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Find the most powerful movies of all time, with the best and greatest villains in cinematic history and a cast that with fetch you all the Oscars and BAFTA. With the number of movies available it is almost impossible to keep track, but you can find everything starting from the best movies in all time in Hollywood to Indi films you never knew were critically acclaimed.

 

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Because movies are so versatile and unpredictable it was impossible for the box office to predict that Back to the Future would have drawn far more love than Lawrence of Arabia. And, maybe just end this whole list by making Pulp Fiction the no.1 movie of all time.

You never really know what gets your attention on the silver screen. Screenplays that are written to dazzle, scripts designed to make you ‘feel’ and cast and effects that change your reality and time are all that the movies were meant to be. 

If you do not find your movie ranking in this list below you can let us know in the comments section so we can review it and rank it. After all, movies are like noses, everybody is entitled to have one.  So, find your best Picture Selection from the very best of the industry’s directors.

 

List of Best Movies of All Time

The Godfather 19721. The Godfather

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Cast: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire

Gross Earning – $626,025,500

Release Year –1972

The Godfather adapted from the famous Mario Puzo’s novel, as pulp. Striving to be better than the book, Coppola and his collaborators made this Mafia drama to become the most prominent and popular art that can’t be debated with — A family drama, a crime saga, a visual and musical ravishment and undeniably one of the most truest portrayals of mob life.

Best Movies of All Time2. The Wizard of Oz

Director: Victor Fleming

Cast: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley

Gross Earnings: $32,950,500

Release Year –1940

Elizabeth Daley also the Dean of the USC School of Cinematic Arts was once quoted saying, “If I was on a desert island, I’d bring The Wizard of Oz with me,”.

According to the library of Congress it is also the most watched movies of all time. But, not counting the flying monkeys that Hollywood produces as sequels every couple of years. Based on an adventure of a teen girl, you can never get tired of this timeless classic wrapped in nostalgic love ooze.

Best Movies of All Time3. Citizen Kane

Director: Orson Welles

Cast: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead, Ruth Warrick

Gross Earning- $2,998,000

Release Year –1942

Hailed for decades as one of the greatest movies ever to have been made, and a very easy choice for anybody. The story follows Charles Foster Kane and his lost sled. Making it a trip down to the road when Hollywood was great. Telling you the tale of the death of the publication tycoon Charles Foster Kane.

Best Movies of All Time4. The Shawshank Redemption

Director: Frank Darabont

Cast: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman

Gross Earnings – $53,014,600

Release Year – 1994

Of all the adaptations of Stephen King stories — and they are beyond amazing because he is the most-adapted living writer — this is only one of two (along with The Shining) to make the list.

All that Shawshank love apparently came after the film’s unexceptional theatrical release, when it began popping up on cable TV nearly as regularly as Geico commercials. In 2013, 151 hours of basic cable time was devoted to airing the 142-minute movie. Elaborate six days of watching Robbins trying to escape prison.

Best Movies of All Time5. Pulp Fiction

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Cast: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, VingRhames

Gross Earrings – $202,078,200

Release Year – 1994

“Quentin has always been a student of film, and after Reservoir Dogs he said to me: ‘The second movie from a filmmaker is almost more important than the first. We’ve got to get it right,'” commented by Mr. Lawrence Bender, Tarantino’s long-time producing partner.

Tarantino got it right, all right. In fact, Miramax’s Pulp Fiction might be the most influential movie made during the 1990s, inspiring scads of imitators (nicknamed Tarentines) and dozens of knockoffs. “We didn’t think we were taking a big risk,” says Bender. “We just thought we were making something really cool.”

Best Movies of All Time6. Casablanca

Director: Michael Curtiz

Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman

Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $4,452,100

Release Year – 1942

Beautifully depicted Rick and Ilsa’s war-torn romance was a grand favourite among seasoned poll respondents. Among middle aged people, it was the third-most-popular picture, while among those in their 20s, it was 37th. Also, not a big shocker, men and women had different opinions: Casablanca was males’ third-favourite film and females’ 14th. But, how can men not love their war movies without Nazis in them.

Best Movies of All Time7. The Godfather Part 2

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Cast: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton

Gross Earnings – $202,374

Release Year – 1974

The sequel was released, and the world couldn’t seem to agree on anything anymore, which is better the Godfather 1 or 2? The first film has the edge among this poll’s respondents, but Part II has die-hard fans as well. “It’s one of those movies,” says producer Albert Berger, “that has every element of cinema working at the highest level. And it’s entertaining, and it says something about our country.”

Best Movies of All Time8. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

Director:  Steven Spielberg

Cast: Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Dee Wallace

Gross earnings – $989,737,100

Release Year – 1982

And, as our first Spielberg film on our list but certainly the last (he has seven). And it makes absolute sense that E.T. would be his most popular because it’s The Wizard of Oz in reverse. Come to think of it: A 3-foot-tall munchkin lands on Earth, where he’s befriended by a trio of locals (and their little dog) who help him phone to no-place-like-home until, at the end, where does E.T. go in his spaceship? That’s right — over the rainbow. “I never thought of that before,” said Spielberg a few years ago when the theory was presented to him. “Do you mind if I steal that?”

Best Movies of All Time9. 2001: A Space Odyssey

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Cast: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester

Gross Earnings – $344,621,600

Release Year – 1968

Being the very first outer-space movie to take the space exploration — and amazing special effects — seriously (so seriously Kubrick had the sets destroyed after production to make sure they didn’t turn up in subsequent inferior sci-fi films). Sure, it creaks beside its successors, including Close Encounters and Star Wars, but 2001 does have one of the most famous match-cuts in movie history (the bone turning into a spaceship). And that smooth-talking computer in the film is 46 years old, everybody still wants to have it.

Best Movies of All Time10. Schindler’s List

Director: Steven Spielberg

Cast: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

Gross Earning – $183,022,100

Release Year – 1993

The most shocking thing about this emotionally wrenching black-and-white drama isn’t that it’s about an act of heart-breaking kindness during the Holocaust; it’s that Spielberg released it only months after his other big hit of 1993, the one with the dinosaurs. Unlike Jurassic Park, this film took home seven Oscars, including best director and best picture (the first black-and-white movie to win that statuette since 1960’s The Apartment).

Best Movies of All Time11. Star Wars

Director: George Lucas

Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

Gross Earnings – $1,136,162,800

Release Year – 1977

Star Wars is basically the father of many things in cinema special effects, box-office receipts, the incorporation of mythological storytelling structure, the number of aliens that can fit comfortably into a bar. But its real legacy is The Deal: Lucas negotiated rights to both the merchandising and the sequels — deemed worthless by Fox in 1977. And, today they are worth billions with a merchandise market that keeps breaking the glass ceiling.

Best Movies of All Time12. Back to The Future

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Cast: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover

Gross Earnings – $470,043,200

Release Year – 1985

Fox was filming Family Ties when Zemeckis offered the 24-year-old television star to play the now famous unwitting time traveller Marty McFly. (He was replacing Eric Stoltz, who had shot a few scenes but proved the wrong fit.) Fox worked nights and weekends, which explains why he looks so exasperated in most of the film.

Best Movies of All Time13. Raiders of The Lost Ark

Director: Steven Spielberg

Cast: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen

Gross Earnings – $614,823,400

Release Year – 1981

A dream scene right from when George Lucas and Spielberg were vacationing in Hawaii, Raiders indulged Lucas’ want to make an old-fashioned serial and scratched Spielberg’s itch to make a world travelling James Bond film (incredibly, the 007 producers had turned down his services). Jeff Bridges said no to the role of Indiana Jones (initially named Smith) and Tom Selleck couldn’t get out of his Magnum P.I. contract, Lucas turned to his Han Solo.

Best Movies of All Time14. Forrest Gump

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Cast: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise

Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $625,223,100

Release Year – 1994

The expectations exceeding CGI — from the floating feather to removing Sinise’s legs — helped put Gump over the top in one of the most competitive best picture races in memory. The Shawshank Redemption (No. 4) and Pulp Fiction (No. 5) also were nominated that year.

Best Movies of All Time15. Gone with the Wind

Director: Victor Fleming

Cast: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh

Gross Earnings – $1,592,000,000

Release Year – 1939

The longest film to win best picture (nearly four hours) and the first to have an African American cast member win an Oscar (Hattie McDaniel). Ironically, its only surviving star is Olivia de Havilland, 97, whose character was the main one to die.

Best Movies of All Time16. To Kill a Mocking Bird

Director: Robert Mulligan

Cast: Gregory Peck, Robert Duvall, Mary Badham, Phillip Alford

Gross Earnings – Numbers unavailable

Release Year – 1962

More than 50 years later and will always be, this is still a pitch-perfect portrait of race and rural America during the Great Depression and of course, Clark Kent (Superman’s) favourite movie too. Most importantly, it shows you the picture of what racism and stereotyping can do to children, while the main character played by Gregory Peck defends a black man against fabricated rape charges in court.

Best Movies of All Time17. Apocalypse Now

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Cast: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

Gross Earnings – $249,848,900

Release Year – 1979

Harvey Keitel was fired. Brando was overweight and far from prepared. Sheen almost died from a heart attack. And storms destroyed the sets. Would you find a better made film under such circumstances? We hardly think so.

Best Movies of All Time18. Annie Hall

Director: Woody Allen

Cast: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton

Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $136,538,700

Release Year – 1977

Riddled with years rumours of a stock cut of an original, much longer version — named Anhedonia — which supposedly was more of a surreal murder mystery than a love story. Let us know if you have a copy with you!

Best Movies of All Time19. Goodfellas

Director: Martin Scorsese

Cast: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci

Gross Earnings – $88,219,800

Release Year – 1990

Marking Scorsese’s first film on this list, we remember him for many things (like Pesci’s “You think I’m funny?”, making the record by dropping the F-bomb more than any other movie up till then (300 times). This record was beaten last year by The Wolf of Wall Street, which used the F-word 569 times.

Best Movies of All Time20. It’s a Wonderful Life

Director: Frank Capra

Cast: James Stewart, Donna Reed

Gross Earnings – No numbers available

Release Year – 1946

It was Capra’s favourite, and Stewart’s yet totally bombed at the box office. But, just like George Bailey, redeemed by a second chance, it is the holiday classic thanks to the Christmas TV show times for years.

Best Movies of All Time21. Chinatown

Director: Roman Polanski

Cast: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway

Gross Earning – $124,295,200

Release Year – 1974

Marking the famous and extraordinarily acted out Nicholson films to make the 100 cuts. But he’s beaten by Robert Duvall and Robert De Niro (both with four) and by Marlon Brando and Harrison Ford (with five apiece).

Best Movies of All Time22. The Silence of the Lambs

Director: Jonathan Demme

Cast: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins

Gross Earnings – $247,200,400

Release Year – 1991

Best actor, best movie, best adapted screenplay, best actress and best actor, and 25 mins of Anthony Hopkins made a masterpiece that is remembered and revered for years. Also, the only horror movie to win best picture too.

Best Movies of All Time23. Lawrence of Arabia

Director: David Lean

Cast: Peter O’Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Omar Sharif

Gross Earnings – $426,376,100

Release Year – 1962

Steven Spielberg has estimated that remaking it now will cost about $300 million. Also, these days, they’d probably need to add some estragon; this 227-minute movie has not a single line spoken by a woman.

Best Movies of All Time24. JAWS

Director: Steven Spielberg

Cast: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss

Gross Earnings – $1,019,507,400

Release Year – 1975

The original summer blockbuster and cult favourite among the 90’s. Costing only $9 million to film and produce JAWS grossed nearly as much its first weekend alone. But sadly, the shark still is super fake looking.

Best Movies of All Time25. The Sound of Music

Director: Robert Wise

Cast: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer

Gross Earnings – $1,133,626,400

Release Year – 1965

An absolute favourite no matter which generation you belong to, during the Cold War the BBC reportedly planned to air the film after a nuclear strike to improve the morale of survivors. “So Long, Farewell” being the perfect post-apocalyptic song.

Best Movies of All Time26. Singing in The Rain

Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly

Cast: Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds

Gross Earnings – $1,741,800

Release Year – 1952

Reynolds once mentioned that birthing and making this film was the two hardest things she had ever done. Known to be a hard-line director, she brought out the very best.

 

Best Movies of All Time27. The Breakfast Club

Director: John Hughes

Cast: Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Paul Gleason, John Kapelos, Ally Sheedy

Gross Earning – $102,863,800

Release Year – 1985

The final proof that Men and Woman are just different: Hughes’ after-school detention drama was the ninth most-popular film for female respondents, but 75th for male movie goers.

Best Movies of All Time28. The Graduate

Director: Mike Nichols

Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross

Gross Earning – $680,698,700

Release Year – 1967

Did you know who were up for the part? Mrs. Robinson: Deborah Kerr, Judy Garland, Lana Turner, Rita Hayworth, Doris Day, Shelley Winters, Ava Gardner, Patricia Neal or Ingrid Bergman? Trick question: All supposedly were up for the part.

Best Movies of All Time29. Blade Runner

Director: Ridley Scott

Cast: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young

Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $74,672,70

Release Year – 1982

Despite studio tinkering (adding a voiceover, slapping in aerial footage shot for Kubrick’s The Shining to give the ending a sunny feel), it remains as the ultimate, sci-fi detective movie.

Best Movies of All Time30. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Director: Milos Forman

Cast: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Will Sampson

Gross Earnings – $427,335,400

Release Year – 1978

Kirk Douglas wanted Ken Kesey’s book in the early ’60s but decided he was too old to play McMurphy, so he gave the rights to his son, Michael, who produced it instead.

 

Best Movies of All Time31. The Princess Bride

Director: Rob Reiner

Cast: Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin

Gross Earnings – $62,820,500

Release Year – 1989

Did you know that hardly anybody had seen Rob Reiner’s adaptation of William Goldman’s comic-fantasy novel in theatres? But this was back when video could create a cult hit — and that’s exactly what happened.

Best Movies of All Time32. The Empire Strikes Back

Director: Irvin Kershner

Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

Gross Earning – $627,743,400

Release Year- 1980

And, just like that, like a Shakespeare Tragedy our hero loses a hand but earns a father. And his best friend is frozen solid. Try and imagine the second instalment of another giant sci-fi franchise that ends on such a downer. Go ahead.

33. FargoBest Movies of All Time

Directors: Joel and Ethan Coen

Cast: Frances McDormand, William H. Macy

Gross Earning – $43,930,100

Release Year – 1996

Did you know that this movie inspired hit TV shows that are current Emmy contenders? The other shows are Bonnie and Clyde, Hannibal and Bates Motel.

 

List of the Best Movies Lists of All Time | How DO Movies Make the List?

We believe the best movies list should contain the movies that are powerful, moving and most importantly it should have had an impact on a generation of moviegoers. For example, one of the best movies of all time is undoubtedly The Godfather.

The magnetic performance, gripping storyline, aptly adapted from the Mario Puzo’s book, everything was right in place. Carefully crafted and incredibly told.

Those are the features that make the best movies of all time.

 

Best Movies of All Time34. American Beauty

Director: Sam Mendes

Cast: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening

Gross earnings – $198,483,000

Release Year – 1999

Chevy Chase, Kevin Costner, and John Travolta all reportedly were considered for the part of Lester Burnham (which, incidentally, is an anagram for “Humbert learns,” one of the film’s many gestures to Lolita).

Best Movies of All Time35. A Clockwork Orange

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Cast: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee

Gross Earnings – $124,500,700

Release Year – 1971

This is the film that started the debate over violence in cinema. The director was so horrified by a copycat murder in England that he pulled the movie from U.K. theaters.

Best Movies of All Time36. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Director: John Hughes

Cast: Matthew Broderick, Mia Sara, Jennifer Grey, Alan Ruck

Gross earnings – $150,481,300

Release Date – 1986

The director paid homage to his previous movies via the license plates on the characters’ cars: “VCATION” for National Lampoon’s Vacation, “MMOM” for Mr. Mom and “TBC” for The Breakfast Club.

Best Movies of All Time37. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Cast: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Slim Pickens

Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $78,439,100

Release Year – 1964

Sellers the lead actor was the very first actor to be nominated for a single Oscar for playing three characters (he lost on all three counts to Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady).

Best Movies of All Time38. When Harry Met Sally

Director: Rob Reiner

Cast: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan

Gross Earnings – $186,114,700

Release Year – 1989

It is amazing to see the great acting in this film. According to sources on the set, Crystal and Ryan hated each other’s guts. (Although Crystal denies it, saying he and Ryan had a great working relationship.)

 

Best Movies of All Time39. The Shining

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Cast: Jack Nicholson, Shelley

Gross earnings- $130,252,200

Release year – 1980

The director has realized that the shot of Nicholson repeatedly typing “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” would make no sense to European audiences, so he had the line typed in Italian, German and Spanish.

Best Movies of All Time40. Fight Club

Director: David Fincher

Cast: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter

Gross Earnings – $57,957,800

Release Date – 1999

Bonham Carter’s dialogue after her sex scene with Pitt — “That was the best f– I’ve had since grade school” — was a replacement. The original, more offensive line: “I want to have your abortion.”

This is a very accurate depiction of mental health.

Best Movies of All Time41. Raging Bull

Director: Martin Scorsese

Cast: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent

Gross Earnings – $23.38M

Release Date – 1980

The life of boxer Jake LaMotta played by Robert De Niro, whose violence and temper that led him to the top in the ring destroyed his life outside of it. With a stellar cast Robert De Niro became a house hold name after that.

Best Movies of All Time42. Vertigo

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Cast: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore

Gross Earnings – $3.20M

Release Date – 1958

A former police detective juggles wrestling with his personal demons and becoming obsessed with a hauntingly beautiful woman. Amazingly made and convincing acting, this is a movie that can easily be on all best films of all-time lists.

Best Movies of All Time43. Psycho

Director – Alfred Hitchcock

Cast – Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin

Gross Earnings – $32.00M

Release Date – 1960

A secretary living in Phoenix embezzles forty thousand dollars from her employer’s client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.And, that is when all hell breaks loose. A haunting performance by the cast, the end is set to thrill you and remind you why people come to the movies after all.

Best Movies of All Time44. Sunset Blvd.

Director – Billy Wilder |

Cast – William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson

Gross Earnings – Unknown

Release Date – 1950

When a screenwriter develops a dangerous relationship with a faded film star determined to make a triumphant return, you know the story line is going to be gripping. Well shot, amazing performances and a climax set to dazzle you.

Best Movies of All Time45. 12 Angry Men

Director – Sidney Lumet

Cast – Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler

Gross earnings – $4.36M

Release Date – 1957

A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence. A compelling, reality check and a staking investigation in to the human mind, this movie is going to make sure you do not get off your seat and hailed as one of the most important movies ever made in Hollywood.

Best Movies of All Time46. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

Director: George Lucas

Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness

Gross Earnings – $322.74M

Release Year – 1977

Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookie and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire’s world-destroying battle station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the mysterious Darth Vader. Also, a movie hailed to be a Geek’s most precious procession.

Best Movies of All Time47. The Bridge on the River Kwai

Director: David Lean

Cast: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa

Gross: $44.91M

Release Year – 1957

After settling his differences with a Japanese P.O.W. camp commander, a British Colonel co-operates to oversee his men’s construction of a railway bridge for their captors, while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it. A war drama set very realistically and a story worth a million hearts.

Best Movies of All Time48. Some Like It Hot

Director: Billy Wilder

cast: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft

Gross: $25.00M

Release Year – 1959

When two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in. Also, easily one of the very best films of all time that stars Marilyn Monroe.

Best Movies of All Time49. Ben-Hur

Director: William Wyler

Cast: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Haya Harareet

Gross Earnings: $74.70M

Release Year – 1958

When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge. A odyssey of the past and a love letter to amazing acting. Watched all over the world.

Best Movies of All Time50. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Director: Peter Jackson

Stars: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom

Gross: $377.85M

Release Year – 2003

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. It is all about bringing all our high school favourites to character and life. One of the best movie adaptions ever made and one of the most powerful and bets films ever made.

Best Movies of All Time51. Gladiator

Director: Ridley Scott

Stars: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed

Gross: $187.71M

Release Year – 2000

A former Roman General sets out to exact vengeance against the corrupt emperor who murdered his family and sent him into slavery. Magnificently shot with sets that look as if they came out of a Roman historical book.

Best Movies of All Time52. From Here to Eternity

Director: Fred Zinnemann

Stars: Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed

Gross Earnings: $30.50M

Release Year – 1953

In Hawaii in 1941, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit’s team, while his captain’s wife and second-in-command are falling in love.

Best Movies of All Time53. Saving Private Ryan

Director: Steven Spielberg

Stars: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns

Gross: $216.54M

Release Year – 1998

Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action. A war drama and a war movie that shows you the destruction and sacrifices of war.

Best Movies of All Time54. Raiders of the Lost Ark

Director: Steven Spielberg

Cast: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies

Gross: $248.16M

Release Year – 1981

In 1936, archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before Adolf Hitler’s Nazis can obtain its awesome powers. This is a childhood favourite and an absolute stunner. Marking the charisma of Harrison Ford.

Best Movies of All Time55. Rocky

Director: John G. Avildsen

Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers

Gross: $117.24M

Release Year – 1976

A small-time boxer gets a supremely rare chance to fight a heavy-weight champion in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect. If you don’t cry at the end, then you probably are dead inside, and making Sylvester Stallone a household name.

Best Movies of All Time56. A Streetcar Named Desire

Director: Elia Kazan

Stars: Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden

Gross: $8.00M

Release Year – 1951

Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her. Shooting Marlon Brando in to the A listers overnight and establishing the foundation of what we know as Brando’s charm.

Best Movies of All Time57. An American in Paris

Director: Vincente Minnelli

Stars: Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary

Gross: $4.50M

Release Year – 1951

Three friends struggle to find work in Paris. Things become more complicated when two of them fall in love with the same woman. A drama, a musical and a romantic movie you can never feel out of place with the milestone classic.

Best Movies of All Time58. The Best Years of Our Lives

Director: William Wyler

Cast: Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews, Fredric March, Teresa Wright

Gross: $23.65M

Release Year – 1946

Three World War II veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed. Showing you the effects of war up front in the American middle class.

Best Movies of All Time59. My Fair Lady

Director: George Cukor

Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde-White

Gross: $72.00M

Release year – 1964

Snobbish phonetics Professor Henry Higgins (Sir Rex Harrison) agrees to a wager that he can make flower girl Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) presentable in high society.Audrey Hepburn magically portrays her character flawlessly reminding the world what an outstanding gift she was to the cinematic universe.

Best Movies of All Time60. Doctor Zhivago

Director: David Lean

Stars: Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger

Gross: $111.72M

Release Year – 1965

The life of a Russian physician and poet who, although married to another, falls in love with a political activist’s wife and experiences hardship during World War I and then the October Revolution.

Best Movies of All Time61. The Searchers

Director: John Ford

Stars: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Ward Bond

Gross Earnings – Not Known

Release Year – 1956

An American Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from the Comanches. Absolutely brutally real and one of the best films of all time thanks to John Wayne’s fantabulous performance.

Best Movies of All Time62. Patton

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner

Stars: George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Stephen Young, Michael Strong

Gross: $61.70M

Release Year – 1970

The World War II phase of the career of the controversial American general, George S. Patton. Beautifully moving and accurate depiction of what really went down then.

 

Best Movies of All Time63. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Director: George Roy Hill

Stars: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin

Gross: $102.31M

Release Year – 1969

Wyoming, the early 1900s. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid are the leaders of a band of outlaws. After a train robbery goes wrong, they find themselves on the run with a posse hard on their heels. Their solution – escape to Bolivia.

Best Movies of All Time64. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Director: John Huston

Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt, Bruce Bennett

Gross: $5.01M

Release Year – 1948

Fred Dobbs and Bob Curtin, two Americans searching for work in Mexico, convince an old prospector to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains.

Best Movies of All Time65. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Director: Sergio Leone

Stars: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffrè

Gross: $6.10M

Release Year – 1966

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.

Best Movies of All Time66. The Apartment

Director: Billy Wilder

Stars: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Ray Walston

Gross: $18.60M

Release Year – 1960

A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue.

Best Movies of All Time67. Platoon

Director: Oliver Stone

Stars: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Keith David

Gross: $138.53M

Release Year – 1986

A young soldier in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man. A heart wrenching and daunting real portrayal of war.

Best Movies of All Time68. Braveheart

Director: Mel Gibson

Stars: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Angus Macfadyen

Gross: $75.60M

Release Year – 1995

When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England.

Best Movies of All Time69. Dances with Wolves

Director: Kevin Costner

Stars: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A. Grant

Gross: $184.21M

Release Year – 1990

Lieutenant John Dunbar, assigned to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.

Best Movies of All Time70. Jurassic Park

Director: Steven Spielberg

Stars: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

Gross: $402.45M

Release Year – 1993

A pragmatic Palaeontologist visiting a near-complete theme park with reviving ancient creatures is tasked with protecting a couple of kids after a power failure causes the park’s cloned dinosaurs to run loose.

Best Movies of All Time71. The Exorcist

Director: William Friedkin

Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Lee J. Cobb

Gross: $232.91M

Release Year – 1973

When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.

 

 

Best Movies of All Time72. The Pianist

Director: Roman Polanski

Stars: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Emilia Fox

Gross: $32.57M

Release Year – 2002

A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.Heartbreaking, real and one of the best films of all time to have been made on World War 2.

Best Movies of All Time73. The Deer Hunter

Director: Michael Cimino

Stars: Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale, John Savage

Gross: $48.98M

Release Year – 1978

An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania.

Best Movies of All Time74. All Quiet on the Western Front

Director: Lewis Milestone

Stars: Lew Ayres, Louis Wolheim, John Wray, Arnold Lucy

Gross: $3.27M

Release Year – 1930

A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I. A war drama that tells you exactly what it is like to be in front of showering guns.

Best Movies of All Time75. Bonnie and Clyde

Director: Arthur Penn

Stars: Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman

Gross: Not Known

Release Year – 1967

Bonnie Parker, a bored waitress falls in love with an ex-con named Clyde Barrow and together they start a violent crime spree through the country, stealing cars and robbing banks.

Best Movies of All Time76. The French Connection

Director: William Friedkin

Stars: Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey, Tony Lo Bianco

Gross: Not Known

Release Year – 1971

A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.

 

 

 

Best Movies of All Time77. City Lights

Director: Charles Chaplin

Stars: Charles Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Florence Lee, Harry Myers

Gross: $0.02M

Release Year – 1931

With the aid of a wealthy erratic tippler, a dewy-eyed tramp who has fallen in love with a sightless flower girl accumulates money to be able to help her medically.

Best Movies of All Time78. It Happened One Night

Director: Frank Capra

Stars: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns

Gross: $4.36M

Release Year – 1934

A spoiled heiress running away from her family is helped by a man who is a reporter in need of a story. And, if you don’t fall in love with Clark Gable then well, it is impossible not to. Starring one of the most infamous scenes in movies of Claudette Colbert stretching her dress up to her knees. In 1934 that was very scandalous.

Best Movies of All Time79. A Place in the Sun

Director: George Stevens

Stars: Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Shelley Winters, Anne Revere

Gross: Not Known

Released Year – 1953

A poor boy gets a job working for his rich uncle and ends up falling in love with two women. And who doesn’t like a three-way love story in the 1950s? We all do.

 

Best Movies of All Time80. Midnight Cowboy

Director: John Schlesinger

Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Sylvia Miles, John McGiver

Gross: $44.79M

Release Year -1969

A naive hustler travels from Texas to New York City to seek personal fortune, finding a new friend in the process. Discovering New York and himself in the process.

 

Best Movies of All Time81. Rain Man

Director: Barry Levinson

Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino, Gerald R. Molen

Gross: $178.80M

Release Year – 1988

Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt’s father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.

Best Movies of All Time82. The Grapes of Wrath

Director: John Ford

Stars: Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Charley Grapewin

Gross: $0.06M

Release Year – 1940

A poor Midwest family is forced off their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression.

Best Movies of All Time83. The Green Mile

Director: Frank Darabont

Stars: Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt

Gross: $136.80M

Release Year – 1999

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.

Best Movies of All Time84. Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Director: Steven Spielberg

Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon

Gross: $132.09M

Release Year – 1977

Roy Neary, an electric lineman, watches how his quiet and ordinary daily life turns upside down after a close encounter with a UFO.

Best Movies of All Time85. Nashville

Director: Robert Altman

Stars: Keith Carradine, Karen Black, Ronee Blakley, Shelley Duvall

Gross: $14.82M

Release Year – 1975

Over the course of a few hectic days, numerous interrelated people prepare for a political convention as secrets and lies are surfaced and revealed. Eye-opening, moving and one of the very best of films ever to have been made.

Best Movies of All Time86. Network

Director: Sidney Lumet

Stars: Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall

Gross: Not Known

Release Year – 1976

A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor’s ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit. A bizarre, intriguing and easily one of the best movies of all time.

Best Movies of All Time87. American Graffiti

Director: George Lucas

Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith

Gross: $115.00M

Release Year – 1973

A couple of high school grads spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college. A fitting member of the lists of the best movies of all time. Reminding us all of what we feel when we were carefree in college.

Best Movies of All Time88. Terms of Endearment

Director: James L. Brooks

Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

Gross: $108.42M

Release Year – 1983

Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love, and her daughter’s family problems. A tearful yet amazing written movie.

 

Best Movies of All Time89. Good Will Hunting

Director: Gus Van Sant

Stars: Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, StellanSkarsgård

Gross: $138.43M

Release Year – 1997

Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life. One of Robin William’s best dramatic movies and no wonder it is also one of the best movies of all time.

Best Movies of All Time90. The African Queen

Director: John Huston

Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley, Peter Bull

Gross: $0.54M

Release Year – 1951

In Africa during World War I, a gin-swilling riverboat captain is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship.

Best Movies of All Time91. Stagecoach

Director: John Ford

Stars: John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Andy Devine, John Carradine

Gross: Not Known

Release Year – 1939

A group of people travelling on a stagecoach find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo and learn something about each other in the process.

Best Movies of All Time92. Mutiny on the Bounty

Director: Frank Lloyd

Stars: Charles Laughton, Clark Gable, Franchot Tone, Herbert Mundin

Gross: Not Known

Release Year – 1935

A tyrannical ship captain decides to exact revenge on his abused crew after they form a mutiny against him, but the sailor he targets had no hand in it.

Best Movies of All Time93. The Great Dictator

Director: Charles Chaplin

Stars: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie, Reginald Gardiner

Gross: Not Known

Release Year – 1940

Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel’s regime. The best movie of all time, having the best speech of all time and the only talkies of Charlie Chaplin. DO we need any more reasons to watch this?

Best Movies of All Time94. Double Indemnity

Director: Billy Wilder

Stars: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Byron Barr

Gross: $5.72M

Release Year – 1944

An insurance representative lets himself be talked by a seductive housewife into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses the suspicion of an insurance investigator.

Best Movies of All Time95. Taxi Driver

Director: Martin Scorsese

Stars: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, Albert Brooks

Gross: $28.26M

Release Year – 1976

A mentally unstable veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City, where the perceived decadence and sleaze fuels his urge for violent action by attempting to liberate a presidential campaign worker and an underage prostitute.

 

Best Movies of All Time96. The Third Man

Director: Carol Reed

Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Trevor Howard

Gross: $0.45M

Release Year – 1949

Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, post-war Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime.

 

Best Movies of All Time97. Rebel Without a Cause

Director: Nicholas Ray

Stars: James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus

Gross: Not Known

Release Year – 1955

A rebellious young man with a troubled past comes to a new town, finding friends and enemies. It has James Dean in it, do we need anymore reasons as to why it is one of the best movies of all time.

Best Movies of All Time98. Yankee Doodle Dandy

Director: Michael Curtiz

Stars: James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf

Gross: $11.80M

Release Year – 1942

The life of the renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer, and singer George M. Cohan.

 

Best Movies of All Time99. Amadeus

Director: Milos Forman

Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Roy Dotrice

Gross: $51.97M

Release Year – 1984

The life, success and troubles of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as told by Antonio Salieri, the contemporaneous composer who was insanely jealous of Mozart’s talent and claimed to have murdered him.

Best Movies of All Time100. Titanic

Director: James Cameron

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates

Gross: $659.33M

Release Year – 1997

A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic. Leonardo shines and Kate Winslet easily writes her name down on concrete on one of the best movies of all time.

Best Movies of All Time101. Unforgiven

Director: Clint Eastwood

Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris

Gross: $101.16M

Release Year – 1992

Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny (Clint Eastwood) reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner Ned Logan (Morgan Freeman) and a young man, The “Schofield Kid” (JaimzWoolvett).

Best Movies of All Time102. Die Hard

Director: John McTiernan

Stars: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

Gross: $83,008,852

Release Year -1988

An NYPD officer tries to save his wife and several others taken hostage by German terrorists during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.

Best Movies of All Time103. Moonlight

Director: Barry Jenkins

Stars: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes

Gross: $65.3 million

Release Year – 2016

A young African American man grapples with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the everyday struggles of childhood, adolescence, and burgeoning adulthood.

Best Movies of All Time104. This Is Spinal Tap

Director: Rob Reiner

Stars: Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer

Gross: $4.7 million

Release Year – 1984

Filmmaker Marty Di Bergi follows the English rock group Spinal Tap on their 1982 United States concert tour to promote their new album Smell the Glove. Making it one of the best films of all time and an American mockumentary.

Best Movies of All Time105. ‘Do the Right Thing’

Director: Spike Lee

Stars: Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee

Gross: $27,545,445

Release Year – 1989

The sad thing about Spike Lee’s intense “Do the Right Thing” is that, as WBUR wrote in 2017, its unflinching look at American racial divisions is always timely. Set in a sweltering Brooklyn summer, this film examines neighbourhood tensions that boil over, with several key moments resembling tragic stories we constantly see in the news today.

Best Movies of All Time106. The Class (2008)

Director: Laurent Cantet

Stars: François Bégaudeau, AgameMalembo-Emene, AngélicaSancio

Gross: $28.7 million

Release Year: 2008

Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau play a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighbourhood.

Best Movies of All Time107. Inside Llewyn Davis

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Stars: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman

Gross: $13,235,319

Release Year – 2013

A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Beautifully detailed to the very core with magnetic acting by Oscar Isaac. Easily of the best films of all time in recent years.

Best Movies of All Time108. Days of Heaven

Director: Terrence Malick

Stars: Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard

Gross: $3,446,749

Release Year – 1978

A hot-tempered farm labourer convinces the woman he loves to marry their rich but dying boss so that they can have a claim to his fortune.

 

Best Action Movie Stars of All Time?

You can’t think of the best movies of all time without counting the contribution of the action movie stars and directors and writers who make all that magic happen. A franchise like ‘Expendables’ only works because of how action films have shaped our cinematic experience over time.

So, here are the Top Action Heroes of All Time!

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Best Known For – The Terminator Series, Predator

With an almost unpronounceable surname and a thick Austrian accent, who would have ever believed that a brash, quick talking bodybuilder from a small European village would become one of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

Sylvester Stallone

Best Known For – Rocky, Rambo, Expendables Franchise

This athletically built, dark-haired American actor/screenwriter/director who gave us one of the very best movies of all time. Rocky and Rambo.

Bruce Willis

Best Known For- Die Hard Franchise

Actor and musician Bruce Willis are well known for playing wisecracking or hard-edged characters, often in spectacular action films. Can you imagine a world where in action you don’t have Bruce Willis’s Die Hard as one of the best movies of all time?

Bruce Lee

Best Known For- Meng long guo jiang

Bruce Lee remains the greatest icon of martial arts cinema and a key figure of modern popular media. Had it not been for Bruce Lee and his movies in the early 1970s, it’s arguable whether the martial arts film genre would have ever become a mainstream cinema genre.

Harrison Ford

Best Known For- Star Trek Franchise, Raiders of The Lost Ark

Harrison Ford was born on July 13, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois, to Dorothy (Nidelman), a radio actress, and Christopher Ford (born John William Ford), an actor turned advertising executive. His Indiana Jones franchise is basically there reason why we have lists like Best movies of all time.

 

Best Movies of All Time109. Sita Sings the Blues

Director: Nina Paley

Stars: Annette Hanshaw, Aseem Chhabra, Bhavana Nagulapally

Gross: Not Known

Release Year – 2009

An animated version of the epic Indian tale of Ramayana set to the 1920s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw.

 

Best Movies of All Time110. “Jackie”

Director: Pablo Larraín

Stars: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig

Gross: $25.1 million

Release Year – 2016

Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband’s historic legacy.

Best Movies of All Time111. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

Director: Ang Lee

Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Michelle Yeoh, Ziyi Zhang

Gross: $213.5 million

Release Year: 2000

A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation.

 

Best Movies of All Time112. Crash

Director: Paul Haggis

Stars: Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock, Thandie Newton

Gross: $54,580,300

Release Year: 2004

Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption.A moving portrayal of race relations and police culture.

Best Movies of All Time113. We Were Here

Directors: David Weissman, Bill Weber (co-director)

Stars: Ed Wolf, Daniel Goldstein, Guy Clark

Gross: Not Known

Release Year: 2011

A deep and reflective look at the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco and how individuals rose to the occasion during the first years of this unimaginable crisis.

Best Movies of All Time114. WALL-E


Director: Andrew Stanton

Stars: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin

Gross: $533.3 million

Release Year: 2008

In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.

Best Movies of All Time115. Spotlight

Director: Tom McCarthy

Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams

Gross: $45,055,776

Release Year: 2015

The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

Best Movies of All Time116. Zero Dark Thirty

Director: Kathryn Bigelow

Stars: Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt

Gross: $29.5 million

Release Year: 2012

A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L.s Team 6 in May 2011.

Best Movies of All Time117. Thelma & Louise

Director: Ridley Scott

Stars: Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel

Gross: $45,360,915

Release Year: 1991

Two best friends set out on an adventure, but it soon turns around to a terrifying escape from being hunted by the police, as these two girls escape for the crimes they committed.

Best Movies of All Time118. 12 Years a Slave

Director: Steve McQueen

Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender

Gross: $244.5 Million

Release Year: 2013

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

 

Best Movies of All Time119. The Wolf of Wall Street

Director: Martin Scorsese

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie

Gross: $392 million

Release Year: 2013

Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.

Why Martin Scorsese Makes the Best Movies of All Time?

Did you ever wonder why Martin Scorsese is the best? Let us just start by the following;

  • Martin Scorsese is the winner of an Oscar
  • Two Golden Globes, and
  • Two BAFTA awards
  • One from the Directors Guild of America
  • one of the founders of the World Cinema Foundation and
  • Has been decorated with the French Legion of Honor in 1987
  • Scorsese is President of The Film Foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to the preservation of deteriorating film material.

 

Best Movies of All Time120. Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War

Director: Je-kyu Kang (as Je-gyu Kang)

Stars: Dong-Gun Jang, Won Bin, Eun-Ju Le

Gross: Not Known

Release Year: 2004

When two brothers are forced to fight in the Korean War, the elder decides to take the riskiest missions if it will help shield the younger from battle.

Best Movies of All Time121. Gandhi

Director: Richard Attenborough

Stars: Ben Kingsley, John Gielgud, Rohini Hattangadi

Gross: US$52,767,889

Release Year: 1982

Gandhi’s character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he can drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed.

Best Movies of All Time122. Inception

Director: Christopher Nolan

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page

Gross: $823 million

Release Year: 2010

A thief who steals corporate secrets using dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a C.E.O.

Best Movies of All Time123. Pan’s Labyrinth

Director: Guillermo del Toro

Stars: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi López

Gross: $121 Million

Release Year: 2006

In the Falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world. Easily one of the best films of all time and also the 5th highest-grossing foreign-language film too.

Best Movies of All Time124. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Director: Michel Gondry

Stars: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson

Gross: $8,175,198

Release Year: 2004

When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories.

 

Best Extreme Method Actors & their Best Movies of All Time

Best Movies of All Time are not made without the dedication actors put in to assuming the character they play. Even so many actors have pushed the boundaries of how far actors can immerse themselves in acting out that character.

Here are the Best Extreme Method Actors of All Time

Daniel Day-Lewis

Best Known For- There Will Be Blood

Born in London, England, Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is the second child of Cecil Day-Lewis (pseudonym Nicholas Blake), Poet Laureate of the U.K., and his second wife, actress Jill Balcon.

Christian Bale

Best Known For- The Dark Knight

Christian Charles Philip Bale was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK on January 30, 1974, to English parents Jennifer “Jenny” (James) and David Bale. His mother was a circus performer and his father, who was born in South Africa, was a commercial pilot.

Marlon Brando

Best Known For- Apocalypse Now

Marlon Brando is widely considered the greatest movie actor of all time, rivalled only by the more theatrically oriented Laurence Olivier in terms of esteem.

Joaquin Phoenix

Best Known For- Walk the Line, Her, Joker

Joaquin Phoenix was born Joaquin Rafael Bottom in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Arlyn (Dunetz) and John Bottom, and is the middle child in a brood of five. His parents, from the continental United States, were then serving as Children of God missionaries.

Jim Carrey

Best Known For- Ace Ventura, Bruce Almighty, The Mask

Jim Carrey, Canadian-born and a U.S. citizen since 2004, is an actor and producer famous for his rubbery body movements and flexible facial expressions. Also giving you one of the best movies of all time and being a two-time Golden Globe winner too. 

 

Best Movies of All Time125. The Usual Suspects

Director: Bryan Singer

Stars: Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Stephen Baldwin

Gross: $23.34M

Release Year: 1995

A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which began when five criminals met at a seemingly random police lineup.

Best Movies of All Time126. PK

Director: Rajkumar Hirani

Stars: Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma, Sanjay Dutt, Boman Irani

Gross: $10.62M

Release Year: 2014

An alien on Earth loses the only device he can use to communicate with his spaceship. His innocent nature and child-like questions force the country to evaluate the impact of religion on its people.

Best Movies of All Time127. A Separation

Director: Asghar Farhadi

Stars: PaymanMaadi, Leila Hatami, SarehBayat, Shahab Hosseini

Gross: $7.10M

Release Year: 2011

A married couple is faced with a difficult decision – to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer’s disease.

Best Movies of All Time128. Life of Pi

Director: Ang Lee

Stars: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain, Tabu

Gross: $124.99M

Release Year: 2012

A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.

Best Movies of All Time129. Oldboy

Director: Chan-wook Park

Stars: Min-Sik Choi, Ji-Tae Yu, Hye-Jeong Kang, Dae-Han Ji

Gross: $0.71M

Release Year: 2003

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.

 

Best Movies of All Time130. Her

Director: Spike Jonze

Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson, Rooney Mara

Gross: $25.57M

Release Year: 2013

In the near future, a lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with an operating system designed to meet his every need.

 

Best Movies of All Time131. Dredd

Director: Pete Travis

Stars: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey, Rachel Wood

Gross: $13.41M

Release Year: 2012

In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO.

Best Movies of All Time132. Reservoir Dogs

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Stars: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn

Gross: $2.83M

Release Year: 1992

When a simple jewellery heist goes horribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.

Best Movies of All Time133. Bernie

Director: Richard Linklater

Stars: Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey, Brady Coleman

Gross: $9.20M

Release Year: 2011

In small-town Texas, an affable mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when she starts to become controlling, he goes to great lengths to separate himself from her grasp.

Best Movies of All Time134. Broken Flowers

Director: Jim Jarmusch

Stars: Bill Murray, Jessica Lange, Sharon Stone, Julie Delpy

Gross: $13.74M

Release Year: 2005

As the extremely withdrawn Don Johnston is dumped by his latest woman, he receives an anonymous letter from a former lover informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him. A freelance sleuth neighbour moves Don to embark on a cross-country search for his old flames in search of answers.

Best Movies of All Time135. Django Unchained

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Stars: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington

Gross: $162.81M

Release Year: 2012

With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

 

Best Movies of All Time136. Seven Years in Tibet

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud

Stars: Brad Pitt, David Thewlis, BD Wong, Mako

Gross: $37.96M

Release Year: 1997

A true story of Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian mountain climber who became friends with the Dalai Lama at the time of China’s takeover of Tibet.

Best Movies of All Time137. The Truman Show

Director: Peter Weir

Stars: Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich

Gross: $125.62M

Release Year: 1998

An insurance salesman discovers his whole life is actually a reality TV show. One of the best films of all-time starring Jim Carrey.

 

Best Movies of All Time138. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Director: Terry Gilliam

Stars: Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Tobey Maguire, Michael Lee Gogin

Gross: $10.68M

Release Year: 1998

An oddball journalist and his psychopathic lawyer travel to Las Vegas for a series of psychedelic escapades.

 

Best Movies of All Time139. This Is England

Director: Shane Meadows

Stars: Thomas Turgoose, Stephen Graham, Jo Hartley, Andrew Shim

Gross: $0.33M

Release Year: 2006

A young boy becomes friends with a gang of skinheads. Friends soon become like family, and relationships will be pushed to the very limit.

Best Movies of All Time140. Groundhog Day

Director: Harold Ramis

Stars: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott, Stephen Tobolowsky

Gross: $70.91M

Release Year: 1993

A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day repeatedly.

 

Best Movies of All Time141. True Grit

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Stars: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld, Josh Brolin

Gross: $171.24M

Release Year: 2010

A stubborn teenager enlists the help of a tough U.S. Marshal to track down her father’s murderer.

 

Best Movies of All Time142. Nacho Libre

Director: Jared Hess

Stars: Jack Black, Ana de la Reguera, Héctor Jiménez, Darius Rose

Gross: $80.20M

Release Year: 2006Berated all his life by those around him, a monk follows his dream and dons a mask to moonlight as a Luchador (Mexican wrestler).

 

 

Top Movie Directors for the Best Movies of All Time

You would never have the best movies of all time had it not been for the artistry of directors and their visions. So, as a tribute to the best movies of all time to have ever graced the silver screen;

Here are the top Directors of All Time-

Steven Spielberg

Best Known For- Schindler’s List

One of the most influential personalities in the history of cinema, Steven Spielberg is Hollywood’s best-known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. Bring your best movies of all time like Saving Private Ryan, E.T, Jurassic Part etc.

Martin Scorsese

Best Known For- Goodfellas, Raging Bull, Casino, Taxi Driver, The Departed, Gangs of New York

Martin Charles Scorsese was born on November 17, 1942 in Queens, New York City, to Catherine Scorsese (née Cappa) and Charles Scorsese, who both worked in Manhattan’s garment district, and whose families both came from Palermo, Sicily.

Alfred Hitchcock

Best Known For- Psycho, Vertigo, Rear Window, North by Northwest

Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born in Leytonstone, Essex, England. He was the son of Emma Jane (Whelan; 1863 – 1942) and East End greengrocer William Hitchcock (1862 – 1914). His parents were both of half English and half Irish ancestry.

Stanley Kubrick

Best Known For- 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Eyes Wide Shut

Stanley Kubrick was born in Manhattan, New York City, to Sadie Gertrude (Perveler) and Jacob Leonard Kubrick, a physician. His family were Jewish immigrants (from Austria, Romania, and Russia).

Orson Welles

Best Known For- Citizen Kane, Touch of Evil, The Magnificent Ambersons

His father was a well-to-do inventor, his mother a beautiful concert pianist; Orson Welles was gifted in many arts (magic, piano, painting) as a child. When his mother died (he was six) he travelled the world with his father.

You can’t imagine the world of cinema and the best movies of all time without a mention and shout out to the above veteran directors. They paved the way and has changed how we perceive cinema on-screen and off-screen.

 

Best Movies of All Time143. Let the Right One In

Director: Tomas Alfredson

Stars: KåreHedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar, Henrik Dahl

Gross: $2.12M

Release Year: 2008

Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.

Best Movies of All Time144. Dog Day Afternoon

Director: Sidney Lumet

Stars: Al Pacino, John Cazale, Penelope Allen, Sully Boyar

Gross: $50.00M

Release Year: 1975

A man robs a bank to pay for his lover’s operation, which turns into a hostage situation and a media circus. If you are looking for the all-time best movie list, then it will be incomplete without AL Pacino’s Dog Day Afternoon.

Best Movies of All Time145. Scarface (1983)

Director: Brian De Palma

Stars: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Gross: $45.60M

Release Year: 1983

In 1980 Miami, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.

Best Movies of All Time146. Memento

Director: Christopher Nolan

Stars: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Junior

Gross: $25.54M

Release Year: 2000

A man with short-term memory loss attempts to track down his wife’s murderer. One of the movies on our list that marks the excellence of best films of all time.

Best Movies of All Time147. Les Misérables

Director: Tom Hooper

Stars: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway

Gross: $441.8 million

Release Year: 2012

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.

Best Movies of All Time148. Hard-Boiled

Director: John Woo

Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Teresa Mo, Philip Chan

Gross: Not Known

Release Year: 1992

A tough-as-nails cop teams up with an undercover agent to shut down a sinister mobster and his crew.

 

Best Movies of All Time149. Enter the Dragon

Director: Robert Clouse

Stars: Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Jim Kelly, Ahna Capri

Gross: $25.00M

Release Year: 1973

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

 

Best Movies of All Time150. Police Story

Directors: Jackie Chan, Chi-Hwa Chen

Stars: Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung, Brigitte Lin, Kwok-Hung Lam

Gross: $0.11M

Release Year: 1985

A virtuous Hong Kong Police Officer must clear his good name when the drug lord he is after frames him for the murder of a dirty cop.

Best Movies of All Time151. The Matrix

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski

Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving

Gross: $171.48M

Release Year: 1999

A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.

 

Best Movies of All Time152. Léon: The Professional

Director: Luc Besson

Stars: Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, Danny Aiello

Gross: $19.50M

Release Year: 1994

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.

Best Movies of All Time153. Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Stars: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah, Michael Madsen

Gross: $70.10M

Release Year: 2003

After awakening from a four-year coma, a former assassin wreaks vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her.

Best Movies of All Time154. Predator

Director: John McTiernan

Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Kevin Peter Hall, Elpidia Carrillo

Gross: $59.74M

Release Year: 1987

A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extra-terrestrial warrior.

 

Best Movies of All Time155. Avatar

Director: James Cameron

Stars: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

Gross: $760.51M

Release Year: 2009

A paraplegic Marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.

Best Movies of All Time156. City of Angels

Director: Brad Silberling

Stars: Nicolas Cage, Meg Ryan, Andre Braugher, Dennis Franz

Gross: $78.69M

Release Year: 1998

An angel on Earth, a doctor unable to believe, a patient with a secret, a love story made in Heaven.

 

Best Movies of All Time157. Pearl Harbor

Director: Michael Bay

Stars: Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale, Josh Hartnett, William Lee Scott

Gross: $198.54M

Release Year: 2001

A tale of war and romance mixed in with history. The story follows two lifelong friends and a beautiful nurse who are caught up in the horror of an infamous Sunday morning in 1941.

Best Movies of All Time158. Mr Nobody

Director: Jaco Van Dormael

Stars: Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, Linh Dan Pham

Gross: Not Known

Release Year: 2009

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. If he doesn’t choose, anything is possible.

Best Movies of All Time159. American History X

Director: Tony Kaye

Stars: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly D’Angelo, Jennifer Lien

Gross: $6.72M

Release Year: 1998

A former neo-Nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did.

 

Best Movies of All Time160. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Director: David Fincher

Stars: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Julia Ormond

Gross: $127.51M

Release Year: 2008

This movie tells you the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts ageing backwards with bizarre consequences.

Best Movies of All Time

161. Catch Me If You Can

Director: Steven Spielberg

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen

Gross: $164.62M

Release Year: 2002

A seasoned FBI agent pursues Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully forged millions of dollars’ worth of checks while posing as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and a legal prosecutor.

Best Movies of All Time162. A Beautiful Mind

Director: Ron Howard

Stars: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer

Gross: $170.74M

Release Year: 2001

After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.

Best Movies of All Time163. There Will Be Blood

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Ciarán Hinds, Martin Stringer

Gross: $40.22M

Release Year: 2007

A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.

 

Best Movies of All Time164. Being John Malkovich

Director: Spike Jonze

Stars: John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener, John Malkovich

Gross: $22.86M

Release Year: 1999

A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of the movie star John Malkovich.

Best Movies of All Time165. The Wrestler

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Stars: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Margolis

Gross: $26.24M

Release Year: 2008

A faded professional wrestler must retire but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle.

 

Best Movies of All Time166. Hotel Rwanda

Director: Terry George

Stars: Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Joaquin Phoenix, Xolani Mali

Gross: $23.53M

Release Year: 2004

Paul Rusesabagina was a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda.

Best Movies of All Time167. Babel

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Stars: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael García Bernal, Mohamed Akhzam

Gross: $34.30M

Release Year: 2006

Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.

Best Movies of All Time168. Dancer in the Dark

Director: Lars von Trier

Stars: Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Peter Stormare

Gross: $4.18M

Release Year: 2000

An east European girl goes to America with her young son, expecting it to be like a Hollywood film.

 

Best Movies of All Time169. The Hours

Director: Stephen Daldry

Stars: Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Stephen Dillane

Gross: $41.68M

Release Year: 2002

The story of how the novel “Mrs Dalloway” affects three generations of women, all of whom, in one way or another, have had to deal with suicide in their lives.