A movie is a mere vision of director and a piece of art that he wants us to see and appreciate. A film director is a person who brings life to the script. Form the past decades the evolution of the Hollywood has been nothing less than fantastic.
The credit undoubtedly goes to the wonderful directors who have endowed every bit of their vigor, strength and time to make the movie work. There shear dedication and hard work puts them in an elite group of extraordinary gentlemen. So let’s look at the top highest paid American movie directors in 2019 who the world appreciates for their amazing work.
8. David Yates
Net Worth: $22 Million
“In an ideal world, I’d bounce between big projects and no-budget TV dramas with fantastic scripts.” – David Yates
David Yates is a British born, English director and producer. He was born on 8 October, 1963 in Lancashire, England. In 1988, he made his debut with his first short film “When I was a Girl” which was released in Swindon. His first film was awarded as Best Short Film at the “San Francisco International Film Festival”. After that, he has directed several award winning short films and also directed many popular television series. But, he came into lime light when he directed the very famous novel based British-American film series “Harry Potter”, which was a huge commercial hit in film industry.
His movie “Harry Potter” broke all the record by earning $8.2 billion all over the world. Apart from that, he is recognised for movies like The Tichborne Claimant, The Sins, The Girl in the Cafe, Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them and The Legend of Tarzan. David Yates was nominated in 18 categories and has bagged 16 precious Awards. He has won 3 BAFTA Awards, Art Directors Guild Awards, BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards and many more.
7. Tim Burton
Net Worth: $140 Million
“One person’s crazyness is another person’s reality.”- Tim Burton
Timothy Walter Burton is an American filmmaker, producer, writer, artist and animator. He was born on August 25, 1958 in Burbank, California, United States. He is known for his originality and artistic talent in film industry. He has make some exceptional movies like Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Batman, Nightmare before Christmas, Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, Big Fish, Corpe Bride, Dark Shadows, Batman Returns, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland, Planet of the Apes, Batman Forever and the list goes on.
His Batman series grossed a worldwide income of $1.2 billion. Timothy Burton was rewarded with 21 awards along with 66 nominations. He has won awards like “Annie Awards”, “Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival”, “British Animation Awards”, “British Film Institute Awards”, “Daytime Emmy Awards”, “and Hugo Awards” and this impressive list is never ending. .
6. Michael Bay
Net Worth: $430 Million
“Directing is not a job. It’s more like a career, which is great.” – Michael Bay
Michael Bay is well-known American director and producer. He is known for his big budget horror and action films with modish visual effects, and delineation of explosions. Michael Benjamin Bay was born in California on February 17, 1965. Michael directed his first feature film “Bad Boy” in 1995 and the film turn out to be a huge commercial hit of that time. His first movie earned $141.4 million at the Box office.
He has directed many blockbuster films like The Rock, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, and Transformers series, Bad Boys II, Pain and Gain, The Island,Ouija: Origin of Evil, The Amityville Horror and many more. Because of his great work, he was rewarded with 10 nominations and he has bagged 8 awards. He won prestigious awards like “Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Awards”, “Directors Guild of America, USA Awards”, “Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA Awards”, “ShoWest Convention, USA Awards” and “World Stunt Awards”. Michael earned $65 million as his annual income.
5. Peter Jackson
Net Worth: $450 Million
“The most honest form of filmmaking is to make a film for yourself.” – Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson is one of the most popular and affluent director, producer and screenwriter of Hollywood. Sir Peter Robert Jackson was born on 31 October, 1961 in Wellington, New Zealand. He is best known for his novel based movies like “The Lords of The Rings Trilogy” and “The Hobbit Trilogy”. At a very young age, Peter start shooting random movies with his super 8 film camera which was given by his parents.
In 1987, he made his debut with his first feature film “Bad Blood” which was highly appreciate by the viewers. After that, he has directed some huge commercial hits likes King Kong, Heavenly Creatures, The Lovely Bones, Dead Alive, The Frighteners, Meet the Feebles, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, Forgotten Silver, District 9, The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun, West of Memphis, Crossing the Lines, Jack Brown Genius, The Long and Short of It, Valley of Stereos, Guardians of the Galaxy, Toni Erdmann, The Sci-Fi Boys and Phantoms.
His movie series “The Lords of The Rings Trilogy” earned him $4 billion while his “King Kong” film earned him $600 million. Because of his tremendous work he was nominated in 125 categories and won 137 prominent awards. He has won awards like Oscars, Golden Globes, USA once, 3 BAFTA Awards, 3 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Awards, 5 Awards Circuit Community Awards and still counting.
4. James Cameron
Net Worth: US$1.79 Billion
“If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success” – James Cameron
James Francis Cameron is a famous Canadian director, producer, filmmaker and screenwriter. He was born on August 16, 1954 in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada. In 1984, James was highly praised by the critics and fans for his worldwide blockbuster film “Terminator”. This movie earned him about $78.3 million and he was ranked in the list of top richest directors of Hollywood.
Later, he gave several successful hits which included movies like Aliens, Titanic, The Abyss, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, True Lies, Ghost of the Abyss, Xenogenesis, Rambo: First Blood part II, T2 3-D: Battle Across the Time, Strange Days, Expedition: Bismarck, Deepsea Challenge 3D, Terminator Genisys, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Avatar. His worldwide blockbuster movies “Avatar” and “Titanic” are known to be the highest grossing movies of Hollywood and earned him about $2.19 billion and $2.78 billion.
James Cameron has been nominated in 57 categories and won 67 awards for his outstanding movies. He has won Oscar once, 2 Golden Globe, USA Awards, Prime time Emmy Awards, 3-D Creative Arts Awards, 9 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films and many more.
3. Steven Spielberg
Net Worth: $3.7 Billion
“All of us every single year, we’re a different person. I don’t think we’re the same person all our lives.”- Steven Spielberg
Steven Allan Spielberg is well-known American Director, Producer and Screenwriter. According to several media reports Steven Spielberg is known to be one of the most popular and the richest director of Hollywood. He was born on December 18, 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States. He has been in the film industry from the past four decades. At the age of 21, He made his debut in television, when he was offered to direct the pilot episode of “Night Gallery”. But he came to lime light when he directs thriller horror film “Jaws”, which proves to be a huge hit. This film earned him about $460 million and ranked him on the list of America’s youngest multi millionaires.
After that, he has given enormous of super hits like Munich, War of the Worlds, War House, The Terminal, Catch Me if You Can, Minority Report, A.I., Saving Private Ryan, Amistad, Jurassic Park, The Lost World, Hook, Always, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Empire of the Sun, The Color Purple, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Schindler’s List, Lincoln, 1941. As a result, He was nominated 176 times and won 173 prestigious awards. Steven has bagged 3 Oscar Awards, 3 Golden Globes USA Awards, 4 Primetime Emmy Awards, 4 BAFTA Awards, 6 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Awards, Amanda Awards Norway, 2 American Cinema Editors, USA Awards, 3 Blue Ribbon Awards, and list is countless. Steven earned $150 million as his annual income.
2. Robert Zemeckis
Net Worth: $4.062 Billion
“No matter how many obstacles that are thrown in our path, there are ways to except them and to live through them.”- Robert Zemeckis
Robert Lee Zemeckis is a American director and screenwriter, who is known for his innovative ideas and specialised visual effects in his movies. He was born on May 14, 1952 in Santa Barbara, California, U.S. Robert Zemeckis came to lime light when he direct a action romantic comedy feature film called “Romancing the Stone” in 1984. The movie has done great business at box office and earned about $86.5 million.
His another blockbuster films are Forest Gump, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Polar Express, Cast Away, The Walk, Beowulf, What Lies Beneath, Flight, The Christmas Carol, I Wanna Hold your Hand, Allied, Contact, Back to the Future and Back in Time. He was nominated in 35 categories and won 34 awards. He has won awards like “Academy Awards, USA”, “Golden Globes, USA Awards”, “Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Awards”, “Amanda Awards, Norway”, “American Cinema Editors, USA Awards” and “Chicago International Film Festival Awards”.
1. Christopher Nolan
Net Worth: $4.222 Billion
“I just love photographing things and putting them together to tell a story.”- Christopher Nolan
Christopher Edward Nolan is known to be one of the most famous and well established director, producer, screenwriter, editor and cinematographer of 21 century. He was born on 30 July, 1970 in Westminster, London, England. He made his debut to film industry with his first feature film “Following” in 1998. With a very limited budget he came up with movie named “Following”. But it proves to be one of the biggest hit of that year and the movie gross income was $240.495.
His second movie “Memento”, which was written and directed by Christopher himself, was also praised by critics. This movie earned $39.7 million at the Box office. After that he gets the opportunity to make high budget movies like Insomnia and The Prestige. His other successful and critical acclaimed movies are The Dark Knight, Interstellar, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins, Dunkirk, Doodlebug and Man of Steel. His last nine films gross income was US$4.2 billion.
Christopher Nolan rewarded with 167 nominations and won 118 awards for his exceptional work. He has won some prominent awards like “Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Awards”, “AFI Awards, USA”, “African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) Awards”, “American Cinema Editors, USA Awards”, “American Society of Cinematographers, USA Awards”, “Art Directors Guild Awards” and list goes on.
A film director controls the movie while leading the technical crew and guiding the actors. As actor is as good as a director. A director is the one who selects the script, choose the cast members, supervise the production design and is responsible for the creative aspect of the movie. The director is the captain of the ship and the prime force behind the movie. A good director is one who knows all the aspect of making a movie and is dominantly able to present his views to the audience. So, pick up some of the acclaimed movies of directors mentioned above and start your day with a masterpiece.