Top 100 Films

by the Internet Movie DataBase (IMDB)

Top 100 Films: The highly-respected site The Internet Movie Database asked its registered users to rank and rate films for their Top 250 Films survey.

Below are the top 100 films from the results of their weighted, unscientific poll, tabulated in late 2009.

Facts and Commentary About the List:

  • The films are provided as a comparative measure with the Greatest Films Lists on this site.
  • This list of films reflects changing trends with a strong, heavily-weighted bias toward current hits, more recent releases, and personally popular films.
  • Every few months, the list contains more and more top grossing, box-office smashes, familiar and current films that have become the latest craze, and other hits that have had tremendous exposure through expensive ad campaigns.
  • Unfortunately, as newly-released blockbusters fill up the top slots, many of the most-acclaimed classics from Hollywood's Golden Age are pushed lower and lower in the list's ratings of popularity.
Note: The films that are marked with a yellow star are the films that "The Greatest Films" site has selected as the "100 Greatest Films"


Top 100 Films
by the Internet Movie DataBase
(ranked)


  1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
  2. The Godfather (1972)
  3. The Godfather, Part II (1974)
  4. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966) (It.)
  5. Pulp Fiction (1994)
  6. Schindler's List (1993)
  7. 12 Angry Men (1957)
  8. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
  9. The Dark Knight (2009)
  10. Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  11. Casablanca (1942)
  12. Star Wars (1977)
  13. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
  14. The Seven Samurai (1954) (Jp.)
  15. GoodFellas (1990)
  16. Rear Window (1954)
  17. City of God (2002, Brazil/Fr.)
  18. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  19. Fight Club (1999)
  20. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
  21. Once Upon a Time in the West (1969) (It.)
  22. The Usual Suspects (1995)
  23. Psycho (1960)
  24. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
  25. Sunset Boulevard (1950)
  26. The Matrix (1999)
  27. Memento (2000)
  28. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
  29. North By Northwest (1959)
  30. Se7en (1995)
  31. It's A Wonderful Life (1946)
  32. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
  33. Citizen Kane (1941)
  34. Leon, aka The Professional (1994) (Fr.)
  35. Apocalypse Now (1979)
  36. American Beauty (1999)
  37. American History X (1998)
  38. Taxi Driver (1976)
  39. Forrest Gump (1994)
  40. Vertigo (1958)
  41. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  42. Up (2009)
  43. WALL-E (2008)
  44. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
  45. Paths of Glory (1957)
  46. Amelie (2001) (Fr.)
  47. Double Indemnity (1944)
  48. Alien (1979)
  49. M (1931) (Ger.)
  50. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
  1. To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)
  2. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
  3. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
  4. The Shining (1980)
  5. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
  6. The Departed (2006)
  7. The Third Man (1949)
  8. The Pianist (2002)
  9. The Lives of Others (2006, Germ.)
  10. Chinatown (1974)
  11. Spirited Away (2001, Jp.)
  12. City Lights (1931)
  13. Aliens (1986)
  14. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
  15. L.A. Confidential (1997)
  16. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
  17. Das Boot (1981) (Ger.)
  18. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
  19. The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)
  20. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974)
  21. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
  22. Raging Bull (1980)
  23. All About Eve (1950)
  24. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
  25. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
  26. Singin' In The Rain (1952)
  27. District 9 (2009)
  28. Rashomon (1950) (Jp.)
  29. Modern Times (1936)
  30. Some Like It Hot (1959)
  31. The Prestige (2006)
  32. Rebecca (1940)
  33. Downfall (2004, Germ)
  34. Gran Torino (2008)
  35. Cinema Paradiso (1988)
  36. Amadeus (1984)
  37. The Apartment (1960)
  38. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  39. The Elephant Man (1980)
  40. Life is Beautiful (1997) (It.)
  41. Metropolis (1927) (Ger.)
  42. The Great Dictator (1940)
  43. Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
  44. Back to the Future (1985)
  45. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
  46. The Bicycle Thief (1948, It.)
  47. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
  48. The Sting (1973)
  49. The Great Escape (1963)
  50. Braveheart (1995)


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