Top 10 IMDb Movies

#10. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (8.8)

The 1975 classic was notable for being one of only three movies to ever win the big five Oscar awards (Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Director, and Screenplay.)  It follows Jack Nicholson’s character as he attempts to overthrow the oppressive Nurse Ratched, who runs McMurphy’s mental ward with an iron fist.  The Nurse would go on to become one of film’s most famous villains of all time, and her character was featured on several notable lists.  The movie was notable for also redirecting Nicholson’s career towards the quirky roles he is famous for playing.


#9. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (8.8)

The third and final movie in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Return of the King set records all over the place.  It was nominated for 11 Oscars and won them all, was the first and, to this date, only fantasy movie to win an Oscar for Best Picture, and was the highest-grossing film of 2003.  In fact, it was the second highest-grossing movie at that time, and is now fourth.  At 3 hours, 20 minutes, it is an extremely long epic centered around a massive battle for the Middle-Earth.


#8. The Dark Knight (8.8)

The most recent movie on the list, as it was released in 2008; The Dark Knight is based on the Joker’s comic book debut in 1940.  It also featured the infamous villain Two-Face, who is known for flipping a coin to see whether or not someone will live.  The movie is by far the highest-grossing superhero movie of all time, and won two Oscars.  One was a posthumous award for Heath Ledger as Best Supporting Actor.  His role as the Joker received numerous praise and was his last major role before dying from an accidental drug overdose on the January 22nd, 2008.


#7. Schindler’s List (8.9)

The epic film about a German businessman who saved the life of more than a thousand Polish-Jewish refugees during the Holocaust stared Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler.  It was ranked as the 8th best American movie of all time by the American Film Institute (AFI) in 2007.  It also won 7 Oscars following its release in 1993.  It was also one of two movies for which Steven Spielberg won the Academy Award for Best Director.  Schindler’s List is known as the most shaking and moving film about the Holocaust.


#6. 12 Angry Men (8.9)

A 1957 movie, 12 Angry Men is notable for spending 93 minutes out of the full 93 minutes in the jury room, using only one set, and for using no names in the entire movie.  It is based on jury trying to reach a decision on the fate of a young man accused of murder.  At first, Juror 8 is the only one to vote “not guilty.”  The others are annoyed by his vote, as they expected a quick decision.  But slowly, the man, played by Peter Fonda, is able to convince the 11 others that the boy is in fact innocent, until a “not guilty” verdict is finally reached.


#5. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (8.9)

Released in the 60s when spaghetti westerns were the craze, this movie was arguably the biggest of the entire genre.  It created a saying that is still heard today, and often parodied.  Clinton Eastwood plays Blondie, the “Good” who is forced into an alliance with Tuco, “the Ugly”, in order to try and find a fortune buried at a cemetery.  They are in a race against Angel Eyes, “the Bad”, a ruthless mercenary.  When the movie was originally released, it was actually criticized for its over-the-top violence, which was offense during the time period.


#4. Pulp Fiction (8.9)

A cult classic because of its unusual style, Pulp Fiction was released in 1994.  It is characteristic of director Quentin Tarantino in that it doesn’t follow a chronological order, shows four intertwining stories, and has eclectic dialogue.  In fact, critics have found it difficult to label the film.  Crime or thriller is usually used, but black comedy and neo-noir are usually frequently used.  John Travolta’s career was brought back to life by his role as Vincent Vega, for which he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor.  Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman’s roles also received much praise.


#3. The Godfather: Part II (9.0)

It has become virtually unanimously accepted that a sequel falls flat on its face.  But The Godfather: Part II is an exception.  The movie is both a prequel and a sequel to The Godfather, as it presents two storylines through flashbacks.  It follows the rise of the Corleone family, the ruthless Sicilian mafia family.  It won 6 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor, is featured on nearly all “best ever” movie lists, and is consistently mentioned as the best sequel ever.  However, it is always just a step below its predecessor.


#2. The Godfather (9.2)

The 1972 epic crime film always edges of its sequel, and the IMDb list is no exception.  Al Pacino, James Caan, and Diane Keaton are just a few of the outstanding actors and actresses featured in the impressive cast.  The movie follows the Corleone family, which the world instantly fell in love with after its release.  The Godfather won three Oscars, and is ranked by AFI as the second best movie ever.  It is the best movie ever according to Entertainment Weekly and Empire magazine.  The cultural impact of the movie is also huge, as it paved the way for the popular film Goodfellas and The Sopranos, one of the most successful TV shows of all time.


#1. The Shawshank Redemption (9.2)

When the Shawshank Redemption was released in 1994, it barely made enough in the box office to meet its budget.  It was nominated for 7 Oscars, but failed to win a single award, as it lost out to Fores Gump, Pulp Fiction, and Ed Wood.  However, critics loved the film, based on a Stephen King novella, and it soon gained more popularity.  Its theme of freedom was praised, as it follows Andy Dufresne, played by Tim Robbins, attempt to escape.  He had in jail for nearly 20 years for the murder of his wife and her lover over circumstantial evidence.