Highest Grossing Films of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation) (Part 1)

When films are released worldwide, the money that is made from people going to watch them in the cinema is added together. When the film has finished at the cinema, the total amount of money made from box office tickets around the world is calculated, and the film is ranked on a list.

The highest grossing films are those who have brought in the most box office revenue. Over the years, the films that originally held the record for the highest grossing films have simply slipped out of the top 50. Modern films have a distinct advantage, due to the rising costs of films and because money is worth less than it was back in different eras. Because of this, we have taken our list from those that have been adjusted for inflation – to have a fair representation of the highest grossing movies.


  1. Gone with the Wind

After the figures have been adjusted for inflation, Gone with the Wind ranks as the highest grossing movie of all time. Released in 1939, the epic historical romance brought in an amazing worldwide gross of $3,440, 000,000. The film was incredibly popular, and at the time it was released, it was setting records for the number of award nominations and wins.

The story is set during the American civil war, and is about a southern woman who has an affair with a man who is planning on marrying his cousin. It’s often considered as being one of the most beloved movies of all time, and is a timeless tale of how the line between love and hate can be extremely fine.

  1. Avatar

James Cameron’s Avatar is an epic science fiction film that was released back in 2009. He first developed the idea for the film in 1994 and planned to release it after Titanic. However, he put off finishing the project, as he believed that he didn’t have the necessary technology available yet to pull off his vision perfectly. When it was released in 2009, it did amazingly well at the box office. It brought in a staggering $3,020,000,000 and critics praised it for the stunning visual effects. It broke a number of different records, even beating Titanic which was another of Cameron’s popular movies.

The film is set in the mid 22nd century, and sees a paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora. Sent there on a mission, he becomes torn when he falls in love with the place. Does he complete his mission or help protect the place that he comes to love?



  1. Star Wars

The epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas was released in 1977 and was the first release in the Star Wars saga. When adjusted for inflation in 2003, it became the third highest grossing film of all time with a worldwide gross of $2,825,000,000. It received 10 Academy Awards, winning 6 of them! It’s widely considered as being one of the greatest films of all time, which a lot of people wouldn’t argue with.

As everyone already knows, the story is about a young boy who sets off on an adventure, with Jedi Obi-Wan-Kenobi as his mentor. They aim to rescue Princess Leia from Darth Vader, and destroy the Death Star.


We hope that you’ve enjoyed reminiscing about some of these classic films; they are well worth a re-watch when you get the time!



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