T. TOP GROSSERS, NOT OTHERWISE NAMED (saluting the wisdom of crowds, marketing)

Before the 1950s, before the advent of television, films were more Fordist, more assembly-line-interchangeable, with producers rarely trying or succeeding at making big hits. To compete with TV, the 1950s saw the normalization of blockbusters, though some argue that the “formula” wasn’t perfected until the 1970s or perhaps the 1990s, which is part of why this list tilts toward more recent decades. Cinema history has never quite disentangled greatness, esteem, box office, and influence (it gets lucky when all are combined in a film like Jaws), but there’s no doubt that a site called bestlovedfilms has to, at some point, gesture toward “love” in the form of financial successes, even if those successes were importuned by advertising. In some ways this was the easiest collection to assemble: after deciding that half the list should be films produced inside the United States and half produced outside it, these are no more and no less than the adjusted-dollar best earners at the global (not domestic) box office not already named in lists A-S. They were loved. They were popular. As it turns out, most of them deserved to be.

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T1. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Ingram, 1921)

T2. Sergeant York (Hawks, 1941)

T3. The Bells of St. Mary’s (McCarey, 1945)

T4. The Greatest Show on Earth (DeMille, 1952)

T5. Don Camillo (Duvivier, 1952)

T6. The Robe (Koster, 1953)

T7. The Caine Mutiny (Dmytryk, 1954)

T8. Ulysses (Camerini, 1954)

T9. The Miracle of Marcelino (Vajda, 1955)

T10. Beautiful but Dangerous (Leonard, 1955)

T11. War and Peace (Vidor, 1956)

T12. Around the World in Eighty Days (Anderson, 1956)

T13. Naya Daur (Chopra, 1957)

T14. Mughal-e-Azam (Asif, 1960)

T15. Swiss Family Robinson (Annakin, 1960)

T16. Gunga Jumna (Bose, 1961)

T17. Mere Mehboob (Rawail, 1963)

T18. Cleopatra (Mankiewicz, 1963)

T19. A Fistful of Dollars (Leone, 1964)

T20. Le Corniaud (The Sucker) (Oury, 1965)

T21. Thunderball (Young, 1965)

T22. For a Few Dollars More (Leone, 1965)

T23. The Bible: In the Beginning… (Huston, 1966)

T24. La Grande Vadrouille (Don’t Look Now: We’re Being Shot At) (Oury, 1966)

T25. Hamraaz (Chopra, 1967)

T26. Mera Naam Joker (Kapoor, 1970)

T27. Haathi Mere Saathi (Thirumugham, 1971)

T28. The Poseidon Adventure (Neame, 1972)

T29. Malizia (Malicious) (Samperi, 1973)

T30. Bobby (Kapoor, 1973)

T31. …altrimenti ci arrabbiamo! (Watch Out, We’re Mad) (Fondato, 1974)

T32. The Towering Inferno (Guillermin, 1974)

T33. Smokey and the Bandit (Needham, 1977)

T34. Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (Mehra, 1978)

T35. Superman (Donner, 1978)

T36. Rocky III (Stallone, 1982)

T37. Disco Dancer (Subhash, 1982)

T38. Return of the Jedi (Marquand, 1983)

T39. Antarctica (Kurahara, 1983)

T40. Rambo: First Blood Part II (Cosmatos, 1985)

T41. 3 hommes et un couffin (Three Men and a Cradle) (Serreau, 1985)

T42. Top Gun (Scott, 1986)

T43. Crocodile Dundee (Faiman, 1986)

T44. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Spielberg, 1989)

T45. All’s Well, Ends Well (Chi-Sum, 1992)

T46. Justice, My Foot! (To, 1992)

T47. Les Visiteurs (The Visitors) (Poire, 1993)

T48. God of Gamblers’ Return (Jing, 1994)

T49. Rumble in the Bronx (Tong, 1995)

T50. Batman Forever (Schumacher, 1995)

T51. Police Story 4: First Strike (Tong, 1996)

T52. Twister (De Bont, 1996)

T53. Independence Day (Emmerich, 1996)

T54. Raja Hindustani (Darshan, 1996)

T55. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (Spielberg, 1997)

T56. Men in Black (Sonnenfeld, 1997)

T57. Armageddon (Bay, 1998)

T58. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (Lucas, 1999)

T59. Taxi 2 (Krawczyk, 2000)

T60. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Howard, 2000)

T61. Cast Away (Zemeckis, 2000)

T62. Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra (Chabat, 2002)

T63. Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (Lucas, 2002)

T64. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Columbus, 2002)

T65. Infernal Affairs (Lau, Mak, 2002)

T66. The Matrix Reloaded (Wachowskis, 2003)

T67. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (Verbinski, 2003)

T68. The Passion of the Christ (Gibson, 2004)

T69. Shrek 2 (Adamson, Asbury, Vernon, 2004)

T70. Spider-Man 2 (Raimi, 2004)

T71. Meet the Fockers (Roach, 2004)

T72. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (Lucas, 2005)

T73. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Newell, 2005)

T74. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (Adamson, 2005)

T75. Les Bronzes 3 (French Fried Vacation 3) (Leconte, 2006)

T76. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (Verbinski, 2006)

T77. Spider-Man 3 (Raimi, 2007)

T78. Shrek the Third (Miller, 2007)

T79. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (Verbinski, 2007)

T80. Transformers (Bay, 2007)

T81. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Yates, 2007)

T82. Lust, Caution (Lee, 2007)

T83. Bienvenue chez les ch’tis (Boon, Guy, 2008)

T84. CJ7 (Chow, 2008)

T85. Iron Man (Favreau, 2008)

T86. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Spielberg, 2008)

T87. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Bay, 2009)

T88. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Bay, 2011)

T89. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (Yates, 2011)

T90. You are the Apple of My Eye (Ko, 2011)

T91. The Dark Knight Rises (Nolan, 2012)

T92. Iron Man 3 (Black, 2013)

T93. Despicable Me 2 (Coffin, Renaud, 2013)

T94. Chennai Express (Shetty, 2013)

T95. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Lawrence, 2013)

T96. Qu’est-ce qu’on a fait au Bon Dieu (Serial (Bad) Weddings) (de Chauveron, 2014)

T97. Happy New Year (Khan, 2014)

T98. PK (Hirani, 2014)

T99. Avengers: Age of Ultron (Whedon, 2015)

T100. Bahubali: The Beginning (Rajamouli, 2015)

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