The Highest-Grossing Film Directors

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1. Steven Spielberg

Producer | Schindler's List

One of the most influential personalities in the history of cinema, Steven Spielberg is Hollywood's best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. He has an extraordinary number of commercially successful and critically acclaimed credits to his name, either as a director, ...

The Sugarland Express-$12.8 million Jaws-$470.7 million Close Encounters of the Third Kind-$306.9 million 1941-$94.9 million Raiders of the Lost Ark-$389.9 million E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial-$792.9 million Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom-$333.1 million The Colour Purple-$142 million Empire of the Sun-$66.7 million Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade-$474.2 million Always-$74.1 million Hook-$300.9 million Jurassic Park-$1.03 billion Schindler's List-$322.1 million The Lost World: Jurassic Park-$618.6 million Amistad-$44.2 million Saving Private Ryan-$481.8 million A.I. Artificial Intelligence-$235.9 million Minority Report-$358.4 million Catch Me If You Can-$352.1 million The Terminal-$219.4 million War of the Worlds-$591.7 million Munich-$130.4 million Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull-$786.6 million The Adventures of Tintin: Secrets of the Unicorn-$374 million War Horse-$177.6 million Lincoln-$275.3 million Bridge of Spies-$165.5 million The BFG-$183.3 million The Post-$179.8 million Ready Player One-$582.9 million

Total: $10.569 billion

2. Anthony Russo

Director | Avengers: Endgame

Anthony Russo was born on February 3, 1970 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Anthony J. Russo. He is a producer and director, known for Avengers: Endgame (2019), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014).

(Also representing his brother Joe)

Welcome to Collinwood-$4.6 million You, Me and Dupree-$130.4 million Captain America: The Winter Soldier-$714.3 million Captain America: Civil War-$1.153 billion Avengers: Infinity War-$2.048 billion Avengers: Endgame-$2.796 billion

Total: $6.846 billion

3. Peter Jackson

Producer | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Peter Jackson was born as an only child in a small coast-side town in New Zealand in 1961. When a friend of his parents bought him a super 8 movie camera (because she saw how much he enjoyed taking photos), the then eight-year-old Peter instantly grabbed the thing to start recording his own movies,...

Bad Taste-$0.15 million Meet The Feebles-$0.08 million Braindead-$0.24 million Heavenly Creatures-$5.4 million The Frighteners-$29.4 million The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring-$887.2 million The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers-$934.7 million The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King-$1.141 billion King Kong-$550.5 million The Lovely Bones-$94.9 million The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey-$1.021 billion The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug-$960.4 million The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies-$956 million They Shall Not Grow Old-$20 million

Total: $6.601 billion

4. Michael Bay

Producer | Armageddon

A graduate of Wesleyan University, Michael Bay spent his 20s working on advertisements and music videos. His first projects after film school were in the music video business. He created music videos for Tina Turner, Meat Loaf, Lionel Richie, Wilson Phillips, Donny Osmond and Divinyls. His work won...

Bad Boys-$141.4 million The Rock-$335.1 million Armageddon-$554 million Pearl Harbor-$449.2 million Bad Boys 2-$273.3 million The Island-$163 million Transformers-$710 million Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen-$836.3 million Transformers: Dark of the Moon-$1.124 billion Pain and Gain-$86.2 million Transformers: Age of Extinction-$1.104 billion 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi-$69.4 million Transformers: The Last Knight-$605.4 million

Total: $6.452 billion

5. James Cameron

Writer | Avatar

James Francis Cameron was born on August 16, 1954 in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada. He moved to the United States in 1971. The son of an engineer, he majored in physics at California State University before switching to English, and eventually dropping out. He then drove a truck to support his ...

The Terminator-$78.4 million Aliens-$183.3 million The Abyss-$90 million Terminator 2: Judgement Day-$523.7 million True Lies-$378.9 million Titanic-$2.187 billion Ghosts of the Abyss-$28.8 million Avatar-$2.788 billion

Total: $6.258 billion

6. David Yates

Director | Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

David Yates was born on October 8, 1963 in St. Helens, Merseyside, England. He is a director and producer, known for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) and The Legend of Tarzan (2016).

The Tichbore Claimant-$N/A Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix-$940 million Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince-$934.5 million Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1-$960.4 million Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2-$1.342 billion The Legend of Tarzan-$356.7 million Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them-$814 million Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald-$653.7 million

Total: $6.001 billion

7. Christopher Nolan

Writer | Inception

Best known for his cerebral, often nonlinear, storytelling, acclaimed writer-director Christopher Nolan was born on July 30, 1970 in London, England. Over the course of 15 years of filmmaking, Nolan has gone from low-budget independent films to working on some of the biggest blockbusters ever made.


Following-$0.24 million Memento-$39.7 million Insomnia-$113.7 million Batman Begins-$375.2 million The Prestige-$109.7 million The Dark Knight-$1.005 billion Inception-$825.5 billion The Dark Knight Rises-$1.085 billion Interstellar-$677.5 million Dunkirk-$526.9 million Tenet-N/A

Total: $4.758 billion

8. Tim Burton

Producer | Edward Scissorhands

Timothy Walter Burton was born in Burbank, California, to Jean Rae (Erickson), who owned a cat-themed gift shop, and William Reed Burton, who worked for the Burbank Park and Recreation Department. He spent most of his childhood as a recluse, drawing cartoons, and watching old movies (he was ...

Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure-$40.9 million Beetlejuice-$74.2 million Batman-$411.5 million Edward Scissorhands-$86 million Batman Returns-$266.9 million Ed Wood-$5.9 million Mars Attacks!-$101.4 million Sleepy Hollow-$207.1 million Planet of the Apes-$362.2 million Big Fish-$122.9 million Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-$475 million Corpse Bride-$117.2 million Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street-$152.5 million Alice in Wonderland-$1.026 billion Dark Shadows-$245.5 million Frankenweenie-$81.5 million Big Eyes-$29.3 million Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children-$296.5 million Dumbo-$353 million

Total: $4.456 billion

9. Ron Howard

Actor | Arrested Development

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of this generation's most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed dramas A Beautiful Mind (2001) and Apollo 13 (1995) to the hit comedies Parenthood (1989) and Splash (1984), he has created some of Hollywood's most memorable films.

Howard ...

Grand Theft Auto-$15 million Night Shift-$21 million Splash-$69.8 million Cocoon-$85.3 million Gung Ho-$36.6 million Willow-$57.3 million Parenthood-$126.3 million Backdraft-$152.4 million Far and Away-$137.8 million The Paper-$48.4 million Apollo 13-$355.2 million Ransom-$309.5 million EDtv-$35.3 million How the Grinch Stole Christmas-$345.1 million A Beautiful Mind-$317.7 million The Missing-$38.4 million Cinderella Man-$108.5 million The Da Vinci Code-$767.8 million Frost/Nixon-$28.5 million Angels and Demons-$490.9 million The Dilemma-$70.5 million Rush-$98.2 million In The Heart Of The Sea-$93.9 million The Beatles: Eight Days A Week-$12.3 million Inferno-$220 million Solo: A Star Wars Story-$393.2 million Pavarotti-$6.5 million

Total: $4.442 billion

10. Jon Favreau

Producer | Chef

Initially an indie film favorite, actor Jon Favreau has progressed to strong mainstream visibility into the millennium and, after nearly two decades in the business, is still enjoying character stardom as well as earning notice as a writer/producer/director.

The amiable, husky-framed actor with the ...

Made-$5.5 million Elf-$220.9 million Zathura-$64.3 million Iron Man-$585.2 million Iron Man 2-$623.9 million Cowboys & Aliens-$174.8 million Chef-$46 million The Jungle Book-$966.6 million The Lion King-$1.656 billion

Total: $4.343 billion

11. Robert Zemeckis

Writer | Back to the Future

A whiz-kid with special effects, Robert is from the Spielberg camp of film-making (Steven Spielberg produced many of his films). Usually working with writing partner Bob Gale, Robert's earlier films show he has a talent for zany comedy (Romancing the Stone (1984), 1941 (1979)) and special effect ...

I Wanna Hold Your Hans-$1.9 million Used Cars-$11.7 million Romancing the Stone-$86.6 million Back to the Future-$389.1 million Who Framed Roger Rabbit-$351.5 million Back to the Future Part II-$332 million Back to the Future Part III-$244.5 million Death Becomes Her-$149 million Forrest Gump-$679.9 million Contact-$171.1 million What Lies Beneath-$291.4 million Cast Away-$429.6 million The Polar Express-$311.4 million Beowulf-$196.4 million A Christmas Carol-$325.3 million Flight-$161.8 million The Walk-$61.2 million Allied-$119.5 million Welcome to Marwen-$12.9 million

Total: $4.327 billion

12. Ridley Scott

Producer | The Martian

Described by film producer Michael Deeley as "the very best eye in the business", director Ridley Scott was born on November 30, 1937 in South Shields, Tyne and Wear (then County Durham). His father was an officer in the Royal Engineers and the family followed him as his career posted him ...

The Duellists-$N/A Alien-$203.6 million Blade Runner-$33.8 million Legend-$23.5 million Someone to Watch Over Me-$10.3 million Black Rain-$134.2 million Thelma and Louise-$45.4 million 1492: Conquest of Paradise-$59 million White Squall-$10.2 million G.I. Jane-$97.2 million Gladiator-$460.6 million Hannibal-$351.7 million Black Hawk Down-$173 million Matchstick Men-$65.6 million Kingdom of Heaven-$211.7 million A Good Year-$42 million American Gangster-$266.5 million Body of Lies-$115.9 million Robin Hood-$321.7 million Prometheus-$403.4 million The Counselor-$71 million Exodus: Gods and Kings-$268.1 million The Martian-$630.2 million Alien: Covenant-$240.9 million All The Money In The World-$57 million

Total: $4.297 billion

13. Chris Columbus

Producer | Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Ohio, Chris Columbus was first inspired to make movies after seeing "The Godfather" at age 15. After enrolling at NYU film school, he sold his first screenplay (never produced) while a sophomore there. After graduation Columbus tried to sell his fourth script, "...

Adventures in Babysitting-$34.4 million Heartbreak Hotel-$5.5 million Home Alone-$476.7 million Only the Lonely-$25.1 million Home Alone 2: Lost In New York-$359 million Mrs. Doubtfire-$441.3 million Nine Months-$138.5 million Stepmom-$159.7 million Bicentennial Man-$87.4 million Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone-$975 million Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets-$879.2 million Rent-$31.7 million I Love You, Beth Cooper-$15.8 million Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief-$226.5 million Pixels-$244.9 million

Total-$4.101 billion

14. Roland Emmerich

Writer | Independence Day

Roland Emmerich is a German film director and producer of blockbuster films like The Day After Tomorrow (2004), Godzilla (1998), Independence Day (1996) and The Patriot (2000). Before fame, he originally wanted to be a production designer, but decided to be a director, after watching the original ...

The Noah's Ark Principle-$N/A Joey-$N/A Hollywood-Monster-$N/A Moon 44-$N/A Universal Soldier-$36.3 million Stargate-$196.6 million Independence Day-$817.4 million Godzilla-$379 million The Patriot-$215.3 million The Day After Tomorrow-$544.3 million 10,000 BC-$269.8 million 2012-$769.7 million Anonymous-$15.4 million White House Down-$205.4 million Stonewall-$0.29 million Independence Day: Resurgence-$389.7 million Midway-N/A

Total: $3.839 billion

15. Gore Verbinski

Director | Rango

Gore Verbinski, one of American cinema's most inventive directors who was a punk-rock guitarist as a teenager and had to sell his guitar to buy his first camera, is now the director of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) which made the industry record for highest opening weekend of ...

Mouse Hunt-$122.4 million The Mexican-$147.8 million The Ring-$249.3 million Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl-$654.3 million The Weather Man-$19 million Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest-$1.066 billion Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End-$963.4 million Rango-$245.7 million The Lone Ranger-$260.5 million A Cure for Wellness-$26.6 million

Total: $3.755 billion

16. Bryan Singer

Director | X-Men

Bryan Singer was born on September 17, 1965 in New York City, New York, USA as Bryan Jay Singer. He is a producer and director, known for X-Men (2000), The Usual Suspects (1995) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).

Public Access-N/A The Usual Suspects-$34.4 million Apt Pupil-$8.9 million X-Men-$296.9 million X2: X-Men United-$407.7 million Superman Returns-$391.1 million Valkyrie-$200.3 million Jack the Giant Slayer-$197.7 million X-Men: Days of Future Past-$747.9 million X-Men: Apocalypse-$543.9 million Bohemian Rhapsody-$903.7 million

Total: $3.733 billion

(Not someone I’m pleased to include)

17. James Wan

Producer | The Conjuring 2

James Wan (born 26 February 1977) is an Australian film producer, screenwriter and film director of Malaysian Chinese descent. He is widely known for directing the horror film Saw (2004) and creating Billy the puppet. Wan has also directed Dead Silence (2007), Death Sentence (2007), Insidious (2010)...

Saw-$103.1 million Dead Silence-$22.2 million Death Sentence-$27 million Insidious-$97 million The Conjuring-$319.5 million Insidious: Chapter 2-$161.9 million Furious 7-$1.516 billion The Conjuring 2-$320.4 million Aquaman-$1.148 billion

Total: $3.715 billion

18. Pierre Coffin

Actor | Despicable Me 2

Pierre Coffin was born on March 15, 1967 in France. He is an actor and director, known for Despicable Me 2 (2013), Minions (2015) and Despicable Me (2010).

Despicable Me-$543.5 million Despicable Me 2-$975.2 million Minions-$1.159 billion Despicable Me 3-$1.035 billion

Total: $3.713 billion

19. J.J. Abrams

Producer | Lost

Jeffrey Jacob Abrams was born in New York City and raised in Los Angeles, the son of TV producer parents. Abrams planned on going to dental school, but decided to study film at Sarah Lawrence College. At 15, he wrote the music for Don Dohler's Nightbeast (1982). In his senior year, he and Jill ...

Mission: Impossible 3-$397.9 million Star Trek-$385.7 million Super 8-$260.1 million Star Trek Into Darkness-$467.4 million Star Wars: The Force Awakens-$2.068 billion Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker-N/A

Total: $3.579 billion

20. Carlos Saldanha

Director | Rio

Carlos Saldanha is a Brazilian director of animated films. He was the director of Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006), Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009) and Rio (2011), and the co-director of Ice Age (2002) and Robots (2005).

Saldanha was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He left his hometown in 1991 to ...

Ice Age-$383.3 million Robots-$260.7 million Ice Age: The Meltdown-$660.9 million Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs-$886.7 million Rio-$484.6 million Rio 2-$500.1 million Ferdinand-$296.1 million

Total: $3.472 billion

21. Clint Eastwood

Actor | Million Dollar Baby

Clint Eastwood was born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the son of Clinton Eastwood Sr., a manufacturing executive for Georgia-Pacific Corporation, and Ruth Wood, a housewife turned IBM operator. He had a comfortable, middle-class upbringing in nearby Piedmont. At school Clint took interest in music...

Play Misty for Me-$10.6 million High Plains Drifter-$15.7 million Breezy-$N/A The Eiger Sanction-$14.2 million The Outlaw Josey Wales-$31.8 million The Gauntlet-$26.4 million Bronco Billy-$24.3 million Firefox-$46.7 million Honkytonk Man-$4.5 million Sudden Impact-$67.6 million Pale Rider-$41.4 million Heartbreak Ridge-$121.7 million Bird-$2.2 million White Hunter Black Heart-$2 million The Rookie-$21.6 million Unforgiven-$159.2 million A Perfect World-$135.2 million The Bridges of Madison County-$182 million Absolute Power-$50.1 million Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil-$25.1 million True Crime-$16.6 million Space Cowboys-$128.9 million Blood Work-$31.8 million Mystic River-$156.8 million Million Dollar Baby-$216.8 million Flags of Our Fathers-$65.9 million Letters from Iwo Jima-$68.7 million Changeling-$113 million Gran Torino-$270 million Invictus-$122.2 million Hereafter-$105.2 million J. Edgar-$84.9 million Jersey Boys-$67.7 million American Sniper-$547.4 million Sully-$240.8 million The 15:17 to Paris-$57.1 million The Mule-$171.3 million

Total: $3.447 billion

22. Brad Bird

Writer | The Incredibles

Phillip Bradley "Brad" Bird is an American director, screenwriter, animator, producer and occasional voice actor, known for both animated and live-action films. Bird was born in Kalispell, Montana, the youngest of four children of Marjorie A. (née Cross) and Philip Cullen Bird. His father worked in...

The Iron Giant-$31.3 million The Incredibles-$633 million Ratatouille-$620.7 million Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol-$694.7 million Tomorrowland-$209.2 million Incredibles 2-$1.243 billion

Total: $3.432 billion

23. George Lucas

Writer | Star Wars

George Walton Lucas, Jr. was raised on a walnut ranch in Modesto, California. His father was a stationery store owner and he had three siblings. During his late teen years, he went to Thomas Downey High School and was very much interested in drag racing. He planned to become a professional racecar ...

THX 1138-$2.4 million American Graffiti-$140 million Star Wars-$775.4 million Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace-$1.027 billion Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones-$649.4 million Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith-$848.8 million

Total: $3.418 billion

24. Francis Lawrence

Director | The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Francis Lawrence was born on March 26, 1971 in Vienna, Austria. He is a director and producer, known for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), Constantine (2005) and I Am Legend (2007).

Constantine-$230.9 million I Am Legend-$585.3 million Water For Elephants-$117 million The Hunger Games: Catching Fire-$865 million The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1-$755.4 million The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2-$653.4 million Red Sparrow-$151.6 million

Total: $3.359 billion

25. Sam Raimi

Director | Spider-Man

Highly inventive U.S. film director/producer/writer/actor Sam Raimi first came to the attention of film fans with the savage, yet darkly humorous, low-budget horror film, The Evil Dead (1981). From his childhood, Raimi was a fan of the cinema and, before he was ten-years-old, he was out making ...

It’s Murder!-N/A The Evil Dead-$29.4 million Crimewave-$0.05 million Evil Dead II-$5.9 million Darkman-$32.9 million Army of Darkness-$21.5 million The Quick and the Dead-$18.6 million For Love of the Game-$46.1 million A Simple Plan-$16.3 million The Gift-$44.6 million Spider-Man-$821.7 million Spider-Man 2-$795.1 million Spider-Man 3-$894.9 million Drag Me To Hell-$91.4 million Oz The Great and Powerful-$490.4 million

Total: $3.309 billion

26. Chris Renaud

Actor | Despicable Me 2

Director Chris Renaud has established himself as a heavyweight in the world of animation following the phenomenal box office success of recent movies Despicable Me (2010), Dr. Seuss' The Lorax (2012) and Despicable Me 2 (2013). Along with Pierre Coffin and Eric Guillon, he also co-created the ...

Despicable Me-$543.5 million Dr. Seuss' The Lorax-$351 million Despicable Me 2-$975.2 million The Secret Life of Pets-$886.8 million The Secret Life of Pets 2-$429.4 million

Total: $3.186 billion

27. Zack Snyder

Producer | Wonder Woman

Zachary Edward "Zack" Snyder (born March 1, 1966) is an American film director, film producer, and screenwriter, best known for action and science fiction films. Snyder made his feature film debut with the 2004 remake Dawn of the Dead and has gone on to be known for his comic book movies and ...

Dawn of the Dead-$102.2 million 300-$456.1 million Watchmen-$185.3 million Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole-$140.1 million Sucker Punch-$89.8 million Man of Steel-$668 million Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice-$873.6 million Justice League-$657.9 million

Total: $3.173 billion

28. Todd Phillips

Producer | Joker

Todd Phillips was born on December 20, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Todd Bunzl. He is a producer and director, known for Joker (2019), Old School (2003) and Due Date (2010).

Road Trip-$119.8 million Old School-$87.1 million Starsky and Hutch-$170.3 million School for Scoundrels-$23.9 million The Hangover-$467.5 million Due Date-$211.8 million The Hangover Part II-$586.8 million The Hangover Part III-$362 million War Dogs-$86.2 million Joker-$1.040 billion

Total: $3.155 billion

29. Bill Condon

Director | Gods and Monsters

Bill Condon was born on October 22, 1955 in New York City, New York, USA as William Patrick Condon. He is a director and writer, known for Gods and Monsters (1998), Kinsey (2004) and Dreamgirls (2006).

Sister, Sister-$0.74 million Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh-$13.9 million Gods And Monsters-$6.4 million Kinsey-$16.9 million Dreamgirls-$154.9 million The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1-$712.2 million The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2-$829.7 million The Fifth Estate-$8.6 million Mr. Holmes-$29.4 million Beauty and the Beast-$1.264 billion The Good Liar-N/A

Total: $3.038 billion

30. M. Night Shyamalan

Producer | Lady in the Water

Born in Puducherry, India, and raised in the posh suburban Penn Valley area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, M. Night Shyamalan is a film director, screenwriter, producer, and occasional actor, known for making movies with contemporary supernatural plots.

He is the son of Jayalakshmi, a Tamil ...

Praying With Anger-N/A Wide Awake-$0.28 million The Sixth Sense-$672.8 million Unbreakable-$248.2 million Signs-$408.2 million The Village-$256.7 million Lady In The Water-$72.8 million The Happening-$163.4 million The Last Airbender-$319.7 million After Earth-$243.8 million The Visit-$98.4 million Split-$278.5 million Glass-$246.9 million

Total: $3.010 billion

31. Joss Whedon

Writer | Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Joss Whedon is the middle of five brothers - his younger brothers are Jed Whedon and Zack Whedon. Both his father, Tom Whedon and his grandfather, John Whedon were successful television writers. Joss' mother, Lee Stearns, was a history teacher and she also wrote novels as Lee Whedon. Whedon was ...

Serenity-$38.9 million Marvel's The Avengers-$1.519 billion Much Ado About Nothing-$5.3 million Avengers: Age of Ultron-$1.405 billion

Total: $2.968 billion

32. Andrew Stanton

Writer | WALL·E

Oscar-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton was raised in Rockport, Massachusetts. He was educated at The California Institute of the Arts (or "CalArts") in Los Angeles, where he studied character animation. After graduation, Stanton began working as a writer on the TV series Mighty Mouse: The New ...

Finding Nemo-$940.4 million WALL-E-$533.3 million John Carter-$284.1 million Finding Dory-$1.029 billion

Total: $2.787 billion

33. Tom McGrath

Writer | Madagascar

Born on August 7, 1964. Hometown is Lynnwood, Washington. Most popular as Skipper of Madagascar movies & the TV show, Penguins Of Madagascar & was a voice actor for Shrek 3 as Gary, Monsters vs Aliens as Wilson, Megamind as Lord Scott, & a bit part in Puss In Boots as a bar thief as well as being a...

Madagascar-$532.7 million Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa-$603.9 million Megamind-$321.9 million Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted-$746.9 million The Boss Baby-$528 million

Total: $2.733 billion

34. Sam Mendes

Director | Skyfall

Samuel Alexander Mendes was born on August 1, 1965 in Reading, England, UK to parents James Peter Mendes, a retired university lecturer, and Valerie Helene Mendes, an author who writes children's books. Their marriage didn't last long, James divorced Sam's mother in 1970 when Sam was just 5-...

American Beauty-$356.3 million Road to Perdition-$181 million Jarhead-$96.9 million Revolutionary Road-$75.2 million Away We Go-$14.9 million Skyfall-$1.109 billion Spectre-$880.7 million 1917-N/A

Total: $2.714 million

35. Andrew Adamson

Writer | Shrek 2

Andrew Adamson was born on December 1, 1966 in Auckland, New Zealand. He is a producer and writer, known for Shrek 2 (2004), The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) and Shrek (2001). He has been married to Gyulnara Karaeva since January 16, 2016. He was previously ...

Shrek-$484.4 million Shrek 2-$919.8 million The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe-$745 million The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian-$419.7 million Mr. Pip-$0.02 million Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away-$34.2 million

Total: $2.603 billion

36. Guy Ritchie

Director | Sherlock Holmes

Guy Ritchie was born in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK on September 10, 1968. After watching Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) as a child, Guy realized that what he wanted to do was make films. He never attended film school, saying that the work of film school graduates was boring and ...

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels-$28.4 million Snatch-$83.6 million Swept Away-$0.6 million Revolver-$7.9 million RocknRolla-$27.8 million Sherlock Holmes-$524 million Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows-$545.5 million The Man From U.N.C.L.E.-$109.8 million King Arthur: Legend of the Sword-$148.7 million Aladdin-$1.050 billion The Gentlemen-N/A

Total: $2.526 billion

37. Steven Soderbergh

Director | Sex, Lies, and Videotape

Steven Andrew Soderbergh was born on January 14, 1963 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, the second of six children of Mary Ann (Bernard) and Peter Soderbergh. His father was of Swedish and Irish descent, and his mother was of Italian ancestry. While he was still at a very young age, his family moved to ...

sex, lies & videotape-$36.7 million Kafka-$1.1 million King of the Hill-$1.2 million The Underneath-$0.5 million Schizopolis-$0.25 million Gray’s Anatomy-$0.03 million Out of Sight-$77.7 million The Limey-$6 million Erin Brockovich-$257.8 million Traffic-$208.3 million Ocean’s 11-$450.7 million Full Frontal-$3.4 million Solaris-$30 million Ocean’s 12-$435 million Bubble-$0.3 million The Good German-$6.7 million Ocean’s 13-$398.7 million Che-$40.9 million The Girlfriend Experience-$1 million The Informant!-$41.8 million And Everything Is Going Fine-$0.02 million Contagion-$137.6 million Haywire-$36.4 million Magic Mike-$170.6 million Side Effects-$66.7 million Logan Lucky-$48.5 million Unsane-$14.3 million High Flying Bird-N/A The Laundromat-N/A

Total: $2.472 billion

38. Shawn Levy

Producer | Arrival

Shawn Levy was born on July 23, 1968 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is a producer and director, known for Stranger Things (2016), Real Steel (2011), and the Night at the Museum franchise. He is the founder and principal of 21 Laps Entertainment. He is married to Serena Levy and they have four ...

Address Unknown-N/A Just In Time-N/A Big Fat Liar-$53 million Just Married-$101.6 million Cheaper by the Dozen-$190.2 million The Pink Panther-$158.9 million Night at the Museum-$579.5 million Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian-$413.1 million Date Night-$152.3 million Real Steel-$299.3 million The Internship-$93.5 million This Is Where I Leave You-$41.3 million Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb-$363.2 million

Total: $2.446 billion

39. Eric Darnell

Writer | Madagascar

Eric Darnell is known for his work on Madagascar (2005), Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008) and Antz (1998).

Ants-$171.8 million Madagascar-$532.7 million Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa-$603.9 million Madagascar-$532.7 million Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa-$603.9 million Megamind-$321.9 million Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted-$746.9 million The Penguins Of Madagascar-$373 million

Total: $2.428 billion

40. Barry Sonnenfeld

Director | Men in Black

Barry Sonnenfeld was born and raised in New York City. He graduated from New York University of Film School in 1978. He started work as director of photography on the Oscar-nominated In Our Water (1982). Then Joel Coen and Ethan Coen hired him for Blood Simple (1984). This film began his ...

The Addams Family-$191.5 million For Love Of Money-$11.1 million Addams Family Values-$48.9 million Get Shorty-$115.1 million Men In Black-$589.4 million Wild Wild West-$222.1 million Big Trouble-$8.5 million Men In Black II-$441.8 million RV-$87.5 million Men In Black 3-$624 million Nine Lives-$50.9 million

Total: $2.391 billion

41. Jon Turteltaub

Director | Cool Runnings

Jon Turteltaub was born on August 8, 1963 in New York City, New York, USA as Jonathan Charles Turteltaub. He is a producer and director, known for Cool Runnings (1993), While You Were Sleeping (1995) and Phenomenon (1996). He has been married to Amy Eldon since July 6, 2006. They have three ...

Think Big-N/A Driving Me Crazy-$N/A 3 Ninjas-$29 million Cool Runnings-$155.1 million While You Were Sleeping-$182.1 million Phenomenon-$152 million Instinct-$34.1 million The Kid-$110.3 million National Treasure-$347.5 million National Treasure: Book Of Secrets-$457.4 million The Sorcerer’s Apprentice-$218 million Last Vegas-$134.4 million The Meg-$530.2 million

Total: $2.321 billion

42. Justin Lin

Producer | Furious 6

Justin Lin is a Taiwanese-American film director whose films have grossed $2 billion worldwide. He is best known for his work on Better Luck Tomorrow, The Fast and the Furious 3-6 and Star Trek Beyond. He is also known for his work on television shows like Community and the second season of True ...

Shopping for Fangs-$0.002 million Better Luck Tomorrow-$3.8 million Annapolis-$17.1 million The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift-$158.5 million Finishing the Game-$0.05 million Fast & Furious-$363.2 million Fast Five-$626.1 million Fast & Furious 6-$788.7 million Star Trek Beyond-$343.5 million

Total: $2.301 billion

43. John Lasseter

Writer | Toy Story 2

Although born in Hollywood John and his twin sister, Johanna were raised in Wittier near Los Angeles. His parents were Jewell Mae (Risley), an art teacher, and Paul Eual Lasseter, a parts manager at a Chevrolet dealership. His mother's profession contributed to his interest in animation and ...

Toy Story-$373.6 million A Bug’s Life-$363.3 million Toy Story 2-$511.4 million Cars-$462.2 million Cars 2-$562.1 million

Total: $2.273 billion

44. F. Gary Gray

Director | Set It Off

F. Gary Gray was born on July 17, 1969 in New York City, New York, USA as Felix Gary Gray. He is a director and producer, known for Set It Off (1996), The Italian Job (2003) and The Negotiator (1998).

Friday-$28.2 million Set It Off-$41.6 million The Negotiator-$49.1 million A Man Apart-$44.4 million The Italian Job-$176.3 million Be Cool-$95.2 million Law Abiding Citizen-$126.7 million Straight Outta Compton-$202.2 million The Fate of the Furious-$1.236 billion Men In Black: International-$253.3 million

Total: $2.253 billion

45. Conrad Vernon

Actor | Shrek 2

Conrad Vernon was born on July 11, 1968 in Lubbock, Texas, USA as Conrad Vernon IV. He is an actor and producer, known for Shrek 2 (2004), Shrek (2001) and Monsters vs. Aliens (2009).

Shrek 2-$919.8 million Monsters vs. Aliens-$381.5 million Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted-$746.9 million Sausage Party-$140.7 million The Addams Family-$63.9 million

Total: $2.253 billion

46. Kyle Balda

Director | Minions

Kyle Balda has been working professionally in feature animation for the past 15 years, most notably with Pixar Animation Studios and Industrial Light & Magic. He began his career studying traditional animation at The California Institute of the Arts in 1991, and continued his training during summer...

Minions-$1.159 billion Despicable Me 3-$1.035 billion

Total: $2.194 billion

47. Martin Scorsese

Director | Taxi Driver

Martin Charles Scorsese was born on November 17, 1942 in Queens, New York City, to Catherine Scorsese (née Cappa) and Charles Scorsese, who both worked in Manhattan's garment district, and whose families both came from Palermo, Sicily. He was raised in the neighborhood of Little Italy, which later ...

Who’s That Knocking At My Door?-N/A Boxcar Bertha-N/A Mean Streets-$6 million Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore-$18.6 million Taxi Driver-$28.3 million New York, New York-$16.4 million Raging Bull-$23.4 million The King Of Comedy-$2.5 million After Hours-$10.6 million The Color of Money-$52.3 million The Last Temptation of Christ-$8.4 million Goodfellas-$46.8 million Cape Fear-$182.3 million The Age of Innocence-$32.3 million Casino-$116.1 million Kundun-$5.7 million Bringing Out The Dead-$16.8 million Gangs Of New York-$193.8 million The Aviator-$213.7 million The Departed-$291.5 million Shine a Light-$16.2 million Shutter Island-$299.5 million Hugo-$185.8 million The Wolf of Wall Street-$392 million Silence-$23.7 million The Irishman-N/A

Total: $2.183 billion

48. Brett Ratner

Director | Red Dragon

Brett Ratner is one of Hollywood's most successful filmmakers. His diverse films resonate with audiences worldwide and, as director, his films have grossed over $2 billion at the global box office. Brett began his career directing music videos before making his feature directorial debut at 26 years...

Money Talks-$48.4 million Rush Hour-$245.3 million The Family Man-$124.7 million Rush Hour 2-$347.4 million Red Dragon-$209.2 million After The Sunset-$61.3 million X-Men: The Last Stand-$459.4 million Rush Hour 3-$258 million Tower Heist-$152.9 million Hercules-$244.8 million

Total: $2.151 billion

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