Highest Grossing 1990s Movies

Here is a list of the top 20 box office hits of the 1990s. How many can you name?
U.S. gross - not adjusted for inflation
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Movie
$601 m
Transatlantic passenger ship hits an iceberg and sinks
Titanic
$431 m
A young boy may be the Jedi "chosen one"
Star Wars: Episode I
$357 m
Dinosaurs are brought to life in a new theme park
Jurassic Park
$329 m
Man with a low IQ goes to Vietnam, plays ping pong, and catches shrimp
Forrest Gump
$312 m
Young cub must defeat his evil uncle to become leader of the Pridelands
The Lion King
$306 m
Space aliens easily destroy most of Earth's major cities, but may
be vulnerable to computer hacking
Independence Day
$294 m
Therapist tries to help a boy who can see dead people
The Sixth Sense
$285 m
Boy uses booby traps to defend his house from burglars
Home Alone
$251 m
Top-secret agents protect the Earth from intergalactic threats
Men in Black
$246 m
Cowboy toy must be rescued from a greedy toy collector
Toy Story 2
$242 m
Tornado scientists get too close to the action
Twister
$229 m
People try to capture dinosaurs that are living free on an
island near Costa Rica
The Lost World:
Jurassic Park
$220 m
Man pretends to be a British nanny so that he can reconnect
with his estranged children
Mrs. Doubtfire
$218 m
Pottery-making woman communicates with her dead husband
Ghost
$217 m
Genie helps a poor thief marry a Princess
Aladdin
$217 m
Squad must rescue a G.I. whose three brothers have
all been killed in WWII combat
Saving Private Ryan
$206 m
Shagadelic super spy must defeat his evil nemesis
Austin Powers: The Spy
Who Shagged Me
$204 m
Liquid metal robot from the future is sent to the present time to kill a boy
Terminator 2:
Judgment Day
$201 m
Oil drillers are sent to space to destroy a killer asteroid
Armageddon
$192 m
Cowboy toy is threatened by new astronaut toy
Toy Story
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Level 80
Nov 16, 2015
It's in need of an update and a couple minor corrections but this is a fun little quiz I made on the subject:

Highest Grossing Films by Genre

and by "fun little" I mean ambitious and perhaps overlong. But still good, imo

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Level 80
Feb 6, 2019
Getting progressively more and more out of date... I'll get around to it some day.
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Level 49
Jun 16, 2017
Highest grossing results are always skewed, because the cost of movie tickets is constantly increasing. One day, maybe someone will figure out revenue in terms of how many movie tickets were sold. Highest amount of tickets sold seems like a better indicator.
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Level 72
Sep 1, 2017
Agreed. That would also make comparisons between different countries meaningful.
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Level 60
Sep 1, 2017
If you visit the website Box Office Mojo, they do have charts that account for ticket price inflation.
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Level 65
Sep 1, 2017
I think, adjusting for inflation, Gone with the Wind is the best-selling first-run movie of all-time, followed by the original Star Wars movie. Rocky Horror has sold a ton too, but people don't generally count that one because it relies on the ticket sales of the midnight screenings that have been playing regularly around the country for several decades.
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Level 79
Sep 2, 2017
You can check out my quiz here for the top ten grossing films of all time, adjusted for inflation.

https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/97423/top-ten-highest-grossing-films-adjusted-for-inflation

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Level 62
Sep 1, 2017
Wow, it's the first time I do a movie quiz on this site and realize I've seen all the movies listed.
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Level 46
Sep 15, 2017
I'm so sorry you had to undergo "Ghost."
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Level 79
May 22, 2020
I loved that movie.
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Level 43
Sep 4, 2017
So mad I didn't get Lion King, HOW DID I MISS IT?
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Level 14
Sep 21, 2017
Excuse me, but...... Where exactly is Hunt For Red October
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Level 45
Oct 31, 2017
hunt for red October only made 200 million world wide and seeing as this is a list for juts USA and the lowest on the list made 192 million in US alone its safe to say hunt for red October doesn't belong on this list
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Level 80
Nov 3, 2017
Thanks for taking MIB and T2. Can we also accept ID4 so I can stop typing in Independence Day?
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Level 80
Feb 6, 2019
Thank you!
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Level 65
Dec 15, 2018
What about 'The Matrix' ?
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Level 80
Feb 6, 2019
The Matrix was a pretty huge surprise cult hit, but it only made $174 million in the US. It made twice as much money overseas and also cleaned up in DVD sales. The Matrix Reloaded made significantly more but that didn't come out until 2003.
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Level 68
Jan 16, 2019
Unless I'm mistaken, I think Tom Hanks wins here with four starring roles.
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Level 83
May 18, 2020
And then second place is... Jeff Goldblum, I think.
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Level 83
May 18, 2020
Both Jurassic Parks and Independence Day give him 3. Aside from Hanks, I don’t think anyone else has more than two.
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Level 62
May 18, 2020
Bruce Willis is in at least 3.
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Level 83
May 18, 2020
I count 2. Armageddon and Sixth Sense.
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Level 23
May 12, 2020
Surprised Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, or Jackie Brown aren't on here
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Level 65
May 18, 2020
Reservoir Dogs was unknown when it came out. It only gained a following after Pulp Fiction. Jackie Brown is great, but it is not the kind of movie that makes a lot of money. It's slow and very talk-y. Even the violence isn't really violent (especially by Tarantino standards). A couple of people get shot off-screen. The lovebirds don't end up together. Doesn't check any of the boxes (being great is not any indication of making money, from what I've gathered). Pulp Fiction is a classic, but it's got too much personality to attract audiences as wide as the movies on the list (most of which quality as "high concept" -- they attract all different kinds of people from all walks of life).
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Level 74
May 18, 2020
Someone who saw Pulp Fiction back in '94 said he overheard a couple of teenagers say, "that was the worst Bruce Willis movie ever!"
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Level 70
May 14, 2020
I think Tom Hanks didn't manage to star in one of these.
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Level 80
May 18, 2020
which one?
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Level 65
May 18, 2020
Everyone should google Ben Affleck's commentary on Armageddon. It's hilarious. He doesn't hide his disdain for the movie's stupidity.
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Level 72
May 18, 2020
That movie was a flaming pile of monkey poop, but still way better than Pearl Harbor.
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Level 80
May 18, 2020
yeah. Didn't stop Ben from working with Michael Bay again so his commentary track doesn't save him any more than Bill Murray for making A Tale of Two Kitties.
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Level 67
May 20, 2020
Sometimes they're in it just for the paycheck. Jeremy Irons made Dungeons & Dragons, after all. For that matter, Rob Pattinson has been extremely disdainful of the Twilight movies, and he ended up having to make five of those.
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Level 80
May 21, 2020
and Sir Anthony Hopkins was in one of the Bayformers movies. ugh. The queen should revoke his knighthood.
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Level 79
May 22, 2020
A lot of movies on this list require suspension of disbelief. I've seen the aftermath of a few tornadoes and I can guarantee you don't go through a storm like that and emerge without a cut, but I still enjoyed Twister. I'm usually able to enjoy a show in spite of an implausible premise but I know everyone doesn't choose to. (Like my husband, an RN who ruins every medical show I try to watch, telling me how incorrect everything is they are doing.) I don't understand why movies like Toy Story with talking toys, or a robot from the future are plausible, but movies like Armageddon with men landing on a comet aren't. I just mentally block out the silly parts and enjoy the rest. Or are people complaining about the acting? Whatever, I enjoyed most of these.
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Level 80
Jul 19, 2020
I can suspend disbelief just fine as long as the movie is mostly internally consistent. If it takes place in the real world, though, and characters in the film are just making idiotic inexplicable decisions, then it's distracting. I mean I'm sure you understand this, too, Ander. Imagine if Woody showed up in the 3rd act of Armageddon. You would just say "oh, okay" or you'd be thinking, "what the hell?"

On top of that, bad acting, dumb + illogical + insulting script, awful direction, poor cinematography, cheesy + juvenile jokes, and so on. A far-fetched premise doesn't make a movie stupid if the story asks you to suspend disbelief about one or two things and then is otherwise consistent, that's fine... that's called fantasy. Michael Bay movies are not fantasy. They're just stupid.

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Level 29
May 18, 2020
'Phantom of the Menace' should be acceptable for the Star Wars
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Level 45
May 19, 2020
Except that's not the name of the movie.
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Level 67
May 20, 2020
From that well known franchise,"Star of the Wars?"
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Level 74
May 23, 2020
Lol, that is what they chose as the translation in Germany.
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Level 21
May 20, 2020
try my quiz https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/270176/top-grossing-movies-of-2019
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Level 45
May 22, 2020
17, just guessed randomly for Twister I thought a name like that would make sense