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List of James Cameron Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Titanic (1997)
212
25
Titanic
PG-13
212
25

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, uncredited
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)
145
11
The Terminator
R
145
11

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:
3. Avatar (2009)
154
20
Avatar
PG-13
154
20

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
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture
4. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
127
7
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
TV-14
127
7

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
5. Aliens (1986)
101
9
Aliens
R
101
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)
62
7
True Lies
R
62
7

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)
52
6
The Abyss
PG-13
52
6

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. T2 3-D: Battle Across Time (1996)
31
11
T2 3-D: Battle Across Time
PG-13
31
11
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
9. T2 3-D Pre-Show (1996)
14
4
T2 3-D Pre-Show
14
4
As:
Director
Director:
James Cameron, Keith Melton
Genres:
Short, Action
Star Cast:
Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick, Mark Kriski
10. Toruk: The First Flight (2016)
15
3
Toruk: The First Flight
15
3
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
11. Ghosts of the Abyss (2003)
29
3
Ghosts of the Abyss
PG
29
3
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
James Cameron
Genres:
Documentary, Family
Star Cast:
Bill Paxton, John Broadwater, Lori Johnston, Charles Pellegrino, Don Lynch
12. Expedition: Bismarck (2002)
8
2
Expedition: Bismarck
8
2
As:
Cast, Producer, Director
Director:
James Cameron, Gary Johnstone
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Lance Henriksen, Karl Kuhn, Heinz Steeg, Walter Weintz
13. Terminator: Dark Fate (2019)
11
3
Terminator: Dark Fate
R
11
3

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
14. Aliens of the Deep (2005)
13
9
Aliens of the Deep
G
13
9
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
15. Earthship.TV (2001)
4
2
Earthship.TV
4
2
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
James Cameron, John C. Kelley, Josh Williams
16. Xenogenesis (1978)
4
6
Xenogenesis
4
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
17. Piranha Part Two: The Spawning (1981)
16
8
Piranha Part Two: The Spawning
R
16
8
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

TV Shows

Years of Living Dangerously
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: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
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:
Brian Austin Green, Summer Glau, Bailee Madison, Lena Headey, Thomas Dekker, Richard T. Jones
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

Narrator/Dubbing

Titanic: The Final Word with James Cameron (2012)
Titanic: The Final Word with James Cameron
As:
Cast, Producer, Narrator
Role:
Self / Narrator
Director:
Tony Gerber
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Ken Marschall, Paul-Henri Nargeolet, Bill Sauder, Parks Stephenson
The Exodus Decoded (2006)
The Exodus Decoded
As:
Cast, Producer, Narrator
Role:
Narrator
Director:
Simcha Jacobovici
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Uzi Avner, Manfred Bietak, John Bimson, Philip Davies

Movies (Actor)

1. Deepsea Challenge 3D (2014)
7
6
Deepsea Challenge 3D
PG
7
6
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Himself
Director:
John Bruno, Ray Quint, Andrew Wight
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Suzy Amis, Lachlan Woods, Frank Lotito, Paul Henri
3. Side by Side Extra: Volume Three (2014)
4
3
Side by Side Extra: Volume Three
4
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Himself
Director:
Christopher Kenneally
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Keanu Reeves, Edward Lachman, Walter Murch
4. 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
5. Last Mysteries of the Titanic (2005)
8
3
Last Mysteries of the Titanic
8
3
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Himself
Director:
Neil Flagg
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Laura Anderson, Scott Anderson, Michael Arbuthnot, Paul Brightwell, John Burke
6. Expedition: Bismarck (2002)
8
2
Expedition: Bismarck
8
2
As:
Cast, Producer, Director
Role:
Himself
Director:
James Cameron, Gary Johnstone
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Lance Henriksen, Karl Kuhn, Heinz Steeg, Walter Weintz

Special appearance/Cameo

Titanic (1997)
Titanic
PG-13

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, uncredited
Role:
Steerage Dancer (uncredited)
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
Duets (2000)
Duets
R

This comedy drama road film revolves around several people, who are unknown to each other, but the only thing common between them is their passion for karaoke. When they learn about a karaoke competition, they make their way to it, to sing and hopefully connect with the audience.

As:
Cast, uncredited
Role:
Karaoke singer (uncredited)
Director:
Bruce Paltrow
Genres:
Romance, Music, Drama, Comedy

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