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
    + 16,738
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    The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

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

  2. 2
    + 19,624
    - 6,996
    The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    The Shawshank Redemption Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

  3. 3
    + 14,544
    - 9,832
    Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

    often listed
    Pulp Fiction John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

  4. 4
    + 13,475
    - 7,678
    Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

  5. 5
    + 17,447
    - 6,835
    Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Forrest Gump Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

  6. 6
    + 13,959
    - 7,951
    The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    The Dark Knight Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

  7. 7
    + 9,976
    - 5,883
    GoodFellas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    GoodFellas Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

  8. 8
    + 9,450
    - 5,885
    The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    The Godfather Part II Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

  9. 9
    + 10,780
    - 5,080
    Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Schindler's List Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

  10. 10
    + 10,756
    - 6,963
    Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Fight Club Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter

  11. 11
    + 10,377
    - 4,792
    Indiana Jones and the Raiders ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

  12. 12
    + 9,758
    - 7,246
    The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

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

  13. 13
    + 9,617
    - 5,085
    Star Wars Episode V: The Empir... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

  14. 14
    + 10,914
    - 4,368
    Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

  15. 15
    + 10,602
    - 4,747
    The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    The Silence of the Lambs Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

  16. 16
    + 10,339
    - 5,686
    Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Gladiator Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

  17. 17
    + 10,496
    - 4,734
    Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Back to the Future Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

  18. 18
    + 9,650
    - 4,645
    The Lord of the Rings: The Ret... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

  19. 19
    + 7,079
    - 3,767
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

  20. 20
    + 6,609
    - 4,540
    Casablanca is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

    often listed
    Casablanca Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

  21. 21
    + 5,458
    - 2,763
    The Lord of the Rings: The Fel... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

  22. 22
    + 5,438
    - 3,823
    Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

    often listed
    Apocalypse Now Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

  23. 23
    + 8,474
    - 4,416
    Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Braveheart Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

  24. 24
    + 4,472
    - 4,269
    Citizen Kane is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

    often listed
    Citizen Kane Orson Welles, Alan Ladd, Agnes Moorehead

  25. 25
    + 6,581
    - 3,596
    The Shining is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    The Shining Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

  26. 26
    + 6,426
    - 3,643
    Seven is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Seven Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

  27. 27
    + 7,436
    - 5,224
    Inception is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

    often listed
    Inception Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

  28. 28
    + 6,734
    - 3,459
    Jaws is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Jaws Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

  29. 29
    + 7,275
    - 5,650
    Titanic is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

    often listed
    Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

  30. 30
    + 5,285
    - 3,467
    The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    The Usual Suspects Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

  31. 31
    + 6,426
    - 3,751
    Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Die Hard Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

  32. 32
    + 4,322
    - 3,275
    Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

    often listed
    Taxi Driver Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese

  33. 33
    + 5,847
    - 2,927

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

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  34. 34
    + 4,179
    - 3,817
    A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

    often listed
    A Clockwork Orange Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

  35. 35
    + 6,270
    - 2,966
    Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Jurassic Park Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

  36. 36
    + 6,342
    - 3,185
    Rocky is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Rocky Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

  37. 37
    + 4,974
    - 3,060
    Psycho is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Psycho Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

  38. 38
    + 4,963
    - 2,753
    Full Metal Jacket is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Full Metal Jacket Stanley Kubrick, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey

  39. 39
    + 6,082
    - 3,288
    The Lord of the Rings: The Two... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

  40. 40
    + 6,049
    - 3,484
    Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Terminator 2: Judgment Day Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

  41. 41
    + 4,090
    - 3,814
    The Big Lebowski is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

    often listed
    The Big Lebowski Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Tara Reid

  42. 42
    + 6,769
    - 2,592
    The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    The Green Mile Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

  43. 43
    + 6,325
    - 3,460
    The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    The Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

  44. 44
    + 5,403
    - 3,025
    It's a Wonderful Life is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    It's a Wonderful Life James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

  45. 45
    + 5,039
    - 3,416
    The Departed is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

    often listed
    The Departed Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin

  46. 46
    + 5,760
    - 2,364
    The Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    The Wizard of Oz Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan

  47. 47
    + 4,616
    - 2,643
    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

  48. 48
    + 4,071
    - 3,218
    Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Blade Runner Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

  49. 49
    + 4,256
    - 3,064
    Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Reservoir Dogs Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth

  50. 50
    + 3,109
    - 2,897
    2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

    often listed
    2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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