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List of movies with music composed by John Williams, listed alphabetically with trailers of the movies when available. This list includes any film scores composed by John Williams, ranging from smaller indie movies to larger blockbuster pictures. Film composers are responsible for writing and composing the music that plays during the movie, which is particularly important for dramas and adventure movies- imagine what Lord of the Rings would have sounded like without an amazing score. Useful bits of trivia are can be found below, such as who directed each film scored by John Williams and when the movie was first released. John Williams is a world renowned film composer, so if you're a music buff use this list to find the names of John Williams soundtracks that you haven't heard before.

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Released: 1979

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Released: 1967

Directed by: Gene Kelly

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Released: 2001

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Released: 1983

Directed by: Visa Mäkinen

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Released: 1989

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Released: 1997

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Released: 1999

Directed by: Alan Parker

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Tuesday Weld, Celeste Holm, Richard Beymer

Released: 1962

Directed by: Frank Tashlin

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Directed by: Bart Freundlich

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Directed by: John Frankenheimer

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Released: 1977

Directed by: John Frankenheimer

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Directed by: Oliver Stone

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Released: 1989

Directed by: Oliver Stone

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Released: 2002

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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James Caan, Eli Wallach, Dabney Coleman

Released: 1973

Directed by: Mark Rydell

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Released: 1977

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Released: 1958

Directed by: Lou Place

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Charlton Heston, Yvette Mimieux, France Nuyen

Released: 1963

Directed by: Guy Green

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Laurence Olivier, Frank Langella, Donald Pleasence

Released: 1979

Directed by: John Badham

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Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

Released: 1982

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Released: 1974

Directed by: Mark Robson

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Released: 1987

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Released: 1976

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

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Released: 1992

Directed by: Ron Howard

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Released: 1971

Directed by: Norman Jewison

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