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 best movies of 2013 and the greatest actors of all time.
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  1. 2666
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  2. 2064
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    Joaquin Phoenix, Pauley Perrette, Michael Clarke Duncan

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    new! Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Aurélien Recoing ...

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  4. 1814
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    Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi, Laurence Fishburne

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  5. 1777
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    Rachel Weisz, Elizabeth Banks, Isla Fisher

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  6. 240
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    often listed Christina Applegate, Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller

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  7. 810
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Will Ferrell, Seth Rogen, John C. Reilly

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  8. 928
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    Amy Adams, Will Ferrell, Elvis Costello

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  9. 1259
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Eva Mendes, Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg

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  10. 2521
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    added by laustcawz Judd Nelson, Rob Lowe, James Caan

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  11. 2016
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    Emmanuelle Chriqui, Edward Furlong, Gene Simmons

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  12. 579
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    often listed Mandy Moore, Marisa Miller, Daryl Hannah

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  13. 1725
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    Queen Latifah, Steve Martin, Betty White

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  14. 1930
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    Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin

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  15. 1657
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    K. P. A. C. Lalitha, Bharath Gopi, Kaviyoor Ponnamma

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  16. 642
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    Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, Jane Krakowski

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  17. 1135
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    ranked low on reranks Jennifer Beals, Lee Ving, Michael Nouri

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  18. 903
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    Macaulay Culkin, Tim Robbins, Jason Alexander

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  19. 1937
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    Diane Lane, Richard Gere, Michelle Monaghan

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  20. 1827
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    Richard Wright, Nick Mason, David Gilmour

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  21. 2730
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    added by greatdanielmarcoterritorial Alessandra Negrini, Caco Ciocler, Aldine Muller

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  22. 2546
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    new! & added by mainpleine Diane Kruger, Ed Harris, Matthew Goode

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  23. 1812
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    Maggie Smith, Irène Jacob, Kate Maberly

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  24. 2554
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    added by jmmikkola Jim Jarmusch, Kari Väänänen, Matti Pellonpää

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  25. 2267
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    Yury Solomin, Aleksandr Pyatkov, Maxim Munzuk

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  26. 948
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Takashi Shimura, Minoru Chiaki, Nobuo Kaneko

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  27. 342
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    Tatsuya Nakadai, Susumu Terajima, Daisuke Ryu

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  28. 191
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    often listed Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Minoru Chiaki

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    Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Seiji Miyaguchi

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  30. 2434
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    Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Minoru Chiaki

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  31. 1235
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Toshiro Mifune, Isuzu Yamada, Takashi Shimura

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  32. 724
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    Toshiro Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Isuzu Yamada

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    added by jmmikkola Samuli Edelmann, Pamela Tola, Pertti Sveholm

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  34. 1746
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    Ray Winstone, Phil Daniels, David Threlfall

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  35. 298
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    Richard Nixon, Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman

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    Sylvester Stallone, Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland

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  37. 487
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    Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, John Rothman

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  38. 1011
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    Warren Beatty, Paula Prentiss, Hume Cronyn

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  39. 2257
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    Jerry O'Connell, Bubba Smith, Janet Jones

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  40. 1527
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    ranked low on reranks Robert Carlyle, Emily Watson, Alan Parker

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  41. 2114
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    added by mrblond Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, Lisa Bonet

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  42. 1610
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Isaac Mizrahi, Richard Belzer, Anne Meara

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  43. 537
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    John Hurt, Randy Quaid, Brad Davis

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  44. 760
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    Willem Dafoe, Gene Hackman, Frances McDormand

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  45. 657
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    Bob Hoskins, Bob Geldof, Joanne Whalley

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  46. 959
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    Kate Winslet, Kevin Spacey, Melissa McCarthy

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    Don Knotts, Dick Sargent, Joan Staley

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    new! & added by aaaaaa Don Knotts, Pat Morita, Dub Taylor

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  49. 1980
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    added by MinaBaucal Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Chris Hemsworth

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    Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Albert Brooks

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