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Top VHS/DVD Videos: First Half 2002 (from various sources):

  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  2. The Fast and the Furious
  3. Training Day
  4. Ocean's Eleven
  5. Atlantis: The Lost Empire
  6. American Pie 2
  7. Cinderella II: Dreams Come True
  8. Snow Dogs
  9. Don't Say a Word
  10. Spy Game

2001: Home Video's Banner Year:
Thanks to the impressive impact of DVDs on the video market, 2001 saw video rentals and sales total a staggering $17 billion, more than twice the revenue brought in by theatrical releases. The top 10 titles of the year (in total VHS/DVD sales and rentals, from various sources):

  1. Shrek
  2. The Grinch
  3. Pearl Harbor
  4. Dinosaur
  5. Remember the Titans
  6. Meet the Parents
  7. The Mummy Returns
  8. Cast Away
  9. The Emperor's New Groove
  10. Rush Hour 2

Billboard's 2001 Year-End Video Sales
Dec. 2, 2000 -- Nov. 24, 2001
(Compiled from a national sample of sales reports)

  1. The Emperor's New Groove
  2. Chicken Run
  3. The Silence of the Lambs
  4. Coyote Ugly
  5. Miss Congeniality
  6. Bring It On
  7. Gladiator
  8. 102 Dalmatians
  9. Toy Story 2
  10. Meet the Parents

Billboard's 2001 Year-End Top Video Rentals
Dec. 2, 2000 -- Nov. 24, 2001
(Compiled from a national sample of sales reports)

  1. Gladiator
  2. Meet the Parents
  3. Almost Famous
  4. The Family Man
  5. Wonder Boys
  6. Cast Away
  7. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  8. What Lies Beneath
  9. Erin Brockovich
  10. Traffic

Billboard's 2001 Year-End Top Kid Video Sales
Dec. 2, 2000 -- Nov. 24, 2001
(Compiled from a national sample of sales reports)

  1. Mary-Kate & Ashley: Our Lips Are Sealed
  2. Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure
  3. The Book of Pooh: Stories From the Heart
  4. Blue's Clues: Playtime With Periwinkle
  5. Dora the Explorer: Wish On a Star
  6. Mary-Kate & Ashley: Winning London
  7. The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea
  8. Fantasia 2000
  9. Bob the Builder: Can We Fix It?
  10. Power Rangers: In 3-D

Billboard's 2001 Year-End Top Music Video Sales
Dec. 2, 2000 -- Nov. 24, 2001
(Compiled from a national sample of sales reports)

  1. Salival
  2. The Up in Smoke Tour
  3. Live At Madison Square
  4. Britney in Hawaii: Live & More
  5. Hell Freezes Over
  6. Supernatural Live
  7. Making the Tour
  8. Listener Supported
  9. Baller Blockin'
  10. Aaron's Party (Come Get It) -- The Video

Billboard's 2001 Year-End Top DVD Sales
Dec. 2, 2000 -- Nov. 24, 2001
(Compiled from a national sample of sales reports)

  1. Gladiator
  2. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  3. Cast Away
  4. X-Men
  5. Gone in 60 Seconds
  6. Traffic
  7. Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace
  8. The Matrix
  9. The Patriot
  10. Meet the Parents

Top 10 selling DVD titles of 2000

  1. Gladiator
  2. The Matrix
  3. The Sixth Sense
  4. X-Men
  5. The Patriot
  6. Mission: Impossible 2
  7. The Green Mile
  8. The Perfect Storm
  9. Gone in 60 Seconds
  10. Toy Story/Toy Story 2

From various sources

Top 10 selling VHS titles of 2000

  1. Tarzan
  2. Toy Story 2
  3. The Sixth Sense
  4. Star Wars: Phantom Menace
  5. The Green Mile
  6. Stuart Little
  7. X-Men
  8. Erin Brockovich
  9. Gladiator
  10. The Little Mermaid II

From various sources

Top 10 rental titles of 2000

  1. The Green Mile
  2. The Sixth Sense
  3. Duece Bigalow: Male Gigplo
  4. The Whole Nine Yards
  5. The Talented Mr. Ripley
  6. The Thomas Crown Affair
  7. Double Jeopardy
  8. The Patriot
  9. End of Days
  10. Erin Brockovich

From various sources

Top 10 selling titles of 1999

  1. Mulan
  2. A Bug's Life
  3. Tae-Bo Workout
  4. The Rugrats Movie
  5. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
  6. Antz
  7. Ever After
  8. The Prince of Egypt
  9. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
  10. Big Daddy

From various sources

Top 10 rental titles of 1999

  1. There's Something About Mary
  2. Rush Hour
  3. Saving Private Ryan
  4. The Waterboy
  5. Enemy of the State
  6. The Truman Show
  7. You've Got Mail
  8. Stepmom
  9. Lethal Weapon 4
  10. The Matrix

From various sources

Top 10 selling DVD titles of 1999

  1. The Matrix
  2. Saving Private Ryan
  3. The Mummy
  4. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Sagged Me
  5. Armageddon
  6. Titanic
  7. Enemy of the State
  8. Big Daddy
  9. Blade
  10. Rush Hour

Various sources

Top 10 selling titles of 1998

  1. Titanic
  2. The Lion King II: Simba's Pride
  3. The Little Mermaid
  4. Lady and the Tramp
  5. Peter Pan
  6. Armageddon
  7. Hercules
  8. Dr. Dolittle
  9. Anastasia
  10. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

From various sources

Top 10 rental titles of 1998

  1. As Good as It Gets
  2. Air Force One
  3. Conspiracy Theory
  4. U.S. Marshals
  5. Good Will Hunting
  6. The Devil's Advocate
  7. Kiss the Girls
  8. The Wedding Singer
  9. I Know What You Did Last Summer
  10. The Game

From various sources

Top 10 selling DVD titles of 1998

  1. Tomorrow Never Dies
  2. Godzilla
  3. Air Force One
  4. U.S. Marshals
  5. Lost in Space
  6. Lethal Weapon 4
  7. Starship Troopers
  8. The Mask of Zorro
  9. Gone With the Wind
  10. L.A. Confidential

Various sources

Top 13 selling video titles of all time

  1. The Lion King
  2. Titanic
  3. The Matrix
  4. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  5. Aladdin
  6. Beauty and the Beast
  7. Cinderella
  8. The Little Mermaid
  9. Toy Story
  10. Jurassic Park
  11. Independence Day
  12. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
  13. Forrest Gump

Various sources

100 Years ... 100 Movies
To celebrate 100 years of American Movies (the first official showing of a movie in the United States for a paying audience took place April 23, 1896 at Koster & Bial's Music Hall, 34th Street and Broadway -- the present site of Macy's department store), The American Film Institute submitted a list of 400 of the best American films to 1,500 members of the entertainment industry to cast their votes for the 100 greatest American movies of all time.


The top 10:
Citizen Kane (1947)
Casablanca (1942)
The Godfather (1972)
Gone With the Wind (1939)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
The Graduate (1967)
On the Waterfront (1954)
Schindler's List (1993)
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
You can check out the list of nominees and the winners at AFI's 100 Years of Movies site. Don't confuse the birth of American movies with the birth of film: the first moving picture made for the purpose of projection was created by the Lumiere brothers in France in 1895. Check out OnVideo's Film Chronology for a timeline of the birth of film.



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