Mel Gibson in a scene from the film 'Braveheart', 1995.
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By Sarah Begley
June 23, 2015

James Horner had a rare talent for songwriting: his scores not only uplifted the action of the film, but also lingered in viewers’ minds and on their CD players long after the movie had left theaters.

Horner died on Monday at 61 in a plane crash in California. While his fans mourned the composer’s passing, they also recalled his iconic music, including his Academy Award-winning score for Titanic and the nominated scores for Avatar, A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, Braveheart and Aliens. We’ve rounded up some of his greatest songs to mark the death of a legend.

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