Blockbuster Oscar-Nominated Best Picture Movies

by urbanemovies | created - 22 Feb 2017 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

Generally, movies nominated for a Best Picture Oscar are better known for their artistic accomplishments rather than for their financial results. However, some films buck this trend by being successful by both measures. These movies are the highest grossing inflation adjusted box office films to ever secure an Oscar Best Picture nomination. Source: Box Office Mojo

Which movie* is the best combined commercial and critical success story? * Oscar Best Picture nominee with a minimum $0.5 billion inflation adjusted USA Box Office in 2017 dollars

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1. Gone with the Wind (1939)

Passed | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance

97 Metascore

A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood | Stars: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil

Votes: 270,234 | Gross: $198.68M

Best Picture Oscar: 1940 Winner

Inflation Adjusted Box Office: $1,747,686,000

Major Awards History

2. The Godfather (1972)

R | 175 min | Crime, Drama

100 Metascore

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton

Votes: 1,486,382 | Gross: $134.97M

Best Picture Oscar: 1973 Winner

Inflation Adjusted Box Office: $682,680,200

Major Awards History

3. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

PG-13 | 201 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

94 Metascore

Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom

Votes: 1,537,193 | Gross: $377.85M

Best Picture Oscar: 2004 Winner

Inflation Adjusted Box Office: $533,183,400

Major Awards History

4. Titanic (1997)

PG-13 | 194 min | Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates

Votes: 982,922 | Gross: $659.33M

Best Picture Oscar: 1998 Winner

Inflation Adjusted Box Office: $1,171,854,200

Major Awards History

5. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

90 Metascore

Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the mysterious Darth Vader.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness

Votes: 1,150,499 | Gross: $322.74M

Best Picture Oscar: 1978 Nominee

Inflation Adjusted Box Office: $1,540,734,500

Major Awards History

6. Forrest Gump (1994)

PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, the events of Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field

Votes: 1,667,328 | Gross: $330.25M

Best Picture Oscar: 1995 Winner

Inflation Adjusted Box Office: $680,016,600

Major Awards History

7. Avatar (2009)

PG-13 | 162 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

83 Metascore

A paraplegic Marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

Votes: 1,068,739 | Gross: $760.51M

Best Picture Oscar: 2010 Nominee

Inflation Adjusted Box Office: $841,258,100

Major Awards History

8. The Sound of Music (1965)

G | 172 min | Biography, Drama, Family

63 Metascore

A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn

Votes: 187,556 | Gross: $163.21M

Best Picture Oscar: 1966 Winner

Inflation Adjusted Box Office: $1,231,893,000

Major Awards History

9. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure

85 Metascore

In 1936, archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before Adolf Hitler's Nazis can obtain its deadly powers.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies

Votes: 832,330 | Gross: $248.16M

Best Picture Oscar: 1982 Nominee

Inflation Adjusted Box Office: $765,756,700

Major Awards History

10. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

PG | 115 min | Family, Sci-Fi

91 Metascore

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, Dee Wallace

Votes: 346,216 | Gross: $435.11M

Best Picture Oscar: 1983 Nominee

Inflation Adjusted Box Office: $1,227,040,000

Major Awards History

11. Jaws (1975)

PG | 124 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

87 Metascore

When a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach community, it's up to a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer to hunt the beast down.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary

Votes: 520,014 | Gross: $260.00M

Best Picture Oscar: 1976 Nominee

Inflation Adjusted Box Office: $1,107,881,800

Major Awards History

12. The Sting (1973)

PG | 129 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

83 Metascore

Two grifters team up to pull off the ultimate con.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Charles Durning

Votes: 226,220 | Gross: $159.60M

Best Picture Oscar: 1974 Winner

Inflation Adjusted Box Office: $771,085,700

Major Awards History

13. Ben-Hur (1959)

G | 212 min | Adventure, Drama, History

90 Metascore

When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Haya Harareet

Votes: 206,027 | Gross: $74.70M

Best Picture Oscar: 1960 Winner

Inflation Adjusted Box Office: $847,700,000

Major Awards History

14. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

PG | 110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

Wyoming, early 1900s. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid are the leaders of a band of outlaws. After a train robbery goes wrong they find themselves on the run with a posse hard on their heels. Their solution - escape to Bolivia.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin

Votes: 191,692 | Gross: $102.31M

Best Picture Oscar: 1970 Nominee

Inflation Adjusted Box Office: $610,325,400

Major Awards History

15. My Fair Lady (1964)

G | 170 min | Drama, Family, Musical

95 Metascore

Snobbish phonetics Professor Henry Higgins (Sir Rex Harrison) agrees to a wager that he can make flower girl Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) presentable in high society.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde-White

Votes: 81,401 | Gross: $72.00M

Best Picture Oscar: 1965 Winner

Inflation Adjusted Box Office: $519,000,000

Major Awards History

16. Doctor Zhivago (1965)

PG-13 | 197 min | Drama, Romance, War

69 Metascore

The life of a Russian physician and poet who, although married to another, falls in love with a political activist's wife and experiences hardship during World War I and then the October Revolution.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger

Votes: 65,742 | Gross: $111.72M

Best Picture Oscar: 1966 Nominee

Inflation Adjusted Box Office: $1,073,771,700

Major Awards History

17. Mary Poppins (1964)

G | 139 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

88 Metascore

In turn of the century London, a magical nanny employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns

Votes: 147,478 | Gross: $102.27M

Best Picture Oscar: 1965 Nominee

Inflation Adjusted Box Office: $676,272,700

Major Awards History

18. The Exorcist (1973)

R | 122 min | Horror

81 Metascore

When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Lee J. Cobb

Votes: 342,889 | Gross: $232.91M

Best Picture Oscar: 1974 Nominee

Inflation Adjusted Box Office: $956,682,800

Major Awards History

19. The Ten Commandments (1956)

G | 220 min | Adventure, Drama

The Egyptian Prince, Moses, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson

Votes: 58,784 | Gross: $93.74M

Best Picture Oscar: 1957 Nominee

Inflation Adjusted Box Office: $1,133,150,000

Major Awards History

20. Around the World in 80 Days (1956)

G | 175 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

A Victorian Englishman bets that with the new steamships and railways he can circumnavigate the globe in eighty days.

Directors: Michael Anderson, John Farrow | Stars: David Niven, Cantinflas, Shirley MacLaine, Robert Newton

Votes: 22,750 | Gross: $42.00M

Best Picture Oscar: 1957 Winner

Inflation Adjusted Box Office: $558,923,100

Major Awards History

21. The Graduate (1967)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

83 Metascore

A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross, William Daniels

Votes: 242,490 | Gross: $104.95M

Best Picture Oscar: 1968 Nominee

Inflation Adjusted Box Office: $740,239,500

Major Awards History

22. American Graffiti (1973)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

97 Metascore

A couple of high school grads spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith

Votes: 76,558 | Gross: $115.00M

Best Picture Oscar: 1974 Nominee

Inflation Adjusted Box Office: $568,428,600

Major Awards History

23. The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)

Passed | 152 min | Drama, Family, Romance

The dramatic lives of trapeze artists, a clown, and an elephant trainer are told against a background of circus spectacle.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: James Stewart, Charlton Heston, Betty Hutton, Cornel Wilde

Votes: 11,929 | Gross: $36.00M

Best Picture Oscar: 1953 Winner

Inflation Adjusted Box Office: $519,000,000

Major Awards History

24. The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)

Unrated | 126 min | Drama

At a big city Catholic school, Father O'Malley and Sister Benedict indulge in friendly rivalry, and succeed in extending the school through the gift of a building.

Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman, Henry Travers, William Gargan

Votes: 6,539 | Gross: $21.30M

Best Picture Oscar: 1946 Nominee

Inflation Adjusted Box Office: $542,745,100

Major Awards History

25. Love Story (1970)

PG | 100 min | Drama, Romance

84 Metascore

A boy and a girl from different backgrounds fall in love regardless of their upbringing - and then tragedy strikes.

Director: Arthur Hiller | Stars: Ali MacGraw, Ryan O'Neal, John Marley, Ray Milland

Votes: 27,861 | Gross: $106.40M

Best Picture Oscar: 1971 Nominee

Inflation Adjusted Box Office: $605,484,000

Major Awards History

26. Cleopatra (1963)

G | 192 min | Biography, Drama, History

60 Metascore

Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt experiences both triumph and tragedy as she attempts to resist the imperial ambitions of Rome.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Pamela Brown

Votes: 27,170 | Gross: $57.78M

Best Picture Oscar: 1964 Nominee

Inflation Adjusted Box Office: $581,136,900

Major Awards History

27. Airport (1970)

G | 137 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

42 Metascore

A bomber on board an airplane, an airport almost closed by snow, and various personal problems of the people involved.

Directors: George Seaton, Henry Hathaway | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, George Kennedy, Jean Seberg

Votes: 16,312 | Gross: $100.49M

Best Picture Oscar: 1971 Nominee

Inflation Adjusted Box Office: $571,862,600

Major Awards History

28. The Robe (1953)

Unrated | 135 min | Drama, History

In the Roman province of Judea during the 1st century, Roman tribune Marcellus Gallio is ordered to crucify Jesus of Nazareth but is tormented by his guilty conscience afterwards.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Richard Burton, Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, Michael Rennie

Votes: 8,504 | Gross: $36.00M

Best Picture Oscar: 1954 Nominee

Inflation Adjusted Box Office: $566,181,800

Major Awards History

29. The Towering Inferno (1974)

PG | 165 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

69 Metascore

At the opening party of a colossal, but poorly constructed, office building, a massive fire breaks out that threatens to destroy the tower and everyone in it.

Director: John Guillermin | Stars: Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, William Holden, Faye Dunaway

Votes: 36,544 | Gross: $116.00M

Best Picture Oscar: 1975 Nominee

Inflation Adjusted Box Office: $530,899,500

Major Awards History

30. Black Panther (2018)

PG-13 | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

88 Metascore

T'Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must step forward to lead his people into a new future and must confront a challenger from his country's past.

Director: Ryan Coogler | Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira

Votes: 553,757 | Gross: $700.06M

Best Picture Oscar: 2019 Nominee

Inflation Adjusted Box Office: $684,910,740

Major Awards History


Added 15 August 2019



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