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50 Best Movies of All Time

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What’s the greatest movie of all time? This is likely one debate that will rage on forever. This is due in part to evolving tastes, technology, and trends in cinema. While some cinephiles consider classics such as “City Lights” (1931) or “Casablanca” (1942) as the height of the medium, many fans are more appreciative of newer Hollywood productions.

Attempting to answer this question and find the 50 best films of all time, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed movie ratings as decided by critics and general audiences on Rotten Tomatoes and Internet Movie Database. Because moviegoers have diverse tastes, the best movies of all time are just as diverse.There is at least one title in the top 25 to represent each decade since the 1920s. Nearly every existing genre is included. The list also includes relatively small indie pictures, such as “Whiplash” (2014), as well as major studio films, like 2002’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.”

In letting the general online public decide the best movies, films heavily promoted in the United States have a better chance in the ranking and some great films will undoubtedly be passed over for works with wider appeal. For instance, the list does not include a single international production. Yet it includes two films from the wildly popular Star Wars franchise.

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To determine the best movies of all time, 24/7 Wall St. created an index based on each film’s Rotten Tomatoes average critic rating, Rotten Tomatoes average audience rating, and Internet Movie Database average user rating. To be considered, each film needed to have at least 5,000 Rotten Tomatoes user ratings, 10 approved tomatometer critic reviews, and 10,000 IMDb user ratings.

We averaged the user ratings from Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb and weighted by the number of votes for each. The combined user rating was then averaged with the Rotten Tomatoes critic rating. Movies released in 2017 were excluded.

Source: Courtesy of United Artists

50. Raging Bull
> Released: 1980
> Starring: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci
> Awards won: 24

Source: Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

49. Aliens
> Released: 1986
> Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn
> Awards won: 20

Source: Distributed by Miramax Films

48. Reservoir Dogs
> Released: 1992
> Starring: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen
> Awards won: 9

Source: Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

47. WALL·E
> Released: 2008
> Starring: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin
> Awards won: 90

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

46. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
> Released: 1948
> Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt
> Awards won: 15

Source: Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

45. Whiplash
> Released: 2014
> Starring: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist
> Awards won: 91

Source: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

44. Some Like It Hot
> Released: 1959
> Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon
> Awards won: 10

Source: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

43. Double Indemnity
> Released: 1944
> Starring: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson
> Awards won: 2

Source: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

42. Taxi Driver
> Released: 1976
> Starring: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd
> Awards won: 21

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

41. Vertigo
> Released: 1958
> Starring: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes
> Awards won: 8

Source: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

40. On the Waterfront
> Released: 1954
> Starring: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb
> Awards won: 29

Source: Courtesy of DreamWorks Pictures

39. Saving Private Ryan
> Released: 1998
> Starring: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore
> Awards won: 79

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

38. Inception
> Released: 2010
> Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page
> Awards won: 156

Source: Courtesy of New Line Cinema

37. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
> Released: 2001
> Starring: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom
> Awards won: 117

Source: Courtesy of Orion Pictures

36. The Silence of the Lambs
> Released: 1991
> Starring: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney
> Awards won: 54

Source: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

35. Chinatown
> Released: 1974
> Starring: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston
> Awards won: 21

Source: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

34. Lawrence of Arabia
> Released: 1962
> Starring: Peter O’Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn
> Awards won: 30

Source: Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

33. Alien
> Released: 1979
> Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt
> Awards won: 17

Source: Courtesy of United Artists

32. The Great Dictator
> Released: 1940
> Starring: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie
> Awards won: 6

Source: Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

31. North by Northwest
> Released: 1959
> Starring: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason
> Awards won: 8

Source: Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

30. Singin’ in the Rain
> Released: 1952
> Starring: Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds
> Awards won: 5

Source: Courtesy of United Artists

29. Paths of Glory
> Released: 1957
> Starring: Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou
> Awards won: 4

Source: Courtesy of New Line Cinema

28. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
> Released: 2002
> Starring: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen
> Awards won: 119

Source: Courtesy of United Artists

27. Apocalypse Now
> Released: 1979
> Starring: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall
> Awards won: 20

Source: Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

26. All About Eve
> Released: 1950
> Starring: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders
> Awards won: 23

Source: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

25. It’s a Wonderful Life
> Released: 1946
> Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore
> Awards won: 6

Source: Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

24. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope
> Released: 1977
> Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher
> Awards won: 56

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

23. Psycho
> Released: 1960
> Starring: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles
> Awards won: 4

Source: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

22. Rear Window
> Released: 1954
> Starring: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey
> Awards won: 6

Source: Courtesy of United Artists

21. Modern Times
> Released: 1936
> Starring: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman
> Awards won: 4

Source: Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

20. Toy Story 3
> Released: 2010
> Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack
> Awards won: 60

Source: Courtesy of RKO Radio Pictures

19. Citizen Kane
> Released: 1941
> Starring: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore
> Awards won: 10

Source: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

18. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
> Released: 1964
> Starring: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden
> Awards won: 13

Source: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

17. Once Upon a Time in the West
> Released: 1968
> Starring: Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale
> Awards won: 4

Source: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

16. Raiders of the Lost Ark
> Released: 1981
> Starring: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman
> Awards won: 34

Source: Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn Pictures

15. Sherlock Jr.
> Released: 1924
> Starring: Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Joe Keaton
> Awards won: 1

Source: Courtesy of United Artists

14. City Lights
> Released: 1931
> Starring: Charles Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Florence Lee
> Awards won: 3

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

13. Casablanca
> Released: 1942
> Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid
> Awards won: 8

Source: Courtesy of United Artists

12. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
> Released: 1966
> Starring: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef
> Awards won: 1

Source: Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

11. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
> Released: 1980
> Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher
> Awards won: 22

Source: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

10. Sunset Blvd.
> Released: 1950
> Starring: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim
> Awards won: 18

Source: Courtesy of United Artists

9. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
> Released: 1975
> Starring: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Michael Berryman
> Awards won: 35

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

8. Goodfellas
> Released: 1990
> Starring: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci
> Awards won: 38

Source: Courtesy of United Artists

7. 12 Angry Men
> Released: 1957
> Starring: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam
> Awards won: 16

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

6. The Dark Knight
> Released: 2008
> Starring: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart
> Awards won: 153

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

5. Schindler’s List
> Released: 1993
> Starring: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley
> Awards won: 79

Source: Courtesy of Miramax Films

4. Pulp Fiction
> Released: 1994
> Starring: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson
> Awards won: 61

Source: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

3. The Shawshank Redemption
> Released: 1994
> Starring: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton
> Awards won: 19

Source: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

2. The Godfather: Part II
> Released: 1974
> Starring: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall
> Awards won: 16

Source: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

1. The Godfather
> Released: 1972
> Starring: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan
> Awards won: 26