We all have a favorite year, a favorite moment to which we can look back and remember the good, funny or maybe slightly embarrassing but nevertheless memorable days. It could be the year you were born in, or the year you graduated or even something as memorable as the year when you became a father. When you were busy living the best year of your life you might've missed these epic hits in Hollywood. So, here are the biggest hits at the American box office released each and every year from 2001 to 2010.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)

Ratings: IMDb (7.6/10), Rotten Tomatoes (80%)
Budget: $125 million
Box Office: $975 million

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

Ratings: IMDb (8.7/10), Rotten Tomatoes (95%)
Budget: $94 million
Box Office: $926 million

While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

Ratings: IMDb (8.9/10), Rotten Tomatoes (93%)
Budget: $94 million
Box Office: $1.120 billion

Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.

Shrek 2 (2004)

Ratings: IMDb (7.2/10), Rotten Tomatoes (88%)
Budget: $150 million
Box Office: $920 million

Princess Fiona's parents invite her and Shrek to dinner to celebrate her marriage. If only they knew the newlyweds were both ogres.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

Ratings: IMDb (7.7/10), Rotten Tomatoes (88%)
Budget: $150 million
Box Office: $897 million

A young wizard finds himself competing in a hazardous tournament between rival schools of magic, but he is distracted by recurring nightmares.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)

Ratings: IMDb (7.7/10), Rotten Tomatoes (54%)
Budget: $225 million
Box Office: $1.066 billion

Jack Sparrow races to recover the heart of Davy Jones to avoid enslaving his soul to Jones' service, as other friends and foes seek the heart for their own agenda as well.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)

Ratings: IMDb (7.1/10), Rotten Tomatoes (45%)
Budget: $300 million
Box Office: $963 million

Captain Barbossa, Will Turner, and Elizabeth Swann must sail off the edge of the map, navigate treachery and betrayal, find Jack Sparrow, and make their final alliances for one last decisive battle.

The Dark Knight (2008)

Ratings: IMDb (9/10), Rotten Tomatoes (94%)
Budget: $185 million
Box Office: $1.005 billion

When the menace known as the Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham. The Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.

Avatar (2009)

Ratings: IMDb (7.8/10), Rotten Tomatoes (83%)
Budget: $237 million + $9 million+ (re-release)
Box Office: $2.788 billion

A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.

Toy Story 3 (2010)

Ratings: IMDb (8.3/10), Rotten Tomatoes (99%)
Budget: $200 million
Box Office: $1.067 billion

The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it's up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren't abandoned and to return home.

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