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The Best Movies Of All Time 

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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.

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestri... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Steven Spielberg (1982), starring Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak & Debra Winger
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction-family film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison, featuring special effects by Carlo ...more

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Miloš Forman (1975), starring Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito & Christopher Lloyd
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a 1975 drama film written by Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman and directed by Miloš Forman.

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The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Rob Reiner (1987), starring Billy Crystal, Robin Wright & André the Giant
The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner. It was adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel of the same name. The ...more

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The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Robert Wise (1965), starring Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer & Eleanor Parker
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The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by James Cameron (1984), starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton & Linda Hamilton
The Terminator is a 1984 American science fiction/horror action film directed by James Cameron, written by Cameron and the film's producer Gale Anne Hurd. Schwarzenegger plays the Terminator, a ...more

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Inception is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Christopher Nolan (2010), starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy & Marion Cotillard
Inception is a 2010 science fiction thriller film written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film stars a large ensemble cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph ...more

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Star Wars: Episode VI –R... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Richard Marquand (1983), starring Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher & Mark Hamill
Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi is a 1983 American epic space opera film directed by Richard Marquand, and the third and final film in the original Star Wars trilogy. After a daring ...more

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Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by John McTiernan (1988), starring Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman & Bonnie Bedelia
Die Hard is a 1988 American action film directed by John McTiernan and written by Steven E. de Souza and Jeb Stuart. It is based on the 1979 novel Nothing Lasts Forever, by Roderick Thorp. Die ...more

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The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by M. Night Shyamalan (1999), starring Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton & Haley Joel Osment
The Sixth Sense is a 1999 American supernatural thriller film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The film tells the story of Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment), a troubled, isolated boy who ...more

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The Lord of the Rings: T... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Peter Jackson (2002), starring Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen & Liv Tyler
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is a 2002 epic fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson and based on the second volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's novel The Lord of the Rings. It is the second ...more

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The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
crowman added Dir. by Francis Ford Coppola (1972), starring Al Pacino, Marlon Brando & Robert Duvall
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Psycho is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Alfred Hitchcock (1960), starring Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh & Anthony Perkins
Psycho is a 1960 American horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film centers on an encounter between a secretary, Marion Crane, who ends up at a secluded motel after taking money from ...more

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Terminator 2: Judgment D... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by James Cameron (1991), starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong & Linda Hamilton
Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a 1991 American science fiction action thriller film written, produced and directed by James Cameron. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert ...more

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by John Hughes (1986), starring Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick & Jeffrey Jones
Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a 1986 American comedy film written, produced and directed by John Hughes. The film follows high school senior Ferris Bueller, who skips school and spends the day in ...more

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Full Metal Jacket is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Stanley Kubrick (1987), starring Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey & Adam Baldwin
Full Metal Jacket is a 1987 film directed and produced by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay by Kubrick, Michael Herr, and Gustav Hasford was based on Hasford's novel The Short-Timers. The film ...more

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Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Jon Favreau filmography (2008), starring Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard & Jeff Bridges
Iron Man is a 2008 American superhero film directed by Jon Favreau, based on the Marvel Comics character. After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark (Robert ...more

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Scarface is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Brian De Palma (1983), starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino & Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Scarface is a 1983 American crime drama film directed by Brian De Palma, and a remake of the 1932 film. In 1980s Miami, Cuban refugee Tony Montana (Al Pacino) rises up and becomes a powerful ...more

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Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Ivan Reitman (1984), starring Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver & Dan Aykroyd
Ghostbusters is a 1984 American sci-fi-fantasy comedy film, directed and produced by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. The film stars Bill Murray, Aykroyd, and Ramis as ...more

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Alien is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Ridley Scott (1979), starring Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt & Ian Holm
Alien is a 1979 science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott. The crew of the commercial space tug Nostromo encounter the eponymous Alien, a deadly and aggressive extraterrestrial set ...more

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Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Mel Gibson (1995), starring Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau & Brendan Gleeson
Braveheart is a 1995 epic historical medieval war drama film directed by and starring Mel Gibson. Gibson portrays William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish warrior who led the Scots in the First ...more

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Willy Wonka & the Ch... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Mel Stuart (1971), starring Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson & Tim Brooke-Taylor
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Indiana Jones and the La... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Steven Spielberg (1989), starring Harrison Ford, Sean Connery & River Phoenix
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is a 1989 American adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, from a story co-written by executive producer George Lucas. It is the third installment in the ...more

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The Departed is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Martin Scorsese (2006), starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson & Alec Baldwin
The Departed is a 2006 American crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, and a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs. Irish Mob boss Francis "Frank" Costello (Jack ...more

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by James Cameron (1997), starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet & Kathy Bates
Titanic is a 1997 American epic romance and disaster film directed by James Cameron. A seventeen-year-old aristocrat (Kate Winslet) falls in love with a kind but poor artist (Leonardo DiCaprio) ...more

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The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by John Hughes (1985), starring Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald & Anthony Michael Hall
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