Best Movies of All Timeby silverketchup | created - 28 May 2014 | updated - 14 Nov 2015 | Public
This list is a 50-50 combination of what I personally like and which of these movies are the "best" in terms of being a film. I could be convinced to switch some films around slightly, but the placements are pretty solid. I have also not seen ever film ever so if you're wondering what movies I have seen you can check my page.
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1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
R | 142 min | Crime, Drama
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.
Votes: 1,955,364 | Gross: $28.34M
I thought this was the greatest movie ever right after I saw it. (Which I had never once before considered any movie to be the greatest) Only afterwards I found out it was the IMDb #1. Hey, if that many people think so highly of it there's got to be something pretty awesome here. Like I said, I love depressing stories, and the payoff for the ending is unrivaled.
2. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.
Votes: 1,046,187 | Gross: $130.74M
Rarely is it so effortless to call a movie a masterpiece. It hits every note of this story better than I thought possible. Hannibal Lector is more than a character, he's a symbol of intelligent insanity. Like geez movie, I already thought you were 10/10 two thirds of the way through and then...
3. Mr. Nobody (2009)
R | 141 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
A boy stands on a station platform as a train is about to leave. Should he go with his mother or stay with his father? Infinite possibilities arise from this decision. As long as he doesn't choose, anything is possible.
Votes: 183,459 | Gross: $0.00M
Please watch this movie. There is so much genius in it I can't begin to explain. Plenty of the ideas have been seen before in things like Doctor Who, but they were done so well I don't care. It's almost like a dream when you're watching it, with its absurdly nonlinear story. I always love a movie with old classic songs (and a German song). Astounding cinematography as well. I could see other people not liking it, and I can understand, but I just eat this sort of thing up. Some think it's too confusing, but I find that as all the more reason to rewatch it.
PG-13 | 201 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 1,396,016 | Gross: $377.85M
How could any fantasy film top this? I would love to see it.
5. Memento (2000)
R | 113 min | Mystery, Thriller
A man juggles searching for his wife's murderer and keeping his short-term memory loss from being an obstacle.
Votes: 972,994 | Gross: $25.54M
You really have to pay attention when watching this. The mystery surrounding the events of the movie are fascinating to see revealed. Love the out of order madness, simply jaw dropping in complexity and pacing. Plus: That Ending.
PG-13 | 178 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle-earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.
Votes: 1,413,622 | Gross: $315.54M
Having read this book, it's a wonder how such an amazing film came out of it. (It's a good book, but boy is it boring and not as epic.)
7. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
PG-13 | 179 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard.
Votes: 1,262,634 | Gross: $342.55M
I basically see the Lord of the Rings movies as all one film. That said, if they were all one giant 558 minute movie then it would be number 1.
8. Interstellar (2014)
PG-13 | 169 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival.
Votes: 1,176,714 | Gross: $188.02M
A true space opera. Which is funny, because when I say that it sounds boring, but it really isn't. It's a movie that keeps topping itself with immensely immersive elements that keep accelerating though the whole movie. It's a trip. And not at all like a drug one.
9. Forrest Gump (1994)
PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance
The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.
Votes: 1,484,911 | Gross: $330.25M
It's simply incredible how much stuff happens in this movie.
10. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table embark on a surreal, low-budget search for the Holy Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles.
Votes: 434,805 | Gross: $1.23M
My favorite movie. Mainly the reason why it's up here. The entire movie is so quotable it's hard to believe the film ever came into existence.
11. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
R | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
When their relationship turns sour, a young couple undergoes a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories.
Votes: 772,600 | Gross: $34.40M
It's arguably that this movie got me obsessed with films. A wonderfully abstract romance.
12. Fight Club (1999)
R | 139 min | Drama
An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soapmaker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.
Votes: 1,567,846 | Gross: $37.03M
I had only seen the ending of this movie for awhile, but even with that small chunk I knew it was amazing.
13. The Princess Bride (1987)
PG | 98 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride.
Votes: 337,486 | Gross: $30.86M
I don't see how you couldn't laugh at something in this movie. (Also the most misleading title ever, I thought it would be girly and stupid)
14. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
PG-13 | 130 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Harry, Ron, and Hermione search for Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes in their effort to destroy the Dark Lord as the final battle rages on at Hogwarts.
Votes: 643,914 | Gross: $381.01M
I love Harry Potter and this movie was just ... epic. But a sort of epic where I actually care what happens, not mindless battling.
15. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
PG | 109 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Mere seconds before the Earth is to be demolished by an alien construction crew, journeyman Arthur Dent is swept off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher penning a new edition of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."
Votes: 170,224 | Gross: $51.09M
For some reason a lot of people think this movie is a poor representation of the book. I have no idea what they're talking about.
16. Back to the Future Part II (1989)
PG | 108 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
After visiting 2015, Marty McFly must repeat his visit to 1955 to prevent disastrous changes to 1985...without interfering with his first trip.
Votes: 394,900 | Gross: $118.50M
It's my own weird personal taste, but yes I do like Part II better than Part I. I love them both obviously, but the 2015 scenes are just too interesting.
17. Back to the Future (1985)
PG | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown.
Votes: 863,184 | Gross: $210.61M
It's funny, when I saw this movie I thought it was amazing, but that there were lots of better films. But after rating all the movies I've seen I thought, "Oh, I guess there aren't many better films".
18. The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)
PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
A Chicago librarian has a gene that causes him to involuntarily time travel, creating complications in his marriage.
Votes: 126,830 | Gross: $63.41M
Just comprehending this story is difficult and leads to fascinating thoughts. Very emotional as well.
19. Se7en (1995)
R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives.
Votes: 1,194,114 | Gross: $100.13M
It's scary how well everything plays together at the end.
20. Hot Fuzz (2007)
R | 121 min | Action, Comedy
A skilled London police officer is transferred to a small town that's harbouring a dark secret.
Votes: 400,370 | Gross: $23.64M
The least boring movie in history. Like three movies in one. It goes all the way with everything. You know humor? It's got you covered. Plus everything comes back into play later in the movie.
21. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
When Dr. Henry Jones, Sr. suddenly goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, eminent archaeologist Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. must follow in his father's footsteps to stop the Nazis from getting their hands on the Holy Grail first.
Votes: 595,127 | Gross: $197.17M
In regards to this being higher than "Raiders", I feel like more is going on in this movie.
PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
After the rebels are brutally overpowered by the Empire on the ice planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader.
Votes: 984,157 | Gross: $290.48M
"Luke, I am your Otter."
23. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure
Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.
Votes: 759,012 | Gross: $248.16M
My dad's favorite film. Good choice.
24. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
PG | 117 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
Warrior/pacifist Princess Nausicaä desperately struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet.
Such a deep and unique world with an incredible protagonist.
25. The Truman Show (1998)
PG | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a television show.
Votes: 781,087 | Gross: $125.62M
How could you fail with such a great premise? (Okay, I guess you could)
26. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 808,971 | Gross: $309.13M
Ewoks were fine. Yub Nub.
27. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 1,055,425 | Gross: $322.74M
If I have to explain myself here, well...
28. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
R | 178 min | Western
A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery.
Votes: 580,628 | Gross: $6.10M
Oldest film on here, and I do like plenty of older films. None of them happen to make the cut here though.
29. Inside Out (I) (2015)
PG | 95 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.
Votes: 481,975 | Gross: $356.46M
A children's movie getting deep into why it's alright to be sad. I mean, dang. And it's entertaining and creative besides that.
30. Inception (2010)
PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A thief, who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO.
Votes: 1,712,290 | Gross: $292.58M
One of those films that requires multiple viewings so that you can appreciate it all the more.
31. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
PG-13 | 166 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.
Votes: 513,111 | Gross: $127.51M
I just love the concept of aging backwards, and its done so well.
32. The Lego Movie (2014)
PG | 100 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
An ordinary LEGO construction worker, thought to be the prophesied as "special", is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the LEGO universe into eternal stasis.
Votes: 284,955 | Gross: $257.76M
I thought this film was over-rated before I saw it. It's very easy to write it off as a kids film and be done with it. But the sheer ENERGY crammed into every minute of this film won me over.
33. Oldeuboi (2003)
R | 120 min | Action, Drama, Mystery
After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days.
Votes: 425,810 | Gross: $0.71M
I wasn't sure if I could get this invested in a subtitled film until I saw this.
34. Donnie Darko (2001)
R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident.
Votes: 663,864 | Gross: $0.19M
Not even quite sure what it was all about, but boy was it intriguing.
35. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
R | 102 min | Drama
The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep.
Votes: 661,287 | Gross: $3.64M
No better way to show that drugs are bad. It may sound weird, but I love depressing stories like this.
36. Life Is Beautiful (1997)
PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, War
When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor, and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.
Votes: 508,304 | Gross: $57.60M
A strangely delightful story that wraps together beautifully. Concentration camp? Nah. He got a tank.
37. Pulp Fiction (1994)
R | 154 min | Crime, Drama
The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.
Votes: 1,529,418 | Gross: $107.93M
I know its weird to say in a best movies list, but I'm not sure if it's as good as people say. (Keep in mind of course that only 31 films are better)
38. Gravity (2013)
PG-13 | 91 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Two astronauts work together to survive after an accident which leaves them stranded in space.
Votes: 665,491 | Gross: $274.09M
Nitpicking has ruined this film for many people. But it's a really great story. Just accept the unlikely premise and run with it.
39. Into the Wild (2007)
R | 148 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.
Votes: 496,414 | Gross: $18.35M
It's of course a hypocritical thing to love a get-away-from-society movie like this while being in an air conditioned room on the internet. It's great though.
40. The Green Mile (1999)
R | 189 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy
The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift.
Votes: 932,167 | Gross: $136.80M
It's a strange story for certain, but it's got an intriguing edge to it.
41. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe.
Votes: 844,213 | Gross: $333.18M
Doesn't mess around and gives you straight up fun.
42. Toki o kakeru shôjo (2006)
Not Rated | 98 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
A high-school girl named Makoto acquires the power to travel back in time, and decides to use it for her own personal benefits. Little does she know that she is affecting the lives of others just as much as she is her own.
Well crap, this is some of the best time-travel stuff I've ever seen. And what once seemed fairly simple turned out to be awesomely complex. One of those movies I felt like re-watching before I even finished it.
43. Les Misérables (2012)
PG-13 | 158 min | Drama, History, Musical
In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives forever.
Votes: 271,851 | Gross: $148.81M
It probably helps that I didn't mind Russell Crowe's singing.
44. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
R | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.
Votes: 593,818 | Gross: $132.09M
This film tackles big life issues with supreme confidence. What is the silver lining to all this crap in life?
45. Upside Down (I) (2012)
PG-13 | 109 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Adam and Eden fell in love as teens despite the fact that they live on twinned worlds with gravities that pull in opposite directions. Ten years after a forced separation, Adam sets out on a dangerous quest to reconnect with his love.
Votes: 64,084 | Gross: $0.10M
Wildly creative and thought provoking. I mean, the character development is a little lacking, but who really cares? Freakin' upside down worlds!
46. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 502,886 | Gross: $56.95M
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. But really, so much atmosphere and obvious influence on space movies, interstellar, gravity and more. Truly it takes full advantage of this visual media.
47. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
A former assassin known as The Bride wakens from a four-year coma. The child she carried in her womb is gone. Now she must wreak vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her - a team she was once part of.
Votes: 848,035 | Gross: $70.10M
I know this film is really about style over substance, but the style is just so good. For example, the simple act of Uma Thurman moving her toe is made epic.
48. Léon: The Professional (1994)
R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade.
Votes: 854,086 | Gross: $19.50M
A harden man and a troubled girl figuring things out.