James Cameron filmography

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James Cameron in 1986

James Cameron is a Canadian film director, screenwriter, producer and special effects artist. He has contributed to many projects as either the writer, director, producer, or a combination of the three.

Cameron's first film was the 1978 science fiction short film Xenogenesis, which he directed, wrote and produced. Cameron's films have grossed a total of over $7 billion worldwide.

In addition to works of fiction, Cameron has directed and appeared in several documentaries including Ghosts of the Abyss and Aliens of the Deep. He also contributed to a number of television series including Dark Angel and Entourage.


Year Film Credits Reference
Director Writer Producer Other
1978 Xenogenesis Yes Yes Yes No [1][2]
1979 Rock 'n' Roll High School No No No Yes [3]
1980 Battle Beyond the Stars No No No Yes [I]
1981 Escape from New York No No No Yes [I]
Galaxy of Terror No No No Yes [II]
1982 Android No No No Yes [VIII]
Piranha II: The Spawning Yes Yes No No
1984 The Terminator Yes Yes No No
1985 Rambo: First Blood Part II No Yes No No
1986 Aliens Yes Yes No No
1989 The Abyss Yes Yes No No
1991 Point Break No No No Yes [X]
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Yes Yes Yes No
1994 True Lies Yes Yes Yes Yes [VI]
1995 Strange Days No Yes Yes Yes [VI]
1997 Titanic Yes Yes Yes Yes [VI]
1999 The Muse No No No Yes [III]
2002 Solaris No No Yes No
2003 Ghosts of the Abyss Yes Yes Yes Yes [V]
Volcanoes of the Deep Sea No No No Yes [X]
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines No No No Yes [IX]
2004 The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing No No No Yes [III]
2005 Aliens of the Deep Yes Yes Yes Yes [V]
2006 Explorers: From the Titanic to the Moon No No No Yes [III]
2009 Terminator Salvation No No No Yes [IX]
Avatar Yes Yes Yes Yes [VI]
2011 Sanctum No No No Yes [X]
2012 Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away No No No Yes [X]
2014 James Cameron's Deepsea Challenge 3D No No Yes Yes [III]
2015 Terminator: Genesis No No No Yes [IX]
2016 Avatar 2 Yes Yes Yes Yes [VI]
2017 Avatar 3 Yes Yes Yes Yes [VI]
2018 Avatar 4 Yes Yes Yes Yes [VI]
TBA Alita: The Battle Angel Yes Yes Yes No [4][5][6][7]
The Informationist Yes No Yes No [8]

^ I Credited as an art director.[9]
^ II Credited as a second unit director and production designer.[10]
^ III Credited as an actor.[11][12]
^ IV Credited as an interviewee.[13]
^ V Credited as a participant.[14][15][16][17]
^ VI Credited as an editor.[18]
^ VII Credited as a matte artist and special effects director of photography.[1]
^ VIII Credited as design consultant.[1]
^ IX Credited as based on character created by.[1]
^ X Credited as executive producer.

Highest-grossing films[edit]

This is a list of the top 10 highest domestic-grossing films in which Cameron has written, directed, produced, or created characters for, according to Box Office Mojo. This does not include films in which he had a minor role or appeared as a participant, according to the same site. Cameron's films have grossed domestically a total of more than $1.97 billion, and more than $6.13 billion worldwide, with an average of $219 million per film in North America alone.[19]

Rank Film Lifetime gross
in North America (US$)
1 Avatar 760 million[20]
2 Titanic 658 million[21]
3 Terminator 2: Judgment Day 204 million[22]
4 Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines 150 million[23]
5 Rambo: First Blood Part II 150 million[24]
6 True Lies 146 million[25]
7 Terminator Salvation 125 million[26]
8 Aliens 85 million[27]
9 Point Break 83 million[28]
10 The Abyss 54 million[29]

Rotten Tomatoes ratings[edit]

Film T-Meter
Piranha II: The Spawning 7%[30]
The Terminator 100%[31]
Aliens 98%[32]
The Abyss 88%[33]
Terminator 2: Judgment Day 92%[34]
True Lies 72%[35]
Titanic 88%[36]
Ghosts of the Abyss 80%[37]
Aliens of the Deep 84%[38]
Avatar 83%[39]


Year Title Credit
1998 Mad About You: "The Finale" Actor
2000-2002 Dark Angel Executive producer, Creator, Director
2001 The Alien Saga Interviewee
2002 Expedition: Bismarck Director, producer
2005 Entourage: "The Sundance Kids" Actor
Entourage: "The Bat Mitzvah" Actor
Entourage: "The Abyss" Actor
Tony Robinson's Titanic Adventure Participant[40][41]
2006 The Exodus Decoded Executive producer
Entourage: "Aquamom" Actor
2007 The Lost Tomb of Jesus Executive producer


  1. ^ a b c d Ximena Gallardo C, 2006. p.64
  2. ^ Eckhard Pabst, 2005. p.318
  3. ^ Rock 'N' Roll High School [Rock on Edition] (Commentary). Allan Arkush. Walt Disney Video. 2005 [1979]. B000B8QFZK. 
  4. ^ Cameron Reveals More On Avatar 4 And Battle Angel is still alive...
  5. ^ Josh Wilding - 4/18/2012 (2012-04-18). "James Cameron Offers An Update On BATTLE ANGEL". Comicbookmovie.com. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  6. ^ Marshall, Rick (2009-12-14). "'Avatar' Director Offers Update on Battle Angel Alita Adaptation". MTV. 
  7. ^ "Alita: Battle Angel after Avatar 2". ICv2. 2010-02-19. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  8. ^ Keegan, Rebecca (October 23, 2012). "James Cameron to direct 'The Informationist'". Los Angeles Times (The Los Angeles Times Media Group). Archived from the original on March 13, 2013. Retrieved March 13, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Battle Beyond the Stars Production credits". Allmovie. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  10. ^ "Galaxy of Terror Production credits". Allmovie. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  11. ^ "Last Action Hero Cast". Allmovie. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  12. ^ "The Muse Cast". Allmovie. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  13. ^ "The Alien Saga Cast". Allmovie. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  14. ^ "Ghost of the Abyss Cast". Allmovie. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  15. ^ "The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing Cast". Allmovie. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  16. ^ "Aliens of the Deep Cast". Allmovie. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  17. ^ "Explorers: From the Titanic to the Moon Cast". Allmovie. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  18. ^ "Titanic Production credits". Allmovie. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  19. ^ "James Cameron Movie Box Office Results". Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  20. ^ "Avatar (2009)". Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  21. ^ "Titanic (1997)". Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  22. ^ "Terminator 2:Judgement Day". Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  23. ^ "Terminator 3:Rise of the Machines". Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  24. ^ "Rambo: First Blood Part II". Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  25. ^ "True Lies". Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  26. ^ "Terminator Salvation". Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  27. ^ "Aliens". Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  28. ^ "Point Break". Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  29. ^ "The Abyss". Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  30. ^ Rotten Tomatoes T-Meter Rating of Piranha 2: The Spawning
  31. ^ Rotten Tomatoes T-Meter Rating of The Terminator
  32. ^ Rotten Tomatoes T-Meter Rating of Aliens
  33. ^ Rotten Tomatoes T-Meter Rating of The Abyss
  34. ^ Rotten Tomatoes T-Meter Rating for Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  35. ^ Rotten Tomatoes T-Meter Rating for True Lies
  36. ^ Rotten Tomatoes T-Meter Rating for Titanic
  37. ^ Rotten Tomatoes T-Meter Rating for Ghosts of the Abyss
  38. ^ Rotten Tomatoes T-Meter Rating of Aliens of the Deep
  39. ^ Rotten Tomatoes T-Meter Rating of Avatar
  40. ^ "Tony Robinson's Titanic Adventure". British Film Institute. Retrieved 2009-02-10. 
  41. ^ "Science of the Past". Channel 4. Retrieved 2009-02-10. 

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