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
    + 16,240
    - 7,774

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

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  2. 2
    + 18,988
    - 6,579

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

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  3. 3
    + 14,102
    - 9,396

    often listed
    John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

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  4. 4
    + 13,003
    - 7,263
    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
    + 16,737
    - 6,612


    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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  6. 6
    + 13,451
    - 7,536


    Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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  7. 7
    + 9,664
    - 5,532


    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

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  8. 8
    + 9,168
    - 5,530


    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

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  9. 9
    + 10,486
    - 4,748

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

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  10. 10
    + 10,433
    - 6,579
    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
    - 4,464

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

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  12. 12
    + 9,311
    - 4,757


    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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  13. 13
    + 9,470
    - 6,855

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

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  14. 14
    + 10,302
    - 4,426


    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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  15. 15
    + 10,417
    - 4,235
    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
    + 10,057
    - 5,412


    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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  17. 17
    + 10,165
    - 4,553
    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
    - 4,478
    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
    + 6,881
    - 3,637
    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
    - 4,417

    often listed
    Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

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  21. 21
    + 5,206
    - 2,628


    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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  22. 22
    + 5,288
    - 3,684
    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
    + 8,261
    - 4,265


    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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  24. 24
    + 4,330
    - 4,132

    often listed
    Orson Welles, Alan Ladd, Agnes Moorehead

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  25. 25
    + 6,395
    - 3,491
    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
    + 6,246
    - 3,511


    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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  27. 27
    + 7,212
    - 5,066


    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

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  28. 28
    + 6,540
    - 3,342
    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
    + 7,020
    - 5,476

    often listed
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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  30. 30
    + 5,132
    - 3,363


    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

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  31. 31
    + 4,046
    - 3,700
    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
    + 6,262
    - 3,625


    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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  33. 33
    + 5,699
    - 2,831

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

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  34. 34
    + 4,196
    - 3,160

    often listed
    Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese

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  35. 35
    + 4,834
    - 2,879


    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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  36. 36
    + 6,152
    - 3,078


    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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  37. 37
    + 6,038
    - 2,753


    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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  38. 38
    + 4,815
    - 2,543


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

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  39. 39
    + 5,855
    - 3,276


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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  40. 40
    + 5,889
    - 3,072
    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
    + 6,149
    - 3,245


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

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  42. 42
    + 5,245
    - 2,839
    It's a Wonderful Life is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

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  43. 43
    + 6,462
    - 2,503
    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
    + 3,978
    - 3,579
    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
    - 3,205


    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin

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  46. 46
    + 5,554
    - 2,164
    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
    + 4,462
    - 2,435


    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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  48. 48
    + 2,991
    - 2,681
    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
    - 3,011


    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

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  50. 50
    + 4,142
    - 2,851


    Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth

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