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Where you can watch the 100 best movies of all time right now

Stacker Logo By Molly Pennington of Stacker | Slide 1 of 101: What’s the best movie of all time? The answer is not unanimous, but there’s a strong consensus when it comes to the top 100. The good news is that the best movies are available to watch right now, either through a streaming service or rental. Stacker’s ranking offers a master class in film, not only for people who love a great story but also for aficionados who appreciate technical artistry. Stacker’s list includes classic films from the silent era, like Charlie Chaplin’s “City Lights” and “Modern Times,” as well as acclaimed dramas released in 2019, like Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” and Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman.” In fact, many of the auteurs of American cinema, directors known for their own distinct creative signature, have multiple films on this list. Billy Wilder, Alfred Hitchcock, and John Ford each directed numerous films considered cinematic masterpieces. Francis Ford Coppola made strong waves in the New American style of the early 1970s, while Martin Scorsese’s work started there and continues to be relevant and influential. The films on this list span all the major genres—animated adventures, science fiction actioners, film noirs, romantic comedies, courtroom dramas, Westerns, and thrillers—with the gangster film being one of the most-esteemed and frequent genres on the list. The actor James Stewart shows up over and over again in the most-renowned films, with Robert De Niro making frequent appearances as well. Vivien Leigh, Marilyn Monroe, Jodie Foster, and Cybill Shepherd also appear in more than one of these top cinematic masterpieces. The Stacker score offers a noteworthy ranking of movies that are loved by both critics and audiences. Stacker ranked the top 100 movies of all time using an equally-weighted average of IMDb ratings and Metascores to create a unique score. Only English-language movies released in the United States were considered, and each movie needed at least 20,000 votes on IMDb as of early May 2020. If the movie didn't have a Metascore, it was not included. See if your all-time favorites made the list, where they rank, and where you can watch them right now. You may also like:  100 most critically acclaimed movies from the last decade.

Where you can watch the 100 best movies of all time right now

What’s the best movie of all time? The answer is not unanimous, but there’s a strong consensus when it comes to the top 100. The good news is that the best movies are available to watch right now, either through a streaming service or rental. Stacker’s ranking offers a master class in film, not only for people who love a great story but also for aficionados who appreciate technical artistry. Stacker’s list includes classic films from the silent era, like Charlie Chaplin’s “City Lights” and “Modern Times,” as well as acclaimed dramas released in 2019, like Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” and Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman.”

In fact, many of the auteurs of American cinema, directors known for their own distinct creative signature, have multiple films on this list. Billy Wilder, Alfred Hitchcock, and John Ford each directed numerous films considered cinematic masterpieces. Francis Ford Coppola made strong waves in the New American style of the early 1970s, while Martin Scorsese’s work started there and continues to be relevant and influential.

The films on this list span all the major genres—animated adventures, science fiction actioners, film noirs, romantic comedies, courtroom dramas, Westerns, and thrillers—with the gangster film being one of the most-esteemed and frequent genres on the list. The actor James Stewart shows up over and over again in the most-renowned films, with Robert De Niro making frequent appearances as well. Vivien Leigh, Marilyn Monroe, Jodie Foster, and Cybill Shepherd also appear in more than one of these top cinematic masterpieces.

The Stacker score offers a noteworthy ranking of movies that are loved by both critics and audiences. Stacker ranked the top 100 movies of all time using an equally-weighted average of IMDb ratings and Metascores to create a unique score. Only English-language movies released in the United States were considered, and each movie needed at least 20,000 votes on IMDb as of early May 2020. If the movie didn't have a Metascore, it was not included. See if your all-time favorites made the list, where they rank, and where you can watch them right now.

You may also like: 100 most critically acclaimed movies from the last decade.

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