2. Titanic (1997)
Director: James Cameron
Budget: $294 million
The cost of the set of Titanic was around 150 million USD alone in the year 1997. During that time, that much money was considered to be just too high. At the same time, the film was shot to near-perfection. For instance, there was a set of grand staircase that was flooded by crashing water later in the film. The set was made with very expensive furniture and the filmmakers had just had one chance to get it right – and they did.
All the hardships and expenses paid off. The movie was received very well, both financially and critically. The movie went on to win multiple awards and to become one of the memorable movies of all time. It was the first movie to ever make more than a billion dollars.