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The Best Movies Of All Time 

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Updated July 14, 2020 6M votes 423k voters 16M views 4,835 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.

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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, Sally Field & Robin Wright
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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
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Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Steven Spielberg (1998), starring Tom Hanks, Matt Damon & Vin Diesel
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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Robert Zemeckis (1985), starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd & Lea Thompson
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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Steven Spielberg (1993), starring Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum & Richard Attenborough
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Rocky is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by John G. Avildsen (1976), starring Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier & Burgess Meredith
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The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Christopher Nolan (2008), starring Christian Bale, Michael Caine & Heath Ledger
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Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by John Lasseter (1995), starring Tom Hanks, Tim Allen & Don Rickles
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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Rob Minkoff and Roger Allers (1994), starring Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons & Matthew Broderick
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The Silence of the Lambs... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Jonathan Demme (1991), starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins & Chris Isaak
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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Steven Spielberg (1993), starring Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes & Ben Kingsley
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The Good, the Bad and th... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Sergio Leone (1966), starring Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach & Lee Van Cleef
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Catch Me If You Can is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Steven Spielberg (2002), starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams & Jennifer Garner
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Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Ridley Scott (2000), starring Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix & Michael Sheen
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The Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Mervyn LeRoy and Norman Taurog (1939), starring Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton & Frank Morgan
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The Lord of the Rings: T... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Peter Jackson (2003), starring Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen & Liv Tyler
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Indiana Jones and the Ra... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Steven Spielberg (1981), starring Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina & Karen Allen
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Jaws is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Steven Spielberg (1975), starring Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss & Roy Scheider
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Star Wars Episode V: The... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Irvin Kershner (1980), starring Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher & Mark Hamill
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The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Frank Darabont (1999), starring Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise & Sam Rockwell
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The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by James Cameron (1984), starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton & Linda Hamilton
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E.T. the Extra-Terrestri... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Steven Spielberg (1982), starring Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak & Debra Winger
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Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Gus Van Sant (1997), starring Ben Affleck, Robin Williams & Matt Damon
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It's a Wonderful Life is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by Frank Capra (1946), starring James Stewart, Donna Reed & Lionel Barrymore
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
Dir. by MiloŇ° Forman (1975), starring Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito & Christopher Lloyd