James Cameron - 100 Years of Movie Posters - 50

Avatar (2009) French poster
Avatar (2009) French poster





A Chronology of James Cameron Movie Posters 1981-2009.

To view the posters at full resolution, click on the image to open, than right-click on mouse and click 'View Image'

Piranha II The Spawning (1981) French poster
Piranha II The Spawning (1981) French poster
Piranha II The Spawning (1981)
Piranha II The Spawning (1981)


Piranha II: The Spawning (1981) aka Piranha II Flying Killers. Starring Tricia O'Neill, Steve Marachuk and Lance Henriksen. 84mins (94mins)

James Cameron's first film, a sequel to Joe Dante's 1978 movie Piranha.

Cameron was originally hired to work on the special effects but when the director left the production Cameron took over directing the film.

IMDB rating 3.4

The Terminator (1984)
The Terminator (1984)
The Terminator (1984) Thai poster
The Terminator (1984) Thai poster


The Terminator (1984) Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Michael Biehn and Linda Hamilton. 107mins.

The film that launched James Cameron's career.

Originally Schwarzenegger was meant to be the hero sent back in time to save Sarah Connor from a murderous cyborg. It was than decided Arnold would make a highly effective killing machine and the roles were reversed.

IMDB rating 8.1

The Terminator (1984) UK poster
The Terminator (1984) UK poster
Aliens (1986) Japanese poster
Aliens (1986) Japanese poster
Aliens (1986)
Aliens (1986)



Aliens (1986) Starrring Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Bill Paxton and Lance Henriksen.137mins (154mins)

A sequel to Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic Alien (1979).

Aliens cost $18,5m and has grossed $131m worldwide.

It was nominated for 7 Academy Awards winning two, Best Sound Effects Editing and Best Visual Effects.

IMDB rating 8.5

The Abyss (1989) Japanese poster
The Abyss (1989) Japanese poster
The Abyss (1986)
The Abyss (1986)



The Abyss (1989) Starring Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Michael Biehn. 139mins (171mins)

The film was novelized by science fiction author Orson Scott Card.

The Abyss cost $70m and has grossed $90m at the worldwide box office.

It won an Oscar for Best Visual Effects.

IMDB rating 7.6

The Abyss (1989)
The Abyss (1989)
Terminator 2 (1991)
Terminator 2 (1991)
Terminator 2 (1991)
Terminator 2 (1991)


Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong and Robert Patrick.137mins (152mins)

A sequel to Cameron's hit 1984 movie.

One of the most expensive films ever made, costing about $100m, it was a huge success grossing $519m, the biggest hit of 1991.

Nominated for 6 Oscars, it won 4 including Best Visual Effects.

IMDB rating 8.6

Terminator 2 (1991)
Terminator 2 (1991)
True Lies (1994)
True Lies (1994)
True Lies (1994)
True Lies (1994)


True Lies (1994) Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold and Bill Paxton. 141mins.

A loose remake of the French comedy La Totale! (1991).

True Lies was very expensive costing $100m to produce and the reviews were mostly positive.

It was one of the biggest hits of the year grossing $378m worldwide.

IMDB rating 7.2

True Lies (1994) Japanese poster
True Lies (1994) Japanese poster
Titanic (1997)
Titanic (1997)
Titanic (1997)
Titanic (1997)

Titanic (1997) Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Gloria Stuart and Bill Paxton. 194mins.

Costing $200m to produce, Titanic was the most expensive film ever made at the time, and many critics thought it would be a huge flop.

It was the first film to gross more than a billion dollars at the worldwide box office, grossing nearly $1.7 billion on its first release. It was successfully converted to 3D and re-released in 2012 bringing it's total box office to $2.1 billion.

Titanic won 11 Oscars, equalling the record set by Ben-Hur (1959).

IMDB rating 7.6

Titanic (1997) Japanese poster
Titanic (1997) Japanese poster
Ghosts of the Abyss (2003)
Ghosts of the Abyss (2003)



Ghosts of the Abyss (2003) Starring James Cameron and Bill Paxton as themselves. 59mins.

A documentary produced by Walt Disney Pictures in 3D.

James Cameron explores the wreck of the RMS Titanic in a submersible.

IMDB rating 6.8

Avatar (2009)
Avatar (2009)
Avatar (2009)
Avatar (2009)


Avatar (2009) Starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang. 162mins. 171mins. 178mins.

Avatar was James Cameron's first feature film since Titanic (1997).

The official budget for the film was $237m though some claim it may be closer to $300m.

Utilising groundbreaking 3D technology and state of the art visual effects the film was a massive success grossing $2.8 billion worldwide, the biggest box office hit of all time.

Avatar was nominated for 9 Oscars including Best Picture, it won 3 - Art Direction, Cinematography and Visual Effects.

IMDB rating 8.0

Avatar (2009) Spanish poster
Avatar (2009) Spanish poster

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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Hi Steve, and what an increadible hub this is. Your movie hubs are all exceptional and above par and this one is no different than the others. --A job well done!

Voted up

John


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vmartinezwilson 4 years ago from Vancouver, WA

And my favorite James Cameron Movie Poster? The French Pirahna 2 poster, just because it's so utterly cheesy and it takes me back. The worst has to be the Thai Terminator poster. Didn't care for that one at all. The sum up? He's got a lot of good movies whose posters have great impact. Good on him and his marketer.

Great job as always!


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Just me enjoying the posters


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

James Cameron has a small filmography but what an impressive group of movies....excluding the first one of course. Aliens, Terminator, T2 and Avatar are my favorites....and True Lies and Titanic are not too far behind....the only one I do not really really like is the Abyss....I find the hour and half documentary on the making of the movie is better than the actual movie.

His time line for making movies seems to be following the David Lean timeline....I know Avatar2 is now due in 2014.....but I have my doubts that he will make that deadline.

Voted up and interesting....#50 is in the books.


Domenick Dicce 4 years ago

I recently found out that Cameron is/was an avid diver. Seeing all these posters together made me realize how many of his films are associated with the ocean or water.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

John, Vanessa, Mhatter99, Bruce, Domenick, thank you for the comments and kind words, much appreciated.

I had a problem with James Cameron's poster hub, he has only directed 8 films, and as some of you know I like producing epic hubs. :) So the solution was to increase the number of posters per film. Avatar gets 4 posters. Terminator, True Lies and Aliens had very few varieties of poster to choose from. Avatar had the most variations.

Vanessa, that Thai poster was bad but it looked a little different from the others. The Japanese poster of Terminator can be found in the Schwarzenegger poster hub.

Bruce, I was a big fan of The Abyss when it came out, watched it many times. That documentary was one of the best I've seen. Still waiting for a Blu-ray release of The Abyss and True Lies.

Domenick, Cameron seems to be obsessed with the ocean and the Titanic. I think the next Avatar movie will be set partially in the planets oceans.

Thank you all for posting.


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Robwrite 4 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

Hi Steve; He's a very talented director. He's an 'epic' director, and he's best at doing 'Big'. He's a grandious director. I wonder how he'd do with a quiet little film that didn't have a mega-budget.

Another fun hub,

Rob


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Rob, I can't imagine Cameron making a small film, he takes ages on each film and the production budgets seem limitless. And his new obsession seems to be 3D technology. Thanks for commenting!

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