The 10 Best Movies of All Time, Ranked by Fans

The 10 Best Movies of All Time, Ranked by Fans

Ranker is a popular place on the Internet where people can rank whatever they want, however, they want, and whenever they want. This is always a fan-focused ranking system, and it is never officially tied to the people behind the projects in question. Recently, a large survey was organized on Ranker, whose goal was to determine the best movies of all time. The list includes more than 3,000 titles, but in our report, we have decided to list the top ten titles from the site to provide you with better insight, combined with our original comments and opinions, which will add flavor to the whole report. (Be ready, as there are many titles we don’t agree with!)

Of course, since this is indeed an important list, we have decided to report on it, so we are going to bring you the results by listing the top 10 movies on this list, from 10th to first place. We hope you’ll enjoy it!

10. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a great movie, but knowing that The Return of the King is in the top 10 as well (see below), we cannot agree that this movie also merits a place on this list. Far from the fact that it is bad or anything, it’s not just among the 10 best movies of all time; this much is absolutely clear. Plus, it’s not even the best movie in the trilogy, so there’s that as well.

9. The Lion King (1994)

The Lion King is an absolute animated classic, and it is arguably Disney’s best-animated outing. But, in a competition that includes all the movies ever made, we don’t really think it makes the cut. Even among animated movies (this is the only animated movie on the list). There’s Toy Story, there’s anime titles like Spirited Away… it’s not to say that The Lion King is bad – on the contrary, it is absolutely amazing – but with such tough competition, it doesn’t really make the list in our opinion.

8. Back to the Future (1985)

Another absolute classic, Back to the Future has been an inspiration for so many generations. And while it is, undoubtedly, one of the best sci-fi movies of all time, it doesn’t merit being on the list of best movies overall, so we cannot agree with this one either. So many movies have done more for the history of cinema and have been an inspiration for so many people that Back to the Future doesn’t look like more than a children’s family film when compared to them. Just think Citizen Kane for example.

7. Jurassic Park (1993)

Yours truly personally loves this movie. All three original movies, in fact, and the first Jurassic World movie. As a fan of dinosaurs, this was the ultimate experience. But there is no universe – real or surreal – in which Jurassic Park makes the list of the 10 best movies of all time. It is a great sci-fi flick and a movie that will certainly go down in history, but definitely not one of the ten best ever.

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

This movie… this one is a completely different story and we can actually back it up. We would even put it somewhere around 5th/6th place ourselves. The Return of the King is a movie made with so much passion and devotion that we cannot but admire it in every way. It is, undoubtedly, one of the best movies ever made and this is the first title we actually agree with as far as this list is concerned.

5. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Anthony Hopkin’s stellar and unforgettable appearance as Hannibal Lecter, paired with Jodie Foster’s brilliant Clarice Starling is what made this movie a part of history. It won big at the Oscars and is undoubtedly one of the best films ever made, especially within the context of its own genre. Does it merit to be on this list? Possibly, but not so high… more around 9th/10th place… but even this is a big ‘if’. And this comes from someone who absolutely loves this movie and has seen it more than a couple of times.

4. Forrest Gump (1994)

To be honest, and this might cause a lot of reactions, yours truly never quite understood the hype around Forrest Gump. Sure, a great movie and one of Tom Hanks’ best performances… but is that good? Not really, no. It is one of the best movies of all time, but it’s not even near the top ten, especially not in spot #4, and remember that no Hitchcock or Kubrick movie made it on this list. Forrest Gump is definitely not better than them.

3. The Dark Knight (2008)

The Dark Knight is one of Nolan’s best movies and is still the best superhero movie ever made. But it’s not Nolan’s best movie – there’s Inception, Interstellar, even Memento – and when compared to some other titles that did not make it (for example, The Bridge on the River Kwai or any of Kurosawa’s films), this one certainly doesn’t merit to be on this list and on such a high place, even though yours truly absolutely loves it.

2. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Arguably the best war film ever made (yours truly prefers Full Metal Jacket, though), Saving Private Ryan is definitely a title that deserves to be here, but we wouldn’t really put it in second place, no. That seems to be a bit too high if you ask us. But it is a great movie and we actually agree that it should be somewhere on this list.

1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Many people consider this to be the best movie ever made, and while we wouldn’t agree with that (Schindler’s List is a strong candidate, for example), we do agree that it is one of the best and most important movies ever made. A complex parable that tackles many important questions, The Shawshank Redemption is practically a flawless movie that is most certainly the best one on this list, so we can stand behind it.

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