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AMC Movie List

Top 100 Blockbusters

Below are the biggest blockbusters ever with ticket sales adjusted for inflation. Which movies are your favorites? (To see this box office list ranked in terms of highest grossing, go to
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1 Forrest Gump
Gump appeals to heart and head thanks to technology that inserts Tom Hanks’ simple character into great historic moments. ($617 million).
5373 13407
2 Toy Story 3
Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the toys must face the fact children grow up and put away childish things: Adults weep. ($410 million).
2947 12593
3 Jaws
Spielberg defines summer blockbuster with a shark flick featuring one of the most memorable theme songs in movie history. ($1 billion).
580 15130
4 Toy Story 2
The second animated installment detailing the secret lives of toys, like Mr. Potato Head, Slinky Dog, Buzz Lightyear, etc. ($376 million).
452 17684
5 Star Wars
George Lucas’ space western with aliens, revolutionaries and high-tech effects spawned sci-fi’s biggest franchise of six films. ($1.4 billion).
434 7416
6 Titanic
Romance, life-or-death stakes and spectacular effects make household names of director James Cameron and star Leonardo DiCaprio. ($1 billion).
365 5141
7 Return of the Jedi
Jabba the Hutt, Carrie Fisher in a bikini and Luke’s showdown with Darth Vader wraps the first Star Wars trilogy. ($739 million).
357 8657
8 Jurassic Park
Everyone loves Spielberg’s stars, not Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum, but those awesome CGI dinosaurs. ($678 million).
348 5544
9 The Empire Strikes Back
A suave Billy Dee Williams gets added to the canny Star Wars recipe of old-school drama and gee-whiz sci-fi trappings. ($772 million).
306 6528
10 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
In the first of the series, world-class actors Ian McKellen, Hugo Weaving, and Viggo Mortensen play wizards, elves and warriors. ($430 million).
226 7092
11 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
The last of three Star Wars prequels, Revenge of the Sith benefits from being the final link between old and new. ($466 million).
200 3970
12 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The first Rings sequel turns the Tolkien hit about Frodo the Hobbit into a cultural phenomenon. ($453 million).
158 5124
13 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Building on the success of the first two installments, the last Lord of the Rings movie tops the awards and box office. ($484 million).
141 6475
14 Superman: The Movie
Pitched between camp and cute, this fantasy put an old-fashioned hero (Christopher Reeve) in a brave new world. ($451 million).
133 3519
15 Blazing Saddles
The tiny western town of Rock Ridge gets a black sheriff (Cleavon Little) in Mel Brooks’ rudely hilarious spoof. ($497 million).
106 3054
16 The Dark Knight
Christian Bale’s brooding Batman and Heath Ledger’s scary Joker gave this comic-book movie reboot real emotional depth. ($584 million).
81 4427
17 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Cool archaeologist Jones (Harrison Ford) and his even cooler dad (Sean Connery) go after the Holy Grail. ($388 million).
81 3753
18 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Johnny Depp’s show-stealing Captain Sparrow made it a hit and spawned a few sequels. ($398 million).
77 4445
19 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace
Fans rush back to the future, giving Liam Neeson and Natalie Portman a thumbs up and Jar Jar Binks a big thumbs down. ($667 million).
77 3401
20 Raiders of the Lost Ark
Spielberg’s vintage adventure tale turns the dashing archaeologist Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) into a modern-day hero. ($693 million).
64 4644
21 Rocky
Struggling actor Sylvester Stallone writes himself a good part which leads to the biggest boxing movie franchise in history. ($433 million).
44 3348
22 Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones
Introducing the new Luke Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) plus an opportunity to find out who the clones are. ($420 million).
42 3494
23 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Richard Harris, Maggie Smith and Alan Rickman made the first Harry Potter adaptation downright respectable. ($439 million).
41 3473
24 The Bridge on the River Kwai
During WWII, British prisoners are put to the test when ordered to build a strategically useful bridge for their captors. ($428 million).
40 4438
25 Independence Day
The ultimate war movie for nervous times proves that no one cares when bug-eyed monsters get their alien butts kicked. ($544 million).
35 4601
26 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Alongside Gremlins, this boundary-pushing prequel prompted the MPAA to create its first new rating in 12 years: PG-13. ($421 million).
30 2858
27 Ghostbusters
A profitable combination of goofy ghosts and snarky ghost chasers Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. ($556 million).
27 4867
28 Goldfinger
With Sean Connery oozing charm, a golden girl and Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore, the third Bond movie is the charm. ($521 million).
17 3801
29 Home Alone
Precocious Macaulay Culkin foils buffoonish burglars after his parents accidentally abandon him during Christmas vacation. ($532 million).
15 4245
30 Thunderball
Sean Connery’s fourth Bond movie gave fans more gadgets, more sharks and more very sexy girls. ($588 million).
13 2951
31 National Lampoon’s Animal House
Comedian John Belushi stole this raucous celebration of rude fraternity hijinks in the early ‘60s. ($471 million).
7 3629
32 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
This sequel adds a monster, a ghost ship and the tentacle-bearded Davy Jones to Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow. ($508 million).
4 3268
33 Smokey and the Bandit
On initial release, only Star Wars out-grossed Burt Reynolds’ southern-fried action comedy, fueled by the CB radio fad. ($447 million).
-1 3219
34 Spider-Man 2
This sequel which adds Doc Oc (Alfred Molina) to Spidey’s problems more than holds its own. ($473 million).
-8 3288
35 The Poseidon Adventure
A cavalcade of stars -- Shelley Winters, Gene Hackman and Leslie Nielsen -- seeks to escape an upended cruise ship. ($431 million).
-16 2808
36 Spider-Man
Tobey Maguire convinces us that high-school nerd Peter Parker could become a superhero when bit by a spider. ($546 million).
-20 3786
37 The Sting
A clever caper with Paul Newman and Robert Redford in their prime making this Depression-era comedy a hit. ($701 million).
-20 2692
38 Terminator 2: Judgment Day
The big-budget sci-fi sequel pits Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800 robot against a T-1000 liquid-metal assassin. ($382 million).
-27 3547
39 American Graffiti
Before George Lucas conquered the universe, he reworked his past in a coming-of-age story set in early ‘60s California. ($517 million).
-34 3244
40 Back to the Future
Eighties teen heartthrob Michael J. Fox meets his parents when they were teens themselves in this time travel comedy. ($464 million).
-36 3902
41 Beverly Hills Cop
A good cop thriller that showcases the young Eddie Murphy’s signature mix of sweetness and street smarts. ($528 million).
-36 3664
42 The Godfather
Marlon Brando and Al Pacino help Francis Ford Coppola turn a Mario Puzo’s novel into the ultimate gangster pic. ($620 million).
-39 5005
43 The Exorcist
A pop-cultural touchstone: Cursed set, pea soup puke, and young Linda Blair making heads turn -- including her own. ($869 million).
-44 7966
44 The Lion King
Disney reclaims its reputation for first-rate animated features with this coming of age story and its Elton John score. ($607 million).
-47 3705
45 Mrs. Doubtfire
Wacky hijinks ensue when divorced dad Robin Williams masquerades as a frumpy housekeeper to be near his kids. ($414 million).
-48 5578
46 Ghost
Romantics swoon over this fantasy about a murdered man (Patrick Swayze) who defies death to become visible to his girlfriend (Demi Moore). ($405 million).
-67 3813
47 The Graduate
Fresh out of college, a young Dustin Hoffman tries to decide what to do when not distracted by the cougar Mrs. Robinson. ($673 million).
-90 2864
48 Grease
1950s nostalgia transforms this high-school musical, showcasing Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, into a sweet treat. ($605 million).
-94 2494
49 The Ten Commandments
Sex, violence, religion and Charlton Heston as Moses fuel a Biblical epic that’s become an Easter tradition on TV. ($1.13 billion).
-97 2905
50 The Jungle Book
This animated flick about a feral child and his animal friends is voiced by George Sanders and Louis Prima among others. ($579 million).
-109 2063
51 Ben-Hur
A little history, a dash of religion, a thrilling chariot race, and Charlton Heston ripped and ready for redemption. ($770 million).
-135 3695
52 Batman
Thanks in part to Jack Nicholson’s Joker, the Michael Keaton reboot of the superhero legitimizes comic-book movies. ($495 million).
-135 2713
53 Aladdin
Allegations of cultural insensitivity didn’t stop this Arabian Nights-inspired Disney feature from enchanting American kids. ($412 million).
-145 2393
54 Lawrence of Arabia
This stunning, psychologically rich bio of T.E. Lawrence (Peter O’Toole) inspired Steven Spielberg to make movies. ($435 million).
-150 2490
55 Finding Nemo
A sad clownfish stops at nothing to find his missing son in this animated feature (also one of the bestselling DVDs ever). ($443 million).
-151 2983
56 101 Dalmatians
A fashionista wants a spotted coat made of puppy hides. Sounds creepy but this animated pic is actually fun. ($785 million).
-164 1994
57 The Sixth Sense
How many didn't guess the twist ending of this thriller about troubled shrink Bruce Willis and a child (Haley Joel Osment) who sees ghosts? ($453 million).
-167 3197
58 Avatar
3-D visuals make James Cameron’s sci-fi spin on “cold civilization vs. nature-loving natives” fresh again. ($764 million).
-170 3112
59 Pinocchio
Funny, action-packed and a little scary, this animated feature targets kids between Dumbo and The Lion King age. ($530 million).
-170 1944
60 Lady and the Tramp
A pampered cocker spaniel and a mangy mutt find love in Disney’s first CinemaScope animated feature. ($438 million).
-182 2170
61 M*A*S*H
Donald Sutherland and Elliott Gould helm Robert Altman’s dark comedy about Korean-War medics. ($422 million).
-193 2183
62 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
The anarchic spirit of ‘60s idealism is crushed by the establishment in this bitterly funny dramedy with Jack Nicholson. ($422 million).
-202 3150
63 It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
Nearly every star in Hollywood had a cameo in this comedy about a race to recover a fortune in California’s Santa Rosita State Park. ($423 million).
-208 1800
64 The Swiss Family Robinson
A shipwrecked family pulls together to survive natural hardships and vicious pirates in this live-action Disney hit. ($423 million).
-213 1603
65 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
One part Western, two parts star power (Paul Newman and Robert Redford), one part “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head.” ($555 million).
-215 2711
66 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Arguably Walt Disney’s best, this animated feature combines sentiment and timeless storytelling seamlessly. ($857 million).
-222 2304
67 The Towering Inferno
Following Airport’s lead, this disaster movie trots out big names like Paul Newman, Fred Astaire, and Steve McQueen. ($482 million).
-222 1608
68 E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Spielberg enchants audiences by showing how suburban kids could help a magical, little alien get back home. ($1.11 billion).
-225 3817
69 My Fair Lady
Audiences thrill to Audrey Hepburn’s transformation from guttersnipe to elegant lady in the ultimate makeover movie. ($472 million).
-232 1746
70 The Sound of Music
Julie Andrews headlines the von Trapp family saga that celebrates the triumph of good over Nazism. ($1.12 billion).
-235 2523
71 Sleeping Beauty
Almost ten years in the making, Disney’s third princess movie remains a favorite of 12-year-old girls of all ages. ($571 million).
-235 1865
72 Bambi
From the hand-drawn images to its unsentimental story of a fawn’s journey to adulthood, a Disney watermark. ($501 million).
-237 2185
73 Close Encounters of the Third Kind
New Ageism meets UFOlogy when regular guy Richard Dreyfuss’ life is turned upside down by extraterrestrials. ($437 million).
-242 2544
74 Sergeant York
This fact-based movie profiles a backwoods farmer who became the most decorated American soldier of WWI. ($378 million).
-246 1756
75 Mary Poppins
What kid doesn’t want a sly Julie Andrews for a nanny after seeing Disney’s musical ode to non-traditional families? ($615 million).
-247 2257
76 Men in Black
Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones look like boring bureaucrats but are actually top secret agents monitoring aliens in this ultra-snarky comedy. ($429 million).
-251 2933
77 The Passion of The Christ
While traditional religious movies glorify transcendence, Mel Gibson’s Aramaic-language drama zeroes in on Jesus’ pain and agony. ($469 million).
-261 2197
78 Gone With the Wind
This Civil War-era love story with Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh has seduced generations of moviegoers. ($1.59 billion)
-264 4176
79 Rear Window
The only Hitchcock film in the top 100 is about laid-up photographer (James Stewart) who suspects his neighbor is a wife-killer. ($396 million).
-275 3039
80 Around the World in 80 Days
A little Jules Verne adventure, a lot of globe-trotting locations and an avalanche of movie-star cameos. ($508 million).
-280 1558
81 Shrek 2
Kids love the rude, stinky-but-goodhearted green troll (voiced by Mike Myers); adults identify with his nemesis in-laws. ($558 million).
-297 2009
82 Cleopatra
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton front a cast of thousands and lavish sets for this big screen epic. ($528 million).
-301 1601
83 Fantasia
After 30 years, this union of Mickey Mouse, dancing hippos and classical music turns a profit and then some. ($653 million).
-308 1974
84 West Side Story
This Romeo and Juliet musical on Manhattan’s mean streets somehow made dancing gang members dangerously cool. ($440 million).
-322 2018
85 Twister
Professional storm chasers (Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton) with complicated personal lives track extreme weather outbreaks. ($430 million).
-329 2107
86 Doctor Zhivago
Julie Christie and Omar Sharif make love as Russia explodes into war in this epic romance. ($976 million).
-338 1828
87 Airport
The template for modern disaster movies has an all-star cast: Burt Lancaster, Jacqueline Bisset, Dean Martin, etc. ($520 million).
-384 1574
88 Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Jim Carrey is Dr. Seuss’ holiday-hating Grinch in this live-action comedy -- one of the highest grossing Christmas movies ever. ($378 million).
-396 1930
89 The Best Years of Our Lives
Post-WWII sentiment gave this drama about veterans adjusting to civilian life a timely relevance. ($432 million).
-404 1498
90 Tootsie
“I was a better man… as a woman... than I ever was with a woman, as a man,” says a cross-dressing Dustin Hoffman. ($447 million).
-406 1694
91 The Lost World: Jurassic Park
“Taking dinosaurs off this island is the worst idea in the long, sad history of bad ideas,” says pessimistic scientist Jeff Goldblum. He’s right. ($392 million).
-424 4690
92 The Bells of St. Mary’s
An easy-going priest (Bing Crosby) and a feisty nun (Ingrid Bergman) save a faltering Catholic school. ($493 million).
-455 1479
93 The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Perverse alien Dr. Frank-n-furter (Tim Curry) corrupts innocent sweethearts Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick in a glam sci-fi musical. ($433 million).
-482 1864
94 House of Wax
3D gave this Vincent Price remake of the classic horror flick Mystery of the Wax Museum extra audience appeal. ($397 million).
-518 1742
95 The Greatest Show on Earth
C.B. De Mille’s Oscar-winning circus spectacular stars Charlton Heston, Betty Hutton and James Stewart as a sad clown. ($472 million).
-531 1479
96 Duel in the Sun
The Western romance, a.k.a. “Lust in the Dust” takes place between a half-breed girl (Jennifer Jones) and an anglo cowboy (Gregory Peck). ($401 million).
-594 1464
97 The Robe
Pomp, piety, and pop psych (and CinemaScope) lure moviegoers to an epic about a Roman (Richard Burton) who won Christ’s robe. ($514 million).
-628 1508
98 Love Story
Everybody cries at this tale of doomed young lovers (Ali McGraw and Ryan O’Neal). The “disease movie” of the ‘70s. ($550 million).
-682 1670
99 Spider-Man 3
Spider-Man fans turned out for this sequel that was star Tobey Maguire’s swan song in the franchise. ($384 million).
-694 2092
100 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
The robots that turn into cars and guns return in a sequel that outperforms the original. ($424 million).
-715 2463