Successful film directors make a lasting impact on the world, especially when their messages carry value for society and the arts. But many filmmakers also have other talents that add to their trade such as acting, screenwriting, animation, and others. In addition to their multiple skills, the best films also tend to have values that positively help influence people.
Their net worth is almost always a reflection of those values that they portray in their films. Take a look at the top 100 earning directors and producers starting with the top earners and see what you think makes them unique.
1. George Lucas
George Lucas is a well-known and well-loved director, as his friend Steven Spielberg is. Famous for his “Star Wars” masterpiece in the 1970s, he also helped his fellow California state graduate, Spielberg with his “Jaws” movie behind the scenes, which also was released around the same time. Lucas is a special effects genius, something else he has in common with Spielberg and his Industrial Light and Magic company helps many other filmmakers put the perfect special effects into place for their movies. He has also made a sizable income from the various merchandise that is branded for specific movie themes, especially the ones created for the Star Wars film. His net worth currently stands at $6.39 billion.
2. Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg is a Jewish film director born in Cincinnati who grew up to become one of the highest paid and most loved film directors and producers of all times. Like George Lucas, Spielberg is a genius with special effects but his talents crossover into several areas of filmmaking. He is a writer, producer, editor, and game designer, as well. He started with Amblin Entertainment after landing himself in the original Universal Studios by jumping off a trolley in the late 1960s and setting up an office in a janitor’s closet! He’s come a long way since then and now has over 30 films to his credit including many high-budget films such as “Jurassic Park,” “Schindler’s List,” and “Poltergeist,” to name a few. His current net worth is around $5.41 billion.
3. Joao Moreira Salles
Joao Moreira Salles has a net worth of $5.33 billion. Forbes Magazine put him at a rating of the 442nd richest person in 2017. He is a director, film producer, and screenwriter. He tends to create films that appeal to the Brazilian market. One of his most famous works is Nelson Freire (2003).
4. Davis Guggenheim
Davis Guggenheim is an American film and television producer and director with an estimated net worth of $2.5 billion. He is credited with some famous TV shows including “Party of Five,” “ER,” and “Alias,” to name a few. He released three different documentaries over a short period that have all grossed higher than any other documentaries of his time. His current net worth is estimated at around $2.5 billion.
5. James Cameron
James Cameron is known most for his titanic film known as “Titanic.” He invested billions of dollars in the making of this blockbuster, but it has grossed more than almost any other film made: $3 billion at the box office. He is from Ontario, Canada and has an estimated net worth of $700 million. His willingness to invest a lot of his own money, time and resources have undoubtedly paid off for Cameron.
6. Chuck Lorre
Chuck Lorre has an estimated net worth of $600 million. He is a successful producer, as well as a composer, writer, and director. Some of his most significant TV hits include “Grace Under Fire,” and “Mike and Molly.” He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2009.
7. James Burrows
James Burrows is most known for his ability to create comedy with perfect timing and for uniquely using lighting arrangements in TV studios. He created the “Cheers” and “Taxi” series, two long-running successful comedy shows, as well as “Friends” and “Will & Grace.” His net worth is around $500 million currently.
8. James Brooks
James Brooks is an American film producer, director, and screenwriter. He has an estimated net worth of $500 million. He produced such big hits as “As Good as it Gets” starring Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt (which won an Academy Award for both of them), and many others. Brooks is well-known as a director who addresses critical issues in an emotive way.
9. Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson is a New Zealander, born Sir Peter Robert Jackson. He is a producer, director, and writer. He is responsible for many big hits such as “Lord of the Rings” and the Hobbit trilogy. He has a net worth of $450 million.
10. Michael Bay
Michael Bay has an estimated net worth of around $200 million. He is an American film director and producer. He was one of the first MTV directors to be taken seriously as a cinematic producer for the art of music videos. He began his film “career” by re-created high-action movies on Super 8 film. He is responsible for a slew of famous television ads that helped create the $430 million net worth that he now enjoys.
11. Tyler Perry
Tyler Perry is a New Orleans-born filmmaker, screenwriter, and producer. He has also been involved in songwriting and music. He was inspired to start a writing career due to a troubled and painful childhood. He states that he was somewhat inspired by Oprah Winfrey. He has a current net worth of $400 million.
12. Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola is a well-known film director with big titles to his name like “The Godfather,” “Bram Stroker’s Dracula,” and “The Rainmaker.” He is also known for his wine vineyards and wine-making business that have also contributed to his fame and net worth, which now stands at $250 million.
13. Wachowski Brothers
The Wachowski Brothers have a net worth of $250 million. Born in Chicago to a Polish businessperson, the two decided to drop out of college and focus on a writing career while earning money in construction. Their screenplay, “Assasins,” caught the interest of Warner Brothers and starred macho man, Sylvester Stallone. This got them started on a path to success that they still enjoy today.
14. Lee Unkrich
Lee Unkrich has a net worth of $215 million. In 2012, he was considered the highest paid director in the world. Though his net value is less than bigger names such as Spielberg and Lucas, they make much of their wealth from producing and other forms of artistic creation, while Unkrich tends to focus his career solely on directing.
15. Ridley Scott
Ridley Scott has a net worth of about $200 million. Hailing from England, he made his big fortune with his involvement in films such as “Gladiator,” “Alien,” and “Bladerunner. His wealth comes primarily from his involvement in viral films that became a part of the culture the minute they hit the box office, mostly for their “out-of-this-world” qualities (no pun intended).
16. Michael Crichton
If you a reader, you are likely familiar with the name, Michael Crichton. That’s because he is a novelist, as well as well-known producer, screenwriter, and director. He wrote “Airframe,” “Jurassic Park,” and many others and he has a net worth of $175 million. He has a background in genetics and medical training, which made stories like “Jurassic Park” even more significant. In his books by the same title, Crichton goes into great detail about “Chaos Theory,” a mathematical theory that bases everything that happens in the physical world on the idea of probabilities and unexpected events. This idea helped form the backdrop of the “Ian Malcolm” character created by Crichton and played by eccentric but highly intelligent actor, Jeff Goldblum, which added to his role in a big way.
17. Tony and Ridley Scott
Tony and Ridley Scott are a brother directors team who have been involved in such big films like “Gladiator” and “Hannibal,” which have grossed millions of dollars in the box office. The Scott Brothers also made the popular movie, “Top Gun,” and other big films, as well as several successful commercials. They have a net worth of around $165 million.
18. Barry Levinson
Barry Levinson is a screenwriter, director, and producer with an estimated $150 million net worth. He first made a splash in the film and television industry when he created “The Carol Burnett Show” and “The Tim Conway Show.” These shows still pay him plenty of royalties today from the DVD collection and other TV showings.
19. Guy Ritchie
Guy Ritchie is worth an estimated $150 million. He is a well-known filmmaker and director with credits such as “Sherlock Holmes” and many others. Married to former hit singer, Madonna, he is also known for controversial statements such as, “I like death. I am very fond of it.”
20. Ron Howard
Ron Howard, American film producer, actor, and director comes from Oklahoma. Both of his parents were involved in the film industry, and he developed a passion for acting early due to their influence. One of his first film appearances was as a young boy of around three years of age in a film called, “The Journey,” a movie about freedom fighters starring Yul Brynner and Debra Kerr. Since those early days, Ron has made quite a name for himself as a producer and director for films such as “Apollo 13,” and “A Beautiful Mind.”
21. Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan was born in London, but he has become one of the most acclaimed film directors of his time. He grossed $823 million for “Inception,” a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio. He received 8 Oscar nominations for this film alone.
22. Coen Brothers
The Coen Brothers have a net worth of $120 million. Their films such as “A Serious Man,” “No Country for Old Men,” and “The Big Lebowski,” are known for their unique style in handling serious themes. The Coen Brothers write, produce, and direct their content.
23. Chuck Barris
Chuck Barris is a game show producer, director, and presenter. He has a net worth of $120 million and is most known for his “Gong Show,” which he hosted for years. He is also the creator of “The Dating Game.” He worked for the CIA before this and lived in Oakland, New Jersey.
24. Roland Emmerich
Roland Emmerich is a well-established American filmmaker with a net worth of $115 million. Known for such high-impact movies like “Independence Day” and “Godzilla,” he also created another disaster film in 2009 called, “2012,” a disaster film that was meant to encapsulate the sometimes heard prediction that a solar flare would destroy the earth due to a super solar storm in the year 2012. The movie featured excellent special effects that won him acclaim with the box office. His net worth is around $115 million.
25. Tim Burton
Tim Burton is a film director with a net worth of $113.5 million. He is a writer, producer, and director, as well as an animation specialist. He has created some horror and gothic films like “Beetlejuice” and “Edward Scissorhands.”
26. Gore Verbinski
Gore Verbinski (also known as Greg), is a film director and writer from the United States. He has a net worth of $110 million, and he has directed films like “Pirates of the Caribbean,” and “The Ring.”
27. John Lasseter
John Lasseter is a film director, screenwriter, and animator. He holds top positions in two major studios: Pixar and Walt Disney Animations. His first love has always been animation and this love for moving images has brought him to his current success. He has a net worth of $100 million.
28. Joss Whedon
Joss Whedon is an American screenwriter, director, and producer with a net worth of around $100 million. He created the popular series, “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer,” and has written and directed many other favorite shows and projects.
29. Judd Apatow
Judd Apatow has an estimated net worth of $90 million. He is known for movies such as “The 40-year-old Virgin,” and “Knocked Up.” He has a track record of creating well-done comedies that generate hype around particular topics.
30. Jay Roach
Famous filmmaker and director, Jay Roach was born in New Mexico. His most famous films include “Meet the Parents” and the Austin Powers trilogies. He has a current net worth of around $90 million.
31. Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino is a former video clerk who turned into a filmmaker and producer. He creates thrillers that reflect the popular culture, and he is more self-taught than formally educated. His net worth is around $90 million.
32. Ivan Reitman
Ivan Reitman is a Canadian film producer and director with an estimated net worth of $85 million. He directed some successful comedy movies in the 1980s and 1990s. He produced several films including “Six Days, Seven Nights,” “I Love You,” and “Ghostbusters III.”
33. Jon Turteltaub
Jon Turteltaub is an American film director with a net worth of $80 million. He studied Cinematic Arts at Wesleyan University and USC. Some of the most prominent movies to hit credit include, “While You Were Sleeping” and “Disney the Kid.”
34. Irwin Winkler
Irwin Winkler is an American film producer with over 50 credits to his name. Some of his famous credits include “The Shipping News,” and “Enough.” He has a current net worth of $80 million.
35. Paul Haggis
Paul Haggis is a Canadian screenwriter and film producer. He has also done several TV series that have all contributed to his net worth of $80 million. He won Oscars for the films, “Million Dollar Baby” in 2004 and “Crash” in 2005.
36. Andy Ackerman
Andy Ackerman is an American screenwriter, script editor, and director with an estimated net worth of $80 million. He is most known for his long-running successful TV series, “Seinfeld.”
37. Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck is a multi-talented actor, director, and screenwriter. He is known for such films as “Good Will Hunting,” “Shakespeare in Love,” and “Pearl Harbor.” He has a broad resume that includes many other TV and film credits. His net worth is $75 million. He has worked with fellow star, Matt Damon on some films both on screen and behind the scenes.
38. Farrelly Brothers
The Farrelly Brothers (Robert and Peter), are known for their comedy films and TV shows such as “Kingpin,” “Me, Myself, & Irene,” and “Shallow Hall.” Their net worth is estimated around $72 million.
39. John Landis
John Landis was responsible for writing and directing one of the most expensive films, “The Blues Brothers.” The cost of production topped $30 million. It was successful, so Landis was able to recoup his investment. He also later direction “National Lampoon’s Animal House” and others. His net worth is estimated around $70 million.
40. Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty has an estimated net worth of $70 million. The brother of actress, Shirley MacLaine, he has made a name for himself with 16 Golden Globe nominations and 15 Academy Award nominations for his work. He is an actor and director, as well as a screenwriter and producer.
41. Bryan Singer
Bryan Singer is a film director with a net worth of $70 million. He won his initial fame with the thriller, “The Usual Suspects” which won an Academy award. He also directed “X Men.”
42. Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese has made a substantial income from his films including an income of over $10,000,000 for the “Hugo Cabret” film in 2011. He is a film director, actor, producer, and screenwriter and also creates movies about mobsters and street violence. He has a current net worth of around $70 million.
43. David Fincher
David Fincher has a current net worth of around $65 million. He started with filming commercials and moved onto music videos for prominent artists like Aerosmith and Billy Idol. he then tried his hand at full movie features such as “Alien 3.”
44. Brett Ratner
Brett Ratner has an estimated net worth of $65 million. He made his debut as a director in motion pictures with “Money Talks” starring Charlie Sheen. The film was not a big success but grossed over $48 million. This led to many other projects that helped shape his directing and filmmaking career.
45. Brian De Palma
Brian De Palma is an acclaimed film director with a net worth of $65 million. He started his career directing short films and moved onto full-length features later. His blockbuster hit thriller, “Carrie” was a movie he produced based on the famous Stephen King horror novel in 1976.
46. John Woo
John Woo is a Chinese producer and director with a net worth of $60 million. He directed the hit film, “Mission Impossible 2,” and “Hard-Boiled,” to name two of his top-rated films.
47. Rob Reiner
Rob Reiner has a net worth of $60 million. He is an award-winning director, but his recent anti-Trump opinions have lost him many fans. He is also a political activist and does not attempt to hide his political views either off on onscreen.
48. Barry Sonnenfeld
Barry Sonnenfeld is an Emmy-award winning director with an estimated net worth of $60 million. He first produced the movie, “The Adams Family” in 1991 but continued to put out the hits following that.
49. David Lynch
David Lynch has a net worth of $60 million. He is an American filmmaker as well as an actor, musician, and photographer. The Guardian named him “the most important director of this era” in one of their articles.
50. Jon Favreau
Jon Favreau is a screenwriter, actor, and director. He has an estimated net worth of around $60 million. He tends to write scripts that deal with controversial or satirical topics and is considered an Indie comic.
51. Sam Raimi
Sam Raimi has a current net worth of about $55 million. He is a director, screenwriter, and producer. His most prominent works are the Spider-Man movies and the “Evil Dead Trilogy.” He works in the thriller and horror genre. He worked hard to network with other film buffs to create his movie empire, often in the company of his co-director and childhood friend, Bruce Campbell.
52. Todd Phillips
Todd Phillips (born Todd Bunzel) was born in Long Island, New York. He grew up loving the art of theatre and cinema and enrolled in NYU’s filmmaking program. His best movies are “The Hangover,” “Road Trip,” and “Due Date,” according to most critics. He has a current net worth of $55 million.
53. Yash Chopra
Yash Chopra is a successful filmmaker with a net worth of $55 million. He started his own company called Yash Raj Studios and Yash Raj Films. It was the largest production company in the country of India as of 2006. He had several hits, most which appealed to people of Indian descent.
54. Michael Moore
Michael Moore is a controversial filmmaker with an estimated net worth of $50 million. He began his career by exploring cities in Flint, Michigan that featured General Motors replacing car factories with cheaper ones from Mexico. He also created the controversial film, “Fahrenheit 9/11,” which suggested the Bush administration knew more than they let on surrounding the 9/11 tragedy. That’s why some are amazed at his 360-degree turnaround in protest to current President Donald J. Trump, who shares some of his concerns that he addresses in his documentary films.
55. Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone has a net worth of around $50 million. He is considered one of the most influential film directors of his time. He directed, “JFK,” a movie that addressed the facts surrounding the conspiracy theories of the assassination of President Kennedy, which won him acclaim from many and criticism from some.
56. Paul Thomas Anderson
Paul Thomas Anderson is another director and producer with a net worth around $50 million. He is known for such films as “Magnolia,” and “The Master.” He always loved filmmaking, and like many who grew up making short films, he practiced his art on his father’s camera at the age of 12.
57. M. Night Shyamalan
M. Night Shyamalan is an American-Indian screenwriter with an estimated net worth of $50 million. He has directed many supernatural thrillers with supercharged suspense elements that have ironic plot twists, and he likes to use unconventional film styles that surprise the audience. One of his most impactful films is “The Happening” in which he keeps the culprit a mystery until almost the end of the film.
58. Robert Rodriguez
Robert Rodriguez is the son of two Mexican-Americans from San Antonio, Texas. Like many successful filmmakers, he started his interest in filmmaking at an early age and attended the University of Texas College of Communications. He got into animations there and created his comic strip. He is often called the “one-man film crew” due to his ability to work several aspects of a production. He has a net worth of $50 million.
59. Garry Marshall
Garry Marshall is the director of movies such as “Pretty Women” which have earned him respect from the film community. He was born in the Bronx in New York, and he has a net worth of $50 million.
60. Robert Zemeckis
Robert Zemeckis has a net worth of $50 million. He is a movie director, producer, and screenwriter. He created two Tom Hanks films, “Forrest Gump” and “Castaway,” both which had box office success.
61. John Singleton
John Singleton is an African-American screenwriter and producer who won acclaim for films like “Boys in the Hood” and “Poetic Justice.” His movies are based on the rough times he had a youth growing up in “the hood.” His net worth is also around $50 million.
62. Diablo Cody
Diablo Cody is a non-traditional filmmaker who is also an online blogger, writer, and publisher. She has won several awards for scriptwriting. She has a strong presence online as well as having made a name for herself in filmmaking and screenwriting. Her net worth is $50 million, $20 million of which is due to her online pursuits.
63. Chris Columbus
Chris Columbus has more than an American-sounding name. He is also a successful American filmmaker and director. He has a net worth of $50 million. He began his career with famed director-producer, Steve Spielberg in the movies, “Goonies,” “Gremlins,” and “Young Sherlock Holmes.”
64. Steven Levitan
Steven Levitan is worth an estimated $50 million. He has produced numerous TV comedies like “Stacked,” “Modern Family,” and “Back to You.” He has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism. Later he worked in the TV and film industry when he made a move to Hollywood from his hometown of Chicago.
65. Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski has a net worth of $45 million. He is a writer, producer, and actor but recently has experienced a great deal of negative publicity regarding sexual abuse allegations. One of his most famous scripts was “Rosemary’s Baby.”
66. Michael Mann
Michael Mann is the producer and director of such works as “The Aviator,” “Miami Vice,” and many others. He has won several awards for his filmmaking. He has a current net worth of $45 million.
67. Gus Van Sant
Gus Van Sant is an American director, photographer, painter, and author. So you could say he is a “jack-of-all-trades.” He won a director’s achievement award for directing “Good Will Hunting.” He has many other works to his name, and his net worth hovers around $45 million.
68. Chris Carter
Chris Carter has a net worth of $40 million. He is the writer of the famous “X-Files” movie. He graduated from the alma mater of both Spielberg and Lucas (California State University). He was one the editor of “Surfing” magazine, and he began his filmmaking career with Walt Disney Studios in 1985.
69. Wes Craven
Wes Craven has a net worth of $40 million. He is the well-known writer and director of several horror films. He wrote, “Nightmare on Elm Street” and was the author of the “Scream” series. He has a degree from John Hopkins University in English and humanities.
70. Danny Boyle
Danny Boyle’s net worth is estimated around $40 million. He is a well-known English director, screenwriter, and producer. He also has some background in theatre arts. He is known for several movies, one of which is “Slumdog Millionaire,” which won him an academy award in 2008.
71. Joseph McGinty Nichol
Joseph McGinty Nichol (aka McG) has a net worth of $40 million. He says he got into filmmaking because he chased the girls but they “didn’t chase me back.” So he put all of his time and effort into filmmaking. Today, he is known for working with some of the most significant musical acts in the industry. He won Billboard’s Pop Video of the Year in 1997 for his music video work.
72. Spike Lee
Spike Lee is a well-known filmmaker with a net worth of $40 million. He is a controversial filmmaker and doesn’t mind making a statement in his films that also are the center of deep discussion. He holds a degree in Mass Communications from Morehouse College where he got his start in video production.
73. Terry Gilliam
Terry Gilliam is an American-born British filmmaker. He is a member of the Monty Python comedy troupe, and he is also an animation expert, actor, and producer-director. He has a net worth of $40 million.
74. Jonathan Demme
Jonathan Demme is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. He started in the 1980s with the “Melvin and Howard” series, “Swing Shift,” and “Something Wild.” He has a net worth of $40 million.
75. Roger Corman
Roger Corman is an American film actor, scriptwriter, and producer. He has an estimated net worth of $40 million. He has appeared in several films including Ron Howard’s “Apollo 13,” and has directed many others.
76. John Waters
John Waters has an estimated net worth of $38 million for his filmmaking, acting, and journalistic prowess. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, he got an 8mm camera for his 16th birthday from his grandmother. This started him on the way to reaching his dreams of being a filmmaker.
77. Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo
Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo made his $35 million in net worth primarily from founding the French music group, “Daft Punk.” He has directed several short films, and more extended features and his work has crossed over significantly into the punk rock music industry.
78. Cameron Crowe
Cameron Crowe has a net worth of $35 million. He is a favorite American filmmaker and producer. He has also worked as a contributing editor for the popular “Rolling Stone” magazine. He still writes for the magazine as a freelancer. His movies such as “Jerry McGuire” and “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” have earned him attention as a filmmaker.
79. John Carpenter
John Carpenter is known for his scary films like “The Fog,” “Halloween,” and “The Thing.” A modern-day version of cinematic monster film directors, he takes on projects that seem to challenge the horror genre with new cinematic approaches that stun the audiences. He has a net worth of around $35 million.
80. George Romero
George Romero is an American filmmaker, screenwriter, and editor. He has an estimated net worth of $35 million. Like many successful filmmakers, he began his craft of filmmaking with a simple film camera at the age of 14 and made his first feature film in 1968. He is known for making shocking movies in the horror genre.
81. Ang Lee
Ang Lee is a Taiwanese film director, as well as a screenwriter and producer. Some of his credits include “The Wedding Banquet” and “Eat Drink Man Woman.” He likes to create films that push the envelope of analysis regarding relationships and life. He has a net worth of $32 million.
82. Anthony Edwards
Anthony Edwards began as an actor at the age of 18, dropping out of college to pursue his love of acting. His appearance in the well-received film, “Top Gun” with Tom Cruise earned him fame and recognition. He began some directing during the “ER” series. His net worth is currently valued at $30 million.
83. Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith has an estimated net worth of $25 million. He began his film career with the 1994 comedy, “Clerks” with the Silent Bob character. He is into comic books and even opened his store to sell them. He produced and directed “Red State,” and “Cop Out,” starring Bruce Willis.
84. Julian Schabel
Julian Schabel has a net worth of $25 million. She made most of this money by rising to prominence from several various awards for his directing and his connection to the art world. Born in Brooklyn, he moved with his family to Texas when he was a young boy.
85. Antoine Fuqua
Antoine Fuqua has a net worth of $25 million. Some of his most known films include “Training Day” starring Denzel Washington, “Brooklyn’s Finest,” and “Olympus Has Fallen.” His journey into filmmaking began with his love of flying and evolved into making music videos on the topic and later, great films such as the ones listed above.
86. Matthew Vaughn
Matthew Vaughn is a producer, director, and writer who has worked with some well-known actors and musicians. He married a supermodel, Claudia Schiffer in 2002. He has a net worth of $25 million.
87. Oren Peli
Oren Peli is one of the new generations of filmmakers known as “indie filmmakers.” He created the movie, “Paranormal Activity” in 2007, a film that takes the audience right into the action and attempts to blow the lines of fantasy and reality. Filmed with a handheld digital camera, the film was picked up by Paramount Pictures and made a huge hit at the box office. He is an Israeli-American filmmaker worth $22.7 million.
88. Darren Aronofsky
Darren Aronofsky has a net worth of $22 million. He is an American filmmaker, producer, and writer. He studies film and anthropology at Harvard and film directing at the AFI (American Film Institute). He produced the movie, “Pi” a few years ago with a low budget of only $60,000. He is known for making films using his resources but making them fly high at the box office.
89. Zack Snyder
Zack Snyder is an American film actor, producer, and director of Green Bay, Wisconsin. His mother was a photographer and artist who influences his love of the arts. He later got into producing big commercials for big brands and then into filmmaking. He has a current net worth of $22 million.
90. David Yates
David Yates is an English film and TV director with an estimated net worth of $22 million. He was responsible for the final four films of the Harry Potter series, which had overwhelming box office success.
91. Pedro Almodovan
Pedro Almodovar has a net worth of around $20 million, much of which was earned from his critically acclaimed, “About My Mother.” It grossed over $18 million worldwide.
92. Sofia Carmina Coppola
Sofia Coppola is an actress, screenwriter, and director-producer with a net worth of $20 million. One of the few women in the directing industry, she began as an actress and moved into directing naturally as an extension of her acting career. She also has a modeling career in Elle Magazine.
93. Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro is one of the best paid Mexican directors. He has a net worth of around $20 million. He is also a novelist and screenwriter, so he knows the business from all sides of the industry.
94. Jason Friedberg
Jason Friedberg is a successful director and writer. Despite the negative criticism he has received from the media on his films, they have continued to be successful. That’s why he has a net worth of $20 million.
95. Aaron Seltzer
Aaron Seltzer has an estimated net worth of $20 million. Born in Ontario, Canada, he is responsible for films such as “Meet the Spartans,” “Disaster Movie,” and others. He has worked with Jason Friedberg (mentioned above).
96. David Alan Mamet
David Alan Mamet was born in Chicago in 1947 and attended Goddard College. He married Lindsay Crouse and later had two children. Notable works include “Hannibal,” “House of Games,” and “The Postman Always Rings Twice,” a remake of the early Jack Nicholson film. He has addressed issues such as the sexual perversity of Chicago, and his net worth is around $20 million.
97. Til Schweiger
Til Schweiger is a German actor, producer, and director with an estimated net worth of $20 million. He debuted as the producer-director of “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.” Several successful films followed, and he won a Bambi award for a lead role in Traumschiff Surprise.
98. Baz Luhrmann
Baz Luhrmann is an Australian producer and director with an estimated net worth of $20 million. He is known for his work on “The Red Curtain Trilogy” and “Strictly Ballroom,” among others. He produced a film called, “Australia” starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman later, which captured Jackman’s homeland as well as Luhrmann’s.
99. Jim Henson
Jim Henson is most known for his work with the “muppets” in “The Muppet Movie” as well as children’s shows like “Sesame Street” and others. He created the “Dark Crystal” movie and “Fraggle Rock” later. His net worth is currently estimated at $20 million.
100. Shawn Levy
Shawn Levy is a Canadian film producer, director, and actor. He started with low budget horror films as an actor and moved into his directing pursuits later. He produced some hit series like “Beverly Hills 90210” and others, and he is the executive producer of the Netflix original series, “Stranger Things.” He has a current net worth of $20 million.
Directors Laugh all the Way to the Bank
Directing is a lucrative business. It is also a somewhat controversial one. Putting out films that people will like is one challenge. Another is that filmmakers have a sense of responsibility to put out content that is timely or that somehow reflects the issues that are current in society. Scripts are often written to address these issues, and some of the best films are the ones that have successfully shown ethical principles and their importance in making decisions. Many do not do this, however and instead use their prominence to attempt to influence society.
A director must also put a great deal of time, money, and resources into a film, often using their resources and money to achieve this. They deal in big bucks so they understand that they must put out a great deal of money in the hopes of getting back a significant return on their investment.
Coordinating all of the things that it takes to make a movie is not easy. But these film directors have all successfully made a name for themselves. Even when people don’t always applaud their efforts, movie directors are one group who, after the credits roll, leave the theatre and laugh all the way to the bank.