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See 100 Years of Blockbuster Movies in 5 Minutes

From "Birth of a Nation" to "The Avengers"

The cinema has grown up a great deal since its early days, but some things never change. This video, which brings together moments from every film to lead the annual box office since 1914 (The Squaw Man won that year) shows just how much spectacle and extravagance tend to win out. From Birth of a Nation and Intolerance (1915 and 1916) to The Towering Inferno and Jaws (1974 and 1975) to recent year-end champs like Avatar and The Avengers (2009 and 2012), going big tends to keep potential audience members from staying home.

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