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What Was the Most Popular Movie the Year You Were Born?

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Since the dawn of Hollywood, movies have not only served as entertainment, but also as time capsules, forever preserving specific moments in history. This is what makes going back and discovering the films that defined an era so much fun — and even more so, the movies that were dominating theaters and breaking records the year we were born. 

We rounded up the top box-office hits of the last six decades and put together a definitive list of the most popular movie, year over year. Stretching all the way from the Golden Age of Hollywood to modern times, this list is filled with everything from classic movies you know and love to surprise hits you might’ve forgotten about (or never even seen!)  

Keep scrolling for a countdown of the highest grossing films of the last 60+ years and discover what film America was obsessing over the year you were born.

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