78. James Cameron
THE TERMINATOR, TITANIC, ALIENS, THE ABYSS, AVATAR
Here’s something that can’t be denied: James Cameron is a brilliant visual storyteller. Whether you view his films as epic poems of cinematic enlightenment or a compilation of clichés and archetypes, he is a visual master, and he helmed two of the best action movies ever in Aliens and Terminator 2: Judgement Day. He is brazen, but brilliant, creating swelling melodramas against the biggest backdrops his mind can conjure, and he makes movies that connect with moviegoers of every type. Oh, and he broke the box-office record for the highest grossing movie of all time. Twice. In a row. And perhaps more than any other director, he seeks and develops new technology for the movies and then implements it into the fabric of his films better than just about anyone else.
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