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The Best Movies Of All Time

Updated April 7, 2021 6.0m votes 435.0k voters 16.2m views4.8k items

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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 in cinema history? 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 famous movies are the best ever made.

So, what are the best movies of all time? The list includes a wide range of films from all over the world, from art house European cinema to top action films and must-see 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. 1994 American drama film Shawshank Redemption, for example, was not highly regarded or popular in theaters when it first opened, but has since risen to the top 10 of many best movie lists.

If your favorite movies still aren't included with this ranking of good movies to watch, add them by clicking "rerank" below to make your own list. Or just vote for the top rated movies 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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  • 26
    19,860
    12,426

    The Terminator

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton

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  • 27
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    Inception

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy

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  • 28
    38,204
    24,410

    GoodFellas

    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson

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  • 29
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    Jurassic Park

    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum

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  • 30
    18,293
    10,760

    The Departed

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson

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  • 31
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    The Exorcist

    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn

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  • 32
    14,507
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    The Princess Bride

    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright

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  • 33
    27,306
    18,128

    Rocky

    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier

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  • 34
    15,560
    8,405

    Finding Nemo

    Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe

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  • 35
    13,181
    7,571

    Groundhog Day

    Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell

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  • 36
    25,637
    16,333

    The Lion King

    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons

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  • 37
    15,635
    8,861

    The Breakfast Club

    Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald

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  • 38
    10,073
    5,600

    The Incredibles

    Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter

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  • 39
    12,086
    6,001

    Home Alone

    Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci

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  • 40
    13,169
    7,777

    Ghostbusters

    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver

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  • 41
    17,336
    11,386

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak

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  • 42
    36,647
    24,207

    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina

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  • 43
    9,213
    5,081

    The Goonies

    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin

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  • 44
    10,465
    5,896

    Rain Man 

    Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman

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  • 45
    14,821
    8,815

    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick

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  • 46
    39,265
    26,001

    Gladiator

    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix

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  • 47
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    4,424

    Stand by Me

    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman

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  • 48
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    Dead Poets Society

    Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke

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  • 49
    9,643
    5,418

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  • 50
    12,118
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    The Sound Of Music

    Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer

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