The Best Movies of All Time

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These are 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.

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  1. 1
    + 19,329
    - 10,438

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

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  2. 2
    + 23,327
    - 8,776

    ranked low on reranks
    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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  3. 3
    + 16,826
    - 12,095

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

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  4. 4
    + 16,204
    - 9,582
    Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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  5. 5
    + 20,751
    - 8,174


    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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  6. 6
    + 16,564
    - 9,984


    Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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  7. 7
    + 11,033
    - 7,388

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

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  8. 8
    + 11,656
    - 7,303


    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

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  9. 9
    + 12,454
    - 6,391


    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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  10. 10
    + 12,012
    - 6,148


    Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

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  11. 11
    + 11,441
    - 6,326


    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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  12. 12
    + 12,438
    - 8,665
    Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter

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  13. 13
    + 11,210
    - 8,960

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

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  14. 14
    + 13,174
    - 5,062
    Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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  15. 15
    + 11,927
    - 6,698

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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  16. 16
    + 12,279
    - 5,582

    ranked low on reranks
    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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  17. 17
    + 12,210
    - 5,613
    Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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  18. 18
    + 11,202
    - 5,521
    The Lord of the Rings - The Re... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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  19. 19
    + 8,137
    - 4,440
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

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  20. 20
    + 7,653
    - 5,225

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

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  21. 21
    + 6,804
    - 3,502


    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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  22. 22
    + 9,816
    - 5,210


    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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  23. 23
    + 5,231
    - 4,982

    often listed
    Orson Welles, Alan Ladd, Agnes Moorehead

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  24. 24
    + 6,332
    - 4,483
    Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

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  25. 25
    + 7,689
    - 4,220
    The Shining is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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  26. 26
    + 8,702
    - 6,114

    often listed
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

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  27. 27
    + 7,400
    - 4,371


    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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  28. 28
    + 8,632
    - 6,672

    often listed
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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  29. 29
    + 7,846
    - 4,103
    Jaws is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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  30. 30
    + 6,241
    - 4,048

    often listed
    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

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  31. 31
    + 7,557
    - 3,533


    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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  32. 32
    + 6,862
    - 3,391

    ranked low on reranks
    Clint Eastwood, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Strong

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  33. 33
    + 5,074
    - 3,821

    often listed
    Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese

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  34. 34
    + 7,474
    - 3,745


    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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  35. 35
    + 7,380
    - 4,349


    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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  36. 36
    + 4,847
    - 4,525
    A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

    often listed
    Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

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  37. 37
    + 5,856
    - 3,242


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

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  38. 38
    + 5,727
    - 3,502


    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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  39. 39
    + 7,058
    - 3,858
    The Lord of the Rings - The Tw... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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  40. 40
    + 5,445
    - 3,150


    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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  41. 41
    + 6,949
    - 4,067


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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  42. 42
    + 7,162
    - 3,981


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

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  43. 43
    + 6,249
    - 3,467
    It's a Wonderful Life is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

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  44. 44
    + 7,865
    - 3,026
    The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

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  45. 45
    + 6,843
    - 2,772
    The Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan

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  46. 46
    + 4,818
    - 4,392
    The Big Lebowski is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

    often listed
    Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Tara Reid

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  47. 47
    + 3,742
    - 3,411
    2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

    often listed
    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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  48. 48
    + 5,836
    - 3,928


    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin

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  49. 49
    + 6,016
    - 3,261


    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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  50. 50
    + 7,218
    - 2,901
    Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

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