Spielberg vs Cameron

Spielberg vs Cameron..who has the best stats?

Spielberg vs Cameron..who has the best stats?

The question is Spielberg vs Cameron ….who is the best?  Steven Spielberg and James Cameron are two of the most successful directors of all time. So I figured it would be fun to compare these two legendary directors.

Combined they have directed 38 movies. Those movies have grossed over $12 billion in adjusted box office in North America and over $25 billion in Worldwide adjusted box office grosses. Their movies have earned 163 Oscar® nominations and 52 Oscar® wins. Those wins include a Best Picture Oscar® for Schindler’s List and Titanic.  Spielberg has two Best Director Oscars® for Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan while Cameron won the Best Director Oscar® for Titanic

The following Spielberg vs Cameron table looks at all 38 of their movies.  The tables ranks Spielberg and Cameron movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information.

Harrison Ford in Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Harrison Ford in Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

This Spielberg vs Cameron Table Can Be Ranked 6 Ways In This

The really cool thing about this table is that it is “user-sortable”. Rank the movies anyway you want.

  • Sort by who directed the movie
  • Sort Spielberg or Cameron movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost.
  • Sort Spielberg or Cameron movies by adjusted worldwide box office grosses using current movie ticket cost
  • Sort Spielberg or Cameron movies by how they were received by critics and audiences.  60% rating or higher should indicate a good movie.
  • Sort by how many Oscar® nominations and how many Oscar® wins each Spielberg or Cameron movie received.
  • Sort Spielberg or Cameron movies by Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score.  UMR Score puts box office, reviews and awards into a mathematical equation and gives each movie a score.
  • *** Director got a Best Director Oscar® nomination
RankMovie (Year)Spielberg or CameronAdjusted B.O. Domestic (mils.)Adjusted B.O. Worldwide (mils.)Critic Audience RatingOscar Nom / WinUMR Score
Schindler's List (1993) ***Steven Spielberg$195.60$654.2094.3%12 / 0795.85
Saving Private Ryan (1998) ***Steven Spielberg$389.20$866.6088.0%11 / 0592.86
Titanic (1997) ***James Cameron$1103.40$3909.8077.0%14 / 1189.19
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) ***Steven Spielberg$770.70$1200.7091.3%08 / 0487.53
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) ***Steven Spielberg$1220.60$2056.0082.7%09 / 0485.10
Lincoln (2012) ***Steven Spielberg$193.00$291.6084.5%12 / 0282.82
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) ***Steven Spielberg$477.80$1126.8086.5%08 / 0181.83
Jaws (1975)Steven Spielberg$1106.20$1973.2091.5%04 / 0381.53
The Color Purple (1985)Steven Spielberg$223.60$337.2086.3%11 / 0079.21
Avatar (2009) ***James Cameron$842.70$3121.6082.3%09 / 0378.60
Aliens (1986)James Cameron$320.30$424.8092.5%07 / 0278.47
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)James Cameron$410.20$1041.1090.3%06 / 0478.26
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)Steven Spielberg$418.70$1007.4087.7%03 / 0174.00
Jurassic Park (1993)Steven Spielberg$775.90$2051.9083.5%03 / 0373.24
Catch Me if You Can (2002)Steven Spielberg$239.30$511.7087.0%02 / 0072.19
Minority Report (2002)Steven Spielberg$192.00$521.0087.0%01 / 0071.09
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)Steven Spielberg$451.30$835.4080.0%02 / 0170.00
War of the Worlds (2005)Steven Spielberg$308.60$779.7070.7%03 / 0065.41
True Lies (1994)James Cameron$302.20$783.1071.0%01 / 0064.77
The Terminator (1984)James Cameron$133.30$233.5090.5%00 / 0063.54
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)Steven Spielberg$372.30$923.9067.0%00 / 0062.49
The Abyss (1989)James Cameron$115.10$191.4082.0%04 / 0158.50
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)Steven Spielberg$420.70$1136.4056.0%01 / 0057.72
Bridge of Spies (2015)Steven Spielberg$72.30$166.3086.5%06 / 0157.08
Munich (2005) ***Steven Spielberg$62.40$172.0079.7%05 / 0056.97
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)Steven Spielberg$117.30$351.6072.0%02 / 0054.49
Hook (1991)Steven Spielberg$239.60$601.9044.0%05 / 0053.68
War Horse (2011)Steven Spielberg$84.90$188.8071.0%06 / 0050.90
Amistad (1997)Steven Spielberg$81.20$119.7074.5%04 / 0050.87
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (2011)Steven Spielberg$82.50$397.9076.5%01 / 0048.94
Empire of the Sun (1987)Steven Spielberg$47.90$143.4079.0%06 / 0047.44
The Terminal (2004)Steven Spielberg$105.70$297.6065.5%00 / 0047.14
Always (1989)Steven Spielberg$93.10$156.8061.5%00 / 0043.06
The Sugarland Express (1974)Steven Spielberg$33.80$33.7080.0%00 / 0042.87
Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)Steven Spielberg$78.80$113.0065.0%00 / 0042.62
The BFG (2016) Steven Spielberg$53.80$141.8069.0%00 / 0040.75
1941 (1979)Steven Spielberg$106.70$311.1045.0%03 / 0038.68
Ghosts of the Abyss (IMAX & 35mm) (2003)James Cameron$23.80$30.3074.5%00 / 0038.67
Aliens of the Deep (IMAX) (2005)James Cameron$11.80$16.9074.5%00 / 0036.84
Piranaha II: The Spawning (1981)James Cameron$1.20$4.2021.0%00 / 0010.06

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Spielberg vs Cameron Table

  1. Twenty-seven Spielberg or Cameron movies crossed the magical $100 million mark.  That is a percentage of 71.05% of his movies listed.  James Cameron’s Titanic was the biggest hit when looking at domestic and worldwide box office.
  2. An average Spielberg or Cameron movie grosses $293.67 million in domestic adjusted box office gross and $674.21 million in worldwide adjusted box office.
  3. Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter.  34 of Spielberg or Cameron’s movies are rated as good movies…or 89.47% of their movies.  Spielberg’s Schindler’s List (1993) is their highest rated movie while Cameron’s Piranha II: The Spawning (1981 was their lowest rated movie.
  4. Thirty Spielberg or Cameron movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 76.31% of his movies.
  5. Fifteen Spielberg or Cameron’s movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 39.47% of his movies.
  6. An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 39.86.  34 of Spielberg or Cameron’s movies scored higher that average….or 89.47% of his movies.  Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan (2012) got the highest UMR Score while Cameron’s Piranha II: The Spawning (1981) got the lowest UMR Score.
Michael Biehn in Cameron's Aliens (1986)

Michael Biehn in Cameron’s Aliens (1986)

Possibly Interesting Stats From Our Spielberg vs Cameron Question

1. Movies directed: Steven Spielberg has directed 28 movies.  James Cameron has directed 10 movies.  Edge goes to Speilberg.

2. Box Office Comparison:  James Cameron movies average $304.03 million in adjusted domestic box office gross and $943.60 million in adjusted worldwide box office.   Steve Spielberg movies average $290.28 million in adjusted domestic box office gross and $545.07 million in adjusted worldwide box office.   Edge goes to Cameron.

3. Critics/Audience Rating:  An average Steven Spielberg has a 77.00% rating…while James Cameron’s movies average 76.42% rating according to critics and audiences.  Slight edge to Spielberg.

4. Oscar® nominations in any category:   Steven Spielberg movies have picked up 118 Oscar® nominations or 4.06 per movie.  James Cameron movies have picked up 41 Oscar® nominations or 4.10 per movie.  Slight edge to Cameron.

5. Oscar® wins in any category:  James Cameron movies have picked up 21 Oscar® wins or 2.10 per movie.  Steven Spielberg movies have picked up 31 Oscar® nominations or 1.10 per movie.  Edge to Cameron.

6. Best Picture Oscar® nominations:  Steven Spielberg has directed 9 movies that received a Best Picture nomination or 31.03% of his movies.  James Cameron has directed 2 movies that received a Best Picture nomination or 20.00% of his movies.  Edge to Spielberg.

7. Best Director Oscar® nominations:  Steven Spielberg has received 7 Best Director nominations….winning twice.  James Cameron has received 2 Best Director nominations….winning once.  Edge to Spielberg.

8.  Average Cogerson Movie Score:  A Steven Spielberg movie has a average Cogerson Movie Score of 63.30.  A James Cameron movie has a average Cogerson Movie Score of 58.95.  Edge to Spielberg.

So those are the stats…who do you think is the best Spielberg or Cameron?  As for me?  Gotta go with Spielberg.

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88 thoughts on “Spielberg vs Cameron

  1. You are welcome mate. First I must say that my english is not the best but i will try the best I can. I definately agree with you that Cameron would get bored with a movie like Schindlers List. I like this discussion because Spielberg and Cameron happens to be my favorite directors. This is what I think both directors have had amazing Careers. Spielberg has directed almost 30 movies while Cameron has directed 8 maybe 10 if you count his underwater movies like ghost of the abyss. Like i said before both are great and like everything else It all come down to different opinions and different tastes. You can like Cameron movies more and think they are more entertaining. I think the Terminator movies Aliens And one of my favorite movies Titanic are all more entertaining then many of Spielberg movies. But if you must say who is the best then no Cameron is not on the same level as Spielberg. Not to take anything away from Cameron but for me this is not even a contest as Spielberg win this easily. Spielberg is overall the better director he has so many different movies with a seriously deep in them. He can direct almost all genres drama action sfi fi history adventure you name it while Cameron is a master of Sci Fi and maybe underwater movies. Spielberg has had misses of course with lost world 1941 indy 4 was a little dissapointed to name a few. But when Spielberg is On top of his game then I think noone can top him. Like Jaws Schindlers List, Extra Terresrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Saving Private Ryan, are all incredibly movies. Cameron has not made alot of great movies to be considered better than Spielberg. The Terminator movies are great love them. Avatar abyss, and Titanic were very good but his masterpiece for me is Aliens that movie is near perfect. Cameron upcoming projects are avatar movies then who knows if he make more movies after them. While Spielberg has alot more going on and I strongly believe he will come back maybe with a blockbuster or with a third Oscar maybe with the movie Its What I Do or with Montezuma or with another movie who knows. I think both these legendary directors will be remembered forewer. But I think without a doubt that people will remember Spielberg more because of his not one or two but great movies he has done. For me he is one of the best directors of all time. Boy this was very long it was fun to express my opinion about this Thanks for reading. Best regards/Movie Fan.

    1. I wrote wrong before when you write so much you miss words. What I meant was that Spielberg will be remembered more not only for one or two great movies he has done but for many. That will remain classics forever. Thanks for me.

    2. Hey Movie Fan.
      1. Your English is awesome….I am impressed.
      2. Glad you liked this page. My son suggested it…the end result is filled with so many great movies….that it has turned into one of my pages.
      3. I agree with you….both directors are awesome.
      4. Terminator, T2 and Aliens are my favorite Cameron movies too…not too much some of my favorites of alltime
      5. I also give Spielberg the edge…..if only for the amount of movies he has made.
      6. Cameron is making Avatar 2, 3 and 4. I wonder when Avatar 4 will actually hit theaters…2030?
      7. I think Spielberg might get another Oscar nomination for Bridge of Spies…plus like you, I think a 3rd Oscar is coming.
      8. Spielberg not only has the movies he directed….but the also the ones he helped produce….and many of those are classics too. He is the Cecil B. DeMille of our times.
      9. Thanks again for such a great comment.

        1. Hey Rohan….If Cameron can keep to that schedule I will be impressed. He has never worked that fast before. I am betting Avatar 4 will be closer to 2030 than 2020…those years look scary….I think I am getting older…lol.

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