<![CDATA[Ranker: Recent top lists Lists]]> http://www.ranker.com/tags/top-lists http://www.ranker.com/img/skin2/logo.gif Most Viewed Lists on Ranker http://www.ranker.com/tags/top-lists <![CDATA[The Best Video Games of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-best-games-of-all-time
These are the greatest games of all time, as voted on and reranked by gamers like yourself. Video games are more popular than ever. Since the early '80 when gaming systems like Atari, Nintendo and Sega first took arcade favorite and made them available to a wider audience, video games have become a part of the pop culture lexicon. Many of the best video games are action and adventure games, usually with an ultimate goal to reach in the end. That could mean rescuing a princess, like in games like the Super Mario franchise and Legend of Zelda, or it could mean battling it out with iconic villains like in Goldeneye. Sometime whooping some butt is fun and if that's your favorite type of video game, then you would be partial to the Grand Theft Auto franchise, Contra and Mortal Kombat as the best video games.

The 00's produced some of the best video games of all time. Halo, Assassin's Creed and The Sims have remained popular ten year after their respective releases. People love playing these games and they've taken their place as classics within the gaming community. 

Vote for your favorite games on this Ultimate List of The Best Video Games of All Time. If there are any of your favorite video games that aren't on this list, feel free to add them. 

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Final Fantasy VII

Super Mario 64

Super Mario Bros.

Super Mario Bros. 3

Super Mario World

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas


The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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<![CDATA[The Best Movies Based on Books]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-best-movies-based-on-books
List of the best movies based off books, voted on by cine-bibliophiles everywhere. Many movies are based off of books but whenever a new movie based on a book comes out there is an endless amount of whining about how Hollywood isn't original and why can't they write their own stories? That's simple, it's because these amazing stories are already written and Hollywood has the means to bring them to life, and some times they do it better than even your imagination thought possible. This list looks at the films based on the books - novels, literature, or nonfiction - that made you want to reread the book, started endless "which was better the movie or the book" debates, made you squeal with delight that you pictured it that way in your head, and just blew your frickin' mind.

What are the best movies based on books? Vote on the top movies based on books and share this with your friends to get their opinions, too!

Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump (1986) by Winston Groom
Schindler's List
Schindler's Ark (1982) by Thomas Keneally
The Godfather
The Godfather (1969) by Mario Puzo
The Green Mile
The Green Mile (1996) by Stephen King
The Lord of the Rings film trilogy
The Fellowship of the Ring (1954), The Two Towers (1954), The Return of the King (1955) by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Shawshank Redemption
Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption (1982) by Stephen King
The Shining
The Shining (1977) by Stephen King
The Silence of the Lambs
The Silence of the Lambs (1988) by Thomas Harris
The Wizard of Oz
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) by L. Frank Baum
To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) by Harper Lee

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<![CDATA[The Greatest Kid Characters in Film]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/greatest-kid-characters-in-film/ranker-film
List of the greatest kid characters in film. These onscreen children were the best movie personalities in the history of cinema. Here we have ranked those film characters that we would rather hide from our own children (for the most part) but watch onscreen any day of the week. Of course, if Harry Potter came over for a playdate, a child might want to hang out.

Movie children are the ones that say what we are really thinking, or sometimes things that no adult would ever be weird enough to think let alone say out loud. Someone like Huck Finn comes to mind, as he ranks up here against (or perhaps with) Simba from "The Lion King." both of the "Spy Kids" themselves had to be included, of course, as did tough girls like Hit-Girl and Veruca Salt. Speaking of Miss Salt, Roald Dahl brought us more of the great kid characters in movies thanks to Matilda Wormood and Charlie Buckett.


Dorothy Gale

Hermione Granger

Luna Lovegood

Marty McFly

Wednesday Addams

Harry Potter



Lydia Deetz

Kevin McCallister

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<![CDATA[The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/greatest-actors-who-have-never-won-an-oscar
There are many actors who haven't won an Oscar. For 95 percent of the acting population, there is probably a good reason they haven't taken home one of film's most prestigious honors. Only two actors per year can win either the Best Actor or Best Supporting Actor Oscars, leaving eight other nominees with nothing. And all of the other actors in the biz out in the cold.

But does the Academy always get it right? There are plenty of actors who haven't won an Oscar despite the fact that they’ve turned in amazing performances. Whether it’s due to stellar competition, bad luck, or an out-and-out snub, some artists have never gotten the recognition they deserve.

Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt are all big draws at the box office who haven't received the same respect of the Academy that they have from audiences. While they've all been nominated for Oscars, they've never taken home the big prize.

There are a surprising number of big name actors who haven't won an Oscar. It's up to you to determine which of these men is the greatest.

Brad Pitt

Edward Norton

Gary Oldman

Harrison Ford

Ian McKellen

Johnny Depp

Leonardo DiCaprio

Liam Neeson

Ralph Fiennes

Robert Downey Jr.

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<![CDATA[The Greatest Songs by '90s One-Hit Wonders]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/greatest-songs-by-90s-one-hit-wonders/ranker-music
A list of the greatest songs by 90s one-hit wonders. Are you looking for your favorite 1990s songs, but don’t know who the artist is? Browse through this list of the greatest songs by 90s one-hit wonders to see if your favorite song made the list. Then you can see who the 90s artist is and search for the album to listen to sometime. Ordered from the most popular one-hit song wonders from the 90s to the least popular, you can find some great music by picking from the top of the list. Go ahead and vote for your favorite songs and artists from the 90s as well, and they will get raised higher on the list.

Feel free to copy and paste from the list to make your own list of favorite 90s music. That way, you will never forget the artists to your favorite 1990s songs again! If you don’t see your favorite song or artist listed, go ahead and add it to the list. Then others can vote for it and you can see where it ranks on the list of great 90s songs by one-hit wonders.

The 90s brought a change in the style of music. We went from the popular dance music and nostalgic love songs to the more hip-hop and alternative styles of music. Many of the most-loved songs from the 1990s were made by one-hit wonders. Even though these artists only produced one song that made the top 40s, many music enthusiasts will often find other songs from these 90s artists that they enjoy just as much. Look through the list of great 90s music from one-hit wonders to find your favorite songs and artists, and you may even find a new favorite type of music!

Baby Got Back

Groove Is In The Heart
Ice Ice Baby

What's Up
4 Non Blondes

No Rain
Blind Melon

Meredith Brooks

Closing Time
Bitter Sweet Symphony

I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
The Proclaimers

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<![CDATA[The Greatest Minds of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/greatest-minds-of-all-time/walter-graves
List of the Greatest Minds of All Time, throughout history. This list represents the most influential thinkers across various disciplines, ranked in a way that represents the power of their ideas and their impact on the world. The wisest men and women include top philosophers, physicists, famous poets, thinkers, teachers, physiologists, artists, inventors, engineers, the most irreplaceable CEOs in the world, economists and politicians and those whose talents span across many fields of study.

This list takes a historic perspective, so the greatest thinkers who are included on this list come from many different eras. The greatest minds of the 21st century may be quite different from great geniuses from the distant past, but each person should be judged within the context of the time that they were living. For example, inventing a new type of telephone in 2013 would not qualify one as "the most brilliant mind of all time," but in 1876 when Alexander Graham Bell first patented the telephone, it was an act of genius not seen before.

See Also: The Most Influential People of All Time.

Albert Einstein



Charles Darwin

Galileo Galilei

Isaac Newton

Leonardo da Vinci

Nikola Tesla


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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<![CDATA[The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-will-they-or-wont-they-couples-in-tv-history/ranker-tv
List of the best will-they-or-won’t-they couples in TV history, current or past. These ‘will they or won’t they?’ couples have added romantic tension to the best television shows and given viewers a reason not to miss an episode -- after all, no one wants to say they missed the moment when a will-they-or-won’t-they TV couple finally did or didn’t. Sometimes frustrating, sometimes sweet, the best will-they-or-won’t-they couples viewers have enjoyed are on this list, from early television to currently-running series.

 The ‘will they or won’t they’ trope is nothing new to TV shows, and the list of problems that can keep seemingly destined-for-each-other couples apart is nearly endless. One half of the will-they-or-won’t-they couple might already have a boyfriend/girlfriend/wife/husband (think Pam and Jim) or the two may appear not to get along, even though viewers can sense the underlying romantic feelings. Other common problems for will-they-or-won’t-they TV couples are location, job or social position, or the unwillingness of one half to commit (think Carrie and Mr. Big).

 Sometimes a will-they-or-won’t-they couple causes problems for a TV series. If the biggest appeal of a show is whether a couple will get together, will viewers still tune in after they do? On the other hand, the ‘will they or won’t they?’ storyline can become too drawn out, leaving viewers irritated. Of course, will-they-or-won’t-they couples have also caused some of the most touching and most heartbreaking moments in television. The first kiss or a marriage proposal after a drawn out will-they-or-won’t-they storyline can even bring a tear to the eye.

 If you’ve lived every tension-filled moment with the best will-they-or-won’t-they TV couples in history, then you understand how powerful TV can be. Enjoy this list of the best will-they-or-won’t-they TV couples and vote your favorites up.


Blair Waldorf
Gossip Girl
Buffy Summers
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Rachel Green
Sam Malone
Richard Castle
Lady Mary Crawley
Downton Abbey
Ned Bigby and Suzie Crabgrass
Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide

Fry & Leela
Hyde & Jackie
That 70s Show

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<![CDATA[The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-excuses-to-get-out-of-work/elise
List of the best excuses to get out of work--including believable excuses to miss work, ridiculous reasons to stay home and funny justifications for taking the day off. Hey, sometimes we all need to take a sick day, or take a "sick day" but we don't know exactly what to tell our boss that he will believe or allow. The most popular excuses to miss work are often health-related. People always think to say that they are sick or that their family member died. While this way to miss work is sometimes believable, you can't always use the same reason. And "killing off" your family members is just bad karma. 

Good excuses for missing work are usually either very specific--like your toilet overflowed and you have to handle it, or are very vague--like you need a "personal" day. Is it a bad idea to lie to your boss about why you are missing work? Probably. Do people do it all of the time? Absolutely. For many readers, the reasons listed here are good excuses for taking the day off. 

So what do you think? What is a good excuse for getting out of work? Do you lie to your boss or do you just tell him or her why you need the day off? Vote for your favorites and add your own excuses. Discuss your reactions in the comment section. 

Tragedy in the Family

Doctor's Appointment

You Are Snowed In

You Have the Flu

You Honestly Tell Your Boss Why You Can't/Don't Want to Come In

Your Kid is Sick

You Have a Cold (Cough, Cough)

Car Trouble

Someone Is in the Hospital

Food Poisoning

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<![CDATA[The Best Albums of the 1990s]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-best-albums-of-the-1990s

List of the best albums released in the 1990s, from the years 1990 to 1999. These albums span all music genres – though tend to focus largely on popular music genres like rock, hip-hop, R&B and pop – and cover both new '90s bands that exploded on the scene along with older acts from previous generations that continued making music at the time. The list order is based both on votes and on individual lists made by users – to have the most influence on the rankings, add your own list of favorite '90s albums.

Popular trends in the '90s largely carried over from the previous decade, including a fascination with teen pop and dance pop music, along with the growing popularity of hip-hop and rap albums among a mainstream audience. The early 1990s were dominated by the West Coast gangsta rap sound, particularly following the release of Dr. Dre's "The Chronic" in 1992. The mid '90s were notable for the shocking, violent deaths of two of the era's most popular rappers – Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace (aka Notorious BIG). Wallace's producer and collaborator, Sean "Puffy" Combs, went on to dominate the mainstream hip-hop charts in the ensuing years.

Contemporary R&B and soul – sometimes in the '90s grouped under the term "urban music" – also remained extremely popular with acts such as En Vogue, Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, Whitney Houston, Babyface, and R. Kelly dominating the charts.

Rock in the '90s was notable for the explosion of the "grunge" sound in the early part of the decade, with bands like Nirvana, Alice in Chains, and Pearl Jam bringing the grimy, less polished style of the Pacific Northwest to mainstream radio. Later, the grunge trend melded with the popularity of what was termed "alternative rock," an umbrella term incorporating styles as varied as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, Smashing Pumpkins, and Sublime. British acts making up the "Britpop" sub-genre of rock, which remained popular throughout the decade, included Blur, Oasis, Pulp, and Supergrass.

What are greatest albums of the 90s? Take a look here and you'll see.


Blood Sugar Sex Magik



OK Computer

Siamese Dream



In Utero



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<![CDATA[The Best Current Sitcoms]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-current-tv-sitcoms/ranker-tv
The best current TV sitcoms are those funny situational comedy shows that keep us laughing during their current original runs. Mainstays of the network television primetime lineups, these best current sitcoms are among the funniest shows on television today with witty jokes and lovable characters. If you need a good laugh after a long day, these best current TV sitcoms are the cream of the crop.

Gone are the favorites like "Friends," 30 Rock" and "The Office" but NBC is still doing pretty well with their other comedy shows. "Community" and "Parks and Recreation" have acquired quite the following among the NBC comedy lineup, and while they'll never replace other great NBC comedies, they are definitely worth a watch.

But there are plenty more where that came from. Other current favorite sitcoms include ABC's "Modern Family," CBS's "The Big Bang Theory," Fox's "The Simpsons," and many great cable network sitcoms like "Louie," "Anger Management," and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." 

Which current television sitcom keeps you and the family in stitches? Vote for your favorite current TV sitcoms, add any that are missing or re-rank this list of the best current TV sitcoms in your own order, all below!

Family Guy

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

South Park

The Big Bang Theory

The Simpsons


Modern Family

2 Broke Girls

New Girl

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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