17 Best Movies of all Time 2019 List

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Introducing: 17 Best Movies of all Time 2019. What are the best movies in the world? Here’s what we compiled. we will take a look at the best movies in the world ranked according to their success, their popularity, rating on IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes and their cinematic greatness from a directing/writing perspective.

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There are tons of movies out there you can pick from to watch in your leisure, but there are some that will definitely be worth the while. In today’s article, we shall be ranking the best movies of all time.

Today’s ranking will be based on each movie’s individual successes, popularity, and cinematic greatness. So, which movies are considered the all-time-best in the world? From comedy to action, to romantic, sci-fi, fiction, and drama, we have named from a wide array of movie genres the 17 best classics which have earned special places in our hearts and has stuck with us long after their final credits.

These are the 17 Best Movies of all Time

17. Lord of the Rings – The Return of the King

Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King, best movies of all time
Year Released 2003
IMDB Rating 8.9/10 – 1,498,235 votes
Rotten Tomatoes Rating 93%

First on our list of best movies of all time is the Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. This 2003 classic is one of the best of its franchise. The film is ranked as the 17th best movie of all-time and has received numerous awards to back its position which includes Academy award for best picture, best original song, and several other awards.

This epic fantasy adventure film was co-produced, co-written, and directed by Peter Jackson, and it makes the third and final chapter in the Lord of the Rings franchise.

16. Aliens

Aliens, best movies of all time
Year Released 1986
IMDB Rating 8.4/10 – 602,370 votes
Rotten Tomatoes Rating97%

Next up is an 80’s American science-fiction action horror film, Aliens! Written and directed by one of the greatest movie producers in Hollywood, James Cameron, and produced by Gale Anne Hurd, Aliens comes as the 16th best movie of all time on our list. It is one of the greatest horror movies ever, you need to see it even though it’s old.

15. Gladiator

Gladiator, best movies of all time
Year Released 2000
IMDB Rating 8.5/10 – 1,215,333 votes
Rotten Tomatoes Rating76%

Starring Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Ralf Möller, Oliver Reed (in his final role), Djimon Hounsou, Derek Jacobi, John Shrapnel, and Richard Harris, the Gladiator is one of the most epic historical drama films ever. It comes at number 15 as the best all-time movie. The Gladiator is a masterpiece directed by Ridley Scott and written by David Franzoni, John Logan, and William Nicholson.

14. The Godfather: Part II

The Godfather: Part II , best movies of all time
Year Released 1974
IMDB Rating 9/10 – 1,004,502 votes
Rotten Tomatoes Rating96%

Next on our list is one of the greatest sequels ever, and ranked as the 15th best all-time movie, The Godfather: Part II. Starring Robert De Niro as Al Pacino, this American film about crimes is directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and screenplay co-written by Mario Puzo.

13. Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan,  best movies of all time
Year Released 1998
IMDB Rating 8.6/10 – 1,114,243 votes
Rotten Tomatoes Rating93%

Saving Private Ryan was released in 1998. It’s another one of the genius of Steven Spielberg and ranks as the 13th best ever movie of all-time. It’s a splendid, well-plotted blend of temerity, action, and poignant human drama. It’s certainly one to watch as it will keep you intrigued and well entertained.

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12. Fight Club

Fight Club , best movies of all time
Year Released 1999
IMDB Rating 8.8/10 – 1,682,407 votes
Rotten Tomatoes Rating40%

The next great movie on our list is a 1999 classic by David Fincher, Fight Club. It stars Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, and Helena Bonham Carter. The movie was written based on a 1996 Novel by Chuck Palahniuk, and features amazing performances, excellent visuals, and great plotting like nothing you’ve ever seen! It ranks as the 12th best movie of all-time.

11. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back

 Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back,
Year Released 1980
IMDB Rating 8.7/10 – 1,054,989 votes
Rotten Tomatoes Rating95%

I for one, am a huge fan of the star wars series. It is one of the best ever created franchises on movie television. The Star Wars series is an American epic space opera film.

The film was written by George Lucas and was directed by Irvin Kershner and stars some pretty amazing acts such as David Prowse, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Peter Mayhew. It ranks as the 11th best all-time movie ever.

10. “Ratatouille”

Year Released 2007
IMDB Rating 8/10 – 580,407 votes
Rotten Tomatoes Rating96%

How about a movie about passion and the desire to prove one’s self? With a touch of a comedy of course! “Ratatouille” actually pronounced as RAT-UH-TOO-EE, is a 2007 American animation classic from Pixar and Walt Disney.

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It follows the story of a rat who has a big dream of becoming a great chef. His dream led him to a move to Paris where he met Linguini, a hapless garbage boy. They both had to work hand in hand to improve the culinary skills of Remy (the rat) in the kitchen. But, he has to stay hidden at the same which attracted some very hilarious consequences.

9. The Matrix

The Matrix
Year Released 1999
IMDB Rating 8.7/10 – 1,512,892 votes
Rotten Tomatoes Rating88%

Keanu Reeves stars in one of the most epic, jaw-dropping science fiction action media franchises ever, the Matrix. The film comes at number 9 as the best movie of all-time. A film by the Wachowskis, it’s about a group of heroes in an extremely intense war against machine overlords who have made humankind their slave in a reality far beyond human comprehension.

8. Schindler’s List

Schindler's List , best movies of all time
Year Released 1993
IMDB Rating 8.9/10 – 1,091,599 votes
Rotten Tomatoes Rating97%

At number 8th as the best movie of all time is Schindler’s list. The 1993 winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture stars Liam Nelson as Schindler. It is regarded as the greatest holocaust movie of all time and is not suitable for viewers under the ages of 18. This is because of its scenes of sexual content.

7. The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight, the best movies of all time
Year Released 2008
IMDB Rating 9/10 – 2,071,205 votes
Rotten Tomatoes Rating94%

Batman is one of the greatest superheroes ever created. In Batman: The Dark Knight, the superhero (Batman) has managed to keep his city clean from villains with the help from the city police commissioner, Lt. Jim Gordon, and DA Harvey Dent.

But, when a psychopathic young villain by name Joker suddenly throws Gotham City into mayhem, the caped crusader is forced to tread a thin line between heroism and vigilantism. Starring Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Heath Ledger, and Aaron Eckhart, Batman: Gotham City comes 7th as the best movie of all-time.

6. Blade Runner

Blade Runner, best movies of all time
Year Released 1982
IMDB Rating 9/10 – 2,070,875 votes
Rotten Tomatoes Rating61%

On number 6 is a 1992 1982 neo-noir science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, Blade Runner. Although other sequels of this 80’s classic has been made, this very one remains one of the best ever. Written by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples, also starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, and Sean Young, the movie is based on a novel by Philip K. Dick, ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?’

5. The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption
Year Released 1994
IMDB Rating 9.3/10 – 2,104,476 votes
Rotten Tomatoes Rating91%

Starring the Legendary Morgan Freeman, and Tim Robbins, the Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama film that’s based on the Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. The movie was written and directed by Frank Darabont and is about a banker who was wrongly accused and got a life sentence in the Shawshank State Prison. This 90’s classic sits as the 5th best movie of all-time.

4. Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park
Year Released 1993
IMDB Rating 8.1/10 – 784,705 votes
Rotten Tomatoes Rating91%

When Steven Spielberg’s 1993 classic was released to view in cinemas all over the world, the film went to fulfilling the dreams of kids who loved dinosaurs.

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Bringing a level of realism out of science fiction with the help of a blend never seen before used, CGI (Computer-Generated Imagery) from George Lucas’ Industrial Light & Magic and Sam Winston models.

This movie was one of a kind spectacular, and it changed the special effects of the film industry, and the way movies have been marketed.

3. The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring

The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
Year Released 2001
IMDB Rating 8.8/10 – 1,514,033 votes
Rotten Tomatoes Rating91%

We’ve earlier mentioned the Lord of the Rings – The Return of the King. Now, we have another of the movie franchise on the number 3 spot as the best movie of all time. In this episode, the Ring has found its way to the young hobbit Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood).

In an attempt to destroy the ring (because the fate of Middle-earth depends on it), Frodo and his eight other companions who formed the Fellowship of the Ring started the journey to the only place the ring can be destroyed, Mount Doom in the land of Mordor. This chapter comes in 2nd place as the best movie of all time.

2. GoodFellas

Year Released 1990
IMDB Rating 8.7/10 – 908,765 votes
Rotten Tomatoes Rating96%

Looking for something gangster? Watch the Good Fellas, you won’t be disappointed. Directed by Martin Scorsese, the film is about a young man who preferred becoming a gangster rather than the president of America. He grew up in the mob and worked really hard to elevate himself up to the ranks. The movie Good Fellas ranks as the second best movie of all time.

1. The Godfather

The Godfather
Year Released 1972
IMDB Rating 9.2/10 – 1,444,667 votes
Rotten Tomatoes Rating98%

The Godfather comes up at number 1 as the best movie of all time. The film is so great it was described by Stanley Kubrick as “possibly the greatest movie ever made.” The Godfather was directed by Francis Ford Coppola and is one of, if not the greatest gangster movie ever.

So, there you have it, my list of the top 17 best movies of all time. There are lots and lots of other movies that should have made the list, but we only limited our listing to 17.

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