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 best movies of 2013 and the greatest actors of all time.
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    Zooey Deschanel, Minka Kelly, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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    Julie Andrews, Bo Derek, Dudley Moore

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    ranked low on reranks 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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    Henry Fonda, Jack Klugman, Jack Warden

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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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    Jennifer Garner, Ashley Benson, Mark Ruffalo

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    Mickey Rourke, Dan Aykroyd, Christopher Lee

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    added by derekwong68 Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson, John Cusack

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    often listed Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne

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    Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Benicio del Toro

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    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

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    Rose Byrne, Idris Elba, Jeremy Renner

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    Patrick Labyorteaux, Victor Wong, Max Elliott Slade

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    Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Zsa Zsa Gábor

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    Sissy Spacek, Shelley Duvall, Belita Moreno

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    ranked low on reranks 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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    Christian Bale, Russell Crowe, Logan Lerman

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    Harrison Ford, Alan Tudyk, Christopher Meloni

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    Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler, Dan Aykroyd

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    Renée Zellweger, Stephen Baldwin, Luke Perry

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    Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini

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    Claudia Cardinale, Marcello Mastroianni, Nino Rota

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    ranked low on reranks Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin

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    Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard

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    ranked low on reranks Sean Connery, Robert Redford, Anthony Hopkins

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    Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Chazz Palminteri

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    ranked low on reranks Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey

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    ranked low on reranks Martine Beswick, Klaus Kinski, Lou Castel

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