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

Updated June 14, 2019 18.5k 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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  • 1
    Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)

    Gone with the Wind

    Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh

    Released1939

    Directed bySam Wood, George Cukor, Victor Fleming

    Adjusted Gross: $1,626,459,200. Unadjusted Gross: $198,676,459 (1939)
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    Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)

    Star Wars

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1977

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

    Adjusted Gross: $1,433,862,700. Unadjusted Gross: $460,998,007 (1977)

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    The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)

    The Sound of Music

    Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer

    Released1965

    Directed byRobert Wise

    Adjusted Gross: $1,146,443,800. Unadjusted Gross: $158,671,368 (1965)
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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak

    Released1982

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Adjusted Gross: $1,141,927,400. Unadjusted Gross: $435,110,554 (1982)

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    Titanic is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)

    Titanic

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet

    Released1997

    Directed byJames Cameron

    Adjusted Gross: $1,090,569,500. Unadjusted Gross: $658,672,302 (1997)

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  • 6
    The Ten Commandments is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)

    The Ten Commandments

    Charlton Heston, Vincent Price

    Released1956

    Directed byCecil B. DeMille

    Adjusted Gross: $1,054,550,000. Unadjusted Gross: $65,500,000 (1956)
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    Jaws is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)

    Jaws

    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1975

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Adjusted Gross: $1,031,034,500. Unadjusted Gross: $260,000,000 (1975)

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  • 8
    Doctor Zhivago is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)

    Doctor Zhivago

    Omar Sharif, Julie Christie

    Released1965

    Directed byDavid Lean

    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)

    The Exorcist

    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn

    Released1973

    Directed byWilliam Friedkin

    Adjusted Gross: $890,323,300. Unadjusted Gross: $232,906,145 (1973)

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  • 10
    Snow White and the Seven Dwarf is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)

    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    Billy Gilbert, Pinto Colvig

    Released1937

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce, Ben Sharpsteen, William Cottrell

    Adjusted Gross: $877,450,000. Unadjusted Gross: $184,925,486 (1937)
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    101 Dalmatians is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)

    101 Dalmatians

    Hugh Laurie, Glenn Close

    Released1996

    Adjusted Gross: $804,333,900. Unadjusted Gross: $144,880,014 (1961)

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  • 12
    Star Wars Episode V: The Empir is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)

    Released1980

    Directed byIrvin Kershner

    Adjusted Gross: $790,354,100. Unadjusted Gross: $290,475,067 (1980)

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  • 13
    Ben-Hur is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)

    Ben-Hur

    Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins

    Released1959

    Directed byWilliam Wyler

    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)

    Avatar

    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2009

    Directed byJames Cameron

    Adjusted Gross: $782,904,900. Unadjusted Gross: $760,507,625 (2009)
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    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)

    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1983

    Directed byRichard Marquand

    Adjusted Gross: $757,178,300. Unadjusted Gross: $309,306,177 (1983)
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    Star Wars Episode I: The Phant is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)

    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

    Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley

    Released1999

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

    Adjusted Gross: $727,012,200. Unadjusted Gross: $474,544,677 (1999)

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  • 17
    The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)

    The Lion King

    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons

    Released1994

    Directed byRob Minkoff, Roger Allers

    Adjusted Gross: $717,628,700. Unadjusted Gross: $422,783,777 (1994)

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  • 18
    The Sting is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)

    The Sting

    Paul Newman, Robert Redford

    Released1973

    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

    Adjusted Gross: $717,600,000. Unadjusted Gross: $156,000,000 (1973)
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    Indiana Jones and the Raiders  is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)

    Released1981

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Adjusted Gross: $712,640,600. Unadjusted Gross: $248,159,971 (1981)
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    Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)

    Jurassic Park

    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Adjusted Gross: $693,957,000. Unadjusted Gross: $357,067,947 (1993)

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  • 21
    The Graduate is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)

    The Graduate

    Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft

    Released1967

    Directed byMike Nichols

    Adjusted Gross: $688,892,800. Unadjusted Gross: $104,945,305 (1967)

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  • 22
    Fantasia is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)

    Fantasia

    Walt Disney, Corey Burton

    Released1940

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, T. Hee, Ford Beebe

    Adjusted Gross: $668,892,800. Unadjusted Gross: $76,408,097 (1941)

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  • 23
    The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)

    The Godfather

    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando

    Released1972

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    Adjusted Gross: $635,326,700. Unadjusted Gross: $134,966,411 (1972)

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  • 24
    Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)

    Forrest Gump

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Adjusted Gross: $632,292,200. Unadjusted Gross: $329,694,499 (1994)

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  • 25
    Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)

    Mary Poppins

    Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke

    Released1964

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

    Adjusted Gross: $629,363,600. Unadjusted Gross: $102,272,727 (1964)

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