The Best Movies of All Time

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These are 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. 50
    + 7,248
    - 2,908
    Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

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  2. 49
    + 6,033
    - 3,270


    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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  3. 48
    + 5,867
    - 3,934


    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin

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  4. 47
    + 3,753
    - 3,424
    2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

    often listed
    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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  5. 46
    + 4,838
    - 4,408
    The Big Lebowski is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

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    Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Tara Reid

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  6. 45
    + 6,876
    - 2,779
    The Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan

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  7. 44
    + 7,890
    - 3,034
    The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

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  8. 43
    + 6,268
    - 3,477
    It's a Wonderful Life is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

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  9. 42
    + 5,470
    - 3,163


    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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  10. 41
    + 7,183
    - 3,991


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

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  11. 40
    + 6,976
    - 4,080


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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  12. 39
    + 7,087
    - 3,867
    The Lord of the Rings - The Tw... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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  13. 38
    + 5,744
    - 3,511


    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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  14. 37
    + 5,882
    - 3,249


    Stanley Kubrick, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey

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  15. 36
    + 4,865
    - 4,538
    A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

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  16. 35
    + 7,405
    - 4,361


    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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  17. 34
    + 7,512
    - 3,757


    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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  18. 33
    + 5,088
    - 3,833

    often listed
    Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese

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  19. 32
    + 6,887
    - 3,398

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

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  20. 31
    + 7,602
    - 3,542


    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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  21. 30
    + 6,269
    - 4,060

    often listed
    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

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  22. 29
    + 7,872
    - 4,116
    Jaws is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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  23. 28
    + 8,680
    - 6,693

    often listed
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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  24. 27
    + 8,750
    - 6,134

    often listed
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

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  25. 26
    + 7,422
    - 4,386


    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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  26. 25
    + 7,724
    - 4,237
    The Shining is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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  27. 24
    + 6,353
    - 4,499
    Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

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  28. 23
    + 5,245
    - 5,008

    often listed
    Orson Welles, Alan Ladd, Agnes Moorehead

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  29. 22
    + 9,848
    - 5,224


    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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  30. 21
    + 6,843
    - 3,520


    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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  31. 20
    + 7,679
    - 5,246

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

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  32. 19
    + 8,165
    - 4,457
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

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  33. 18
    + 11,263
    - 5,536
    The Lord of the Rings - The Re... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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  34. 17
    + 12,265
    - 5,639
    Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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  35. 16
    + 12,328
    - 5,597

    ranked low on reranks
    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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  36. 15
    + 11,976
    - 6,715

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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  37. 14
    + 13,234
    - 5,077
    Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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  38. 13
    + 11,249
    - 8,989

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

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  39. 12
    + 12,489
    - 8,698
    Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

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

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  40. 11
    + 12,060
    - 6,177

    ranked low on reranks
    Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

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  41. 10
    + 11,503
    - 6,345


    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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  42. 9
    + 12,506
    - 6,411


    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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  43. 8
    + 11,699
    - 7,333


    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

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  44. 7
    + 11,077
    - 7,425

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

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  45. 6
    + 16,643
    - 10,035


    Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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  46. 5
    + 20,855
    - 8,212


    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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  47. 4
    + 16,299
    - 9,630
    Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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  48. 3
    + 16,892
    - 12,159

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

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  49. 2
    + 23,463
    - 8,817

    ranked low on reranks
    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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  50. 1
    + 19,402
    - 10,518

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

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