My Favorite James Horner Scores

  1. BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS
    A wildly ambitious early score written way beyond the ability of the musicians to perform it.
  2. STAR TREK II
    Bam! Out of the gate on major scores hitting a home run.
  3. 48 HOURS
    Inventing a new way to score action. Steel drums!
  4. SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES
    Horner meets Herrmann
  5. BRAINSTORM
    Insanely beautiful.
  6. KRULL
    Glorious action music
  7. GORKY PARK
    Tons of great ideas collide with one another
  8. COCOON
    Achingly beautiful.
  9. VOLUNTEERS
    Great dumb comedy
  10. THE JOURNEY OF NATTY GANN
    Horner replaced Elmer Bernstein and ended up channeling him
  11. COMMANDO
    More innovative action scoring
  12. ALIENS
    One of the most driving scores ever.
  13. WHERE THE RIVER RUNS BLACK
    Interesting synth experiment
  14. AN AMERICAN TAIL
    So many good tunes.
  15. PROJECT X
    Robust and lively score.
  16. BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED
    Lots of Raymond Scott influence
  17. WILLOW
    One of the best fantasy scores ever
  18. FIELD OF DREAMS
    The perfect emotional score of its era
  19. TUMMY TROUBLE
    Smartly scored Roger Rabbit short
  20. HONEY, I SHRUNK THE KIDS
    Lots of outside influences come together in a playful way.
  21. THE ROCKETEER
    The best traditional superhero score not by John Williams
  22. AN AMERICAN TAIL: FIEVEL GOES WEST
    Rip-Roarin' fun
  23. SNEAKERS
    Sly, clever, innovative
  24. SEARCHING FOR BOBBY FISCHER
    Great sensitivity
  25. BRAVEHEART
    Epic and perfectly scored
  26. JUMANJI
    Big and playful
  27. TITANIC
    Beyond that song, a perfectly scored film
  28. THE MASK OF ZORRO
    One of the best Latin flavored Hollywood scores ever
  29. MIGHTY JOE YOUNG
    Lovely and thematic
  30. BICENTENNIAL MAN
    An interesting test-run of ideas he fleshed out further with A BEAUTIFUL MIND
  31. THE PERFECT STORM
    Soulful and haunting
  32. A BEAUTIFUL MIND
    A perfect musical representation of the lead character's thoughts and processes.
  33. APOLLO 13
    Dramatically spot on
  34. IRIS
    Sophisticated
  35. HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG
    One of Horner's most mature works
  36. THE LEGEND OF ZORRO
    More swashbuckling fun and romance.
  37. AVATAR
    A fitting score for Cameron's vision
  38. THE KARATE KID
    A solid score for the remake
  39. THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
    A reminder that there are ways to score superheroes using strong thematic ideas rendered beautifully by an orchestra.