James Cameron first directed the 1978 Canadian-American science fiction short film ‘Xenogenesis.’ He was also the writer and producer of the film. He made his feature directorial debut in the 1982 American independent horror film ‘Piranha II: The Spawning’ written by Charles H. Eglee. The film failed to impress the critics and ultimately tanked at the box office. In 1984, he wrote and directed the American horror science-fiction action film ‘The Terminator.’ While the film opened to a mixed reception, it turned out to be a major commercial success and grossed over $78.3 million on a budget of $6.4 million. He next co-wrote the 1985 American action film ‘Rambo: First Blood Part II’ directed by George P. Cosmatos. Despite opening to a mixed reception, the film did impressive business at the box office, grossing over $300.4 million on a budget of $25.5 million. The following year, he wrote and directed the science fiction action film ‘Aliens.’ The film received massive acclaim upon release and grossed over $131.1–183.3 million on an $18.5 million budget. He next wrote and directed the 1989 American science fiction film ‘The Abyss.’ The film received mostly positive reviews from critics and won the ‘Academy Award’ for ‘Best Visual Effects.’
The year 1991 saw the release of the American science-fiction action film ‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day’ both written and directed by Cameron. The film was a sequel to the 1984 film ‘The Terminator’ and received critical acclaim upon release. It was also a massive box office success, grossing over $519–520.9 million on a budget of $94–102 million. Cameron also won the ‘Saturn Award,’ ‘Hugo Award,’ and ‘Nebula Award’ for the film. In 1994, he wrote and directed the American spy action comedy film ‘True Lies.’ The film received mostly positive reviews from critics and grossed over $378.9 million on a $100–120 million budget. In 1997, he wrote, directed, and produced the American epic romance and disaster film ‘Titanic.’ The film received critical acclaim upon release and won 11 ‘Academy Awards,’ including ‘Best Picture,’ ‘Best Editing,’ and ‘Best Director’ for Cameron. It was also a phenomenal commercial success, managing to gross over $1.84 billion on a $200 million budget. After directing films like ‘Ghosts of the Abyss’ (2003) and ‘Aliens of the Deep’ (2005), Cameron wrote, produced, and directed the epic science fiction film ‘Avatar.’ The film saw universal acclaim upon release and managed to gross over $2.907 billion at the box office, becoming the highest-grossing film at the time. He next produced films like ‘Sanctum’ (2011), ‘Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away’ (2012), ‘Deepsea Challenge 3D’ (2014), ‘The Game Changers’ (2018), ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ (2019), ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ (2019), and ‘Akashinga: The Brave Ones’ (2020). He last produced the 2020 documentary film ‘The Six’ directed by Arthur Jones.