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21 Random Hollywood Movie Directors' Net Worths - How Much Are Moviemakers Worth?

Updated on October 20, 2017
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No director wants to be the B-movie guy, but the only way to A-movie success is to believe more in the B-movie project. Ridley Scott quote: "There's nothing really original. Alien was a B-movie. Five directors passed on it before me."
No director wants to be the B-movie guy, but the only way to A-movie success is to believe more in the B-movie project. Ridley Scott quote: "There's nothing really original. Alien was a B-movie. Five directors passed on it before me."

Ignore the B-Movie Guy, And You Will Miss Out On the Future A-Movies That Redefine the Future of Movies, Forever

Since there are so many entertainment pages across the internet for celebrities and their net worths I figured that it might be interesting to pick at random twenty-one Hollywood movie directors that commonly get skipped from collective “celebrity net worth” lists, and plot them in this collective list that brings so many great directors to the light of day. It is easy for some rich movie-maker directors to get overlooked by popular net worth websites like CelebrityNetWorth.com and TheRichest.com.

This is a net worth page for all of the unsung heroes in the movie-making business, and they have all made their print on the Hollywood movie scene. Being a B-movie creator is where some of the best work in movie-making can be found, and every actor that has ever made a serious successful B-movie, are those who have gone on to make some of the most memorable movies that have ever been made.

A movie director: Yes, movie making. The art of making movies is something that some hold very dear to their hearts. It may have been the first grown-up movie that you ever watched, the movie that first inspired one of your keen interests in life, the movie that first brought the events of World War II into your life, or maybe it was an astonishing foot forward for the next generation in movie making.

These are often the unappreciated in the movie business, and there would be no making in movie-making if it were not for the movie director. They decide how the movie looks, sounds, progresses, and operates for the camera. Steven Spielberg was one of the very first visionaries to commercialise fantasy movies, and it was the relationship between George Lucas and Steven Spielberg that brought such great cinematic visionary movies to life as Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park. Often than not, it is the same movie director visionaries that bring to life some of the greatest movies of a decade, as George Lucas brought Star Wars to the worldwide cinema theatres, and Steven Spielberg that best depicted the US’s military victory in World War II’s European theatre battlefront.

The B-movie director: Well, if the A-movie is the big-budget movie; stretching from movies budgeted at $100 million to any region that could go up to as high as $250 million, then a B-movie is a medium-big-budget movie; stretching from movies budgeted at $40 million to any region that could go up to as high as $80 million. What is the difference between a $100 million movie and a $40 million movie? The $100 million movie will likely have well-known Hollywood stars like Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, or Johnny Depp; and this increases the chances of the movie being commercially successful at the cinema theatres. It also increases the chances of seeing a well-known Hollywood movie director; like Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, Ridley Scott, or James Cameron. Then again, this could include Hollywood stars from other areas of the entertainment business starring the likes of Rihanna or Lady Gaga, and the studio may make the decision to hire a lesser known director to trial something new; and the end result could be Jordan Vogt-Roberts Kong: Skull Island. Then, the $40 million movie will have the worst actors imaginable since the studio is having budget cuts; starring a bright-singer as an actor with the likes of Rihanna, and the director will be someone that makes your eyes curl with someone like Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kong: Skull Island) or F. Javier Gutierrez (Rings). Then again, this could be a $9 million budget movie, starring James McAvoy, that goes on to earn critical appraise and commercial success somewhere in the region of $278 million (at the global box office). Having a director like M. Night Shyamalan, someone has has built their (movie-making) career on being a B-movie director, and at a stage in his career when everyone is judging his abilities to direct an A-movie project; goes aside and creates a newly beloved B-movie (or two).

  • McG - $60 million

Charlie’s Angels (2000), Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003), We Are Marshall (2006), Terminator Salvation (2009), This Means War (2012), 3 Days to Kill (2014), The Babysitter (2017)

  • Paul Thomas Anderson - $70 million

Hard Eight (1996), Boogie Nights (1997), Magnolia (1999), Punch-Drunk Love (2002), There Will Be Blood (2007), The Master (2012), Inherent Vice (2014), Phantom Thread (post-production)

  • Wes Anderson - $30 million

Bottle Rocket (1996), Rushmore (1998), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), The Darjeeling Limited (2007), Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), Moonrise Kingdom (2012), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), Isle of Dogs (post-production)

  • David Cronenberg - $15 million

Stereo (1969), Crimes of the Future (1970), Shivers (1975), Rabid (1977), Fast Company (1979), The Brood (1979), Scanners (1981), Videodrome (1983), The Dead Zone (1983), The Fly (1986), Dead Ringers (1988), Naked Lunch (1991), M. Butterfly (1993), Crash (1996), eXistenZ (1999), Spider (2002), A History of Violence (2005), Eastern Promises (2007), A Dangerous Method (2011), Cosmopolis (2012), Maps to the Stars (2014)

  • Farrelly Brothers - $80 million

Dumb and Dumber (1994), Kingpin (1996), There’s Something About Mary (1998), Me, Myself & Irene (2000), Osmosis Jones (2001), Shallow Hal (2001), Stuck on You (2003), Fever Pitch (2005), The Heartbreak Kid (2007), Hall Pass (2011), The Three Stooges (2012), Dumb and Dumber To (2014)

  • Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu - $20 million

Amores Perros (2000), 21 Grams (2003), Babel (2006), Biutiful (2010), Birdman (or, The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014), The Revenant (2015)

  • David Gordon Green - $8 million

George Washington (2000), All the Real Girls (2003), Undertow (2004), Snow Angels (2007), Pineapple Express (2008), Your Highness (2011), The Sitter (2011), Prince Avalanche (2013), Joe (2013), Manglehorn (2014), Our Brand Is Crisis (2015), Stronger (2017), Halloween (pre-production) (2018)

  • Angelina Jolie - $160 million

In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011), Unbroken (2014), By the Sea (2015), First They Killed My Father (2017)

  • David Lynch - $60 million

Eraserhead (1977), The Elephant Man (1980), Dune (1984), Blue Velvet (1986), Wild at Heart (1990), Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992), Lost Highway (1997), The Straight Story (1999), Mulholland Drive (2001), Inland Empire (2006), Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces (2014)

  • Marc Lawrence - $8 million

Two Weeks Notice (2002), Music and Lyrics (2007), Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009), The Rewrite (2014), Nicole (pre-production) (2019)

  • Martin McDonagh - $8 million

In Bruges (2008), Seven Psychopaths (2012), Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

  • James Mangold - $20 million

Heavy (1995), Cop Land (1997), Girl, Interrupted (1999), Kate & Leopold (2001), Identity (2003), Walk the Line (2005), 3:10 to Yuma (2007), Knight and Day (2010), The Wolverine (2013), Logan (2017), The Force (pre-production) (2019)

  • George A. Romero (1940-2017) - $35 million

Night of the Living Dead (1968), There’s Always Vanilla (1971), Season of the Witch (1972), The Crazies (1973), Martin (1978), Dawn of the Dead (1978), Knightriders (1981), Creepshow (1982), Day of the Dead (1985), Monkey Shines (1988), The Dark Half (1993), Bruiser (2000), Land of the Dead (2005), Diary of the Dead (2007), Survival of the Dead (2009)

  • Eli Roth - $19 million

Cabin Fever (2002), Hostel (2005), Hostel: Part II (2007), The Green Inferno (2013), Knock Knock (2015), Death Wish (completed) (2018), The House with a Clock in its Walls (pre-production) (2018)

  • Jay Roach - $90 million

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997), Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999), Mystery, Alaska (1999), Meet the Parents (2000), Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002), Meet the Fockers (2004), Dinner for Schmucks (2010), The Campaign (2012), Trumbo (2015)

  • Zack Snyder - $22 million

Dawn of the Dead (2004), 300 (2006), Watchmen (2009), Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (2010), Sucker Punch (2011), Man of Steel (2013), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), The Last Photograph (pre-production), Justice League: Part Two (announced), Justice League (post-production) (2017)

  • Oliver Stone - $50 million

Seizure (1974), The Hand (1981), Salvador (1986), Platoon (1986), Wall Street (1987), Talk Radio (1988), Born on the Fourth of July (1989), The Doors (1991), JFK (1991), Heaven & Earth (1993), Natural Born Killers (1994), Nixon (1995), U Turn (1997), Any Given Sunday (1999), Alexander (2004), World Trade Center (2006), W. (2008), Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010), Savages (2012), Snowden (2016)

  • David Yates - $22 million

The Tichborne Claimant (1998), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011), The Legend of Tarzan (2016), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2 (filming) (2018), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 3 (announced) (2020), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 4 (announced) (2022), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 5 (announced) (2024)

  • John Carpenter - $35 million

Dark Star (1974), Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), Halloween (1978), The Fog (1980), Escape from New York (1981), The Thing (1982), Christine (1983), Starman (1984), Big Trouble in Little China (1986), Prince of Darkness (1987), They Live (1988), Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992), In the Mouth of Madness (1994), Village of the Damned (1995), Escape from L.A. (1996), Vampires (1998), Ghosts of Mars (2001), The Ward (2010)

  • Drew Barrymore - $125 million

Whip It (2009)

  • Shane Black - $16 million

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005), Iron Man 3 (2013), The Nice Guys (2016), Doc Savage (announced), The Predator (post-production) (2018)

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