Welcome back to the Top 10 list. Each week we come up with a topic, go create our separate lists, and then come together to create a top 10 consensus. This time we decided to go with movies that have made a billion dollars. The summer season is no more with the pandemic and this is where the blockbuster films like to shine and make money. With that in mind, we decided to honor the best movies to make a billion at the box office. Not an easy feat to do, so let’s get started.
Starting off the list is the film that I feel like is most forgotten in this billion-dollar club and that is Skyfall. James Bond has always been a massive franchise that has lasted decades, but not all of them translate to today. Skyfall feels like that film that is going to last for a long time. This is the crown jewel of Daniel Craig’s films with Sam Mendes directing the hell out of this and Adele creating a classic song. It will be difficult for any Bond film to be as good as this.
9. Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi
What is probably the most divisive movie of all time comes in at number nine with Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi. Personally, this is close to being my favorite Star Wars movie, if not there already. This film does everything nostalgic fans hate; it takes the piss out of Star Wars. It takes the franchise in a new direction and makes the story about the emotional complexities of the characters, not just space battles. It made the fanbase toxic and we are yet to recover, but I believe one day we will all rally behind this movie.
One of our most recent films comes in next with Joker. The rare R-rated film to make a billion, that is no small feat considering your audience is already cut just based on the rating. Joaquin Phoenix takes the iconic character and is still able to make it original and scary. People were worried about what revealing the origin of the joker would do to the character and the answer is nothing! It actually makes him better and people agreed to get this to the price point it is at.
7. Black Panther
We move from one Oscar-winning film to another with Marvel now with Black Panther. This movie was a cultural revolution nobody in the studio saw coming. Ryan Coogler crafted one of the most complex and relevant comic book films ever and made it addicting. People could not stop going to see this and now two years later, it is still held up as Marvel’s best film (not favorite). It won three Oscars and showed that comic book films have a place in the award’s conversation and has forever changed the industry.
6. Toy Story 3
Our only animated film to make the list comes in next, and it might be the best animated film ever in Toy Story 3. When we talk about the greatest animated films ever, this one is at least top 3. What we have here is a film for adults disguised as a film for kids where we see the characters some of us grew up with and having to say goodbye to them. They are literally on the brink of falling into hell before the claw comes and saves them. If that doesn’t break you, Andy giving his toys away to Bonnie will just punch you in the gut. Truly an achievement in animated storytelling.
5. Avengers: Infinity War
Starting off the top five we have the first of the big Avengers finale in Avengers: Infinity War. This film is what every Marvel fan had been waiting for, to see all their favorite characters together in one movie. They go against what I consider to be my favorite comic book movie villain in Thanos who wants to bring balance to the universe by murdering half of them. Surprisingly, he succeeds! The film ends incredibly dark and brings us to a conclusion we will get to.
First, we need to step on the incredible sinking ship and ride the Titanic, the first film to cross the $2 billion-dollar mark. James Camron cannot be doubted at this point when it comes to success (although I doubt the Avatar sequels). He took this tragic event and made it into a huge blockbuster that demanded to be seen on the big screen and absolutely delivered. It is considered a classic romance film, won best picture, and it on what feels like every day on television. It was hard to not have this on the list.
3. Avengers: Endgame
Now we get to the second part of the MCU finale with Avengers: Endgame. People go back and forth on which of the two is their favorite, but this one wins for me because of how bold it was. It balanced tragedy with entertainment and didn’t just quickly erase the events of the last film. We sat in the devastation for five years and saw the effects of that event on them. It all ends with the greatest battle in cinematic history that ends with the ultimate sacrifice and conclusion that if they stopped making these films, I would be ok because this was so perfect.
2. The Dark Knight
Just missing out at number one is the film many acknowledge as the greatest comic book movie ever in The Dark Knight. I personally don’t agree with that but can still acknowledge just how important and great this film is. Christopher Nolan is probably the most popular director out there and it is because of his complex ideas he puts in his films. This film is probably his best. It takes the comic book genre and grounds it in reality with this gritty crime story. Heath Ledger as the Joker is iconic at this point and part of the reason why this film is held up as high as it is.
- Jurassic Park
Finishing off this list we have a film that is a surefire classic in Jurassic Park. Who doesn’t love dinosaurs? These magnificent creatures were brought to life by Steven Spielberg and has left a legacy that is still going on today. 1993 might be his apex mountain with Schindler’s List also being released that year and solidifying him as the director of a generation. To see these dinosaurs on the big screen was incredible and the effects still hold up for 1993. It was number one at the box office during this pandemic, which just shows how beloved this film is.
So, there you have it! The top 10 movies to make a billion dollars at the box office. There were about 46 movies to choose from that we all know and love, but these were the ten that stood out the most. What does your list look like? Let us know in the comments and we will see you next time with another list!