The Best Movies of All Time

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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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    - 7131

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

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  2. 2
    + 17744
    - 6017

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

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  3. 3
    + 13256
    - 8724

    often listed
    John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

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  4. 4
    + 12040
    - 6690
    Star Wars


    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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  5. 5
    + 15639
    - 6137


    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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  6. 6
    + 12540
    - 6936


    Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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  7. 7
    + 9120
    - 5110


    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

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  8. 8
    + 8692
    - 5086


    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

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    + 9909
    - 4349

    ranked low on reranks
    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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  10. 10
    + 9794
    - 6089
    Fight Club

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

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  11. 11
    + 9510
    - 4101

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

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  12. 12
    + 8923
    - 6375

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

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    + 8728
    - 4397


    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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  14. 14
    + 9744
    - 4072

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

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  15. 15
    + 9533
    - 5034

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

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  16. 16
    + 9765
    - 4001
    Saving Private Ryan


    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    + 9584
    - 4227
    Back to the Future


    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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    + 8824
    - 4139
    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King


    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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    + 6500
    - 3372
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest


    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

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    + 6069
    - 4134

    often listed
    Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

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    + 4754
    - 2335


    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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  22. 22
    + 5026
    - 3384
    Apocalypse Now

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

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    + 7888
    - 3954


    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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    + 4097
    - 3844

    often listed
    Orson Welles, Alan Ladd, Agnes Moorehead

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    + 6063
    - 3225
    The Shining

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

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    + 6772
    - 4740

    often listed
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

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    + 5891
    - 3226


    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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    + 6592
    - 5130

    often listed
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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    + 6166
    - 3104
    Jaws


    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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    + 4845
    - 3117


    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

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    + 5948
    - 3374


    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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    + 3817
    - 3423
    A Clockwork Orange

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

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    + 4579
    - 2673


    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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    + 3971
    - 2934

    often listed
    Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese

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    + 5422
    - 2642

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

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    + 5803
    - 2836


    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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    + 4567
    - 2340


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

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    + 5571
    - 2860
    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers


    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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    + 5569
    - 3052


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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    + 6065
    - 2371
    The Green Mile

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

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    + 5665
    - 2531


    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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  42. 42
    + 4997
    - 2648
    It's a Wonderful Life


    James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

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    + 5870
    - 3011


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

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    + 3764
    - 3338
    The Big Lebowski

    often listed
    Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Tara Reid

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    + 4655
    - 2992

    often listed
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin

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    + 3739
    - 2800

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

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  47. 47
    + 5237
    - 1978
    The Wizard of Oz

    ranked low on reranks
    Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan

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    + 4193
    - 2251


    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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    + 4867
    - 2499


    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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    + 3942
    - 2641


    Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth

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