The highest grossing movies of all time adjusted for inflation. This list is ranked by recognizability and popularity, so you can find the perfect movie to re-watch or show your friends.

The films on this list are the most famous movies of all time. How many do you already know?

The best movies are not always the most popular ones, but they are the ones that resonate with the audience and have a lasting cultural impact.

Which film can you watch over and over again without getting bored?

Highest Grossing Movies Of All Time

So are we ready to find out what the highest grossing movies of all time are? Here’s our list!

Iron Man 3 (2013)

Iron Man 3 is a 2013 superhero film, based on the Marvel Comics character Iron Man and is a sequel to Iron Man(2008) and Iron Man 2 (2010).

Shane Black directed a screenplay he co-wrote with Drew Pearce, which uses concepts from the “Extremis” story arc by Warren Ellis.

The film stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau, Ben Kingsley and Wang Xuequi.

After the release of Iron Man 2 in May 2010, Favreau, who served as director of the first two films, indicated he would not return to direct; instead he would serve as an executive producer while Jon Favreau’s directorial debut Chef (2014) was in post-production.

In April 2011 Black was announced as Favreau’s replacement. The film was scheduled to be released on April 26, 2013.

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  • Iron Man 3
  • Robert Downey, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle (Actors)
  • Shane Black (Director) - Drew Pearce (Writer)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)

The Fate of the Furious (2017)

The cast members of The Fate of the Furious (2017) have been in many other movies, so use this list as a starting point to find actors or actresses that you may not be familiar with.

Tobey Maguire and Charlize Theron were in The Fate of the Furious (2017)

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  • Vin Diesel, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Jason Statham (Actors)
  • F. Gary Gray (Director) - Chris Morgan (Writer) - Neal H. Moritz (Producer)
  • French Canadian, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)

Incredibles 2 (2018)

Incredibles 2 (2018) is an American 3D computer-animated superhero film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures.

Written and directed by Brad Bird, it is the sequel to 2004’s The Incredibles (2004) and is the fifteenth animated film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. The film premiered in Paris on June 21, 2017, and was theatrically released in the United States on June 15, 2018.

The film received positive reviews from critics and audiences; critics praised its animation, vocal performances, screenplay, action sequences, music, and emotional depth. It has grossed over $1 billion worldwide against its $200 million budget.

Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) is now tasked with balancing the demands of his job and home life, which includes taking care of his wife (Helen Parr/Elastigirl) and their three kids, Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack—whose superpowers are emerging—while Helen is out saving the world.

Exploding from the scene as a bona fide family blockbuster, Disney-Pixar’s Incredibles 2 is an impeccably crafted superhero romp that delivers more thrills, more laughs and some truly heartwarming moments.

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  • Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson (Actors)
  • Brad Bird (Director) - Brad Bird (Writer)
  • Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

The critics are saying…

“Beauty and the Beast is a visual feast. It’s a movie that is thoroughly entertaining for all ages.” – USA Today

“It’s a magical movie musical for both kids and adults, with a good message and some terrific songs.” – The Wrap

“A mostly smart, tuneful and faithful adaptation of Disney’s animated classic, with great performances from its ensemble cast.” – Variety

Taken from the pages of the beloved 1991 Disney animated film, Beauty and the Beast is a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told.

“Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle.

Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within.

Beauty and the Beast (2 Disc Edition)
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

Frozen (2013)

Frozen (2013) is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures.

The 53rd Disney animated feature film, it is inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale “The Snow Queen”, and is loosely based on the Danish fairy tale “The Snow Queen” as well as other tales in the same genre by Scandinavian authors.

Featuring the voices of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, and Santino Fontana, it tells the story of a princess who sets off on a journey alongside a rugged mountain man, his loyal pet reindeer, and a naïve snowman to find her estranged sister, whose icy powers have inadvertently trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.

It was directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee from a screenplay by Lee, based on a story by Lee and Buck. The film features original songs written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez for the film.

Christophe Beck was hired to compose the film’s orchestral score, while Thomas Newman provided additional music.

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  • Frozen (Two-disc Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy) (2013)
  • Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff (Actors)
  • Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee (Director)
  • French, Spanish, English (Subtitles)
  • English (Publication Language)

 

Highest Grossing Movies Of All Time

What Are high grossing movies?

A look at the movies with the all-time biggest box office grosses reveals some interesting, and sometimes surprising, facts about what audiences will pay to see.

The 2014 film “Guardians of the Galaxy” has grossed more than $772 million at the box office worldwide, putting it in ninth place on the list of highest-grossing films of all time.

That’s quite an achievement for a film that was only expected to bring in between $55 and $85 million during its opening weekend, according to one estimate.

But despite those impressive numbers, “Guardians” is not even among the top-earning superhero movies of all time. That designation goes instead to 2012’s “The Avengers,” with $1.5 billion earned at the box office since its release.

 

 

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is an upcoming American science fiction adventure film. It is the sequel to 2015’s Jurassic World and the fifth installment in the Jurassic Park film series.

The film is directed by J. A. Bayona and written by Trevorrow, Derek Connolly and Emily Carmichael. It stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, Toby Jones and Justice Smith.

The story is set on the fictional island of Isla Nublar off Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, where a volcano has become active and is about to destroy all life there.

Claire Dearing (Howard) and Owen Grady (Pratt) return to the island as part of an evacuation effort led by Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell) and Maisie Lockwood (Isabella Sermon).

   

They find that many dinosaurs have escaped from their enclosures after being sold on the black market by Lockwood’s former partner Eli Mills (Spall

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” is a follow-up to the 2015 “Jurassic World”. It is a sequel and it is directed by J. A. Bayona. The film stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, B. D. Wong, Toby Jones, James Cromwell and Jeff Goldblum reprising his role from the original movie as Dr. Ian Malcolm.

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  • Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall (Actors)
  • J.A. Bayona (Director) - Derek Connolly (Writer) - Frank Marshall (Producer)
  • French Canadian, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) is an American epic space opera film written and directed by Rian Johnson. It is the second installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, following Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). The film is produced by Lucasfilm and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Benicio del Toro. The plot follows Rey as she receives Jedi training from Luke Skywalker in hopes of turning the tide for the Resistance in the fight against Kylo Ren and the First Order.

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  • Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver (Actors)
  • Rian Johnson (Director) - Rian Johnson (Writer)
  • Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II (2011)

The film picks up directly where we left off in the last one, with Voldemort and his Death Eaters in pursuit of Harry Potter and his friends.

As this is the final film in the series, it was very important that it lived up to all of my expectations. This film starts at a blistering pace, which is what you would expect from a finale, but it certainly doesn’t dip after that initial burst of energy.

The film was beautifully shot, particularly the scenes during the night time battles around Hogwarts Castle. The CGI was also very subtle in this film and blended into the scenery perfectly.

The effects used in some of the more chaotic scenes were excellent as well; they added an extra level of realism to them.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II (2-Disc/Special Edition/BD)
  • Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson (Actors)
  • David Yates (Director) - Steve Kloves (Writer) - Lionel Wigram (Producer)
  • Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)

Black Panther (2018)

Black Panther is a fascinating achievement, from its celebration of African culture to its nuanced look at the divide between black and white Americans. The film’s action sequences are superbly choreographed, and the script is filled with smart character development.

Black Panther is a film that offers something for everyone: compelling characters, beautiful production design, thrilling action sequences and a message that resonates. It’s a movie that explores the role of power in society without sacrificing its sense of fun; it’s both gritty and funny, heartfelt and exciting.

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  • Black Panther
  • Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o (Actors)
  • Ryan Coogler (Director) - Ryan Coogler (Writer)
  • English, French, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Directed by Joss Whedon and starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is a 2015 superhero film that was released on May 1 in the United States.

The film received positive reviews from critics and grossed over $1 billion worldwide.

The sequel to 2012’s “The Avengers,” Age of Ultron features the superheroes teaming up to save the world from an artificial intelligence created by Tony Stark that has now gotten out of control.

The sequel also features new characters like Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch as well as returning characters like Hawkeye, Black Widow and Nick Fury. The movie is set in the fictional Eastern European country of Sokovia.

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  • Robert Downey, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo (Actors)
  • Joss Whedon (Director) - Joss Whedon (Writer)
  • French, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)

Frozen II (2019)

Frozen II (2019) is an upcoming American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy-comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. 

It is the sequel to Frozen (2013), and it is inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, The Snow Queen.

It’s been three years since the first film took home the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, but the world of Arendelle still isn’t ready for a sequel.

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  • Directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, this sequel to the family animated adventure Frozen carries...
  • Genre: Kids & Family
  • Rated PG
  • Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad (Actors)
  • Chris Buck (Director) - Jennifer Lee (Writer)

The Avengers (2012)

The film, which cost $220 million to produce, and another $150 million to market, opens with a worldwide box office gross of over $200 million. It becomes the third highest-grossing film of all time (as of 2012) and the highest-grossing film of 2012.

Avengers 1-4 Complete Boxset [Blu-ray] [2019] [Region Free]
  • Actors: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson
  • Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
  • Format: PAL, Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English

Furious 7 (2015)

Furious 7 is a 2015 American action film directed by James Wan and written by Chris Morgan. It is the seventh installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise.

The film stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Kurt Russell and Jason Statham.

The film also marks the final film appearance of Walker before his death in a single-vehicle crash on November 30, 2013.

Furious 7 follows Dominic Toretto (Diesel), Brian O’Conner (Walker) and the rest of their crew, who have returned to the United States to live normal lives after securing amnesty for their past crimes in Fast & Furious 6 (2013), until Deckard Shaw (Statham), a rogue special forces assassin seeking to avenge his comatose younger brother, puts them in danger once again. 

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  • Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson (Actors)
  • James Wan (Director) - Chris Morgan (Writer) - Neal H. Moritz (Producer)
  • French, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

The Lion King (2019)

Directed by Jon Favreau and written by Jeff Nathanson, The Lion King (2019) is based on the 1994 animated film of the same name, itself inspired by the classic Hamlet. The film stars the voices of Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones reprising his role as Mufasa from the 1994 film, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar.

The film was produced by Walt Disney Pictures for a budget of $185 million.[4] Favreau, who had previously directed The Jungle Book (2016), was announced as director in 2016. Much of the cast signed on in 2017, with Harry Potter star James Newton Howard providing the score.

The Lion King 1-3 [Blu-ray] [1994] [Region Free]
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  • Matthew Broderick, Jonathan Taylor Thomas (Actors)
  • Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, English (Subtitles)

Jurassic World (2015)

Jurassic World is a 2015 American science-fiction adventure film and the fourth installment of the Jurassic Park film series.

It was directed and co-written by Colin Trevorrow, produced by Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley, and stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, B. D. Wong, Toby Jones, and Irrfan Khan.

The screenplay is written by Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, based on characters created by Michael Crichton. The film was previously known as “Jurassic Park 4” or “Jurassic Park IV”. 

It is the first Jurassic Park film not to be directed by Steven Spielberg, nor based on a novel by Crichton since The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), which he directed.

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  • Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum, Chris Pratt (Actors)
  • Colin Trevorrow (Director) - Rick Jaffa (Writer) - Frank Marshall (Producer)
  • French, French Canadian, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

It’s been ten years since the Marvel Cinematic Universe began with the release of Iron Man, and how appropriate that one decade later the culmination of ten years of storytelling comes in the form of a movie that is literally called “Avengers: Infinity War.”

While I’m sure there will be more movies in the future, this is a monumental event in cinematic history and is probably going to be talked about regarding how it changed movies forever.

I’m not even being hyperbolic here, this is a massive film that also happens to be incredibly fun.

That being said, Infinity War doesn’t make any real mistakes. It’s got a few minor pacing issues and its villain isn’t as memorable as its hero, but other than that it delivers on every front.

The action scenes are epic, the characters are written well, the humor hits hard, and so on and so forth. Infinity War has a clear story to tell and it’s told effectively.

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  • Robert Downey, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo (Actors)
  • Anthony Russo (Director) - Christopher Markus (Writer)
  • Spanish, French, English (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) is a true cinematic achievement, but the story is far from perfect. There are some weak elements in the story and character development, but it is still satisfying to watch.

The Force Awakens had a great start with its opening scene that was shot in IMAX 3D. It’s where we meet the main protagonist of the film – Rey, who lives on a desert planet called Jakku.

The movie then went on to introduce a new villain Kylo Ren, who is played by Adam Driver. Kylo Ren belongs to a group called First Order which is not liked by Resistance at all.

The film’s action scenes were also amazing to watch, especially when there are aerial fight scenes between X-Wings and Tie Fighters that left audiences wondering who would win in the end. 

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  • Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega (Actors)
  • J.J. Abrams (Director)
  • English, French, Arabic (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

Titanic (1997)

Titanic is a 1997 American epic romance and disaster film directed, written, co-produced, co-edited and partly financed by James Cameron.

A fictionalized account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, it stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as members of different social classes who fall in love aboard the ship during its ill-fated maiden voyage.

Titanic received widespread critical acclaim and was nominated for fourteen Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director,[4] winning eleven.

The film grossed over $1.84 billion worldwide (making it the second highest-grossing film to date), becoming the highest-grossing film of all time—a title held for seventeen years by Cameron’s previous film Avatar until Star Wars: The Force Awakens surpassed it in 2015—and was the first film to reach the billion-dollar mark.

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Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Avengers: Endgame is finally here, and it marks the end of an era for Marvel Studios.

The culmination of 22 interconnected movies, this movie brings the first three phases of the MCU to a close, and serves as the finale to this iteration of the Avengers. And man, was it worth the wait?

The biggest question going into Avengers: Endgame was whether or not it could live up to its predecessor’s hype. I was one of many fans who loved Infinity War, so I had high hopes for this film when I went into it.

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  • Robert Downey, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo (Actors)
  • Anthony Russo (Director) - Christopher Markus (Writer)
  • French, Spanish, English (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)

Avatar (2009)

Avatar (2009) is a science fiction film directed by James Cameron. The film follows Jake Sully, a paraplegic former Marine, who is transferred to the moon Pandora, where humans are attempting to mine a precious mineral called unobtainium.

When an alien species called the Na’vi oppose the mining operation, Jake finds himself at odds with his former allies.

The film was released in various countries on December 18, 2009 and had its U.S. premiere on December 16, 2009.

The film received critical acclaim from critics and fans alike becoming a worldwide box office success grossing more than $2 billion and became the first movie to gross more than $2 billion making it the highest grossing movie of all time until Cameron’s other movie Avatar (2010) which also grossed more than $2 billion making him only the second director of two movies to do so.

It also became the first movie since Titanic (1997) to be number one at the U.S. box office for three consecutive weekends.

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  • English (Subtitle)
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

Highest-Grossing Films Adjusted For Inflation

We’ve all heard of the biggest movie blockbusters of all time. The films that grossed the most money are a list of all-time greats, like Star Wars and The Dark Knight.

But few people realize that these numbers are adjusted for inflation, so we can’t simply compare them to modern-day films. If we want to know whether Gone With The Wind would have been one of the highest-grossing movies of all time after adjusting for inflation, we can’t just look at its $198 million domestic box office take in 1939.

We have to adjust that number by taking into account how much people earned in 1939 and how many tickets were sold back then (the average ticket price was 25 cents). That’s why Gone With The Wind doesn’t even crack the top 20 when it comes to inflation-adjusted box office revenue.

But what about the year Gone With The Wind came out? What was the highest-grossing film of 1939 that didn’t star Clark Gable or Vivien Leigh?

The answer is Wizard Of Oz, which took in $3.3 million (or $55 million adjusted for inflation.) Adjusted for inflation, here are the top 15 highest-grossing films of all time:

High-Grossing Films By Year

You’ve likely seen some of the biggest blockbusters of all time playing at a movie theater near you. Have you ever wondered which films made the most money, and when they were released?

Truly great movies aren’t just good—they’re also memorable. And as it turns out, some of the highest grossing movies of all time are also among the most memorable.

We’ve put together a list of the top 10 highest-grossing films for each year since 1980. We’ve included some fan favorites like Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings, and we’ve even included some not-so-favorites (anyone remember Waterworld?).

In order to determine the highest grossing films by year, we looked at data from Box Office Mojo. Box Office Mojo is a website that tracks box office figures for movies in theaters, as well as movies that have been released on DVD/Blu-ray and TV sales.

Timeline Of Highest-Grossing Films

A timeline of the highest-grossing films is a list of the most successful films over time. The films on these lists are generally measured by the revenue they have earned at the box office.

All time worldwide gross revenue figures are not adjusted for inflation. When available, the specific dates and other statistics of a film’s release are noted.

The charts are ranked by international theatrical box office performance where possible, excluding income derived from home video, broadcasting rights and merchandise.

Oricon charts are included for animation because they provide separate weekly charts for domestic films, overseas films and anime. (Note that only theatrical box office receipts are used for animated films.) 

If a film released in a certain year had a theatrical run in the previous year, it will be noted as such. Similarly, if a film was released during the last week of December it will be noted as such. 

It is also specifically noted when a film had an extended run over two calendar years or if part of its theatrical run was in one calendar year and part of its run was in another calendar year.

Some films have not been released in some countries due to censorship issues or lack of interest. 

Highest-Grossing Franchises And Film Series

When you’re looking at the best-performing films, it’s easy to get caught up in the hype surrounding the biggest moneymakers and forget that these films are only successful because they’re popular.

What makes them successful and what can you learn from their success?

Looking at the highest-grossing films of all time, there are a few commonalities that stand out:

Blockbusters come in all shapes and sizes. While Hollywood is often criticized for its obsession with action blockbusters, it’s important to note that some of the highest-grossing films of all time include films like Titanic and Avatar.

The lesson here is that while big action blockbusters may be more popular than ever, Hollywood is still willing to invest in other genres, as well.

There’s no substitute for quality. One reason why action blockbusters do so well is because they’re generally better made than other genres. They have to be: The audience is paying a premium for them and expects a premium experience.

Take Titanic, which was nominated for 14 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director; or Avatar, which won three awards for Best Art Direction, Cinematography and Visual Effects. 
 

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