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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.
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Star Wars: Episode VII - The F... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill - $931,067,821 (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, Michelle Rodriguez - $760,507,625 (2009)

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates - $658,672,302 (1997)

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Jurassic World is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
Jurassic World Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Vincent D'Onofrio - $651,443,636 (2015)

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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
The Avengers Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo - $623,357,910 (2012)

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The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
The Dark Knight Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger - $534,858,444 (2008)

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Star Wars Episode I: The Phant... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Ewan McGregor - $474,544,677 (1999)

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Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill - $460,998,007 (1977)

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
Avengers: Age of Ultron Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo - $459,005,868 (2015)

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The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
The Dark Knight Rises Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman - $448,139,099 (2012)

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Shrek 2 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
Shrek 2 Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers - $441,226,247 (2004)

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger - $435,110,554 (1982)

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fir... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson - $424,668,047 (2013)

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom - $423,315,812 (2006)

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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
The Lion King Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick - $422,783,777 (1994)

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Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
Toy Story 3 Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton - $415,004,880 (2010)

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Iron Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
Iron Man 3 Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley - $409,013,994 (2013)

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The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
The Hunger Games Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth - $408,010,692 (2012)

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Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
Spider-Man Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst - $403,706,375 (2002)

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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
Jurassic Park Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough - $402,453,882 (1993)

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Transformers: Revenge of the F... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf, Hugo Weaving - $402,111,870 (2009)

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Frozen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
Frozen Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk - $400,738,009 (2013)

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Harry Potter and the Deathly H... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman - $381,011,219 (2011)

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Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
Finding Nemo Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana - $380,843,261 (2003)

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Star Wars Episode III: Revenge... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson - $380,270,577 (2005)

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The Lord of the Rings: The Ret... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler - $380,270,577 (2003)

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Spider-Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
Spider-Man 2 Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco - $373,585,825 (2004)

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The Passion of the Christ is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
The Passion of the Christ Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel, Claudia Gerini - $370,782,930 (2004)

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Despicable Me 2 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
Despicable Me 2 Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig - $368,061,265 (2013)

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
Transformers: Dark of the Moon Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Shia LaBeouf, John Malkovich - $352,390,543 (2011)

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Inside Out is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
Inside Out Amy Poehler, Diane Lane, Mindy Kaling - $354,935,066 (2015)

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Furious 7 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
Furious 7 Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson - $351,032,910 (2015)

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American Sniper is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
American Sniper Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Jonathan Groff - $350,126,372 (2014)

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The Lord of the Rings: The Two... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler - $342,551,365 (2002)

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, ... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore - $337,135,885 (2014)

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Spider-Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
Spider-Man 3 Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco - $336,530,303 (2007)

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Minions is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
Minions Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton - $334,544,425 (2015)

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Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
Alice in Wonderland Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter - $334,191,110 (2010)

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Guardians of the Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
Guardians of the Galaxy Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista - $333,176,600 (2014)

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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
Forrest Gump Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field - $329,694,499 (1994)

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Shrek the Third is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
Shrek the Third Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Eddie Murphy - $322,719,944 (2007)

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Transformers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
Transformers Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf, Odette Annable - $319,246,193 (2007)

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Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
Iron Man Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges - $318,412,101 (2008)

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Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Hough - $317,575,550 (2001)

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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom ... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Cate Blanchett, Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf - $317,101,119 (2008)

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fel... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler - $315,544,750 (2001)

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Iron Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
Iron Man 2 Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle - $312,433,331 (2010)

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Star Wars Episode II: Attack o... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson - $310,676,740 (2002)

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Pirates of the Caribbean: At W... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Keith Richards - $309,420,425 (2007)

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Return of the Jedi is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time
Return of the Jedi Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill - $309,306,177 (1983)