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IMDb Top 250 [Official]

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People who added this item 5096  Average listal rating (3408 ratings) 8.6  IMDB Rating 9.3 
1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
(1994) Frank Darabont
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.
Review: Perfect by Uber
List: Cinema's Biggest Weasels by GemLil
List: Stephen King Media Works (film) by Raven
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People who added this item 5296  Average listal rating (3337 ratings) 8.7  IMDB Rating 9.2 
2. The Godfather (1972)
(1972) Francis Ford Coppola
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.
Review: Don't Forget To Love It by GemLil
List: Favorite Death Scenes by DaNameless
List: Mamma Mia by GemLil
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People who added this item 3726  Average listal rating (2283 ratings) 8.6  IMDB Rating 9.1 
3. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
(1974) Francis Ford Coppola
The early life & career of Vito Corleone is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on his crime syndicate.
List: Great Movie Villains by coroner
List: Films Spoofed by The Simpsons by diabolical
Review: The Sequel of All Sequels by Mighty Celestial

People who added this item 2617  Average listal rating (1646 ratings) 8.5  IMDB Rating
4. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
(1966) Sergio Leone
A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery.
Review: Western Perfection by Prelude
List: Smoking Shootouts by coroner
List: Top Movie Body Counts by Kryptic Centurion
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People who added this item 7371  Average listal rating (4730 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating
5. Pulp Fiction (1994)
(1994) Quentin Tarantino
The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.
List: Anger in Monologue by GemLil
List: Hardcore Drugs by Prelude
Review: A Powerful Pulp of Persuasion by Alexander
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People who added this item 2944  Average listal rating (1882 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.4 
6. Toy Story 3 (2010)
(2010) Lee Unkrich
Woody, Buzz, and the rest of their toy-box friends are dumped in a day-care center after their owner, Andy, departs for college.
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People who added this item 5101  Average listal rating (3108 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating 8.9 
7. Schindler's List (1993)
(1993) Stephen Spielberg
Oskar Schindler uses Jews to start a factory in Poland during the war. He witnesses the horrors endured by the Jews, and starts to save them.
Review: The List is Life by AgentLexi
Review: Spielberg's Most Powerful Film by PvtCaboose
List: Recent Movies in Black & White by Harp
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People who added this item 1875  Average listal rating (1173 ratings) 8.6  IMDB Rating 8.9 
8. 12 Angry Men (1957)
(1957) Sidney Lumet
A dissenting juror in a murder trial slowly manages to convince the others that the case is not as obviously clear as it seemed in court.
List: Remakes & Originals by Manling
Review: Moving, powerful, engrossing, wordy drama by PvtCaboose
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People who added this item 3817  Average listal rating (2458 ratings) 8.5  IMDB Rating 8.8 
9. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
(1975) Milos Forman
Upon arrival at a mental institution, a brash rebel rallies the patients together to take on the oppressive Nurse Ratched.
List: Great Movie Villains by coroner
List: Mental Illness Movies by GemLil
Review: nothing worthy - Please Post a Review
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People who added this item 4961  Average listal rating (3315 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.8 
10. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Ba... (1980)
(1980) George Lucas
While Luke takes advanced Jedi training from Yoda, his friends are relentlessly pursued by Darth Vader.
Review: Dark Side Rising by Alexander
List: FIGHT!! Cool Fight Scenes by DaNameless
List: Robots, Cyborgs & Androids by KCenturion
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People who added this item 6564  Average listal rating (4385 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating
11. The Dark Knight (2008)
(2008) Christopher Nolan
Batman and James Gordon join forces with Gotham's new District Attorney, Harvey Dent, to take on a psychotic bank robber known as The Joker.
Review: A Knight's Tale by Grand Assault
Review: A Phenomenal Superhero Adventure by PvtCaboose
Review: The Godfather of Comic Book Heroes by SJMJ
List: Listal's 50 Infamous Villains of Cinema by Kryptic Centurion
List: Scarred and Dangerous by GemLil
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People who added this item 7979  Average listal rating (5098 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.9 
12. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the Kin... (2003)
[img id= width=/www align=right link=false](2003) The former Fellowship of the Ring prepare for the final battle for Middle Earth, while Frodo & Sam approach Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring.
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People who added this item 5306  Average listal rating (3562 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 8.7 
13. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
(1977) Luke Skywalker leaves his home planet, teams up with other rebels, and tries to save Princess Leia from the evil clutches of Darth Vader.
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People who added this item 1694  Average listal rating (940 ratings) 8.6  IMDB Rating 8.8 
14. Seven Samurai (1954)
(1954) A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.

People who added this item 2810  Average listal rating (1641 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.6 
15. Casablanca (1942)
(1942) Classic film set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War II: An American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.

People who added this item 3535  Average listal rating (2252 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.7 
16. GoodFellas (1990)
(1990) "As far back as I can remember, I've always wanted to be a gangster." -- Henry Hill, Brooklyn, N.Y. 1955.
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People who added this item 8118  Average listal rating (5187 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating 8.9 
17. Fight Club (1999)
(1999) An office employee and a soap salesman build a global organization to help vent male aggression.
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People who added this item 2791  Average listal rating (1731 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.7 
18. City of God (2002)
[img id= width=/www align=right link=false](2002) Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths - one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer.

People who added this item 8848  Average listal rating (5490 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.8 
19. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the... (2001)
(2001) In a small village in the Shire a young Hobbit named Frodo has been entrusted with an ancient Ring. Now he must embark on an Epic quest to the Cracks of Doom in order to destroy it.
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People who added this item 4588  Average listal rating (3092 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 8.6 
20. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ar... (1981)
(1981) Renowned archaeologist Dr. Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. Government to find the Ark of the Covenant.
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People who added this item 2269  Average listal rating (1532 ratings) 8.5  IMDB Rating 8.6 
21. Rear Window (1954)
(1954) Through his rear window and the eye of his powerful camera he watched a great city tell on itself, expose its cheating ways...and Murder!
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People who added this item 3442  Average listal rating (2187 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.6 
22. Psycho (1960)
(1960) A young woman steals $40,000 from her employer's client, and subsequently encounters a young motel proprietor too long under the domination of his mother.
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People who added this item 3166  Average listal rating (2062 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.7 
23. The Usual Suspects (1995)
(1995) A boat has been destroyed, criminals are dead, and the key to this mystery lies with the only survivor and his twisted, convoluted story.
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People who added this item 1477  Average listal rating (899 ratings) 8.5  IMDB Rating 8.7 
24. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
(1968) A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin.
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People who added this item 5744  Average listal rating (3909 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.6 
25. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
(1991) A young FBI cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims.
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People who added this item 8885  Average listal rating (5245 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 8.7 
26. The Matrix (1999)
[img id= width=/www align=right link=false](1999) A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against the controllers of it.
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People who added this item 5675  Average listal rating (3896 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.7 
27. Seven (1995)
(1995) Police drama about two cops, one new and one about to retire, after a serial killer using the seven deadly sins as his motive.
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People who added this item 4545  Average listal rating (2908 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.5 
28. Memento (2000)
(2000) A man, suffering from short-term memory loss, uses notes and tattoos to hunt for the man he thinks killed his wife.
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People who added this item 1826  Average listal rating (1130 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.7 
29. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
(1946) An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would had been like if he never existed.
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People who added this item 8119  Average listal rating (5135 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 8.8 
30. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
(2002) Hobbits Frodo and Sam continue on to Mordor in their mission to destroy the One Ring.
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People who added this item 1222  Average listal rating (768 ratings) 8.6  IMDB Rating 8.6 
31. Sunset Boulevard (1950)
(1950) A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity.

People who added this item 2557  Average listal rating (1508 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.5 
32. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Wo... (1964)
(1964) An insane general starts a process to nuclear holocaust that a war room of politicians and generals frantically try to stop.
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People who added this item 1581  Average listal rating (1019 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.5 
33. North by Northwest (1959)
(1959) A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country.

People who added this item 2293  Average listal rating (1322 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.5 
34. Citizen Kane (1941)
(1941) Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance.
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People who added this item 3840  Average listal rating (2583 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.6 
35. Léon: The Professional (1994)
(1994) Professional assassin Leon reluctantly takes care of 12-year-old Mathilda, a neighbor whose parents are killed, and teaches her his trade.
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People who added this item 3303  Average listal rating (1946 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.5 
36. Apocalypse Now (1979)
(1979) During the on-going Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade Green Beret who has set himself up as a God among a local tribe.
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People who added this item 8341  Average listal rating (5276 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 8.8 
37. Forrest Gump (1994)
(1994) Forrest Gump, while not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny, eludes him.
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People who added this item 5982  Average listal rating (3933 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 8.5 
38. American Beauty (1999)
(1999) Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation for his daughter's attractive friend.
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People who added this item 4124  Average listal rating (2741 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.6 
39. American History X (1998)
(1998) A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did.
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People who added this item 4056  Average listal rating (2496 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.4 
40. Taxi Driver (1976)
(1976) A mentally unstable Vietnam war veteran works as nighttime taxi driver in a city whose perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge to violently lash out, attempting to save a teenage prostitute in the process.
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People who added this item 4508  Average listal rating (3082 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 8.5 
41. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
(1991) The cyborg who once tried to kill Sarah Connor must now protect her teenager son, John Connor, from an even more powerful and advanced cyborg.
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People who added this item 2360  Average listal rating (1434 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.4 
42. Vertigo (1958)
(1958) A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.
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People who added this item 1221  Average listal rating (698 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 8.4 
43. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
(1962) Epic rumination on a flamboyant and controversial British military figure and his conflicted loyalties during wartime service.

People who added this item 3868  Average listal rating (2644 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 8.5 
44. Alien (1979)
(1979) A mining ship, investigating a suspected SOS, lands on a distant planet. The crew discovers some strange creatures and investigates.
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People who added this item 4825  Average listal rating (3234 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.5 
45. Amélie (2001)
(2001) Amelie, an innocent and naive girl in Paris, with her own sense of justice, decides to help those around her and along the way, discovers love.

People who added this item 5311  Average listal rating (3529 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 8.6 
46. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
(1998) Based on a World War II drama. US soldiers try to save their comrade, paratrooper Private Ryan, who's stationed behind enemy lines.
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People who added this item 4339  Average listal rating (2864 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.5 
47. WALL·E (2008)
[img id= width=/www align=right link=false](2008) In the distant future, a small waste collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.
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People who added this item 5541  Average listal rating (3675 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.5 
48. The Shining (1980)
(1980) A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence.
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People who added this item 5315  Average listal rating (3399 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.4 
49. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
(1971) In future Britain, charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge is jailed and later volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy.
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People who added this item 937  Average listal rating (559 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating 8.5 
50. Paths of Glory (1957)
(1957) When soldiers in WWI refuse to continue with an impossible attack, their superiors decide to make an example of them.


 



IMDb Top 250 List of Highest Rated Movies

Last update: June 1st, 2009

Source: IMDb Top 250

I will try to keep this list fresh and up-to-date as often as possible.

note: Click on the screenshot image to view a trailer (if available)

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Comments

Posted: 6 years, 7 months ago at Jan 21 21:41
Great job putting all these together in order. How often do you update? :?
Posted: 6 years, 7 months ago at Jan 26 20:02
Best list on listal.

Keep up the good work!
Posted: 6 years ago at Aug 2 23:52
Update: The Dark Knight is now #1 on IMDB...

just a heads-up ;D
Posted: 6 years ago at Aug 5 14:09
updated Aug 5th - and yes, I do plan on eventually having a description for all of the entries and trailer for most of them, but it is quite time consuming :P
Posted: 5 years, 11 months ago at Sep 17 18:53
Updated Sep. 17th, 2008. No major additions, though Dark Knight is no longer at the top. I think there was 4 or 5 deletions and additions, but only in the last dozen or so titles on this list, as it usually expected.
Posted: 5 years, 6 months ago at Feb 25 15:27
Updated Feb. 25th, 2009. A half dozen 2008 films added, as is typical around Oscars time. If you're curious about which titles got the axe off this latest update, see this tag:
http://www.listal.com/movies/formerly%20on%20imdb%20top250
Posted: 5 years, 6 months ago at Feb 27 16:42
Now have over 100+ trailers and images linked, as well as 200 descriptions. One day, will have all 250 done, but what a task! I need a break.
Posted: 5 years, 3 months ago at May 4 19:14
Good Work putting all of the movies together in a single list!!
I agree with Manling; Best list on listal!
Posted: 5 years, 3 months ago at Jun 1 17:12
June 1st update. Only 2 big entries, 'Star Trek' and 'Up'.
Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago at Jul 29 21:18
Star Trek was pretty good though! :P
Posted: 4 years, 8 months ago at Dec 11 14:55
What I like about this list is that it isn't topped with the stuff that film critics love but viewers say who cares (think: Citizen Kane which only appears at position 40 instead of #1 or #2). At the same time it isn't all about box office success (I didn't see Titanic). Most of what I consider the "best" films are on this list. A great compilation.
Posted: 4 years, 4 months ago at Apr 27 21:08
Number 6: Schindler's List - You have a link to SJMJ's review; FYI it's been removed or deleted.

Up to you but you can put mine there instead if you wish. My review is by far one of the best since it's my favourite film.

Thanks. I love this list. ;)
Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago at Jul 5 0:44
In process of updating this list to the latest IMDb Top250 list, and fixed up the Schindlers List review (thanks AgentLexi). Ugh, Toy Story 3 is WAY too high. It will drop in a few months down 20 or 40 spots, as all Pixar films seem to do over time.
Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago at Jul 5 5:54
SJMJ's review of The Dark Knight is also gone. I recommend you place Lexi's review in there instead.
Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago at Jul 29 20:42
I have watched 40 % of these movies.
Thanks.
Posted: 4 years ago at Aug 12 9:47
I have watched 80 % of them !!
Posted: 4 years ago at Aug 12 17:21
Please update the list.
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Dec 17 5:33
Seen 178 of them. List needs to be updated
Posted: 3 years, 7 months ago at Jan 29 2:34
I've seen 234 but the list constantly changes
Posted: 3 years, 5 months ago at Mar 10 17:25
i have watched 125 out of them, so a long way to go.
Posted: 3 years, 5 months ago at Mar 26 18:43
just finished mary and max, the list badly needs to be updated, i've seen 245 now
Posted: 3 years, 5 months ago at Mar 27 8:04
Wonderful List,I like it.Thanks it would be helpful to choose any Film.
Posted: 3 years, 5 months ago at Mar 27 17:24
i've only seen 107 of these. i have some catching up to do. agree that it's the best list on the site, except the one's that have pictures of women with big boobs, of course..
Posted: 3 years, 5 months ago at Apr 3 18:52
How come that there is 252 movies on this list?!
Posted: 3 years, 1 month ago at Jul 14 9:13
voted for the effort.
Posted: 2 years, 4 months ago at Apr 29 6:29
Great effort...
Posted: 1 year, 4 months ago at Apr 7 16:59
great list

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