With a career in filmmaking spanning just over three decades, James Cameron is often regarded as one of the most acclaimed filmmakers of our times, and his work has been marked with high production values and huge box-office success. With such an extensive career, there are some who may not have seen his impressive back catalog – from The Terminator franchise to Titanic – so we’ve rounded up five of Cameron’s best films to date, ahead of his latest film, Alita: Battle Angel.
Cameron writes and produces his latest film Alita: Battle Angel, based on the manga by Yukito Kishiro, an epic adventure of hope and empowerment. Alita: Battle Angel is in cinemas now.
ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL – 2019
When Alita (Rosa Salazar) awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognize, she is taken in by Ido (Christoph Waltz) a compassionate doctor who realizes that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past.
As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious history while her street-smart new friend Hugo (Keean Johnson) offers instead to help trigger her memories. But it is only when the deadly and corrupt forces that run the city come after Alita that she discovers a clue to her past – she has unique fighting abilities that those in power will stop at nothing to control. If she can stay out of their grasp, she could be the key to saving her friends, her family and the world she’s grown to love.
AVATAR – 2009
With four more sequels in the pipeline, Avatar is a visual extravaganza and a box office giant, having taken the spot of highest grossest film of all time from Cameron’s previous film Titanic. Avatar changed the landscape for 3D films, which hadn’t been used in such a unique and impressive way before.
The story follows Sam Worthington’s Jake Sully, a paralyzed former marine who becomes mobile again through an Avatar, human/Na’vi hybrids who live on the alien world of Pandora. He falls in love with Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) and ends up being drawn into a battle for the survival of her world.
TITANIC – 1997
Upon its release in December 1997, Titanic quickly achieved critical and commercial success. It racked up 11 Academy Awards from 17 nominations, including for Best Picture and Best Director, among the most won by a single film (tied with Ben-Hur and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King).
An epic, action-packed romance set against the backdrop of the ill-fated voyage of the R.M.S. Titanic following the story of Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose Dewitt Bukater (Kate Winslet). Titanic remained the highest-grossing film of all-time for nearly 13 years until Cameron’s own Avatar surpassed it in 2010.
THE TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY – 1991
Terminator 2: Judgement Day proved to be a breakthrough in computer-generated imagery and was one of the first films to use motion capture, as well as feature the first partially CGI character.
The sequel to the 1984 original, young John Connor (Edward Furlong) is the target of T-1000 (Robert Patrick) a Terminator sent from the future to kill him. But when the revamped T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is also sent back, he must protect the boy and his mother Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), forming an unexpected bond with the robot. The film spawned a further three sequels with a fourth arriving this year.
ALIENS – 1986
The sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi horror, Aliens follows Sigourney Weaver’s heroine, Ellen Ripley, as she is rescued by a salvage team after being in hyper-sleep for 57 years.
Ellen returns to the moon where her crew encountered the hostile Alien creature, but discover that it has now been colonized by marines. The sequel was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Actress for Weaver, the first ever for an actress in an action film.
Alita: Battle Angel is in UK cinemas now.
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