Top 10 Highest Grossing Movies of All Time (Inflation-adjusted)

The value of money is not static, but changes with time based on the inflation rate. This of course also impacts the amount of money a movie makes at the box office. While all the top movies these days easily make billions of US dollars in profit, generating that kind of sum in profits was unthinkable half a century ago. Yet if you adjust for inflation rates, then you’ll find that many old movies were actually as financially successful as their modern counterparts.

The following Top 10 Ranking therefore ranks the highest grossing movies of all time, adjusted for inflation. You can treat this ranking as a perhaps more correct Top 10 Ranking of the 10 all-time highest grossing movies in total. Old movies are at an obvious disadvantage in this ranking since even though just as financially successful at the box office, they just weren’t able to produce profits in the billions like it is normal today. Unlike in the normal ranking, expect to see some all-time classics i this inflation-adjusted ranking.

Note: This ranking ranks the 10 highest-grossing movies of all time based on inflation-adjusted worldwide financial success. You can find the Top 10 All-Time Best Movies ranking, based on critics ratings, right here.

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The 10 Highest-Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)

(as of April 2020)

1. GONE WITH THE WIND
Inflation-adjusted worldwide gross: ~ $3.71 billion
2. AVATAR
Inflation-adjusted worldwide gross: ~ $3.26 billion
3. TITANIC
Inflation-adjusted worldwide gross: ~ $3.09 billion
4. STAR WARS
Inflation-adjusted worldwide gross: ~ $3.05 billion
5. AVENGERS: ENDGAME
Inflation-adjusted worldwide gross: ~ $2.80 billion
6. THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Inflation-adjusted worldwide gross: ~ $2.55 billion
7. E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL
Inflation-adjusted worldwide gross: ~ $2.49 billion
8. THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
Inflation-adjusted worldwide gross: ~ $2.36 billion
9. DOCTOR ZHIVAGO
Inflation-adjusted worldwide gross: ~ $2.24 billion
10. STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
Inflation-adjusted worldwide gross: ~ $2.07 billion

Top 10 Highest-Grossing Movies in History, adjusted for inflation. Current and historic inflation rates based on World Bank & IMF data.

1. Gone With The Wind

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Release year: 1939
Production studios: Selznick International Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Director: Victor Fleming
Starring: Clark Gable, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland, Vivien Leigh

2. Avatar

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Release year: 2009
Production studio: Lightstorm Entertainment
Director: James Cameron
Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang

3. Titanic

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Release year: 1997
Production studios: Lightstorm Entertainment, 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures
Director: James Cameron
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, William Zane

4. Star Wars

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Release year: 1977
Production studio: Lucasfilm
Director: George Lucas
Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

5. Avengers: Endgame

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Release year: 2019
Production studio: Marvel Studios
Directors: Anthony Russo & Joe Russo
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo

6. The Sound of Music

Release year: 1965
Production studio: Argyle Enterprises
Director: Robert Wise
Starring: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker

7. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

Release year: 1982
Production studio: Universal Studios, Amblin Entertainment
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Dee Wallace, Peter Coyote, Henry Thomas

8. The Ten Commandments

Release year: 1956
Production studio: Cecil B DeMille Production
Director: Cecil DeMille
Starring: Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter

9. Doctor Zhivago

Release year: 1965
Production studios: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Carlo Ponti Production, Sostar
Director: David Lean
Starring: Geraldine Chaplin, Julie Christie, Tom Courtenay

10. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Release year: 2015
Production studios: Lucasfilm, Bad Robot Productions
Director: Jeffrey-Jacob Abrams
Starring: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher

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