If you think today’s mega box office hits that rake in millions worldwide knock the socks off of old films of yore when it comes to the highest grossing films of all time, think again. When we adjust the classics for inflation, they still beat out today’s best by a huge margin. Even oldies but goodies like Gone With the Wind and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, almost irritatingly tame by today’s standards, trounce the top grossing films of today by many millions.
Total earnings: $982,090,000
The Walt Disney classic is the oldest film as well as the only animated one to make the top ten. Originally considered “Disney’s Folly” because critics felt nobody would want to sit and watch a cartoon based on a fairytale for 90 minutes, three years and 570 artists later, a classic was born that still sets the standards for hand-drawn animation to this day.
Famous line: “Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?”
Fun Fact: Disney held Adriana Caselotti, the voice of Snow White, to a very strict contract to keep the character’s singing voice as a one-off sound only associated with the film. Apart from a very small part in The Wizard of Oz two years later, her classically-trained voice was never heard in any film ever again.
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