Best Movies of All Time

A movie, also called a film or motion picture, is a work of visual art used to communicate stories, ideas, or artistic beauty through the use of moving images accompanied by sound. This list includes the top movies of all time, which may include award winners, critical darlings, box office hits, pop culture phenomena, and historically significant classics.

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1. Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump is currently the most popular movie on thetoptens, and honestly, it kind of deserve it. It's a good history trip to the 60s, is very funny, very touching, and the character of Forrest Gump is one of my favorite characters in fiction. I plan to do a list of my favorite movies in the near future, and Forrest Gump has a certain chance of being in that list.

I just have one big thing to say. When you click on heather’s profile and look at the stats as to how many votes she gets per day, you can see how many people voted for each item on all the items on her lists that got voted for. What I am wondering is why, when usually no other movie on the list gets more than one vote, every day Forrest Gump gets close to thirty, usually the exact same number. What I am wondering is whether Forrest Gump is only in first because every day the same thirty people vote on this list again, even though you’re pretty much only supposed to vote on a list once ever. If this is true, and if the people doing that see this comment, then please stop. That is not a good thing to do. And yes, I think Forrest Gump is a great movie, but if it is only in first because people are ruining the list, than I guess it really isn’t in first. And when you compare it to the masterpieces that are right behind it on the list, the Godfather, The Shawshank Redemption.

I think Forrest Gump has suffered some serious backlash because it won Best Picture over Shawshank and Pulp Fiction, which I do think are better movies than Forrest Gump (not by much though). Nonetheless, Forrest Gump is a cinematic masterpiece and will become a classic in years to come. One of Tom Hanks best performances and one of the greatest movies of all time.

The reason why this is ranked number one for best movies is the same reason Bohemian Rhapsody is ranked number one for best songs. Just like Bohemian Rhapsody feels like a bunch of mini songs to make up one large song, Forrest Gump doesn't feel like one movie, it feels like a bunch of mini movies, meant to create one continuous narrative. That is why this movie is so great, because almost every major part of this movie can be expanded out into an entire movie.

2. The Godfather

When I try to rank anything when it comes to sports, film, etc... I usually have personal bias as well as the opinions of others. Usually, something that holds the #1 spot in these types of lists are very popular, iconic, influential, and beloved. They are also widely accepted as the best like with Michael Jordan in basketball. I believe that The Godfather is the greatest movie ever. This movie was influential in so many ways, it changed the entire way people looked at how to make a movie. Also, there are so many iconic lines in that movie. There's a 90% chance you have heard someone say "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse." Also, almost everyone ever has heard of this movie and most people love it whether they are the general public or movie critics. The movie itself it just amazing. This movie has one of the greatest directors (Coppola) directing it and possibly the greatest cast (Brando, Duvall, Pacino, etc) for a movie. I don't want to go too in depth with this argument.

THERE AIN'T NO WAY MOVIES LIKE THE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS MOVIE ARE IN THE TOP 100 there is 100+ problems with this list and I don't think that's an exaggeration. How is Inside Out better than Taxi Driver and Silence of the Lambs? How is 12 Angry Men, Gone With The Wind, and It's A Wonderful Life, out of the top 50? How is Despicable Me #49 and over movies like Toy Story 3? Someone please tell me how the Spongebob movie is better than Jaws or Spirited Away. Citizen Kane at #28? This list is absolutely wack in my opinion and I just want people to know that. And yes I think The Godfather is a real good movie and my reasons for why it's great have already been listed by other people.

How did Coppola get Marlon Brando and Al Pacino to work together along with other legends like Robert Duvall? I don't know how but Coppola's a genius. He directed this masterpiece with probably the greatest cast ever, the film score is one of the best, acting is on point, it's slow moving but it's worth the watch.

The Godfather, is a very good movie... but it is not MY movie. The actors are good, and I can't deny Coppola's amazing job with the directing, but it is just too slow pace for me. Still great though.

3. The Dark Knight

Best comic book movie ever made. Ledger was damn mesmerizing as the psychopathic Joker. Bale delivers a great Batman and the best Bruce Wayne. His Batman would've been best if it had not been for the voice, although I enjoyed listening to it. It's just that I've never imagined Batman talking like that. Easily beats every comic book movie ever made, except maybe Batman 3 which is currently in the process of getting made. Just my Humble Opinion.

When it comes to pure superhero movies, the dark knight is probably my favorite. Nolan is one of my favorite directors, and this is one of the movies I would bring up as example to why. The characters are very well written, and the Joker is the main example of an impozing antagonist for me.

The finest acting performance by Heath Ledger and finesse executed by highly esteemed director Christopher Nolan generated what I believe to be the greatest film of all time. If this one isn't, then Forrest Gump should be. This movie is full of so much more than just raw action. It has deep meaning, symbolism, and powerful dialogue pertaining to a story that endlessly keeps you on the edge of your seat and have you begging for more when all is over. Personally, I love the dialogue between Alfred and practically everyone he talks to, because he is full of so much wisdom and insight with an answer to everything. Also, the Jokers dark views on chaos and Batman's opposition to those views was very interesting as well. The whole plot of the movie goes far deeper than epic fights, gadgets, and stunts, this movie even teaches us all a lesson, but you have to watch the movie yourself to understand what that is.

Christopher Nolan is a genius. All of this movie is a revolutionary, unmatched masterpiece, but two scenes in particular come to mind. SPOILER ALERT! First is the scene on the bomb-rigged boats. Whether conscious or subconscious, every viewer of that scene is deciding what THEY would do, and most choose that they would kill the convicts (since most viewers associate themselves with the citizens, and not the convicts). This makes it so incredibly heartbreaking and humbling when the viewer sees the convicts choose to save the citizens, because to the viewer it feels like THEY were just saved. Second, the scene where Heath Ledger is standing in the road, wide open, with Batman zooming towards him in the Batpod. The Jokers true intentions show through, and they are to break Batman. He shows just how much of a psychopath he is, screaming the eternally echoing "HIT ME! ". This forces batman to decide: justice or revenge. I won't spoil what happens, but it shapes the viewer's idea of who 

4. The Shawshank Redemption

I have said before that this movie is my favorite. Is it still the case? Maybe, but I won't say it until my favorite movies list will be put. That being said, this movie is a masterpiece. Everything is so well done, to the point of near perfection (I said "Near"!). It's not like other movies I really like, that are amazing because of a couple of really amazing thing. Shawshank is really good from start to finish.

The top 10 list, in my opinion, has too many mindless action movies. "Casablanca" "Citizen Kane" "Gates of Heaven" "La Dolce Vita" "Raging Bull" "The Third Man"

No love interest, no car chase, no big battle, no great views of the country, but the best tale you will ever find on film, a wonderful story with things that will chill and warm you. This has only one problem, you can only see it the first time once.

Don't even see where the doubt can come in. Everything is so clever, its just incredible. Cinematic masterpiece if there ever was one, I think this film achieved near perfection. Justice gets served and the showing of how being well mannered and thoughtful makes you grow on people, as Andy does with everybody in this film. Not only an amazing plot which throws many surprises at you, all leading to an ending which all eventually pieces itself together, showing off the intelligence of the lead character, but also one of the very greatest stories of friendship, between Andy and Red particularly, but all of those men together become like a family. Nothing will ever top this.

5. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

One of the best films of all time - deserves to be Number 5. Everything works - the story, the characters, the comedy, the surprisingly still great effects, the iconic score... easily my favourite of the series, and my favourite film of all time, after Inception and the Lord of the Rings trilogy (I count it as one.)

I talked about Star Wars a few times before, and this movie is still one of my favorite in the saga. The Empire Strikes Back is simply amazing and no the twist is not the only reason why. So many scenes are iconic here, and for good reasons. Did you know that this movie wasn't made by George Lucas by the way?

The Empire Strikes Back is one of my favorite Star Wars movies. The plot is very interesting, and the “I am your father” moment is iconic. The soundtrack of this movie is by far the best, with songs like Imperial March and Yoda’s Theme and Han Solo and the Princess. The animation is amazing due to the fact that is was made in 1980. 1980! And it is still popular today, showing that iconic movies never die.

The best Star Wars film as it has some of the most iconic moments in film history. The characters, the plot, romance, action and others are all great!

6. Pulp Fiction

Currently my second favorite piece of media, first being the acclaimed Breaking Bad, Pulp Fiction was almost tailor-made for me. I watched this film a week before my 13th birthday with my dad because he insisted upon it and I didn't know at the time I would love really dialogue-heavy films like this. In Pulp Fiction everything clicks, the four subplots click, the characters click, the music clicks, the cinematography clicks, and the writing REALLY KICKS ASS (click). Also, Pulp Fiction really introduced me to more mature media because after you watch Pulp FIction you can probably handle anything...except Chernobyl that show still creeps me out. The thing that astonishes me is Forrest Gump won best picture while Pulp was snubbed and is what I consider the biggest Oscar snub in the 93 years the Academy has been around, don't get me wrong Forrest Gump is a great movie (It's actually my sister's favorite film and I'm ok with that pick) but it didn't have as big of a cultural impact as Pulp ...more

1994, was just an amazing year for fictions, and this along with Shawshank and Forrest Gump, are some of the reasons why. That being said, Pulp Fiction is my least favorite of the 1994 main trio. Party because the other two are masterpieces, but mostly because it is one of those movies, that are not for me. The pacing makes it so we have multiple stories, that doesn't have a link to each other, which isn't bad, but makes it less enjoyable for me. Still very cool though.

What? Forrest Gump is number two? I thought we knew back in '94 that Pulp Fiction was way better than that movie and that Gump's Oscar win was ridiculous. But apparently I have to vote for this movie just to get it in the top five. There are a couple movies I would accept being put above this film, The Godfather is one and I would even let The Shawshank Redemption slide a spot above this maybe. However, Pulp Fiction is my favorite movie and one of the greatest ever made. Firstly, it's unique. Quentin Tarantino is a great director and only he could have directed it. It's brilliant; the dialogue, the camera work, the awesome soundtrack, the cast. I like to say that there's two kinds of movies. Smart ones and dumb ones. Smart films are superior but are sometimes difficult to watch multiple times. Dumb films (like comedies and mindless action movies) aren't as great as smart films (in fact sometimes they're not good at all) but you have to watch one every once in a while because they're ...more

A kick ass movie. It brought back Travolta, and basically invented Sam Jackson and Uma Thurman. Best script ever. Best and most unique characters conceived of in any film. The dialogue isn't plot driven. The dialogue has just as much care out into it as the plot, which is told in an inverted order, and in 3 different perspectives. There is so much dialogue, all of it quotable, and while most films have "that one amazing scene" this one doesn't, because there is no tedious or in intriguing scene, it's perfect from start to finish. This movie's soundtrack rivals that of Saturday night fever. This movie has so many pop culture references, South Park would get a boner.
But best of all, there isn't a single bad performance in this movie, every performance is perfect. Pulp Fiction isn't chronological, but itge different worlds fit together like a jigsaw, something later films would try and fail to do. This movie has been quoted to death, and Ezekiel 25:17 is now on a poster necessary .

7. Back to the Future

Very iconic movie. Very cool and fun, and good special affects. I have scene a lot of 80's movies and this has some of the best special affects for its time.

I don't know how many times I saw this movie at primary school. And yeah, it is cool. Nothing is particularly remarquable, but it is really well made all the way.

This is one of the few triologies where you aculley want to watch every movie. It has a great storyline, humor, and it is quite funny to think they thought we would have hover boards (ok, we do but different) in our time.

Oh my gosh, I just love back to the future. Its really funny, there are lots of mysteries to be solved, and the time travel makes it super interesting.

8. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The Lord of the Rings trilogy is the #1 set of movies I've always been able to go back to and watch without getting bored. So many scenes that still give me chills and nostalgia more than 10 years after the first watch. The Return of the King is the undisputed greatest LoTR movie, combining the incredible soundtrack with extraordinary filming and camera work. Tolkien was a genius for writing these books and Peter Jackson's direction was incredible. Soundtrack, cast, direction, camerawork, everything about this movie still has me incredulous, maybe not the best movie out there, but my personal favorite ever. And I feel it is safe to say that I'm not the only one who thinks this.

The Lord of the Rings is easily one of my favorite series I have ever seen. This climatic ending to the trilogy was my favorite movie in the trilogy

The Lord of the Rings trilogy is a bit too complicated, and slow pace for me, but I can't deny their high quality! This one in particular is an amazing ending for this saga.

The King of fantasy movies. I also personally prefer fantasy genre more than superhero movies . I find the story superior, better character development which is more memeorable, great moral values, themes and has longer impact. Superhero movies on the other hand are just one time watch for me. I just see once, enjoy the action and forget it. My favourite movies are Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter.

9. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

What's this talk of modern Star Wars movies being better than the old ones? Mind ya'll, they barely used CGI and the people who worked on Star Wars to become as big as it has. It also launched the careers of legends such as Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher. Don't forget the original trilogy's movies contained the most famous and recognizable soundtracks ever. The acting was better in the old movies and I think people like the newer movies better mostly because others are criticizing the newer ones and they like the action better. I do appreciate the prequel trilogy and sequel trilogy but think of all the factors. If you do think of all the factors, the older movies are "better" than the newer ones.

Star Wars became famous with this iconic movie. Although it may not be the best in the Saga, it certainly is the most memorable, being the first ever Star Wars movie to be made. From Luke learning who he is, to meeting all the amazing characters, and blowing up the Death Star, this movie still blows my mind, after 24 years!

I already made a review of this movie, and my comment with the most likes currently is about this movie, but I will say it again! This movie is a very good introduction to this amazing saga, and is simple in its effectiveness.

This is the first Star Wars movie made in 1977 it is still a great movie it gave us one of the best villains of all time Darth Vader Luke Skywalker is still one of my favorite Jedi I also love Han and Chewbacca and Princess Leia and of course Obi Wan Kenobi I give it a 9.

10. Avengers: Infinity War

I love Infinity War, the acting is stellar (as usual), the effects are just mind-blowing, the action pushes you to the back of your seat, and the ending is just shocking. This may be one of the MCU's best movies ever and may continue to be one of its absolute best for a while. It is actually one of my favorite movies of the 2010s. But, when comparing it to other eras' movies, this movie is outshined. More modern movies are more action and adventure, and usually movies of this genre don't have good storytelling and plot, and I love a good storyline. Thankfully, Infinity War is one of those action movies with a good story but still I'd put lots of movies ahead of this one in terms of quality such as Citizen Kane, The Godfather, City Lights, On The Waterfront, 8 1/2, and Parasite. This is just my opinion, to some people these movies may be pretty boring because they are people who like action, which is fine (some action movies are absolute works of art like LOTR). Now onto another point, ...more

I'm going to just say it right now. Infinity War isn't a top 50 movie ever, it isn't a masterpiece. There are better movies out there, it does deserve a pick don't get me wrong, vote for what you want to vote for. I'm just saying, it's one of the best movies in the Marvel franchise, all the development that leads up to it and how well the movie was executed is astonishing. It's not necessarily one of the cream of the crop when it comes to cinema. I think Martin Scorsese said something about movies like the Marvel ones aren't cinema but I'm not talking about that so moving on. Movies that I consider actual masterpieces include the Godfather trilogy, LOTR trilogy, Shawshank, Forrest Gump, Citizen Kane, and Casablanca. These movies are cinema and film at its best. As I said, I wouldn't necessarily call Infinity War cinema and film at its best, but it does come pretty close. Also not part of my rant but some people are acting like they saw the villain win in a movie for the first time, ...more

This is my favourite movie of all time you don't need to watch any of the marvel movies to understand it, this will be the first mcu movie I will show my children, I am also one of those people that agrees with Thanos, you need to watch every other marvel movie to understand endgame while you don't have to for this and it shows real world modern day problems. I think this is the best movie of all time.

Avengers is amazing, but Infinity War really introduces something new. The whole Thanos situation, the surprising turn of events, and the shocking ending, really makes you want to just jump in the movie and be with the characters. The humor, action, fantasy, and sci-fi of this movie makes it fun, enjoyable, and anticipating.

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