The Best Movies of All Time Films

The Best Movies of All Time

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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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  1. 50
    + 2703
    - 2412
    2001: A Space Odyssey

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

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  2. 49
    + 4764
    - 2463


    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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  3. 48
    + 4084
    - 2213


    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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  4. 47
    + 5123
    - 1940
    The Wizard of Oz

    ranked low on reranks
    Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan

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  5. 46
    + 3665
    - 2746

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

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  6. 45
    + 4575
    - 2947

    often listed
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin

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  7. 44
    + 3673
    - 3282
    The Big Lebowski

    often listed
    Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Tara Reid

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  8. 43
    + 5761
    - 2970


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

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  9. 42
    + 4892
    - 2610
    It's a Wonderful Life


    James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

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  10. 41
    + 5445
    - 2811
    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers


    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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  11. 40
    + 5528
    - 2484


    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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  12. 39
    + 5454
    - 3003


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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  13. 38
    + 5952
    - 2318
    The Green Mile

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

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  14. 37
    + 4464
    - 2294


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

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  15. 36
    + 5682
    - 2782


    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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  16. 35
    + 4481
    - 2627


    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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  17. 34
    + 3875
    - 2879

    often listed
    Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese

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  18. 33
    + 5319
    - 2602

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

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  19. 32
    + 3732
    - 3342
    A Clockwork Orange

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

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  20. 31
    + 5826
    - 3311


    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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  21. 30
    + 4737
    - 3056


    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

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  22. 29
    + 6023
    - 3041
    Jaws


    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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  23. 28
    + 6445
    - 5025

    often listed
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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  24. 27
    + 5767
    - 3154


    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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  25. 26
    + 6631
    - 4637

    often listed
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

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  26. 25
    + 5939
    - 3160
    The Shining

    ranked low on reranks
    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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  27. 24
    + 3998
    - 3768

    often listed
    Orson Welles, Alan Ladd, Agnes Moorehead

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  28. 23
    + 7732
    - 3881


    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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  29. 22
    + 4912
    - 3302
    Apocalypse Now

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

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  30. 21
    + 4593
    - 2259


    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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  31. 20
    + 5940
    - 4061

    often listed
    Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

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  32. 19
    + 6353
    - 3296
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest


    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

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  33. 18
    + 8631
    - 4051
    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King


    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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  34. 17
    + 9373
    - 4145
    Back to the Future


    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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  35. 16
    + 9571
    - 3926
    Saving Private Ryan


    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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  36. 15
    + 9347
    - 4931

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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  37. 14
    + 9544
    - 3997

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

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  38. 13
    + 8520
    - 4309


    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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  39. 12
    + 8729
    - 6238

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

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  40. 11
    + 9307
    - 4019

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

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  41. 10
    + 9606
    - 5962
    Fight Club

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter

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  42. 9
    + 9725
    - 4245

    ranked low on reranks
    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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  43. 8
    + 8514
    - 4983


    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

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  44. 7
    + 8932
    - 5015


    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

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  45. 6
    + 12239
    - 6783


    Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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  46. 5
    + 15307
    - 6004


    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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  47. 4
    + 11726
    - 6548
    Star Wars


    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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  48. 3
    + 12985
    - 8533

    often listed
    John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

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  49. 2
    + 17352
    - 5874

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

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  50. 1
    + 14934
    - 6979

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

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