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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 best movies of 2013 and the greatest actors of all time.
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  1. 1428
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Cloris Leachman, Nat King Cole, Jack Elam

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  2. 2564
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    added by laustcawz John Ritter, Anne Archer, Bert Convy

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  3. 2101
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    added by foam Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello

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  4. 900
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    Julia Roberts, Amy Adams, Tom Hanks

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  5. 746
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    Michael Douglas, Michael J. Fox, Martin Sheen

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  6. 126
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    added by dr.navasp Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson

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  7. 200
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    often listed Justin Timberlake, Rashida Jones, Rooney Mara

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  8. 901
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    Morgan Freeman, Michelle Monaghan, Ed Harris

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  9. 1521
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    Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore

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  10. 535
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    often listed Judy Garland, William Shatner, Marlene Dietrich

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  11. 1467
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    Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, Jean Simmons

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  12. 2501
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    added by laustcawz Alan Arkin, Mariette Hartley Razor-sharp social satire starring Alan Arkin & Mariette Hartley. Also starring Sarah ...

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  13. 2434
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    added by foam Matt Damon

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  14. 1771
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    Rachel Weisz, Elizabeth Banks, Isla Fisher

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  15. 1862
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    Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock, Camilla Belle

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  16. 297
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Alyson Hannigan, Shannon Elizabeth, Tara Reid

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  17. 1446
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Alyson Hannigan, January Jones, Willam Belli

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  18. 1370
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    Olivia Wilde, Jeff Bridges, Cillian Murphy

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  19. 1105
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    Lacey Chabert, Jaime Pressly, Chris Evans

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  20. 2429
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    added by dsaker Alec Guinness, Jason Robards Jr., Anne Archer

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  21. 1704
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    ranked low on reranks Al Pacino, Susan Sarandon, John Goodman

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  22. 2199
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    Robin Williams, Edward Norton, Jon Stewart

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  23. 1142
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    Christopher Walken, Nathan Lane, Lee Evans

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  24. 1183
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    Salma Hayek, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock

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  25. 846
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    Adam Sandler, Jon Stewart, Steve Buscemi

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  26. 539
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    Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi, Chris Farley

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  27. 305
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    Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Julie Bowen

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  28. 1685
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    often listed Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, Kathy Bates

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  29. 2091
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    John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

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  30. 293
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    often listed Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell, Lamberto Maggiorani

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  31. 652
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    often listed Juliette Binoche, Julie Delpy, Emmanuelle Riva

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  32. 1584
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    Antonio Banderas, Blanca Suárez, Elena Anaya

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  33. 187
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    often listed Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Minoru Chiaki

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  34. 942
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    Takashi Shimura, Minoru Chiaki, Nobuo Kaneko

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  35. 163
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    Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Seiji Miyaguchi

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  36. 140
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    Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard

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  37. 670
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    Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Samuel L. Jackson

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  38. 2400
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    added by ProllTroll Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, Uma Thurman

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  39. 605
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    Tom Hanks, Ian McKellen, Audrey Tautou

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  40. 592
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    Renée Zellweger, Russell Crowe, Paul Giamatti

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  41. 843
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    Will Smith, Shia LaBeouf, Bridget Moynahan

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  42. 1409
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    Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones, Mary-Louise Parker

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  43. 2643
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    added by jmmikkola Samuli Edelmann, Pamela Tola, Pertti Sveholm

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  44. 2252
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    Herbert Marshall, Edward Everett Horton, Charlie Ruggles

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  45. 1648
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    often listed Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Kevin Zegers

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  46. 64
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    Kevin Spacey, Mena Suvari, Annette Bening

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  47. 1844
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    Helen Mirren, Ian Holm, Rupert Everett

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  48. 1663
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    often listed Charlie Sheen, Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx

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  49. 479
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    Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, John Rothman

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  50. 2147
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    Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, Van Johnson

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