AFI's 100 YEARS OF FILM SCORES


AFI'S 25 GREATEST FILM SCORES
OF ALL TIME

The AFI's 100 Years of Film Scores is a list of the 25 greatest American films scores of all time.

The film scores of all time in The Big Picture – AFI's 100 Years of Film Scores were originally presented during a one-night only live performance at the Hollywood Bowl on September 23, 2005 produced by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association in cooperation with AFI.

Spanning a century of film music and counting down from 25 to number one throughout the evening, Principal Conductor John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra performed excerpts from each of the winning scores, many of them accompanied by favorite movie scenes shown on the Bowl's big video screens. While television broadcasts have announced the previous eight installments of AFI's 100 Years... series, this event marks the first time an AFI countdown was revealed before a live audience.

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FILM

YEAR

STUDIO

COMPOSER

1

STAR WARS

1977

Twentieth Century Fox

John Williams

2

GONE WITH THE WIND

1939

Selznick/MGM

Max Steiner

3

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA

1962

Columbia

Maurice Jarre

4

PSYCHO

1960

Paramount

Bernard Herrmann

5

THE GODFATHER

1972

Paramount

Nino Rota

6

JAWS

1975

Universal

John Williams

7

LAURA

1944

Twentieth Century Fox

David Raksin

8

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN

1960

United Artists

Elmer Bernstein

9

CHINATOWN

1974

Paramount

Jerry Goldsmith

10

HIGH NOON

1952

United Artists

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

John Williams

15

OUT OF AFRICA

1985

Universal

John Barry

16

SUNSET BLVD.

1950

Paramount

Franz Waxman

17

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

1962

Universal

Elmer Bernstein

18

PLANET OF THE APES

1968

Twentieth Century Fox

Jerry Goldsmith

19

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

1951

Warner Bros.

Alex North

20

THE PINK PANTHER

1964

United Artists

Henry Mancini

21

BEN-HUR

1959

MGM

Miklos Rozsa

22

ON THE WATERFRONT

1954

Columbia

Leonard Bernstein

23

THE MISSION

1986

Warner Bros.

Ennio Morricone

24

ON GOLDEN POND

1981

Universal

Dave Grusin

25

HOW THE WEST WAS WON

1962

MGM, Cinerama Releasing

Alfred Newman


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