Chip's 20 Year Consolidated and Weighted IMDB Top 250 (1996-2015)

I first discovered IMDB back in 1997. At the end of the year 1998 I printed off the Top 250 to have as a list of recommended movies to possibly see in the coming year. I have continued to do this at every year end since. And I have received the Year End lists for 1996 and 1997, as well. The result is a look back at the past and the trends among the movies that have made up the list.

One of the solid criticisms of the current Top 250 list is that it is too heavily weighted towards movies that have just been released. Because the number of votes a movie gets affects its overall position on the…

  • The Shawshank Redemption

    1

  • The Godfather

    2

  • Schindler's List

    3

  • The Godfather: Part II

    4

  • Star Wars

    5

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    6

  • Pulp Fiction

    7

  • Casablanca

    8

  • The Empire Strikes Back

    9

  • Seven Samurai

    10

  • 12 Angry Men

    11

  • The Usual Suspects

    12

  • Rear Window

    13

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

    14

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    15

  • GoodFellas

    16

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

    17

  • Citizen Kane

    18

  • The Silence of the Lambs

    19

  • Psycho

    20

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    21

  • North by Northwest

    22

  • Apocalypse Now

    23

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    24

  • Vertigo

    25

  • Taxi Driver

    26

  • Once Upon a Time in the West

    27

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    28

  • Léon: The Professional

    29

  • Se7en

    30

  • Alien

    31

  • The Third Man

    32

  • Das Boot

    33

  • A Clockwork Orange

    34

  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    35

  • Reservoir Dogs

    36

  • Singin' in the Rain

    37

  • Chinatown

    38

  • Modern Times

    39

  • Aliens

    40

  • Raging Bull

    41

  • Some Like It Hot

    42

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    43

  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    44

  • The Bridge on the River Kwai

    45

  • Rashomon

    46

  • Braveheart

    47

  • The Shining

    48

  • The Maltese Falcon

    49

  • Amadeus

    50

  • The Sting

    51

  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    52

  • Cinema Paradiso

    53

  • Forrest Gump

    54

  • Blade Runner

    55

  • Full Metal Jacket

    56

  • The Great Escape

    57

  • The Great Dictator

    58

  • Metropolis

    59

  • Fargo

    60

  • Return of the Jedi

    61

  • The Wizard of Oz

    62

  • Ran

    63

  • Touch of Evil

    64

  • On the Waterfront

    65

  • The Seventh Seal

    66

  • Once Upon a Time in America

    67

  • Annie Hall

    68

  • Back to the Future

    69

  • The Deer Hunter

    70

  • Unforgiven

    71

  • The Princess Bride

    72

  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    73

  • High Noon

    74

  • Cool Hand Luke

    75

  • Die Hard

    76

  • Toy Story

    77

  • Ben-Hur

    78

  • The Graduate

    79

  • The Gold Rush

    80

  • Gone with the Wind

    81

  • Life of Brian

    82

  • Trainspotting

    83

  • Stand by Me

    84

  • The Terminator

    85

  • Gandhi

    86

  • Sunset Boulevard

    87

  • Paths of Glory

    88

  • L.A. Confidential

    89

  • M

    90

  • Double Indemnity

    91

  • All About Eve

    92

  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

    93

  • Rebecca

    94

  • Jaws

    95

  • The Elephant Man

    96

  • Notorious

    97

  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    98

  • The Big Sleep

    99

  • Platoon

    100