Box Office Mojo
The highest-grossing movie of all time is "Avatar," which took in nearly $2.8 billion at the box office. But if you really want to judge a film's popularity, you have to take inflation into account. After all, the average ticket price in 1939, when "Gone With the Wind" hit theaters, was less than 25 cents. By 2009, the year "Avatar" came out, movie tickets were going for more than $10. With that in mind, click through for the 50 most popular movies ever, based on box office revenues adjusted for inflation.
1. "Gone with the Wind" (1939)
Iconic line: "After all, tomorrow is another day."
Also memorable: "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn."
2. "Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope" (1977)
Iconic line: "May the Force be with you."
Also memorable: "Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope."
3. "The Sound Of Music" (1965)
Iconic line: "Doe, a deer, a female deer / Ray, a drop of golden sun / Me, a name I call myself / Far, a long, long way to run..."
Also memorable: "Climb every mountain / Ford every stream / Follow every rainbow / 'Til you find your dream."
4. "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" (1982)
Iconic line: "E.T. phone home."
Also memorable: "How do you explain school to higher intelligence?"
5. "Titanic" (1997)
Iconic line: "Jack, I'm flying!"
Also memorable: "I'll never let go, Jack. I'll never let go."
6. "The Ten Commandments" (1956)
Iconic line: "Let my people go!"
Also memorable: "Love cannot drown truth."
7. "Jaws" (1975)
Iconic line: "We're going to need a bigger boat."
Also memorable: "Boys ... oh boys ... I think he's come back for his noon feeding."
8. "Doctor Zhivago" (1965)
Iconic line: "Wouldn't it have been lovely if we'd met before?"
Also memorable: "I think we may go mad if we think about all that."
9. "The Exorcist" (1973)
Iconic line: "I'm the Devil. Now kindly undo these straps"
Also memorable: "What an excellent day for an exorcism."
10. "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937)
Iconic line: "And then he will carry me away to his castle, where we will live happily ever after."
Also memorable: "Bless the seven little men who have been so kind to me, and may my dreams come true. Amen. Oh yes, and please make Grumpy like me."
11. "Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens" (2015)
Iconic line: "Without the Jedi, there can be no balance in the Force."
Also memorable: "Luke Skywalker? I thought he was a myth."
12. "One Hundred and One Dalmatians" (1961)
Iconic line: "We'll find the little mongrels."
Also memorable: "My nose is froze, my ears are froze and my toes are froze."
13. "Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back" (1980)
Iconic line: "Never tell me the odds."
Also memorable: "Try not. Do—or do not. There is no try."
14. "Ben-Hur" (1959)
Iconic line: "You can break a man's skull. You can arrest him. You can throw him in a dungeon. But how do you fight an idea?"
Also memorable: "And I felt his voice take the sword out of my hand."
15. "Avatar" (2009)
Iconic line: "One life ends ... another begins."
Also memorable: "Sometimes your whole life boils down to one insane move."
16. "Star Wars: Episode VI – The Return of the Jedi" (1983)
Iconic line: "We have powerful friends. You're going to regret this."
Also memorable: "Jabba, this is your last chance. Free us—or die!"
17. "Jurassic Park" (1993)
Iconic line: "Life, uh, finds a way."
Also memorable: "Hold onto your butts!"
18. "Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace" (1999)
Iconic line: "Fear is the path to the dark side."
Also memorable: "At last we will reveal ourselves to the Jedi. At last we will have revenge."
19. "The Lion King" (1994)
Iconic line: "You must take your place in the circle of life."
Also memorable: "The great kings of the past look down on us from those stars."
20. "The Sting" (1973)
Iconic line: Hooker: "He's not as tough as he thinks." Henry: "Neither are we."
Also memorable: "You have to keep this con even after you take his money. He can't know you took him."
21. "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981)
Iconic line: "It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage."
Also memorable: "Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?"
22. "The Graduate" (1967)
Iconic line: "Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me ... aren't you?
Also memorable: "Oh, no, Mrs. Robinson ..., I think you're the most attractive of all my parents' friends.
23. "Fantasia" (1940)
The third Disney feature—and the first movie ever to have a stereo soundtrack—"Fantasia" is an anthology film based on classical music rather than a conventional screenplay.
Most iconic sequence: "The Sorcerer's Apprentice."
24. "Jurassic World" (2015)
Iconic line: "Something is wrong. They're communicating."
Also memorable: "If their genetic code was pure, many of them would look quite different. But you didn't ask for reality; you asked for more teeth."
25. "The Godfather" (1972)
Iconic line: "I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse."
Also memorable: "Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
26. "Forrest Gump" (1994)
Iconic line: "Stupid is as stupid does."
Also memorable: "My mama always said, 'Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.'"
27. "Mary Poppins" (1964)
Iconic line: "First of all, I would like to make one thing clear: I never explain anything."
Also memorable: "Though we adore men individually, we agree that as a group they're rather stupid."
28. "Grease" (1978)
Iconic line: "Tell me about it, stud."
Also memorable: "Relax. A hickey from Kenickie is like a Hallmark card, when you only care enough to send the very best."
29. "The Avengers" (2012)
Iconic line: "I'm a huge fan of the way you lose control and turn into an enormous green rage monster."
Also memorable: Loki: "I have an army." Tony Stark: "We have Hulk."
30. "Black Panther" (2018)
Iconic line: "Every breath you take is mercy from me."
Also memorable: "This corset is really uncomfortable, so can we wrap this up and go home?"
31. "Thunderball" (1965)
Iconic line: "You don't think I enjoyed what we did this evening, do you? What I did tonight was for Queen and country."
Also memorable: Bond: "That gun, it looks more fitting for a woman." Largo: "You know much about guns, Mr. Bond?" Bond: "No, but I know a little about women."
32. "The Dark Knight" (2008)
Iconic line: "I believe whatever doesn't kill you simply makes you ... stranger."
Also memorable: "Do I really look like a guy with a plan? You know what I am? I'm a dog chasing cars. I wouldn't know what to do with one if I caught it. You know, I just ... do things."
33. "The Jungle Book" (1967)
Iconic line: "Don't spend your time looking around for something you want that can't be found."
Also memorable: "Just you wait 'til I get you in my coils."
34. "Sleeping Beauty" (1959)
Iconic line: "You love me at once, the way you did once upon a dream."
Also memorable: "Well, he's tall, and handsome, and so romantic. Oh, we walked together, and talked together, and just before we say goodbye, he takes me in his arms, and then … I wake up."
35. "Avengers: Infinity War" (2018)
Iconic line: "The hardest choices require the strongest wills."
Also memorable: "Let's talk about this plan of yours. I think it's good, except it sucks. So let me do the plan and that way it might be really good."
36. "Ghostbusters" (1984)
Iconic line: "Back off, man, I'm a scientist."
Also memorable: "I'm fuzzy on the whole good/bad thing. What do you mean, bad?"
37. "Shrek 2" (2004)
Iconic line: "Fear me, if you dare."
Also memorable: Donkey: "Are we there yet?" Shrek: "No." Donkey: "Are we there yet?" Shrek: "No." Donkey: "Are we there yet?" Shrek: "Yes." Donkey: "Really?" Shrek: "NO!!!"
38. "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969)
Iconic line: "You just keep thinkin', Butch. That's what you're good at."
Also memorable: "I don't want to sound like a sore loser, but when it's over, if I'm dead, kill him."
39. "Love Story" (1970)
Iconic line: "Love means never having to say you're sorry."
Also memorable: Oliver: "See, I think you're scared. You put up a big glass wall to keep from getting hurt, but it also keeps you from getting touched. It's a risk, isn't it, Jenny? At least I had the guts to admit what I felt. Someday you're gonna have to come up with the courage to admit you care." Jenny: "I care."
40. Spider-Man (2002)
Iconic line: "With great power comes great responsibility. This is my gift, my curse."
Also memorable: "Mary Jane: "Who are you?" Spider-Man: "You know who I am." Mary Jane: "I do?" Spider-Man: "Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man."
41. "Independence Day" (1996)
Iconic line: "Let's kick the tires and light the fires, big daddy."
Also memorable: "In the words of my generation, up yours!"
42. "Home Alone" (1990)
Also memorable: "Kevin, you're such a disease."
43. "Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi" (2017)
Iconic line: "Let the past die. Kill it if you have to. That's the only way to become what you were meant to be."
Also memorable: "Get your head out of your cockpit."
44. "Pinocchio" (1940)
Iconic line: "A lie keeps growing and growing until it's as clear as the nose on your face."
Also memorable: "When you wish upon a star / Makes no difference who you are / Anything your heart desires / Will come to you."
45. "Cleopatra" (1963)
Iconic line: "The corridors are dark, gentlemen, but you mustn't be afraid. I am with you."
Also memorable: Apollodorus: "I've always loved you." Cleopatra: "And I have always known."
46. "Beverly Hills Cop" (1984)
Also memorable: "Tell him that Ramon went to the clinic today, and I found out that I have, um, Herpes Simplex 10, and I think Victor should go check himself out with his physician to make sure everything is fine before things start falling off on the man."
47. "Goldfinger" (1964)
Iconic line: "A martini. Shaken, not stirred."
Also memorable: "My dear girl, there are some things that just aren't done, such as drinking Dom Perignon '53 above the temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit. That's just as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs."
48. "Airport" (1970)
Iconic line: "Hold on, we're goin' for broke!"
Also memorable: "When you get to be older, there isn't a lot left to be frightened of."
49. American Graffiti" (1973)
Iconic line: "You wanna end up like John? You just can't stay 17 forever."
Also memorable: Steve: "I thought, maybe before I leave, we could agree that ... that seeing other people while I'm away can't possibly hurt, you know." Laurie: "You mean dating other people?" Steve: "I think it would strengthen our relationship. Then we'd know for sure that we're really in love—not that there's any doubt."
50. "The Robe" (1953)
Iconic line: "Make Pilate understand that if he stains his hands with his blood, he's worse than a murderer."
Also memorable: Judas: "Why must men doubt? Tell them they must keep faith. They must keep faith!" Demetrius: "Wait, tell who? Who are you?" Judas: "My name is Judas."
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