Jaws, ET, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Superman, Jurassic Park, Star Wars, Close Encounters, Harry Potter...it's astonishing the number of iconic music scores John Williams has created, and now he's being honored with the American Film Institute's life achievement award, the first composer ever to receive it. And it makes perfect sense, when you look at all he's done- even Home Alone has an iconic theme, for pete's sake. There's no better composer to receive the first AFI honor than this man.
Here's a sampling of some of William's best work. You probably know them all by heart.