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Lord of the Rings, Toy Story Lead USA Today Impact List

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, USA TODAY has compiled a list of the 25 top movie milestones of the past 25 years. Topping the list is Peter Jackson's Tolkien epic LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, which won 17 Oscars and brought in a box office gross of more than $3 billion. TOY STORY followed right behind at #2 for launching 3D animation on the big screen. Other vfx and special effects milestones that made the list include TITANIC (#5), INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM (#9), BATMAN (#10), THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST (#12), MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III (#14), TOTAL RECALL (#17), CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON (#19), THE MATRIX (#20), SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (#22) and the STAR WARS prequels (#23). For the complete list, visit

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