Special Report

The Highest-Grossing Movie Every Year Since 1930

Source: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

1970: Love Story
> Domestic box office: $106.4 million (Inflation-adjusted: $590.7 million)
> IMDb rating: 6.9 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 68%
> RT audience score: 75%
> Cast: Ali MacGraw, Ryan O’Neal, John Marley, Ray Milland
> Director: Arthur Hiller
> Second highest grossing film: Airport

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

1971: Billy Jack
> Domestic box office: $98.0 million (Inflation-adjusted: $544.0 million)
> IMDb rating: 6.3 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 63%
> RT audience score: 63%
> Cast: Tom Laughlin, Delores Taylor, Clark Howat, Victor Izay
> Director: Tom Laughlin
> Second highest grossing film: Fiddler on the Roof

Source: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

1972: The Godfather
> Domestic box office: $135.0 million (Inflation-adjusted: $770.7 million)
> IMDb rating: 9.2 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 97%
> RT audience score: 98%
> Cast: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton
> Director: Francis Ford Coppola
> Second highest grossing film: The Poseidon Adventure

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

1973: The Exorcist
> Domestic box office: $193.0 million (Inflation-adjusted: $1.0 billion)
> IMDb rating: 8.0 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 83%
> RT audience score: 87%
> Cast: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Lee J. Cobb
> Director: William Friedkin
> Second highest grossing film: The Sting

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

1974: Blazing Saddles
> Domestic box office: $119.5 million (Inflation-adjusted: $579.2 million)
> IMDb rating: 7.7 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 88%
> RT audience score: 91%
> Cast: Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens, Harvey Korman
> Director: Mel Brooks
> Second highest grossing film: The Towering Inferno

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

1975: Jaws
> Domestic box office: $260.0 million (Inflation-adjusted: $1.2 billion)
> IMDb rating: 8.0 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 98%
> RT audience score: 90%
> Cast: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary
> Director: Steven Spielberg
> Second highest grossing film: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Source: Courtesy of United Artists

1976: Rocky
> Domestic box office: $117.2 million (Inflation-adjusted: $504.2 million)
> IMDb rating: 8.1 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 92%
> RT audience score: 69%
> Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers
> Director: John G. Avildsen
> Second highest grossing film: A Star Is Born

Source: Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

1977: Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope
> Domestic box office: $195.7 million (Inflation-adjusted: $804.0 million)
> IMDb rating: 8.6 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 92%
> RT audience score: 96%
> Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness
> Director: George Lucas
> Second highest grossing film: Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Source: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

1978: Grease
> Domestic box office: $153.1 million (Inflation-adjusted: $599.3 million)
> IMDb rating: 7.2 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 75%
> RT audience score: 87%
> Cast: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway
> Director: Randal Kleiser
> Second highest grossing film: National Lampoon’s Animal House

Source: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

1979: Kramer vs. Kramer
> Domestic box office: $106.3 million (Inflation-adjusted: $394.1 million)
> IMDb rating: 7.8 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 88%
> RT audience score: 89%
> Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Jane Alexander, Justin Henry
> Director: Robert Benton
> Second highest grossing film: The Amityville Horror

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