We love making “best of” lists almost as much as we love watching movies, but choosing the top 98 films of all time is a definite challenge. Let’s face it: We’ll never get to watch every good movie ever made, and it’s impossible to make a list like this without feeling like we’re missing something. (Hey, at least we don’t have to rank them.) But we still hope that when it comes time to pick a movie, this will help steer you in the direction of some of the best entertainment the medium can offer. Pulling from critically acclaimed international gems to the most genre-defining blockbuster successes, we rounded up samples of the best from every genre. Want heart-wrenching, thought-provoking drama? Pulse-pounding adventure? Non-stop laughs? Mind-bending science fiction? We’ve got it all. And we don’t think any of it will disappoint.
Updated on July 27, 2021: Did you know that even after we wrote this list, people kept on making movies? Rude, right? Plus, we’re constantly uncovering hidden gems that might deserve your attention. With these updates, we strive to keep the 98 Best Films of All Time updated to reflect any groundbreaking new releases or rediscovered classics.