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 greatest actors of all time.

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  1. 50
    + 2575
    - 2291

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    Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Kelly Macdonald

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  2. 49
    + 2852
    - 1231

    Bert Lahr, Judy Garland, Jack Haley

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  3. 48
    + 3390
    - 1816

    John Hurt, Ian Holm, Tom Skerritt

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  4. 47
    + 2606
    - 1860

    Steve Buscemi, Edward Bunker, Quentin Tarantino

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  5. 46
    + 2524
    - 2057

    often listed
    Edward James Olmos, Sean Young, M. Emmet Walsh

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  6. 45
    + 3104
    - 1545

    Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Kiley

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  7. 44
    + 2887
    - 1621

    Vincent D'Onofrio, Dorian Harewood, Kenneth Head

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  8. 43
    + 2666
    - 2494

    often listed
    Julianne Moore, John Goodman, Aimee Mann

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  9. 42
    + 3518
    - 1419

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    Patricia Clarkson, Gary Sinise, Michael Clarke Duncan

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  10. 41
    + 3735
    - 1922

    Frank Stallone, Burgess Meredith, Thayer David

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  11. 40
    + 3731
    - 2225

    Edward Furlong, S. Epatha Merkerson, Diane Rodriguez

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  12. 39
    + 3846
    - 2105

    Paul Winfield, Bill Paxton, William Wisher

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  13. 38
    + 3626
    - 1967

    Elijah Wood, Bernard Hill, Hugo Weaving

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  14. 37
    + 3346
    - 1915

    Donna Reed, Charles Lane, Gloria Grahame

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  15. 36
    + 2701
    - 2154

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    Albert Brooks, Peter Boyle, Debbi Morgan

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  16. 35
    + 3205
    - 2204

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    Matt Damon, Alec Baldwin, James Badge Dale

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  17. 34
    + 3102
    - 1932

    Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Ted Knight

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  18. 33
    + 3225
    - 2269

    Benicio del Toro, Chazz Palminteri, Kevin Spacey

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  19. 32
    + 4035
    - 2375

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    Clarence Gilyard, Alan Rickman, Kym Malin

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  20. 31
    + 4267
    - 3499

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    Bernard Hill, Bill Paxton, Billy Zane

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  21. 30
    + 4020
    - 1936

    Viggo Mortensen, Jason Isaacs, Steven Mackintosh

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  22. 29
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    - 2456

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    John Savident, Patrick Magee, Margaret Tyzack

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  23. 28
    + 4042
    - 2166

    John Searle, Steven Spielberg, Carl Gottlieb

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  24. 27
    + 3871
    - 2204

    Reg E. Cathey, Kevin Spacey, Richard Schiff

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  25. 26
    + 4590
    - 3352

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Ken Watanabe, Tom Berenger, Ellen Page

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  26. 25
    + 3943
    - 2195

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    Scatman Crothers, Shelley Duvall, Jack Nicholson

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  27. 24
    + 3431
    - 2366

    often listed
    Laurence Fishburne, Robert Duvall, Jim Gaines

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  28. 23
    + 5371
    - 2754

    Brian Cox, Ian Bannen, Brendan Gleeson

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  29. 22
    + 2934
    - 2776

    often listed
    Agnes Moorehead, Ruth Warrick, Orson Welles

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  30. 21
    + 2261
    - 1169

    Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Ian Holm

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  31. 20
    + 4424
    - 2245

    Vincent Schiavelli, Louise Fletcher, Anjelica Huston

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  32. 19
    + 5910
    - 2727

    Elijah Wood, Bernard Hill, Hugo Weaving

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  33. 18
    + 6240
    - 2634

    Billy Zane, Lea Thompson, Charles L. Campbell

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  34. 17
    + 4200
    - 2888

    often listed
    Humphrey Bogart, Curt Bois, Claude Rains

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  35. 16
    + 6356
    - 2685

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    Matt Damon, Ted Danson, Tom Sizemore

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  36. 15
    + 6327
    - 2653

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    Chris Isaak, Dan Butler, Kasi Lemmons

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  37. 14
    + 6535
    - 3405

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Michael Sheen, Al Hunter Ashton, Russell Crowe

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  38. 13
    + 5552
    - 2877

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Carrie Fisher, Frank Oz, Billy Dee Williams

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  39. 12
    + 6084
    - 2575

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    John Rhys-Davies, Alfred Molina, Frank Marshall

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  40. 11
    + 6035
    - 4274

    often listed
    Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving, Gloria Foster

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  41. 10
    + 6640
    - 2741

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    Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Maria Peszek

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  42. 9
    + 6625
    - 3944

    Jared Leto, Zach Grenier, Kevin Scott Mack

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  43. 8
    + 5859
    - 3443

    Robert Duvall, Sofia Coppola, Diane Keaton

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  44. 7
    + 6073
    - 3458

    Al Jolson, Ray Liotta, Lorraine Bracco

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  45. 6
    + 8217
    - 4379

    Gary Oldman, Anthony Michael Hall, Heath Ledger

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  46. 5
    + 9800
    - 3917

    Haley Joel Osment, Gary Sinise, Bobby Richardson

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  47. 4
    + 7235
    - 4117

    Carrie Fisher, Denis Lawson, Harrison Ford

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  48. 3
    + 11191
    - 3569

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    James Whitmore, Paul McCrane, Bob Gunton

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  49. 2
    + 8659
    - 5831

    often listed
    Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi, Kathy Griffin

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  50. 1
    + 9972
    - 4625

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Robert Duvall, Sofia Coppola, Diane Keaton

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