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1. Gone with the wind
This classic film narrates the love between Scarlett O’Hara played by Vivien Leigh and Rhett Butler played by Clark Gable during the American civil war. Directed by Victor Fleming released in 1939 winner of 8 Academy Awards including Best Picture. Gone with the wind has made 3.44 Billion at the box office. Fun Fact, Clark Gable was under contract to MGM in 1939 and they did not want to release him to play Butler. In the end an exorbitant contract was reached. Gable would be paid $7,000 ($115,574 today) per week and MGM would get half the profits from the film. 1939 was also the year HP was founded in Palo Alto California.
Yet another James Cameron film on the top five list – Avatar, a 2009 American epic science fiction film set in the 22nd century starring Sam Worthington & Zoe Saldana and winner of 3 academy awards. This film grossed 3.02 Billion at the box office. Fun fact, James Cameron originally planned to have the film completed for release in 1999. At the time, the special effects he wanted increased the budget to $400 million. As a result no studio would fund the film, and it was shelved for almost 10 years. Also according to an April 2014 interview with James Cameron we can look forward to three more instalments in the Avatar franchise.
3. Star Wars
A 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas, starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, receiving 6 academy awards -The first release in the Star Wars franchise – Star Wars: A New Hope. This film made 2.82 Billion at the box office. The plot focuses on the Rebel Alliance, led by Princess Leia (Fisher), and its attempt to destroy the Galactic Empire’s space station, the Death Star. Fun Fact, Harrison Ford was only paid $10,000 for his performance in the film and Darth Vader has only 12 total minutes of screen time. 1977 is also the year the Atari 2600 made its first appearance.
A 1997 American epic romantic disaster film directed, written, co-produced, and co-edited by James Cameron. Titanic, Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as members of different social classes who fall in love aboard the ship during its ill-fated maiden voyage. Winner of 11 Academy Awards including Best Picture, this film made 2.51 Billion at the box office. Fun Fact, The cost to construct the Titanic in 1910-1912 was $7.5 million which was about $120 to $150 million in 1997 dollars. The movie itself cost $200 million to make. The most expensive first-class suite on the Titanic cost $4,350, the equivalent of about $75,000 today
5. The Sound of Music
A musical based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp. The Sound of music directed by Robert Wise, starring Julie Andrews & Christopher Plummer. Set in Salzburg, Austria, Maria is sent to be the governess to seven children of a widowed naval commander. The children, initially hostile and mischievous, come to like her, and the woman finds herself falling in love with the captain – Meanwhile, the Nazis take power in Austria. This movie made 2.36 Billion at the box office and was a winner of 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture. 1959 was also the year the Rat pack first appeared and The United States named Alaska and Hawaii state number 49 and 50 respectively.