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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  1. 1177
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  2. 249
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    Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon

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  3. 1391
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    ranked low on reranks Tom Cruise, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe

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  4. 327
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    Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix, Don Cheadle

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  5. 819
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    Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Logan Lerman

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  6. 2652
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    added by jmmikkola Åke Lindman, Aarne Tarkas, Kaarlo Wilska

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  7. 1121
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    ranked low on reranks Marlon Brando, Richard Harris, Trevor Howard

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  8. 1291
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    Audie Murphy, Denver Pyle, David Janssen

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  9. 1762
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    James Stewart, Rock Hudson, Tony Curtis

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  10. 396
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    ranked low on reranks Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd

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  11. 2535
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    added by laustcawz Anne Bancroft, Sissy Spacek, Claire Malis

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  12. 2640
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    added by laustcawz Sally Field, Kevin Kline, Robert Downey Jr.

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  13. 154
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    Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal

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  14. 2104
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    added by foam Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello

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  15. 2223
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    Ingrid Bergman, George Sanders, Paul Muller

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  16. 1989
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    Olga Kurylenko, Timothy Olyphant, Dougray Scott

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  17. 2291
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    Ryan Reynolds, Stephen Tobolowsky, Samantha Mathis

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  19. 1586
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    Antonio Banderas, Blanca Suárez, Elena Anaya

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  20. 1235
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Toshiro Mifune, Isuzu Yamada, Takashi Shimura

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  21. 1680
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    often listed Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison

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  22. 2243
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    Marlon Brando, Dean Martin, Montgomery Clift

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  23. 1901
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    Ben Gazzara, Seymour Cassel, Azizi Johari

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    new! & added by mainpleine Mélanie Laurent, François Berléand, Miou-Miou

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  25. 792
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    Marion Cotillard, Gérard Depardieu, Emmanuelle Seigner

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  26. 693
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    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Chevy Chase, Geena Davis

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  27. 2636
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    added by laustcawz Chevy Chase, Nell Carter, Dabney Coleman

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  28. 1506
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    Rebecca De Mornay, Stefanie Scott, Aidan Quinn

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  29. 624
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    Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes

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  30. 1216
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    Sylvester Stallone, Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland

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  31. 84
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    Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, William Windom

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  32. 487
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    Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, John Rothman

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  33. 1011
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    Warren Beatty, Paula Prentiss, Hume Cronyn

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  34. 1642
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    Clint Eastwood, Lee Marvin, Jean Seberg

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    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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  36. 527
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    Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, Jeanne Tripplehorn

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  37. 903
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    Macaulay Culkin, Tim Robbins, Jason Alexander

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  38. 657
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    Bob Hoskins, Bob Geldof, Joanne Whalley

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  39. 1767
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    Elizabeth Berkley, Gina Gershon, Kyle MacLachlan

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  40. 1610
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Isaac Mizrahi, Richard Belzer, Anne Meara

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  41. 354
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    Denise Richards, Neil Patrick Harris, Amy Smart

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  42. 1794
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    Samuel L. Jackson, LL Cool J, Stellan Skarsgård

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  43. 1181
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Renée Zellweger, Liv Tyler, Tobey Maguire

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  44. 2621
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    added by laustcawz Noah Hathaway, Phil Fondacaro, Julia Louis-Dreyfus For those who didn't know, this film, which predates the first J.K. Rowling "Harry ...

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  45. 1165
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    Reese Witherspoon, Matthew Broderick, Chris Klein

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  46. 1145
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    Robert Crumb

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  47. 2073
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    added by laustcawz Pascal Lamorisse, Renaud Séchan, Georges Sellier

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  48. 1469
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    Erich von Stroheim, Jean Gabin, Marcel Dalio

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  49. 1109
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    Phil Collins, Dick Van Dyke, Benny Hill

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  50. 2543
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    Roger Moore, Barbara Bach, Caroline Munro

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