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List of James Cameron Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Titanic (1997)
127
10
Titanic
PG-13
127
10

James Cameron's epic retelling of the Titanic disaster is from the point-of-view of 100-year-old fictional character Rose, a passenger of the sunken ship along with her widowed mother and snob fiancé. She explains the back-story of the now-recovered erotic picture of her, sketched by her lover, wandering orphaned artist Jack, whom she had met on the ill-fated ship.

As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
James Cameron
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Picture, Academy Award for Best Director, Academy Award for Best Film Editing, Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture
2. The Terminator (1984)
98
6
The Terminator
R
98
6

In this James Cameron’s science fiction film, a cyborg assassin and a human soldier, both from 2029, are sent to 1984 on a mission. The former is programmed to kill a woman, Sarah Connor, whose unborn son is supposed to become the saviour of humanity in post-apocalyptic future. The latter, meanwhile, is tasked to save her.

 

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
James Cameron
Genres:
Action, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn, Paul Winfield, Lance Henriksen
3. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
87
5
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
TV-14
87
5

Set eleven years after The Terminator, the sequel witnesses the return of a revamped version of the titular cyborg to protect John, 10-year-old son of Sarah Connor and future leader of the human resistance against a robot uprising. He must protect the mother-child duo from another more advanced shape-shifting Terminator that has been sent to kill them.

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
James Cameron
Genres:
Thriller, Action, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick, Earl Boen
4. Avatar (2009)
97
14
Avatar
PG-13
97
14

After the sudden death of his twin brother, paraplegic former Marine Jake Sully replaces him on a mission to lush alien moon Pandora, inhabited by the Na'vi, and experiences newfound freedom assuming his Na'vi-human hybrid 'Avatar'. He falls in love with Neytiri, a female Na'vi, and helps her save the planet from the malicious plans of Colonel Miles Quaritch.

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
James Cameron
Genres:
Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Action
Star Cast:
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture
5. Aliens (1986)
64
9
Aliens
R
64
9

A deep space salvage team recovers Ellen Ripley's escape shuttle 57 years after the events of the first film, but her alien story is dismissed by her company, which has now colonized the exomoon. However, once communication with the space colony is lost, Ripley is called back to assist space marines in a daring rescue mission.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
James Cameron
Genres:
Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Adventure
Star Cast:
Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen
6. True Lies (1994)
45
3
True Lies
R
45
3

An action comedy film based on the 1991 French comedy film La Totale!, True Lies follows U.S. government agent Harry Tasker, who struggles to balance his life as a spy with his familial duties. Directed by James Cameron, the movie grossed $378 million worldwide at the box office. 

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
James Cameron
Genres:
Thriller, Comedy, Action
7. The Abyss (1989)
38
4
The Abyss
PG-13
38
4

The Navy seeks help of the drilling crew from an underwater oil platform to assist their Navy SEAL in their search of the American nuclear submarine that has mysteriously sunk in deep waters. While the friction between the drilling crew and Navy SEALs escalates, they face several mishaps, and also become aware of some unknown, inexplicable force inhabiting the deep. 

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
James Cameron
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Thriller, Drama, Adventure
Star Cast:
Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Michael Biehn, Leo Burmester, Todd Graff
8. Alita: Battle Angel (2018)
28
7
Alita: Battle Angel
PG-13
28
7

In a future world, a compassionate doctor discovers a disembodied female cyborg with an intact human brain and attaches a new cyborg body to it. Named Alita, after the doctor’s deceased daughter, she awakens with no memory about her past. The film focuses on how she learns to navigate not only her new life, but also the treacherous city streets.   

As:
Producer, Writer
Director:
Robert Rodriguez
Genres:
Adventure, Thriller, Action, Romance, Sci-Fi
9. T2 3-D: Battle Across Time (1996)
21
8
T2 3-D: Battle Across Time
PG-13
21
8
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
James Cameron, John Bruno, Stan Winston
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Short, Action
Star Cast:
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick, Edward Furlong, Michael Biehn
10. The Game Changers (2018)
0
2
The Game Changers
0
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Louie Psihoyos
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Wilks, Patrik Baboumian, Dotsie Bausch, Tia Blanco
11. Point Break (1991)
23
4
Point Break
R
23
4

Young federal agent Johnny Utah infiltrates a group of surfers suspected to be The Ex-Presidents, a bank robbery gang which commits crimes donning masks of previous American presidents. Johnny persuades competent female surfer Tyler to teach him to surf and befriends the group's leader Bodhi, but is conflicted about his orders after confirming that they are the criminals.

As:
Producer
Director:
Kathryn Bigelow
Genres:
Action, Thriller, Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Lori Petty, John C. McGinley
12. Ghosts of the Abyss (2003)
21
2
Ghosts of the Abyss
PG
21
2
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
James Cameron
Genres:
Documentary, Family
Star Cast:
Bill Paxton, John Broadwater, Lori Johnston, Charles Pellegrino, Don Lynch
13. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
25
0
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
R
25
0

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, is the third part of the Terminator movie series. A humaniod robot is sent back to the past, to protect future-resistance leader and current drifter, John Conner, and Conner's future wife, from assassination by another robot. 

As:
Writer
Director:
Jonathan Mostow
Genres:
Thriller, Action, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Claire Danes, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Kristanna Loken, David Andrews
14. Strange Days (1995)
9
5
Strange Days
R
9
5

Ex-cop, Lenny Nero, now deals in illegal recordings that allow the viewers to experience the memories and sensations of the recorder. In one of the discs he finds recordings of a brutal rape and murder of a prostitute known to him. As he decides to investigate with help of friend Mace, they get drawn into dark depths of murder, blackmail and conspiracy.  

As:
Producer, Writer
Director:
Kathryn Bigelow
Genres:
Drama, Sci-Fi, Action, Thriller, Crime
Star Cast:
Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Lewis, Angela Bassett, Tom Sizemore, Michael Wincott
15. Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
22
3
Rambo: First Blood Part II
R
22
3

Vietnam War veteran John Rambo is brought out of the prison for an assignment of gathering evidence that American POWs are still kept captive in Vietnam jungles. Apparently, the assignment is only a façade, as the superiors don’t believe that he would make it. Let down in foreign jungles, Rambo fights his way out as well as rescues the POWs.  

As:
Writer
Director:
George P. Cosmatos
Genres:
Thriller, Action, Adventure, War
Star Cast:
Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Charles Napier, Steven Berkoff, Julia Nickson
16. Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away (2012)
10
3
Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away
PG
10
3
As:
Producer
Director:
Andrew Adamson
Genres:
Fantasy
Star Cast:
Erica Linz, Igor Zaripov, Lutz Halbhubner, John Clarke, Dallas Barnett
17. Terminator Genisys (2015)
17
5
Terminator Genisys
PG-13
17
5

After Skynet sends a terminator from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate Sarah Connor, her son, Human Resistance leader John, sends his right-hand man Kyle Reese to protect her. However, Reese finds himself in an altered timeline where Sarah already has a guardian, a reprogrammed T-800 Terminator, and is planning to time-travel to stop Genisys, the predecessor to Skynet.

As:
Writer
Director:
Alan Taylor
Genres:
Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure
18. Deepsea Challenge 3D (2014)
5
4
Deepsea Challenge 3D
PG
5
4
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Himself
Director:
John Bruno, Ray Quint, Andrew Wight
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Suzy Amis, Lachlan Woods, Frank Lotito, Paul Henri
19. Sanctum (2011)
17
2
Sanctum
R
17
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Alister Grierson
Genres:
Drama, Adventure, Thriller
Star Cast:
Richard Roxburgh, Ioan Gruffudd, Rhys Wakefield, Alice Parkinson, Dan Wyllie
20. Terminator: Dark Fate (2019)
2
0
Terminator: Dark Fate
R
2
0

An augmented human and female warrior teams up to stop an advanced Terminator sent from the future, to protect a young woman, as she is fated to ensure the survival of the human race. 

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Tim Miller
Genres:
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Mackenzie Davis, Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Natalia Reyes , Diego Boneta, Gabriel Luna
21. Aliens of the Deep (2005)
9
8
Aliens of the Deep
G
9
8
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
James Cameron, Steven Quale
Genres:
Documentary, Family
Star Cast:
Anatoly M. Sagalevitch, Genya Chernaiev, Victor Nischeta, Pamela Conrad, Arthur 'Lonne' Lane
22. Solaris (2002)
10
6
Solaris
R
10
6

Based on Stanisław Lem’s sci-fi novel, the movie follows psychologist. Dr. Chris Kelvi,n who goes on a solo mission to bring back home the crew of a space station orbiting the planet Solaris. But once abroad, strange phenomenon and behavior of the crew start affecting Kelvin as well as he realizes nothing is what it seems. 

As:
Producer
Genres:
Romance, Sci-Fi, Drama, Mystery
Star Cast:
Viola Davis, George Clooney, Natascha McElhone, Jeremy Davies, Ulrich Tukur
24. Xenogenesis (1978)
1
6
Xenogenesis
1
6

The sci-fi short follows the journey of an engineered man named Raj and a woman named Laurie as they are sent on a sentient spaceship to search space for a place to start a new life. Unfortunately, a battle ensues as Raj and Laurie fight a massive robotic cleaner to survive.  

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
James Cameron, Randall Frakes
Genres:
Short, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
William Wisher Jr, Margaret Umbel
26. Piranha Part Two: The Spawning (1981)
10
6
Piranha Part Two: The Spawning
R
10
6
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
James Cameron, Ovidio G. Assonitis
Genres:
Romance, Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Horror
Star Cast:
Tricia O'Neil, Steve Marachuk, Lance Henriksen, Ricky Paull Goldin, Ted Richert
27. Side by Side Extra: Volume Three (2014)
3
3
Side by Side Extra: Volume Three
3
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Himself
Director:
Christopher Kenneally
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Keanu Reeves, Edward Lachman, Walter Murch
28. Beyond Glory (2015)
10
2
Beyond Glory
TV-MA
10
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Larry Brand
Genres:
War
Star Cast:
Stephen Lang, Gary Sinise
29. T2 3-D Pre-Show (1996)
8
3
T2 3-D Pre-Show
8
3
As:
Director
Director:
James Cameron, Keith Melton
Genres:
Short, Action
Star Cast:
Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick, Mark Kriski
31. Volcanoes of the Deep Sea (2003)
5
3
Volcanoes of the Deep Sea
5
3
As:
Producer
Director:
Stephen Low
Genres:
Short, Documentary
Star Cast:
Ed Harris, Richard Lutz
32. Terminator (1991)
5
1
Terminator
5
1
As:
Writer
Director:
Ben Hernandez
Genres:
Short, Action, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Loris Basso, James Callahan, Debbie Medows, Michelle Kovach, Ken Pietrzyk
33. Terminator 2 Remake with Joseph Baena: Bad to the Bone (2016)
4
1
Terminator 2 Remake with Joseph Baena: Bad to the Bone
4
1
As:
Writer
Director:
Ben Hess
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Joseph Baena
35. Toruk: The First Flight (2016)
12
1
Toruk: The First Flight
12
1
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
James Cameron, Michel Lemieux, Victor Pilon, Adrian Wills, Neilson Vignola
Genres:
Action, Fantasy, Adventure, Musical
Star Cast:
Cumie Dunio, Raymond O'Neill, Gabriel Christo, Jeremiah Hughes, Guillaume Paquin
36. Last Mysteries of the Titanic (2005)
8
2
Last Mysteries of the Titanic
8
2
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Himself
Director:
Neil Flagg
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Laura Anderson, Scott Anderson, Michael Arbuthnot, Paul Brightwell, John Burke
37. Titanic Adventure (2005)
3
1
Titanic Adventure
3
1
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Himself
Director:
Mel Morpeth
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Tony Robinson, Michael Arbuthnot, Emily Jateff, Lori Johnston
38. Titanic: The Final Word with James Cameron (2012)
9
3
Titanic: The Final Word with James Cameron
9
3
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Himself / Narrator
Director:
Tony Gerber
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Ken Marschall, Paul-Henri Nargeolet, Bill Sauder, Parks Stephenson
39. Expedition: Bismarck (2002)
5
1
Expedition: Bismarck
5
1
As:
Cast, Producer, Director
Role:
Himself
Director:
James Cameron, Gary Johnstone
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Lance Henriksen, Karl Kuhn, Heinz Steeg, Walter Weintz
40. Atlantis Rising (2017)
3
1
Atlantis Rising
3
1
As:
Producer
Director:
Simcha Jacobovici
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Georgeos Díaz-Montexano, Richard Freund, Simcha Jacobovici, Charles Pellegrino
41. The Exodus Decoded (2006)
6
3
The Exodus Decoded
6
3
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Narrator
Director:
Simcha Jacobovici
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Uzi Avner, Manfred Bietak, John Bimson, Philip Davies
42. The Lost Tomb of Jesus (2007)
6
2
The Lost Tomb of Jesus
6
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Simcha Jacobovici
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Mark Caven, Ouriel Maoz, Rivka Maoz, Shimon Gibson, Tal Ilan
43. Earthship.TV (2001)
2
2
Earthship.TV
2
2
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
James Cameron, John C. Kelley, Josh Williams

TV Shows and Videos

Years of Living Dangerously (2014)
Years of Living Dangerously
TV-PG
As:
Producer
Director:
Tom Casciato, Martha Jeffries, Drew Magratten, Ivy Meeropol, Jon Meyersohn
Genres:
Documentary
Awards:
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
James Cameron
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Action
RoboCop vs. The Terminator (1993)
RoboCop vs. The Terminator
As:
Writer
Director:
John Botti
Genres:
Action, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Robert John Burke, Jose Villeta
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008)
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
TV-PG
As:
Writer
Director:
Charles Beeson, Jeffrey G. Hunt, David Nutter, J. Miller Tobin, Bryan Spicer
Genres:
Drama, Action, Thriller, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Summer Glau, Bailee Madison, Lena Headey, Brian Austin Green, Thomas Dekker, Richard T. Jones
The Terminator (1991)
The Terminator
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
James Cameron, Julian LeFay, Craig Walton, Neil Young
Genres:
Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Terminator 3: Redemption (2004)
Terminator 3: Redemption
As:
Writer
Director:
Shawn Wright, J.D. Smith
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Action, Thriller
Star Cast:
Claire Danes, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mark Moseley, Sean McNally, Poppi Monroe
Titanic Explorer (1998)
Titanic Explorer
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Himself
Star Cast:
Jim Ward, Tony Jay, Neil Dickson, Ben Livingston
The Terminator: Dawn of Fate (2002)
The Terminator: Dawn of Fate
T
As:
Writer
Director:
J.D. Smith
Genres:
Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Bruce DuBose, Julio Cesar Cedillo, David Wilk, Marcus M. Mauldin, Patty Silva
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
T
As:
Writer
Director:
Antoine Charreyron
Genres:
Thriller, Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Claire Danes, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Poppi Monroe, Nick Stahl, Kristanna Loken
Martini Ranch: Reach (1988)
Martini Ranch: Reach
As:
Director
Director:
James Cameron
Genres:
Music, Short, Western, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Action
Star Cast:
Bill Paxton, Kathryn Bigelow, Bobbie Brat, Bud Cort, Jenette Goldstein, Philip Granger

James Cameron Awards

Academy Awards
Titanic Best Picture 1998
Titanic Best Director 1998
Titanic Best Film Editing 1998
Golden Globe Awards
Avatar Best Director - Motion Picture 2010
Titanic Best Director - Motion Picture 1998
Primetime Emmy Awards
Years of Living Dangerously Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series 2014