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

Lawrence Wong
Updated June 14, 2019 18.3k views 100 items

List Rules US 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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1
Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)
Dir. by Sam Wood and George Cukor (1939), starring Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh & Olivia de Havilland
Adjusted Gross: $1,626,459,200. Unadjusted Gross: $198,676,459 (1939)
2
Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)
Dir. by George Lucas (1977), starring Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher & Mark Hamill
Adjusted Gross: $1,433,862,700. Unadjusted Gross: $460,998,007 (1977)
3
The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)
Dir. by Robert Wise (1965), starring Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer & Eleanor Parker
Adjusted Gross: $1,146,443,800. Unadjusted Gross: $158,671,368 (1965)
4
E.T. the Extra-Terrestri... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)
Dir. by Steven Spielberg (1982), starring Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak & Debra Winger
Adjusted Gross: $1,141,927,400. Unadjusted Gross: $435,110,554 (1982)
5
Titanic is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)
Dir. by James Cameron (1997), starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet & Kathy Bates
Adjusted Gross: $1,090,569,500. Unadjusted Gross: $658,672,302 (1997)
6
The Ten Commandments is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)
Dir. by Cecil B. DeMille (1956), starring Charlton Heston, Vincent Price & Yul Brynner
Adjusted Gross: $1,054,550,000. Unadjusted Gross: $65,500,000 (1956)
7
Jaws is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)
Dir. by Steven Spielberg (1975), starring Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss & Roy Scheider
Adjusted Gross: $1,031,034,500. Unadjusted Gross: $260,000,000 (1975)
8
Doctor Zhivago is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)
Dir. by David Lean (1965), starring Omar Sharif, Julie Christie & Alec Guinness
Adjusted Gross: $999,290,400. Unadjusted Gross: $111,721,910 (1965)
9
The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)
Dir. by William Friedkin (1973), starring Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn & Linda Blair
Adjusted Gross: $890,323,300. Unadjusted Gross: $232,906,145 (1973)
10
Snow White and the Seven... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)
Dir. by Wilfred Jackson and Larry Morey (1937), starring Billy Gilbert, Pinto Colvig & Jimmy MacDonald
Adjusted Gross: $877,450,000. Unadjusted Gross: $184,925,486 (1937)
11
101 Dalmatians is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)
Adjusted Gross: $804,333,900. Unadjusted Gross: $144,880,014 (1961)
12
Star Wars Episode V: The... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)
Dir. by Irvin Kershner (1980), starring Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher & Mark Hamill
Adjusted Gross: $790,354,100. Unadjusted Gross: $290,475,067 (1980)
13
Ben-Hur is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)
Dir. by William Wyler (1959), starring Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins & Hugh Griffith
Adjusted Gross: $788,900,000. Unadjusted Gross: $74,000,000 (1959)
14
Avatar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)
Dir. by James Cameron (2009), starring Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver & Michelle Rodriguez
Adjusted Gross: $782,904,900. Unadjusted Gross: $760,507,625 (2009)
15
Star Wars: Episode VI –R... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)
Dir. by Richard Marquand (1983), starring Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher & Mark Hamill
Adjusted Gross: $757,178,300. Unadjusted Gross: $309,306,177 (1983)
16
Star Wars Episode I: The... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)
Dir. by George Lucas (1999), starring Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley & Ewan McGregor
Adjusted Gross: $727,012,200. Unadjusted Gross: $474,544,677 (1999)
17
The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)
Dir. by Rob Minkoff and Roger Allers (1994), starring Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons & Matthew Broderick
Adjusted Gross: $717,628,700. Unadjusted Gross: $422,783,777 (1994)
18
The Sting is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)
Dir. by George Roy Hill (1973), starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford & Robert Shaw
Adjusted Gross: $717,600,000. Unadjusted Gross: $156,000,000 (1973)
19
Indiana Jones and the Ra... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)
Dir. by Steven Spielberg (1981), starring Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina & Karen Allen
Adjusted Gross: $712,640,600. Unadjusted Gross: $248,159,971 (1981)
20
Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)
Dir. by Steven Spielberg (1993), starring Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum & Richard Attenborough
Adjusted Gross: $693,957,000. Unadjusted Gross: $357,067,947 (1993)
21
The Graduate is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)
Dir. by Mike Nichols (1967), starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft & Richard Dreyfuss
Adjusted Gross: $688,892,800. Unadjusted Gross: $104,945,305 (1967)
22
Fantasia is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)
Dir. by Wilfred Jackson and James Algar (1940), starring Walt Disney, Corey Burton & Leopold Stokowski
Adjusted Gross: $668,892,800. Unadjusted Gross: $76,408,097 (1941)
23
The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)
Dir. by Francis Ford Coppola (1972), starring Al Pacino, Marlon Brando & Robert Duvall
Adjusted Gross: $635,326,700. Unadjusted Gross: $134,966,411 (1972)
24
Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)
Dir. by Robert Zemeckis (1994), starring Tom Hanks, Sally Field & Robin Wright
Adjusted Gross: $632,292,200. Unadjusted Gross: $329,694,499 (1994)
25
Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)
Dir. by Robert Stevenson (1964), starring Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke & Elsa Lanchester
Adjusted Gross: $629,363,600. Unadjusted Gross: $102,272,727 (1964)