Directors With Billion Dollar Movies Under Their Name

A director plays one of the major roles in the production of a film and only the most talented make it big. Directing a film isn't an easy job, the director is in charged of the creative process, guiding the actors, editors, etc., and he has the final saying of what a film will look like once released. All this can take hours away from a director's lives and some times sleep is barely an option, but for some, their struggle and hard work pays off big time and changes their lives and careers in a whole new direction. Here are a list of directors who directed films that have crossed the billion dollar mark:

12 James Cameron

Avatar (2009): $2,782,275,172

Titanic (1997): $2,185,372,302

11 Christopher Nolan

The Dark Knight (2008): $1,004,558,444

The Dark Knight Rises (2012): $1,081,041,287

10 Tim Burton

Alice in Wonderland (2010): $1,024,299,904

9 Peter Jackson

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003): $1,119,929,521

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012): $1,009,595,997

8 Joss Whedon 

The Avengers (2012): $1,511,757,910

7 Michael Bay

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011): $1,123,746,996

6 George Lucas

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999):  $1,027,044,677

5 David Yates

Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows -Part 2 (2011): $1,328,111,219

4 Sam Mendes

Skyfall (2012): $1,108,283,816

3 Rob Marshall

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011): $1,043,871,802

2 Gore Verbinski

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006): $1,066,179,725

1 Lee Unkrich

Toy Story 3 (2010): $1,063,171,911

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