The IMDB top 250

So I found an ancient ancient list of the Top 100 Films by Entertainment Weekly.  Very few were missing from this list, and it was pre-film classes back in 2008.

I got to thinkin’ about it and wanted to watch what–hey–I sorta should watch, the best of the best–but how to determine that?  Where there any gaps in my education, besides Fight Club and Jaws?

Let’s see, then.  Here are the top 250 movies voted by IMdB users.  I don’t agree with all of them, particularly Gone Girl which I found trite, overacted (that’s you, Rosamund, darling) and really too tidy–I saw that coming a mile off. But I digress.  Here’s the list, and wonderfully, almost everything on it I hold in exceptional esteem.  Missing from my tops are:  A Room with a View and a few others which I’m sure I’ll get around to remembering any moment now.   Oh, Departures.  

To me, the pinnacle of screenwriting is The Third Man and The Princess Bride.  TPB is probably the most brave script ever written.

  1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) 9.2                         
  2. The Godfather (1972) 9.2                         
  3. The Godfather: Part II (1974) 9.0
  4. The Dark Knight (2008) 8.9                         
  5. Pulp Fiction (1994) 8.9                         
  6. Schindler’s List (1993) 8.9                         
  7. 12 Angry Men (1957) 8.9
  8. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) 8.9                         
  9. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) 8.9         
  10. Fight Club (1999) 8.8
  11. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) 8.8                         
  12. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) 8.7                         
  13. Forrest Gump (1994) 8.7                         
  14. Inception (2010) 8.7                         
  15. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) 8.7                         
  16. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) 8.7                         
  17. Goodfellas (1990) 8.7                         
  18. The Matrix (1999) 8.7                         
  19. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) 8.7                         
  20. Seven Samurai (1954) 8.7                         
  21. City of God (2002) 8.6                         
  22. Se7en (1995) 8.6                         
  23. The Usual Suspects (1995) 8.6                         
  24. The Silence of the Lambs (1991) 8.6         
  25. Interstellar (2014) 8.6                         
  26. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) 8.6                         
  27. Léon: The Professional (1994) 8.6                         
  28. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) 8.6                         
  29. Life Is Beautiful (1997) 8.6                         
  30. Casablanca (1942) 8.5         
  31. American History X (1998) 8.5
  32. Saving Private Ryan (1998) 8.5                         
  33. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) 8.5                         
  34. Spirited Away (2001) 8.5                         
  35. City Lights (1931) 8.5                         
  36. Psycho (1960) 8.5                         
  37. Rear Window (1954) 8.5                         
  38. Whiplash (2014) 8.5
  39. The Intouchables (2011) 8.5                         
  40. Modern Times (1936) 8.5
  41. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) 8.5                         
  42. The Green Mile (1999) 8.5                         
  43. Memento (2000) 8.5                         
  44. The Pianist (2002) 8.5                         
  45. The Departed (2006) 8.5                         
  46. Gladiator (2000) 8.5                         
  47. Apocalypse Now (1979) 8.5                         
  48. Sunset Blvd. (1950) 8.5                         
  49. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) 8.5                         
  50. Back to the Future (1985) 8.5                         
  51. Alien (1979) 8.5
  52. The Prestige (2006) 8.5                         
  53. The Lion King (1994) 8.4
  54. The Great Dictator (1940) 8.4                         
  55. The Lives of Others (2006) 8.4                         
  56. Cinema Paradiso (1988) 8.4         
  57. Django Unchained (2012) 8.4
  58. The Shining (1980) 8.4                         
  59. The Dark Knight Rises (2012) 8.4         
  60. Paths of Glory (1957) 8.4
  61. American Beauty (1999) 8.4                         
  62. WALL·E (2008) 8.4                         
  63. North by Northwest (1959) 8.4                         
  64. Aliens (1986) 8.4                         
  65. Citizen Kane (1941) 8.4                         
  66. Grave of the Fireflies (1988) 8.4
  67. Vertigo (1958) 8.4                         
  68. M (1931) 8.4
  69. Amélie (2001) 8.4                         
  70. Oldboy (2003) 8.4
  71. Das Boot (1981) 8.4
  72. Princess Mononoke (1997) 8.4                         
  73. Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) 8.4                         
  74. Once Upon a Time in America (1984) 8.4                         
  75. Toy Story 3 (2010) 8.4                         
  76. Reservoir Dogs (1992) 8.3                         
  77. A Clockwork Orange (1971) 8.3                         
  78. Braveheart (1995) 8.3                         
  79. Taxi Driver (1976) 8.3
  80. Double Indemnity (1944) 8.3                         
  81. Requiem for a Dream (2000) 8.3                         
  82. Witness for the Prosecution (1957) 8.3                         
  83. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) 8.3                         
  84. Lawrence of Arabia (1962) 8.3                         
  85. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) 8.3                         
  86. Full Metal Jacket (1987) 8.3                         
  87. The Sting (1973) 8.3                         
  88. Singin’ in the Rain (1952) 8.3                         
  89. Bicycle Thieves (1948) 8.3                         
  90. Amadeus (1984) 8.3                         
  91. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) 8.3
  92. Snatch. (2000) 8.3                         
  93. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 8.3                         
  94. For a Few Dollars More (1965) 8.3
  95. Rashomon (1950) 8.3                         
  96. L.A. Confidential (1997) 8.3         
  97. The Kid (1921) 8.3
  98. All About Eve (1950) 8.3                         
  99. The Apartment (1960) 8.3                         
  100. Inglourious Basterds (2009) 8.3                         
  101. Toy Story (1995) 8.3                         
  102. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) 8.3                         
  103. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) 8.3                         
  104. A Separation (2011) 8.3
  105. Some Like It Hot (1959) 8.3                         
  106. Yojimbo (1961) 8.3                         
  107. The Third Man (1949) 8.3                         
  108. Batman Begins (2005) 8.3                         
  109. Metropolis (1927) 8.3
  110. Unforgiven (1992) 8.3                         
  111. Scarface (1983) 8.3
  112. Like Stars on Earth (2007) 8.3
  113. Raging Bull (1980) 8.2
  114. 3 Idiots (2009) 8.2
  115. Up (2009) 8.2                         
  116. Downfall (2004) 8.2                         
  117. Chinatown (1974) 8.2                         
  118. The Great Escape (1963) 8.2                         
  119. Die Hard (1988) 8.2                         
  120. The Hunt (2012) 8.2
  121. On the Waterfront (1954) 8.2                         
  122. Heat (1995) 8.2
  123. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) 8.2                         
  124. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) 8.2                         
  125. Good Will Hunting (1997) 8.2                         
  126. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) 8.2                         
  127. My Neighbor Totoro (1988) 8.2                         
  128. The Gold Rush (1925) 8.2
  129. Ikiru (1952) 8.2
  130. The Seventh Seal (1957) 8.2                         
  131. Ran (1985) 8.2
  132. Blade Runner (1982) 8.2                         
  133. Wild Strawberries (1957) 8.2
  134. The Elephant Man (1980) 8.2                                      
  135. The General (1926) 8.2
  136. The Bandit (1996) 8.2
  137. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) 8.2                         
  138. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009) 8.2
  139. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) 8.2
  140. Casino (1995) 8.2                         
  141. Gran Torino (2008) 8.2
  142. Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) 8.2                         
  143. Warrior (2011) 8.2                         
  144. The Big Lebowski (1998) 8.2                         
  145. V for Vendetta (2005) 8.2                         
  146. Rebecca (1940) 8.2                         
  147. Gone Girl (2014) 8.2                         
  148. The Deer Hunter (1978) 8.1                         
  149. How to Train Your Dragon (2010) 8.1                         
  150. Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) 8.1                         
  151. Cool Hand Luke (1967) 8.1                         
  152. It Happened One Night (1934) 8.1                         
  153. Fargo (1996) 8.1                         
  154. A Beautiful Mind (2001) 8.1                         
  155. Trainspotting (1996) 8.1                         
  156. Gone with the Wind (1939) 8.1                         
  157. Into the Wild (2007) 8.1                         
  158. Rush (2013) 8.1                         
  159. Dial M for Murder (1954) 8.1                         
  160. The Maltese Falcon (1941) 8.1         
  161. Rang De Basanti (2006) 8.1
  162. The Sixth Sense (1999) 8.1                         
  163. A Wednesday (2008) 8.1
  164. Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. (2003) 8.1
  165. The Thing (1982) 8.1
  166. Hotel Rwanda (2004) 8.1                         
  167. Finding Nemo (2003) 8.1                         
  168. Mary and Max (2009) 8.1
  169. The Wages of Fear (1953) 8.1
  170. Incendies (2010) 8.1
  171. No Country for Old Men (2007) 8.1                         
  172. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) 8.1                         
  173. Platoon (1986) 8.1                         
  174. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) 8.1         
  175. Life of Brian (1979) 8.1
  176. Network (1976) 8.1                         
  177. Touch of Evil (1958) 8.1                         
  178. There Will Be Blood (2007) 8.1                         
  179. 12 Years a Slave (2013) 8.1                         
  180. Annie Hall (1977) 8.1                         
  181. Stand by Me (1986) 8.1                         
  182. The Princess Bride (1987) 8.1                         
  183. The 400 Blows (1959) 8.1
  184. Diabolique (1955) 8.1
  185. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) 8.1                         
  186. Ben-Hur (1959) 8.1                         
  187. Amores Perros (2000) 8.1
  188. In the Name of the Father (1993) 8.1                         
  189. Persona (1966) 8.1                         
  190. The Grapes of Wrath (1940) 8.1         
  191. Sin City (2005) 8.1
  192. Million Dollar Baby (2004) 8.1                         
  193. Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009) 8.1                         
  194. The Wizard of Oz (1939) 8.1                         
  195. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) 8.1                         
  196. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) 8.1                         
  197. Gandhi (1982) 8.1                         
  198. The Avengers (2012) 8.1                         
  199. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) 8.1                         
  200. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) 8.1                         
  201. Donnie Darko (2001) 8.1                         
  202. Shutter Island (2010) 8.1                         
  203. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) 8.1         
  204. Strangers on a Train (1951) 8.1
  205. 8½ (1963) 8.1
  206. Stalker (1979) 8.1
  207. Boyhood (2014) 8.1
  208. Infernal Affairs (2002) 8.0
  209. Twelve Monkeys (1995) 8.0                         
  210. The Imitation Game (2014) 8.0
  211. Before Sunrise (1995) 8.0                         
  212. Jaws (1975) 8.0                         
  213. Dil Chahta Hai (2001) 8.0
  214. Fanny and Alexander (1982) 8.0                         
  215. High Noon (1952) 8.0                         
  216. The Terminator (1984) 8.0                         
  217. Groundhog Day (1993) 8.0                         
  218. The Battle of Algiers (1966) 8.0                         
  219. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) 8.0
  220. Ip Man (2008) 8.0
  221. The King’s Speech (2010) 8.0                         
  222. Notorious (1946) 8.0                         
  223. Monsters, Inc. (2001) 8.0                         
  224. Memories of Murder (2003) 8.0
  225. Rocky (1976) 8.0                         
  226. Dog Day Afternoon (1975) 8.0                         
  227. Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001) 8.0
  228. La Haine (1995) 8.0
  229. Barry Lyndon (1975) 8.0                         
  230. The Night of the Hunter (1955) 8.0
  231. The Truman Show (1998) 8.0
  232. A Fistful of Dollars (1964) 8.0                         
  233. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) 8.0                         
  234. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) 8.0                         
  235. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) 8.0
  236. Castle in the Sky (1986) 8.0                         
  237. Jurassic Park (1993) 8.0                         
  238. La Strada (1954) 8.0                         
  239. The Help (2011) 8.0                         
  240. Roman Holiday (1953) 8.0                         
  241. Gangs of Wasseypur (2012) 8.0
  242. The Big Sleep (1946) 8.0
  243. Prisoners (2013) 8.0                         
  244. The Graduate (1967) 8.0                         
  245. Papillon (1973) 8.0                         
  246. Beauty and the Beast (1991) 8.0                         
  247. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring (2003) 8.0
  248. Le Samouraï (1967) 8.0
  249. Underground (1995) 8.0
  250. La Dolce Vita (1960)

Holy crap people, where is Persepolis???

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