Highest-Grossing Films by Genre
ALL-TIME
HIGHEST-GROSSING FILMS

By Genre (Type) or Sub-Genre

All-Time Highest Grossing Films By Genre (Type or Sub-Genre): These are the top, highest-grossing (domestic) films in all the various sub-categories or genres (types of films).

A few other sites post all-time box-office information, including the Internet Movie DataBase, Boxoffice.com, Boxofficemojo.com, and The-numbers.com.


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All-Time Highest-Grossing Films By Genre or Type
(Based upon domestic gross revenue, unadjusted for inflation) (as of mid-2014)
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Genre/Type
Film/Year
Domestic Gross
Title Screen
3-D
Avatar (2009)
$760.5 million
Action
(Martial Arts)
Rush Hour 2 (2001)
$226.2 million
Action Heroine
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
$424.7 million
Adventure
King Kong (2005)
$218 million
Animation (Anime)
Pokemon: The First Movie (1999)
$85.7 million
Animation
Animation (Computer)
Shrek 2 (2004)
$441.2 million
 
Animation (Motion Capture)
The Polar Express (2004)
$183.4 million
Animation (Stop Motion)
Chicken Run (2000)
$106.8 million
Christmas (Holiday)
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
$260 million
Comedy (HS)
21 Jump Street (2012)
$138.4 million
Comedy (Horror)
Ghostbusters (1984)
$238.6 million
Comedy (R-rated)
The Hangover (2009)
$277.3 million
Comedy (R-rated) - Female
Bridesmaids (2011)
$169 million
Comedy (Religious)
Bruce Almighty (2003)
$242.8 million
Comedy (Romantic) - and Wedding
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
$241.4 million
Comedy (Romantic) - Fantasy
Splash (1984)
$69.8 million
Comedy (Science Fiction)
Men in Black (1997)
$250.7 million
Comedy (Spoof)
Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
$213.3 million
 
Comedy (Sports)
The Waterboy (1998)
$161.5 million
Comic Book Adaptation
Marvel's The Avengers (2012)
$623.4+ million
Controversial
&
Religious
The Passion of the Christ (2004)
$370.8 million
Creature Feature - Dinosaur
Jurassic Park (1993)
$357 million
Crime/Gangster (Dirty Cop)
The Departed (2006)
$132.4 million
Dance
Magic Mike (2012)
$113.7 million
Disaster
Titanic (1997)
$658.7 million
 
Disaster (Global Warming)
The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
$186.7 million
Documentary (Political)
Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
$119.2 million
Fantasy (Live Action)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (2011)
$381 million
Foreign Language
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000, Taiwan)
$128.1 million
 
Gay/Lesbian
The Birdcage (1996)
$124.1 million
 
Horror (Anthology)
Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
$29.5 million
Horror
(Found Footage)
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
$140.5 million
Horror (Remake)
The Ring (2002)
$129.1 million
Horror (Sci-Fi)
I Am Legend (2007)
$256.4 million
Horror (Slasher)
Scream (1996)
$103 million
Horror (Torture)
Saw II (2005)
$87 million
Horror (Zombie)
Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)
$60.1 million
James Bond/Spy
Skyfall (2012)
$285+ million
Mind-Bender
(Plot Twister)
Inception (2010)
$292.6 million
Mockumentary
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)
$128.5 million
Musical
Grease (1978)
$188.8 million
 
Music (Concert)
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (2011)
$73 million
Music (Rap)
8 Mile (2002)
$116.8 million
Nature Documentary
March of the Penguins (2005)
$77.4 million
NC-17 Rated
Showgirls (1995)
$20.4 million
New Year's Theme
Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
$126.7 million
Noir (Neo)
Sin City (2005)
$74.1 million
Pirate
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
$423.3 million

Post-Apocalypse
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
$424.7 million
Prequel
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
$474 million
Puppets
The Muppets (2011)
$88.6 million
Robots (Cyborgs, Androids)
Toy Adaptation
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
$402.1 million
Romance (Teen)
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)
$300.5 million
Science Fiction
Avatar (2009)
$760.5 million
'Silent'
The Artist (2011)
$44.7 million
Sports
(Baseball)
A League of Their Own (1992)
$107.5 million
Sports (Basketball)
Space Jam (1996)
$90.4 million
Sports
(Boxing)
Rocky IV (1985)
$128 million
Sports Drama
(and Football)
The Blind Side (2009)
$256 million
Sports (Golf)
Tin Cup (1996)
$53.9 million
Sports (Hockey)
Miracle (2004)
$64.4 million
Sports (Horse)
Seabiscuit (2003)
$120.3 million
Sports (Olympics)
Blades of Glory (2007)
$118.6 million
Sports (Soccer)
Kicking & Screaming (2005)
$52.8 million
Submarine
The Hunt For Red October (1990)
$122 million
Superhero
Marvel's The Avengers (2012)
$623.4+ million
Supernatural (Horror)
The Sixth Sense (1999)
$293.5 million
Swashbuckler
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
$423.3 million

Sword and Sorcery (Fantasy)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
$377.8 million

Thriller-Action (On the Run)
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
$227.5 million
Thriller-Erotic
Fatal Attraction (1987)
$156.6 million
Thriller-Political
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
$258.8 million
Thriller-Serial Killer
Hannibal (2001)
$165.1 million
Vampire/Werewolf
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)
$300.5 million
Video Game Adaptation
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
$131.2 million
Virtual Reality
The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
$281.6 million
War (World War I)
War Horse (2011)
$79.9 million
War (World War II)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
$216.5 million
Western
Dances With Wolves (1990)
$184.2 million
Zombie
World War Z (2013)
$202.4 million


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