He may not be “king of the world,” but James Cameron is arguably the king of the box office. Between Titanic and Avatar, he boasts the two highest-grossing films worldwide, and that pair of Oscar-winning achievements only scratch the surface of his filmography (much of which involves Arnold Schwarzenegger).
For more than 30 years, Cameron has been pushing the boundary of cinematic technology, telling stories that few others have been bold enough to tackle, and earning tons of accolades and respect from fans and critics alike.
Today, we’re taking the chance to look back on his career to date. For the record, we’re basing our ranking of his films on critical and fan response, box office success, and cultural impact. Without further delay, let’s travel through cinema history in this spotlight on Cameron’s directorial efforts, starting with the worst and moving toward his best work.
10. Piranha II: The Spawning (1981)
This film is by far Cameron’s weakest, though it was also his first time directing a feature. In that regard, we’ll cut him some slack for this schlocky sequel, as it clearly served as simply a way for him to break in the director’s chair. Still, the film may have its charms as a guilty pleasure and thankfully stands as one of the only times in which Cameron’s take on horror and sci-fi didn’t exactly work.