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The Most Popular Movie Every Year Since 1970

Being the highest grossing movie of all time — an honor still held to this day, domestically, by 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens — is, undoubtedly, something to be proud about. However, an achievement that does not get quite as much attention, but should, is being the highest grossing movie in a certain year.
With help from TheNumbers.com, we were able to look at the North American (U.S.A. and Canada) box office data from 1970 to the present and discover what film proved to be the most financially successful of each year. Some of the results may surprise you.
By Jason Wiese
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from msn.com · made by Alex Murphy
avg. score: 35 of 53 (66%)
required scores: 1, 24, 35, 40, 45 

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1
Love Story (1970)
Love Story (1970)
2
Billy Jack (1971)
Billy Jack (1971)
3
The Godfather (1972)
The Godfather (1972)
4
The Exorcist (1973)
The Exorcist (1973)
5
Blazing Saddles (1974)
Blazing Saddles (1974)
7
Rocky (1976)
Rocky (1976)
8
Star Wars (1977)
Star Wars (1977)
9
Grease (1978)
Grease (1978)
10
Superman (1978)
Superman (1978)
11
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
12
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
13
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
14
Return of the Jedi (1983)
Return of the Jedi (1983)
15
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
16
Back to the Future (1985)
Back to the Future (1985)
17
Top Gun (1986)
Top Gun (1986)
18
Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)
Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)
19
Rain Man (1988)
Rain Man (1988)
20
Batman (1989)
Batman (1989)
21
Ghost (1990)
Ghost (1990)
22
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
23
Batman Returns (1992)
Batman Returns (1992)
24
Jurassic Park (1993)
Jurassic Park (1993)
25
The Lion King (1994)
The Lion King (1994)
26
Batman Forever (1995)
Batman Forever (1995)
27
Independence Day (1996)
Independence Day (1996)
28
Men in Black (1997)
Men in Black (1997)
29
Titanic (1997)
Titanic (1997)
30
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
31
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
32
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)
33
Spider-Man (2002)
Spider-Man (2002)
34
Finding Nemo (2003)
Finding Nemo (2003)
35
Shrek 2 (2004)
Shrek 2 (2004)
36
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
37
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
38
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
39
The Dark Knight (2008)
The Dark Knight (2008)
40
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
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