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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    William S. Hart, Herman Rottger

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  3. 839
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    John Ford, Lillian Gish, Raoul Walsh

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    Lillian Gish, Douglas Fairbanks, Erich von Stroheim

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    Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Albert Austin

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    Lillian Gish, Donald Crisp, Kid McCoy

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    Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline, Virginia Fox

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    Conrad Veidt, Lil Dagover, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski

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    Rudolph Valentino, Ramon Novarro, Wallace Beery

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    Charlie Chaplin, Lita Grey, Jackie Coogan

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    Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline, Virginia Fox

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    Max Schreck, John Gottowt, Alexander Granach

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    Lon Chaney, Ernest Torrence, Raymond Hatton

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    Dorothy Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Emily Fitzroy

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    Richard Dix, Julia Faye, Estelle Taylor

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    ZaSu Pitts, Jean Hersholt, Chester Conklin

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    Mary Brian, Ernest Torrence, Betty Bronson

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    Buster Keaton, George Davis, Kewpie Morgan

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    Buster Keaton, Noble Johnson, Clarence Burton

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    Douglas Fairbanks, Anna May Wong, Philip Ahn

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    Frank Rice

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    Sergei Eisenstein, Grigori Aleksandrov, Aleksandr Antonov

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    Charlie Chaplin, Mack Swain, Henry Bergman

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    Arthur Conan Doyle, Wallace Beery, Bessie Love

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    Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry, Mary Philbin

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    Ilka Grüning, Werner Krauss, Jack Trevor

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    Buster Keaton, Boris Karloff, Glen Cavender

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    Joseph Schildkraut, H. B. Warner, Ernest Torrence

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    Gustav Fröhlich, Theodor Loos, Brigitte Helm

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    Janet Gaynor, Fletcher Henderson, George O'Brien

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    Walt Disney

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    Charlie Chaplin, Stanley Blystone, Albert Austin

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    Eleanor Boardman, James Murray, Bert Roach

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    William Powell, Emil Jannings, Evelyn Brent

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    Antonin Artaud, Michel Simon, Renée Jeanne Falconetti

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    Janet Gaynor, Harry Cording, Lucy Doraine

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    Marlene Dietrich, Emil Jannings, Roland Varno

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    Fred Zinnemann, Lew Ayres, ZaSu Pitts

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    Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx

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    Charlie Chaplin, Jean Harlow, Virginia Cherrill

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    Bela Lugosi, Tod Browning, Carla Laemmle

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    Boris Karloff, John Boles, Colin Clive

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    Edward G. Robinson, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Sidney Blackmer

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    Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Thelma Todd

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    Peter Lorre, Theo Lingen, Georg John

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    Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Jean Hersholt

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    Jackie Cooper, Wallace Beery, Irene Rich

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