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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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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Joe Johnson1 added Dir. by Robert Zemeckis (1994), starring Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field
Forrest Gump is a 1994 American epic romantic-comedy-drama film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars Tom Hanks, Robin ...more
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The Shawshank Redemption... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Frank Darabont (1994), starring Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins
The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont and starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. Adapted from the Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and ...more
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Rocky is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by John G. Avildsen (1976), starring Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith
Rocky is a 1976 American sports drama film directed by John G. Avildsen. A small-time boxer (Sylvester Stallone) gets a supremely rare chance to fight a heavy-weight champion (Carl Weathers) in ...more
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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Steven Spielberg (1993), starring Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough
Jurassic Park is a 1993 American science fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. It is the first installment of the Jurassic Park franchise. It is based on the 1990 novel of the ...more
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Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Steven Spielberg (1998), starring Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel
Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 American epic drama war film set during the Invasion of Normandy in World War II. Directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Robert Rodat, the film is notable for ...more
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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Rob Minkoff, Roger Allers (1994), starring Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick
The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical epic film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 32nd animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more
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The Good, the Bad and th... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Sergio Leone (1966), starring Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a 1966 Italian epic Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone, starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach. The screenplay was written by Age ...more
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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Robert Zemeckis (1985), starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson
Back to the Future is a 1985 American science fiction film directed by Robert Zemeckis. Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into ...more
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The Silence of the Lambs... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Jonathan Demme (1991), starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak
The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 American thriller film that blends elements of the crime and horror genres. Directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, and Scott ...more
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Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by John Lasseter (1995), starring Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles
Toy Story is a 1995 American computer-animated buddy-comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter, Toy Story was the ...more
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The Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, King Vidor (1939), starring Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan
The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and the most well-known and commercially successful adaptation based on the 1900 novel The Wonderful ...more
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The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Christopher Nolan (2008), starring Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger
The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character, Batman. Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), Police Lieutenant James Gordon (Gary Oldman) and ...more
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Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Gus Van Sant (1997), starring Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon
Good Will Hunting is a 1997 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant, and starring Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver and Stellan Skarsgård. Written by Affleck and ...more
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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Steven Spielberg (1993), starring Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley
Schindler's List is a 1993 American epic historical period drama, directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg and scripted by Steven Zaillian. It is based on the novel Schindler's Ark by Thomas ...more
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To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Robert Mulligan (1962), starring Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, William Windom
To Kill a Mockingbird is a 1962 American drama film directed by Robert Mulligan. The screenplay by Horton Foote was based on the 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Harper Lee. ...more
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The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Frank Darabont (1999), starring Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell
The Green Mile is a 1999 American fantasy drama film directed by Frank Darabont and adapted from the 1996 Stephen King novel of the same name. The film is told in a flashback format and stars ...more
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The Lord of the Rings: T... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Peter Jackson (2003), starring Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a 2003 epic fantasy drama film directed by Peter Jackson based on the second and third volumes of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It is ...more
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The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 18 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) 19 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Peter Jackson (2001), starring Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 epic fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson based on the first volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It is the first ...more
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Ferris Bueller's Day Off... is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Ridley Scott (2000), starring Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen
Gladiator is a 2000 American-British epic historical drama film directed by Ridley Scott, starring Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Ralf Möller, Oliver Reed, Djimon Hounsou, ...more
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Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich (2003), starring Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana
Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Written and directed by Andrew Stanton, it ...more
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The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Willy Wonka & the Ch... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Mel Stuart (1971), starring Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 musical fantasy film directed by Mel Stuart, and starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. The film, a film adaptation of the 1964 novel Charlie and ...more
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Catch Me If You Can is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Steven Spielberg (2002), starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jennifer Garner
Catch Me If You Can is a 2002 American biographical crime drama film based on the life of Frank Abagnale, who, before his 19th birthday, successfully performed cons worth millions of dollars by ...more