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The Best Movies of All Time

List Criteria: The greatest films ever made...

The best movies of all time, ranked by movie experts and film fans alike. What are the greatest movies of all time? This list of the top films ever made was created by taking best movie suggestions from Ranker users and letting them vote to determine which films are the best ever made.

So, what are the best movies of all time? The list includes a wide range of films, from art house European cinema to top action films and blockbusters to established, highly-regarded classics of the Golden Age of Hollywood. The entries span many genres and include some of the greatest movie villains created by the best writers and top film directors in the industry. Included are movies that were recognized in their own time – including a number of Academy Award recipients and even Best Picture selections – as well as cult movies or sleeper hits that took time to find an audience. Shawshank Redemption, for example, was not highly regarded or popular in theaters when it first opened, but has since risen to the top of many best movie lists.

If your favorite movies still aren't included with this group of the best movies of all time, add them by clicking "rerank" below to make your own list. Or just vote for the titles below that are most worthy of the title of the greatest movie ever. Also, check out Ranker's lists of the greatest actors of all time.

The Best Movies of All Time Films
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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

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    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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    John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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  4. 4
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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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  5. 5
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    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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    Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

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  8. 8
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    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

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    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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  10. 10
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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter

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    Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

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  12. 12
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    often listed
    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

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    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

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    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Orson Welles, Alan Ladd, Agnes Moorehead

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    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

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    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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    Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

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    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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    Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese

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    Clint Eastwood, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Strong

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    Stanley Kubrick, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey

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    James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

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    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

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    Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Tara Reid

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

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    Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan

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    often listed
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin

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    Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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