Movie classic Gone With The Wind has topped a survey of the most successful films at the US box office, according to figures adjusted for inflation.

The 1939 American civil war romance, starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, beat competition from the likes of Star Wars, The Sound Of Music, TITANIC and Jaws.

It was one of two movies from the 1930s in the Top 10, the other being Disney's SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS.

But the research published in the Screen Digest film journal adjudged the 1970s the most successful decade for films - noting particularly the success of Jaws and The Exorcist.

DAVID HANCOCK, author of the findings, says, "Leaving aside the exceptional nature of the 1930s, we can see a peak in the film industry's fortunes in the 1960s and 1970s, and a relative decline since then.

"In the face of sustained and growing competition, cinema has ceded its predominant position to other media."

Last year (04), Gone with the Wind headed a list of the most successful movies in UK film history too.