IMDb’s Top 250.

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) keeps a running list of the top 250 movies of all time, based on rating. It changes as movies are released and judged, but in general a lot of the films stay on the list throughout time. Some surprise me, because I always feel like there are “better” movies out there than the random fun action and fantasy movies that reside throughout this list.

I am a huge film buff, though when it comes to popular films, it’s hit or miss. In highschool and college I watched a lot of foreign and indie films, then I spent a period of time renting nothing but classic horror films, and eventually settled into Netflix Streaming’s library of tv series and available films of all types until I really didn’t know what to watch anymore. I’ve seen thousands of films, and combined with the tv series that I’ve completed, it would probably be disturbing if I saw how many hours of my life that actually consumed. Regardless, now I think it’s time to revisit this IMDb list of top movies and see where I stand, then start renting or borrowing the others until I’m done. This will also give me some good fodder for reviews on this blog. I will update this count as I watch things on the list. Obviously, this list is going to change, but I’m going to post today’s variation for consistency’s sake.

So far, I’ve seen: 114 out of 250. (45.6%)

Seen films are in bold. Movies that are personal favorites are in green. Movies I absolutely hated are in red… yes, even that one.

1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
2. The Godfather (1972)
3. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
4. Pulp Fiction (1994)
5. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
6. The Dark Knight (2008)
7. 12 Angry Men (1957)
8. Schindler’s List (1993)
9. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
10. Fight Club (1999)
11. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
12. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
13. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
14. Goodfellas (1990)
15. Seven Samurai (1954)
16. Inception (2010)
17. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
18. Forrest Gump (1994)
19. The Matrix (1999)
20. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
21. City of God (2002)
22. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
23. Se7en (1995)
24. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
25. Casablanca (1942)
26. The Usual Suspects (1995)
27. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
28. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
29. Rear Window (1954)
30. Psycho (1960)
31. Léon: The Professional (1994)
32. Sunset Blvd. (1950)
33. American History X (1998)
34. Memento (2000)
35. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
36. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
37. Apocalypse Now (1979)
38. City Lights (1931)
39. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
40. Alien (1979)
41. Spirited Away (2001)
42. Modern Times (1936)
43. Life Is Beautiful (1997)
44. North by Northwest (1959)
45. Back to the Future (1985)
46. The Pianist (2002)
47. The Shining (1980)
48. Citizen Kane (1941)
49. The Departed (2006)
50. Gravity (2013)
51. M (1931)
52. Paths of Glory (1957)
53. The Intouchables (2011)
54. Vertigo (1958)
55. American Beauty (1999)
56. Django Unchained (2012)
57. Gladiator (2000)
58. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
59. The Green Mile (1999)
60. Aliens (1986)
61. Double Indemnity (1944)
62. Taxi Driver (1976)
63. The Lives of Others (2006)
64. WALL·E (2008)
65. Toy Story 3 (2010)
66. The Great Dictator (1940)
67. The Prestige (2006)
68. Amélie (2001)
69. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
70. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
71. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
72. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
73. Das Boot (1981)
74. Cinema Paradiso (1988)
75. The Lion King (1994)
76. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
77. Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
78. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
79. Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)
80. Braveheart (1995)
81. The Third Man (1949)
82. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
83. Oldboy (2003)
84. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
85. L.A. Confidential (1997)
86. Metropolis (1927)
87. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
88. Rashomon (1950)
89. Chinatown (1974)
90. Bicycle Thieves (1948)
91. Some Like It Hot (1959)
92. Princess Mononoke (1997)
93. All About Eve (1950)
94. Amadeus (1984)
95. Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
96. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
97. The Sting (1973)
98. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
99. The Apartment (1960)
100. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
101. Unforgiven (1992)
102. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
103. Raging Bull (1980)
104. Die Hard (1988)
105. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
106. Yojimbo (1961)
107. Batman Begins (2005)
108. A Separation (2011)
109. Snatch. (2000)
110. For a Few Dollars More (1965)
111. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
112. Toy Story (1995)
113. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
114. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
115. The Great Escape (1963)
116. Downfall (2004)
117. On the Waterfront (1954)
118. Up (2009)
119. The Kid (1921)
120. Heat (1995)
121. The General (1926)
122. The Seventh Seal (1957)
123. Ikiru (1952)
124. The Elephant Man (1980)
125. Scarface (1983)
126. Blade Runner (1982)
127. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
128. Wild Strawberries (1957)
129. Rebecca (1940)
130. Fargo (1996)
131. Gran Torino (2008)
132. Ran (1985)
133. The Big Lebowski (1998)
134. It Happened One Night (1934)
135. The Gold Rush (1925)
136. The Hunt (2012)
137. Cool Hand Luke (1967)
138. The Deer Hunter (1978)
139. Touch of Evil (1958)
140. Diabolique (1955)
141. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
142. Good Will Hunting (1997)
143. Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
144. The Sixth Sense (1999)
145. No Country for Old Men (2007)
146. Casino (1995)
147. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
148. Gone with the Wind (1939)
149. Platoon (1986)
150. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
151. Sin City (2005)
152. Trainspotting (1996)
153. Jaws (1975)
154. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
155. The Thing (1982)
156. Strangers on a Train (1951)
157. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
158. Hotel Rwanda (2004)
159. Annie Hall (1977)
160. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)
161. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
162. V for Vendetta (2005)
163. Warrior (2011)
164. Finding Nemo (2003)
165. High Noon (1952)
166. Dial M for Murder (1954)
167. Into the Wild (2007)
168. How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
169. Life of Brian (1979)
170. The Avengers (2012)
171. Rush (2013)
172. Notorious (1946)
173. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
174. Network (1976)
175. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
176. There Will Be Blood (2007)
177. Terminator (1984)
178. Ben-Hur (1959)
179. Stand by Me (1986)
180. The King’s Speech (2010)
181. Twelve Monkeys (1995)
182. Groundhog Day (1993)
183. The Night of the Hunter (1955)
184. The 400 Blows (1959)
185. The Big Sleep (1946)
186. Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
187. Amores Perros (2000)
188. Donnie Darko (2001)
189. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
190. Gandhi (1982)
191. Mary and Max (2009)
192. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
193. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
194. The Killing (1956)
195. The Graduate (1967)
196. The Princess Bride (1987)
197. Persona (1966)
198. Before Midnight (2013)
199. Black Swan (2010)
200. The Hustler (1961)
201. Rocky (1976)
202. The Exorcist (1973)
203. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
204. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
205. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
206. In the Name of the Father (1993)
207. La Strada (1954)
208. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
209. Fanny and Alexander (1982)
210. 8½ (1963)
211. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
212. Monsters, Inc. (2001)
213. Infernal Affairs (2002)
214. Barry Lyndon (1975)
215. Rope (1948)
216. Stalag 17 (1953)
217. Life of Pi (2012)
218. The Truman Show (1998)
219. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
220. The Wild Bunch (1969)
221. Roman Holiday (1953)
222. Memories of Murder (2003)
223. A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
224. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
225. Jurassic Park (1993)
226. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
227. Sleuth (1972)
228. Incendies (2010)
229. 3 Idiots (2009)
230. Star Trek (2009)
231. Shutter Island (2010)
232. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
233. Ip Man (2008)
234. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
235. Ratatouille (2007)
236. Rain Man (1988)
237. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
238. Stalker (1979)
239. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
240. District 9 (2009)
241. Bringing Up Baby (1938)
242. La Haine (1995)
243. Before Sunrise (1995)
244. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
245. Three Colors: Red (1994)
246. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
247. Mystic River (2003)
248. The Artist (2011)
249. The Celebration (1998)
250. Castle in the Sky (1986)

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