Top 250 movies


Cover of "The Shawshank Redemption"

Cover of The Shawshank Redemption

Bernard Hill as King Théoden in Peter Jackson'...

Bernard Hill as King Théoden in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rank Rating Title Votes
1. 9.2 The Shawshank Redemption (1994) 739,962
2. 9.2 The Godfather (1972) 552,666
3. 9.0 The Godfather: Part II (1974) 348,652
4. 8.9 Pulp Fiction (1994) 582,066
5. 8.9 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) 231,075
6. 8.9 12 Angry Men (1957) 181,586
7. 8.9 Schindler’s List (1993) 389,101
8. 8.8 The Dark Knight (2008) 674,917
9. 8.8 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King(2003) 520,526
10. 8.8 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) 312,586
11. 8.8 Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back(1980) 376,937
12. 8.8 Fight Club (1999) 560,900
13. 8.8 Seven Samurai (1954) 126,328
14. 8.8 Inception (2010) 529,900
15. 8.7 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring(2001) 542,362
16. 8.7 Goodfellas (1990) 329,320
17. 8.7 Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) 424,174
18. 8.7 City of God (2002) 244,943
19. 8.7 Casablanca (1942) 215,427
20. 8.7 The Matrix (1999) 539,420
21. 8.7 Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) 105,709
22. 8.7 Rear Window (1954) 159,719
23. 8.7 Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) 324,786
24. 8.6 The Silence of the Lambs (1991) 358,160
25. 8.6 The Usual Suspects (1995) 358,798
26. 8.6 Se7en (1995) 423,662
27. 8.6 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) 466,671
28. 8.6 Forrest Gump (1994) 468,282
29. 8.6 Psycho (1960) 196,345
30. 8.6 It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) 137,010
31. 8.6 Leon: The Professional (1994) 307,785
32. 8.6 Sunset Blvd. (1950) 73,458
33. 8.6 Memento (2000) 392,951
34. 8.6 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) 196,529
35. 8.5 Apocalypse Now (1979) 230,444
36. 8.5 American History X (1998) 338,402
37. 8.5 North by Northwest (1959) 119,927
38. 8.5 Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) 341,192
39. 8.5 Citizen Kane (1941) 173,240
40. 8.5 Saving Private Ryan (1998) 384,472
41. 8.5 American Beauty (1999) 403,730
42. 8.5 Alien (1979) 247,922
43. 8.5 City Lights (1931) 43,114
44. 8.5 Toy Story 3 (2010) 202,041
45. 8.5 Spirited Away (2001) 159,637
46. 8.5 Taxi Driver (1976) 229,348
47. 8.5 The Shining (1980) 260,162
48. 8.5 Vertigo (1958) 120,982
49. 8.5 M (1931) 53,167
50. 8.5 Paths of Glory (1957) 60,235
51. 8.5 The Pianist (2002) 201,345
52. 8.5 Amélie (2001) 258,159
53. 8.4 The Departed (2006) 382,056
54. 8.4 Modern Times (1936) 53,714
55. 8.4 Double Indemnity (1944) 50,441
56. 8.4 WALL·E (2008) 288,816
57. 8.4 The Lives of Others (2006) 116,697
58. 8.4 Aliens (1986) 231,707
59. 8.4 A Clockwork Orange (1971) 262,415
60. 8.4 Life Is Beautiful (1997) 161,508
61. 8.4 Lawrence of Arabia (1962) 100,774
62. 8.4 To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) 108,965
63. 8.4 Back to the Future (1985) 298,384
64. 8.4 Das Boot (1981) 91,122
65. 8.4 Requiem for a Dream (2000) 268,710
66. 8.4 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) 314,654
67. 8.4 Reservoir Dogs (1992) 296,623
68. 8.4 The Third Man (1949) 64,386
69. 8.4 A Separation (2011) 47,833
70. 8.4 The Prestige (2006) 323,789
71. 8.4 The Green Mile (1999) 300,805
72. 8.4 Cinema Paradiso (1988) 65,562
73. 8.4 Chinatown (1974) 107,620
74. 8.4 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) 43,183
75. 8.4 L.A. Confidential (1997) 220,096
76. 8.4 The Great Dictator (1940) 53,979
77. 8.4 Gladiator (2000) 413,222
78. 8.3 Once Upon a Time in America (1984) 104,159
79. 8.3 Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) 202,237
80. 8.3 Rashomon (1950) 52,971
81. 8.3 Full Metal Jacket (1987) 218,343
82. 8.3 Bicycle Thieves (1948) 40,547
83. 8.3 Singin’ in the Rain (1952) 73,870
84. 8.3 Some Like It Hot (1959) 90,224
85. 8.3 Amadeus (1984) 132,209
86. 8.3 All About Eve (1950) 45,095
87. 8.3 Raging Bull (1980) 120,923
88. 8.3 Metropolis (1927) 55,624
89. 8.3 Braveheart (1995) 340,725
90. 8.3 Oldboy (2003) 147,975
91. 8.3 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 209,402
92. 8.3 The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) 78,213
93. 8.3 The Apartment (1960) 51,570
94. 8.3 Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) 293,392
95. 8.3 Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) 223,701
96. 8.3 Unforgiven (1992) 139,679
97. 8.3 The Sting (1973) 88,246
98. 8.3 Princess Mononoke (1997) 94,628
99. 8.3 Downfall (2004) 121,067
100. 8.3 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) 238,132
101. 8.3 The Lion King (1994) 234,262
102. 8.3 Inglourious Basterds (2009) 315,184
103. 8.3 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) 42,867
104. 8.3 Die Hard (1988) 270,126
105. 8.3 Grave of the Fireflies (1988) 51,772
106. 8.3 The Seventh Seal (1957) 54,320
107. 8.3 On the Waterfront (1954) 53,655
108. 8.3 Up (2009) 223,222
109. 8.3 The Elephant Man (1980) 82,400
110. 8.3 The Maltese Falcon (1941) 65,090
111. 8.3 The Great Escape (1963) 83,395
112. 8.3 Yojimbo (1961) 38,561
113. 8.3 Gran Torino (2008) 230,877
114. 8.2 Rebecca (1940) 46,317
115. 8.2 Batman Begins (2005) 387,738
116. 8.2 Witness for the Prosecution (1957) 25,489
117. 8.2 For a Few Dollars More (1965) 66,871
118. 8.2 Snatch. (2000) 265,276
119. 8.2 The General (1926) 26,734
120. 8.2 Heat (1995) 208,164
121. 8.2 Blade Runner (1982) 244,969
122. 8.2 Fargo (1996) 216,574
123. 8.2 Wild Strawberries (1957) 30,356
124. 8.2 Ran (1985) 43,899
125. 8.2 Sin City (2005) 343,215
126. 8.2 Toy Story (1995) 242,516
127. 8.2 Touch of Evil (1958) 41,945
128. 8.2 The Artist (2011) 60,288
129. 8.2 The Big Lebowski (1998) 249,482
130. 8.2 Jaws (1975) 190,259
131. 8.2 Hotel Rwanda (2004) 131,005
132. 8.2 No Country for Old Men (2007) 285,370
133. 8.2 The Deer Hunter (1978) 121,286
134. 8.2 The Intouchables (2011) 22,827
135. 8.2 Cool Hand Luke (1967) 62,433
136. 8.2 Ikiru (1952) 21,701
137. 8.2 Black Swan (2010) 231,871
138. 8.2 The King’s Speech (2010) 168,340
139. 8.2 The Wizard of Oz (1939) 140,280
140. 8.2 It Happened One Night (1934) 33,254
141. 8.2 The Sixth Sense (1999) 339,916
142. 8.2 Scarface (1983) 231,279
143. 8.2 Strangers on a Train (1951) 47,120
144. 8.2 The Kid (1921) 23,054
145. 8.2 The Wages of Fear (1953) 19,399
146. 8.2 Annie Hall (1977) 91,332
147. 8.2 Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) 327,659
148. 8.1 High Noon (1952) 44,338
149. 8.1 The Gold Rush (1925) 29,868
150. 8.1 Platoon (1986) 150,746
151. 8.1 Warrior (2011) 83,047
152. 8.1 Trainspotting (1996) 215,669
153. 8.1 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) 77,467
154. 8.1 Into the Wild (2007) 171,681
155. 8.1 Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) 190,713
156. 8.1 Sunrise (1927) 15,902
157. 8.1 Donnie Darko (2001) 291,429
158. 8.1 The Grapes of Wrath (1940) 31,542
159. 8.1 The Secret in Their Eyes (2009) 47,108
160. 8.1 Notorious (1946) 40,495
161. 8.1 The Thing (1982) 123,310
162. 8.1 Gone with the Wind (1939) 109,940
163. 8.1 Million Dollar Baby (2004) 212,391
164. 8.1 Casino (1995) 155,338
165. 8.1 There Will Be Blood (2007) 182,184
166. 8.1 Life of Brian (1979) 132,541
167. 8.1 Diabolique (1955) 20,986
168. 8.1 Slumdog Millionaire (2008) 284,088
169. 8.1 My Neighbor Totoro (1988) 53,532
170. 8.1 Amores Perros (2000) 88,960
171. 8.1 Ben-Hur (1959) 79,536
172. 8.1 Finding Nemo (2003) 263,501
173. 8.1 Groundhog Day (1993) 200,479
174. 8.1 How to Train Your Dragon (2010) 136,480
175. 8.1 The Terminator (1984) 263,240
176. 8.1 The Big Sleep (1946) 37,055
177. 8.1 V for Vendetta (2005) 344,700
178. 8.1 The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) 22,305
179. 8.1 Good Will Hunting (1997) 232,112
180. 8.1 The Graduate (1967) 108,952
181. 8.1 Stand by Me (1986) 127,921
182. 8.1 Dog Day Afternoon (1975) 88,056
183. 8.1 Twelve Monkeys (1995) 232,196
184. 8.1 Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) 20,325
185. 8.1 The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) 223,922
186. 8.1 Network (1976) 49,770
187. 8.1 The Manchurian Candidate (1962) 43,333
188. 8.1 The 400 Blows (1959) 33,596
189. 8.1 The Night of the Hunter (1955) 34,006
190. 8.1 Mary and Max (2009) 39,064
191. 8.1 District 9 (2009) 254,270
192. 8.1 Gandhi (1982) 74,833
193. 8.1 Persona (1966) 25,164
194. 8.0 The Battle of Algiers (1966) 19,507
195. 8.0 Harakiri (1962) 8,431
196. 8.0 Dial M for Murder (1954) 44,433
197. 8.0 The Princess Bride (1987) 157,544
198. 8.0  (1963) 41,113
199. 8.0 The Killing (1956) 33,805
200. 8.0 La strada (1954) 24,251
201. 8.0 The Hustler (1961) 33,575
202. 8.0 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) 28,237
203. 8.0 Ratatouille (2007) 209,238
204. 8.0 The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) 15,289
205. 8.0 The Wrestler (2008) 149,668
206. 8.0 Sherlock Jr. (1924) 12,114
207. 8.0 Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) 76,653
208. 8.0 Fanny and Alexander (1982) 20,808
209. 8.0 The Exorcist (1973) 152,302
210. 8.0 The Wild Bunch (1969) 40,167
211. 8.0 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) 170,658
212. 8.0 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007) 48,584
213. 8.0 Stalag 17 (1953) 26,203
214. 8.0 A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) 45,505
215. 8.0 Rocky (1976) 149,019
216. 8.0 Barry Lyndon (1975) 52,817
217. 8.0 Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) 17,337
218. 8.0 Star Trek (2009) 221,944
219. 8.0 Nights of Cabiria (1957) 15,968
220. 8.0 All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) 29,085
221. 8.0 The Truman Show (1998) 251,887
222. 8.0 A Beautiful Mind (2001) 214,555
223. 8.0 Infernal Affairs (2002) 48,013
224. 8.0 Roman Holiday (1953) 44,762
225. 8.0 Ip Man (2008) 43,832
226. 8.0 Rosemary’s Baby (1968) 74,166
227. 8.0 Rope (1948) 45,971
228. 8.0 Tokyo Story (1953) 12,215
229. 8.0 The Celebration (1998) 36,017
230. 8.0 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) 30,054
231. 8.0 Mystic River (2003) 178,187
232. 8.0 Let the Right One In (2008) 98,650
233. 8.0 Stalker (1979) 30,834
234. 8.0 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) 355,801
235. 8.0 High and Low (1963) 9,995
236. 8.0 Manhattan (1979) 54,768
237. 8.0 Beauty and the Beast (1991) 119,852
238. 8.0 Magnolia (1999) 154,583
239. 8.0 Come and See (1985) 12,935
240. 8.0 Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) 33,913
241. 8.0 Monsters, Inc. (2001) 202,324
242. 8.0 Big Fish (2003) 201,581
243. 8.0 Anatomy of a Murder (1959) 22,746
244. 8.0 The Incredibles (2004) 235,341
245. 8.0 Throne of Blood (1957) 15,504
246. 8.0 Nosferatu (1922) 38,638
247. 8.0 Avatar (2009) 428,694
248. 8.0 Castle in the Sky (1986) 34,788
249. 8.0 Shutter Island (2010) 258,199
250. 8.0 In the Mood for Love (2000) 34,791

The formula for calculating the Top Rated 250 Titles gives a true Bayesian estimate:

 weighted rating (WR) = (v ÷ (v+m)) × R + (m ÷ (v+m)) × C 

where:

  • R = average for the movie (mean) = (Rating)
  • v = number of votes for the movie = (votes)
  • m = minimum votes required to be listed in the Top 250 (currently 3000)
  • C = the mean vote across the whole report (currently 6.9)


for the Top 250, only votes from regular voters are considered.

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