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
    + 18,472
    - 9,773

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

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  2. 2
    + 22,000
    - 8,322

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

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  3. 3
    + 16,082
    - 11,446

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

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  4. 4
    + 15,281
    - 9,053
    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
    + 19,702
    - 7,731


    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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  6. 6
    + 15,721
    - 9,427


    Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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  7. 7
    + 10,516
    - 7,003

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

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  8. 8
    + 11,095
    - 6,963


    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

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  9. 9
    + 11,930
    - 6,082


    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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  10. 10
    + 11,509
    - 5,772

    ranked low on reranks
    Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

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  11. 11
    + 10,848
    - 6,022


    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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  12. 12
    + 11,917
    - 8,251
    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
    + 10,743
    - 8,543

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

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  14. 14
    + 12,545
    - 4,827
    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
    + 11,757
    - 5,316

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

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  16. 16
    + 11,388
    - 6,401


    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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  17. 17
    + 11,657
    - 5,345
    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
    + 10,681
    - 5,256
    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
    + 7,309
    - 4,996

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

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  20. 20
    + 7,808
    - 4,226
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

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  21. 21
    + 6,369
    - 3,269


    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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  22. 22
    + 9,365
    - 4,943


    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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  23. 23
    + 5,012
    - 4,741

    often listed
    Orson Welles, Alan Ladd, Agnes Moorehead

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  24. 24
    + 6,068
    - 4,265
    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
    + 7,346
    - 4,010
    The Shining is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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  26. 26
    + 7,099
    - 4,139


    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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  27. 27
    + 8,268
    - 5,813

    often listed
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

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  28. 28
    + 8,164
    - 6,346

    often listed
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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  29. 29
    + 7,488
    - 3,895
    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
    + 5,931
    - 3,862

    often listed
    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

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  31. 31
    + 7,149
    - 3,357


    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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  32. 32
    + 6,549
    - 3,244

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

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  33. 33
    + 4,848
    - 3,644

    often listed
    Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese

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  34. 34
    + 7,117
    - 3,573


    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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  35. 35
    + 4,644
    - 4,304
    A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

    often listed
    Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

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  36. 36
    + 7,063
    - 4,169


    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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  37. 37
    + 5,557
    - 3,085


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

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  38. 38
    + 5,521
    - 3,359


    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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  39. 39
    + 6,764
    - 3,681
    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
    + 6,684
    - 3,885


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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  41. 41
    + 6,893
    - 3,828


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

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  42. 42
    + 5,203
    - 2,982


    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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  43. 43
    + 5,993
    - 3,337
    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
    + 7,512
    - 2,905
    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
    + 4,605
    - 4,221
    The Big Lebowski is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

    often listed
    Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Tara Reid

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  46. 46
    + 6,526
    - 2,646
    The Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan

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  47. 47
    + 3,554
    - 3,245
    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
    + 5,574
    - 3,790


    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin

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  49. 49
    + 5,786
    - 3,136


    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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  50. 50
    + 6,912
    - 2,776
    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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