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Largest Movie Budgets, Adjusted for Inflation

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A list of the most expensive movies ever made, adjusted for inflation. These are the films that cost the most amounts of money to create. This list is based on the negative cost. In other words, the amounts listed below do not include marketing budgets, etc.; they only include the production budget of the film itself. These costs are also adjusted for inflation; $44 million in 1963 would be over $300 million today. Hollywood studios tend to be secretive about the money they spend, so creative accounting is sometimes used to obfuscate their numbers. That said, this list is just about as accurate as they come. Filmmaking is an expensive endeavor.
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    Cleopatra is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Largest Movie Budgets, Adjusted for Inflation

    Cleopatra

    Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton

    Released1963

    Directed byDarryl F. Zanuck, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Rouben Mamoulian

    Total Adjusted Cost (est.): $320m

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    Pirates of the Caribbean: At W is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Largest Movie Budgets, Adjusted for Inflation

    Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

    Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley

    Released2007

    Directed byGore Verbinski

    Total Adjusted Cost (est.): $318m
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    Titanic is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Largest Movie Budgets, Adjusted for Inflation

    Titanic

    Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Wagner

    Released1953

    Directed byJean Negulesco

    Total Adjusted Cost (est.): $274m

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    Spider-Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Largest Movie Budgets, Adjusted for Inflation

    Spider-Man 3

    Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst

    Released2007

    Directed bySam Raimi

    Total Adjusted Cost (est.): $273m

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    Tangled is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Largest Movie Budgets, Adjusted for Inflation

    Tangled

    Mandy Moore, Ron Perlman

    Released2010

    Directed byNathan Greno, Byron Howard

    Total Adjusted Cost (est.): $260m

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  • 6
    Harry Potter and the Half-Bloo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Largest Movie Budgets, Adjusted for Inflation

    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe

    Released2009

    Directed byDavid Yates

    Total Adjusted Cost (est.): $256m

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  • 7
    Waterworld is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Largest Movie Budgets, Adjusted for Inflation

    Waterworld

    Kevin Costner, Jack Black

    Released1995

    Directed byKevin Costner, Kevin Reynolds

    Total Adjusted Cost (est.): $252m
  • 8
    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Largest Movie Budgets, Adjusted for Inflation

    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

    Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley

    Released2006

    Directed byGore Verbinski

    Total Adjusted Cost (est.): $245m
  • 9
    Avatar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Largest Movie Budgets, Adjusted for Inflation

    Avatar

    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2009

    Directed byJames Cameron

    Total Adjusted Cost (est.): $243m
  • 10
    King Kong is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Largest Movie Budgets, Adjusted for Inflation

    King Kong

    Naomi Watts, Jack Black

    Released2005

    Directed byPeter Jackson

    Total Adjusted Cost (est.): $233m

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    Spider-Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Largest Movie Budgets, Adjusted for Inflation

    Spider-Man 2

    Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst

    Released2004

    Directed bySam Raimi

    Total Adjusted Cost (est.): $233m
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    The Chronicles of Narnia: Prin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Largest Movie Budgets, Adjusted for Inflation

    Released2008

    Directed byAndrew Adamson

    Total Adjusted Cost (est.): $230m
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    X-Men: The Last Stand is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Largest Movie Budgets, Adjusted for Inflation

    X-Men: The Last Stand

    Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman

    Released2006

    Directed byBrett Ratner

    Total Adjusted Cost (est.): $229m

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  • 14
    Superman Returns is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Largest Movie Budgets, Adjusted for Inflation

    Superman Returns

    Marlon Brando, Kevin Spacey

    Released2006

    Directed byBryan Singer

    Total Adjusted Cost (est.): $228m
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    Wild Wild West is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Largest Movie Budgets, Adjusted for Inflation

    Wild Wild West

    Salma Hayek, Will Smith

    Released1999

    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

    Total Adjusted Cost (est.): $224m
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  • 16
    Transformers: Revenge of the F is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Largest Movie Budgets, Adjusted for Inflation

    Released2009

    Directed byMichael Bay

    Total Adjusted Cost (est.): $205m

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  • 17
    2012 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Largest Movie Budgets, Adjusted for Inflation

    2012

    Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson

    Released2009

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

    Total Adjusted Cost (est.): $205m
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    Terminator Salvation is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Largest Movie Budgets, Adjusted for Inflation

    Terminator Salvation

    Christian Bale, Helena Bonham Carter

    Released2009

    Directed byJoseph McGinty Nichol

    Total Adjusted Cost (est.): $205m

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  • 19
    Quantum of Solace is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Largest Movie Budgets, Adjusted for Inflation

    Quantum of Solace

    Gemma Arterton, Eva Green

    Released2008

    Directed byMarc Forster

    Total Adjusted Cost (est.): $204m
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    Troy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Largest Movie Budgets, Adjusted for Inflation

    Troy

    Brad Pitt, Eric Bana

    Released2004

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

    Total Adjusted Cost (est.): $203m

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  • 21
    Terminator 3: Rise of the Mach is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Largest Movie Budgets, Adjusted for Inflation

    Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Claire Danes

    Released2003

    Directed byJonathan Mostow

    Total Adjusted Cost (est.): $203m

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    The Chronicles of Narnia: The  is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Largest Movie Budgets, Adjusted for Inflation

    Released2005

    Directed byAndrew Adamson

    Total Adjusted Cost (est.): $202m
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    Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Largest Movie Budgets, Adjusted for Inflation

    Toy Story 3

    Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released2010

    Directed byLee Unkrich

    Total Adjusted Cost (est.): $200m
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    The Golden Compass is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Largest Movie Budgets, Adjusted for Inflation

    The Golden Compass

    Nicole Kidman, Eva Green

    Released2007

    Directed byChris Weitz

    Total Adjusted Cost (est.): $191m

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  • 25
    Superman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Largest Movie Budgets, Adjusted for Inflation

    Superman

    Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman

    Released1978

    Directed byRichard Donner

    Total Adjusted Cost (est.): $190m

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