Celebrated composer John Williams is known the world over for his contributions to music – and in particular to movie soundtracks. From Jaws (1975) and Superman: The Movie (1978) to Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Jurassic Park (1993), Williams has scored some of the most iconic films in movie history.

One of John Williams’ greatest contributions to cinema came in 1977, when he composed the music for Star Wars. This initial entry in the epic sci-fi/fantasy series not only introduced the world to Luke Skywalker, it also kick-started Williams’ lengthy involvement with the huge, sprawling saga.

But how many Star Wars movies did John Williams score?


The John Williams Star Wars movies

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As noted above, Williams began his association with the Star Wars series when he composed the music for the original movie (aka Episode IV: A New Hope). The composer then continued with the series for The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983), before returning 16 years’ later for The Phantom Menace (1999), Attack of the Clones (2002), and Revenge of the Sith (2005).

Following a ten-year gap, Williams came back to the saga for The Force Awakens (2015). Then he took on The Last Jedi (2017), before rounding out the series with The Rise of Skywalker (2019).

In total, John Williams produced music for all nine Skywalker films. He was not involved with any of the spin-off films such as Rogue One (2016), Solo (2018) or the Ewok movies (1984/1985).

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The John Williams Star Wars films:

  • A New Hope (1977)
  • The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  • Return of the Jedi (1983)
  • The Phantom Menace (1999)
  • Attack of the Clones (2002)
  • Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  • The Force Awakens (2015)
  • The Last Jedi (2017)
  • The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

Will John Williams score another Star Wars film?

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In March 2018, 18-months before the release of The Rise of Skywalker, John Williams announced he was bowing out of the film series for good.

Speaking to KUSC radio (via Huffington Post), Williams said:

“We know (director) J.J. Abrams is preparing one now that I will hopefully do next year for him.”

He added: “I look forward to it. It will round out a series of nine that will be quite enough for me.”

And with that, Williams bid farewell to the saga.


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