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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    Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, Reginald VelJohnson

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    Tatyana Ali, Charles S. Dutton, Colin Quinn

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    Anne Bancroft, Sissy Spacek, Claire Malis

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    Zooey Deschanel, Minka Kelly, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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    Al Pacino, Craig T. Nelson, Jeffrey Tambor

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    Julie Andrews, Bo Derek, Dudley Moore

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    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gabrielle Union, Heath Ledger

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    Camilla Belle, Omar Sharif, Steven Strait

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    Hugh Laurie, Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels

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    Glenn Close, Gérard Depardieu, Eric Idle

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    Hilary Swank, Patrick Swayze, Jason Segel

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    Henry Fonda, Jack Klugman, Jack Warden

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    Jack Lemmon, James Gandolfini, Tony Danza

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    Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer

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    James Franco, Kate Mara, Lizzy Caplan

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    Jeremy Piven, Danny Trejo, Constance Marie

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    Kōji Yakusho, Goro Inagaki, Kazue Fukiishi

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    Jennifer Garner, Ashley Benson, Mark Ruffalo

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    Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, Kate Walsh

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    Charlize Theron, Robert De Niro, Roseanne Barr

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    Bruce Willis, Mos Def, David Morse

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    Mickey Rourke, Dan Aykroyd, Christopher Lee

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    Julie Delpy, Daniel Brühl, Adam Goldberg

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    Charlize Theron, Teri Hatcher, Jeff Daniels

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    Eva Mendes, Paul Walker, Ludacris

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    Ray Harryhausen, Joan Taylor, Frank Puglia

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    Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Peter Lorre

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    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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    Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson, John Cusack

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    Ami Dolenz, Cliff DeYoung, Dale Midkiff

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    Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne

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    Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Benicio del Toro

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    Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube

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    Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Jonah Hill

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    Christopher Eccleston, Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis

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    Anna Paquin, Rosario Dawson, Edward Norton

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    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

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    Rose Byrne, Idris Elba, Jeremy Renner

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    Kareena Kapoor Khan, Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan

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    Patrick Labyorteaux, Victor Wong, Max Elliott Slade

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    Sissy Spacek, Shelley Duvall, Belita Moreno

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    Lee Seung-yeon, Jae Hee, Park Ji-Ah

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    Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Ben Foster

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    Lorenzo Lamas, Sean Lawlor, Kim Little

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    Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

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    Lena Headey, Eva Green, Rodrigo Santoro

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    Christian Bale, Russell Crowe, Logan Lerman

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    Anamaria Marinca, Teodor Corban, Vlad Ivanov

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    Maggie Gyllenhaal, Josh Hartnett, Emmanuelle Vaugier

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    Harrison Ford, Alan Tudyk, Christopher Meloni

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