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These are 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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30,303 20,230
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Enzo added The Godfather Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

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2
40,188 15,480
The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
The Shawshank Redemption Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

3
26,330 21,061
Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Pulp Fiction John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

4
27,573 17,288
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Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

5
34,780 13,152
Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Forrest Gump Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

6
28,940 17,217
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

7
17,532 11,469
Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
GoodFellas Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

8
16,630 12,168
The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
The Godfather Part II Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

9
17,088 13,843
The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

10
19,036 13,751
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Fight Club Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter

11
17,780 9,882
Indiana Jones and the Raiders ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

12
18,399 10,123
Star Wars Episode V: The Empir... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

13
18,596 9,758
Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Schindler's List Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

14
20,396 7,493
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Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

15
18,164 10,220
Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Gladiator Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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16
18,006 8,188
The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
The Silence of the Lambs Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

17
18,688 8,728
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Back to the Future Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

18
17,027 8,614
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The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King (2003) Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

19
11,913 6,330
The Lord of the Rings: The Fel... is listed (or ranked) 19 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

20
11,425 6,886
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

21
10,718 7,757
Casablanca is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Casablanca Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

22
14,317 8,112
Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Braveheart Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

23
8,979 6,838
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Apocalypse Now Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

24
11,504 6,563
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The Shining Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

25
7,523 7,508
Citizen Kane is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Citizen Kane Orson Welles, Alan Ladd, Agnes Moorehead

26
14,288 9,250
Inception is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Inception Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

27
10,863 6,755
Seven is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Seven Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

28
14,396 10,124
Titanic is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

29
11,791 6,347
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Jaws Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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30
12,567 5,397
Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Jurassic Park Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

31
9,318 6,016
The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
The Usual Suspects Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

32
10,607 6,288
Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Die Hard Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

33
10,094 4,910
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Clint Eastwood, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Strong

34
7,259 5,827
Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Taxi Driver Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese

35
10,034 5,968
Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

36
11,602 5,459
Rocky is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Rocky Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

37
6,945 6,805
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A Clockwork Orange Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

38
10,441 5,796
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The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers (2002) Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

39
8,776 4,842
Full Metal Jacket is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Full Metal Jacket Stanley Kubrick, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey

40
7,942 5,121
Psycho is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Psycho Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

41
10,122 5,620
The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
The Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

42
7,160 6,527
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The Big Lebowski Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Tara Reid

43
11,855 4,377
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The Green Mile Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

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44
8,248 4,846
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

45
8,746 4,971
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It's a Wonderful Life James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

46
8,780 5,629
The Departed is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
The Departed Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin

47
10,112 4,228
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The Wizard of Oz Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan

48
8,700 4,772
Alien is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Alien Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

49
5,535 5,220
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2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

50
7,122 5,066
Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Reservoir Dogs Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth