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
    + 3,116
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    2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

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    2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

  2. 49
    + 4,274
    - 3,074
    Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Reservoir Dogs Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth

  3. 48
    + 4,090
    - 3,227
    Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Blade Runner Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

  4. 47
    + 4,641
    - 2,651
    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

  5. 46
    + 5,794
    - 2,375
    The Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

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    The Wizard of Oz Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan

  6. 45
    + 5,060
    - 3,429
    The Departed is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

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    The Departed Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin

  7. 44
    + 5,428
    - 3,032
    It's a Wonderful Life is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    It's a Wonderful Life James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

  8. 43
    + 6,342
    - 3,477
    The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    The Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

  9. 42
    + 6,800
    - 2,603
    The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    The Green Mile Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

  10. 41
    + 4,111
    - 3,828
    The Big Lebowski is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

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    The Big Lebowski Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Tara Reid

  11. 40
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    - 3,498


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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  12. 39
    + 6,105
    - 3,303
    The Lord of the Rings: The Two... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

  13. 38
    + 4,984
    - 2,761
    Full Metal Jacket is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Full Metal Jacket Stanley Kubrick, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey

  14. 37
    + 4,997
    - 3,068
    Psycho is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Psycho Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

  15. 36
    + 6,376
    - 3,199
    Rocky is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Rocky Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

  16. 35
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    - 2,983


    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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  17. 34
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    The Good, The Bad & The Ugly is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Clint Eastwood, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Strong

  18. 33
    + 4,343
    - 3,288
    Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

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    Taxi Driver Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese

  19. 32
    + 4,202
    - 3,834
    A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

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    A Clockwork Orange Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

  20. 31
    + 6,449
    - 3,768
    Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Die Hard Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

  21. 30
    + 5,314
    - 3,477


    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

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  22. 29
    + 7,312
    - 5,675
    Titanic is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

  23. 28
    + 6,764
    - 3,473
    Jaws is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Jaws Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

  24. 27
    + 7,472
    - 5,244
    Inception is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

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    Inception Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

  25. 26
    + 6,448
    - 3,661
    Seven is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Seven Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

  26. 25
    + 4,484
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    Orson Welles, Alan Ladd, Agnes Moorehead

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  27. 24
    + 6,610
    - 3,614
    The Shining is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

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

  28. 23
    + 8,512
    - 4,438
    Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Braveheart Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

  29. 22
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    - 3,839
    Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

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    Apocalypse Now Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

  30. 21
    + 5,485
    - 2,788
    The Lord of the Rings: The Fel... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

  31. 20
    + 6,627
    - 4,560
    Casablanca is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

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    Casablanca Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

  32. 19
    + 7,109
    - 3,786
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

  33. 18
    + 9,686
    - 4,697
    The Lord of the Rings: The Ret... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

  34. 17
    + 10,546
    - 4,781
    Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Back to the Future Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

  35. 16
    + 10,382
    - 5,757
    Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Gladiator Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

  36. 15
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    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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  37. 14
    + 11,005
    - 4,386
    Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

  38. 13
    + 9,673
    - 5,146
    Star Wars Episode V: The Empir... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

  39. 12
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    - 7,323
    The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

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    The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

  40. 11
    + 10,416
    - 4,860
    Indiana Jones and the Raiders ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

  41. 10
    + 10,807
    - 7,035
    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
    + 10,825
    - 5,148
    Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Schindler's List Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

  43. 8
    + 9,487
    - 5,957


    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

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  44. 7
    + 10,027
    - 5,950


    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

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  45. 6
    + 14,046
    - 8,038
    The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    The Dark Knight Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

  46. 5
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    - 6,859


    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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  47. 4
    + 13,549
    - 7,761
    Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of All Time


    Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

  48. 3
    + 14,625
    - 9,915
    Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

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    Pulp Fiction John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

  49. 2
    + 19,717
    - 7,072
    The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    The Shawshank Redemption Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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

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