Star Wars Tops AFI's List of 25 Greatest Film Scores of All Time

Other Honorees Include Celebrated Scores from

Gone With the Wind, Lawrence of Arabia, Psycho and The Godfather

Sep 23, 2005, 01:00 ET from American Film Institute

    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- American Film Institute (AFI)
 revealed the top 25 film scores of all time in The Big Picture-AFI's 100 Years
 of Film Scores, a one-night only presentation produced by the Los Angeles
 Philharmonic Association in cooperation with AFI.  A jury of over 500 film
 artists, composers, musicians, critics and historians selected John Williams'
 iconic score from the classic film STAR WARS as the most memorable film score
 of all time.  John Williams is additionally noteworthy as the most represented
 composer on the list with three scores making the top 25.
     Rounding off the top 10 were film scores ranging in theme from sweeping
 epics to westerns, including: GONE WITH THE WIND (#2), composer Max Steiner;
 LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (#3), composer Maurice Jarre; PSYCHO (#4), composer Bernard
 Herrmann; THE GODFATHER (#5), composer Nino Rota; JAWS (#6), composer John
 Williams; LAURA (#7), composer David Raksin; THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (#8),
 composer Elmer Bernstein; CHINATOWN (#9) composer Jerry Goldsmith; and HIGH
 NOON (#10), composer Dimitri Tiomkin.
     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.
      The Honorees Are ...
           FILM TITLE                          YEAR    COMPOSER
      1    STAR WARS EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE    1977    John Williams
      2    GONE WITH THE WIND                  1939    Max Steiner
      3    LAWRENCE OF ARABIA                  1962    Maurice Jarre
      4    PSYCHO                              1960    Bernard Herrmann
      5    GODFATHER, THE                      1972    Nino Rota
      6    JAWS                                1975    John Williams
      7    LAURA                               1944    David Raksin
      8    THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN               1960    Elmer Bernstein
      9    CHINATOWN                           1974    Jerry Goldsmith
      10   HIGH NOON                           1952    Dimitri Tiomkin
      11   THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD        1938    Erich Wolfgang Korngold
      12   VERTIGO                             1958    Bernard Herrmann
      13   KING KONG                           1933    Max Steiner
      14   E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL          1982    John Williams
      15   OUT OF AFRICA                       1985    John Barry
      16   SUNSET BLVD.                        1950    Franz Waxman
      17   TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD               1962    Elmer Bernstein
      18   PLANET OF THE APES                  1968    Jerry Goldsmith
      19   A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE            1951    Alex North
      20   THE PINK PANTHER                    1964    Henry Mancini
      21   BEN-HUR                             1959    Miklos Rozsa
      22   ON THE WATERFRONT                   1954    Leonard Bernstein
      23   THE MISSION                         1986    Ennio Morricone
      24   ON GOLDEN POND                      1981    Dave Grusin
      25   HOW THE WEST WAS WON                1962    Alfred Newman
     Created as a sidebar to AFI's popular AFI's 100 Years... series, AFI's 100
 Years of Film Scores continues the mission of this program-to reignite an
 interest in classic American cinema. This theme additionally befits the
 Hollywood Bowl's annual movie night, which brings to life the music of the
 world's most beloved films.
     AFI's 100 Years...  series has garnered considerable attention from movie
 lovers around the world-and consistently sparks national discussions of
 America's film history.  Previous programs within this series have included
 AFI 100 Years ... 100 Movies (1998), ...100 Stars (1999), ...100 Laughs
 (2000), ...100 Thrills (2001), ...100 Passions (2002), ...100 Heroes &
 Villains (2003), ...100 Songs (2004) and ...100 Movie Quotes (2005).
     About the Jury Process
     AFI distributed a ballot with 250 nominated movie scores to a jury of over
 500 leaders from the creative community, including composers, musicians, film
 artists (directors, screenwriters, actors, editors and cinematographers),
 critics and historians.  The jurors were asked to consider the following
 criteria in making their selections:
     An original music composition written to serve as the dramatic underscore
 to an American film released in the sound era.*
     Film Scores that enrich the moviegoing experience by bringing the
 emotional elements of a film's story to life.
     Film Scores that create a new sound and, therefore, present the film in a
 distinct fashion while advancing the art forms.
     Film Scores that are also enjoyed apart from the movie and evoking the
 memory of its film source, thus ensuring and enlivening both the music and the
 movie's historical legacy.
     *AFI defines an American film as an English language motion picture with
 significant creative and/or financial production elements from the United
 States.  Additionally, only Film Scores from feature-length American films
 released in the sound era (1927 to present) will be considered.  AFI defines a
 feature-length film as a motion picture of narrative format that is typically
 over 60 minutes in length.
     About the American Film Institute
     AFI is a national institute providing leadership in screen education and
 the recognition and celebration of excellence in the art of film, television
 and digital media.  AFI trains the next generation of filmmakers at its world-
 renowned Conservatory, maintains America's film heritage through the AFI
 Catalog of Feature Films and explores new digital technologies in
 entertainment and education through the AFI Digital Content Lab and K-12
 Screen Education Center. As the largest nonprofit exhibitor in the US, AFI ON
 SCREEN encompasses the annual AFI FEST presented by Audi: AFI Los Angeles
 International Film Festival-as well as year-round programming at ArcLight
 Hollywood and the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring,
 Maryland, including SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival.
 AFI AWARDS, the annual almanac for the 21st century, honors the most
 outstanding motion pictures and television programs of the year, while AFI's
 100 Years... series has ignited extraordinary public interest in classic
 American movies. And, during the past 33 years, AFI's Life Achievement Award
 has become the highest honor for a career in film. Additional information
 about AFI is available at
     About the Hollywood Bowl
     John Mauceri's accomplishments extend nationally and internationally, not
 only to the world's greatest opera companies and symphony orchestras, but also
 to the musical stages of Broadway and Hollywood, before large television and
 radio audiences, and in recording studios and major publications.  Mauceri has
 received substantial recognition for his work as one of the principal forces
 behind the movement to preserve two of America's great art forms, the American
 musical and music for the American cinema.  He is equally at home conducting
 artists ranging from Placido Domingo (during a live broadcast of the Grammy
 Awards) to Madonna (with whom he recorded the soundtrack to Andrew Lloyd
 Webber's Evita), from Garth Brooks (an inaugural inductee into the Hollywood
 Bowl Hall of Fame) to the Smashing Pumpkins (for the 1996 MTV Music Awards).
 Carol Burnett, Chicago, John Denver, Rodney Gilfry, Jonathan Pryce, Jane
 Eaglen, Jennifer Larmore, Patrick Stewart, Tito Puente, Charlotte Church, and
 Trisha Yearwood are among the multitude of artists who have performed with
 Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.  Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl
 Orchestra have presented an astonishing number of premieres, and during his
 tenure, opera and ballet along with the staging of Broadway musicals returned
 to the Bowl's stage.  In addition to his position as Principal Conductor of
 the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Mauceri has served as music director for the
 Pittsburgh Opera since June 2000.  The 2005 Hollywood Bowl season marks
 Mauceri's 15th season and 300th concert with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra,
 which was created for him by the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1991.
     One of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, with a seating
 capacity of nearly 18,000, the HOLLYWOOD BOWL has been the summer home of the
 Los Angeles Philharmonic since its official opening in 1922, and in 1991 gave
 its name to the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, a resident ensemble that has filled
 a special niche in the musical life of Southern California.  The 2004 season
 introduced audiences to a revitalized Hollywood Bowl, featuring a
 newly-constructed shell and stage and the addition of four stadium screens
 enhancing stage views in the venue.  To this day, $1 buys a seat at the top of
 the Bowl for many of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's concerts.  While the Bowl
 is best known for its sizzling summer nights, during the day California's
 youngest patrons enjoy "SummerSounds: Music for Kids at the Hollywood Bowl,"
 the Southland's most popular summer arts festival for children, now in its
 37th season. Attendance figures over the past several decades have soared: in
 1980 the Bowl first topped the half-million mark and close to one million
 admissions have been recorded. In February 2005, the Hollywood Bowl was named
 Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue at the 16th Annual Pollstar Concert Industry
 Awards; the Bowl's summer music festival has become as much a part of a
 Southern California summer as beaches and barbecues, the Dodgers, and
     The complete list of 25 Film Scores can be found at both and

SOURCE American Film Institute