These Directors all took risks when making these films. These all could have gone extremely well or have all been extremely big busts. So Was the Risk Worth the Reward? Lets find out.
Did It Pay Off?: Fourteen months later, after he'd lost all the weight he put on, Spurlock had a hit and a career making high-concept documentaries.
Did It Pay Off?: Bale's shocking appearance is one of the Noughties' greatest acting coups, all the more impressive because he quickly bulked back up for Batman Begins.
Did It Pay Off?: Clever editing and Spielberg's directorial flair combined to reduce the risk - i.e. the shark's visibility - to revolutionise blockbuster filmmaking and studio expectations of box office receipts.
Did It Pay Off?: And how. Nearly three billion dollars in combined global box office, and 17 Oscars including Best Picture for The Return Of The King.
Did It Pay Off?: Part One has been a sizeable hit commercially, but the jury is out on HFR, with some critics suggesting that, rather than providing greater immersion into a cinematic world, it just looks like bad television.
Did It Pay Off?: As William Goldman famously says about Hollywood, nobody knows anything. Audiences flocked to Coppola's family-sized epic, the Academy gave it Best Picture and two sequels (one classic, one underrated) followed.
Did It Pay Off?: Cameron's canny blend of spectacle and romance ensured that audiences kept coming back for more, giving Titanic the honour of being the first film ever to reach $1 billion in global box office receipts.
Did It Pay Off?: Midas man Cameron did it again, one-upping Titanic to create the first $2 billion movie despite a critical backlash that accused his story of being derivative and hackneyed.
Did It Pay Off?: No other film has changed popular culture to such a degree, not least because of all those wonderful toys. The Force is strong with this one.
Did It Pay Off?: The restrictions on admission helped to build the film's word-of-mouth, resulting in the director's biggest ever hit and one of Hollywood's most iconic films. Hitchcock's gamble also made him incredibly wealthy.