Top 15 Most Watched Movies Of All Time



  • November 10, 2022 / 08:00 AM IST

Of the millions of movies that are available around the world, if not trillions, audiences only fall in love with a few films, and watch even fewer films more than once. Keeping that in mind, here is a list of the 15 most watched films of all time:

Directed by James Cameron, Titanic enjoyed the position of the highest grossing film ever for a very long time, until Cameron’s Avatar came along and took Titanic’s position. Titanic remains to be a very well known and hugely popular film to this day, thanks to its relevant subject matter, its real life inspiration, and a soul breaking love story at its core.

  • ET: The Extra Terrestrial

This is not the first Steven Speilberg film that is going to be on this list. He is known to be the master of his craft, and this children’s film is the perfect example of that. Extra Terrestrial has been one of the most legendary and beloved children’s movies of all time, even being an inspiration for the Hindi film Koi Mil Gaya.

The film is one of the very first technicolour films to be ever be produced in the world, for which it became quite famous at the time. Moreover, the story telling and the fantasy elements that were dealt with in the film, and the themes at the core of the film have made it one of the most watched films ever, which is watched and enjoyed to even this day.

  • Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

The first ever epic space fantasy, A New Hope bgan the Star Wars franchise way back in 1977, when the world’s audience was introduced to a galaxy far, far away for the first time. The original trilogy is very much loved to this day, and the Star Wars franchise is now a billion dollar franchise.

  • The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King

There was a lot of burden on the shoulders of director, producer Peter Jackson, when he decided that he wanted to adapt the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, written by JRR Tolkein. The three films directed by Peter Jackson went on to become a huge hit, with the Return Of The King even going on to win 11 Oscar awards.

  • Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs

Released in 1937, the film is the first traditionally animated feature length film, and the first ever Disney film to be ever made. It tells the tale of a girl named Snow White, and her interaction with seven dwarfs. The film is a classic, and is enjoyed by audiences of all kind to this day.

  • Terminator 2: Judgement Day

After the success of the first film, everyone wondered how the second Terminator film would turn out to be. Upon its release in 1991, Terminator 2 went on to become a massive success, even more so than its predecessor, and is considered to be the best film of the Terminator franchise to this day.

Inspired from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, The Lion King is one of the most famous and influential films of all time, catering to children and adults at the same time, thanks to the kind of themes it deals with. The plot is simple, but the execution of it is a wonder to behold. The film even went on to receive two academy awards.

Considered to be the inspiration for many mobster films that have been made since, in many languages around the world, director Francis Ford Coppola’s first installment of his widely popular and beloved Godfather franchise was a trendsetter in all aspects. The film deals a lot with the complexities and psyches of mobsters, without just giving a one dimensional look into their lives, which makes it so special.

Not many films that were made on Jesus, the God of Christianity, turned out to be successful at the box office. However, The Jesus Film, released in 1979, was a huge commercial and critical success as well. The film became widely successful for adapting the bible correctly and faithfully.

Today’s audience crave for what is essentially known as ‘popcorn cinema’, meaning that they would gladly and preferably want to forget everything else in their life and around the world when watching a movie, and simply want to enjoy the film with some popcorn. Jurassic Park is one of the earliest films to have begun that trend, with its mind blowing practical and visual effects, and a gripping narrative. The film is directed by Steven Speilberg.

  • Indiana Jones And The Raiders Of The Lost Ark

Another Steven Speilberg film, Indiana Jones And The Raiders Of The Lost Ark is a very much beloved film to date, which is also a major inspiration to all of the adventure themed films that have been made since.

  • Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone

The kind of magical world that the Harry Potter movies introduced to the world was never heard of, or seen before. Moreover, the film appealed very much to children and adults alike, and remains to be one of the most popular films to date, etching it in history forever.

The Shawshank Redemption was not a movie that was watched widely when it was released, even though it was a huge critical success. However, in the years since its release in 1994, the film became a cult favourite, as it is about the survival and escape of two men from jail, which made it one of the most watched films in the world.

Yet another Steven Speilberg film, Schindler’s List is a film that deals with the Jew holocaust during Hitler’s time in Germany, where hunted down Jews and mass murdered them. Because of its relevant subject, and its real life impact on the world, Schindler’s List remains to be one of the most watched films to date.

Author: Subham

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