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 greatest actors of all time.

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  1. 3601
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    - 16


    Ester Krumbachová, Jan Klusák, Jaroslav Kucera

    ) open
  2. 865
    + 37
    - 49


    Elizabeth Hurley, Heather Graham, Will Ferrell

    ) open
  3. 2322
    + 5
    - 15


    Olivia Wilde, Jack Black, Paul Rudd

    ) open
  4. 2090
    + 10
    - 34


    Richard Pryor, Arsenio Hall, Salli Richardson

    ) open
  5. 1510
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    - 50


    Mickey Rourke, Dan Aykroyd, Christopher Lee

    ) open
  6. 2086
    + 12
    - 11


    Jon Polito, Daniel Stern, Anthony Heald

    ) open
  7. 3606
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    - 13

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    James Garner, James Cromwell, Shirley Jones

    ) open
  8. 2689
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    - 38


    Chris Rock, Chris Farley, Nicollette Sheridan

    ) open
  9. 3951
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    Ron Howard, Clint Howard, Marion Ross

    ) open
  10. 2307
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    Jason Alexander, Arsenio Hall, Greg Kinnear

    ) open
  11. 500
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    Tom Cruise, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Robert Downey Jr.

    ) open
  12. 1551
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    - 39


    Patrick Labyorteaux, Victor Wong, Max Elliott Slade

    ) open
  13. 3300
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    - 12


    Bette Midler, George Carlin, Shelley Long

    ) open
  14. 1835
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    - 37


    Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, Bill Murray

    ) open
  15. 3005
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    - 14


    Jackie Chan, Billy Ray Cyrus, George Lopez

    ) open
  16. 3665
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    James Caan, Alan Arkin, Valerie Harper

    ) open
  17. 1868
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    - 40


    Eddie Murphy, George Lucas, Al Green

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  18. 2406
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    - 34


    Kevin James, Jayma Mays, Bobby Cannavale

    ) open
  19. 2361
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    - 22


    Sylvester Stallone, Teri Hatcher, Kurt Russell

    ) open
  20. 2363
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    - 15


    Eva Mendes, Ice Cube, Anthony Michael Hall

    ) open
  21. 3074
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    - 14


    Martin Lawrence, Eric Roberts, Jeff Ross

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  22. 862
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    Maggie Q, Jackie Chan, Zhang Ziyi

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  23. 994
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    Sarah Shahi, Jackie Chan, Roman Polanski

    ) open
  24. 2755
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    - 37


    Corey Haim, Cynthia Rothrock, Marcia Strassman

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  25. 869
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    Amber Heard, James Franco, Seth Rogen

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  26. 1022
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    - 40


    Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Gilbert Gottfried

    ) open
  27. 379
    + 415
    - 222


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku, Jamie Lee Curtis

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  28. 4136
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    Afsaneh Bayegan, Shahla Riahi

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  29. 136
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    Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana

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  30. 3998
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    James Franco, Seth Rogen, Lizzy Caplan

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  31. 4472
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    Angela Bassett, Brian Dennehy, Jerry Orbach

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  32. 196
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    Sylvester Stallone, David Caruso, Brian Dennehy

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  33. 684
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    - 102

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Takeshi Kitano, Chiaki Kuriyama, Kou Shibasaki

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  34. 675
    + 166
    - 85


    Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery, Jim Caviezel

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  35. 2112
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    - 37


    Hulk Hogan, Jesse Ventura, Mark Pellegrino

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  36. 4258
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    Jessica Alba, Lady Gaga, Sofía Vergara

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  37. 203
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    Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton

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  38. 2554
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    - 19


    Joe Estevez

    ) open
  39. 4269
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    Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Helen Mirren

    ) open
  40. 1478
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    - 50


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Vanessa L. Williams, James Caan

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  41. 3215
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    - 17


    Bruce Willis, Richard Gere, Jack Black

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  42. 2158
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    - 36


    Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds, Triple H

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  43. 1900
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    Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Ron Perlman

    ) open
  44. 2505
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    - 13


    Laurence Fishburne, Gina Torres, Ryan Phillippe

    ) open
  45. 3796
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    Rutger Hauer, Terry O'Quinn, Randall "Tex" Cobb

    ) open
  46. 177
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    Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Dan Aykroyd

    ) open buy @
  47. 2339
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    - 30


    Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, Peter Dinklage

    ) open
  48. 392
    + 415
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    Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

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  49. 2330
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    Ian McDiarmid, Ralph Richardson, Peter MacNicol

    ) open
  50. 1825
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    Tanya Roberts, Rip Torn, Janet Jones

    ) open
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