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A Tribute to James Horner’s Most Poignant Movie Scores—Remember These?

The film industry has recently suffered a massive loss, as movie score composer James Horner died in a plane crash, earlier this week, age 61.

In his career, multi-award winner Horner composed music for over 100 films.

Horner was described by some as being difficult to work with, but he had a brilliant musical ear, and a way of allowing feeling to run free in the music—thus, he was able to produce such moving and powerful pieces.

In his sweeping melodies, Horner was able to capture rich emotion and mood, fueling the listener’s imagination.

This guy made it okay to cry in movies—in fact, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house for Titanic.

Horner enjoyed a hugely successful career composing music to enrich the most well-known and loved modern classics. Here is the short-list of films featuring his music:

  • Titanic, including co-writing My Heart Will Go On sung by Celine Dion
  • Avatar
  • Aliens
  • Braveheart
  • Field of Dreams
  • Star Treck 2
  • Legends of the Fall
  • A Beautiful Mind
  • Apollo 13
  • Troy
  • The Mask of Zoro
  • Jumunji
  • The Karate Kid (My all-time favorite! )
  • Cocoon
  • The Perfect Storm
  • An American Tale, including song: Somewhere Out There
  • Lady in Red, his first film, composed in 1979.

James Horner has made such a huge contribution to film making in this era, and he will be sorely missed.

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