Top 10 Best Movies of All Time

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Many of the notable lists that rank the greatest movies of all time - like the American Film Insitute's "100 Years... 100 Movies" from 1998 - have enlisted thousands of movie-industry names to come up with a consensus of the best films.
When film critics are the only factor taken into account for such a list, however, it's a given that the results may not reflect what's most popular.

We turned to review aggregator Metacritic for its list of the all-time greatest movies, which ranks films by their composite critical reception. The list excludes re-releases and films with less than seven total reviews on the site, so a number of classics like "The Godfather" and "Citizen Kane" are absent for lack of data, and the data skew toward contemporary movies. But it's an odd, fascinating assortment all the same.

Check out the 10 best movies of all time, according to the critics:


10. "Ratatouille" (2007)
Critic score: 96/100
User score: 8.6/10
Plot summary: A rat who can cook makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant.

9. "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" (1964)
Critic score: 96/100
User score: 8.3/10
Plot summary: An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically try to stop.

8. "Ran" (1985)
Critic score: 96/100
User score: 8.3/10
Plot summary: In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them and cause them to turn on each other...and him.

7. "12 Years a Slave" (2013)
Critic score: 97/100
User score: 8.0/10
Plot summary: In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

6. "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" (2008)
Critic score: 97/100
User score: 7.9/10
Plot summary: A woman assists her friend in arranging an illegal abortion in 1980s Romania.

5. "Hoop Dreams" (1994)
Critic score: 98/100
User score: 8.2/10
Plot summary: A film following the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional.

4. "Pan's Labyrinth" (2006)
Critic score: 98/100
User score: 8.6/10
Plot summary: In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.

3. "Moonlight" (2016)
Critic score: 99/100
User score: 7.5/10
Plot summary: A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, "Moonlight" chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

2. "Three Colors: Red" (1994)
Critic score: 100/100
User score: 7.9/10
Plot summary: Final entry in a trilogy of films dealing with contemporary French society concerns a model who discovers her neighbour is keen on invading people's privacy.

1. "Boyhood" (2014)
Critic score: 100/100
User score: 7.7/10
Plot summary: The life of Mason, from early childhood to his arrival at college.