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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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33,807 22,748
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Enzo added The Godfather Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

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2
45,616 16,936
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
28,974 23,149
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
30,538 19,133
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Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

5
38,646 14,400
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
32,446 18,798
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
19,086 12,524
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
18,198 13,333
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
18,857 15,203
The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Devious added The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

10
21,035 14,802
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Fight Club Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter

11
20,148 11,079
Star Wars Episode V: The Empir... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

12
19,211 10,782
Indiana Jones and the Raiders ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

13
20,344 10,463
Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Schindler's List Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

14
19,929 11,059
Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Gladiator Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

15
22,268 8,154
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Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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16
20,327 9,507
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Back to the Future Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

17
19,566 8,825
The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
The Silence of the Lambs Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

18
18,759 9,340
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The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King (2003) Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

19
13,564 7,058
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
12,267 7,426
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

21
11,552 8,345
Casablanca is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Casablanca Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

22
9,700 7,349
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Apocalypse Now Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

23
8,120 8,101
Citizen Kane is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Citizen Kane Orson Welles, Alan Ladd, Agnes Moorehead

24
15,471 8,833
Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Braveheart Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

25
12,554 7,088
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The Shining Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

26
15,963 9,992
Inception is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Inception Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

27
16,086 11,078
Titanic is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

28
11,833 7,342
Seven is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Seven Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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12,663 6,922
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Jaws Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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7,893 6,270
Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Taxi Driver Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese

31
10,074 6,467
The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
The Usual Suspects Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

32
13,778 5,882
Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Jurassic Park Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

33
11,386 6,822
Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Die Hard Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

34
7,525 7,316
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A Clockwork Orange Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

35
11,056 5,286
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Clint Eastwood, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Strong

36
10,777 6,434
Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

37
12,590 5,917
Rocky is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Rocky Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

38
9,518 5,215
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
7,771 7,021
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The Big Lebowski Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Tara Reid

40
8,519 5,440
Psycho is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Psycho Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

41
11,386 6,225
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The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers (2002) Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

42
10,798 6,003
The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
The Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

43
8,937 5,248
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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9,553 6,023
The Departed is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
The Departed Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin

45
6,063 5,639
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2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

46
9,325 5,296
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It's a Wonderful Life James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

47
7,015 5,564
Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Blade Runner Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

48
12,829 4,703
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The Green Mile Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

49
9,395 5,139
Alien is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Alien Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

50
7,656 5,462
Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies of All Time
Reservoir Dogs Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth