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List of highest-grossing films

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A top-grossing movie is a motion picture that has received the most total revenue compared to all other movies ever made. Sources of these revenues include; ticket sales, merchandise and video rentals.

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Top 25 highest-grossing films not adjusted for inflation

Here are the top 25 grossing movies of all time, based only on total worldwide box office receipts to June 22, 2005.

Note that the majority of these movies are in the genres of science fiction or fantasy.


1 Titanic (1997) $1,845,034,188
2 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) $1,118,888,979
3 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone (2001) $976,475,550
4 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) $926,287,400
5 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999) $924,488,301
6 Shrek 2 (2004) $918,506,048
7 Jurassic Park (1993) $914,691,118
8 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) $876,688,482
9 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) $871,368,364
10 Finding Nemo (2003) $864,625,978
11 Spider-Man (2002) $821,708,551
12 Independence Day (1996) $816,969,268
13 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) $792,910,554
14 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) $789,626,519
15 Spider-Man 2 (2004) $783,949,228
16 Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) $775,398,007
17 The Lion King (1994) $783,841,776
18 The Matrix Reloaded (2003) $738,599,701
19 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005) $709,281,058
20 Forrest Gump (1994) $677,386,686
21 The Sixth Sense (1999) $672,806,292
22 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) $653,913,918
23 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002) $649,476,740
24 The Incredibles (2004) $617,419,089
25 The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) $614,300,000
  • Amounts are in United States dollars, include ticket sales only, and are not adjusted for inflation. Movies such as Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope may well have earned more than more recent films such as Independence Day when adjusted for inflation. Given population growth as well as inflation, these numbers are not a very good indicator of the popularity of movies over time.

Highest-grossing adjusted for inflation

This is a list of the highest-grossing movies of all time, where "gross" is defined as

  • US box-office revenues in U.S. dollars
  • adjusted for the effects of inflation using the U.S. consumer price index for January of the year of release (except for long runners, see below)

This list was compiled on December 17, 2004 based on data from boxofficemojo.com (http://www.boxofficemojo.com/alltime/adjusted.htm).

The adjustment for inflation better reflects the importance of older films, as lists compiled without adjustment for inflation will consist almost entirely of films released in the last 20 years.

Note that this may tend to overstate the ranking of films that have long runs or repeated re-releases.

Film List

  1. Gone With the Wind (1939)
  2. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (originally simply "Star Wars" but retitled in 1981; 1977)
  3. The Sound of Music (1965)
  4. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
  5. The Ten Commandments (1956)
  6. Titanic (1997)
  7. Jaws (1975)
  8. Doctor Zhivago (1965)
  9. The Exorcist (1973)
  10. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
  11. One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)
  12. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  13. Ben-Hur (1959)
  14. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)
  15. The Sting (1973)
  16. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  17. Jurassic Park (1993)
  18. The Graduate (1967)
  19. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
  20. Fantasia (1941)
  21. The Godfather (1972)
  22. Forrest Gump (1994)
  23. Mary Poppins (1964)
  24. The Lion King (1994)
  25. Grease (1978)
  26. Thunderball (1965)
  27. The Jungle Book (1967)
  28. Sleeping Beauty (1959)
  29. Shrek 2 (2004)
  30. Ghostbusters (1984)
  31. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
  32. Bambi (1942)
  33. Love Story (1970)
  34. Spider-Man (2002)
  35. Independence Day (1996)
  36. Home Alone (1990)
  37. Pinocchio (1940)
  38. Cleopatra (1963)
  39. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
  40. Goldfinger (1964)
  41. Airport (1970)
  42. American Graffiti (1973)
  43. The Robe (1953)
  44. Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
  45. Blazing Saddles (1974)
  46. Batman (1989)
  47. The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)
  48. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
  49. The Towering Inferno (1974)
  50. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
  51. The Passion of the Christ (2004)
  52. My Fair Lady (1964)
  53. The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
  54. National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)
  55. Back to the Future (1985)
  56. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
  57. The Sixth Sense (1999)
  58. Superman (1978)
  59. Tootsie (1982)
  60. Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
  61. Finding Nemo (2003)
  62. West Side Story (1961)
  63. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone (2001)
  64. Lady and the Tramp (1955)
  65. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
  66. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  67. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
  68. Rocky (1976)
  69. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
  70. The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
  71. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
  72. Twister (1996)
  73. Men in Black (1997)
  74. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
  75. It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
  76. Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
  77. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
  78. M*A*S*H (1970)
  79. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
  80. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)
  81. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
  82. Aladdin (1992)
  83. Ghost (1990)
  84. Duel in the Sun (1946)
  85. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
  86. House of Wax (1953)
  87. Rear Window (1954)
  88. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
  89. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
  90. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
  91. Sergeant York (1941)
  92. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
  93. Toy Story 2 (1999)
  94. Top Gun (1986)
  95. Shrek (2001)
  96. The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
  97. Crocodile Dundee (1986)
  98. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)
  99. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
  100. Young Frankenstein (1974)

See also: List of top-grossing movies in the United States for lists not adjusted for inflation.

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