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The Best Movies Directed by James Cameron 

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Updated June 1, 2020 1.2k votes 292 voters 12.7k views 20 items

List of all movies directed by James Cameron ranked from best to worst with photos. Films directed by James Cameron are listed here and include movie posters and James Cameron movie trailers whenever possible. This is a collection of the best movies directed by James Cameron as voted on by film buffs. If you think the greatest James Cameron movie isn't as high as it should be on this list, then make sure to vote so that your opinion of what the top James Cameron film is can be factored into this list.

From James Cameron's studio films to James Cameron's independent films, this James Cameron filmography keeps tabs on all James Cameron movies, and lets the cream of the crop rise to the top.

Titanic and Avatar are included on this list.

If you’re wondering “what movies did James Cameron direct?” or “who is James Cameron?” then this list will explain how most people know this director. This list also answers questions like “what are the all-time best movies directed by James Cameron?” and “what's a good selection of good James Cameron movies?”

If you're wanting to get into James Cameron films, then this list is a great starting point for at least starting with the most decent James Cameron works.

All James Cameron director credits are included. This list of every movie that James Cameron has directed can be sorted for specific information such as what genre the James Cameron movie is and which actors starred in the James Cameron film.

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Leonardo DiCaprio and George Clooney are among the many great actors who have worked on a James Cameron movie. Did you have fun voting on this list of James Cameron movies? You might also want to vote on our lists of the best Robert Zemeckis and Ron Howard movies as well.

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Terminator 2: Judgment D... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies Directed by James Cameron
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

Released: 1991

Directed by: James Cameron

Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a 1991 American science fiction action thriller film written, produced and directed by James Cameron. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert ...more

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Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

Released: 1986

Directed by: James Cameron

Aliens is a 1986 American science-fiction action horror film written and directed by James Cameron, produced by his then-wife Gale Anne Hurd, and starring Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael ...more

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The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies Directed by James Cameron
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

Released: 1984

Directed by: James Cameron

The Terminator is a 1984 American science fiction/horror action film directed by James Cameron, written by Cameron and the film's producer Gale Anne Hurd. Schwarzenegger plays the Terminator, a ...more

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies Directed by James Cameron
Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

Released: 1997

Directed by: James Cameron

Titanic is a 1997 American epic romance and disaster film directed by James Cameron. A seventeen-year-old aristocrat (Kate Winslet) falls in love with a kind but poor artist (Leonardo DiCaprio) ...more

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According To This 'Titanic' Theory, Jack Is From The Future #53 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movieslisted on The 50 Highest Grossing '90s Movies, Ranked

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku, Jamie Lee Curtis

Released: 1994

Directed by: James Cameron

True Lies is a 1994 American action-comedy film written and directed by James Cameron, and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis in the lead roles with Tom Arnold, Bill Paxton, ...more

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Avatar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies Directed by James Cameron
Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

Released: 2009

Directed by: James Cameron

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Avatar is a 2009 American epic science fiction film written and directed by James Cameron, and starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Joel David Moore, Giovanni ...more

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Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Chris Elliott

Released: 1989

Directed by: James Cameron

The Abyss is a 1989 American science fiction-adventure film written and directed by James Cameron, starring Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, and Michael Biehn. When an American submarine ...more

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Directed by: James Cameron

In the 26th century, a female cyborg is rescued from the scrapheap by a scientist.
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Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang

Released: 2021

Directed by: James Cameron

Avatar 2 is a 2020 American epic science fiction film directed by James Cameron, and the sequel to the 2009 film.

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Maritza Brikisak, Melanie Miller

Released: 2005

Directed by: James Cameron, Steven Quale

Aliens of the Deep is a 2005 documentary film, directed in part by James Cameron alongside fellow cameraman and friend Steven Quale, who would go on to direct Final Destination 5 six years ...more
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Zoe Saldana

Released: 2017

Directed by: James Cameron

Avatar 3 is a 2017 action fantasy film written and directed by James Cameron.
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Robert Patrick, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong

Released: 1996

Directed by: James Cameron, Stan Winston, J. Jon Bruno

T2 3-D: Battle Across Time is an attraction at various Universal Studios parks around the world including those in Florida and Japan. The version of the ride at Universal Studios Hollywood ...more
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Released: 2003

Directed by: James Cameron

Ghosts of the Abyss is a 2003 documentary film released by Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media. It was directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker James Cameron after his 1997 Oscar-winning ...more

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T2 3-D:Battle Across Time Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

Released: 1996

Directed by: James Cameron, Stan Winston, John Bruno

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Lance Henriksen, Carole Davis, Ricky Paull Goldin

Released: 1981

Directed by: James Cameron, Ovidio G. Assonitis

Piranha II: The Spawning, also known as Piranha II: Flying Killers, is a 1981 American horror film, the sequel to the 1978 low-budget cult film Piranha, and the feature film directorial debut of ...more
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William Wisher, Jr.

Released: 1978

Directed by: James Cameron

Xenogenesis is a 1978 science fiction short film that was the directorial debut of James Cameron.
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Curt Lowens, Kai Wulff, Richard Doyle

Released: 2002

Directed by: James Cameron, Gary Johnstone

Expedition: Bismarck is a 2002 documentary film produced for the Discovery Channel by Andrew Wight and James Cameron, directed by James Cameron and Gary Johnstone, and narrated by Lance ...more
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The Dive Michael Kitchen, Marika Lagercrantz, Frank Grimes

Released: 1989

Directed by: Tristan DeVere Cole

The Dive is a 1989 Norwegian action thriller directed by Tristan DeVere Cole, starring Bjørn Sundquist, Frank Grimes and Michael Kitchen. The movie tells the story of a couple of two deep ...more
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The Dive

Directed by: James Cameron

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Earthship.TV

Released: 2001

Directed by: James Cameron