Director James Cameron
Cast Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane
Most ’90s moment Billy Zane going full hissable villain, curtain haircut and all.
With 11 Oscars to its name, James Cameron’s three-hour romantic epic set aboard the fated voyage of the Titanic wasn’t just a hit but a global phenomenon. Currently still the third highest grossing movie of all time (it’s preceded by Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame’), the tragic story of Rose and Jack, two star-crossed lovers from different worlds (she was rich; he was poor), struck a chord with audiences. Perhaps it was the chemistry between Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, both essentially newcomers at the time? Or the undeniably powerful story? Or maybe it was because James Cameron spent an absolute fortune on set pieces, special effects, costumes and a dive so he could film the actual Titanic? Whatever it was, ‘Titanic’ was the movie event of the decade.