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Best Movie Soundtracks -1990s
10. Schindler's List
Steven Spielberg’s heart-wrenching film, adapted from Thomas Kennelly’s Schindler's Ark, tells the story of heroic businessman Oskar Schindler who saved the lives of thousands of Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland with some very clever paperwork. John Williams’ gorgeous score gave this already hugely moving film, an even greater emotional intensity. Overcome by the movie, Williams originally turned down Spielberg’s request to score the film, telling the direction that he’d “need a better composer than I am for this film” but was swayed by Spielberg brilliant comeback: “I know. But they're all dead!" William plays the piano on the opening Theme from Schindler's List, but it’s Itzhak Perlman’s violin performance that makes gives this haunting, beautiful piece of music such emotional impact. The soundtrack earned Williams his fifth Oscar for Best Original Score.