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People who added this item 4619  Average listal rating (3147 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 8389  Average listal rating (5357 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 2732  Average listal rating (1794 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 2906  Average listal rating (1758 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 947  Average listal rating (680 ratings) 7.4  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 1382  Average listal rating (819 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 1270  Average listal rating (798 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 8020  Average listal rating (5160 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 1505  Average listal rating (1050 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 267  Average listal rating (189 ratings) 5.2  IMDB Rating 5.9 
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 2786  Average listal rating (1722 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 8.6 
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 7423  Average listal rating (4672 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 2976  Average listal rating (1918 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 2090  Average listal rating (1195 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 7134  Average listal rating (4699 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 5117  Average listal rating (3454 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 4060  Average listal rating (2559 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 2248  Average listal rating (1330 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 6611  Average listal rating (4448 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 6557  Average listal rating (4374 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 6033  Average listal rating (3988 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 761  Average listal rating (452 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.5 
22. Despicable Me 2 (2013)
Worldwide Gross: 970,761,885 $


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

People who added this item 5321  Average listal rating (3395 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 2972  Average listal rating (1851 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 1381  Average listal rating (767 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 4850  Average listal rating (3075 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 7373  Average listal rating (4808 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 3632  Average listal rating (2201 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 8164  Average listal rating (5203 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 5887  Average listal rating (3875 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 7.3 
30. Shrek 2 (2004)
Worldwide Gross: 919,838,758 $


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

People who added this item 5903  Average listal rating (3882 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 4674  Average listal rating (2933 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 1619  Average listal rating (980 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 7.1 
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 5727  Average listal rating (3795 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 662  Average listal rating (367 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 8895  Average listal rating (5556 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 1138  Average listal rating (744 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 4711  Average listal rating (3155 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 2152  Average listal rating (1399 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 824  Average listal rating (476 ratings) 5.8  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 5144  Average listal rating (3435 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 7594  Average listal rating (4889 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 4649  Average listal rating (3261 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 3129  Average listal rating (1875 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 5846  Average listal rating (3913 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 5793  Average listal rating (3851 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 609  Average listal rating (375 ratings) 7  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 2964  Average listal rating (1879 ratings) 5.9  IMDB Rating 6.3 
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 6250  Average listal rating (4138 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 7.4 
49. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Worldwide Gross: 783,766,341 $

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

People who added this item 5339  Average listal rating (3611 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: 6 years, 9 months 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, 8 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, 2 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, 2 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: 4 years, 12 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, 8 months ago at Apr 3 20:36
amazing.
Posted: 3 years, 10 months ago at Feb 11 19:42
i hate most of them xD
Posted: 3 years, 6 months ago at Jun 25 20:08
No Canada..lol :P
Posted: 3 years, 3 months ago at Sep 14 20:54
i didn't like avatar
Posted: 3 years, 1 month ago at Nov 16 16:43
lord of the rings all the way!
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at May 20 22:47
Update it
Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at Jun 8 1:18
Now Avengers is in third place
Posted: 2 years, 5 months ago at Jun 30 21:02
Posted: 2 years, 5 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, 8 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, 6 months ago at Jun 7 10:52
awesome
Posted: 1 year, 5 months ago at Jun 27 4:34
great list!!!
Posted: 10 months 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: 6 months, 1 week ago at Jun 17 13:43
Great list!
Posted: 3 weeks, 3 days 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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