20. Good Will Hunting (1997)
> Domestic ticket sales, inflation-adjusted: $270,992,289
> Genre: Drama
> Director: Gus Van Sant
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, who’ve known each other since they were kids growing up in Massachusetts, were the wiz kid tandem that won a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for “Good Will Hunting,” in which both star. Damon plays a brilliant but unmotivated young man. He meets a therapist (Robin Williams) who begins to break down his defenses.
19. The Rock (1996)
> Domestic ticket sales, inflation-adjusted: $278,148,732
> Genre: Action
> Director: Michael Bay
This thriller stars Nicolas Cage as an FBI chemist and Sean Connery as a ex-British spy out to thwart a rogue general holding hostages at Alcatraz and threatening to unleash rockets filled with nerve gas on San Francisco unless the U.S. government pays reparations to families who lost loved ones in classified missions.
18. 300 (2006)
> Domestic ticket sales, inflation-adjusted: $280,717,872
> Genre: Action / historical
> Director: Zack Snyder
Zack Snyder used mind-blowing special effects in his reimagination of one of history’s great military stands – the 300 Spartans against the forces of Persia at the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C. Gerard Butler stars as Sparta’s King Leonidas.
17. Ransom (1996)
> Domestic ticket sales, inflation-adjusted: $282,614,201
> Genre: Action
> Director: Ron Howard
Mel Gibson is an airline executive whose son is held for a $2 million ransom. When the payoff fails, Gibson’s character turns the tables on the kidnappers by announcing on national television that he is making the ransom money a bounty for their heads.
16. The Hangover Part II (2011)
> Domestic ticket sales, inflation-adjusted: $294,254,434
> Genre: Comedy
> Director: Todd Phillips
Two years after the first “Hangover” film was released, the sequel finds the guys (Justin Bartha, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, and Bradley Cooper) in the same kind of trouble they had previously encountered – only this time they are in Bangkok. Ken Jeong and Mike Tyson return as well.
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