Top Movies ~ 1920 - 2010



 

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TOP TEN FILMS
OF THE 1920s

(estimated)
The Big Parade ( 1925 ) The Singing Fool ( 1928 )

The Four Horse men of the Apocalypse ( 1921 )

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ ( 1925 )

Way Down East ( 1920 ) The Gold Rush ( 1925 )

The Ten Commandments ( 1923 )

The Covered Wagon ( 1923 )

Wings ( 1927 ) (unknown gross)

Over the Hill to the Poorhouse ( 1920 ) ( tie )

Aloma of the South Seas ( 1926 ) ( tie )

The Jazz Singer ( 1927 ) ( Tie ) 

The Broadway Melody ( 1929 )

The Kid ( 1921 )
 

Also in the Pre-Sound Era:

The Birth of a Nation ( 1915 )

 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ( 1916 )

TOP FILMS BY YEAR IN THE 1920s
(unadjusted domestic gross totals)

1920: Way Down East ( 1920 )
1921: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (  1921 )
1922: N/A
1923:The Ten Commandments ( 1923 )
1924: N/A

1925:The Big Parade ( 1925 )
1926: Aloma of the South Seas ( 1926 )
1927: The Jazz Singer ( 1927 )
1928: The Singing Fool ( 1928 )
1929: The Broadway Melody ( 1929 )


 

TOP TEN FILMS
OF THE 1930s

(unadjusted domestic gross totals) Gone With the Wind(1939)

Snow White and the Seven dwarfs ( 1937 )

The Wizard of Oz ( 1939 )

Frankenstein ( 1931 )

Tom Sawyer ( 1930 )

King Kong ( 1933

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington ( 1939 )Hell's Angels ( 1930 )  

How to Be a Detective ( 1936 )

Ingagi ( 1930 )

San Francisco ( 1936 )

Maytime ( 1937 )

TOP FILMS BY YEAR
IN THE 1930s
(unadjusted domestic gross totals)

1930: Tom Sawyer (1930) or Hell's Angels ( 1930 )  
1931: Frankenstein ( 1931 )
1932: N/A
1933: King Kong ( 1933 )
1934: It Happened One Night ( 1934 )
1935: Top Hat ( 1935 )
1936: How to Be a Detective ( 1936 )
1937: Snow White and the Seven dwarfs ( 1937 )
1938: The Dawn Patrol ( 1938 ), You Can't Take It With You ( 1938 ), or Alexander's Ragtime Band ( 1938 )
1939: Gone With The Wind ( 1939 )


TOP TEN FILMS
OF THE 1940s
(unadjusted domestic gross totals)

Bambi ( 1942 )

Pinocchio ( 1940 )

Song of the South( 1946 )

Samson and Delilah ( 1949 )

Fantasia ( 1940 ) The Best Years of Our Lives ( 1946 )  The Bells of St. Mary's ( 1945 )
Duel in the Sun ( 1946 )  

This Is the Army ( 1943 )

The Jolson Story ( 1946 )

For Whom the Bell Tolls ( 1943 )

Sargeant York( 1941 )

Going My Way ( 1944 )

Mom and Dad ( 1945 ) (tie)

Forever Amber ( 1947 ) (tie)

TOP FILMS BY YEAR
IN THE 1940s
(unadjusted domestic gross totals)

1940: Pinocchio ( 1940 )
1941: Sergeant York ( 1941 )
1942: Bambi ( 1942 )
1943: This Is the Army ( 1943 )
1944:
Going My Way ( 1944 )
1945: The Bells of St. Mary's ( 1945 )
1946 Song of the South ( 1946 ) 1947: Forever Amber ( 1947 )
1948: The Snake Pit ( 1948 )
1949: Samson and Dalilah ( 1949 )


TOP TEN FILMS
OF THE 1950s

(unadjusted domestic gross totals)

Lady and the Tramp ( 1955 )

Peter Pan ( 1953 )

Cinderella ( 1950 )

The Ten Commandments ( 1956 )Ben Hur ( 1959 )  

Sleeping Beauty ( 1959 )

Around the World in 80 Days ( 1956 )

South Pacific ( 1958 ) (tie)

From Here to Eternity ( 1953 ) ( Tie )   

The Robe ( 1953 ) (tie)

The Greatest Show on Earth ( 1952 ) (tie)

Giant (1956 ) (tie)

TOP FILMS BY YEAR
IN THE 1950s

(unadjusted domestic gross totals)

1950: Cinderella ( 1950 )
1951: Quo Vadis ( 1951 )
1952: The Greatest Show on Earth ( 1952 )
1953: Peter Pan ( 1953 )
1954: White Christmas ( 1954 ) and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ( 1954 ) (tie)

1955: Lady and the Tramp ( 1955 )
1956: The Ten Commandments 1957: The Bridge on the River Kwai ( 1957 )
1958: South Pacific ( 1958 )
1959: Ben Hur ( 1959 )


TOP TEN FILMS
OF THE 1960s

(unadjusted domestic gross totals)
The Sound of Music ( 1965 )  

101 Dalmatians ( 1961 )

The Jungle Book ( 1967 )

Doctor Zhivago ( 1965 )

The Graduate ( 1967 )  

Mary Poppins ( 1964 ) (tie)

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid ( 1969 ) (tie)  

My fair Lady ( 1964 )   

Thunderball ( 1965 )  Funny Girl ( 1968 )2001: A Space Odyssey ( 1968 )  

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner ( 1967 )

Bonnie and Clyde ( 1967 )  

Cleopatra ( 1963 )

TOP FILMS BY YEAR
IN THE 1960s

(unadjusted domestic gross totals)

1960: Swiss Family Robinson ( 1960 )
1961: 101 Dalmatians ( 1961 )
1962: Lawrence of Arabia           ( 1962 )  (or The Longest Day ( 1962 )
1963: Cleopatra ( 1963 )
1964:
Mary Poppins ( 1964 )
1965: The Sound of Music ( 1965 )
1966: Hawaii ( 1966 ) (or The Bible ( 1966 )
1967: The Jungle Book ( 1967 )
1968: Funny Girl ( 1968 )
1969: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid ( 1969 )


TOP TEN FILMS
OF THE 1970s

(unadjusted domestic gross totals)                                   
Star Wars ( 1977 )                         Jaws ( 1975 )                        The Exorcist( 1973 )   

 Grease ( 1978 )

The Sting (1973)

National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)

The Godfather ( 1972 )  

Superman ( 1978 )

Close Encounters of the Third Kind ( 1977/80 ) 

Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

Blazing Saddles ( 1974 )  

Rocky ( 1976 )  

The Towering Inferno (1974)

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

TOP FILMS BY YEAR
IN THE 1970s
(unadjusted domestic gross totals)

1970: Love Story ( 1970 )     1971: Billy Jack ( 1971 )       1972: The Godfather ( 1972 )  
1973: The Excorcist ( 1973 ) 1974: Blazing Saddles ( 1974 )  
1975: Jaws ( 1975 )
1976: Rocky ( 1976 )  
1977: Star Wars ( 1977 )
1978: Grease (1978)
1979: Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)


TOP TEN FILMS
OF THE 1980s

(unadjusted domestic gross totals)
E. T.: The Extra Terestrial ( 1982 )  

Star Wars: Episode Vi - Return of the Jedi ( 1983 )  

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back ( 1980 )

Batman ( 1989 )

Raiders of the Lost Ark ( 1981 )

Ghostbusters (1984) Beverly Hills Cop ( 1984 )  

Back to the Future ( 1985 )  

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade ( 1989 )  

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom ( 1984 )  

TOP FILMS BY YEAR
IN THE 1980s
(unadjusted domestic gross totals)

1980: Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back ( 1980 )  
1981: Raiders of te Lost Ark ( 1981 )
1982: E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial ( 1982 )
1983: Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi ( 1983 )  
1984: Beverly Hills Cop ( 1984 )
1985: Back to the Future ( 1985 )                                 1986: Top Gun ( 1986 )
1987: Three Men and a Baby ( 1987 )
1988: Rain Man ( 1988 )
1989: Batman ( 1989 )  

 

TOP TEN FILMS
OF THE 1990s

(unadjusted domestic gross totals)

Titanic ( 1997 ) Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace ( 1999 )  

Jurassic Park ( 1993 )  

Forrest Gump (1994)

The Lion King (1994)

Independence Day (1996)

The Sixth Sense (1999)

Home Alone (1990)  

Men in Black (1997)

Toy Story 2 (1999)

TOP FILMS BY YEAR
IN THE 1990s

(unadjusted domestic gross totals)

1990: Home Alone (1990)
1991: Terminator 2: Judgment Day ( 1991 )  
1992: Aladdin (1992)
1993: Jurassic Park ( 1993 )  
1994:
Forrest Gump (1994)
1995: Toy Story (1995)
1996: Independence Day (1996)
1997:
Titanic (1997)
1998: Saving Private Ryan (1998)
1999: Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace ( 1999 )  

  
TOP TEN FILMS
OF THE 2000s

(unadjusted domestic gross totals)

Avatar ( 2009 )

The Dark Knight( 2008 )

Pirate s of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest(2006)

Spider-man ( 2002 )

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen ( 2009 )

Star Wars III -Revenge of the Sith ( 2005 )

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the Lion ( 2003 )

Spider-man 2 ( 2004 ) 
                  The Passion of the Christ ( 2004 )                      Also, in Top 10, in 2010:

Toy Story ( 2010)

TOP FILMS BY YEAR
IN THE 2000s

(unadjusted domestic gross totals)

2000: How the Grinch Stole Christmas ( 2000 )                                              2001: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone ( 2001 )                                      2002: Spider-man ( 2002 )  
2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the Lion ( 2003 )                                      2004: Shrek 2 ( 2004 )                      2005: Star Wars: Episode III - The Recenge of the Sith ( 2005 )             2006: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest ( 2006 )                                      2007: Spider-man 3 ( 2007 )        2008: The Dark Knight ( 2008 )                                      2009: Avatar ( 2009 )                                   

 

 

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