The Most Popular Movie Every Year Since 1970

Ora Sawyers

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, 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.

Ryan O'Neal and Ali MacGraw in Love Story

(Image credit: Paramount)

1970: Love Story

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