Every year, more than 700 films are released in Hollywood, so movies have to work harder and harder to make the same impact. Sure, not all of the following movies are spectacular but each of them has done their part to earn a spot in the annals of Hollywood history.
1. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES (2011)
You forgot about this Johnny Depp misfire from a few years back, didn’t you? Well, history hasn’t forgotten, because On Stranger Tides holds the record for the most expensive film ever made. With a production budget of $378.5 million, What’s worse, that record is actually in question, because Avatar has an unconfirmed budget of $425 million.
2. THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (2013)
When it premiered in 2013, it broke the Hollywood record for uses of the “f” word (about 506 times, nearly three times a minute). Removing the curse words caused the edited version released in the UAE to drop 45 minutes in film time. Now, there is a movie with more overall curse words, but it was called Swearnet, so that feels like an immediate disqualification, right?
3. BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S (1961)
The little black dress that Audrey Hepburn wore in Breakfast at Tiffany’s is so iconic that women (and more than a few men) have needed to have something similar in their closets. While the dress itself didn’t start out as a record-breaker, when it sold at auction for £467,200 ($657,950) in 2006, the dress became the most expensive costume in Hollywood history.
4. THE COLOR PURPLE (1985)
The sweeping historical epic from Steven Spielberg, was criminally overlooked by the awards circuit the year it came out. In spite of receiving 11 Oscar nominations, Spielberg’s film went home empty-handed. As a result, the Color Purple holds the record for most Oscar nominations without a win, not even for the Best Director.
5. TITANIC (1997)
James Cameron’s sweeping historical film remains the most nominated and awarded film in the history of the Academy Awards. It was nominated for 14 Oscars and won 11. While other movies have accomplished these individual feats (All About Eve and Ben-Hur, respectively), Titanic is the only movie to do both.
6. AVATAR (2009)
With a worldwide earning of $2.8 billion, Avatar holds the world record for the highest grossing film of all time. Though it’s not James Cameron’s best work, Dances With Wolves with mercenaries and aliens spoke to vast audience thanks to its masterful execution. Hey, it might have been rote, but James Cameron doesn’t do bad movies.
7. THE OWNER (2012)
If film is a collaborative art, then the creative minds at CollabFeature take that philosophy to heart. This international group of talent work on movies like The Owner, a 2012 movie that followed a backpack across the world as it made its way back to its owner. The film was directed by 25 people from 13 different countries making it the Guinness World Record Holder for Most Directors of a Single Film.
8. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2014)
This quip-happy Marvel movie has the highest body count in movie history. In the film’s final moments, 80,000 Nova Corp pilots sacrifice themselves in the valiant, but vain attempt to keep the movie’s big bad from reaching the surface. Added to the other corpses stacked up throughout the movie and Guardians racks up 83,871 bodies before the credits roll.
9. FROZEN (2013)
Parents might be sick of hearing lyrics from the movie Frozen come out their kid’s mouths, but it’s that level of little kid fanaticism that turned the Disney musical into the highest grossing animated film of all time with a worldwide gross of $1.2 billion and change. It narrowly beat out Dreamworks’ Minions, which earned $1.1 billion at the box office.
10. HONORABLE MENTION: JOHN FORD
Ford is considered one of the most inventive directors in the history of Hollywood. To date, the director is the winningest director in Academy history. Ford was nominated five times and took home four statues. His closest competition is William Wyler who was nominated 12 times but took home only three Oscar wins.
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