Showdowns

Ridley Scott vs. James Cameron: Which Director Rules Sci-Fi Action?

The two influential directors who separately gave us Blade Runner, Gladiator, The Terminator, Alien and Aliens go head-to-head according to Tomatometer, box office, and more!

by | June 3, 2020 | Comments

It’s the first ever director face-off in our Vs. series, and it’s an epic battle between two of the most influential filmmakers of our time – especially when it comes to action and sci-fi cinema. In the one corner you have Sir Ridley Scott, the man who gave us Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator, and… The Counselor. (Mean, we know.) In the other corner is James Cameron, the man who gave us Aliens, The Terminator, Titanic, and… Piranha II: The Spawning. (Really.) Which director comes out on top when it comes to box office, Tomatometer and Audience Score, influence, and more? Rotten Tomatoes Contributing Editor Mark Ellis is crunching the numbers and making the big calls and, as ever, if you don’t agree with the verdict, let us know in the comments.


Thumbnail images by Everett Collection and ©Fox 2000 courtesy Everett Collection

Tag Cloud

Mindy Kaling social media dceu LGBT Schedule screen actors guild Shondaland Premiere Dates FOX Apple south america Horror hollywood zombie dramedy Mary Tyler Moore Pride Month Reality Competition a nightmare on elm street doctor who Fall TV Amazon Prime Video rotten movie Columbia Pictures foreign Polls and Games Musical Discovery Channel quibi police drama golden globes romantic comedy Black Mirror CBS ESPN TV renewals Walt Disney Pictures OneApp Amazon Studios Trailer Quiz BBC One obituary cancelled TV series Oscars teaser BET Awards ghosts Cosplay GoT CMT Photos venice Lifetime Christmas movies elevated horror tv talk Freeform Film Festival Academy Awards Peacock reboot sag awards DGA universal monsters Ovation Set visit SXSW spain CW Seed History aliens robots Nickelodeon Classic Film VICE zombies fast and furious unscripted adventure canceled YouTube christmas movies scorecard IFC Dark Horse Comics TV nature 2017 toronto The Purge transformers Netflix Christmas movies crime Food Network Christmas Warner Bros. 71st Emmy Awards Rocketman WarnerMedia directors PaleyFest Red Carpet BAFTA Star Wars American Society of Cinematographers President NBC Creative Arts Emmys comics Rocky Lucasfilm critics Super Bowl parents Hear Us Out Teen asian-american Countdown 45 First Look Endgame A24 Election sitcom dragons Disney Plus BBC America Universal Crackle Apple TV Plus Epix Lionsgate cancelled TV shows Pirates mockumentary cars Song of Ice and Fire Comics on TV anime A&E Country Sony Pictures Spike YouTube Red Summer TLC Trophy Talk The Walking Dead finale OWN criterion LGBTQ Winners period drama batman documentary cops revenge HBO Max Holidays Cartoon Network blockbuster Marvel anthology Marathons VOD Turner Classic Movies AMC Travel Channel richard e. Grant TCA 4/20 2015 21st Century Fox Marvel Television Comedy Stephen King 24 frames canceled TV shows war 007 indie ABC Family psycho The Witch Logo cancelled television crime thriller 2019 BBC Sundance romance Television Critics Association Emmys ratings hist Nominations historical drama die hard satire Binge Guide Tarantino DC Comics films versus medical drama CNN sequels Superheroe Pop TV game show Action Marvel Studios E! WGN Writers Guild of America video on demand boxoffice docudrama Watching Series Ellie Kemper political drama mutant true crime Sci-Fi natural history green book Paramount Netflix children's TV chucky Disney Channel comedies hispanic Drama spy thriller all-time Pixar stop motion Mary poppins what to watch discovery RT21 Turner Sneak Peek Elton John biography 2016 Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Hulu USA Network GIFs DC Universe Sundance Now Pet Sematary twilight spanish language El Rey TCM Apple TV+ Avengers concert Disney+ Disney Plus binge miniseries nbcuniversal 20th Century Fox toy story New York Comic Con Mudbound Infographic television strong female leads justice league harry potter Baby Yoda Podcast award winner TruTV MTV Heroines supernatural Pop Disney cancelled classics Best and Worst Biopics TCA Winter 2020 cats San Diego Comic-Con 72 Emmy Awards Britbox latino Sundance TV Disney streaming service Calendar Toys sports travel Holiday Opinion disaster Western Crunchyroll FX Fox News screenings Grammys Reality technology Tubi Kids & Family Anna Paquin Vudu science fiction laika Amazon Prime MCU See It Skip It Cannes Spring TV Star Trek worst movies SDCC talk show renewed TV shows slashers MSNBC TCA 2017 free movies stoner BET 2020 The CW Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt TBS series Box Office Mary Poppins Returns independent vampires reviews kids Tomatazos festival The Arrangement TV Land Year in Review NYCC halloween stand-up comedy ITV FX on Hulu Trivia Hallmark TCA Awards FXX CBS All Access composers streaming Tumblr serial killer game of thrones Black History Month dark breaking bad dogs spinoff singing competition Showtime Esquire Character Guide Amazon Shudder casting book Adult Swim Lifetime First Reviews documentaries Television Academy Syfy Fantasy cults Rock Acorn TV Funimation TNT best Winter TV PBS PlayStation Music Animation Hallmark Christmas movies YA comiccon dc joker jamie lee curtis child's play football SundanceTV psychological thriller mission: impossible comic rotten movies we love TIFF Rom-Com diversity theme song Film Paramount Network based on movie worst HBO Go Awards zero dark thirty Certified Fresh thriller cartoon Spectrum Originals sequel adaptation franchise spider-man Interview DirecTV crime drama facebook Emmy Nominations Valentine's Day festivals animated GLAAD HBO IFC Films Martial Arts scary movies Starz Superheroes politics space Thanksgiving Extras blaxploitation emmy awards Brie Larson crossover movies superhero National Geographic Video Games news Masterpiece Nat Geo VH1 Comedy Central Captain marvel Chernobyl E3 Mystery Family Musicals nfl name the review video indiana jones YouTube Premium Awards Tour DC streaming service ABC USA APB RT History Women's History Month cooking Bravo 2018 Arrowverse remakes witnail Comic Book werewolf cinemax X-Men Ghostbusters