Top 10 Best Theatrical Movies of All Time

I did a list of the worst theatrical movies, so here are the best theatrical movies.

The Top Ten

1 Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

I think this is pretty obvious. Just about everyone agrees that Empire Strikes Back is the best Star Wars film! And it will always be the best Star Wars film! Unless Episode 8 or 9 can somehow be better. Which I highly doubt. I'm sure they will be good, but nowhere near the same level as Episode 5! I love TFA, but I can see why people hate it. Some of the reasons people come up with for hating that movie can easily be explained, but the movie isn't perfect. Now let's get back to talking about Empire. IT IS AWESOME! The first Star Wars movie was already great, but this movie took the franchise to a whole different direction! It has a much darker tone! There's a lot more character development! This is the perfect way to do a sequel! By expanding! And that's what this movie did! It gave us a lot more than what was in the previous film! And of course there's the big twist with Darth Vader being Luke's father! I've had that twist spoiled for me many times before I watched the movie, but ...more - MegaSoulhero

The stakes, the characters, the story, the musical score, the action sequences, the twists, and everything else is amazing! My favorite film of all time!

Bro, it's Star Wars. Not only that, it's also Episode V. The Empire Strikes Back.

I suck for this

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2 The Shawshank Redemption

It goes without saying that Shawshank Redemption is one of the best movies of all time. It is absolutely amazing! It took me a while to see it because it didn't look interesting. But I'm glad I did watch it. I can see why a lot of people love it. Every actor does a very great job. Morgan Freeman especially! The message is very powerful! The story is incredible! I don't know why I didn't watch this earlier! It was better than I thought it would be! It was nominated for Best Picture, but it lost to that awful Forrest Gump movie! What is wrong with the academy? Shawshank Redemption should've won! - MegaSoulhero

I'd say definitely the greatest work Stephen King done transcending into cinema. - htoutlaws2012

Star Wars being above this shows how overrated Star Wars is. Empire Strikes Back is an excellent film, but this...this is phenomenal. 11/10 - DCfnaf

Excellent movie

Better than empire strikes back! - darthvadern

3 The Dark Knight

So a Batman movie is my least favorite superhero movie and a Batman movie is my favorite superhero movie. Interesting. I think everyone can agree that this movie is amazing! Just like the title implies, it's pretty dark. And that's what makes it awesome! Heath Ledger is the best Joker ever! I wish we could get another Joker similar to his. Jared Leto is terrible as the Joker! The Dark Knight has some pretty great action scenes! I still really enjoy Christian Bale's performance as Batman! I always watch this movie to remind myself about how great DC used to be! Now it's turned into a disgrace. With the exception of Wonder Woman which is an amazing movie. But I feel like the new DC will immediately fall apart again when Justice League comes out. That movie is gonna be terrible! But yeah, Dark Knight is absolutely incredible! - MegaSoulhero

Nolan is a wizard and I will not tolerate any slander on his name, eff your opinions, mine is better. Nolan is a WIZARD, period.

Incredible - PeeledBanana

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4 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Best movie ever, an epic conclusion to the masterpiece trilogy. - PeeledBanana

Best movie for me - VideoGamefan5

No other movies can even compete

5 Forrest Gump

This is slightly better than The Shawshank Redemption - PeeledBanana

Does not deserve to be higher than better movies!

6 Back to the Future

Here's how I rate it
Story: 10/10
Acting: 10/10
Characters: 10/10
Overall: 10/10 - PeeledBanana

7 Spirited Away

I hate anime and yet an anime movie is one of my favorite movies of all time. That's because Studio Ghibli actually knows how to make anime! With the exception of Howl's Moving Castle and Tales From Earthsea. Those movies suck! But unlike those movies, this one actually has a good story and good characters! Lilo gets lost in this whole magical world filled with monsters and other types of creatures and comes across Max who also happens to be a dragon. Zira gives her a job at the bathhouse in which she works alongside Megara. I wonder how many people are gonna get these references I'm making. Every single character in this movie is great! And I really love the relationship between Chihiro and Haku! It feels very real! The scenery in the movie is incredible! I like how the movie takes its time to show us this whole amazing place while still also focusing on the story. I actually kind of wish I lived in a place like this! I would've never watched this movie if my sister hadn't forced me ...more - MegaSoulhero

Not the biggest Anime historian by any means, but this made me think Anime is not as bad as others claimed it out to be. - htoutlaws2012

I wonder how this movie impressed so many people! I mean... What is so great in this movie? OK. I admit it has a unique story and also adventure, but I think The Secret World of Arrietty is far better than this! I love the Arrietty's theme song!

If a Studio Ghibli movie deserves to be in top 10,it's Princess Mononoke not this. - Tia-Harribel

8 War for the Planet of the Apes

Looked stunning

Best movie!

9 Fantasia

This should be objective! Okay? EVERYONE should love this film! I don't see how ANYONE could not like it! It is a literal masterpiece! This was Walt Disney's most experimental film. They wanted to show us that a story could be told through music. And it's done very well! There's no dialogue in the animated segments, but there doesn't need to be dialogue to understand what's going on. The stories are told through imagery and music! The music perfectly matches with the tone of the scenes! Like the Night on Bald Mountain scene! It's a very dark scene and the music does a great job at emphasizing its dark tone! The animation is a work of art! Each image looks beautiful! A lot of creativity! This is the best Disney movie ever made, and my personal favorite movie. If you haven't seen it, watch it! I'm sure you will love it! - MegaSoulhero

Its was very creative though for its time it was fantastic listening to the music scores done phenomenally, having the animated pieces with the score is an amazing touch for being one of the 10 first animated films of Disney in the 40's this would be at the top spot for the fact it was different from the rest of the films at the time. - htoutlaws2012

Waked my soul to the beauty of music when I was tiny child. I strove for perfection as a soprano choir singer all through my school years on the strength of my yearning to match its wonder.

10 The Lion King

The hater is The Room of TheTopTens whereas he makes me laugh by how bad he is.

The Contenders

11 Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark is definitely the best Indiana Jones film! I like the sequels too, but it seems like the franchise keeps repeating itself. That's not a bad thing though. I still think Han Solo is Harrison Fords best role, but this is his most memorable one since it's all about his character. Indy has a great sense of adventure. He's very brave and manages to escape each temple he comes across alive. Each set design looks very real! Whenever a character is in danger, it actually looks like real danger! This is a role that Harrison Ford will always be remembered for! A fifth movie is coming out in a few years and it kind of worries me. I don't know how Ford is going to still be able to portray Indy due to his age. I'm sure Disney will find a way to make it a good movie. - MegaSoulhero

Not the biggest fan of Indiana Jones, but this one was the best of the series. - htoutlaws2012

Get this to the top ten please! - darthvadern

12 The Incredibles

What more do I have to say? The Incredibles is the best Pixar movie ever made! The story with the superhero family and them working together to stop Syndrome and his omnidroid is very awesome! I am very excited for Incredibles 2! I went to the animated films panel at the D23 Expo. They gave us information regarding the sequel. Brad Bird was there and he said it would take place where the first movie left off. So the characters will be their same age. Obviously Dash has a new voice actor. Speaking of the voice actors, they were at the panel too! Including Samuel L Jackson! I was very happy that I got to see Samuel L Jackson in person! The Incredibles is great and I'm sure the sequel will be great! - MegaSoulhero

I don't agree with ya! 'Cause it's like Toy Story 3 is the best Pixar movie ever made! - Victoryboy

Incredible movie! - Joy1470

Fantastic movie - VideoGamefan5

Ok, this is NOT the best pixar movie, Wall-E is the best, nothing beats Wall-E. - darthvadern

13 Apocalypse Now
14 Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Why are there so many amazing movies below Forrest Gump? Why not watch this or Good Will Hunting instead. Run, Forrest run out of the top ten!

One of the best movie sequels of all time, definitely top 10 - PeeledBanana

One word: Badass

Absolutely, and defined being arguably the greatest movie sequel of all time. - htoutlaws2012

15 Charlotte's Web (1973)
16 Jaws

I could watch this over and over again! The suspense, the characters, John's William's excellent score, the simplistic story, the action, the conflicts, the cinematography, and does not disappoint. Jaws will forever be remembered as the first blockbuster and was amazing for what it did.

A very iconic movie from Stephen Spielberg that will live on from decades to come. The sequels are not as worth it as the original was. - htoutlaws2012

Made over a billion dollars - PeeledBanana

17 The Fox and the Hound
18 Citizen Kane

Duh! Obviously! Of course this is one of the best! And if you don't think so, too bad! It's a great movie! No doubt about it! Flawless film! It had such a huge impact on cinema! Excellent directing, excellent cinematography, excellent acting, excellent everything! It won best original screenplay at the Oscars because of it's great narrative! And it definitely deserved it! There isn't a single dull moment! Each scene has a purpose! You should really watch this movie! It is great! - MegaSoulhero

This is a more obscure list than the more voted on Top Ten Movies of All Time list on this site, but I like to see Citizen Kane at #5, To Kill a Mockingbird at #13, Casablanca at #15, and Singin' in the Rain at #20.

Below Forrest Gump? - 445956

This is objectively number one - BeatlesFan1964

19 Bambi
20 Lawrence of Arabia
21 Finding Nemo

Best Film of 2000's!
Finding Dory is 2010's! - marlinDory7

22 2001: A Space Odyssey
23 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
24 Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
25 Casablanca

This artistic gem is so low for some reason... - Tia-Harribel

Well it is iconic since in the past its been reenacted in satire shows that says a lot for its cultural impact. - htoutlaws2012

26 Finding Dory
27 Godzilla (2014)
28 12 Angry Men
29 The Godfather Part II
30 Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith

WHAT? WHY IS THIS EVEN ON THIS LIST!? That is just so funny to me, that it is even in the top 10.

Good but shouldn't be in the top 20 - PeeledBanana

31 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Why the hell is this higher than GoodFellas, Jurassic Park, Braveheart, Reservoir Dogs, Die Hard, the first 2 Alien movies, Memento, and everything else that is amazing?

Why is this abomination doing higher than the wizard of oz, and the godfather 2? - VideoGamefan5

32 Maleficent
33 Cars 3
34 The Little Mermaid
35 Avengers: Infinity War Avengers: Infinity War
36 Deadpool
37 Dumbo
38 Babe
39 Transformers

And this piece of crap higher than lord of the rings - VideoGamefan5

40 The Godfather

How was this not on the list? Al Pacino & Marlon Brando deliver excellent performances, the dialogue is amazing, great character development, wonderful musical score, amazing suspense and is widely considered to be the best movie of all time.

And now he gets attacked unfairly for his 10 best theatrical choices which were all diverse to begin with. - htoutlaws2012

The Incredibles is amazing, but better than this? Seriously? - 445956

Infinity War and Rogue one being higher makes me laugh - B1ueNew

41 Star Wars

The science fiction classic that gained massive popularity and became one of the two film giants of the 1970s, the other film giant in the 1970s is The Godfather. - PeeledBanana

42 The Rescuers
43 Charlotte's Web (2006)
44 Marvel's the Avengers
45 Braveheart
46 Captain America: Civil War
47 Captain America: The Winter Soldier
48 Zootopia
49 Lady and the Tramp
50 Singin' in the Rain

Singin' in the Rain is the best musical ever! I watched it as part of a college assignment for my music class. Along with the worst musical ever, Rocky Horror Picture Show. I really appreciate the style of this movie as well as the characters. This was hands down Debbie Reynolds's best performance! I miss her so much. Every single song is enjoyable to listen to and it's very enjoyable seeing the actors having fun during these musical numbers! Make 'em Laugh is very hilarious! There are quite a lot of humorous moments in the film! The comedy is definitely one of the highlights! One of the reasons why I love La La Land so much is because it was a great homage to old school musicals such as Singin' in the Rain! Even the love story felt pretty similar. Both of these are fantastic films, but Singin' in the Rain is my favorite musical! - MegaSoulhero

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Top Remixes (13)

1. The Dark Knight
2. The Incredibles
3. Spirited Away
1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2. Forrest Gump
3. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
1. Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
2. Hotel Transylvania
3. Despicable Me 3

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