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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 best movies of 2013 and the greatest actors of all time.
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  1. 2352
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  2. 774
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    John Ford, Lillian Gish, Raoul Walsh

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  3. 1242
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    Lillian Gish, Douglas Fairbanks, Erich von Stroheim

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  4. 2647
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    added by but chickens double d Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Albert Austin

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  5. 1701
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    added by mrblond Charlie Chaplin, Lita Grey, Jackie Coogan

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  6. 586
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    Max Schreck, John Gottowt, Alexander Granach

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  7. 1370
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    ranked low on reranks ZaSu Pitts, Jean Hersholt, Chester Conklin

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  8. 2248
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    Mary Brian, Ernest Torrence, Betty Bronson

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  9. 1247
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    Buster Keaton, George Davis, Kewpie Morgan

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  10. 2545
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    added by laustcawz Buster Keaton, Noble Johnson, Clarence Burton

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  11. 551
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    often listed Sergei Eisenstein, Grigori Aleksandrov, Aleksandr Antonov

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  12. 603
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    often listed & added by mrblond Charlie Chaplin, Mack Swain, Henry Bergman

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  13. 2534
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    added by but chickens double d Arthur Conan Doyle, Wallace Beery, Bessie Love

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  14. 2470
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    added by but chickens double d Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry, Mary Philbin

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  15. 817
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    often listed Buster Keaton, Boris Karloff, Glen Cavender

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  16. 245
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    often listed Gustav Fröhlich, Theodor Loos, Brigitte Helm

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  17. 1147
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Janet Gaynor, Fletcher Henderson, George O'Brien

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  18. 1741
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    added by but chickens double d Charlie Chaplin, Stanley Blystone, Albert Austin

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  19. 2628
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    added by laustcawz Eleanor Boardman, James Murray, Bert Roach

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  20. 629
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    often listed Antonin Artaud, Michel Simon, Renée Jeanne Falconetti

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  21. 1405
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks

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  22. 527
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    Fred Zinnemann, Lew Ayres, ZaSu Pitts

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  23. 2466
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    added by but chickens double d Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx

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  24. 407
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Charlie Chaplin, Jean Harlow, Virginia Cherrill

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  25. 1346
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    often listed Bela Lugosi, Tod Browning, Carla Laemmle

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  26. 609
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    ranked low on reranks Boris Karloff, John Boles, Colin Clive

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  27. 2467
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    added by but chickens double d Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Thelma Todd

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  28. 340
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    often listed Peter Lorre, Theo Lingen, Georg John

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  29. 1883
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    Jackie Cooper, Wallace Beery, Irene Rich

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  30. 2504
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    added by but chickens double d Jean Harlow, James Cagney, Joan Blondell

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  31. 1766
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    added by Skojare Oscar Beregi, Sr., Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Gustav Diessl

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  32. 2370
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    added by laustcawz Elly Annie Schneider, Wallace Ford, Edward Brophy

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  33. 1837
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    Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, John Barrymore

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  34. 2387
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    Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Thelma Todd

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  35. 2489
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    added by laustcawz Bela Lugosi, Charles Laughton, Randolph Scott

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  36. 448
    Up 255
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    Jean Harlow, Boris Karloff, Paul Muni

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  37. 2272
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    Herbert Marshall, Edward Everett Horton, Charlie Ruggles

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  38. 455
    Up 207
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    Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx

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  39. 266
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    Fay Wray, Bruce Cabot, Merian C. Cooper

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  40. 1377
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    Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart, Una O'Connor

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  41. 682
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    Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Ward Bond

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  42. 2107
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    Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Betty Grable

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  43. 2157
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    added by minna05 Greta Garbo, Basil Rathbone, Fredric March

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  44. 546
    Up 184
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    often listed Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Leonard Marx

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  45. 864
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    Clark Gable, James Cagney, David Niven

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  46. 498
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    Alfred Hitchcock, Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll

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  47. 2140
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    Jacques Brunius, René Lefèvre, Henri Guisol

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  48. 2458
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    Shirley Temple, Hattie McDaniel, Lionel Barrymore

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  49. 887
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    Lucille Ball, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire

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  50. 2414
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