Top 10 Highest Grossing Movies of All Time Adjusted for Inflation

Movies continually produce income from various revenue channels like theatrical exhibition, home videos, television broadcast rights and marketing. Theatrical exhibition is the mostly used system of measurement but due to inflation and the rates that keeps changing makes it difficult to adjust highest grossing movies. Despite the challenges, the top ten highest grossing movies ever adjusted for inflation are discussed below.

Top 10 highest grossing movies adjusted for inflation

10. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

It’s a space opera movie produced in 2015 by J.J. Abrams. It has broken various box records making it difficult to adjust for inflation. It won five academy nominations and four British movie awards making it one of the highest grossing movies of all the time

9. Jaws


Produced in 1975, the thriller movie by Steven Spielberg is based on a giant shark that attacks beachgoers and has to be hunted down. It was the highest grossing movie until the release of Star Wars. It’s preserved by the Library of Congress.

8. Doctor Zhivago

Doctor Zhivago

It’s a British Italian epic romantic drama movie by David Lean in 1965 based on a novel Dr. Zhivago who is affected by Russian revolution and civil war. It won five awards and was ranked the 18th highest grossing movie adjusted for ticket inflation.

7. The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments

A 1956 American religious drama by Cecil. B. Demille based on an adopted Egyptian prince who delivers the Jews from slavery. It has won seven awards and was considered a successful movie of the time.

6. E. T. Extra-Terrestrial

E. T. Extra-Terrestrial

It’s a science fiction movie produced in 1982 by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison based on imaginary concept of divorce. As the highest grossing movie, it surpassed Star Wars holding a record of 11 years and is preserved by the US National Film Library.

5. Sound of Music

Sound of Music

A 1965 American music drama film by Robert Wise. It’s an adaptation of stage Musical by Richard Rodgers and ranked the highest grossing movie despite the criticisms. It won five awards and has been preserved by the U.S Library of Congress.

4. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

It’s a 1997 American epic space opera movie directed and written by George Lucas. It was ranked the highest grossing movie until the release of Extra Terrestrial movie in 1982. This movie has won seven awards and is regarded as an important in history of motion pictures.

3. Titanic


Written, directed and produced by James Cameron, a 1997 American epic movie on romance and disaster that borrowed inspiration from his fascinating ship wrecks. It has won eleven academy awards and was the first movie to hit the billion dollar mark and has been the highest grossing movie until 2010.

2. Avatar


It’s a science fiction movie produced by James Cameron in 2009 and was considered to have a huge budget for both the production and promotion. The movie won nine academy awards beating the Titanic and has been signed off to produce four sequels by the 20th Century Fox.

1. Gone with winds

Gone with winds

A 1939 American epic historical romance movie by David .O. Selznick and directed by Victor Flemming borrowed it’s ideas from Margaret Mitchell’s novel still seen as the highest grossing movie of all the time.