An alternative IMDb Top 250: the "favoritest" movies relative to era

This is an alternative to the standard IMDb Top 250 list, using the same IMDb rating data (via the weekly FTP data files) in a different way.

I've taken the number of high IMDb votes (ratings 8–10) for each film, and multiplied by a factor based on the number of "typical" votes for movies from the half-decade of that film's release. This tends to weight older films more based on the fewer votes being cast for their movie peers, and serves to highlight movies that are disproportionately watched and loved from their era.

The result is a list of 250 populist greats (the era-adjusted most favorite films according to IMDb voters, or what I'm calling the "favoritest") that stand out in viewership and esteem among titles from the same time period.

  • A Trip to the Moon

    1

  • Casablanca

    2

  • Metropolis

    3

  • The Godfather

    4

  • The Kid

    5

  • Nosferatu

    6

  • Citizen Kane

    7

  • The Wizard of Oz

    8

  • 12 Angry Men

    9

  • Gone with the Wind

    10

  • The Gold Rush

    11

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    12

  • Star Wars

    13

  • City Lights

    14

  • The Godfather: Part II

    15

  • Rear Window

    16

  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

    17

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    18

  • The General

    19

  • M

    20

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    21

  • Modern Times

    22

  • Seven Samurai

    23

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    24

  • Psycho

    25

  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    26

  • A Clockwork Orange

    27

  • The Great Dictator

    28

  • Battleship Potemkin

    29

  • The Great Train Robbery

    30

  • Vertigo

    31

  • Alien

    32

  • Sherlock, Jr.

    33

  • North by Northwest

    34

  • It Happened One Night

    35

  • The Shawshank Redemption

    36

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    37

  • The Maltese Falcon

    38

  • Taxi Driver

    39

  • Un Chien Andalou

    40

  • King Kong

    41

  • Singin' in the Rain

    42

  • Apocalypse Now

    43

  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    44

  • Double Indemnity

    45

  • The Empire Strikes Back

    46

  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

    47

  • Sunset Boulevard

    48

  • The Third Man

    49

  • Some Like It Hot

    50

  • Once Upon a Time in the West

    51

  • Rebecca

    52

  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    53

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    54

  • Ben-Hur

    55

  • The Graduate

    56

  • Rocky

    57

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    58

  • Frankenstein

    59

  • Rope

    60

  • Duck Soup

    61

  • All Quiet on the Western Front

    62

  • The Bridge on the River Kwai

    63

  • Forrest Gump

    64

  • Bicycle Thieves

    65

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

    66

  • Pulp Fiction

    67

  • Roman Holiday

    68

  • Jaws

    69

  • Return of the Jedi

    70

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    71

  • Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

    72

  • Safety Last!

    73

  • Dial M for Murder

    74

  • The Birth of a Nation

    75

  • The Shining

    76

  • The Great Escape

    77

  • Rashomon

    78

  • The Terminator

    79

  • On the Waterfront

    80

  • Bambi

    81

  • Fantasia

    82

  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    83

  • Strangers on a Train

    84

  • The Circus

    85

  • Paths of Glory

    86

  • The Grapes of Wrath

    87

  • Pinocchio

    88

  • Scarface

    89

  • Life of Brian

    90

  • Man with a Movie Camera

    91

  • For a Few Dollars More

    92

  • The Seventh Seal

    93

  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    94

  • All About Eve

    95

  • The Exorcist

    96

  • Arsenic and Old Lace

    97

  • Notorious

    98

  • Rosemary's Baby

    99

  • A Streetcar Named Desire

    100