The Top 10 Highest Earning Movie Directors So Far

While this is not a list that will stay static for long, the names that appear on it are all the classic names you would have probably guessed. But that doesn’t mean it won’t ever alter. With so many new and up-and-coming directors it is only a matter of time before the names in this list change…


Chris Columbus - Director
Chris Columbus – Director

10 – Chris Columbus (Estimated Earnings: £3.134 Billion+)

Most Notable Movies: Adventures in Babysitting, Heartbreak Hotel, Home Alone, Only the Lonely, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Mrs. Doubtfire, Nine Months, Stepmom, Bicentennial Man, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Rent, I Love You, Beth Cooper, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Pixels

Tim Burton - Director
Tim Burton – Director

9 – Tim Burton (Estimated Earnings: £3.146 Billion+)

Most Notable Movies: Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Batman Returns, Ed Wood, Mars Attacks!, Sleepy Hollow, Planet of the Apes, Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Alice in Wonderland, Dark Shadows, Frankenweenie, Big Eyes, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Robert Zemeckis   - Director
Robert Zemeckis – Director

8 – Robert Zemeckis (Estimated Earnings: £3.275 Billion+)

Most Notable Movies: I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Used Cars, Romancing the Stone, Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Back to the Future Part II, Back to the Future Part III, Death Becomes Her, Forrest Gump, Contact, What Lies Beneath, Cast Away, The Polar Express, Beowulf, A Christmas Carol, Flight, Allied

Christopher Nolan  - Director
Christopher Nolan – Director

7 – Christopher Nolan (Estimated Earnings: £3.584 Billion+)

Most Notable Movies: Following, Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, Interstellar, Dunkirk

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Ridley Scott  - Director
Ridley Scott – Director

6 – Ridley Scott (Estimated Earnings: £3.874 Billion+)

Most Notable Movies: The Duellists, Alien, Blade Runner, Legend, Someone to Watch Over Me, Black Rain, Thelma & Louise, 1492: Conquest of Paradise, White Squall, G.I. Jane, Gladiator, Hannibal, Black Hawk Down, Matchstick Men, Kingdom of Heaven, A Good Year, American Gangster, Body of Lies, Robin Hood, Prometheus, The Counselor, Exodus: Gods and Kings, The Martian, Alien: Covenant

David Yates - Director
David Yates – Director

5 – David Yates (Estimated Earnings: £4.131 Billion+)

Most Notable Movies: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, The Legend of Tarzan, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

James Cameron - Director
James Cameron – Director

4 – James Cameron (Estimated Earnings: £4.743 Billion+)

Most Notable Movies: The Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, True Lies, Titanic, Avatar

Michael Bay - Director
Michael Bay – Director

3 – Michael Bay (Estimated Earnings: £4.956 Billion+)

Most Notable Movies: Bad Boys, The Rock, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, Bad Boys II, The Island, Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Pain & Gain, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Transformers: The Last Knight

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Peter Jackson  - Director
Peter Jackson – Director

2 – Peter Jackson (Estimated Earnings: £5.038 Billion+)

Most Notable Movies: Braindead, Heavenly Creatures, Forgotten Silver, The Frighteners, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, King Kong, The Lovely Bones, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Steven Spielberg  - Director
Steven Spielberg – Director

1 – Steven Spielberg (Estimated Earnings: £7.232 Billion+)

Most Notable Movies: Munich, War of the Worlds, War Horse, 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, ET, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Jaws, Schindler’s List, Lincoln, 1941

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