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People who added this item 4745  Average listal rating (3179 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.9 
1. Avatar (2009)
Worldwide Gross: 2,787,965,087 $


Director: James Cameron
Country: &
Release: December 18th 2009
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People who added this item 8525  Average listal rating (5394 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.7 
2. Titanic (1997)
Worldwide Gross: 2,186,772,302 $


Director: James Cameron
Country:
Release: December 19th 1997
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People who added this item 2858  Average listal rating (1840 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 8.2 
3. The Avengers (2012)
Worldwide Gross: 1,518,594,910 $


Director: Joss Whedon
Country:
Release: May 4th 2012

People who added this item 3018  Average listal rating (1789 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 8.1 
4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
Worldwide Gross: 1,341,511,219 $


Director: David Yates
Country: &
Release: July 15th 2011

People who added this item 1112  Average listal rating (744 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.7 
5. Frozen (2013)
Worldwide Gross: 1,274,219,009 $


Director: Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee
Country:
Release: November 22rd 2013
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People who added this item 1472  Average listal rating (847 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 7.3 
6. Iron Man 3 (2013)
Worldwide Gross: 1,215,439,994 $


Director: Shane Black
Country: &
Release: May 3rd 2013

People who added this item 1327  Average listal rating (812 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating 6.3 
7. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
Worldwide Gross: 1,123,794,079 $


Director: Michael Bay
Country:
Release: June 29th 2011

People who added this item 8143  Average listal rating (5195 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.9 
8. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the Kin... (2003)
Worldwide Gross: 1,119,929,521 $


Director: Peter Jackson
Country: &
Release: December 17th 2003
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People who added this item 1577  Average listal rating (1068 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.8 
9. Skyfall (2012)
Worldwide Gross: 1,108,058,404 $


Director: Sam Mendes
Country: &
Release: November 9th 2012
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People who added this item 375  Average listal rating (219 ratings) 5.2  IMDB Rating 5.8 
10. Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)
Worldwide Gross: 1,087,289,076 $


Director: Michael Bay
Country: &
Release: June 27th 2014

People who added this item 2900  Average listal rating (1766 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 8.5 
11. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Worldwide Gross: 1,084,439,099 $


Director: Christopher Nolan
Country: &
Release: July 20th 2012
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People who added this item 7520  Average listal rating (4691 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.3 
12. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
Worldwide Gross: 1,066,179,725 $


Director: Gore Verbinski
Country:
Release: July 7th 2006
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People who added this item 3075  Average listal rating (1954 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.4 
13. Toy Story 3 (2010)
Worldwide Gross: 1,063,171,911 $


Director: Lee Unkrich
Country:
Release: June 18th 2010

People who added this item 2156  Average listal rating (1207 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.7 
14. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
Worldwide Gross: 1,045,713,802 $


Director: Rob Marshall
Country:
Release: May 20th 2011

People who added this item 7245  Average listal rating (4731 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating
15. Jurassic Park (1993)
Worldwide Gross: 1,029,153,882 $


Director: Steven Spielberg
Country:
Release: June 11th 1993
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People who added this item 5186  Average listal rating (3470 ratings) 6.1  IMDB Rating 6.6 
16. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
Worldwide Gross: 1,027,044,677 $


Director: George Lucas
Country:
Release: May 19th 1999
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People who added this item 4155  Average listal rating (2579 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.5 
17. Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Worldwide Gross: 1,025,467,110 $


Director: Tim Burton
Country:
Release: March 5th 2010
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People who added this item 2362  Average listal rating (1374 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating
18. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
Worldwide Gross: 1,017,003,568 $


Director: Peter Jackson
Country: &
Release: December 14th 2012
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People who added this item 6750  Average listal rating (4490 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating
19. The Dark Knight (2008)
Worldwide Gross: 1,004,558,444 $


Director: Christopher Nolan
Country: &
Release: July 18th 2008
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People who added this item 6669  Average listal rating (4392 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 8.5 
20. The Lion King (1994)
Worldwide Gross: 987,483,777 $


Director: Rob Minkoff & Roger Allers
Country:
Release: June 15th 1994
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People who added this item 6141  Average listal rating (4015 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.5 
21. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
Worldwide Gross: 974,755,371 $


Director: Chris Columbus
Country: &
Release: November 16th 2001
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People who added this item 814  Average listal rating (476 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating
22. Despicable Me 2
Worldwide Gross: 970,761,885 $


Director: Chris Renaud & Pierre Coffin
Country:
Release: July 3rd 2013

People who added this item 5409  Average listal rating (3407 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 7.1 
23. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)
Worldwide Gross: 963,420,425 $


Director: Gore Verbinski
Country:
Release: May 25th 2007
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People who added this item 3069  Average listal rating (1878 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.7 
24. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
Worldwide Gross: 960,283,305 $


Director: David Yates
Country: &
Release: November 19th 2010

People who added this item 1533  Average listal rating (832 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating
25. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
Worldwide Gross: 953,066,855 $


Director: Peter Jackson
Country: &
Release: December 13th 2013

People who added this item 4957  Average listal rating (3099 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.4 
26. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
Worldwide Gross: 939,885,929 $


Director: David Yates
Country: &
Release: July 11th 2007

People who added this item 7466  Average listal rating (4829 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 8.2 
27. Finding Nemo (2003)
Worldwide Gross: 936,743,261 $


Director: Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich
Country: &
Release: May 30th 2003
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People who added this item 3728  Average listal rating (2230 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.5 
28. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
Worldwide Gross: 934,416,487 $


Director: David Yates
Country: &
Release: July 15th 2009

People who added this item 8294  Average listal rating (5240 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 8.8 
29. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
Worldwide Gross: 926,047,111 $


Director: Peter Jackson
Country: &
Release: December 18th 2002
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People who added this item 5966  Average listal rating (3890 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 7.2 
30. Shrek 2 (2004)
Worldwide Gross: 919,838,758 $


Director: Andrew Adamson
Country:
Release: May 19th 2004

People who added this item 6010  Average listal rating (3901 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.6 
31. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
Worldwide Gross: 896,911,078 $


Director: Mike Newell
Country: &
Release: November 18th 2005

People who added this item 4761  Average listal rating (2953 ratings) 5.9  IMDB Rating 6.2 
32. Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Worldwide Gross: 890,871,626 $


Director: Sam Raimi
Country:
Release: May 4th 2007

People who added this item 1659  Average listal rating (988 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating
33. Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs (2009)
Worldwide Gross: 886,686,817 $


Director: Carlos Saldanha & Mike Thurmeier
Country:
Release: July 1st 2009
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People who added this item 5825  Average listal rating (3817 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 7.3 
34. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Worldwide Gross: 878,979,634 $


Director: Chris Columbus
Country: , &
Release: November 15th 2002
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People who added this item 688  Average listal rating (375 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.7 
35. Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)
Worldwide Gross: 877,244,782 $


Director: Mike Thurmeier & Steve Martino
Country:
Release: July 13th 2012

People who added this item 9021  Average listal rating (5592 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.8 
36. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the... (2001)
Worldwide Gross: 871,530,324 $


Director: Peter Jackson
Country: &
Release: December 19th 2001
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People who added this item 1297  Average listal rating (789 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.7 
37. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
Worldwide Gross: 864,565,663 $


Director: Francis Lawrence
Country:
Release: November 22nd 2013

People who added this item 4772  Average listal rating (3169 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 7.7 
38. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
Worldwide Gross: 848,754,768 $


Director: George Lucas
Country:
Release: May 19th 2005
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People who added this item 2206  Average listal rating (1408 ratings) 5.8  IMDB Rating
39. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
Worldwide Gross: 836,303,693 $


Director: Michael Bay
Country:
Release: June 24th 2009

People who added this item 878  Average listal rating (492 ratings) 5.7  IMDB Rating 5.6 
40. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2 (2012)
Worldwide Gross: 829,685,377 $


Director: Bill Condon
Country:
Release: November 16th 2012

People who added this item 5287  Average listal rating (3488 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.8 
41. Inception (2010)
Worldwide Gross: 825,532,764 $


Director: Christopher Nolan
Country:
Release: July 16th 2010
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People who added this item 7708  Average listal rating (4916 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 7.3 
42. Spider-Man (2002)
Worldwide Gross: 821,708,551 $

Director: Sam Raimi
Country:
Release: May 3rd 2002
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People who added this item 4715  Average listal rating (3278 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.9 
43. Independence Day (1996)
Worldwide Gross: 817,400,891 $

Director: Roland Emmerich
Country:
Release: July 3rd 1996
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People who added this item 3183  Average listal rating (1886 ratings) 5.9  IMDB Rating
44. Shrek the Third (2007)
Worldwide Gross: 798,958,162 $

Director: Raman Hui & Chris Miller
Country:
Release: May 18th 2007

People who added this item 5946  Average listal rating (3933 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.8 
45. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
Worldwide Gross: 796,688,549 $

Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Country: &
Release: June 4th 2004

People who added this item 5892  Average listal rating (3879 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.9 
46. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Worldwide Gross: 792,910,554 $

Director: Steven Spielberg
Country:
Release: June 11th 1982
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People who added this item 648  Average listal rating (387 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.2 
47. Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
Worldwide Gross: 788,679,850 $

Director: Justin Lin
Country:
Release: May 24th 2013

People who added this item 3019  Average listal rating (1887 ratings) 5.9  IMDB Rating 6.2 
48. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal... (2008)
Worldwide Gross: 786,636,033 $

Director: Steven Spielberg
Country:
Release: May 22nd 2008

People who added this item 6344  Average listal rating (4163 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 7.3 
49. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Worldwide Gross: 783,766,341 $

Director: Sam Raimi
Country:
Release: July 30th 2004

People who added this item 5426  Average listal rating (3635 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 8.7 
50. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
Worldwide Gross: 775,398,007 $

Director: George Lucas
Country:
Release: May 25th 1977
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Comments

Posted: 7 years ago at Mar 24 13:02
what criteria is this? your own personal most successful? from a list? from top box office sales?
Posted: 6 years, 11 months ago at Apr 17 18:52
It's the box office sales worldwide. my source is www.boxofficemojo.com - look there to see the full (and up-to-date) list! :-)
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at Oct 4 18:55
You should convert the dollars to the same standard. 1$ back in the 70's was worth a lot more than 1$ now. Convert the revenue into 2009 dollars.
That's why gone with the wind is always at the top of those lists. :D
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at Oct 6 11:33
Hello Steerpike,
I agree that with some points - This list doesn't say anything about how many people watched the movies in cinema or how much the revenue of the movies was worth at the time.

But on the other hand - how can I convert the gross? I need the mean ticket prices for each year. Then I need to calculate the gross for every single movie. The question is: is it worth it? It is a lot of work.

And what about the movies that are not on this list? There are a lot of movies that would be in this list if I would convert the grosses. For example Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). Its converted gross would be 782,620,000 $, but it is not in this list because its "real" gross was only 184,925,486 $. And there are many others like this. So I would not be able to create a complete list.

I hope you can understand my problems...
Posted: 5 years, 3 months ago at Dec 26 18:26
Wow. It wasn't until #49 until the list hit a movie that I would watch again and until #74 that the list hit a movie I'd call "really good". Me and popularity don't seem to mix.

It's interesting to have the list for reference.
Posted: 4 years, 12 months ago at Apr 3 20:36
amazing.
Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago at Feb 11 19:42
i hate most of them xD
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Jun 25 20:08
No Canada..lol :P
Posted: 3 years, 6 months ago at Sep 14 20:54
i didn't like avatar
Posted: 3 years, 4 months ago at Nov 16 16:43
lord of the rings all the way!
Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at May 20 22:47
Update it
Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Jun 8 1:18
Now Avengers is in third place
Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Jun 30 21:02
Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Jul 1 16:23
I'm kind of busy right now. I added avengers and will update the whole list in a month or so... Please be patient.
Posted: 1 year, 12 months ago at Apr 1 1:13
that can't be true. Just because they earned a lot of money, doesn't mean they will be remembered for ever. here in austria nobody was impressed about skyfall and the hobbit
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago at Jun 7 10:52
awesome
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago at Jun 27 4:34
great list!!!
Posted: 1 year, 1 month ago at Feb 18 22:44
Transformer : The Dark Of The Moon is one of the most forgettable movie on this list and that means a bunch of honest worker have been robbed again by Micheal Bay and his gang. great work : )
Posted: 9 months, 2 weeks ago at Jun 17 13:43
Great list!
Posted: 4 months ago at Nov 27 17:45
Interesting list, but I have to agree with some of the remarks that were made in other comments. First off, "highest grossing" doesn't always translate to "most successful". There is more to "success" than a brilliant box office. Secondly, the list mostly includes new movies, because ticket prices go up! But a dollar now is not the same as a dollar in the Thirties. So, your list leaves out many very successful, high-grossing films that were made in the past. I'd like better a list adjusted for inflation, like Prelude did in his own http://www.listal.com/list/top-box-office-hits

Here you go: http://www.boxofficemojo.com/alltime/adjusted.htm the REAL all-time box office with both Adjusted Gross and Unadjusted Gross:

1 Gone with the Wind MGM $1,640,602,400 $198,676,459 1939^

2 Star Wars Fox $1,446,331,100 $460,998,007 1977^

3 The Sound of Music Fox $1,156,412,900 $158,671,368 1965

4 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial Uni. $1,151,857,200 $435,110,554 1982^

5 Titanic Par. $1,100,052,700 $658,672,302 1997^

6 The Ten Commandments Par. $1,063,720,000 $65,500,000 1956

7 Jaws Uni. $1,040,000,000 $260,000,000 1975

8 Doctor Zhivago MGM $1,007,979,900 $111,721,910 1965

9 The Exorcist WB $898,065,200 $232,906,145 1973^

10 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Dis. $885,080,000 $184,925,486 1937^

11 101 Dalmatians Dis. $811,328,100 $144,880,014 1961^

12 The Empire Strikes Back Fox $797,226,800 $290,475,067 1980^

13 Ben-Hur MGM $795,760,000 $74,000,000 1959

14 Avatar Fox $789,712,800 $760,507,625 2009^

15 Return of the Jedi Fox $763,762,400 $309,306,177 1983^

16 Jurassic Park Uni. $746,406,300 $402,453,882 1993^

17 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Fox $733,334,000 $474,544,677 1999^

18 The Lion King BV $723,868,900 $422,783,777 1994^

19 The Sting Uni. $723,840,000 $156,000,000 1973

20 Raiders of the Lost Ark Par. $718,837,500 $248,159,971 1981^

21 The Graduate AVCO $694,883,200 $104,945,305 1967^

22 Fantasia Dis. $674,313,000 $76,408,097 1941^

23 The Godfather Par. $640,851,200 $134,966,411 1972^

24 Forrest Gump Par. $638,334,000 $330,252,182 1994^

25 Mary Poppins Dis. $634,836,400 $102,272,727 1964^

26 Grease Par. $624,989,900 $188,755,690 1978^

27 Marvel's The Avengers BV $623,357,900 $623,357,910 2012

28 Thunderball UA $607,376,000 $63,595,658 1965

29 The Dark Knight WB $604,577,500 $534,858,444 2008^

30 The Jungle Book Dis. $598,280,900 $141,843,612 1967^

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