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The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)

Updated June 14, 2019 18.6k views100 items

List RulesUS domestic movie grosses only

The top grossing movies of all time, adjusted for inflation, as reported by highest grossing movies ever includes a calculation that converts the domestic box office grosses of all movies into what their dollar equivalent would be in 2013 based on average ticket prices then and now.

It should come as no surprise that some of the movies that have made the most money are also considered to be some of the best movies of all time; perhaps their high quality compelled multiple viewings.

As a note, this list of the highest grossing films does include revenues from re-releases, 3D, and IMAX screenings, so yes, there are some movies from the last decade who sold more expensive tickets as opposed to more tickets overall. Ticket prices aside (and FYI, the average movie ticket price in 2013 is $8.05), this list has all the highest grossing domestic box office takes for films released in the US.
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  • Grease26

    Grease

    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John

    Released1978

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

    Adjusted Gross: $619,602,100. Unadjusted Gross: $188,755,690 (1978)

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  • The Avengers27

    The Avengers

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans

    Released2012

    Directed byJoss Whedon

    Adjusted Gross: $617,984,200. Unadjusted Gross: $623,357,910 (2012)

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  • Thunderball28

    Thunderball

    Sean Connery, Luciana Paluzzi

    Released1965

    Directed byTerence Young

    Adjusted Gross: $602,140,000. Unadjusted Gross: $63,595,658 (1965)
  • The Dark Knight29

    The Dark Knight

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2008

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Adjusted Gross: $599,365,600. Unadjusted Gross: $534,858,444 (2008)

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  • The Jungle Book30

    The Jungle Book

    Clint Howard, George Sanders

    Released1967

    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

    Adjusted Gross: $593,123,300. Unadjusted Gross: $141,843,612 (1967)
  • Sleeping Beauty31

    Sleeping Beauty

    Marvin Miller, Mary Costa

    Released1959

    Directed byClyde Geronimi

    Adjusted Gross: $585,042,300. Unadjusted Gross: $51,600,000 (1959)
  • Shrek 232

    Shrek 2

    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy

    Released2004

    Directed byKelly Asbury, Andrew Adamson, Conrad Vernon

    Adjusted Gross: $571,960,000. Unadjusted Gross: $441,226,247 (2004)

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  • Ghostbusters33

    Ghostbusters

    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver

    Released1984

    Directed byIvan Reitman

    Adjusted Gross: $569,381,400. Unadjusted Gross: $238,632,124 (1984)

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  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid34

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    Paul Newman, Robert Redford

    Released1969

    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

    Adjusted Gross: $567,990,700. Unadjusted Gross: $102,308,889 (1969)

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  • Love Story35

    Love Story

    Tommy Lee Jones, Ray Milland

    Released1970

    Directed byArthur Hiller

    Adjusted Gross: $563,485,100. Unadjusted Gross: $106,397,186 (1970)

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  • Spider-Man36

    Spider-Man

    Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe

    Released2002

    Directed bySam Raimi

    Adjusted Gross: $559,352,200. Unadjusted Gross: $403,706,375 (2002) 

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  • Independence Day37

    Independence Day

    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1996

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

    Adjusted Gross: $557,614,400. Unadjusted Gross: $306,169,268 (1996)
  • Home Alone38

    Home Alone

    Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci

    Released1990

    Directed byChris Columbus

    Adjusted Gross: $545,260,300. Unadjusted Gross: $285,761,243 (1990)

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  • Pinocchio39

    Pinocchio

    Mel Blanc, Cliff Edwards

    Released1940

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, T. Hee, Bill Roberts, Hamilton Luske, Ben Sharpsteen

    Adjusted Gross: $542,596,800. Unadjusted Gross: $84,254,167 (1940)
  • Cleopatra40

    Cleopatra

    Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton

    Released1963

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

    Adjusted Gross: $540,826,900. Unadjusted Gross: $57,777,778 (1963)

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  • Beverly Hills Cop41

    Beverly Hills Cop

    Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans

    Released1984

    Directed byMartin Brest

    Adjusted Gross: $540,557,600. Unadjusted Gross: $234,760,478 (1984)

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  • Goldfinger42

    Goldfinger

    Sean Connery, Honor Blackman

    Released1964

    Directed byGuy Hamilton

    Adjusted Gross: $533,715,000. Unadjusted Gross: $51,081,062 (1964)
  • Airport43

    Airport

    Jacqueline Bissett, Dean Martin

    Released1970

    Directed byHenry Hathaway, George Seaton

    Adjusted Gross: $532,195,800. Unadjusted Gross: $100,489,151 (1970)

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  • American Graffiti44

    American Graffiti

    Harrison Ford, Ron Howard

    Released1973

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

    Adjusted Gross: $529,000,000. Unadjusted Gross: $115,000,000 (1973)
  • The Robe45
    Adjusted Gross: $526,909,100. Unadjusted Gross: $36,000,000 (1953)

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  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest46

    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

    Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley

    Released2006

    Directed byGore Verbinski

    Adjusted Gross: $520,258,400. Unadjusted Gross: $423,315,812 (2006)
  • Around the World in 80 Days47

    Around the World in 80 Days

    Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine

    Released1956

    Directed byMichael Anderson

    Adjusted Gross: $520,153,800. Unadjusted Gross: $42,000,000 (1956)

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  • Bambi48

    Bambi

    Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards

    Released1942

    Directed byJames Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Paul Satterfield, Bill Roberts, Norman Wright

    Adjusted Gross: $512,885,200. Unadjusted Gross: $102,247,150 (1942)

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  • Blazing Saddles49

    Blazing Saddles

    Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder

    Released1974

    Directed byMel Brooks

    Adjusted Gross: $508,981,500. Unadjusted Gross: $119,500,000 (1974)
  • Batman50

    Batman

    Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger

    Released1989

    Directed byTim Burton

    Adjusted Gross: $506,784,700. Unadjusted Gross: $251,188,924 (1989)

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