When you make blockbuster hits like “Titanic” and “Avatar” chances are you are going to get recognized for your work.
The Guardian newspaper's Film & Music supplement, released their top 100 most influential people in the movie world and Cameron came up on top.
It said: "Cameron occupies the top two spots in the list of the highest grossing movies of all time, with 'Titanic' (worldwide gross: $1.8 billion) second only to 'Avatar' ($2.7 billion). Those figures are so high that it seems scarcely worth mentioning that other of his films, 'Terminator 2: Judgement Day', stands in the lower reaches of the top 100 with takings of over $519 million; loose change, really."
Steven Spielberg took the #2 spot and Leonardo DiCaprio came in #3.
Below is the top 20!
1. James Cameron (director)
2. Steven Spielberg (director)
3. Leonardo DiCaprio (actor)
4. John Lasseter (director)
5. Brad Pitt (actor and producer)
6. Christopher Nolan (director)
7. Scott Rudin (producer)
8. Quentin Tarantino (director)
9. George Clooney (actor and director)
10. Ed Vaizey (UK government minister)
11. Johnny Depp (actor and producer)
12. Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner (producers)
13. J. J. Abrams (director and producer)
14. Alan F. Horn and Jeff Robinov (studio executives)
15. Ridley Scott (director)
16. Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos (studio executives)
17. Tim Burton (director)
18. Angelina Jolie (actress)
19. Brad Grey (studio executive)
20. Martin Scorsese (director)