The 25 Best Movies of All-Time

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1. Blade Runner (1982)

R | 117 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.2
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89 Metascore

A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos

Votes: 567,161 | Gross: $27.00M

E.T. actually beat this movie at the box office by about $800 million? I don't believe it.

2. Jurassic Park (1993)

PG-13 | 127 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.1
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68 Metascore

During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

Votes: 706,599 | Gross: $402.45M

I think it was the first Hollywood movie I ever saw in my life. It's still awesome all these years later.

3. TRON (1982)

PG | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.8
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58 Metascore

A computer hacker is abducted into the digital world and forced to participate in gladiatorial games where his only chance of escape is with the help of a heroic security program.

Director: Steven Lisberger | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner, Cindy Morgan

Votes: 101,033 | Gross: $33.00M

The special effects have dated, of course, but the movie's pretty fun to watch because it doesn't take itself too seriously, unlike its sequel.

4. Independence Day (1996)

PG-13 | 145 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.0
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59 Metascore

The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind's best weapon is the will to survive.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell

Votes: 469,248 | Gross: $306.17M

It's cheesy and illogical. But it's also incredibly fun to watch, especially the part when New York, Los Angeles, and Washington are blown up. That part is awesome.

5. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

8.6
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90 Metascore

Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness

Votes: 1,035,148 | Gross: $322.74M

This is a pretty awesome movie.

6. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.6
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68 Metascore

Three years into the Clone Wars, the Jedi rescue Palpatine from Count Dooku. As Obi-Wan pursues a new threat, Anakin acts as a double agent between the Jedi Council and Palpatine and is lured into a sinister plan to rule the galaxy.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson

Votes: 593,065 | Gross: $380.26M

The best movie in the Prequel Trilogy. This is so high up on the list mainly because of the lightsaber duel on Mustafar.

7. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)

PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

8.3
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58 Metascore

After a daring mission to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, the rebels dispatch to Endor to destroy a more powerful Death Star. Meanwhile, Luke struggles to help Vader back from the dark side without falling into the Emperor's trap.

Director: Richard Marquand | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams

Votes: 791,013 | Gross: $309.13M

Most fans of Star Wars will probably say that Episode V was better than VI but I just like this one more.

8. La Femme Nikita (1990)

R | 117 min | Action, Thriller

7.4
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56 Metascore

Convicted felon Nikita, instead of going to jail, is given a new identity and trained, stylishly, as a top secret spy/assassin.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Anne Parillaud, Marc Duret, Patrick Fontana, Alain Lathière

Votes: 59,642 | Gross: $5.02M

I just decided to add this foreign movie to the list. It's probably the best foreign movie I've seen.

9. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.3
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86 Metascore

Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter

Votes: 488,894 | Gross: $56.95M

How can a movie be so extremely boring and yet so awesome at the same time?

10. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure

8.5
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85 Metascore

Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies

Votes: 742,894 | Gross: $248.16M

Another pretty awesome movie.

11. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

8.8
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82 Metascore

After the rebels are overpowered by the Empire on the ice planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda. His friends accept shelter from a questionable ally as Darth Vader hunts them in a plan to capture Luke.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams

Votes: 962,860 | Gross: $290.48M

Another pretty cool movie.

12. The Lion King (1994)

G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

8.5
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83 Metascore

A Lion cub crown prince is tricked by a treacherous uncle into thinking he caused his father's death and flees into exile in despair, only to learn in adulthood his identity and his responsibilities.

Directors: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Whoopi Goldberg

Votes: 747,568 | Gross: $312.90M

The first Disney animated feature I ever watched and it was pretty awesome.

13. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

G | 132 min | Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.4
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48 Metascore

When an alien spacecraft of enormous power is spotted approaching Earth, Admiral Kirk resumes command of the Starship Enterprise in order to intercept, examine and hopefully stop the intruder.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan

Votes: 70,101 | Gross: $82.26M

Most Star Trek fans will probably say that The Wrath of Khan is better but, I don't know. Maybe it's just the nostalgia (this was the first Star Trek movie I watched), the great score composed by Jerry Goldsmith, or the special effects that are definitely superior to those in The Wrath of Khan but I'd actually say that this is the better movie. V'ger is perhaps the most underrated villain in all of sci-fi. When it comes to Star Trek movies, there really is no comparison.

14. How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

PG | 98 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.1
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74 Metascore

A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed.

Directors: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders | Stars: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Craig Ferguson

Votes: 553,757 | Gross: $217.58M

The true animated standout of 2010. It has a pretty good, straightforward story and perhaps the best animation in a CGI movie ever.

15. Spider-Man 2 (2004)

PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.3
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83 Metascore

Peter Parker is beset with troubles in his failing personal life as he battles a brilliant scientist named Doctor Otto Octavius.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Alfred Molina, James Franco

Votes: 462,073 | Gross: $373.59M

Another movie I don't really know what to say about other than that it's pretty awesome.

16. Metropolis (1927)

Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

8.3
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98 Metascore

In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge

Votes: 128,105 | Gross: $0.03M

The earliest dystopian movie (or at least one of the earliest if it isn't). It's seen in pretty much ever sci-fi movie. The special effects are still pretty awesome. The story isn't quite so developed as I would have liked but its influence on other stories is quite huge. You can see the influence it had on the #1 movie.

17. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

PG-13 | 201 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

8.9
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94 Metascore

Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom

Votes: 1,367,828 | Gross: $377.85M

I dislike The LOTR movies for being so long and boring but no one can deny that the last hour of the third is pretty awesome.

18. Enter the Dragon (1973)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.7
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A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover.

Director: Robert Clouse | Stars: Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Jim Kelly, Ahna Capri

Votes: 83,717 | Gross: $25.00M

The best martial arts movie.

19. Superman II (1980)

PG | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.8
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87 Metascore

Superman agrees to sacrifice his powers to start a relationship with Lois Lane, unaware that three Kryptonian criminals he inadvertently released are conquering Earth.

Directors: Richard Lester, Richard Donner | Stars: Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Ned Beatty

Votes: 84,714 | Gross: $108.19M

Another awesome movie.

20. Spirited Away (2001)

PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

8.6
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96 Metascore

During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts.

Directors: Hayao Miyazaki, Kirk Wise | Stars: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino, Rumi Hiiragi

Votes: 494,430 | Gross: $10.06M

The best non-action anime movie. Actually, it's also probably the best anime ever.

21. Pokémon: The First Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back (1998)

G | 96 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

6.0
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35 Metascore

Scientists genetically create a new Pokémon, Mewtwo, but the results are horrific and disastrous.

Directors: Kunihiko Yuyama, Michael Haigney | Stars: Veronica Taylor, Rachael Lillis, Eric Stuart, Jay Goede

Votes: 32,885 | Gross: $85.74M

When did I see this? About 10 years ago. This movie isn't for kids. I'm not kidding. Don't let the fact that this is based on a video game fool you. It's more awesome than most of the animated movies coming out today. The American edit is alright but there were much more mature themes in the Japanese version. This movie is pretty cool. Okay, maybe it's just the nostalgia. Oh well, it's staying at #20.

22. Shrek (2001)

PG | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.9
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84 Metascore

After his swamp is filled with magical creatures, Shrek agrees to rescue Princess Fiona for a villainous lord in order to get his land back.

Directors: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson | Stars: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow

Votes: 518,354 | Gross: $267.67M

I used to not like animated movies until I saw this. This was an awesome movie.

23. The Little Mermaid (1989)

G | 83 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

7.6
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A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain with an unscrupulous sea-witch in order to meet a human prince on land.

Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker | Stars: Jodi Benson, Samuel E. Wright, Rene Auberjonois, Christopher Daniel Barnes

Votes: 193,722 | Gross: $111.54M

Sure, they changed H.C. Andersen's story quite a bit and there really isn't any useful moral in it but who cares? It's awesome, especially with the songs by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman (R.I.P.). I certainly do miss Howard Ashman. Alan Menken's pretty talented but the songs in Tangled aren't as awesome as any in Aladdin or The Little Mermaid. The animation is some of the best in a traditionally animated feature.

24. The Lost World (1925)

Unrated | 106 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

7.1
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The first film adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic novel about a land where prehistoric creatures still roam.

Director: Harry O. Hoyt | Stars: Wallace Beery, Bessie Love, Lloyd Hughes, Lewis Stone

Votes: 3,760 | Gross: $0.55M

Being a silent movie, the story had to be kind of simple. And I like it that way.

25. Finding Nemo (2003)

G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.1
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90 Metascore

After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home.

Directors: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich | Stars: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe

Votes: 793,659 | Gross: $380.84M

Pixar's best animated feature, in my opinion.