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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 of all time? 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 films are the best ever made.

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

If your favorite movies still aren't included with this group of the best movies of all time, add them by clicking "rerank" below to make your own list. Or just vote for the titles 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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32,801 22,042
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Enzo added The Godfather Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

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2
44,121 16,526
The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
The Shawshank Redemption Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

3
28,240 22,554
Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Pulp Fiction John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

4
29,685 18,616
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Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

5
37,572 14,046
Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Forrest Gump Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

6
31,435 18,354
The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
The Dark Knight Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

7
18,652 12,254
Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
GoodFellas Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

8
17,764 13,017
The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
The Godfather Part II Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

9
19,629 10,784
Star Wars Episode V: The Empir... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

10
18,373 14,813
The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Devious added The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

11
18,809 10,566
Indiana Jones and the Raiders ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

12
19,875 10,278
Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Schindler's List Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

13
20,497 14,540
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Fight Club Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter

14
21,758 7,987
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Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

15
19,458 10,815
Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Gladiator Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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16
19,115 8,671
The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
The Silence of the Lambs Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

17
19,860 9,306
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Back to the Future Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

18
18,279 9,132
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The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King (2003) Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

19
13,100 6,858
The Lord of the Rings: The Fel... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

20
12,038 7,297
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

21
11,322 8,193
Casablanca is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Casablanca Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

22
15,171 8,618
Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Braveheart Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

23
9,507 7,216
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Apocalypse Now Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

24
7,952 7,941
Citizen Kane is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Citizen Kane Orson Welles, Alan Ladd, Agnes Moorehead

25
12,261 6,961
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The Shining Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

26
15,480 9,805
Inception is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Inception Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

27
11,579 7,199
Seven is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Seven Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

28
15,612 10,810
Titanic is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

29
12,426 6,773
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Jaws Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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30
13,439 5,751
Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Jurassic Park Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

31
10,818 5,174
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Clint Eastwood, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Strong

32
11,181 6,655
Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Die Hard Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

33
7,725 6,146
Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Taxi Driver Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese

34
9,882 6,337
The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
The Usual Suspects Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

35
10,579 6,304
Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

36
12,312 5,794
Rocky is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Rocky Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

37
7,364 7,176
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A Clockwork Orange Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

38
9,320 5,111
Full Metal Jacket is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Full Metal Jacket Stanley Kubrick, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey

39
11,132 6,119
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The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers (2002) Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

40
8,374 5,352
Psycho is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Psycho Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

41
10,613 5,890
The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
The Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

42
7,597 6,886
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The Big Lebowski Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Tara Reid

43
8,738 5,143
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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12,596 4,589
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The Green Mile Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

45
9,333 5,917
The Departed is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
The Departed Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin

46
9,157 5,209
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It's a Wonderful Life James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

47
10,621 4,504
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The Wizard of Oz Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan

48
5,902 5,532
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2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

49
12,002 4,595
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Toy Story Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

50
7,504 5,359
Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Reservoir Dogs Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth