James Cameron, the acclaimed Canadian filmmaker who is synonymous with the science-fiction genre, has created a list of his favourite films of all time.
Cameron first found major success in the creation of iconic 1984 action film The Terminator, a film which set the solid foundations of a career which would dominate science fiction for years to come. Off the back of The Terminator, Cameron went on a prolific run of Abyss in 1986, The Abyss in 1989 and Terminator 2: Judgment Day in the early ’90s .
While it was the release of Titanic which propelled Cameron to the next level in 1997, it was his return to sci-fi with 2009 effort Avatar which compelled his dominance of the genre. With six Academy Awards to his name, Cameron has earned an emphatic reputation among the greatest names in Hollywood.
“He really does want us to risk our lives and limbs for the shot, but he doesn’t mind risking his own,” Sigourney Weaver once said of Cameron’s commitment to a project. Weaver’s sentiment was echoed by Michael Biehn, an actor who has worked with Cameron on a number of his major projects: “Jim is a really passionate person. He cares more about his movies than other directors care about their movies,” he said.
Weaver continued: “There are very few geniuses in the world, let alone in our business, and he’s certainly one of them. He’s misunderstood in the industry, somewhat. He is so generous to actors.”
While his directing style has influenced many in cinema, Cameron has never been shy to hold back his admiration for those that have contributed to some of the greatest films in the history of the industry. Sitting down with Fandor, Cameron named five films which have had a lasting impression on his view of film.
With two inclusions of Stanley Kubrick‘s films, Cameron once said: “I remember going with a great sense of anticipation to each new Stanley Kubrick film and thinking: ‘Can he pull it off and amaze me again?’ And he always did.
“The lesson I learned from Kubrick was, never do the same thing twice,” he added.
James Cameron’s five favourite films:
- The Wizard of Oz – Victor Fleming, 1939.
- Dr. Strangelove – Stanley Kubrick, 1964.
- 2001: A Space Odyssey – Stanley Kubrick, 1968.
- The Godfather – Francis Ford Coppola, 1972.
- Taxi Driver – Martin Scorsese, 1976.