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The Biggest Box-Office Hit the Year You Were Born

These films were the biggest global box-office hits of each year. Did your favourites make the cut?

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Avengers: EndgamePhoto: Facebook.com/Avengers

2019: Avengers: Endgame

Global box office: $2.8 billion

With half of the universe wiped out, the remaining Avengers take one final stand against the supervillain Thanos in the grand conclusion to Marvel Studios’ 22-film franchise. Avengers: Endgame is the highest-grossing film of all time.

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Avengers: Infinity WarPhoto: Facebook.com/Avengers

2018: Avengers: Infinity War

Global box office: $2 billion

The Avengers have fought and destroyed otherworldly foes before, but nothing could have prepared them for Thanos (Josh Brolin): a seemingly unstoppable supervillain on the hunt for the most powerful objects in the universe, the Infinity Stones.

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Star Wars: The Last JediPhoto: Facebook.com/starwarsmovies

2017: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Global box office: $1.3 billion

The eighth installment in the main Star Wars franchise, The Last Jedi picks up where The Force Awakens left off: Rey (Daisy Ridley) develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), who is disturbed by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares for battle with the First Order.

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Captain America: Civil WarPhoto: Facebook.com/CaptainAmerica

2016: Captain America: Civil War

Global box office: $1.15 billion

When politicians move to install a new system of accountability for superheroes, the Avengers are split into two groups: one led by Captain America (Chris Evans), who believes superheroes should be free to defend humanity without interference, and the other led by Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), who supports government oversight.

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Star Wars: The Force AwakensPhoto: Facebook.com/starwarsmovies

2015: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Global box office: $2.07 billion

Nearly 40 years after the original film, we return to a galaxy far, far away as newcomers Rey, Finn, and Poe join veteran rebels (yes, Han Solo and Chewbacca make a comeback) in the fight against Kylo Ren and his First Order. Clearly, the world was ready for more intergalactic action!

These mind-blowing Star Wars facts make watching the films even more enjoyable!

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Transformers: Age of ExtinctionPhoto: Facebook.com/transformersmovie

2014: Transformers: Age of Extinction

Global box office: $1.1 billion

As Chicago lies in ruins, a new group of humans, led by Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), helps Optimus Prime and the Autobots rise up to meet their most fearsome challenge yet: a worldwide war of good versus evil.

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Frozen (2013)Photo: Facebook.com/DisneyFrozen

2013: Frozen

Global box office: $1.28 billion

The courageous Anna (Kristen Bell) joins forces with a mountaineer and his reindeer sidekick to find her sister, Snow Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel), and save their kingdom from winter’s deadly grip.

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The AvengersPhoto: Facebook.com/Avengers

2012: The Avengers

Global box office: $1.52 billion

Marvel’s greatest heroes unite to defeat Loki and his evil alien army before they take over Earth and everyone on it. And when you put Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, and Hawkeye in a battle of epic proportions, you better believe it’s going to be as witty as it is action-packed.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsPhoto: Facebook.com/harrypottermovie

2011: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows—Part 2

Global box office: $1.34 billion

The final installment of the Harry Potter series was a bittersweet moment for fans. Yes, the adventures of Harry, Ron, and Hermione reached an inevitable end, but at least it was a satisfying one, equal parts thrilling, visually stimulating, and touching. The only question that remains (and will never be unanimously answered) is whether the movies were better than the books.

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Toy Story 3Photo: Facebook.com/PixarToyStory

2010: Toy Story 3

Global box office: $1.06 billion

Adventurous for young viewers, nostalgic for young-at-heart viewers, and tear-jerking for everyone. In the third film in this classic series, our small but mighty heroes once again must find their way home before their owner Andy leaves for college. It just goes to show that some toys were made to be more than toys.

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2009: Avatar

Global box office: $2.78 billion

James Cameron’s sci-fi fantasy takes place on the moon Pandora, where one man tries to stop his fellow humans from colonizing the planet and drive out the natives he has come to love. The film’s use of stereoscopy—making 3D images look more real by adding depth—is considered a technological breakthrough for the industry.

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The Dark KnightPhoto: Facebook.com/darkknighttrilogy

2008: The Dark Knight

Global box office: $1 billion

Consistently named one of the best superhero movies ever made, The Dark Knight takes viewers into the chaos of Gotham as Batman attempts to save his city from the Joker. Heath Ledger posthumously won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as the Joker. (He is the second actor to ever receive this award after death.)

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Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's EndPhoto: Facebook.com/PiratesoftheCaribbean

2007: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Global box office: $963 million

Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) join forces with Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) to free Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) from Davy Jones.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's ChestPhoto: Facebook.com/PiratesoftheCaribbean

2006: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Global box office: $1.07 billion

Captain Jack Sparrow returns in the sequel to the first Pirates film, The Curse of the Black Pearl, as he and his swashbuckling friends search for the heart of Davy Jones—with the fate of their souls at stake. Talk about a lot to lose. Do you think Captain Jack ever used pirate jokes to ease the tension?

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of FirePhoto: Facebook.com/harrypottermovie

2005: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Global box office: $897 million

Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) return for their fourth year at Hogwarts. A tournament between the three schools of magic is underway, and Harry is forced to participate.

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Shrek 2Photo: Facebook.com/Shrek

2004: Shrek 2

Global box office: $920 million

Typically, sequels are never as good as the first movie, but Shrek 2 is definitely not ogre-rated. In this animated comedy, Shrek and Fiona continue their love story by going to meet Fiona’s parents in the Kingdom of Far Far Away.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the KingPhoto: Facebook.com/lordoftheringstrilogy

2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Global box office: $1.12 billion

This movie was based off of J.R.R. Tolkien’s book and was produced, written, and directed by Peter Jackson. This acclaimed film won 11 Academy Awards and brought in over $1 billion worldwide.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Two TowersPhoto: Facebook.com/lordoftheringstrilogy

2002: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Global box office: $923 million

The Two Towers is famous for two reasons: the 40-minute Helm’s Deep battle sequence and the addition of CGI character Gollum (Andy Serkis). More than 15 years later, the two achievements have yet to be surpassed!

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's StonePhoto: Facebook.com/harrypottermovie

2001: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Global box office: $975 million

Based off of the first book in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, this film follows a young wizard, Harry Potter, through his adventures at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

We’ve rounded up the hidden messages in the Harry Potter books!

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Mission: Impossible 2Photo: Amazon.ca

2000: Mission: Impossible 2

Global box office: $546 million

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) leads his team on a mission to capture a deadly virus before it’s released by a gang of international terrorists, one of them being a former IMF agent gone rogue. Directed by John Woo (Face/Off).

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Star Wars: The Phantom MenacePhoto: Facebook.com/lordoftheringstrilogy

1999: Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace

Global box office: $984 million

This film is the first installment in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, set 32 years before the original film. The premiere of the film was highly attended by the following that the Star Wars saga had created.

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Bruce Willis in ArmageddonPhoto: Facebook.com/elplanetacine

1998: Armageddon

Global box office: $554 million

When an asteroid threatens to destroy Earth, the only way to stop it is to drill into its surface and detonate a nuclear bomb. This leads NASA to contact renowned deep-sea oil driller Harry Stamper (Bruce Willis), who agrees to helm the dangerous space mission provided he can bring along his own ragtag crew.

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Titanic (1997)Photo: Facebook.com/TitanicMovie

1997: Titanic

Global box office: $2.13 billion

Titanic shares the fictional love story of Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt Bukater, while outlining the true story of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. The budget for the film was a record-breaking $200 million, but the 11 Oscars that it won and over $2 billion it brought in worldwide made up for it.

Don’t miss these mind-blowing facts about the real Titanic.

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Independence DayPhoto: Facebook.com/IndependenceDayMovie

1996: Independence Day

Global box office: $817 million

This movie is a science fiction action film that focuses on a group of people in the aftermath of an attack by an existential race. It was directed and co-written by Roland Emmerich, who came up with the idea for the film after questioning his own belief in aliens.

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Die Hard with a VengeancePhoto: Facebook.com/DieHardMovies

1995: Die Hard with a Vengeance

Global box office: $366 million

A mysterious terrorist is threatening to detonate bombs across New York City, and it’s up to John McClane (Bruce Willis)—now a full-fledged alcoholic recently suspended from the NYPD—to stop him. His partner-in-crime? An unwitting Harlem store owner (Samuel L. Jackson).

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The Lion King (1994)Photo: Facebook.com/DisneyTheLionKing

1994: The Lion King

Global box office: $988 million

The Dane grows a mane in Disney’s all-singing, all-dancing, all-animal rendition of Hamlet. Beloved for its big and playful soundtrack, The Lion King earned Oscars for Elton John, Tim Rice and Hans Zimmer, spawned a perpetually popular Broadway musical, and—for better or worse—got “Hakuna Matata” stuck in millions of kid and parent craniums alike. No worries.

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Jurassic ParkPhoto: Facebook.com/JurassicWorld

1993: Jurassic Park

Global box office: $1.03 billion

Dino DNA turns an ill-conceived theme park into a gauntlet of hungry velociraptors, stomping tyrannosaurs, and unhinged Jeff Goldblum laughter. Four films later, who would’ve thought that a little mosquito would spawn one of the highest-grossing media franchises of all time?

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Aladdin (1992)Photo: Facebook.com/DisneyAladdin

1992: Aladdin

Global box office: $504 million

A meet cute in the slums of Agrabah sends a handsome thief chasing after a strong-willed princess with swords, sorcery, and, eventually, the truth. One of Disney’s finest films, Aladdin deserves a place in the pantheon for nothing less than Robin Williams’s signature role as a fast-talking genie with whom everyone—still—wishes they could be friends.

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Terminator 2: Judgment DayPhoto: Facebook.com/Terminator2

1991: Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Global box office: $520 million

After wreaking havoc across Los Angeles in search of Sarah Conner (Linda Hamilton) in the original film, the Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) returns as… a good guy? Terminator 2: Judgment Day was a watershed moment in the world of action movies and visual effects—and it’s rarely been equalled.

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Ghost (1990)Photo: Facebook.com/GhostTheMovie

1990: Ghost

Global box office: $506 million

When a banker (Patrick Swayze) is murdered by his best friend and business partner over a shady business deal, his ghost must seek the help of a psychic (Whoopi Goldberg) in order to protect his girlfriend Molly (Demi Moore) from certain death.

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Indiana Jones and the Last CrusadePhoto: Facebook.com/indianajones

1989: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Global box office: $474 million

Harrison Ford and Sean Connery join forces in the third film in the Indiana Jones franchise. This time, their adventure takes them on a quest to find the literal Holy Grail.

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Rain ManPhoto: Facebook.com/RainManMovie

1988: Rain Man

Global box office: $355 million

Sleazy Tom Cruise and autistic savant Dustin Hoffman take a road trip to escape a mental institution, cheat a Vegas casino, watch Judge Wapner, and other brotherly activities. Funny and heartfelt, Rain Man won four Oscars, including a Best Actor statue for Hoffman.

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Fatal AttractionPhoto: Facebook.com/FatalAttractionMovie

1987: Fatal Attraction

Global box office: $320 million

A hotshot lawyer (Michael Douglas) has a casual fling with a sexy book editor (Glenn Close), but their infidelity has dangerous consequences when Close’s character is revealed to be a violent psychotic.

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Top GunPhoto: Facebook.com/TopGunMovie

1986: Top Gun

Global box office: $357 million

“Maverick,” “Goose,” and “Iceman” are fighter pilot trainees alternately making the skies safer and more dangerous in this military romance that made all filmgoers suddenly want their own codenames.

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Back to the FuturePhoto: Facebook.com/BTTF

1985: Back to the Future

Global box office: $389.1 million

Marty McFly and Doc Brown have a time-traveling DeLorean (Radical!). They use it to go to high school with Marty’s parents in the ‘50s (Laaaame). This pioneering sci-fi comedy has attained cult classic status for good reason.

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Indiana Jones and the Temple of DoomPhoto: Facebook.com/indianajones

1984: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Global box office: $333 million

In this prequel, Nazi-fighting archaeologist Indiana Jones turns his sights on an ancient cult in India dabbling in slavery and human sacrifice. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom‘s dark tone shocked audiences in 1984, but its thrilling action sequences helped propel it to box office glory.

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Star Wars: The Return of the JediPhoto: Facebook.com/StarWars

1983: Star Wars: Episode VI—Return of the Jedi

Global box office: $475 million

The final piece of the original Star Wars trilogy was nominated for four Academy Awards but failed to pick up any little gold statues.

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E.T. the Extra TerrestrialPhoto: Facebook.com/E.T.Movie

1982: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Global box office: $793 million

Steven Spielberg continued his blockbuster run with this science-fiction fantasy film about the unlikely friendship between a boy and his extraterrestrial friend, E.T., who was just trying to phone home.

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Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost ArkPhoto: Facebook.com/indianajones

1981: Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

Global box office: $390 million

Harrison Ford got hearts racing as a ruggedly handsome archaeologist-turned-adventurer in the first of Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones action serial.

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Star Wars: The Empire Strikes BackPhoto: Facebook.com/StarWars

1980: Star Wars: Episode V—The Empire Strikes Back

Global box office: $538 million

George Lucas wasted no time debuting the second installment of his space saga, set three years after the original.

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MoonrakerPhoto: Facebook.com/JamesBond007

1979: Moonraker

Global box office: $210 million

Yes, this is the Bond film to feature a laser gun battle in space. But moviegoers in 1979 obviously enjoyed Moonraker‘s lighthearted tone—and Roger Moore’s effortless charm.

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GreasePhoto: Facebook.com/GoGrease

1978: Grease

Global box office: $395 million

While a young John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John fell in love on-screen as a pair of 1950s high school sweethearts in Grease, moviegoers were busy falling in love with this musical rom-com’s best-selling soundtrack.

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Star Wars: A New HopePhoto: Facebook.com/StarWars

1977: Star Wars: Episode IV—A New Hope

Global box office: $775 million

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, George Lucas’s epic space adventure began and fans were first introduced to characters now rooted in America’s cultural history—Luke Skywalker, Hans Solo, Princess Leia, Obi-Wan Kenobi, R2-D2, C-3PO, and of course, Darth Vader.

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Sylvester Stallone in RockyPhoto: Facebook.com/RockyMovie

1976: Rocky

Global box office: $225 million

Sylvester Stallone donned his boxing gloves (and removed his shirt) and took to the ring in this rags-to-riches story about an Italian-American amateur boxer who went from working the slums of Philadelphia to competing in the world heavyweight championship. The film spawned six sequels, with the third including a song now synonymous with the hardworking Rocky, “Eye of the Tiger” by the band Survivor.

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JawsPhoto: Facebook.com/JawsMovie

1975: Jaws

Global box office: $471 million

Beaches across America were probably a little emptier after the man-eating shark in this blockbuster hit from Steven Spielberg terrorized the big screen. It was deemed so iconic that the Library of Congress added it to the National Registry of Films in 2001, a list reserved only for those that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically” significant.

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Blazing SaddlesPhoto: Facebook.com/BlazingSaddlesMovie

1974: Blazing Saddles

Box office: $119.5 million

Mel Brooks’ satire of the Old West is widely regarded as his crowning achievement. Gene Wilder and Cleavon Little justifiably steal the show, but Blazing Saddles is chock-full of perfectly-cast supporting turns too!

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The ExorcistPhoto: Facebook.com/TheExorcist.Official

1973: The Exorcist

Box office: $232.9 million

If you were born in ’73 and are also a horror fan, that’s fitting because it’s also the year the frighteningly successful psychological thriller about a young girl possessed by the devil hit theatres, infamously creepy 360-degree head spin and all. It racked up 10 Academy Award nominations, winning two.

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The GodfatherPhoto: Facebook.com/TheGodfather

1972: The Godfather

Box office: $134.9 million

Marlon Brando won the Oscar for Best Actor in 1973 for his brilliant performance as mob boss Vito Corleone. The Don tries to pass down his empire to his youngest son Michael, played by Al Pacino, but the young man is reluctant to take control of the powerful organized crime dynasty his father has created.

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Fiddler on the RoofPhoto: Facebook.com/moviescrapbook

1971: Fiddler on the Roof

Box office: $75.6 million

Adapted from the 1964 Broadway smash of the same name, Fiddler on the Roof tells the story of a poor Jewish milkman in the Ukraine and his attempts to raise his daughters in the Jewish tradition. Future Star Wars composer John Williams won an Oscar for his work on this film!

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Love StoryPhoto: Facebook.com/LoveStoryFilm

1970: Love Story

Box office: $106.3 million

A poor baker’s daughter and rich boy become star-crossed lovers in this modern day Romeo and Juliet. Despite his family’s disapproval, the two get married and struggle to make ends meet. When circumstances finally start to look up for the pair, one of them is diagnosed with a terminal illness and their short-lived love story comes to an end.

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance KidPhoto: Facebook.com/Butch-Cassidy-Sundance-Kid

1969: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Box office: $102.3 million

Paul Newman and Robert Redford play a dynamic duo in this four-time Oscar-winning film about two bank robbers who flee from the law and head for Bolivia.

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2001: A Space OdysseyPhoto: Facebook.com/2001ASpaceOdysseyFilm

1968: 2001: A Space Odyssey

Box office: $56.7 million

The discovery of weapons, a series of black monoliths, an evil computer, a journey through a Technicolor vortex—50 years later, 2001: A Space Odyssey is still one of the most mysterious and spectacular movies you’ll ever come across.

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The Jungle BookPhoto: Facebook.com/DisneyJungleBook

1967: The Jungle Book

Box office: $73.7 million

Welcome to the jungle! In this Disney classic, young man-cub Mowgli learns with the help of his animal friends Bagheera and Baloo that the jungle is no place for a boy.

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The Bible (1966)Photo: Facebook.com/epic-movies

1966: The Bible: In the Beginning 

Box office: $34.9 million

You’ll learn all about the Biblical book of Genesis which features the stories of Adam and Eve, Noah’s Ark, and Abraham and Isaac in The Bible: In the Beginning.

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The Sound of MusicPhoto: Facebook.com/TheSoundOfMusic

1965: The Sound of Music

Box office: $158.6 million

Yes, the hills are alive with yet another popular classic starring Julie Andrews who plays a governess for the seven children of a wealthy Austrian widower, Captain Von Trapp whose heart has grown cold. Andrews will win over your heart in this fun, family film just like she did with the Von Trapp clan.

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Mary PoppinsPhoto: Facebook.com/waltdisneymarypoppins

1964: Mary Poppins

Box office: $31 million

In Edwardian London in 1910, a magical nanny (Julie Andrews) employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father.

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CleopatraPhoto: Facebook.com/CleopatraOfficialMovie

1963: Cleopatra

Box office: $57.7 million

Elizabeth Taylor is a stunning Queen of the Nile in this historical flick about the triumphs and tragedies of Cleopatra.

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Lawrence of ArabiaPhoto: Facebook.com/LawrenceOfArabia

1962: Lawrence of Arabia 

Box office: $44 million

David Lean’s depiction of the Arab revolt against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War is one of the most famous epics of all time. The 70mm cinematography, glorious music and Peter O’Toole’s performance remain stunning to this day.

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One-Hundred and One DalmatiansPhoto: Facebook.com/Disney101Dalmatians

1961: 101 Dalmatians

Box office: $144.8 million

When the evil Cruella de Vil kidnaps a litter of puppies to make a dalmatian skin coat, Pongo and Perdita, the pups’ parents, must find a way to rescue them in time.

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Swiss Family RobinsonPhoto: Amazon.ca

1960: Swiss Family Robinson

Box office: $40.3 million

This adaptation of the famous 1812 novel by Johann David Wyss was the first widescreen film shot by Walt Disney Pictures. It grossed over $40 million against a modest $4 million budget!

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Ben-HurPhoto: Facebook.com/BenHurMovie

1959: Ben-Hur

Box office: $74 million

This film, which follows the story of a Judah Ben-Hur, a well-to-do prince and merchant in Jerusalem in AD 26, had a budget of $15.175 million, the largest of its time. Thankfully, it generated $74.7 million in North American box office sales.

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South PacificPhoto: Amazon.ca

1958: South Pacific

Box office: $36.8 million

Sail away into date night with this World War II musical romance featuring a young Navy nurse and a French planter. With a Rogers and Hammerstein score, you can’t go wrong.

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The Bridge on the River KwaiPhoto: Facebook.com/TheAcademy

1957: The Bridge on the River Kwai

Box office: $27.2 million

This epic war film based on the novel Le Pont de la Rivière Kwai by Pierre Boulle follows the construction of the Burma Railway by British prisoners during World War II.

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The Ten CommandmentsPhoto: Facebook.com/tencommandmentsmovie

1956: The Ten Commandments

Box office: $65.5 million

A biblical epic based on the life of Moses and his receiving of the Ten Commandments.

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Lady and the TrampPhoto: Facebook.com/DisneyLadyandtheTramp

1955: Lady and the Tramp

Box office: $36.3 million

An animated film in which two dogs fall in love? Amazing. Plus, these pups’ spaghetti-and-meatballs kiss is nothing short of iconic.

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White ChristmasPhoto: Facebook.com/WhiteChristmas

1954: White Christmas

Box office: $30 million

Bing Crosby stars in this smash hit musical about four singers who stage a Christmas festival to raise money for a World War II commander in dire straits. Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen and Rosemary Clooney (George Clooney’s real-life aunt) co-star.

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Peter PanPhoto: Facebook.com/PeterPan

1953: Peter Pan

Box office: $40.7 million

What better way to revisit your childhood on movie night than with a movie about the boy who never grows up? Take a trip to Neverland with Wendy, Peter and the Lost Boys with this Disney classic.

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The Greatest Show on EarthPhoto: Amazon.ca

1952: The Greatest Show on Earth

Box office: $36 million

Take a peek behind the circus curtain with Cecil B. DeMille’s high-flying classic. Apparently, a lot of drama goes into getting the greatest show on Earth as profitable as possible.

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Quo VadisPhoto: Amazon.ca

1951: Quo Vadis

Box office: $30 million

When a Roman commander falls in love with a Christian hostage, he begins to question the nature of his Emperor’s regime.

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CinderellaPhoto: Facebook.com/Cinderella

1950: Cinderella

Box office: $10 million

The prince is throwing a ball to find a wife, but Cinderella’s wicked stepmother and stepsisters ruin her chance to go. Cinderella’s chance at finding love seems hopeless until her fairy godmother comes to the rescue.

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Samson and DelilahPhoto: Amazon.ca

1949: Samson and Delilah

Box office: $28.8 million

This romantic epic is based on the biblical story of lust and betrayal. Delilah seduces Samson, the strongest man in his enslaved Israeli tribe, to discover the secret behind his strength.

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The Snake PitPhoto: Facebook.com/Movies-Stars

1948: The Snake Pit

Box office: $10 million

A woman wakes up in an insane asylum without memory of how she got there in this film adaptation of Mary Jane Ward’s semi-autobiographical book. The movie jumps back in time to flashbacks from before her hospital admittance, and follows her journey through recovery.

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Forever AmberPhoto: Facebook.com/frockficks

1947: Forever Amber

Box office: $16 million

A poor 17th-century English girl decides to raise herself to nobility, but must choose between status and true love.

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Song of the SouthPhoto: Facebook.com/songofthesouth

1946: Song of the South

Box office: $65 million

James Baskett plays live-action Uncle Remus, who tells stories of Br’er Rabbit, an animated bunny who tricks his enemies, Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear. The song “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” won an Academy Award, and Baskett’s honourary win made him the first black male actor to get an Oscar.

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The Bells of St. Mary'sPhoto: Facebook.com/ClassicMovieHub

1945: The Bells of St. Mary’s

Box office: $21.3 million

Newly-transferred Father O’Malley (Bing Crosby) and Sister Mary (Ingrid Bergman) fight to keep their Catholic inner city elementary school alive—and fall in love in the process.

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Going My WayPhoto: Facebook.com/BingCrosby

1944: Going My Way

Box office: $16.3 million

Bing Crosby plays a laid-back young priest trying to mentor a gang of kids and take over the Manhattan parish’s finances for the aging Father Fitzgibbon, despite the older pastor’s disapproval. The film won seven Oscars, including Best Picture.

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This Is the ArmyPhoto: YouTube.com

1943: This Is the Army

Box office: $19.5 million

In this wartime musical comedy, Jerry Jones’ dancing career is ruined when his leg is wounded on the battlefield during World War I. By the time World War II begins, he’s switched to producing, and his son Johnny reluctantly follows his father’s footsteps with an all-soldier show.

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BambiPhoto: Facebook.com/DisneyBambi

1942: Bambi

Box office: $103 million

A curious young deer makes friends with his fellow forest creatures, including a peppy rabbit named Thumper, as he learns about courage and love. When hunters threaten his friends, Bambi must step up to lead the animals to safety.

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Sergeant YorkPhoto: Facebook.com/GaryCooperVerifiedPage

1941: Sergeant York

Box office: $16.4 million

Based on the true story of Sergeant Alvin York, this film follows the American’s journey from drafted pacifist to decorated war hero during World War I.

These are the everyday things that were actually designed for WWI.

80 / 90
PinocchioPhoto: Facebook.com/DisneyPinocchio

1940: Pinocchio

Box office: $84.3 million

A fairy grants a puppeteer’s wish for his marionette to come to life. With the help of Jiminy Cricket, the wooden Pinocchio tries to prove his honesty and bravery make him worthy of being a real boy.

81 / 90
Gone with the WindPhoto: Amazon.ca

1939: Gone with the Wind

Box office: $198 million

Based on the book by Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind follows the romantic pursuits of a Georgia plantation owner’s daughter, Scarlett O’Hara, during and after the Civil War.

Even jaded lovers won’t get enough of these romantic quotes from books.

82 / 90
Alexander's Ragtime BandPhoto: Facebook.com/WhenHollywoodWasGolden

1938: Alexander’s Ragtime Band

Box office: $4 million

In this box-office hit, a forward-thinking bandleader (Tyrone Power) fights the powers-that-be to make ragtime music respectable. Alexander’s Ragtime Band takes its name from the 1911 Irving Berlin song.

83 / 90
Snow White and the Seven DwarfsPhoto: Facebook.com/DisneySnowWhite

1937: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Box office: $8 million

Walt Disney made waves with the first feature-length, English-language animated film to be in colour. In it, Snow White must hide with dwarves when a jealous queen tries to kill her.

84 / 90
San Francisco moviePhoto: Amazon.ca

1936: San Francisco

Box office: $5.27 million

A nightclub owner (Clark Gable) and a real estate magnate (Jack Holt) compete for the affections of an up-and-coming singer (Jeanette MacDonald) before the 1906 San Francisco earthquake destroys the city.

85 / 90
Mutiny on the BountyPhoto: Amazon.ca

1935: Mutiny on the Bounty

Box office: $4.4 million

As HMS Bounty sets sail from England to Tahiti, Captain Bligh turns into a ruthless tyrant. Before they make their way home, first mate Fletcher Christian leads a mutiny so the crew can go back to paradise in Tahiti—until the captain comes back for revenge.

86 / 90
It Happened One NightPhoto: Facebook.com/RMFDWT

1934: It Happened One Night

Box office: $2.5 million

When a spoiled socialite runs away from her father to join her husband, a story-hungry reporter blackmails her into letting him tag along.

87 / 90
King KongPhoto: Facebook.com/tcmtv

1933: King Kong

Box office: $10 million

People have been obsessing over this giant ape since he first travelled from Skull Island to New York City in the original 1933 movie King Kong.

Pay homage to the Big Apple’s cinematic history with this list of must-see New York film locations.

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Shanghai ExpressPhoto: Amazon.ca

1932: Shanghai Express

Box office: $3.7 million

In this romantic adventure film, a woman and her former lover reconnect on a train to Shanghai. It won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography.

89 / 90
FrankensteinPhoto: Facebook.com/Frankenstein

1931: Frankenstein

Box office: $12 million

A scientist is obsessed with trying to make a dead corpse come to life, but has to live with the consequences when he succeeds in this film adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic novel.

90 / 90
Tom Sawyer (1930)Photo: YouTube.com

1930: Tom Sawyer

Box office: $11 million

Mark Twain’s timeless novel about the adventures of a young boy gets film fame too. Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, and Joe Harper trick the town into thinking they’re dead, witness a murder, and more.

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Originally Published on Reader's Digest