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

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As the 2019 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.

Looking forward, there’s only one title from this year’s crop of best-picture nominees that would instantly get thrust into this list if it won, Disney’s “Black Panther,” which earned over $US700 million domestically. That would be quite a feat, as the most recent title on this list is 2003’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”

The 91st Academy Awards ceremony takes place on February 24.

Here are the 15 top-grossing best picture winners that have made the most money at the box office.

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) — $US496.6 million

RKO Radio Pictures

Unadjusted: $US24 million


14. “Rocky” (1976) — $US497 million

MGM/Netflix

Unadjusted: $US117 million


13. “Lawrence of Arabia (1962) — $US500 million

Columbia Pictures

Unadjusted: $US45 million


12. “West Side Story” (1961) — $US505.7 million

United Artists

Unadjusted: $US44 million


11. (TIE) “My Fair Lady” (1964) — $US541.8 million

Warner Bros.

Unadjusted: $US72 million


11. (TIE) “The Greatest Show on Earth” (1952) — $US541.8 million

Paramount Pictures

Unadjusted: $US36 million


9. “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2003) — $US556.6 million

New Line

Unadjusted: $US378 million


8. “Around the World in 80 Days” (1956) — $US583.4 million

United Artists

Unadjusted: $US42 million


7. “Forrest Gump” (1994) — $US709.8 million

Paramount Pictures

Unadjusted: $US330 million


6. “The Godfather” (1972) — $US712.6 million

Paramount Pictures

Unadjusted: $US135 million


5. “The Sting” (1973) — $US804.9 million

Universal Pictures

Unadjusted: $US156 million


4. “Ben-Hu” (1959) — $US884.9 million

MGM

Unadjusted: $US74 million


3. “Titanic” (1997) — $US1.2 billion

20th Century Fox

Unadjusted: $US659 million


2. “The Sound of Music” (1965) — $US1.28 billion

20th Century Fox

Unadjusted: $US159 million


1. “Gone with the Wind” (1939) — $US1.8 billion

MGM

Unadjusted: $US199 million

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