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The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time

Updated April 3, 2019 94.8k views160 items

The highest grossing movies of all time, here in all their cinematic and box office splendor. These top movies at the box office include some of the best movies of all time and some of the best movie franchises ever. This list includes only domestic gross numbers, which means these films are the highest grossing in U.S. history. 

The highest grossing films of all time include some recent blockbusters you won't be surprised to see on the list (like The Avengers and Jurassic World, but it also has some holdouts from the earlier years of cinema that might surprise you (without giving away their position on the list, Star Wars and E.T. have held up remarkably well). If it's made a ton of money at some point, it's probably among the top grossing movies. 

Is there really one movie that can be called the highest grossing film (you know, because of inflation)? Before you go on the "well, this list of the top grossing films of all time isn't accurate because it doesn't account for inflation", know that there is a whole other list for the highest grossing films of all time (adjusted for inflation); so go over there next and take a look at the "real" highest grossing movie rankings.
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    Star Wars: The Force Awakens is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released2015

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

    $936,662,225 (2015)

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    Avatar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time

    Avatar

    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2009

    Directed byJames Cameron

    $760,507,625 (2009)
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    Black Panther is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time

    Black Panther

    Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan

    Released2018

    Directed byRyan Coogler

    $700,059,566 (2018)

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    Avengers: Infinity War is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time

    Avengers: Infinity War

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth

    Released2018

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

    $678,815,482 (2018)

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    Titanic is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time

    Titanic

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet

    Released1997

    Directed byJames Cameron

    $658,672,302 (1997)
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    Jurassic World is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time

    Jurassic World

    Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt

    Released2015

    Directed byColin Trevorrow

    $651,443,636 (2015)
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    The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time

    The Avengers

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans

    Released2012

    Directed byJoss Whedon

    $623,357,910 (2012)
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    Star Wars: The Last Jedi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher

    Directed byRian Johnson

    $620,181,382 (2017)

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    Incredibles 2 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time

    Incredibles 2

    Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter

    Released2018

    Directed byBrad Bird

    $605,633,025 (2018)

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    The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time

    The Dark Knight

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2008

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    $534,858,444 (2008)
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    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Felicity Jones, Diego Luna

    Released2016

    Directed byGareth Edwards

    $532,177,324 (2016)

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    Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time

    Beauty and the Beast

    Emma Watson, Dan Stevens

    Released2017

    Directed byBill Condon

    $504,014,165 (2017)

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    Finding Dory is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time

    Finding Dory

    Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks

    Released2016

    Directed byAndrew Stanton

    $486,295,561 (2016)

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    Star Wars Episode I: The Phant is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time

    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

    Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley

    Released1999

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

    $474,544,677 (1999)
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    Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time

    Star Wars

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1977

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

    $460,998,007 (1977)
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    Avengers: Age of Ultron is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time

    Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth

    Released2015

    Directed byJoss Whedon

    $459,005,868 (2015)
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    The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time

    The Dark Knight Rises

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2012

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    $448,139,099 (2012)
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    Shrek 2 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time

    Shrek 2

    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy

    Released2004

    Directed byKelly Asbury, Andrew Adamson, Conrad Vernon

    $441,226,247 (2004)
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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak

    Released1982

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    $435,110,554 (1982)
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    The Hunger Games: Catching Fir is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time

    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

    Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks

    Released2013

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

    $424,668,047 (2013)
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    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time

    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

    Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley

    Released2006

    Directed byGore Verbinski

    $423,315,812 (2006)
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    The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time

    The Lion King

    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons

    Released1994

    Directed byRob Minkoff, Roger Allers

    $422,783,777 (1994)
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    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time

    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard

    Released2018

    Directed byJ. A. Bayona

    $416,282,080 (2018)

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    Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time

    Toy Story 3

    Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released2010

    Directed byLee Unkrich

    $415,004,880 (2010)
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    Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time

    Wonder Woman

    Gal Gadot, Chris Pine

    Released2017

    Directed byPatty Jenkins

    $412,563,408 (2017)

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