The Jaws theme has a lot of similar elements of the finale of Dvorak's New World Symphony. They both begin with alternating minor seconds.

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    The second movement of the Dvorak also begins with alternating minor seconds – PiedPiper Nov 20 '19 at 11:46
  • @PiedPiper - Oh, right! I didn't notice that! Why not you add this in your answer? – user7708 Nov 22 '19 at 2:27
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    I finally got round to adding it to my answer :) – PiedPiper Jan 26 at 0:39

John Williams would almost certainly have heard Dvorak's "New World" Symphony, but it's very unlikely he deliberately copied it. This rising semitone motif has been used in numerous other works. Dvorak even uses this motif earlier in the "New World Symphony" at the beginning of the second movement.

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