A year that was filled with so much new, the calendar is a great way to recap the events that made the biggest impact on those who follow Hollywood closely. From the major awards shows such as the Grammys and the Oscars to the creation of many new series, we rank the most significant moments from 2014–19.

Movies Ranked By IMDb Rating

Looking for the best movies of the year? Find out where you can watch them streaming on Netflix and other platforms with IMDb rating. This prominent movie review aggregator compiles data from various sources such as Box Office Mojo, Rotten Tomatoes, and IMDb to produce an overall rating for each movie.

Most Popular Movie Theaters

Famous movie theaters often host premieres of major studio titles so it’s always an event when a new Hollywood blockbuster opens in a luxury theater. Theaters such as Regal Cinemas’ Nika Luxury Cinemas and AMC’s Loews Cinema are some of the most popular movie venues in the country, so it’s no surprise that people are traveling from near and far to catch a glimpse of their favorite films. While most people visit the cinemas to catch the latest release, attendees often leave with a bag full of exclusive merchandise that they weren’t able to purchase locally.

Most Popular Film Festivals

Major motion picture festivals such as Cannes and Sundance are some of the most prominent festivals in the world renowned film festival circuit. These fests host the premieres of new films and give them a chance to win awards, gain massive popularity, and make bank. Some of the most popular festivals in the world include:

  • Sundance
  • Cannes
  • Docudays
  • Aquila
  • Astrofest
  • Vancouver
  • Fantastic Fest
  • Rotterdam
  • Berlinale
  • LFF
  • Aichi
  • Toronto
  • Oscars
  • Los Angeles

The list of festivals and the top 5 most popular festivals could be filled with Hollywood’s biggest and most prestigious titles. It’s also worth noting that many of these festivals are held in the summer, so attendees must cope with the heat which can be brutal. If you’re a fan of dramatic films, then visiting these places in person is an unforgettable experience. However, if you’re looking for a way to avoid the summer heat, then attending one of these film festivals through virtual reality headsets could be the answer you’re looking for.

The Biggest Hollywood Earnings

It’s no secret that the entertainment industry is one of the most profitable industries in the world, and some of the biggest earners are often found in Hollywood. It seems like every year brings a new record-breaking performer who eclipses their previous earnings. This trend gained so much momentum in 2014 that Forbes published a list of the top 10 highest-earning actors and actresses. Let’s take a quick look at the top 5 actors and actresses of this year who earned the most:

  • Angelina Jolie – By the Sea (Maleficent): $15 million
  • Robert Pattinson – Dirty Dancing (Caleb): $14 million
  • Scarlett Johansson – Lucy (Lucille): $12 million
  • Krysten Ritter – The Flash (Rene): $11 million
  • Emilia Clarke – Game of Thrones (Olympia): $10 million
  • Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things (Willow): $9 million
  • Scarfeh Lopes – Love, Simon (Simon): $8 million
  • Haley Bennett – Pitch Perfect 2 (Bobby): $7 million
  • Mindy Kaleidoscope – The Gift (Lulu): $7 million
  • Anne Hathaway – Interstellar (Roc): $7 million

It’s not just Forbes that’s noticing the trend. In June 2015, CNN reported that 2015 would be the largest year yet for celebrity earnings as a record number of A-list stars hit the big 4-0. The only comparable year to 2015 was 2008, the year before the financial crisis of 2009.

Record-Breaking Box Office Hits

Need proof that Hollywood is running wild? Look no further than the box office, where the films grossed over $400 million domestically and another $500 million abroad. Some of the highest-grossing movies of all time are proudly displayed on this list, which was compiled by Hollywood Reporter:

  • Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (Tom): $500 million
  • Jurassic World (Richard): $500 million
  • Deadpool (Ryan): $486 million
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Jenny): $468 million
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (Chris): $461 million
  • Black Panther (T’Challa): $460 million
  • Spider-Man (Tom): $450 million
  • Zootopia (Val): $441 million

This year was full of epic hits, from Avengers: Infinity War and Deadpool 2 to Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It seems like all the popular television shows and movies became instant classics this year, and the box office reflects that.

Major Awards Shows

One of the highlights of the year was undoubtedly the 56th annual Grammy Awards, held in Los Angeles on February 16, 2018. The ceremony was filled with epic performances featuring top artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Camila Cabello, and Cardi B. The night was topped off by a memorable moment when singer-songwriter John Legend delivered a passionate speech about the need to support black-owned businesses. The following day, the Los Angeles Times highlighted Legend’s speech as one of the most memorable moments from the Grammys.

The 2017 Emmy Awards

Another major awards show that was exceptionally memorable was the 70th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, held in New York City on September 11, 2017. The ceremony was hosted by Billy Eichhorn and was filled with incredible performances from famous TV shows such as Game of Thrones, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Westworld. It was also a big night for Veep, as it won Outstanding Comedy Series, and Donald Trump’s beloved favorite show, The Apprentice, won the prestigious Donald Trump Prize.

The 2018 Golden Globes

The final major awards show of the year was the 2018 Golden Globes, held in Beverly Hills, California on January 6, 2018. The night was filled with memorable moments as the stars came out to support each other amid the raging firestorm that was the president’s Twitter account. The ceremony was also a chance for prominent TV shows to make a quick comeback after a brief hiatus.

It’s safe to say that Hollywood was filled with incredible films, television shows, and performances this year. From blockbusters that made billions at the box office to those that resonated with audiences around the world, the industry continued to flourish at an unprecedented level.