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Exactly!

Personnally I'm a huge fan of his Star Wars works so when I have to make a top 10 you can understand that there is hardly place for other stuff.

The best way to rank Williams music in my opinion is by subgenre otherwise there is too many sacrifies.

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Raiders of the Lost Ark

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Superman

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Empire of the Sun

The Lost World

The Patriot

HP and the Philosopher's Stone

HP and the Prisoner of Azkaban

A.I

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10) The Reivers

9) Jaws

8) Jaws 2

7) Dracula

6) The Phantom Menace

5) Far and Away

4) Raiders

3) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

2) Superman: The Movie

1) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND,

SUPERMAN,

THE TOWERING INFERNO,

1941,

THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK,

EMPIRE OF THE SUN,

THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST,

J.F.K.,

CINDERELLA LIBERTY,

MINORITY REPORT.

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This could just as easily all 9 Star Wars and Temple of Doom for me, but tried to get a little variety in there

 

1. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (intellectual favorite)

2. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

3. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

4. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (actual favorite)

5. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

6. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

7. Hook

8. Superman: The Movie

9. Minority Report

10. Close Encounters of the Third Kind

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This is difficult, but my top 10 in no particular order would probably be these:

 

Nixon

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

The Towering Inferno

The Long Goodbye

The Fury

Images

Seven Years in Tibet

A.I. Artificial Intelligence

1941

Checkmate

 

The first nine of them came to mind right away, the last one was difficult to name since no 10th title came to mind instantly. In the end it was a battle between Checkmate and Catch Me If You Can, I favoured the underdog this time since i'm not a huge fan of the CMIYC score outside the opening music; I think I like Checkmate as a whole better. However, I could see Checkmate replaced by another JW score going forward, I will have to revisit scores like Jane Eyre, Angela's Ashes and a few others in future to tell for sure. I think most of JW's best work is his lesser known stuff rather than most of the popular blockbusters.

 

Either Nixon or Close Encounters is my #1. While I think Close Encounters contains JW's best music in its best few cues, I think I prefer Nixon as a whole.

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In no particular order, I would go with the following.

 

Places 1-10:

 

A.I. Artificial Intelligence

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Star Wars

The Empire Strikes Back

The Phantom Menace

Return of the Jedi

Schindler's List

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

E. T.

 

 

Places 11-20:

 

Dracula

Jaws

Hook

Angela's Ashes

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Jurassic Park

The Lost World

Saving Private Ryan

Seven Years in Tibet

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jurassic Park has this phasing quality to it where some days I'm just like... this is it. This is Williams' best. It's a very peculiar quality, where some days I think it's obviously more like 1. SW > 2. ET > IJ >>..., but JP is the only one that later exceeds all these scores. This mindset happens under wholism; instead of analyzing musical particulars and textures, leaving me to believe SW is the best, it's the mindset of how iconic a score really is, ie. what really stands the test of time. It's amazing. Usually during this mood I'll have E.T. as no. 2... so JP > ET >> SW, but then during the more analytical mindset it's all switched around.

 

At the end of the day, I'd really have to place Jurassic Park no lower than 3rd or 2nd place.

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