Chip's Consolidated and Weighted IMDB Top 250 1998-2014

I first discovered IMDB back in 1997. At the end of the year 1998 I printed off the Top 250 list in order 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. 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 list, new movies will always have an advantage in appearing there.…

  • The Godfather

    1

  • The Shawshank Redemption

    2

  • The Godfather: Part II

    3

  • Schindler's List

    4

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    5

  • Pulp Fiction

    6

  • Star Wars

    7

  • Casablanca

    8

  • The Empire Strikes Back

    9

  • Seven Samurai

    10

  • 12 Angry Men

    11

  • Rear Window

    12

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

    13

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    14

  • The Usual Suspects

    15

  • GoodFellas

    16

  • Psycho

    17

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

    18

  • The Silence of the Lambs

    19

  • Citizen Kane

    20

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    21

  • North by Northwest

    22

  • Apocalypse Now

    23

  • Vertigo

    24

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    25

  • Sunset Boulevard

    26

  • Taxi Driver

    27

  • Saving Private Ryan

    28

  • Once Upon a Time in the West

    29

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    30

  • Paths of Glory

    31

  • Se7en

    32

  • Leon: The Professional

    33

  • M

    34

  • Alien

    35

  • The Third Man

    36

  • Das Boot

    37

  • L.A. Confidential

    38

  • Double Indemnity

    39

  • Chinatown

    40

  • A Clockwork Orange

    41

  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    42

  • Singin' in the Rain

    43

  • Modern Times

    44

  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    45

  • The Bridge on the River Kwai

    46

  • Some Like It Hot

    47

  • Raging Bull

    48

  • Reservoir Dogs

    49

  • Rashomon

    50

  • Aliens

    51

  • The Shining

    52

  • All About Eve

    53

  • The Maltese Falcon

    54

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    55

  • Amadeus

    56

  • The Sting

    57

  • Braveheart

    58

  • Forrest Gump

    59

  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    60

  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

    61

  • The Great Escape

    62

  • The Great Dictator

    63

  • On the Waterfront

    64

  • Full Metal Jacket

    65

  • Metropolis

    66

  • Cinema Paradiso

    67

  • Touch of Evil

    68

  • The Wizard of Oz

    69

  • Blade Runner

    70

  • The Apartment

    71

  • Ran

    72

  • Rebecca

    73

  • Fargo

    74

  • Return of the Jedi

    75

  • The Seventh Seal

    76

  • Jaws

    77

  • Strangers on a Train

    78

  • Annie Hall

    79

  • Once Upon a Time in America

    80

  • Back to the Future

    81

  • High Noon

    82

  • Unforgiven

    83

  • The Deer Hunter

    84

  • The Elephant Man

    85

  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    86

  • Cool Hand Luke

    87

  • Notorious

    88

  • It Happened One Night

    89

  • Die Hard

    90

  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    91

  • The Big Sleep

    92

  • The Princess Bride

    93

  • Ben-Hur

    94

  • The Graduate

    95

  • Platoon

    96

  • The Gold Rush

    97

  • Gone with the Wind

    98

  • Toy Story

    99

  • Life of Brian

    100