The 10 biggest blockbuster movies of all time, and how much they raked in

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“Star Wars.”
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Lucasfilm

While blockbusters like “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Avatar” have set box-office records in the past decade, they’re still no match for the hit films of previous decades when you adjust for inflation.

For this list, we looked at domestic box-office grosses adjusted for inflation to see what old movies would have made in today’s dollars, as calculated by Box Office Mojo. That means there’s no “Avatar” on this list.

In recent years, foreign markets have become a more prominent factor in the box-office success of a film, so the list of highest-grossing worldwide films does include newer movies like “Avatar” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

The original 1977 “Star Wars” comes in high on this list, and you might be surprised by some of the other titles.

Paul Schrodt contributed to a previous version of this post.


10. “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937)

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RKO Radio Pictures

Adjusted gross: $1,000,620,000

Unadjusted gross: $184,925,486


9. “The Exorcist” (1973)

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Warner Bros.

Adjusted gross: $1,015,300,400

Unadjusted gross: $232,906,145


8. “Doctor Zhivago” (1965)

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MGM

Adjusted gross: $1,139,563,500

Unadjusted gross: $111,721,910


7. “Jaws” (1975)

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Universal Pictures

Adjusted gross: $1,175,763,500

Unadjusted gross: $260,000,000


6. “The Ten Commandments” (1956)

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Paramount Pictures

Adjusted gross: $1,202,580,000

Unadjusted gross: $65,500,000


5. “Titanic” (1997)

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Paramount Pictures

Adjusted gross: $1,244,347,300

Unadjusted gross: $65,500,000


4. “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” (1982)

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Universal Pictures

Adjusted gross: $1,302,222,800

Unadjusted gross: $435,110,554


3. “The Sound of Music” (1965)

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20th Century Fox

Adjusted gross: $1,307,373,200

Unadjusted gross: $158,671,368


2. “Star Wars” (1977)

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Lucasfilm

Adjusted gross: $1,635,137,900

Unadjusted gross: $460,998,007


1. “Gone with the Wind” (1939)

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MGM

Adjusted gross: $1,854,769,700

Unadjusted gross: $198,676,459