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Top 30 Highest-Grossing Movies of All Time Adjusted for Inflation

Every other week, it seems like a new blockbuster is smashing records at the box office. When people hear about highest grossing films of all time, what first comes to mind likely is spandexed heroes and CGI spectacles. While those certainly find their way onto the list (with “Avengers Infinity Wars” being the latest addition), depending on how you evaluate box-office earnings, a southern romance, bible epic, Russian drama, and musical all dominate the list along with their action movie fellows. Here are the 30 films with the highest-grossing worldwide box office of all time, adjusted for inflation.

Highest Grossing Movies of All-Time: Top 30

1. ‘Gone with the Wind’ (1939)

1939 box office: $400.2 million

Adjusted box office: $3.4 billion -$3.8 billion

Sitting at the top of the list, “Gone with the Wind” remains a testament to the power and popularity of Hollywood film making in its golden age. A 4-hour historical-romantic epic, the movie has not aged particularly well in the eyes of some, be it for its excessive length, flowery dialogue, or questionable depiction of slavery. Indisputable, though, is that the film became an unprecedented success upon its release, averaging around 11,000 audience members a day at its peak and selling roughly 60 million tickets in the U.S. alone by the end of its 4-year run – just under half of the country’s population.

 2. ‘Titanic’ (1997)

1997 box office: $2.187 billion

Adjusted box office: $3.2 billion – $3.4 billion

James Cameron’s other box-office record breaker, “Titanic” was predicted to be a box-office disappointment leading up to its release. It was then the most expensive film ever made, with a budget of $200 million and two different production companies, Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox, working on the film. All this proved worth it, though, as the film dominated the box office for weeks after its release,

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