It’s a producer’s dream to have their film make more than a billion dollars in the box office. In the hundred years or so that the film industry has been producing movies, only a hand full of films have achieved that milestone, even when inflation is taken into account.
But a movie is more than the money it makes at the theater. A lot of elements are required to make a great movie. A good film must be written well, with actors that make the parts believable and direction that pulls the project together. Script, acting, effects, production. All of these things and more are required for a film to not only succeed financially, but also to become a classic over time.
By referencing the monetary success listed on Box Office Mojo and the critic’s opinions on Rotten Tomatoes, and considering inflation of box office tickets, these are the best movies that have grossed more than a billion dollars at the box office.