The 15 Oscar best-picture winners that made the most money at the US box office

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“Forrest Gump.”
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Paramount

As the 2018 Academy Awards draw closer, it’s time to dive into the numbers and check out which of the best-picture winners are the biggest moneymakers of all time at the box office.

There are some obvious ones here, but thanks to inflation, there are a few titles that may surprise you.

Here are the top 15.

Note: All box-office figures are domestic grosses only and include any earnings from rereleases. All figures are from Box Office Mojo.


15. “The Best Years of Our Lives” (1946) — $504.9 million

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RKO Radio Pictures

Unadjusted: $24 million


14. “Rocky” (1976) — $505 million

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MGM/Netflix

Unadjusted: $117 million


13. “Lawrence of Arabia (1962) — $508 million

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Columbia Pictures

Unadjusted: $45 million


12. “West Side Story” (1961) — $514 million

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United Artists

Unadjusted: $44 million


11. “My Fair Lady” (1964) — $550.8 million

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Warner Bros.

Unadjusted: $72 million


10. “The Greatest Show on Earth” (1952) — $550.8 million

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Paramount Pictures

Unadjusted: $36 million


9. “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2003) — $566 million

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New Line

Unadjusted: $378 million


8. “Around the World in 80 Days” (1956) — $593 million

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United Artists

Unadjusted: $42 million


7. “Forrest Gump” (1994) — $722 million

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Paramount Pictures

Unadjusted: $330 million


6. “The Godfather” (1972) — $724.5 million

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Paramount Pictures

Unadjusted: $135 million


5. “The Sting” (1973) — $818 million

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Universal Pictures

Unadjusted: $156 million


4. “Ben-Hu” (1959) — $900 million

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MGM

Unadjusted: $74 million


3. “Titanic” (1997) — $1.244 billion

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20th Century Fox

Unadjusted: $659 million


2. “The Sound of Music” (1965) — $1.3 billion

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20th Century Fox

Unadjusted: $159 million


1. “Gone with the Wind” (1939) — $1.85 billion

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MGM

Unadjusted: $199 million