The Most Successful Movies in History

You might already know that the 2009 movie Avatar is the biggest money-making movie in history, with a global box office of over $2 billion. However, if you ignore the value of a dollar, the movie making the most money will always be relatively recent. Once you adjust for inflation, there are some classics that still haven't been beat. Check out a list of the top 15 movies ever, based on inflation-adjusted U.S.-only earnings. I've seen them all, and would recommend that you see them all, too, eventually.

This effect might be even bigger since (in my experience) movie ticket prices have risen faster than overall inflation. For example, "101 Dalmatians" cost $0.50 to see when it finally came to my little town. Current, first-run movies cost $12. That adjustment has it grossing an adjusted $3.5 Billion.
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