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100 Top Grossing Movies Of All Time

100 Top Grossing Movies Of All Time

Before COVID-19 devastated the motion picture industry, movies were making more money at the box office than ever. It was not unusual for blockbuster films to gross more than $100 million domestically. Among the big hits in 2019 was the action film “Avengers: Endgame,” which had the most successful opening weekend ever at the domestic box office, grossing $357.1 million the weekend of April 26.

Many of these box-office smashes belong to franchises that audiences crave, including Star Wars, Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Lord of the Rings. Other film hits, like “Forrest Gump” and “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” were singular successes that captured the hearts and minds of the movie-going public.

When adjusting for the rising price of movie tickets, however, “Endgame” doesn’t even crack the top 10 top-grossing movies ever. 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 a few 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.

Hollywood has a long history of producing hugely entertaining — and successful — movies that draw audiences to theaters nationwide, and that is reflected in our list of the top-grossing films of all time. Of the top 10 in our list, the most recent film is from 2015, “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” (2015). Disney films such as “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937) and “The Jungle Book” build on their decades of success through re-releases and DVD sales. Disney first re-released “Snow White” in 1944 and has released the classic repeatedly since then. Disney released a digital restoration of the film in 1993.

Many of the top-grossing movies on our list have received high praise from critics and audiences alike and are among the 100 best movies of all time.

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100. Furious 7 (2015)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $376,330,019
> Worldwide gross: $1,615,146,121
> Production budget: $202,553,206
> Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson

There have been nine movies released in the Fast and Furious franchise, which focuses largely on street racing and stars Vin Diesel. In “Furious 7,” the brother of a terrorist defeated by the Fast and Furious crew seeks revenge. The film holds an 82% Freshness score among Rotten Tomatoes critics. It is the most successful of the nine Fast and Furious films.

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99. Ghost (1990)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $377,350,116
> Worldwide gross: $876,835,846
> Production budget: $38,145,719
> Starring: Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg

“Ghost” combines supernatural elements, comedy, romance, and crime in a simple formula that is “lethally effective,” according to Peter Bradshaw from The Guardian. A movie about a slain man’s spirit staying behind to save his girlfriend from danger, “Ghost” was nominated for five Oscars, winning two, including for original screenplay. The award for Best Actress in Supporting Role went to Whoopi Goldberg, her only one so far.

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98. Inside Out (2015)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $380,012,960
> Worldwide gross: $914,273,120
> Production budget: $186,562,163
> Starring: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black

Pixar’s “Inside Out” — about a young girl whose emotions, including joy, fear, anger, disgust, and sadness, are manifested as characters — is extremely popular among critics, earning a 98% Freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie benefits from comedic voice actors such as Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, and Mindy Kaling, and it won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film in 2016.

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97. Deadpool (2016)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $383,051,262
> Worldwide gross: $825,680,966
> Production budget: $61,191,863
> Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller

“Deadpool” is one of the most financially successful movies in the X-Men franchise, grossing more than $383 million domestically. The film is fast paced, R rated, and filled with self-aware jokes, giving it an edge that resonated with many viewers who also flocked to its sequel two years later. The film holds a Freshness score of 85% among Rotten Tomatoes critics, and 90% of audiences liked it.

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96. Transformers (2007)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $383,533,253
> Worldwide gross: $852,625,047
> Production budget: $180,205,713
> Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel

The first of six Transformers movies is not only the biggest winner at the box office, but also the biggest winner among critics, impressing 58% of them. Among viewers, the movie, about an ancient war between Cybertronian races, scores much higher with 85% liking the movie. “Transformers” was nominated for three Oscars, including for visual effects.

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95. Alice in Wonderland (2010)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $383,587,353
> Worldwide gross: $1,177,039,731
> Production budget: $229,561,674
> Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter

Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, who collaborated on eight films, teamed up in this dark version of the famous fantasy book about the adventures of 19-year-old Alice to end the reign of the Red Queen. The movie, which impressed with visual effects and costumes, got mixed reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. Overall, only 51% of critics and 55% of fans liked it.

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94. The Jungle Book (2016)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $384,032,879
> Worldwide gross: $1,019,741,934
> Production budget: $184,630,622
> Starring: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley

Director Jon Favreau’s vision of the man-cub Mowgli is about self-discovery. As much as “The Jungle Book” is a big hit among viewers, critics love it even more, with 94% giving it positive reviews. Christopher Orr from The Atlantic calls it “a movie nearly devoid of human beings, yet one bursting with humanity.”

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93. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $384,863,129
> Worldwide gross: $712,642,441
> Production budget: $59,907,446
> Starring: Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw, Ke Huy Quan

The sequel to “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981) proved a financial success. It was the second-highest grossing film at the domestic box office of all movies in 1984, behind only “Ghostbusters.” The Steven Spielberg-directed flick won one Oscar for Best Visual Effects in 1985.

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92. Shrek the Third (2007)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $387,706,518
> Worldwide gross: $977,156,325
> Production budget: $192,219,427
> Starring: Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy

As the previous two movies from the Shrek franchise, the third installment, too, was a financial success. It was the second biggest winner at the box office in 2007, behind only “Spider-Man 3.” The third of four Shrek movies was not a hit among critics, impressing only 41% of them. Critics on Rotten Tomatoes call it “boring,” “time-passer, nothing more,” and much worse than the prequels.

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91. The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $388,657,303
> Worldwide gross: $923,636,249
> Production budget: $79,127,409
> Starring: Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart

“The Secret Life of Pets,” a movie about what’s really going on with pets when their owners are away, was the second-highest grossing animated film in 2016 behind “Finding Dory.” The Illumination-produced animation has a score of 73% from critics and 62% from viewers.

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90. Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $390,532,085
> Worldwide gross: $1,131,927,996
> Production budget: $160,000,000
> Starring: Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Jake Gyllenhaal

The latest Spider-Man movie picks up where “Avengers: Endgame” left off. The superhero joins old friends while on vacation in Europe to find out what’s behind mysterious strange creature attacks. “Spider-Man: Far from Home” holds high scores among critics and audiences, at 91% and 95%, respectively.

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89. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $394,477,316
> Worldwide gross: $1,258,011,264
> Production budget: $218,289,277
> Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Tyrese Gibson

The third of five Transformers movies, and the last one with Shia LaBeouf, grossed the second largest amount at the domestic box office in 2011, behind only the last movie of the Harry Potter franchise. Similar to its predecessors, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” was nominated for several Oscars, including for Best Achievement in Visual Effects.

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88. Monsters, Inc. (2001)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $398,723,979
> Worldwide gross: $771,149,831
> Production budget: $158,429,670
> Starring: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Mary Gibbs

“Monsters, Inc.” was the fourth feature release for Pixar. John Goodman and Billy Crystal star in the leading roles as two professional monsters tasked with returning a 2-year-old girl to the human world. According to the Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie is a “resounding example of how Pixar elevated the bar for modern all-ages animation.” The film has a 96% Freshness rating among Rotten Tomatoes critics and a 90% score among audiences.

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87. Despicable Me 2 (2013)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $398,953,591
> Worldwide gross: $1,052,233,107
> Production budget: $82,377,953
> Starring: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt

“Despicable Me 2” proved to be a worthy sequel to the original and was the third-highest grossing movie in 2013. The Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes says the film has “eye-popping visual inventiveness and a number of big laughs.” Audience members on Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie an 85% approval score.

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86. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $404,036,071
> Worldwide gross: $895,271,607
> Production budget: $207,297,328
> Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista

Critics on Rotten Tomatoes did not think “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” was “quite as thrillingly fresh” as its predecessor, but they applauded its “action-packed plot, dazzling visuals, and irreverent humor,” according to the Critics Consensus. The film, which was made with a budget of more than $200 million, has an 85% Freshness rating among Rotten Tomatoes critics, and 87% of audiences liked the movie.

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85. Spider-Man 3 (2007)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $404,297,888
> Worldwide gross: $1,075,207,447
> Production budget: $309,953,827
> Starring: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Topher Grace

In “Spider-Man 3,” the superhero confronts stronger villains and something else — a new suit that augments his powers that he finds difficult to control. Audiences responded positively to Spider-Man’s inner conflict and delivered the strongest opening weekend of any of the seven franchise films, at more than $151 million domestically. “Spider-Man 3” was the top grossing film of 2007.

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84. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $407,368,128
> Worldwide gross: $872,672,434
> Production budget: $186,735,229
> Starring: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom

“Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” launched the five-movie franchise that features Johnny Depp as the stoned, swashbuckling pirate Jack Sparrow. The film’s world premiere was held at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California on June 28, 2003. The film was a box office hit and the second highest-grossing film of 2003.

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83. Tootsie (1982)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $410,182,004
> Worldwide gross: $410,182,004
> Production budget: $48,610,734
> Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr

Dustin Hoffman stars as Michael Dorsey — a down on his luck actor who pretends to be a woman in order to get work — in this film from director Sydney Pollack. The movie was nominated for 10 Oscars, with Jessica Lange winning for Best Actress. The strong supporting cast for this intelligent and moving comedy included Teri Garr, Bill Murray, and Charles Durning.

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82. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $419,274,890
> Worldwide gross: $997,180,523
> Production budget: $93,283,798
> Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart

Bolstered by the star power of Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, and Jack Black, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” — about high school kids becoming the avatars in a video game with a jungle theme — was a hit in 2017. It is the most successful of the four-movie franchise. The movie has an approval score from 87% of audience members on Rotten Tomatoes.

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81. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $420,502,355
> Worldwide gross: $420,502,355
> Production budget: $14,448,011
> Starring: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Will Sampson

Director Milos Forman’s counterculture staple “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” was both a financial and critical success. In addition to selling an estimated 53.7 million tickets in the U.S. and Canada since its release, the movie won five Oscars, including Best Picture. The movie, which stars Jack Nicholson as the manic free spirit who is checked into an insane asylum, maintains a 94% critic and 96% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

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80. The Sixth Sense (1999)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $422,357,930
> Worldwide gross: $968,173,701
> Production budget: $57,560,324
> Starring: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette

Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan’s engrossing movie about a boy who sees — and can communicate with — the deceased was the second highest grossing movie in 1999 behind only “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.” The movie is also Shyamalan’s most critically successful to date, with a Rotten Tomatoes Freshness rating of 86%.

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79. Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $422,435,611
> Worldwide gross: $892,926,884
> Production budget: $156,368,627
> Starring: Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor

The fifth Star Wars film released failed to perform as well as many others in the franchise, yet it still managed to rank among the 100 top grossing movies of all time. It is also one of the lower rated films in the saga, with a 65% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, beating only “Episode I – The Phantom Menace” and the recent “The Rise of Skywalker.”

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78. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $423,940,847
> Worldwide gross: $1,327,954,916
> Production budget: $172,531,805
> Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall

The latest movie of the blockbuster franchise was a financial success, just like its predecessors, even though it failed to impress critics. Matthew Lickona from San Diego Reader called it “a zombified version of the original entry from Steven Spielberg.” The action-packed adventure was the fourth grossing movie at the domestic box office in 2018.

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77. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $426,516,222
> Worldwide gross: $1,501,730,839
> Production budget: $139,929,023
> Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint

J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World is one of the most successful movie franchises ever. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” which grossed more than $80 million more than its “Part 1,” which was released just one year earlier.

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76. Captain Marvel (2019)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $426,829,839
> Worldwide gross: $1,128,274,794
> Production budget: $160,000,000
> Starring: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn

With a budget of $160 million, the pressure was on “Captain Marvel” to be a hit, and like the superhero of the same name, it came through, grossing $426.8 million. Brie Larson plays Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel, who is caught in the middle of a conflict between two worlds. The Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes says the movie is “Packed with action, humor, and visual thrills.”

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75. Wonder Woman (2017)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $427,616,460
> Worldwide gross: $851,833,448
> Production budget: $154,436,509
> Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright

“Wonder Woman,” the superhero played by Israeli actor Gal Gadot, was directed by Patty Jenkins. The blockbuster has so far had domestic gross of more than $427 million in 2019 dollars for Warner Bros. The plot revolves around an Amazonian warrior who is destined to save the world from destruction during World War I.

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74. Rocky (1976)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $428,822,527
> Worldwide gross: $823,004,628
> Production budget: $00
> Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Talia Shire

Written by and starring Sylvester Stallone, “Rocky” is the film that put the action star on the map. The movie about an unusually driven young boxer was the top grossing film released in 1976 and has produced seven sequels to date, including the recent Creed flicks. Critics on Rotten Tomatoes were won over by Stallone’s performance and the film’s script and gave it a 94% Freshness rating.

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73. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $430,542,098
> Worldwide gross: $1,216,764,640
> Production budget: $263,758,032
> Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson

This Marvel action-packed superhero blockbuster has its famous characters divided into two teams: one led by Captain America who wants the Avengers to remain free of government control, and the other team led by Iron Man, who supports the idea of government oversight. The sci-fi movie has been a hit among both audiences and critics, who were impressed with the plot, calling it “thought-provoking,” according to the Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus.

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72. Superman (1978)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $430,972,012
> Worldwide gross: $963,995,484
> Production budget: $176,604,162
> Starring: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman

The popularity of superhero movies is not a new phenomenon, as evidenced by the success of “Superman” in 1978. The movie, which currently has a 94% Freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes, spawned three sequels with star Christopher Reeve.

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71. Toy Story 4 (2019)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $434,038,008
> Worldwide gross: $1,073,394,593
> Production budget: $200,000,000
> Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts

The Toy Story films have always been popular, and the series’ fourth installment is no different. The film is the 10th-highest grossing digitally animated movie of all time, when adjusting for inflation. As with the preceding films, “Toy Story 4” combines humor, adventure, and emotional storytelling to create a winning movie, which maintains a 97% score from critics and 94% from audience members on Rotten Tomatoes.

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70. Frozen (2013)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $434,368,115
> Worldwide gross: $1,388,287,762
> Production budget: $162,588,065
> Starring: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff

“Frozen” was one of the biggest box office smashes of 2013, raking in an eye-popping $1.4 billion worldwide. Kristin Bell lends her voice to the lead character, Princess Anna, who is joined by a motley crew on an adventure to save her frozen kingdom from her older sister Elsa (Idina Menzel). “Frozen” has a 90% Freshness rating at Rotten Tomatoes.

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69. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $434,710,004
> Worldwide gross: $1,222,265,594
> Production budget: $128,121,385
> Starring: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom

The first film in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy grossed the least of the three, though it also was distributed to the fewest number of theaters. The movie, which follows the hobbit Frodo as he sets out on his journey to save Middle Earth, won four Oscars. The film holds a 91% rating from critics and a 95% score from audience members on Rotten Tomatoes.

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68. Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $435,260,214
> Worldwide gross: $435,260,214
> Production budget: $14,767,689
> Starring: Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jerry Reed

With an estimated production budget of less than $5 million in 1977 dollars, “Smokey and the Bandit” sped to the top of the box office, grossing more than $126 million in 1977, or $435.3 million in 2019 dollars. The movie follows Burt Reynolds’ character Bandit as he goes on a mission to pick up a truckload of beer in Texarkana, Texas, and deliver it to Atlanta in 28 hours.

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67. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $437,507,735
> Worldwide gross: $1,342,871,056
> Production budget: $172,206,163
> Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Richard Harris

“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” launched the highly successful franchise in 2001, with a domestic gross of $437.5 million. Despite the financial success of this first film in the series, there are five Harry Potter movies with higher Rotten Tomatoes critics ratings. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” has an 81% Freshness rating among Rotten Tomatoes critics.

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66. Back to the Future (1985)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $438,832,896
> Worldwide gross: $797,046,931
> Production budget: $39,281,232
> Starring: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

Michael J. Fox stars as Marty McFly — a teenager who finds himself transported 30 years into the past — in this comedy from director Robert Zemeckis. The movie that launched the Back to the Future franchise was the top grossing film of 1985. It currently has a rating of 96% from critics and 94% from audience members on Rotten Tomatoes. “Back to the Future” has been included in the National Film Registry.

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65. Iron Man 3 (2013)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $443,338,625
> Worldwide gross: $1,316,758,736
> Production budget: $216,784,086
> Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Guy Pearce, Gwyneth Paltrow

“Iron Man 3” was the top-grossing film in 2013. The Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes says the movie is boosted by “its charismatic lead” and “some impressive action sequences.” The movie has a Freshness rating of 79% among Rotten Tomatoes critics, and a rating of 78% among audiences.

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64. The Hunger Games (2012)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $448,203,825
> Worldwide gross: $762,799,548
> Production budget: $85,683,780
> Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth

The first of four Hunger Games was the third-highest grossing movie domestically when it was released in 2012. The beginning of the story of Katniss Everdeen, who volunteers to replace her sister in a televised competition in which teenagers fight to death, has been well-received by both critics and audiences. The movie holds a score of 84% among critics and 81% among viewers.

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63. Batman (1989)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $454,660,644
> Worldwide gross: $744,555,786
> Production budget: $63,351,211
> Starring: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger

Tim Burton’s “Batman” — starring Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne/Batman and Jack Nicholson as Jack Napier/Joker — was a relatively early superhero blockbuster. The movie topped the domestic box office in 1989, grossing over $50 million more than the second-highest grossing movie of the year, “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.”

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62. National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $454,675,444
> Worldwide gross: $454,675,444
> Production budget: $9,632,954
> Starring: John Belushi, Karen Allen, Tom Hulce

The comedy classic about a mischievous Faber College fraternity brought in slightly more than a quarter million dollars on its opening weekend in domestic theaters. It would eventually gross $141.6 million at the domestic box office, or $454.7 million in 2019 dollars. The film was an early success for director John Landis, who would follow it up with “The Blues Brothers” (1980) and “An American Werewolf in London” (1981).

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61. Independence Day (1996)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $458,552,617
> Worldwide gross: $1,224,229,069
> Production budget: $112,328,211
> Starring: Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum

“Independence Day” was released the weekend of its namesake and went on to become the top-grossing film of 1996. Cigar-chomping fighter pilot Will Smith, computer genius Jeff Goldblum, and crop-duster plane jockey Randy Quaid help save the Earth from aliens bent on conquest. The flick spent a total of 78 weeks in theaters, selling an estimated 69.3 million tickets.

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60. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $460,306,373
> Worldwide gross: $937,603,905
> Production budget: $140,909,656
> Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” was the second highest grossing film in 2013, trailing only “Iron Man 3.” Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes found the second entry in the Hunger Games franchise “smart, smoothly directed, and enriched with a deeper exploration of the franchise’s thought-provoking themes.” The movie maintains a 90% Freshness score, and an 89% approval rating from audiences.

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59. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $465,773,168
> Worldwide gross: $1,270,936,522
> Production budget: $127,814,356
> Starring: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen

The second film in the trilogy, “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers,” outgrossed the first film, “The Fellowship of the Ring,” which was released one year prior. The Oscar-winning sequel has the highest rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes among franchise films, with an exceptional 95% Freshness rating.

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58. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $469,449,604
> Worldwide gross: $976,351,276
> Production budget: $233,492,040
> Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel

“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” grossed what amounts to more than $469 million domestically in today’s dollars since its release, and it was the top grossing movie of 2009. Like the first Transformers film, released in 2007, director Michael Bay helmed this sequel and brought back lead actors Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, and Josh Duhamel. Only 20% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave it a positive review, compared with 57% of audiences.

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57. Toy Story 3 (2010)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $476,346,075
> Worldwide gross: $1,224,676,755
> Production budget: $229,561,674
> Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack

“Toy Story 3” is the second-most financially successful of the series, grossing more than $476 million at the domestic box office after adjusting for inflation. It was also the second-highest grossing movie in 2010. Like previous Toy Story entries, “Toy Story 3” features the winning team of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, who help deliver the laughs, adventure, and sentiment that Pixar has come to be known for.

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56. Frozen II (2019)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $477,373,578
> Worldwide gross: $1,450,026,933
> Production budget: $150,000,000
> Starring: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad

Six years after the original was released, Disney’s “Frozen II” topped the first Frozen film in domestic box office gross. According to Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes, the sequel “can’t quite recapture the showstopping feel of its predecessor, but it remains a dazzling adventure into the unknown.” Among audience members on Rotten Tomatoes “Frozen II” holds an approval score of 92%.

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55. Saturday Night Fever (1977)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $479,043,651
> Worldwide gross: $969,859,388
> Production budget: $10,303,039
> Starring: John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney, Barry Miller

This classic, noteworthy for its dance scenes as much as for its soundtrack, arguably made John Travolta famous. The actor earned his first of two Oscar nominations playing the ambitious paint-store clerk who wants to make it in this world.

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54. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $481,190,425
> Worldwide gross: $1,098,804,241
> Production budget: $142,989,022
> Starring: Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor

The final entry in George Lucas’s second Star Wars trilogy is the highest rated of the three by critics on Rotten Tomatoes, with a Freshness score of 80%. As with most Star Wars films, “Episode III” was a massive box office hit, grossing more than $108 million domestically on its opening weekend and more than $480 million total, the latter figure adjusted for inflation.

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53. The Passion of the Christ (2004)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $482,530,424
> Worldwide gross: $809,904,902
> Production budget: $39,041,476
> Starring: Jim Caviezel, Monica Bellucci, Maia Morgenstern

Mel Gibson directed and co-wrote this film about the hours leading up to Jesus Christ’s crucifixion. Despite relatively poor reviews from critics — the movie currently has a 49% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes — it is the top grossing religious film of all time.

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52. The Towering Inferno (1974)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $484,882,648
> Worldwide gross: $583,949,189
> Production budget: $73,578,377
> Starring: Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, William Holden, Faye Dunaway

Disaster movie “The Towering Inferno” follows a group of people trapped inside a massive burning building. The film’s ensemble cast includes Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, William Holden, Faye Dunaway, Fred Astaire, and O.J. Simpson. The movie won three Oscars in 1975, including Best Cinematography and Best Film Editing.

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51. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $486,178,063
> Worldwide gross: $1,026,760,166
> Production budget: $260,276,504
> Starring: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Alfred Molina

The Spider-Man franchise has been extremely profitable, producing four films that have grossed more than $350 million after adjusting for inflation. Among these is “Spider-Man 2,” which brought in $486.2 million in 2019 dollars. Much of the original cast of “Spider-Man” (2002) returned for the sequel, as did director Sam Raimi. The movie has a 93% Freshness rating among Rotten Tomatoes critics.

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50. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $489,332,158
> Worldwide gross: $1,495,488,557
> Production budget: $266,517,376
> Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” is the fifth-highest grossing movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe canon, whose star power includes Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, and Mark Ruffalo. The Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes says the film was “Exuberant and eye-popping,” and it has an 83% approval rating from audience members on the site.

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49. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $492,285,282
> Worldwide gross: $1,187,534,664
> Production budget: $274,627,500
> Starring: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway

Director Christopher Nolan’s follow-up to “The Dark Knight” (2008) is the second most successful Batman movie to date at the domestic box office. It is also the second most critically acclaimed live-action Batman movie, behind only its predecessor.

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48. Home Alone (1990)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $495,480,362
> Worldwide gross: $826,521,794
> Production budget: $31,210,133
> Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern

The family comedy about an 8-year-old boy who must defend himself and his home from a pair of criminals after his family leaves him accidentally alone over Christmas was released just in time for the 1990 holiday season. It topped the domestic box office for 12 weeks in a row, beginning in mid-November, and peaked once again in February 1991.

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47. Blazing Saddles (1974)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $499,512,728
> Worldwide gross: $499,512,728
> Production budget: $10,868,059
> Starring: Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens

Mel Brooks’s iconoclastic comedy “Blazing Saddles” about a corrupt governor who appoints the first black sheriff of a Western town is equally loved by critics and viewers. The movie holds a 91% positive ratings from both on Rotten Tomatoes.

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46. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $502,282,166
> Worldwide gross: $676,869,580
> Production budget: $29,953,723
> Starring: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton

Though he had previously starred in “48 Hrs.” (1982) and “Trading Places” (1983), “Beverly Hills Cop” is the movie that launched Eddie Murphy to superstardom. Starring as street smart Detroit cop Axel Foley who finds himself working in the alien Beverly Hills, Murphy had the biggest hit of his career with the comedy.

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45. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $503,979,583
> Worldwide gross: $1,522,430,103
> Production budget: $125,379,368
> Starring: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen

The final film in Peter Jackson’s exceedingly popular Lord of the Rings trilogy was the most successful at the domestic box office, grossing more than $500 million adjusted for inflation. The fantasy flick won 11 Oscars, including Best Picture. The movie has a 93% Freshness rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes.

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44. Finding Nemo (2003)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $507,558,851
> Worldwide gross: $1,249,031,093
> Production budget: $125,379,368
> Starring: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould

The Pixar-produced movie about a clownfish in search of his missing son topped the domestic box office in 2003. The movie, which took home the Oscar for Best Animated Film, is also the best-selling DVD of all time. Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes says the movie “adds another beautifully crafted gem to Pixar’s crown.” The film has a 99% Freshness score on the site.

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43. Finding Dory (2016)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $513,057,440
> Worldwide gross: $1,085,175,332
> Production budget: $211,006,425
> Starring: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill

The sequel to “Finding Nemo” (2003) was a huge success, grossing more than half a billion dollars so far at the domestic box office when adjusted for inflation. The movie stars Ellen DeGeneres as the voice of absent-minded fish Dory on a mission to find her lost parents. Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes says the film is “Funny, poignant, and thought-provoking” and critics gave it a Freshness score of 94%.

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42. Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $515,202,542
> Worldwide gross: $1,074,144,248
> Production budget: $275,000,000
> Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac

Last year’s entry to the Star Wars franchise, “The Rise of Skywalker” has the lowest critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes of all movies in the series at 51%. Despite the somewhat negative reviews, the movie has sold more than 56 million tickets since its release.

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41. Forrest Gump (1994)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $515,675,141
> Worldwide gross: $1,061,883,582
> Production budget: $85,906,512
> Starring: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise

The movie about a mentally challenged, well-intentioned man whose life tracks significant moments in American history won six Oscars, including Best Picture. The movie grossed in 1994 more at the domestic box office than all other movies but one. Disney’s “The Lion King,” which was released two weeks before “Forrest Gump,” grossed slightly over $1 million more that year. Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes chides “Forrest Gump” for being over sentimental. However, audiences love the movie, which holds a 95% score from viewers on the site.

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40. Ghostbusters (1984)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $518,226,082
> Worldwide gross: $631,622,319
> Production budget: $64,186,549
> Starring: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver

“Ghostbusters” dominated the domestic box office in 1984, besting such films as “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” “Gremlins,” and “The Karate Kid.” The movie, about a group of New York City ghost exterminators, has an exceptionally high Rotten Tomatoes Freshness score of 97%.

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39. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $521,471,116
> Worldwide gross: $1,313,397,503
> Production budget: $277,171,317
> Starring: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley

Despite scoring significantly lower ratings than its predecessor from both critics and audiences on sites like Rotten Tomatoes, this second entry in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is the top grossing of the series. “Dead Man’s Chest” was also the top-grossing movie of 2006 and only the third movie to ever gross more than $1 billion (unadjusted) worldwide out of 46 total.

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38. Beauty and the Beast (2017)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $522,403,948
> Worldwide gross: $1,309,622,766
> Production budget: $165,837,862
> Starring: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans

Numerous versions of “Beauty and the Beast” have been released over the years, with Disney’s 2017 live action remake the most successful at the domestic box office. For comparison, Disney’s 1991 animated version grossed $630.9 million domestically, adjusted for inflation. The Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes appreciates the “faithful” retelling of the story.

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37. American Graffiti (1973)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $530,748,046
> Worldwide gross: $646,128,056
> Production budget: $4,534,267
> Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Harrison Ford

George Lucas’s second full-length directorial effort (following “THX 1138”) was a box office smash. The film, which follows a group of high school graduates in the 1960s, was reportedly made for under $1 million. Lucas would, of course, go on to have even greater financial success with his numerous Star Wars movies. The film enjoys a 96% Freshness rating among Rotten Tomatoes critics.

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36. The Lion King (2019)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $543,638,043
> Worldwide gross: $1,656,943,394
> Production budget: $260,000,000
> Starring: Donald Glover, Beyoncé, Seth Rogen

Released in July 2019, Disney’s computer-animated remake of “The Lion King” grossed $543.6 million at the domestic box office, becoming the second biggest movie of the year. While the visually impressive movie was popular with audiences, who gave it an 88% approval score on Rotten Tomatoes, it was relatively poorly received by critics, who gave it a 52% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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35. Spider-Man (2002)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $548,930,535
> Worldwide gross: $1,117,299,460
> Production budget: $189,002,079
> Starring: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe

“Spider-Man,” starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, was both the top grossing film of 2002 and the most successful of the franchise. At the time, the movie was the most successful superhero movie ever, though that’s no longer the case. Director Sam Raimi followed the blockbuster with two Spider-Man sequels that both did well at the box office.

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34. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $551,444,492
> Worldwide gross: $897,837,500
> Production budget: $43,981,449
> Starring: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman

Steven Spielberg’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” introduced audiences to swashbuckling archeologist Indiana Jones. The film has a 95% Freshness rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes and a 96% approval rating from audiences.

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33. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $561,464,174
> Worldwide gross: $1,114,174,350
> Production budget: $211,006,425
> Starring: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is a standalone Star Wars film about a group of rebels attempting to steal the plans for the Death Star. The movie, which had a reported production budget of $200 million, grossed $155 million domestically in its opening weekend and remained the country’s top film at the box office for five weeks in a row.

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32. Shrek 2 (2004)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $574,204,126
> Worldwide gross: $1,208,673,032
> Production budget: $195,207,378
> Starring: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz

Of the five Shrek films released to date, including “Puss in Boots,” “Shrek 2” leads with the highest total domestic box office gross. The movie had the biggest opening weekend ever for an animated film, grossing more than $108 million. This record would later be topped by “Shrek the Third.”

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31. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $580,749,600
> Worldwide gross: $1,170,426,856
> Production budget: $68,686,926
> Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr

Steven Spielberg’s 1977 flick about a man’s experiences following an alien encounter wowed audiences. It currently has a 95% Freshness rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes and an 85% approval rating from audiences. While nominated for eight Oscars, it only won one for cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond.

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30. Grease (1978)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $583,801,247
> Worldwide gross: $1,244,300,814
> Production budget: $19,265,909
> Starring: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing

Actor John Travolta followed up his successful role in “Saturday Night Fever” (1977) with another smash hit, “Grease,” in which he starred alongside Australian sensation Olivia Newton-John. The musical romance about a 1950s greaser and a goody-two-shoes outgrossed all movies in 1978, including “National Lampoon’s Animal House” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes says the film is a “pleasing, energetic musical with infectiously catchy songs,” and 87% of audiences enjoyed the movie.

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29. Incredibles 2 (2018)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $617,645,333
> Worldwide gross: $1,261,314,420
> Production budget: $202,978,594
> Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell

Fourteen years passed between the original “The Incredibles” movie and this sequel about the family of superheroes. Fans were clearly eager to see it, as the follow-up grossed more than $617 million (in 2019 dollars) at the domestic box office. The first film grossed $393 million.

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28. The Dark Knight (2008)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $622,090,900
> Worldwide gross: $1,169,946,227
> Production budget: $215,782,916
> Starring: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart

Director Christopher Nolan’s second Batman movie is the top-grossing Batman film ever. The gritty superhero flick is notable in part due to the performance of Heath Ledger as Joker. Ledger died soon after completing filming and posthumously received an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role.

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27. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $630,951,182
> Worldwide gross: $1,020,836,776
> Production budget: $41,945,153
> Starring: Paige O’Hara, Robby Benson, Jesse Corti

Disney’s magical classic was nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture. The enchanting story of a young woman who is held captive by a monster whose mission is to make her fall in love with him holds an approval score of 94% among critics and 92% among viewers.

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26. Jurassic Park (1993)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $630,972,435
> Worldwide gross: $1,656,427,469
> Production budget: $100,455,975
> Starring: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum

“Jurassic Park,” about a dinosaur theme park that descends into chaos, was the highest grossing movie in 1993 at the domestic box office, bringing in nearly double the gross of its closest competitor, “The Fugitive.” In addition to the money grossed during its initial release, “Jurassic Park” made more than $45 million during a 2013 re-release.

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25. Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $642,809,717
> Worldwide gross: $1,381,159,792
> Production budget: $328,566,265
> Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill

The first, and as of right now, only Star Wars film from director Rian Johnson was a hit, outgrossing all but five Star Wars films after adjusting for inflation. The movie was well received by critics, earning a 90% Freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences, however, were less enthusiastic, giving it a 43% rating on the site.

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24. The Godfather (1972)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $656,432,977
> Worldwide gross: $1,305,897,171
> Production budget: $29,182,060
> Starring: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan

Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather” is not only considered to be one of the greatest films of all time, but it is also one of the top grossing movies ever. The Best Picture-winner about a New York City crime family was the most financially successful movie of the year at the domestic box office and also grossed more than its two sequels combined.

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23. The Lion King (1994)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $660,355,768
> Worldwide gross: $1,542,276,828
> Production budget: $70,287,146
> Starring: Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones

“The Lion King” combined innovative animation techniques with an unforgettable soundtrack — that earned two Oscars — to create an animated Disney classic. The movie had a higher gross at the domestic box office in 1994 than any other film, and then had a successful IMAX release in 2002 and a 3D release in 2011.

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22. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $682,873,632
> Worldwide gross: $1,477,925,605
> Production budget: $165,485,931
> Starring: Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson, Natalie Portman

“Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” has relatively poor reviews online, winning over 53% of critics and 59% of audiences on Rotten Tomatoes. Moviegoers were undoubtedly eager for a new Star Wars film, however, having waited 16 years since the release of “Return of the Jedi.” “The Phantom Menace” spent its first four weekends at No. 1 at the domestic box office.

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21. The Avengers (2012)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $684,764,898
> Worldwide gross: $1,668,431,255
> Production budget: $241,672,200
> Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson

“The Avengers” — the sixth entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — was the top grossing movie of 2012, taking in $175 million more than the second highest grossing movie that year, “The Dark Knight Rises.” The superhero flick has a 92% approval rating from critics and 91% score from audience members on Rotten Tomatoes.

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20. Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $686,552,273
> Worldwide gross: $1,271,621,976
> Production budget: $72,162,297
> Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

The concluding chapter of George Lucas’s original Star Wars trilogy sold an estimated 94.1 million tickets since its release. The movie grossed over $200 million in 1983, about $100 million more than that year’s second-biggest earner, “Tootsie.”

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19. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $688,925,059
> Worldwide gross: $2,078,865,911
> Production budget: $325,780,643
> Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo

The superhero blockbuster pits the Avengers and their allies in an epic battle against Thanos, who is set on destruction of the universe. The movie, which cost an estimated $325 million to make, grossed more than a quarter billion dollars over its opening weekend. The movie is the 19th entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise.

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18. Jurassic World (2015)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $695,365,822
> Worldwide gross: $1,780,763,180
> Production budget: $159,910,426
> Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins

“Jurassic World” was released 14 years after the previous film in the franchise, “Jurassic Park III.” The movie covered its nearly $160 million production budget already in its opening weekend, when it grossed more than $208 million. With a 70% Freshness rating, “Jurassic World” is the second best rated film in the franchise by critics on Rotten Tomatoes, behind the original “Jurassic Park.”

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17. Doctor Zhivago (1965)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $699,855,359
> Worldwide gross: $700,722,922
> Production budget: $00
> Starring: Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin

Director David Lean followed up his immensely successful “Lawrence of Arabia” with the epic romance film “Doctor Zhivago” about the life of a Russian poet and doctor during and after the Russian Revolution. The movie, which stars Omar Sharif and Julie Christie, was nominated for 10 Oscars and won five. Eighty-eight percent of audience members on Rotten Tomatoes like the epic.

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16. Black Panther (2018)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $710,485,531
> Worldwide gross: $1,366,972,696
> Production budget: $202,978,594
> Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o

“Black Panther” led the domestic box office in 2018, outgrossing blockbusters such as “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Incredibles 2.” The movie was the first from Marvel to feature a black superhero as the title character. It received seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, and won three. The film holds a 96% Freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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15. The Sting (1973)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $736,661,337
> Worldwide gross: $736,661,337
> Production budget: $32,095,844
> Starring: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw

Paul Newman and Robert Redford — who had earlier collaborated on the successful “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” (1969) — star in this comedy-drama about two con men out to score big. In addition to its box office success, the movie won seven Oscars, including Best Picture.

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14. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $772,785,252
> Worldwide gross: $1,422,115,360
> Production budget: $47,921,041
> Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

The second film in the Star Wars saga has the highest rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes of all the movies in the saga, at 94%. The movie’s intricate plot and fleshed out characters made it a massive blockbuster and helped develop the Star Wars universe. The film won one Oscar for Best Sound and was also given a Special Achievement Award for its advanced special effects.

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13. The Jungle Book (1967)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $845,401,519
> Worldwide gross: $845,401,519
> Production budget: $23,840,486
> Starring: Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot, Louis Prima

Based on the writings of English author Rudyard Kipling, “The Jungle Book” tells the story of a feral boy living among animals in nature. The movie’s adjusted total domestic box office gross is the result of three theatrical releases: the original release in 1967, a re-release in 1984, and another release in 1990. The Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes lauds the movie for its “expressive animation, fun characters, and catchy songs.”

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12. Avengers: Endgame (2019)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $858,373,000
> Worldwide gross: $2,797,800,564
> Production budget: $356,000,000
> Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo

“Avengers: Endgame” is the top grossing film in the hugely popular Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise. The movie, which runs for more than three hours, once again finds the Avengers teaming up to restore order to the universe in the wake of Thanos’s destructive actions. The film was widely enjoyed by critics, who gave it a 94% Freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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11. Avatar (2009)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $887,862,384
> Worldwide gross: $3,249,567,787
> Production budget: $276,688,067
> Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver

Filmmaker James Cameron’s movie about a Marine on a mission in a beautiful alien world is notable in part thanks to its cutting-edge visuals, for which it won an Oscar. The movie cost more than $276 million to produce, and it grossed more than triple that at the domestic box office.

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10. The Exorcist (1973)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $945,506,885
> Worldwide gross: $1,858,703,353
> Production budget: $50,767,204
> Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair

Based on the novel by William Peter Blatty, director William Friedkin’s film about a young girl who is possessed by an evil spirit frightened millions in theaters across the country. The movie is one of the few horror films nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Though it didn’t win that award, it took home two Oscars, including Best Writing – Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium. The film holds an 83% Freshness rating among Rotten Tomatoes critics, and an 87% score among audiences.

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9. Titanic (1997)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $970,636,246
> Worldwide gross: $3,250,658,649
> Production budget: $294,415,931
> Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane

Director James Cameron (“Avatar”) packed theaters across the country with this tale of an upper-class woman falling in love with a poor artist aboard the doomed Titanic. Part romance and part disaster film, the movie was No. 1 at the domestic box office for 14 weekends straight. “Titanic” is also tied for most Oscar wins (11) and nominations (14) in Academy Award history.

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8. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars:$998,547,035
> Worldwide gross:
$2,204,870,135
> Production budget:
$261,187,029
> Starring:
Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac

Director J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” takes place 30 years after  the events portrayed in “Return of the Jedi.” For the first time, Star Wars creator George Lucas was not involved in the film, which was released a decade after “Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.” “The Force Awakens,” which cost an estimated $261 million to make, grossed $248 million its opening weekend.

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7. Jaws (1975)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars:$1,003,205,479
> Worldwide gross:
$1,816,187,766
> Production budget:
$27,009,378
> Starring:
Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss

Released in 1975, “Jaws” is often considered to be the first summer blockbuster. The film, about a great white shark that is terrorizing a beach town, offers a master class in suspense and scared countless viewers away from the ocean. The movie currently has a 98% Freshness score on Rotten Tomatoes, with audience members giving it a rating of 90%.

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6. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars:
$1,007,192,546
> Worldwide gross:
$1,835,553,650
> Production budget:
$24,305,367
> Starring:
Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote

Out of Steven Spielberg’s many blockbuster films, “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” brought in the most money at the domestic box office. The movie, in which a young boy helps an alien return to his planet, grossed more than its production budget during its first wide release weekend and proceeded to spend a total of 17 weeks at the top of the box office. Critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 98% Freshness rating. It won four Oscars but lost Best Picture to “Gandhi.”

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5. 101 Dalmatians (1961)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars:
$1,009,805,516
> Worldwide gross:
$1,009,805,516
> Production budget:
$26,400,144
> Starring:
Rod Taylor, Betty Lou Gerson, J. Pat O’Malley

The production team behind “101 Dalmatians” used inexpensive animation methods to keep costs low. The movie had numerous theatrical re-releases — in 1969, 1979, 1985, and 1991 — each more lucrative than the previous one.

Source: Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

4. The Sound of Music (1965)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars:
$1,022,425,441
> Worldwide gross:
$1,792,935,991
> Production budget:
$51,367,370
> Starring:
Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker

“The Sound of Music” stars Julie Andrews as Austrian nun Maria, who leaves her convent to take a position as a governess for a large family in the lead-up to World War II. Andrews had already won an Academy Award for Best Actress in “Mary Poppins.” “The Sound of Music” won five Oscars, including Best Picture. It is an audience favorite on Rotten Tomatoes with 91% enjoying the film.

Source: Courtesy of Lucasfilm Ltd.

3. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars:
$1,583,226,789
> Worldwide gross:
$2,701,449,936
> Production budget:
$37,777,809
> Starring:
Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

Massive blockbuster “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope,” originally released simply as “Star Wars,” launched one of cinema’s most beloved franchises. The inventive tale of good versus evil triggered a worldwide following, leading to its initial theatrical release running for 135 continuous weeks. The movie won a total of six Oscars.

Source: Courtesy of RKO Radio Pictures

2. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $2,676,449,218
> Worldwide gross: $2,676,449,218
> Production budget: $21,695,211
> Starring: Adriana Caselotti, Harry Stockwell, Lucille La Verne

Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” is the top grossing animated film of all time when adjusting for inflation. It is the first animated feature to include sound and be in color. In addition to its theatrical success, the movie sold the most VHS copies of any film. It holds a 98% Freshness rating among Rotten Tomatoes critics.

Source: Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

1. Gone with the Wind (1939)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $2,971,442,929
> Worldwide gross: $5,840,651,173
> Production budget: $59,479,568
> Starring: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell

Historical epic “Gone With the Wind,” the most expensive Hollywood film ever produced at the time, has gone on to become the top grossing of all time. It is the only movie to sell more than 200 million tickets throughout its multiple domestic releases. It is often considered to be among the most definitive of Hollywood films, and is based on Margaret Mitchell’s novel about the antebellum South. It won eight Oscars, including Best Picture. Olivia de Havilland died in July at age 104 and had been the last surviving star of the film.

Methodology

To determine the top 100 grossing movies of all time, 24/7 Tempo reviewed the lifetime domestic gross of 17,575 films produced between 1977 and 2020 from movie data site Box Office Mojo, which collects box office gross sales data.

Production budgets and number of tickets sold also came from Box Office Mojo. Actors and roles information was obtained from the International Movie Database (IMDb).

We adjusted each domestic box office gross for inflation using the annual Personal Consumption Expenditure Price-Index (PCEPI) from the economic research library of the U.S. Federal Reserve. Domestic gross includes both the U.S. and Canada.

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