James Cameron’s Titanic was an epic cinematic reprisal of the tragic nautical tale. But did the film’s heart-breaking, tear-jerking ending really have to ‘go down’ like that?

According to the myth busting TV show imaginatively titled, MythBusters: no it did not. The show’s hosts, Adam and Jamie tested the various ways Jack could have survived, and it looks like with a little more attention to water safety, and a little life jacket initiative, he could have made it to shore with his newfound love. Even a sensible sharing system of the makeshift raft could have ensured survival. Then again, if that had happened, the film probably wouldn’t have been made. James Cameron is fully aware of the debate, but doesn’t quite share the myth-buster’s view. “Actually, it's not a question of room, it's a question of buoyancy," He told IGN recently. "When Jack puts Rose on the raft, then he tries to get on the raft. He's not an idiot, he doesn't want to die. And the raft sinks and kind of flips. So it's clear that there's only enough buoyancy available for one person. So he makes a decision to let her be that person instead of taking them both down."

Cameron’s fictionalized account of the sinking of the Titanic is still considered one of the most successful films ever made, despite being made nearly 16 years ago. To date, it has earned $658,672,302 in North America and $1,526,700,000 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $2,185,372,302.