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. 50
    + 4,146
    - 2,862


    Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth

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  2. 49
    + 3,948
    - 3,022


    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

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  3. 48
    + 2,993
    - 2,691
    2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

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

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  4. 47
    + 4,466
    - 2,447


    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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  5. 46
    + 5,563
    - 2,175
    The Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

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

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  6. 45
    + 4,896
    - 3,216


    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin

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  7. 44
    + 3,981
    - 3,590
    The Big Lebowski is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

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    Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Tara Reid

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  8. 43
    + 5,248
    - 2,849
    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
    + 6,477
    - 2,504
    The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

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

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  10. 41
    + 6,152
    - 3,256


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

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  11. 40
    + 5,892
    - 3,084
    The Lord of the Rings: The Two... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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  12. 39
    + 5,859
    - 3,285


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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  13. 38
    + 4,822
    - 2,554


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

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  14. 37
    + 6,042
    - 2,767


    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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  15. 36
    + 6,157
    - 3,090


    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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  16. 35
    + 4,840
    - 2,890


    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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  17. 34
    + 4,200
    - 3,170

    often listed
    Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese

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  18. 33
    + 5,702
    - 2,842

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

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  19. 32
    + 6,268
    - 3,636


    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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  20. 31
    + 4,049
    - 3,711
    A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 31 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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  21. 30
    + 5,136
    - 3,375


    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

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  22. 29
    + 7,030
    - 5,492

    often listed
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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  23. 28
    + 6,547
    - 3,355
    Jaws is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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  24. 27
    + 7,218
    - 5,079


    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

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  25. 26
    + 6,251
    - 3,524


    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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  26. 25
    + 6,403
    - 3,504
    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
    + 4,335
    - 4,144

    often listed
    Orson Welles, Alan Ladd, Agnes Moorehead

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  28. 23
    + 8,270
    - 4,278


    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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  29. 22
    + 5,294
    - 3,697
    Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

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    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

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  30. 21
    + 5,215
    - 2,642


    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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  31. 20
    + 6,413
    - 4,429

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    Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

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  32. 19
    + 6,885
    - 3,652
    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
    + 9,370
    - 4,493
    The Lord of the Rings: The Ret... 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
    + 10,182
    - 4,568
    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
    + 10,069
    - 5,425


    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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  36. 15
    + 10,435
    - 4,242
    Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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  37. 14
    + 10,314
    - 4,437


    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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  38. 13
    + 9,481
    - 6,871

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

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  39. 12
    + 9,326
    - 4,769


    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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  40. 11
    + 10,099
    - 4,479

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

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  41. 10
    + 10,447
    - 6,592
    Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 10 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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  42. 9
    + 10,497
    - 4,760

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

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  43. 8
    + 9,180
    - 5,543


    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

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  44. 7
    + 9,677
    - 5,545


    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

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  45. 6
    + 13,473
    - 7,550


    Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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  46. 5
    + 16,767
    - 6,620


    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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  47. 4
    + 13,020
    - 7,276
    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
    + 14,121
    - 9,412

    often listed
    John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

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  49. 2
    + 19,008
    - 6,596

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

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  50. 1
    + 16,258
    - 7,792

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

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