James Cameron: Ranking His Films From Worst To Best

Given the box office receipts of his movies, you have all paid to see his flicks. But which is your favourite?

Scott Campbell

Contributor

20th Century Fox

20th Century Fox

James Cameron is without a doubt one of, if not the, most powerful director in Hollywood. Of course, that comes with the territory; when you’re the brains behind the two most financially successful movies in the history of cinema which also happen to be the only ones to ever gross over $2 billion, you can pretty much do whatever you want. One of the all-time great visual directors, his work often comes in for heavy criticism based on his apparent shortcomings as a storyteller, but that clearly hasn’t deterred audiences as Cameron’s seven major theatrical releases have grossed well over $6 billion at the box office.

Cameron has also been one of the pioneers of visual effects since the 1980s, helping usher in the CGI revolution with The Abyss and Terminator 2 before single-handedly causing the recent resurgence of 3D following the release of Avatar. Away from the multiplex, Cameron also sits on the NASA Advisory Council, became the first man in history to reach the bottom of the Mariana Trench and even has a species of Venezuelan frog named after him. Seriously.

Despite such massive commercial success, James Cameron hasn’t been what you would call the most prolific filmmaker over the last two decades. In fact, the release of Avatar 2 in 2016 will only be his ninth directorial effort, and will arrive a full 35 years after his debut feature, with massive expectations as the follow-up to the biggest movie in history. With that in mind, this article will span his 8 movies over 28 years to rank every James Cameron movie from worst to best. None of his movies have been downright awful (well, except one) so read on and see if you agree.

Do you agree with the article? How would you rank these movies? Would you like to see James Cameron dedicate his career to something other than the Avatar franchise? As always, sound off in the comments below.