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Director: James Cameron
Why: Wisely avoiding replication of the suspenseful horror of Ridley Scott's masterful 1979 film, writer-director James Cameron -- fresh off his "Terminator" success -- instead crafted a high-tech action spectacle, in which the sort of gung-ho marines who have populated Hollywood films for decades find themselves under siege by countless xenomorphs. Aided by visual effects wizards Robert and Dennis Skotak, Cameron's depiction of the slow journey through the vast ocean of space that Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) and her Marine pals make to LV-426 is impeccably rendered and serves as an ancestor to the CG space scenes in "Avatar."