Movies today make more money at the box office than ever before. It’s not uncommon for blockbuster films to now gross over $100 million domestically, with some bringing in nearly $1 billion. Last year delivered numerous box office winners, including “Avengers: Endgame,” which had the most successful opening weekend ever at the domestic box office.
When adjusting for the rising price of movie tickets, however, “Endgame” doesn’t even crack the top 10 top-grossing movies of all time. Hollywood has a long history of producing hugely entertaining — and successful — movies that draw audiences to theaters nationwide.
Many of these movies belong to franchises that audiences flock to, including Star Wars, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Lord of the Rings, and James Bond. Others, like “Forrest Gump” and “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” were one-off phenomena that simply captured the hearts and minds of the movie-going public.
Though the majority of the top-grossing movies have received high praise from critics and audiences alike, a few are less critically successful than the medium’s most lauded. These are the 100 best movies of all time.
24/7 Tempo has identified the top 100 grossing movies of all time based on domestic box office data provided by box office reporting service Box Office Mojo. In some cases, movies have had more than one theatrical release, which contributed to their total gross. All dollar amounts have been adjusted for inflation for a fairer comparison.
To determine the top 100 grossing movies of all time, 24/7 Tempo reviewed the lifetime domestic gross of all films from movie data site Box Office Mojo, adjusted for ticket price inflation. Domestic gross includes both the U.S. and Canada. Estimated ticket sales also come from Box Office Mojo, while data regarding actors came from Box Office Mojo’s parent site, the Internet Movie Database.