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The Best Movies Of All Time

Updated October 20, 2020 6.1m votes 426.7k voters 16.1m 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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  • 1
    Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
    58,708
    22,135

    Forrest Gump

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • 2
    Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
    52,658
    18,012

    Saving Private Ryan

    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon

    Released1998

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 3
    The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
    107,037
    41,129

    The Shawshank Redemption

    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth

    Released1994

    Directed byFrank Darabont

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  • 4
    Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
    31,857
    11,350

    Toy Story

    Tom Hanks, Tim Allen

    Released1995

    Directed byJohn Lasseter

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  • 5
    The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
    29,318
    9,967

    The Green Mile

    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise

    Released1999

    Directed byFrank Darabont

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  • 6
    Catch Me If You Can is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
    20,259
    8,730

    Catch Me If You Can

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams

    Released2002

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 7
    The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
    81,204
    45,408

    The Dark Knight

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2008

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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  • 8
    Cast Away is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
    13,569
    5,845

    Cast Away

    Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt

    Released2000

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • 9
    The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
    27,230
    15,954

    The Lion King

    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons

    Released1994

    Directed byRob Minkoff, Roger Allers

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  • 10
    Alien is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
    17,969
    9,997

    Alien

    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt

    Released1979

    Directed byRidley Scott

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  • 11
    Scarface is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
    16,837
    8,908

    Scarface

    Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer

    Released1983

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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  • 12
    The Lord of the Rings - The Tw is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
    23,564
    12,836

    Released2002

    Directed by Peter Jackson

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  • 13
    The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
    16,439
    8,844

    The Sixth Sense

    Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton

    Released1999

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

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  • 14
    The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
    39,687
    23,211

    The Silence of the Lambs

    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1991

    Directed byJonathan Demme

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  • 15
    Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
    8,316
    4,088

    Stand by Me

    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman

    Released1986

    Directed byRob Reiner

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  • 16
    Full Metal Jacket is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
    19,000
    10,588

    Full Metal Jacket

    Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey

    Released1987

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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  • 17
    Inception is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
    36,739
    20,810

    Inception

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy

    Released2010

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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  • 18
    Indiana Jones and the Last Cru is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
    12,739
    6,696

    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery

    Released1989

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 19
    The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
    15,171
    8,771

    The Princess Bride

    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright

    Released1987

    Directed byRob Reiner

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  • 20
    Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
    16,440
    8,472

    Finding Nemo

    Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe

    Released2003

    Directed byAndrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

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  • 21
    The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
    10,357
    5,397

    The Incredibles

    Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter

    Released2004

    Directed byBrad Bird

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  • 22
    Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
    12,411
    5,831

    Home Alone

    Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci

    Released1990

    Directed byChris Columbus

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  • 23
    Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
    22,089
    13,128

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong

    Released1991

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • 24
    Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
    44,901
    27,961

    Back to the Future

    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1985

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • 25
    The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies Of All Time
    16,614
    8,889

    The Breakfast Club

    Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald

    Released1985

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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