted by Michael Petroni. The film is about a young girl living with her adoptive German family during the Nazi era. Taught to read by her kind-hearted foster father, the girl begins "borrowing" books and sharing them with the Jewish refugee being sheltered by her foster parents in their home. The film features a musical score by Oscar-winning composer John Williams.

The Book Thief premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival on October 3, 2013, and was released for general distribution in the United States on November 8, 2013. The film received mixed reviews upon its theatrical release with some reviewers praising its "fresher perspective on the war" and its focus on the "consistent thread of humanity" in the story, with other critics faulting the film's "wishful narrative". With a budget of $19 million, the film was successful at the box office, earning over $76 million.

The Book Thief received Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for its score. For her performance in the film, Sophie Nélisse won the Hollywood Film Festival Spotlight Award, the Satellite Newcomer Award, and the Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role – Female. The film was released on Blu-ray and DVD on March 11, 2014.
 

The Book Thief - John Williams - Soundtrack

The Book Thief Official Trailer #1 (2013)