70 Top Movies by Year – What was #1 on Your Birthday?

From 1930’s “Tom Sawyer” through 2000’s “Toy Story 3”, here are 7 decades of top grossing movies for each year. What was the big movie the year you were born? I’d tell you mine, but then I’d have to kill you. 😉

One thing that surprised me, though I suppose shouldn’t have, was the shear number of Disney films in this list of top grossing annual movies starting with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs back in 1937!

25 Disney Hit Films

Here are some of the Disney films in this list: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Bambi, Song of the South, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, Swiss Family Robinson…

They continue: 101 Dalmatians, Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and Toy Story 3.


Are you as surprised as I was by how many Disney films are in this list? Anyway, here’s the whole list. What was the top grossing movie the year you were born? Was it Grease, ET, Top Gun…? 🙂


1930 Tom Sawyer
1931 Frankenstein
1932 The Most Dangerous Game
1933 King Kong
1934 It Happened One Night
1935 Top Hat
1936 How to Become a Detective
1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
1938 You Can’t Take It With You
1939 Gone with the Wind
1940 Pinocchio
1941 Sergeant York
1942 Bambi
1943 This is the Army
1944 Going My Way
1945 The Bells of St. Mary’s
1946 Song of the South
1947 Forever Amber
1948 The Snake Pit
1949 Samson and Delilah
1950 Cinderella
1951 Quo Vadis?
1952 The Greatest Show on Earth
1953 Peter Pan
1954 White Christmas
1955 Lady and the Tramp
1956 The Ten Commandments
1957 The Bridge on the River Kwai
1958 South Pacific
1959 Ben-Hur
1960 Swiss Family Robinson
1961 101 Dalmatians
1962 The Longest Day
1963 Cleopatra
1964 Mary Poppins
1965 The Sound of Music
1966 The Bible
1967 The Jungle Book
1968 Funny Girl
1969 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
1970 Love Story
1971 Billy Jack
1972 The Godfather
1973 The Exorcist
1974 Blazing Saddles
1975 Jaws
1976 Rocky
1977 Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
1978 Grease
1979 Kramer vs. Kramer
1980 Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark
1982 ET: The Extra-Terrestrial
1983 Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
1984 Ghostbusters
1985 Back to the Future
1986 Top Gun
1987 3 Men and a Baby
1988 Rain Man
1989 Batman
1990 Home Alone
1991 Beauty and the Beast
1992 Aladdin
1993 Jurassic Park
1994 The Lion King
1995 Toy Story
1996 Independence Day
1997 Titanic
1998 Saving Private Ryan
1999 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
2000 How the Grinch Stole Christmas
2001 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
2002 Spider-Man
2003 Finding Nemo
2004 Shrek 2
2005 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
2007 Spider-Man 3
2008 The Dark Knight
2009 Avatar
2010 Toy Story 3

p.s. If you were born after 2010 give mommy or daddy back their smart phone!


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  1. Funny Girl! Now I feel like I should at least watch it! Thanks for the fun post! 🙂

    1. Hi Kelli. I know it doesn’t have much to do with being a dad, but I also thought it was kind of fun to see what the hit movie was the year we were born. Here’s yours:

  2. Yay! Sound of Music! Good one!

    1. That is a good one, Kelley. I’ve been playing the songs for our almost 6-year-old, but she’s not seen the movie yet. Thanks so much for dropping by!

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