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James Cameron

Highest Rated:   100% The Terminator (1984)
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Birthplace:   Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada
The top-tiered action director of his generation, as well as one of the most allegedly demanding and precise, James Cameron reshaped 1980s and '90s Hollywood with a string of lucrative multimillion-dollar films remarkable for their marriage of technical wizardry and human sentiment. The son of an electrical engineer, Cameron was born in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada, on August 16, 1954. He was fascinated with movies from a young age and would later cite Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey as an early influence. Thanks to his father's job, Cameron and his family moved to southern California in 1971, and the director studied physics at California State University. Following his graduation, Cameron, who had already decided he wanted to pursue a film career, took a job as a truck driver to support his early screenwriting efforts.Cameron received his first break at the hands of the legendary Roger Corman, who hired him as a model maker at his Roger Corman Studios. There, the director worked on his first movie, as art director for 1980s Battle Beyond the Stars. Thanks to a combination of skill and dedication, Cameron quickly ascended through the ranks, and the following year, was appointed second unit director and production designer for the schlock-fest Galaxy of Terror. The same year, he made his inauspicious directorial and screenwriting debut with Piranha II: The Spawning (1981), a natural horror picture about a government-engineered breed of mutated flying fish that descend on a Caribbean resort. Piranha II: the Spawning was delayed for two years and ultimately took its stateside bow in late December 1983.Next, the professional relationship between Cameron and Hollywood mega-producer Gale Anne Hurd yielded one of the top grossers of 1984, which Hurd and Cameron co-scripted, Cameron directed, and Hurd produced. Something of an unofficial, moderately budgeted Americanization of George Miller's Mad Max series, The Terminator opens in the year 2024, when the ongoing battles between humankind and "The Machines" have sparked a nuclear holocaust and reduced much of contemporary civilization to dust. When humankind ultimately wins out, however, The Machines send a seemingly unstoppable warrior (Arnold Schwarzenegger) back in time to 1984 with a mission to kill the infant who would grow up into the man ultimately responsible for their destruction, which sends his mother (Linda Hamilton) and her futuristic warrior-protector (Michael Biehn) on the lam. When it premiered in October 1984, The Terminator earned sensational reviews and became an instant runaway smash. That same year, Cameron scripted Rambo: First Blood Part II (released 1985) for director George Pan Cosmatos, then signed to direct Aliens (1986), the sequel to the 1979 Ridley Scott sci-fi opus Alien. In retrospect, the connection between Cameron and the Alien franchise hardly seems capricious given Cameron's predilection for tough-as-steel heroines as his main characters, typified by Sigourney Weaver's Ripley. In the late '80s, Cameron began to envision and plan another mega-budgeted opus, this one about an oil rig crew's dangerous attempt to rescue the team on a sunken nuclear submarine. Released in August 1989, The Abyss performed disappointingly at the American box office, despite strong performances from all involved. In 1990, Cameron rebounded from the disappointment of The Abyss by writing, producing, and directing Terminator 2: Judgement Day and enjoying the massive acclaim that it generated. The movie made an asteroid-sized splash at the box office and Cameron drew high praise for its revolutionary special effects and use of CG imagery. The director then inked one of the most infamous and lucrative studio deals in recent history, a five-picture contract signed with Fox in 1992. Cameron's next directorial effort, 1994's action comedy True Lies, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Avatar 5
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2023
No Score Yet Avatar 2
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2018
No Score Yet Alita: Battle Angel
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
2018
No Score Yet Avatar 3
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
2018
No Score Yet Avatar 4
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2018
No Score Yet Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
2017
No Score Yet SCORE: A Film Music Documentary
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Atlantis Rising
  • Actor
  • Executive Producer
2017
No Score Yet Fantastic Voyage
  • Producer
2017
No Score Yet Eating You Alive
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet The Informationist
  • Producer
  • Director
2016
No Score Yet Beyond Glory
  • Executive Producer
2016
No Score Yet Mission Blue
  • Actor
2014
67% Deepsea Challenge 3D
  • Producer
$0.2M 2014
44% Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away
  • Executive Producer
$12.5M 2012
92% Side by Side
  • James Cameron
$29.1k 2012
91% Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan
  • Actor
2011
30% Sanctum
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
$22.4M 2011
No Score Yet Nijuu hibaku, Kataribe Yamaguchi Tsutomu no yuigon (Twice Bombed: The Legacy of Yamaguchi Tsutomu)
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Battle Angel
  • Director
2011
83% Avatar
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
$749.8M 2009
No Score Yet The Cartoonist: Jeff Smith, Bone and the Changing Face of Comics
  • Executive Producer
2009
No Score Yet The Lost Tomb of Jesus
  • Executive Producer
2007
No Score Yet The Exodus Decoded
  • Producer
  • Host
2006
No Score Yet The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Explorers: From the Titanic to the Moon
  • Actor
2006
84% Aliens of the Deep
  • Actor
  • Director
  • Producer
$8.3M 2005
78% Volcanoes of the Deep Sea
  • Executive Producer
2003
80% Ghosts of the Abyss
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Himself
$16.4M 2003
No Score Yet James Cameron's Expedition - Bismarck
  • Director
  • Actor
2002
66% Solaris
  • Producer
$14.8M 2002
No Score Yet Auto Motives
  • Actor
2000
52% The Muse
  • Himself
1999
88% Titanic
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1997
63% Strange Days
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1995
72% True Lies
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
1994
No Score Yet Under Pressure: Making The Abyss
  • Actor
1993
68% Point Break
  • Executive Producer
1991
93% Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
$198.2M 1991
89% The Abyss
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1989
No Score Yet The Abyss (Special Edition)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1989
98% Aliens
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1986
No Score Yet Aliens (Special Edition)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1986
30% Rambo: First Blood Part II
  • Screenwriter
1985
100% The Terminator
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1984
7% Piranha Part Two: The Spawning
  • Director
1981
No Score Yet Alien Legacy
  • Director
1979
No Score Yet Xenogenesis
  • Director
1978
No Score Yet Tell Me Lies
  • Actor
1968

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
2008-2009
  • Screenwriter
  • 2009
  • 2008
67% Entourage
2004-2011
  • Guest
  • 2006
  • 2005

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