If you look that up, you’ll generally find a list that includes a bunch of recent films, both animated and comic bookish, and all very large and loud.
But boxofficemojo.com took the time to adjust all the domestic grosses for inflation, so this list that they posted is way more accurate.
And suddenly the top 10 of all time only includes ONE film from the 1980s and just ONE from the ’90s, and not a single one after that!
Newsflash: More people went to the movies in the old days.
The durable top 10 are:
10–Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
6–The Ten Commandments
4–E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
3–The Sound of Music
1–Gone With The Wind
That’s a healthy amount of romance, along with three watery dramas (I’m including the Red Sea parting), some music, sci-fi, horror, animation, and split pea soup. (Hey, make that four watery dramas.)
But nothing recent at all! Even Avatar is only number 14! Scary!
Make better movies, Hollywood, and maybe people will actually see them in a theater.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 25, 2012