The global entertainment industry releases tens of films monthly to entertain movie enthusiasts worldwide. While actors and film producers enjoy most of the credit, film directors play a crucial role during authorship and production, and often do their best to make sure their titles succeed. Even though many film directors are active and make a significant contribution in this industry, a few highly experienced ones have released timeless movies that gross billions of dollars in the box office. This review highlights the top 10 directors with the highest grossing movies of all time.
10. Gregor “Gore” Verbinski – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
Gregor “Gore” Verbinski is a reputable American musician, film producer, screenwriter, and film director. He is an alumnus of the UCLA School of theatre arts and currently ranks tenth among film directors with the highest grossing movies. Since his debut in the entertainment industry, Gregor has directed many blockbuster films with titles such as The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), Rango (2012), and Lone Ranger (2013) doing well. However, his highest grossing film to date is Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, released on July 7, 2006 in the United States (US). This movie attracted positive reviews worldwide, becoming the first title to gross over one billion dollars in the box office. To date the movie has won Gregor Awards and nominations for Awards, and at $1,066,179,725 dollars, it currently holds the record of being the eleventh most grossing film of all time.
9. Christopher Jonathan James Nolan – The Dark Knight Rises
Christopher Jonathan James Nolan is a producer, screenwriter, and film director of British and American decent. Since his directorial debut with Following (2003), James Nolan has worked on many other successful movies with eight of his titles grossing over three billion dollars in the global box office. His most successful movie by far is the epic superhero film called The Dark Knight Rises, released in 2012. The sociological and philosophical concepts, metafictive elements, and the nonlinear storytelling in this film made it a favourite of millions worldwide and the third highest grossing title of 2012. Currently, Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises is the third highest grossing superhero movie of all time and the tenth highest grossing movie of all time in the global box office at 1,084,439,099 dollars.
8. Samuel Alexander “Sam” Mendes – Skyfall
Best known for his film and stage directing skills, Samuel Alexander “Sam” Mendes ranks eighth on our review of the top 10 directors that made the highest grossing movies. Sam Mendes is 49-years-old, English, and Queen Elizabeth II’s the year 2000’s appointee for the Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Samuel has worked on original stage musicals (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2013), for example). He has also worked on internationally acclaimed films, many of which have won him prestigious awards and nominations for awards. His most successful film to date is the twenty-third installment of the famous James Bond franchise, Skyfall, released on 26 October 2012 in the United Kingdom and 9 November 2012 in the US. Skyfall was the second highest grossing movie in 2012. It is also the first James Bond film to gross over one billion dollars. Finally, at 1,108,561,013 dollars, Skyfall is now the ninth highest grossing film of all time in the global box office.
7. Sir Peter Robert Jackson – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Born on 31 October 1961, Sir Peter Robert Jackson is a 52-year-old film producer. He is also a reputable screenwriter and has directed some of the most watched epic trilogies (The Hobbit (2012-2014) and The Lord of the Rings (2001-2003); documentaries (West of Memphis (2012); and motion picture films (Adventures of Tin Tin (2011) worldwide. Courtesy of his 2003 epic fantasy film, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Sir Peter Robert joined the club of the top 10 film directors with the highest grossing movies. It is the most successful of all Lord of the Rings installments (Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and (The Two Towers (2002)). In 2003, it was the highest grossing film. The film has also won 11 Academy Awards and is currently the eighth (1,119,929,521 dollars) highest grossing film of all time.