It is not easy to draw up such a ranking. In fact, if it is true that the most expensive films are those of the modern era made with ultra-technological means, it should be taken into account – with equal efforts but with less advanced means – if films like Ben Hur or Gone with the Wind have cost more. in the fifties!

The records to which we must adhere, however, are those that speak of today’s budgets which inevitably exceed those of the 1950s considerably . And the result can be seen both from the special effects obtained and from the return receipts. Here are the most expensive films ever, updated to 2019. But the challenge is open and the future could beat the record holder even in a few months …

But let’s see immediately which are the most expensive films ever and their description!


  • Avengers End Game
  • Pirates of the Caribbean at the edge of the world
  • Avengers Infinity War
  • John Carter
  • Rapunzel, the plot of the tower
  • Spiderman 3
  • Pirates of the Caribbean, beyond the borders of the sea
  • Harry Potter and the halfblood Prince
  • Avatar
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

Avengers End Game

Released in 2019, the latest chapter of the Avengers saga wins the title of the (currently) highest paid film of all time. It took $ 356 million to set up. However, the record is hanging by a thread because this stellar budget is not the official one, which has never been disclosed.

Pirates of the Caribbean at the edge of the world

To contend for the first place then and again the myth of the Pirates of the Caribbean, an episode “at the edge of the world”. The budget of this 2007 production is official and confirmed and corresponds to 300 million dollars. A record that does not lapse despite the years that have passed.

Avengers Infinity War

Third place with the same figure (300 million) for the previous chapter of Avengers which carries on the stories of the heroes of the Marvel comics turned into superheroes in flesh and blood .

John Carter

Nothing to do with the American politician, John Carter and the alien hero of a comic that has become a myth and that takes place on Mars. The film that revealed it to the world in 2012 holds the record fourth place with a production costing 265 million dollars .

Rapunzel, the plot of the tower

A little further down, with 260 million dollars , follows the fairy tale film dedicated to the princess with very long hair. From the top of her tower, she too will have enjoyed success.

Spiderman 3

The hero of all children became a movie star in a film costing a total of 258 million dollars.

Pirates of the Caribbean, beyond the borders of the sea

A record-breaking film for nearly seven years, Beyond the Sea’s Edge has only recently been surpassed by slipping to seventh place with its $ 250 million production.

Harry Potter and the halfblood Prince

Same cost ( 250 million dollars ) for the sixth episode of the Harry Potter saga, released in 2009.


The psychedelic and virtual film signed (in 2009) by the perfectionist hand of James Cameron cost 237 million dollars and for several years held the record for the most expensive film in the world.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

The second lucky episode of the fairy tale that fascinated the very young of the new century, inspired by the novels of the same name, closes the ranking with  225 million dollars .