Paramount Pictures/Courtesy Neal Peters Collection

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Cast: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise

Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $625,223,100

Famous quote: “My momma always said, ‘Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.’” — Forrest Gump

The mind-blowing CGI -- from the floating feather to removing Sinise's legs -- helped put Gump over the top in one of the most competitive best picture races in memory. The Shawshank Redemption (No. 4) and Pulp Fiction (No. 5) also were nominated that year.

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