The Top Box Office Films Before 1945

Before 1980, box office records are, to say the least, very sketchy. Particularly before 1945. All that is available for those years are just the supposed number one film. And that only as far back as 1918. There doesn't seem to be a real definite version of these early records. If anyone knows where I can find some definite records, let me know. Otherwise, here we are.
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1.
Mickey (1918)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Mickey, an orphan who has been brought up in a mining settlement, is sent to New York to live with her aunt. (93 mins.)
 
2.
The Miracle Man (1919 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A gang of crooks evade the police by moving their operations to a small town. There the gang's leader... (34 mins.)
 
3.
Way Down East (1920)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A naive country girl is tricked into a sham marriage by a wealthy womanizer, then must rebuild her life despite the taint of having borne a child out of wedlock. (145 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
4.
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
An extended family split up in France and Germany find themselves on opposing sides of the battlefield during World War I. (150 mins.)
Director: Rex Ingram
 
5.
Robin Hood (1922)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A nobleman becomes the vigilante Robin Hood who protects the oppressed English people from the tyrannical Prince John. (143 mins.)
Director: Allan Dwan
 
6.
The Big Parade (1925)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A young American soldier witnesses the horrors of the Great War. (151 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
“ There doesn't appear to be a record for 1924. ” - Mallorca-Moon
 
7.
Aloma of the South Seas (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Young South Seas native boy is sent to the U.S. for his education, returns to his island after his father dies to try to stop a revolution. (90 mins.)
 
8.
The Jazz Singer (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The son of a Jewish Cantor must defy the traditions of his religious father in order to pursue his dream of becoming a jazz singer. (88 mins.)
Director: Alan Crosland
 
9.
The Singing Fool (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A singing waiter and composer (Al Jolson) loves two women (Betty Bronson, Josephine Dunn), conquers Broadway and holds his dying son, singing "Sonny Boy." (105 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Bacon
“ Apparently the number one film of this year was either this or the next one. ” - Mallorca-Moon
 
10.
The Road to Ruin (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A controversial, low-budget drama about the life of a young teenage girl that goes on the "road to ruin."...
 
11.
The Broadway Melody (1929)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A pair of sisters from the vaudeville circuit try to make it big time on Broadway, but matters of the heart complicate the attempt. (100 mins.)
Director: Harry Beaumont
 
12.
Tom Sawyer (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The classic Mark Twain tale of a young boy and his friends on the Mississippi River. Tom and his pals... (86 mins.)
Director: John Cromwell
“ Apparently the number one film of this year was either this or the next one. ” - Mallorca-Moon
 
13.
Hell's Angels (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Brothers Monte and Ray leave Oxford to join the Royal Flying Corps. Ray loves Helen; Helen enjoys an affair with Monte; before they leave on their mission over Germany they find her in still another man's arms. (127 mins.)
Director: Howard Hughes
 
14.
Frankenstein (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses. (70 mins.)
Director: James Whale
 
15.
Shanghai Express (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A loose woman rediscovers a former lover during a dangerous train ride to Shanghai. (82 mins.)
 
16.
King Kong (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal giant gorilla who takes a shine to their female blonde star. Then he's captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition. (100 mins.)
“ Apparently the number one film was this or the next one. ” - Mallorca-Moon
 
17.
I'm No Angel (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Circus performer Tira seeks a better life pursuing the company of wealthy New York men with improbable comic complications along the way. (87 mins.)
Director: Wesley Ruggles
 
18.
Viva Villa! (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In this fictionalized biography, young Pancho Villa takes to the hills after killing an overseer in revenge for his father's death... (115 mins.)
Director: Jack Conway
“ Apparently the number one film was this or the next one. ” - Mallorca-Moon
 
19.
It Happened One Night (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A spoiled heiress, running away from her family, is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story. (105 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
20.
Top Hat (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An American dancer comes to Britain and falls for a model whom he initially annoyed, but she mistakes him for his goofy producer. (101 mins.)
Director: Mark Sandrich
 
21.
How to Be a Detective (1936 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A man is giving a lecture on how to be a detective. The first section of the lecture deals with identifying criminals... (9 mins.)
Director: Felix E. Feist
“ Apparently the number one film was this or the next one. ” - Mallorca-Moon
 
22.
One in a Million (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
American theatrical manager (Menjou) discovers Henie preparing for the Olympics in Switzerland and brings her to Madison Square Garden. (95 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lanfield
 
23.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Snow White, pursued by a jealous queen, hides with the Dwarfs; the queen soon learns of this and prepares to feed her a poison apple. (83 mins.)
 
24.
The Dawn Patrol (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
British flying aces in World War I contend with the harsh realities of war. (103 mins.)
Director: Edmund Goulding
“ Apparently the number one film was either this or the next two films. ” - Mallorca-Moon
 
25.
You Can't Take It with You (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A man from a family of rich snobs becomes engaged to a woman from a good-natured but decidedly eccentric family. (126 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
26.
Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
This send-up of ragtime song and dance begins in 1915 San Francisco when society boy Roger Grant decides to pursue popular rather than serious music. (106 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
27.
Gone with the Wind (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A manipulative Southern belle carries on a turbulent affair with a blockade runner during the American Civil War. (238 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
 
28.
Pinocchio (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A living puppet, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy. (88 mins.)
 
29.
Sergeant York (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A hillbilly sharpshooter drafted in WW1 despite his claim to be a pacifist, who ends up becoming a war hero. (134 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
30.
Bambi (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The story of a young deer growing up in the forest. (70 mins.)
 
31.
This Is the Army (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
In WWI dancer Jerry Jones stages an all-soldier show on Broadway, called Yip Yip Yaphank. Wounded in the war... (121 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ Apparently the number one film was either this or the next one. ” - Mallorca-Moon
 
32.
A Guy Named Joe (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Maj. Pete Sandidge is a very able pilot who seems to have a streak of luck as far as flying goes. World... (120 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
 
33.
Going My Way (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Youthful Father Chuck O'Malley led a colorful life of sports, song, and romance before joining the Roman Catholic clergy... (126 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
“ Apparently the number one film was either this or the next one. ” - Mallorca-Moon
 
34.
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In the year before the 1904 St Louis World's Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York. (113 mins.)