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This is a non-definitive list of the most expensive films, both non-adjusted (top) and adjusted (bottom) for inflation. Only movies with a budget of $150 million U.S. dollars or more are listed here.

These lists contain only the films that are already released to the general public, and no films that are still in production, post-production or just announced films, for the reason that these costs can still change in the production process. Listed below is the negative cost: the costs of the actual filming, and not including promotional costs (i.e. advertisements, commercials, posters, etc.). Most studios, however, will not give a statement on the actual production costs, so only estimates by professional researchers and movie industry writers are available.

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Most expensive films (not adjusted for inflation)

Charted using IMDB estimates, and alternative estimates are noted with citations.

List of most expensive films
Rank Movie name Year Production costs in millions (est.)
1 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 2007 $300m
2 Spider-Man 3 2007 $258m
3 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009 $250m |- 4 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 $225m
5 X-Men: The Last Stand 2006 $210m
6 Superman Returns 2006 $209m
7 King Kong 2005 $207m
8 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian 2008 $200m
= Quantum of Solace 2008 $200m
= Spider-Man 2 2004 $200m
= Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines 2003 $200m
= Terminator Salvation 2009 $200m
= Titanic 1997 $200m
= Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 $200m
15 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 2008 $185m
= The Dark Knight 2008 $185m
= The Golden Compass 2007 $180m ($205m)
= The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 2005 $180m
= Wall-E 2008 $180m
20 Evan Almighty 2007 $175m
= Troy 2004 $175m
= Up 2009 $175m
= Waterworld 1995 $175m
24 Wild Wild West 1999 $170m ($175m)
25 Poseidon 2006 $160m
= Sahara 2005 $160m
= Shrek the Third 2007 $160m
= Van Helsing 2004 $160m
29 Alexander 2004 $155m
30 Batman Begins 2005 $150m
= The Incredible Hulk 2008 $150m
= X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2009 $150m
= Angels & Demons 2009 $150m
= Star Trek 2009 $150m
= Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian 2009 $150m
= Casino Royale 2006 $150m
= Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 2005 $150m
= Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005 $150m
= Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2007 $150m
= I Am Legend 2007 $150m
= Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World 2003 $150m
= The Matrix Reloaded 2003 $150m
= The Matrix Revolutions 2003 $150m
= Mission: Impossible III 2006 $150m
= The Polar Express 2004 $150m
= Beowulf 2007 $150m
= Tarzan 1999 $150m
= Transformers 2007 $150m
= Hancock 2008 $150m
= Shrek 2 2004 $150m
= Ratatouille 2007 $150m
= The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 2008 $150m ($160m)

Most expensive Hollywood films (adjusted for inflation)

The two charts presented here by price comparison consumer website Know Your Money and Forbes magazine have had their budgets adjusted for 2008 and 2006 respectively. There is a strong correlation between the order of the two charts, and the slightly different order can be explained by differences in the estimations of the original budgets and the inflation measure used to convert the amounts to their equivalent present day value. Since the Forbes chart was compiled, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Spider-Man 3 and Quantum of Solace have been released and are included in the more recent Know Your Money chart. The most striking omission from the Know Your Money chart is Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest which is highly placed on the Forbes chart, ranking higher than some of the films that feature on the Know Your Money chart.

List of most expensive films, inflation adjusted
KYM rank Forbes rank Movie name Year Production costs (KYM est. 2008) Production costs (Forbes est. 2006)
1 n/a Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 2007 $316.6m n/a
2 1 Cleopatra 1963 $314.6m $290,200,000
3 2 Superman Returns 2006 $294.6m $268,500,000
4 3 Titanic 1997 $272.6m $250,200,000
5 n/a Spider-Man 3 2007 $272.2m n/a
6 4 Waterworld 1995 $251.2m $231,600,000
7 6 Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines 2003 $237.8m $219,500,000
8 8 King Kong 2005 $231.9m $212,300,000
9 7 Spider-Man 2 2004 $231.6m $212,800,000
10 n/a Quantum of Solace 2008 $230.0m n/a
5 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 $223,100,000
9 X-Men: The Last Stand 2006 $209,300,000
10 Wild Wild West 1999 $206,400,000
11 Speed 2: Cruise Control 1997 $201,400,000
12 The 13th Warrior 1999 $193,200,000
13 Troy 2004 $186,800,000
14 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 2005 $184,600,000
15 The Polar Express 2004 $174,300,000
16= Armageddon 1998 $173,100,000
16= Lethal Weapon 4 1998 $173,100,000
18 Van Helsing 2004 $170,700,000
19 Superman 1978 $163,900,000
20 The Matrix Reloaded 2003 $165,000,000
21= Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World 2003 $164,100,000
21= The Matrix Revolutions 2003 $164,100,000
23 The Perfect Storm 2000 $164,000,000
24 Alexander 2004 $163,800,000
25 The World Is Not Enough 1999 $161,900,000

Other noteworthy budgets (adjusted for inflation)

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Movie name Year Production costs (est.)
War and Peace (4 parts) 1968 $700,000,000 (2007)
Metropolis 1927 $204,000,000 (2006)
Star Trek: The Motion Picture 1979 $163,400,000
Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 $102,000,000 (1991)

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