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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 are the top films 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 best movies of 2013 and the greatest actors of all time.

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  1. 985
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    1907 More
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  2. 2525
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  3. 846
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    The Birth of a Nation

    1915 More
    13
  4. 1618
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    1916 More
    11
  5. 1655
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    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

    1920 More
    11
  6. 3168
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    about to drop off
    Little Lord Fauntleroy

    1921 More
    9
  7. 1447
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    The Kid

    1921 More
    11
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  8. 723
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    1922 More
    13
  9. 1604
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    1924 More
    11
  10. 2545
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    Peter Pan

    1924 More
    10
  11. 1632
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    Sherlock, Jr.

    1924 More
    11
  12. 494
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    Battleship Potemkin

    1925 More
    15
  13. 668
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    The Gold Rush

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    14
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  14. 257
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    1925 More
    19
  15. 1007
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    The General

    1926 More
    12
  16. 285
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    1927 More
    18
  17. 1186
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    Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    1927 More
    11
  18. 710
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    1928 More
    13
  19. 2720
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    Christina

    1929 More
    10
  20. 1305
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    1929 More
    11
  21. 657
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    1930 More
    14
  22. 429
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    City Lights

    1931 More
    16
  23. 1578
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    1931 More
    11
  24. 754
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    1931 More
    13
  25. 324
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    M

    1931 More
    18
  26. 1884
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    The Champ

    1931 More
    10
  27. 2659
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    1932 More
    10
    added by: Skojare
  28. 2805
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    1932 More
    10
  29. 1698
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    Grand Hotel

    1932 More
    11
  30. 2690
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    1932 More
    10
  31. 501
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    Down 38
    1932 More
    15
  32. 2337
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    Down 22
    1932 More
    10
  33. 461
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    Down 80

    often listed
    Duck Soup

    1933 More
    15
  34. 300
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    King Kong

    1933 More
    18
  35. 1654
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    often listed
    Queen Christina

    1933 More
    11
    added by: minna05
  36. 1452
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    The Invisible Man

    1933 More
    11
  37. 731
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    1934 More
    13
  38. 3166
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    1934 More
    9
  39. 2282
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    1934 More
    10
  40. 2744
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    1935 More
    10
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  41. 2471
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    1935 More
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  42. 506
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    A Night at the Opera

    1935 More
    15
  43. 2983
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    Curly Top

    1935 More
    9
  44. 910
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    1935 More
    12
  45. 504
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    Down 49
    1935 More
    15
  46. 2114
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    The Crime of Monsieur Lange

    1935 More
    10
  47. 3009
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    The Little Colonel

    1935 More
    9
  48. 923
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    Top Hat

    1935 More
    12
  49. 3177
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    about to drop off
    San Francisco

    1936 More
    9
  50. 3170
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    about to drop off
    Captain January

    1936 More
    9
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