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The Best Movies Directed by James Cameron

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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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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies Directed by James Cameron
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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong

    Released1991

    Directed byJames Cameron

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a 1991 American science fiction action thriller film written,... more
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    The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies Directed by James Cameron
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    The Terminator

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton

    Released1984

    Directed byJames Cameron

    The Terminator is a 1984 American science fiction/horror action film directed by James... more

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    Titanic is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies Directed by James Cameron
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    Titanic

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet

    Released1997

    Directed byJames Cameron

    Titanic is a 1997 American epic romance and disaster film directed by James Cameron. A... more

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    True Lies is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies Directed by James Cameron
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    True Lies

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku

    Released1994

    Directed byJames Cameron

    True Lies is a 1994 American action-comedy film written and directed by James Cameron, and... more

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    Avatar is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies Directed by James Cameron
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    Avatar

    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2009

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    The Abyss is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies Directed by James Cameron
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    The Abyss

    Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

    Released1989

    Directed byJames Cameron

    The Abyss is a 1989 American science fiction-adventure film written and directed by James... moreamazon_watch buy button
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    Aliens is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies Directed by James Cameron
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    Aliens

    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton

    Released1986

    Directed byJames Cameron

    Aliens is a 1986 American science-fiction action horror film written and directed by James... more
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    Aliens of the Deep is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Directed by James Cameron
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    Aliens of the Deep

    Maritza Brikisak, Melanie Miller

    Released2005

    Directed byJames Cameron, Steven Quale

    Aliens of the Deep is a 2005 documentary film, directed in part by James Cameron alongside... more
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    Battle Angel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies Directed by James Cameron
    In the 26th century, a female cyborg is rescued from the scrapheap by a scientist.amazon_watch buy button
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    T2 3-D: Battle Across Time is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies Directed by James Cameron
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    T2 3-D: Battle Across Time

    Robert Patrick, Arnold Schwarzenegger

    Released1996

    Directed byJames Cameron, Stan Winston, J. Jon Bruno

    T2 3-D: Battle Across Time is an attraction at various Universal Studios parks around the... moreamazon_watch buy button
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    T2 3-D:Battle Across Time is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies Directed by James Cameron
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    T2 3-D:Battle Across Time

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong

    Released1996

    Directed byJames Cameron, Stan Winston, John Bruno

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    Ghosts of the Abyss is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies Directed by James Cameron
    Ghosts of the Abyss is a 2003 documentary film released by Walt Disney Pictures and Walden... moreamazon_watch buy button

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    Avatar 2 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies Directed by James Cameron
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    Avatar 2

    Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana

    Released2021

    Directed byJames Cameron

    Avatar 2 is a 2020 American epic science fiction film directed by James Cameron, and the... moreamazon_watch buy button
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    Piranha II: The Spawning is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies Directed by James Cameron
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    Piranha II: The Spawning

    Lance Henriksen, Carole Davis

    Released1981

    Directed byJames Cameron, Ovidio G. Assonitis

    Piranha II: The Spawning, also known as Piranha II: Flying Killers, is a 1981 American horror... more
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    Xenogenesis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies Directed by James Cameron
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    Xenogenesis

    William Wisher, Jr.

    Released1978

    Directed byJames Cameron

    Xenogenesis is a 1978 science fiction short film that was the directorial debut of James... moreamazon_watch buy button
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    Expedition: Bismarck is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies Directed by James Cameron
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    Expedition: Bismarck

    Curt Lowens, Kai Wulff

    Released2002

    Directed byJames Cameron, Gary Johnstone

    Expedition: Bismarck is a 2002 documentary film produced for the Discovery Channel by Andrew... more
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    The Dive is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies Directed by James Cameron
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    The Dive

    Michael Kitchen, Marika Lagercrantz

    Released1989

    Directed byTristan DeVere Cole

    The Dive is a 1989 Norwegian action thriller directed by Tristan DeVere Cole, starring Bjørn... moreamazon_watch buy button
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    The Dive is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies Directed by James Cameron
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    The Dive

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    Avatar 3 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies Directed by James Cameron
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    Avatar 3

    Zoe Saldana

    Released2017

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    Earthship.TV is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies Directed by James Cameron
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    Earthship.TV

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