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The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time

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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.
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens1

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher


    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

    $936,662,225 (2015)

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  • Avatar2


    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver


    Directed byJames Cameron

    $760,507,625 (2009)
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  • Black Panther3

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    Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan


    Directed byRyan Coogler

    $700,059,566 (2018)

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  • Avengers: Infinity War4

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    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth


    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

    $678,815,482 (2018)

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  • Titanic5


    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet


    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • Jurassic World6

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    Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt


    Directed byColin Trevorrow

    $651,443,636 (2015)
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  • The Avengers7

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    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans


    Directed byJoss Whedon

    $623,357,910 (2012)
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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi8

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    Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher

    Directed byRian Johnson

    $620,181,382 (2017)

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  • The Dark Knight10

    The Dark Knight

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine


    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    $534,858,444 (2008)
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  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story11

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    Directed byGareth Edwards

    $532,177,324 (2016)

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  • Beauty and the Beast12

    Beauty and the Beast

    Emma Watson, Dan Stevens


    Directed byBill Condon

    $504,014,165 (2017)

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  • Finding Dory13

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    Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks


    Directed byAndrew Stanton

    $486,295,561 (2016)

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  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace14

    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

    Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley


    Directed byGeorge Lucas

    $474,544,677 (1999)
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  • Star Wars15

    Star Wars

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher


    Directed byGeorge Lucas

    $460,998,007 (1977)
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  • Avengers: Age of Ultron16

    Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth


    Directed byJoss Whedon

    $459,005,868 (2015)
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  • The Dark Knight Rises17

    The Dark Knight Rises

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine


    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    $448,139,099 (2012)
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  • Shrek 218

    Shrek 2

    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy


    Directed byKelly Asbury, Andrew Adamson, Conrad Vernon

    $441,226,247 (2004)
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  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial19

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    $435,110,554 (1982)
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  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire20

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    Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks


    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

    $424,668,047 (2013)
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  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest21

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    Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley


    Directed byGore Verbinski

    $423,315,812 (2006)
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  • The Lion King22

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    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons


    Directed byRob Minkoff, Roger Allers

    $422,783,777 (1994)
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  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom23

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    Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard


    Directed byJ. A. Bayona

    $416,282,080 (2018)

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  • Toy Story 324

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    Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg


    Directed byLee Unkrich

    $415,004,880 (2010)
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  • Wonder Woman25

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    $412,563,408 (2017)

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