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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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  • Gone with the Wind1

    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)
  • Star Wars2

    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 Music3

    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-Terrestrial4

    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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  • Titanic5

    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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  • The Ten Commandments6

    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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  • Jaws7

    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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  • Doctor Zhivago8

    Doctor Zhivago

    Omar Sharif, Julie Christie

    Released1965

    Directed byDavid Lean

    Adjusted Gross: $999,290,400. Unadjusted Gross: $111,721,910 (1965)
  • The Exorcist9

    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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  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs10

    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)
  • 101 Dalmatians11

    101 Dalmatians

    Hugh Laurie, Glenn Close

    Released1996

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

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  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back12

    Released1980

    Directed byIrvin Kershner

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

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  • Ben-Hur13

    Ben-Hur

    Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins

    Released1959

    Directed byWilliam Wyler

    Adjusted Gross: $788,900,000. Unadjusted Gross: $74,000,000 (1959)
  • Avatar14

    Avatar

    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2009

    Directed byJames Cameron

    Adjusted Gross: $782,904,900. Unadjusted Gross: $760,507,625 (2009)
  • Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi15

    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 Phantom Menace16

    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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  • The Lion King17

    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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  • The Sting18

    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 of the Lost Ark19

    Released1981

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Adjusted Gross: $712,640,600. Unadjusted Gross: $248,159,971 (1981)
  • Jurassic Park20

    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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  • The Graduate21

    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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  • Fantasia22

    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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  • The Godfather23

    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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  • Forrest Gump24

    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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  • Mary Poppins25

    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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