The Best Movies of All Time Films
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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.

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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Robert Duvall, Sofia Coppola, Diane Keaton

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    Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi, Kathy Griffin

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    James Whitmore, Paul McCrane, Bob Gunton

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  4. 4
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    Carrie Fisher, Denis Lawson, Harrison Ford

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    Haley Joel Osment, Gary Sinise, Bobby Richardson

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    Gary Oldman, Anthony Michael Hall, Heath Ledger

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    Al Jolson, Ray Liotta, Lorraine Bracco

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    Robert Duvall, Sofia Coppola, Diane Keaton

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    Jared Leto, Zach Grenier, Kevin Scott Mack

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    Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Maria Peszek

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    Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving, Gloria Foster

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    John Rhys-Davies, Alfred Molina, Frank Marshall

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    Carrie Fisher, Frank Oz, Billy Dee Williams

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    Michael Sheen, Al Hunter Ashton, Russell Crowe

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    Chris Isaak, Dan Butler, Kasi Lemmons

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    Matt Damon, Ted Danson, Tom Sizemore

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    Humphrey Bogart, Curt Bois, Claude Rains

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    Elijah Wood, Bernard Hill, Hugo Weaving

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    Billy Zane, Lea Thompson, Charles L. Campbell

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    Vincent Schiavelli, Louise Fletcher, Anjelica Huston

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    Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Ian Holm

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    Brian Cox, Ian Bannen, Brendan Gleeson

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    Agnes Moorehead, Ruth Warrick, Orson Welles

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    Laurence Fishburne, Robert Duvall, Jim Gaines

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    Ken Watanabe, Tom Berenger, Ellen Page

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    Scatman Crothers, Shelley Duvall, Jack Nicholson

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    John Searle, Steven Spielberg, Carl Gottlieb

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    Reg E. Cathey, Kevin Spacey, Richard Schiff

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    John Savident, Patrick Magee, Margaret Tyzack

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    Bernard Hill, Bill Paxton, Billy Zane

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    Clarence Gilyard, Alan Rickman, Kym Malin

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    Benicio del Toro, Chazz Palminteri, Kevin Spacey

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    Viggo Mortensen, Jason Isaacs, Steven Mackintosh

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    Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Ted Knight

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    Donna Reed, Charles Lane, Gloria Grahame

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    Matt Damon, Alec Baldwin, James Badge Dale

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    Elijah Wood, Bernard Hill, Hugo Weaving

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    Albert Brooks, Peter Boyle, Debbi Morgan

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    Paul Winfield, Bill Paxton, William Wisher

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    Edward Furlong, S. Epatha Merkerson, Diane Rodriguez

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    Patricia Clarkson, Gary Sinise, Michael Clarke Duncan

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    Julianne Moore, John Goodman, Aimee Mann

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    Frank Stallone, Burgess Meredith, Thayer David

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    Vincent D'Onofrio, Dorian Harewood, Kenneth Head

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    Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Kiley

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    Steve Buscemi, Edward Bunker, Quentin Tarantino

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    Bert Lahr, Judy Garland, Jack Haley

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    John Hurt, Ian Holm, Tom Skerritt

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    Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Kelly Macdonald

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