Top 10 Highest Grossing Directors of All Time

Highest Grossing Directors:

director is responsible for how everything turns out. It is the vision, decisions, and direction of a director that makes a movie. But they are often side-lined as the audiences give more importance to the actors, without realizing that an actor can only perform up to the limit a director allows him to.

Without Awesome directors, there would be no awesome movies, Forrest Gump would have been a dud, Endgame would not be the highest-grossing movie, and The Lord of the Rings would have turned out like Game of Thrones season 8.

So, let’s appreciate these directors, who have managed to rake in billions of dollars with the help of their vision.

#10: Ron Howard

Highest Grossing Directors

Worldwide Box Office: $4.297 Billion

No. of Movies: 29

Average Box Office: $145 million

Notable Work: Solo: A Star Wars Story, The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons

Ron Howard is close to 65 years of age and he has been in the industry for decades. His success as an actor helped turn him into the director that he is today.

#9: Robert Zemeckis

Highest Grossing Directors

Worldwide Box Office: $4.329 Billion

No. of Movies: 21

Average Box Office: $207 million

Notable Work: Forrest Gump, Back To The Future, Cast Away

With the help of his vision, Robert Zemeckis has been able to make a name for himself. Zemeckis fills most of his movies with fantasy and superstition, or you can say he is an expert in mixing science with fiction.

#8: Tim Burton

Highest Grossing Directors

Worldwide Box Office: $4.405 Billion

No. of Movies: 19

Average Box Office: $232 million

Notable Work: Alice In Wonderland, Batman Forever, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Tim Burton is a director who has shown his love for both, blockbuster movies and independent movies. He always weaves emotions in his movies perfectly, and he is a genuine artist.

#7: Christopher Nolan

Highest Grossing Directors

Worldwide Box Office: $4.706 Billion

No. of Movies: 12

Average Box Office: $393 million

Notable Work: Inception, Dark Knight Trilogy, Interstellar, Dunkirk

We all know about Christopher Nolan, he is an absolute fan favourite. He has produced masterpieces one after the other and he has never failed to impress us. It is surprising that even after producing so many good movies, he is not even in the Top 5. We are sure that in the future this scenario will definitely change.

#6: David Yates

Highest Grossing Directors

Worldwide Box Office: $5.984 Billion

No. of Movies: 8

Average Box Office: $748 million

Notable Work: Harry Potter Franchise, The Legend of Tarzan, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them Franchise

David Yates is a very imaginative director and he has created many magical worlds for us to look up to. His imagination is one of the main reasons behind the success of the Harry Potter franchise.

#5: James Cameron

Highest Grossing Directors

Worldwide Box Office: $6.236 Billion

No. of Movies: 14

Average Box Office: $446 million

Notable Work: Titanic, Avatar, Aliens, Terminator

James Cameron is one of the most respected Directors in the industry as he has given us so many iconic movies throughout his years. His Avatar was the highest-grossing movie for many years until Endgame finally surpassed it this year.

#4: Michael Bay

Highest Grossing Directors

Worldwide Box Office:$6.444 Billion

No. of Movies: 14

Average Box Office: $461 million

Notable Work: Bad Boys, Transformers franchise, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise

Michael Bay knows how to deliver a story in the grandest way possible. His movies are all about flair and amazing high-profile action and that is why he is so high up on the list.

#3: Peter Jackson

Highest Grossing Directors

Worldwide Box Office: $6.574 Billion

No. of Movies: 13

Average Box Office: $506 million

Notable Work: The Lord of The Rings Trilogy, The Hobbit Trilogy, District 9, King Kong

If you want to learn how to adapt a novel perfectly, then you must take a look at Peter Jackson’s work, if you haven’t already (which is highly unlikely). He directed one of the best trilogies in Hollywood which still stands tall.

#2: Anthony and Joe Russo

Highest Grossing Directors

Worldwide Box Office: $6.824 Billion

No. of Movies: 6

Average Box Office: $1.138 Billion

Notable Work: Avengers: Endgame, Avengers: Infinity War, Captain America: Civil War

The Russo brothers have managed to climb up the ladder in a very short span of time. They are one of the biggest reasons behind the rise of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

#1: Steven Spielberg

Highest Grossing Directors

Worldwide Box Office: $10.55 Billion

No. of Movies: 36

Average Box Office: $293 million

Notable Work: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Indiana Jones

Steven Spielberg is the world’s most successful director as he has raked up more than $10 billion at the cinema box office, which is a phenomenal feat. He has managed to get on the top by thinking one step ahead of his contemporaries and by staying ahead of the trend.

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