The Best Movies of All Time

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These are 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
    + 19,413
    - 10,534

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

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  2. 2
    + 23,482
    - 8,828

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

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  3. 3
    + 16,900
    - 12,172

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

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  4. 4
    + 16,313
    - 9,638
    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
    + 20,875
    - 8,220


    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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  6. 6
    + 16,658
    - 10,045


    Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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  7. 7
    + 11,082
    - 7,436

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

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  8. 8
    + 11,704
    - 7,341


    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

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  9. 9
    + 12,511
    - 6,416


    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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  10. 10
    + 11,513
    - 6,349


    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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  11. 11
    + 12,064
    - 6,181

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

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  12. 12
    + 12,495
    - 8,703
    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
    + 11,257
    - 8,991

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

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  14. 14
    + 13,243
    - 5,079
    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
    + 11,982
    - 6,720

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

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  16. 16
    + 12,337
    - 5,599

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

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  17. 17
    + 12,273
    - 5,642
    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
    + 11,268
    - 5,542
    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
    + 8,169
    - 4,459
    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
    + 7,682
    - 5,249

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

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  21. 21
    + 6,850
    - 3,524


    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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  22. 22
    + 9,855
    - 5,230


    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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  23. 23
    + 5,248
    - 5,012

    often listed
    Orson Welles, Alan Ladd, Agnes Moorehead

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  24. 24
    + 6,358
    - 4,499
    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
    + 7,731
    - 4,238
    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
    + 7,425
    - 4,389


    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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  27. 27
    + 8,756
    - 6,138

    often listed
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

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  28. 28
    + 8,687
    - 6,696

    often listed
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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  29. 29
    + 7,876
    - 4,118
    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
    + 6,273
    - 4,061

    often listed
    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

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  31. 31
    + 7,608
    - 3,545


    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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  32. 32
    + 6,891
    - 3,399

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

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  33. 33
    + 5,089
    - 3,837

    often listed
    Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese

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  34. 34
    + 7,515
    - 3,760


    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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  35. 35
    + 7,407
    - 4,365


    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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  36. 36
    + 4,869
    - 4,540
    A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 36 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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  37. 37
    + 5,884
    - 3,251


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

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  38. 38
    + 5,748
    - 3,513


    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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  39. 39
    + 7,091
    - 3,870
    The Lord of the Rings - The Tw... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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  40. 40
    + 6,981
    - 4,081


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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  41. 41
    + 7,186
    - 3,992


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

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  42. 42
    + 5,475
    - 3,166


    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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  43. 43
    + 6,270
    - 3,478
    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
    + 7,892
    - 3,036
    The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

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

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  45. 45
    + 6,879
    - 2,779
    The Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan

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  46. 46
    + 4,841
    - 4,410
    The Big Lebowski is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

    often listed
    Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Tara Reid

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  47. 47
    + 3,755
    - 3,424
    2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

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

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  48. 48
    + 5,870
    - 3,936


    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin

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  49. 49
    + 6,036
    - 3,270


    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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  50. 50
    + 7,253
    - 2,910
    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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