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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  1. 1
    + 16,242
    - 7,778

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

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  2. 2
    + 18,990
    - 6,583

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

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  3. 3
    + 14,105
    - 9,401

    often listed
    John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

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  4. 4
    + 13,004
    - 7,267
    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
    + 16,744
    - 6,613


    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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  6. 6
    + 13,453
    - 7,541


    Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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  7. 7
    + 9,667
    - 5,536


    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

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  8. 8
    + 9,170
    - 5,534


    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

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  9. 9
    + 10,489
    - 4,751

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

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  10. 10
    + 10,434
    - 6,584
    Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 10 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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  11. 11
    + 10,088
    - 4,469

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

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  12. 12
    + 9,311
    - 4,761


    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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  13. 13
    + 9,472
    - 6,860

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

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  14. 14
    + 10,304
    - 4,429


    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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  15. 15
    + 10,422
    - 4,236
    Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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  16. 16
    + 10,058
    - 5,416


    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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  17. 17
    + 10,165
    - 4,558
    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
    + 9,359
    - 4,482
    The Lord of the Rings: The Ret... 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
    + 6,882
    - 3,641
    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
    + 6,408
    - 4,420

    often listed
    Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

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  21. 21
    + 5,207
    - 2,632


    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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  22. 22
    + 5,289
    - 3,688
    Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

    often listed
    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

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  23. 23
    + 8,262
    - 4,269


    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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  24. 24
    + 4,330
    - 4,137

    often listed
    Orson Welles, Alan Ladd, Agnes Moorehead

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  25. 25
    + 6,396
    - 3,495
    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
    + 6,247
    - 3,515


    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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  27. 27
    + 7,214
    - 5,070


    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

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  28. 28
    + 6,541
    - 3,347
    Jaws is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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  29. 29
    + 7,021
    - 5,481

    often listed
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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  30. 30
    + 5,134
    - 3,367


    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

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  31. 31
    + 4,046
    - 3,704
    A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

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

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  32. 32
    + 6,263
    - 3,629


    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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  33. 33
    + 5,699
    - 2,835

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

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  34. 34
    + 4,197
    - 3,163

    often listed
    Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese

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  35. 35
    + 4,835
    - 2,883


    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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  36. 36
    + 6,153
    - 3,083


    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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  37. 37
    + 6,038
    - 2,758


    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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  38. 38
    + 4,817
    - 2,547


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

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  39. 39
    + 5,856
    - 3,280


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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  40. 40
    + 5,889
    - 3,076
    The Lord of the Rings: The Two... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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  41. 41
    + 6,150
    - 3,249


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

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  42. 42
    + 6,466
    - 2,504
    The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

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

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  43. 43
    + 5,245
    - 2,843
    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
    + 3,978
    - 3,583
    The Big Lebowski is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

    often listed
    Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Tara Reid

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  45. 45
    + 4,894
    - 3,209


    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin

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  46. 46
    + 5,556
    - 2,168
    The Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

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

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  47. 47
    + 4,463
    - 2,439


    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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  48. 48
    + 2,991
    - 2,685
    2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

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

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  49. 49
    + 3,944
    - 3,015


    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

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  50. 50
    + 4,143
    - 2,855


    Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth

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