In a career spanning over six decades, he has composed some of the most popular and recognizable film scores in cinematic history, including the Star Wars saga, Superman, Jaws, the Indiana Jones films, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the first two Home Alone films, Hook, Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, War Horse, Lincoln, Memoirs of a Geisha, and the first three Harry Potter films.
He has had a longtime collaboration with director Steven Spielberg, composing the music for all but four (Duel, The Color Purple, Bridge of Spies, and Ready Player One) of Spielberg's major feature films. He did the score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
He composed The Adventures of Han for the film Solo.