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Top-Grossing Best Picture Winners Since 1978

By Bloomberg Rankings - 2014-02-26T19:51:24Z

Photograph by Warner Bros. Pictures

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The Oscars, which last year drew more than 40 million TV viewers in the U.S., rolls out the red carpet again on Sunday. Directors, actors and others taking their seats on March 2 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles will be dreaming of such a crowd for their films, and an Oscar wouldn't hurt. Cinema-goers haven't always agreed with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences on the must-see movies. But here's where the two intersected -- the top-grossing films (adjusted for inflation) that have carried off the Oscar for Best Picture since 1978, each with the year of its release and its domestic lifetime haul.

The Departed
Rank: 20

U.S. lifetime adjusted gross: $168,008,500

Year: 2006

Nominations: 5

Wins: 4

Studio: Warner Brothers