10 years ago, there were but three billion-dollar films – the second Pirates of the Caribbean, the third Lord of the Rings and Titanic. Now there are soon to be 35 – that’s inflation for you, folks. It’s safe to say the mantle of billion-dollar grosser doesn’t mean what it used to. But while some trash like Alice in Wonderland, Transformers: Age of Extinction and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – did I mention Minions? – are supported by enormous percentages overseas, only a select few films were worth imprinting on the entirety of collective human consciousness.
In any case, here is the list of top 10 billion dollar movies, ranked from good to best. These are cream of the crop when it comes to the world’s highest grossing movies.
10. Captain America: Civil War
The Russo brothers have proven themselves worthy of directing massive-budgeted Marvel flicks since fan-favorite Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and now they’re still in the midst of delivering the final Avengers film after Infinity War played out so magnificently. Going into Phase 3, Civil War was proof that no matter how episodic the Marvel Cinematic Universe became, regardless of how many heroes were stuffed in, the brand would deliver accessible and interesting feature films with hardly a hiccup. Civil War balanced the introduction of Black Panther (a film which easily could have claimed this spot) and a young Spider-Man with a Hydra/Bucky-focused Captain America movie all while essentially delivering Avengers 2.5. The cinematic juggling act was just a warm-up the two-part Avengers finale, yet the third Captain America remains an impressive work of harmonized chaos that equals and even surpasses the first Avengers.