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
    + 18,430
    - 9,729

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

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  2. 2
    + 21,918
    - 8,295

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

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  3. 3
    + 16,037
    - 11,407

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

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  4. 4
    + 15,228
    - 9,021
    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
    + 19,640
    - 7,696


    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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  6. 6
    + 15,680
    - 9,390


    Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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  7. 7
    + 10,485
    - 6,975

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

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  8. 8
    + 11,053
    - 6,940


    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

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  9. 9
    + 11,899
    - 6,058


    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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  10. 10
    + 11,464
    - 5,750

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

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  11. 11
    + 10,813
    - 6,000


    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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  12. 12
    + 11,888
    - 8,223
    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
    + 10,711
    - 8,518

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

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  14. 14
    + 12,512
    - 4,809
    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
    + 11,722
    - 5,299

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

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  16. 16
    + 11,356
    - 6,376


    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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  17. 17
    + 11,623
    - 5,327
    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
    + 10,646
    - 5,238
    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
    + 7,292
    - 4,978

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

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  20. 20
    + 7,793
    - 4,207
    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
    + 6,341
    - 3,250


    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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  22. 22
    + 9,342
    - 4,917


    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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  23. 23
    + 4,993
    - 4,717

    often listed
    Orson Welles, Alan Ladd, Agnes Moorehead

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  24. 24
    + 6,042
    - 4,250
    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
    + 7,326
    - 3,993
    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
    + 7,081
    - 4,123


    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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  27. 27
    + 8,245
    - 5,792

    often listed
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

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  28. 28
    + 8,148
    - 6,317

    often listed
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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  29. 29
    + 7,462
    - 3,877
    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
    + 5,907
    - 3,846

    often listed
    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

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  31. 31
    + 7,117
    - 3,343


    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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  32. 32
    + 6,522
    - 3,233

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

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  33. 33
    + 4,832
    - 3,633

    often listed
    Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese

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  34. 34
    + 7,094
    - 3,558


    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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  35. 35
    + 4,623
    - 4,285
    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
    + 7,037
    - 4,158


    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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  37. 37
    + 5,533
    - 3,074


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

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  38. 38
    + 6,738
    - 3,667
    The Lord of the Rings - The Tw... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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  39. 39
    + 5,505
    - 3,346


    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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  40. 40
    + 6,669
    - 3,872


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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  41. 41
    + 6,869
    - 3,817


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

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  42. 42
    + 5,183
    - 2,970


    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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  43. 43
    + 7,491
    - 2,893
    The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

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

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  44. 44
    + 5,979
    - 3,322
    It's a Wonderful Life is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

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  45. 45
    + 4,581
    - 4,212
    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
    + 6,506
    - 2,631
    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
    + 5,558
    - 3,776

    often listed
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin

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  48. 48
    + 3,541
    - 3,232
    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
    + 5,767
    - 3,125


    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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  50. 50
    + 6,893
    - 2,761
    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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