Top 250

I started this challenge to tackle the IMDB Top 250 in 2010 when my life was completely different. I had previously been attempting to take the movies in order, from 250 to 1. However in these five plus years since beginning, the list is dramatically different that when I began.

Periodically, I will do a snapshot look at the Top 250 to see what changes have been made. There is a fantastic site that takes daily snapshots of the IMDb Top 250 and then reports the changes. It is really great. I have posted the snapshot for today (January 13, 2016). Along with the changes that have taken place since 2010. Since they began taking snapshots in 1996 the list has seen 888 movies. Thanks IMDB for being such a fluctuating and nebulous list.

Previously, I was putting the ranking of the film at the time that I watched it, but I have now decided that if I watch a film that has ever been on the IMDb Top 250, I will put it in the “IMDb 250” Category that way all of them can be listed in one place. If you’d like to keep track of which of these amazing movies you have seen, I would recommend using icheckmovies.com.

Full list: January 13, 2016

Rank  Change Rating Title Votes  Other
1. 9.2 The Shawshank Redemption (1994) 1,589,868  Review
2. 9.2 The Godfather (1972) 1,088,339
3. 9.0 The Godfather: Part II (1974) 739,435
4. +5 8.9 The Dark Knight (2008) 1,565,822
5. 8.9 Pulp Fiction (1994) 1,241,776  Review
6. 8.9 Schindler’s List (1993) 810,891
7. 8.9 12 Angry Men (1957) 414,944
8. +3 8.9 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) 1,142,390
9. −5 8.9 Il Buono, il brutto, il cattivo. (1966) 474,474
10. +7 8.8 Fight Club (1999) 1,259,024
11. +9 8.8 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) 1,166,836
12. −2 8.8 Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) 774,945
13. +26 8.7 Forrest Gump (1994) 1,160,498
14.
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8.7 Inception (2010) 1,365,681
15. −7 8.7 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) 641,372
16. +13 8.7 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) 1,031,653
17. −3 8.7 Goodfellas (1990) 684,614
18. +7 8.7 The Matrix (1999) 1,143,584
19. −4 8.7 Shichinin no samurai (1954) 216,987  Review
20. −8 8.6 Star Wars (1977) 847,955
21. −5 8.6 Cidade de Deus (2002) 503,770
22. +5 8.6 Se7en (1995) 957,222
23. +1 8.6 The Silence of the Lambs (1991) 825,365
24. −3 8.6 The Usual Suspects (1995) 697,060
25. +3 8.6 It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) 260,053
26. +51 8.6 La Vita è bella (1997) 388,357
27. +7 8.6 Léon (1994) 678,772
28. −5 8.6 C’era una volta il West (1968) 203,732
29.
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8.5 Interstellar (2014) 815,177
30. +25 8.5 Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001) 385,708
31. +16 8.5 Saving Private Ryan (1998) 824,013
32. −19 8.5 Casablanca (1942) 367,697
33. +5 8.5 American History X (1998) 737,524
34. +36 8.5 City Lights (1931) 99,922
35. −13 8.5 Psycho (1960) 395,829
36. −18 8.5 Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) 622,321
37. −18 8.5 Rear Window (1954) 297,308
38.
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8.5 Intouchables (2011) 459,404
39. +44 8.5 Modern Times (1936) 131,711
40. +54 8.5 The Green Mile (1999) 725,691
41. +2 8.5 Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) 700,965
42. +11 8.5 The Pianist (2002) 463,618
43. +8 8.5 The Departed (2006) 816,295
44.
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8.5 Whiplash (2014) 336,079
45. +33 8.5 Back to the Future (1985) 679,714
46. −20 8.5 Memento (2000) 797,721
47. +56 8.5 Gladiator (2000) 921,038
48. −12 8.5 Apocalypse Now (1979) 426,726
49. −19 8.5 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) 324,408
50. −19 8.5 Sunset Blvd. (1950) 131,341
51. +23 8.5 The Prestige (2006) 785,906
52. +98 8.4 The Lion King (1994) 594,750
53. −7 8.4 Alien (1979) 528,865  Review
54. +43 8.4 The Great Dictator (1940) 127,115
55. +1 8.4 Das Leben der Anderen (2006) 244,049
56. +32 8.4 Nuovo cinema Paradiso (1988) 141,478
57.
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8.4 Django Unchained (2012) 875,391
58. −9 8.4 The Shining (1980) 568,936
59. −9 8.4 Paths of Glory (1957) 113,035
60.
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8.4 The Dark Knight Rises (2012) 1,064,586
61. −17 8.4 WALL·E (2008) 666,978
62. +122 8.4 Hotaru no haka (1988) 126,380
63. −26 8.4 American Beauty (1999) 776,659
64. −10 8.4 Aliens (1986) 461,260  Review
65.
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8.4 Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) 376,561  Review
66. −33 8.4 Citizen Kane (1941) 282,555
67. +53 8.4 Mononoke-hime (1997) 205,897
68. −36 8.4 North by Northwest (1959) 209,021
69. +47 8.4 Oldeuboi (2003) 332,387
70. −29 8.4 Vertigo (1958) 232,426  Review
71. −5 8.4 Das Boot (1981) 159,229
72. +19 8.4 Once Upon a Time in America (1984) 207,295
73. −16 8.4 M (1931) 93,446
74. +30 8.4 Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) 626,642
75. +78 8.3 Witness for the Prosecution (1957) 57,843
76. −31 8.3 Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain (2001) 503,244
77. −13 8.3 Reservoir Dogs (1992) 619,545
78. +12 8.3 Braveheart (1995) 693,878
79. −31 8.3 A Clockwork Orange (1971) 522,614
80. −19 8.3 Requiem for a Dream (2000) 540,766
81.
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8.3 Toy Story 3 (2010) 505,713
82. −42 8.3 Taxi Driver (1976) 473,464
83. −25 8.3 Double Indemnity (1944) 91,712
84. −32 8.3 To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) 200,826
85. −43 8.3 Lawrence of Arabia (1962) 180,966
86. −27 8.3 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) 626,142
87. 8.3 Full Metal Jacket (1987) 452,998
88. −3 8.3 Amadeus (1984) 254,681
89. +10 8.3 The Sting (1973) 165,105
90. −15 8.3 Singin’ in the Rain (1952) 140,889
91. +15 8.3 Ladri di biciclette (1948) 87,772
92. −16 8.3 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 399,230
93. +44 8.3 Snatch. (2000) 567,937
94. −27 8.3 Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) 361,864
95. +97 8.3 The Kid (1921) 61,129
96. +62 8.3 Toy Story (1995) 577,454
97. −29 8.3 Inglourious Basterds (2009) 817,458
98.
NEW
8.3 Inside Out (2015) 244,980
99. −13 8.3 Rashômon (1950) 96,109
100. −37 8.3 L.A. Confidential (1997) 394,210
101. −3 8.3 The Apartment (1960) 102,285
102. +20 8.3 Per qualche dollaro in più (1965) 145,569
103. −14 8.3 All About Eve (1950) 78,329
104.
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8.3 Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (2011) 142,370
105. −5 8.3 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) 483,745
106. −11 8.3 Metropolis (1927) 105,006
107. −42 8.3 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) 74,740
108. +54 8.3 Scarface (1983) 505,020
109. +34 8.3 Yojimbo (1961) 69,461
110. −5 8.2 Batman Begins (2005) 909,658
111. −32 8.2 Some Like It Hot (1959) 165,416
112. −50 8.2 The Third Man (1949) 107,475
113.
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8.2 3 Idiots (2009) 186,448
114. −6 8.2 Unforgiven (1992) 261,922
115. −44 8.2 Up (2009) 613,334
116.
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8.2 Jagten (2012) 152,667
117. −44 8.2 Raging Bull (1980) 222,400
118. +77 8.2 Good Will Hunting (1997) 564,612
119. −39 8.2 Der Untergang (2004) 235,664
120. −7 8.2 Die Hard (1988) 559,854
121. −61 8.2 Chinatown (1974) 204,156  Review
122. −21 8.2 The Great Escape (1963) 156,053
123. 8.2 Heat (1995) 409,214
124. −10 8.2 On the Waterfront (1954) 94,485
125. +65 8.2 Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) 26,352
126. −57 8.2 El Laberinto del fauno (2006) 441,102
127.
NEW
8.2 The Revenant (2015) 83,019  Review
128. −17 8.2 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) 73,218
129. +112 8.2 Tonari no Totoro (1988) 156,454
130. −58 8.2 The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) 140,176
131. +39 8.2 The Gold Rush (1925) 63,104
132.
NEW
8.2 Ikiru (1952) 39,225
133. +11 8.2 Ran (1985) 72,972
134. −17 8.2 Det Sjunde inseglet (1957) 105,082
135. −25 8.2 Blade Runner (1982) 437,288
136.
NEW
8.2 El secreto de sus ojos (2009) 119,950
137. +35 8.2 Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) 393,992
138. +14 8.2 Smultronstället (1957) 59,352
139. −3 8.2 The General (1926) 49,844
140. −48 8.2 The Elephant Man (1980) 153,590
141. +37 8.2 Casino (1995) 313,258
142.
NEW
8.2 Hauru no ugoku shiro (2004) 197,476
143.
NEW
8.2 Warrior (2011) 310,175
144.
NEW
8.2 The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) 697,389
145. +23 8.2 V for Vendetta (2005) 744,284
146. −62 8.1 Gran Torino (2008) 531,805
147. +35 8.1 Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) 40,859
148.
NEW
8.1 A Beautiful Mind (2001) 567,174
149. −7 8.1 The Big Lebowski (1998) 503,886
150.
NEW
8.1 Sholay (1975) 26,782
151. −55 8.1 Rebecca (1940) 82,506
152. −19 8.1 The Deer Hunter (1978) 220,392
153. +4 8.1 Gone with the Wind (1939) 203,295
154. −29 8.1 Cool Hand Luke (1967) 113,799
155.
NEW
8.1 How to Train Your Dragon (2010) 449,844
156. −38 8.1 Fargo (1996) 424,995
157. −3 8.1 Trainspotting (1996) 443,299
158.
NEW
8.1 Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) 421,741
159.
NEW
8.1 Incendies (2010) 72,526
160. +37 8.1 Dial M for Murder (1954) 99,125
161. −30 8.1 The Sixth Sense (1999) 666,624
162. −22 8.1 Into the Wild (2007) 398,818
163. −17 8.1 It Happened One Night (1934) 60,410
164. −13 8.1 Finding Nemo (2003) 637,497
165.
NEW
8.1 Gone Girl (2014) 511,078
166. −54 8.1 No Country for Old Men (2007) 574,581
167. −3 8.1 The Thing (1982) 241,647  Review
168.
NEW
8.1 Mary and Max (2009) 110,724
169.
NEW
8.1 Rush (2013) 286,537
170. −88 8.1 The Maltese Falcon (1941) 106,778
171. −37 8.1 Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) 689,699
172. −24 8.1 Life of Brian (1979) 256,799
173. −64 8.1 Hotel Rwanda (2004) 250,579
174. +1 8.1 Le Salaire de la peur (1953) 33,127
175. −40 8.1 Platoon (1986) 276,433
176. −48 8.1 There Will Be Blood (2007) 351,257
177. −28 8.1 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) 142,831
178. +40 8.1 Network (1976) 96,856  Review
179.
NEW
8.1 Les Quatre cents coups (1959) 65,610
180. −24 8.1 Stand by Me (1986) 255,881
181.
NEW
8.1 Persona (1966) 56,647
182. −67 8.1 Touch of Evil (1958) 68,806
183.
NEW
8.1 12 Years a Slave (2013) 398,186
184. −8 8.1 The Princess Bride (1987) 277,897
185.
NEW
8.1 In the Name of the Father (1993) 101,880
186.
NEW
8.1 The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) 423,518
187. −24 8.1 Amores perros (2000) 164,323
188. −47 8.1 Million Dollar Baby (2004) 453,349
189.
NEW
8.1 The Martian (2015) 273,976
190. −58 8.1 Annie Hall (1977) 180,580
191.
NEW
8.1 Shutter Island (2010) 724,913
192. −53 8.1 Ben-Hur (1959) 150,217
193. −24 8.1 The Grapes of Wrath (1940) 59,152
194.
NEW
8.1 Relatos salvajes (2014) 69,089
195.
NEW
8.1 Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009) 138,155
196.
NEW
8.1 Kaze no tani no Naushika (1984) 88,705
197. −24 8.1 Les Diaboliques (1955) 39,415
198.
NEW
8.1 Stalker (1979) 63,499
199. −33 8.0 Gandhi (1982) 161,359
200.
NEW
8.0 Jurassic Park (1993) 564,651  Review
201. −36 8.0 (1963) 74,022
202. −55 8.0 The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) 459,799
203. −79 8.0 Donnie Darko (2001) 550,101
204. −85 8.0 The Wizard of Oz (1939) 275,110
205. −18 8.0 The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) 38,006
206. −113 8.0 Sin City (2005) 626,830
207.
NEW
8.0 Before Sunrise (1995) 170,086
208. −87 8.0 Strangers on a Train (1951) 90,154  Review
209. −50 8.0 The Terminator (1984) 563,160
210. −39 8.0 Twelve Monkeys (1995) 438,205
211.
NEW
8.0 Salinui chueok (2003) 60,191
212. −52 8.0 Groundhog Day (1993) 409,000
213.
NEW
8.0 The Truman Show (1998) 622,949
214. +25 8.0 Monsters, Inc. (2001) 541,280  Review
215. −3 8.0 Rocky (1976) 344,990
216.
NEW
8.0 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) 502,842
217. +17 8.0 La battaglia di Algeri (1966) 34,630
218. +30 8.0 Mou gaan dou (2002) 86,970
219. −112 8.0 Jaws (1975) 387,161
220.
NEW
8.0 The Avengers (2012) 921,027
221. +16 8.0 Barry Lyndon (1975) 95,199
222.
NEW
8.0 Fanny och Alexander (1982) 40,588
223.
NEW
8.0 La Haine (1995) 96,731
224. −57 8.0 Dog Day Afternoon (1975) 172,926
225.
NEW
8.0 Kumonosu jô (1957) 28,755
226.
NEW
8.0 The Imitation Game (2014) 398,229
227.
NEW
8.0 Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) 599,221
228.
NEW
8.0 Yip Man (2008) 151,278
229.
NEW
8.0 The King’s Speech (2010) 468,475
230.
NEW
8.0 Prisoners (2013) 347,358
231. −104 8.0 High Noon (1952) 75,921
232. −13 8.0 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) 762,361
233.
NEW
8.0 Per un pugno di dollari (1964) 134,933
234.
NEW
8.0 Tenkû no shiro Rapyuta (1986) 91,249
235.
NEW
8.0 The Help (2011) 300,019
236.
NEW
8.0 Roman Holiday (1953) 93,623
237. −108 8.0 Notorious (1946) 70,204
238. +2 8.0 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) 53,231
239.
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8.0 Bom yeoreum gaeul gyeoul geurigo bom (2003) 59,340
240.
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8.0 Beauty and the Beast (1991) 287,296
241.
NEW
8.0 Underground (1995) 42,032
242.
NEW
8.0 Catch Me If You Can (2002) 468,917
243. −69 8.0 The Night of the Hunter (1955) 61,680
244. −1 8.0 Anatomy of a Murder (1959) 44,044
245.
NEW
8.0 Before Sunset (2004) 157,932
246. −66 8.0 The Killing (1956) 59,653
247.
NEW
8.0 Trois couleurs: Rouge (1994) 61,213
248.
NEW
8.0 Fa yeung nin wa (2000) 70,515
249. −27 8.0 La Strada (1954) 44,980
250.
NEW
8.0 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) 51,326

Movies That Have Disappeared from the list since January 2010

Last Rank Title  Other
35. Avatar (2009)
81. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
102. District 9 (2009)
126. The Wrestler (2008)
130. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
138. The Big Sleep (1946)
145. Star Trek (2009)
155. The Graduate (1967)
161. Ratatouille (2007)
177. The Incredibles (2004)
179. Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
181. Children of Men (2006)
183. The Wild Bunch (1969)
185. In Bruges (2008)
186. The Exorcist (1973)
188. Le Notti di Cabiria (1957)
189. The Hustler (1961)
191. Harvey (1950)
193. Ed Wood (1994)
194. King Kong (1933)
196. Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
198. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
199. Big Fish (2003)
200. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
201. Shadow of a Doubt (1943)  Review
202. Låt den rätte komma in (2008)
203. Brief Encounter (1945)
204. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
205. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
206. Stalag 17 (1953)
207. Crash (2004)
208. Sleuth (1972)
209. Magnolia (1999)
210. Duck Soup (1933)
211. The African Queen (1951)
213. Le Scaphandre et le papillon (2007)
214. Mystic River (2003)
215. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
216. Manhattan (1979)
217. Rope (1948)  Review
220. Wo hu cang long (2000)
221. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
223. Changeling (2008)
224. Patton (1970)
225. (500) Days of Summer (2009)
226. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
227. The Conversation (1974)
228. Planet of the Apes (1968)
229. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
230. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
231. Glory (1989)
232. Spartacus (1960)
233. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
235. The Lady Vanishes (1938)
236. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
238. Mulholland Dr. (2001)  Review
242. Toy Story 2 (1999)  Review
244. His Girl Friday (1940)
245. Brazil (1985)
246. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
247. Casino Royale (2006)
249. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
250. Blood Diamond (2006)

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