What is the most watched film of all time?

Posted by · 3:46 pm · July 8th, 2008

It's a Wonderful LifeIt’s a question that just came to me this evening when talking with some friends.  What would you say is the most watched film of all time?  How many films would even be on that list of contenders?

Off the top of my head I would have to consider “The Wizard of Oz” and “It’s a Wonderful Life.”  Maybe “Titanic,” given the givens.

We could maybe be so bold as to propose “The Shawshank Redemption” or “The Lord of the Rings” films.  And isn’t “Finding Nemo” the best-selling DVD of all time?  I guess that means it has to be on the list.

“The Lion King?”  “Fantasia?”  “Gone with the Wind?”  What do we think?

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  • 1 8-30-2012 at 2:21 pm

    Brain said...

    That is correct, look it up. the wizard of oz is the “official” most watched film of all time, as certified by the library of congress, most people on our planet, not all, but man, have seen this film multiple times. And yes, believe it or not, but even the darkest corners of the world have seen this thing, its truly unique, and owes much of it’s fame to television.

  • 2 10-31-2012 at 10:43 am

    ivan said...

    it’s walter defend sarajevo (Valter brani Sarajevo).
    and that is 100%. every year in people in china watch this movie with whole family! the main actor vladimir bata zivoinovic went to china and a milion peaople wait for him! he is a GOD there! they have water, beer, streats named walter! movie is not so good but idea is great :) he is 007 or rambo from ww2 :) he kill more germans (in over 200 partizans movies) then avengares, rambo, and any other actor :)))

  • 3 2-06-2013 at 10:35 am

    Jole Brozic said...

    Tako je Ivane Srbine, Valter je najgledaniji film svih vremena jebem vas u dupe amerikansko da vas jebem.
    Nasisate se srpskog djoke jebem vam sav Holivud i sve one kurave sto ga blajvaju za cash.

  • 4 3-08-2013 at 11:49 am

    nawaz said...

    world’s best movie ever released is titanic in 1997 only it grossed highest amount til avathar came bt still titanic will remain the best of all:-)

  • 5 6-02-2013 at 4:15 pm

    eli said...

    Thats an easy One scarface.

  • 6 3-11-2014 at 11:39 am

    Ralph Gardner said...

    King Kong has been showing since 1932, not so much since it was remade.

  • 7 7-11-2015 at 3:25 pm

    Dan said...

    Most lists are compiled by the amount of money a film makes, some take into account theater and TV showings. But it is impossible to know the real answer. The Jesus Film is still being produced and is being distributed widely on VHS and DVDs all over the world. For example, in the 1980s it was placed in every every video shop in Yemen, and thousands of copies continue to go into that country, and every other country. Millions of copies have been distributed in China. There are over 100 teams dedicated to showing this film throughout Africa, usually shown in villages, using a generator. The west has forgotten this film, but thousands of volunteers continue to distribute it worldwide.