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How many IMDB top 250 have I seen?

April 24, 2012

IMDb (Internet Movie Database) would have to be the go-to authority on movies. I use it regularly when exploring my choices in films, when I seek extra information or when I wish to read a critical review.

Registered users can vote on movies helping to create a coherent ranking of all the titles (mind you sometimes I feel the ratings are skewed or very bias, but in general they are not bad), allowing others to have an idea of what to expect, and separate the wheat from the chaff. I personally don’t bother getting a movie below a 7.0 ratings unless a friend or someone I respect recommends an exception.

IMDb has a top 250 movies living list, I say living because it constantly morphs. Every year there is a movie or two that does exceptionally well and appears in the hall of fame. Of course there are the grand champions such as ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ and the ‘Godfather’ series that can’t seem to get knocked off the hill, or the long standing classics (I haven’t seen yet) such as ‘Casablanca’ and ‘Citizen Kane’ that always remain part of the list.

How many movies I have seen

I wanted to see how many movies I have seen from the top 250 list as of April 24th 2012. I thought I would play around with the data a bit to get a sense of what I watch.

First of all here is the list as of 24th of April 2012, I marked which movie I have seen so far and which I haven’t.

Rank

IMDB Rating

Title

Votes

Have I seen

1

9.2

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

746,193

Yes

2

9.2

The Godfather (1972)

556,803

No

3

9

The Godfather: Part II (1974)

351,312

No

4

8.9

Pulp Fiction (1994)

587,294

Yes

5

8.9

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

232,755

No

6

8.9

12 Angry Men (1957)

183,107

No

7

8.9

Schindler’s List (1993)

392,553

Yes

8

8.8

The Dark Knight (2008)

681,279

No

9

8.8

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

525,282

Yes

10

8.8

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

315,813

Yes

11

8.8

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

379,885

Yes

12

8.8

Fight Club (1999)

566,581

Yes

13

8.8

Seven Samurai (1954)

127,060

No

14

8.8

Inception (2010)

536,953

Yes

15

8.7

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

547,279

Yes

16

8.7

Goodfellas (1990)

332,347

No

17

8.7

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

427,439

Yes

18

8.7

City of God (2002)

247,034

Yes

19

8.7

Casablanca (1942)

216,731

No

20

8.7

The Matrix (1999)

544,339

Yes

21

8.7

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

106,416

No

22

8.7

Rear Window (1954)

161,017

No

23

8.7

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

327,523

Yes

24

8.6

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

361,755

Yes

25

8.6

The Usual Suspects (1995)

361,461

Yes

26

8.6

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

470,917

Yes

27

8.6

Se7en (1995)

427,978

Yes

28

8.6

Forrest Gump (1994)

473,390

Yes

29

8.6

Psycho (1960)

197,705

No

30

8.6

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

137,750

Yes

31

8.6

Léon: The Professional (1994)

311,119

Yes

32

8.6

Sunset Blvd. (1950)

73,871

No

33

8.6

Memento (2000)

396,486

No

34

8.5

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

197,682

Yes

35

8.5

Apocalypse Now (1979)

231,954

No

36

8.5

American History X (1998)

341,466

Yes

37

8.5

North by Northwest (1959)

120,614

No

38

8.5

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

344,479

Yes

39

8.5

Citizen Kane (1941)

174,067

No

40

8.5

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

388,065

Yes

41

8.5

Alien (1979)

250,303

Yes

42

8.5

City Lights (1931)

43,529

No

43

8.5

American Beauty (1999)

407,338

Yes

44

8.5

Spirited Away (2001)

161,286

Yes

45

8.5

Toy Story 3 (2010)

204,685

Yes

46

8.5

Taxi Driver (1976)

231,312

Yes

47

8.5

The Shining (1980)

262,574

No

48

8.5

Vertigo (1958)

121,697

No

49

8.5

M (1931)

53,499

No

50

8.5

Paths of Glory (1957)

60,580

No

51

8.5

The Pianist (2002)

203,154

Yes

52

8.5

Modern Times (1936)

54,258

No

53

8.5

Amelie (2001)

260,068

Yes

54

8.4

The Departed (2006)

385,592

Yes

55

8.4

Double Indemnity (1944)

50,768

No

56

8.4

WALL·E (2008)

292,203

No

57

8.4

The Lives of Others (2006)

117,754

Yes

58

8.4

Aliens (1986)

233,729

Yes

59

8.4

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

264,143

Yes

60

8.4

Life Is Beautiful (1997)

162,955

No

61

8.4

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

101,334

No

62

8.4

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

109,742

No

63

8.4

Back to the Future (1985)

301,590

Yes

64

8.4

Das Boot (1981)

91,722

No

65

8.4

Requiem for a Dream (2000)

271,063

Yes

66

8.4

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

317,528

Yes

67

8.4

Reservoir Dogs (1992)

299,325

Yes

68

8.4

The Third Man (1949)

64,764

No

69

8.4

A Separation (2011)

49,127

No

70

8.4

The Prestige (2006)

326,973

Yes

71

8.4

The Green Mile (1999)

303,686

Yes

72

8.4

Cinema Paradiso (1988)

66,088

No

73

8.4

Chinatown (1974)

108,462

No

74

8.4

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

43,407

No

75

8.4

L.A. Confidential (1997)

221,685

No

76

8.4

The Great Dictator (1940)

54,466

No

77

8.4

Gladiator (2000)

417,254

Yes

78

8.3

Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

105,089

No

79

8.3

Rashômon (1950)

53,253

No

80

8.3

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

203,625

Yes

81

8.3

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

220,235

Yes

82

8.3

Bicycle Thieves (1948)

40,844

No

83

8.3

Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

74,386

No

84

8.3

Some Like It Hot (1959)

90,855

No

85

8.3

Amadeus (1984)

133,140

Yes

86

8.3

All About Eve (1950)

45,329

No

87

8.3

Raging Bull (1980)

121,704

No

88

8.3

Metropolis (1927)

56,031

No

89

8.3

Braveheart (1995)

344,001

Yes

90

8.3

Oldboy (2003)

149,399

No

91

8.3

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

210,722

No

92

8.3

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

78,758

No

93

8.3

The Apartment (1960)

51,970

No

94

8.3

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)

295,722

Yes

95

8.3

Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

225,472

No

96

8.3

Unforgiven (1992)

140,650

No

97

8.3

The Sting (1973)

88,775

No

98

8.3

Princess Mononoke (1997)

95,456

No

99

8.3

Downfall (2004)

122,020

Yes

100

8.3

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

240,293

Yes

101

8.3

The Lion King (1994)

236,857

Yes

102

8.3

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

318,672

No

103

8.3

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

43,094

No

104

8.3

Die Hard (1988)

272,555

No

105

8.3

Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

52,180

No

106

8.3

The Seventh Seal (1957)

54,765

No

107

8.3

On the Waterfront (1954)

53,993

No

108

8.3

Up (2009)

226,247

Yes

109

8.3

The Elephant Man (1980)

83,012

No

110

8.3

The Maltese Falcon (1941)

65,381

No

111

8.3

The Great Escape (1963)

83,966

No

112

8.3

Yojimbo (1961)

38,760

No

113

8.2

Gran Torino (2008)

233,888

Yes

114

8.2

Rebecca (1940)

46,600

No

115

8.2

Batman Begins (2005)

391,173

Yes

116

8.2

Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

25,677

No

117

8.2

The Intouchables (2011)

29,361

No

118

8.2

For a Few Dollars More (1965)

67,390

No

119

8.2

Snatch. (2000)

267,782

Yes

120

8.2

The General (1926)

26,886

No

121

8.2

Heat (1995)

210,108

No

122

8.2

Blade Runner (1982)

246,817

Yes

123

8.2

Fargo (1996)

217,975

Yes

124

8.2

Wild Strawberries (1957)

30,591

No

125

8.2

Ran (1985)

44,109

No

126

8.2

Sin City (2005)

345,621

Yes

127

8.2

Toy Story (1995)

245,053

Yes

128

8.2

Touch of Evil (1958)

42,146

No

129

8.2

The Big Lebowski (1998)

251,455

Yes

130

8.2

Jaws (1975)

191,696

Yes

131

8.2

The Deer Hunter (1978)

122,188

No

132

8.2

Hotel Rwanda (2004)

132,038

Yes

133

8.2

No Country for Old Men (2007)

288,159

Yes

134

8.2

The Artist (2011)

63,327

No

135

8.2

Ikiru (1952)

21,832

No

136

8.2

Cool Hand Luke (1967)

62,892

No

137

8.2

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

141,289

Yes

138

8.2

It Happened One Night (1934)

33,462

No

139

8.2

Black Swan (2010)

235,303

Yes

140

8.2

The King’s Speech (2010)

171,027

Yes

141

8.2

Scarface (1983)

233,643

Yes

142

8.2

The Sixth Sense (1999)

343,013

Yes

143

8.2

Strangers on a Train (1951)

47,441

No

144

8.2

The Kid (1921)

23,333

No

145

8.2

The Wages of Fear (1953)

19,517

No

146

8.2

Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

330,544

Yes

147

8.2

Annie Hall (1977)

92,093

No

148

8.1

The Gold Rush (1925)

30,096

No

149

8.1

High Noon (1952)

44,581

No

150

8.1

Platoon (1986)

151,866

Yes

151

8.1

Warrior (2011)

86,110

No

152

8.1

Trainspotting (1996)

217,558

Yes

153

8.1

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

77,991

No

154

8.1

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

192,517

Yes

155

8.1

Into the Wild (2007)

173,610

No

156

8.1

Sunrise (1927)

16,023

No

157

8.1

The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

31,763

No

158

8.1

Donnie Darko (2001)

293,715

Yes

159

8.1

The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)

47,646

No

160

8.1

Notorious (1946)

40,710

No

161

8.1

The Thing (1982)

124,486

Yes

162

8.1

Gone with the Wind (1939)

110,726

No

163

8.1

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

214,240

Yes

164

8.1

Casino (1995)

156,592

No

165

8.1

There Will Be Blood (2007)

183,479

Yes

166

8.1

Life of Brian (1979)

133,669

Yes

167

8.1

Les diaboliques (1955)

21,125

No

168

8.1

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

287,406

Yes

169

8.1

My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

54,123

No

170

8.1

Amores perros (2000)

89,624

No

171

8.1

Finding Nemo (2003)

266,357

Yes

172

8.1

Ben-Hur (1959)

80,156

No

173

8.1

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

138,691

No

174

8.1

Groundhog Day (1993)

202,224

Yes

175

8.1

The Terminator (1984)

265,781

Yes

176

8.1

The Big Sleep (1946)

37,248

No

177

8.1

V for Vendetta (2005)

348,339

Yes

178

8.1

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

22,407

No

179

8.1

Good Will Hunting (1997)

234,739

Yes

180

8.1

Stand by Me (1986)

129,086

Yes

181

8.1

The Graduate (1967)

109,832

No

182

8.1

Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

88,858

Yes

183

8.1

Twelve Monkeys (1995)

233,918

Yes

184

8.1

Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

20,460

No

185

8.1

The Avengers (2012)

5,739

No

186

8.1

Network (1976)

50,166

No

187

8.1

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

226,113

Yes

188

8.1

The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

43,559

No

189

8.1

The 400 Blows (1959)

33,827

No

190

8.1

The Night of the Hunter (1955)

34,198

No

191

8.1

Mary and Max (2009)

39,635

No

192

8.1

Gandhi (1982)

75,512

No

193

8.1

District 9 (2009)

256,830

Yes

194

8.1

Harakiri (1962)

8,548

No

195

8.1

Persona (1966)

25,387

No

196

8.1

The Battle of Algiers (1966)

19,629

No

197

8

Dial M for Murder (1954)

44,845

No

198

8

The Princess Bride (1987)

158,515

No

199

8

The Killing (1956)

34,019

No

200

8

8½ (1963)

41,397

No

201

8

La strada (1954)

24,406

No

202

8

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

28,446

No

203

8

The Hustler (1961)

33,773

No

204

8

Sherlock Jr. (1924)

12,250

No

205

8

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

15,408

No

206

8

Ratatouille (2007)

211,310

No

207

8

The Wrestler (2008)

150,971

No

208

8

Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

77,521

No

209

8

Fanny and Alexander (1982)

20,942

No

210

8

The Exorcist (1973)

153,525

No

211

8

The Wild Bunch (1969)

40,345

No

212

8

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)

48,989

No

213

8

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

173,705

No

214

8

Stalag 17 (1953)

26,342

No

215

8

Rocky (1976)

150,394

No

216

8

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

45,819

Yes

217

8

Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

17,436

No

218

8

Barry Lyndon (1975)

53,136

No

219

8

Star Trek (2009)

224,362

Yes

220

8

Nights of Cabiria (1957)

16,066

No

221

8

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

29,278

No

222

8

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

217,280

Yes

223

8

The Truman Show (1998)

254,865

Yes

224

8

Infernal Affairs (2002)

48,325

No

225

8

Roman Holiday (1953)

45,121

No

226

8

Rope (1948)

46,381

No

227

8

Ip Man (2008)

44,801

No

228

8

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

30,200

No

229

8

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

74,738

No

230

8

Tokyo Story (1953)

12,339

No

231

8

Festen (1998)

36,261

No

232

8

Stalker (1979)

31,122

No

233

8

Mystic River (2003)

179,825

Yes

234

8

High and Low (1963)

10,110

No

235

8

Let the Right One In (2008)

99,519

No

236

8

Come and See (1985)

13,091

No

237

8

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

359,599

Yes

238

8

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

121,410

Yes

239

8

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

34,322

No

240

8

Manhattan (1979)

55,247

No

241

8

Monsters, Inc. (2001)

204,771

Yes

242

8

Magnolia (1999)

155,482

No

243

8

Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

22,943

No

244

8

Big Fish (2003)

203,381

No

245

8

Nosferatu (1922)

38,967

No

246

8

Throne of Blood (1957)

15,682

No

247

8

Le Samouraï (1967)

14,829

No

248

8

The Incredibles (2004)

237,534

No

249

8

La grande illusion (1937)

16,032

No

250

8

Shutter Island (2010)

262,141

Yes

Here is a pie chart of how many I have seen and how many I have yet to watch.

250 top movies from 1920 - 2012

By Decade

There is almost 100 years of movies on that list. The oldest being ‘The Kid’ that was made in 1921. Not sure If I will ever watch that one, maybe on Youtube when I have a spare couple of hours.

It became apparent to me that the older the movies the greater the chance I haven’t seen them. You not going to see me rushing to the video store salivating over the Blueray release of ‘the Kid’. So I have culled all the movies older than 1970 to see the ratio of how many I have seen. The pie chart is much more green. A total of 155 newer than 1970.

250 top movies from 1970 - 2012

Here is a breakdown of all the movies I have seen by decade. Much more red as you go back in time.

250 top movies from 1920 - 2012 by decade

Once again, I did a bar graph of movies only between 1970 to present. The graph looks much more healthier with me seeing  a small majority of the movies.

250 top movies from 1970 - 2012 by decade

By Vote

If you look at the original table of all the movies you will notice that there is a vote count. That is how many people voted for that movie to give it its final score. There is a minimal limit that determines when a movie will be eligible to be seen on the list.

Not surprisingly ‘The Avengers’ which is the only 2012 movie on the list has the lowest count at a mere 5000+ votes. The movie may fall of the list as the buzz wains and the opinion of the movie matures like bottle of wine.

I arranged the movies by the vote count and separate it into 100K groups (from 0 to 700K). Not surprisingly the number of votes correlates with the popularity of the film and the likelihood that I have seen it.

See the following charts of all the movies

250 top movies 0 - 700K by vote

Here are only movies with more than 100K votes. I definitely have seen a majority of these movies.

250 top movies 100 - 700K by vote

Final word

Any amateur movie buff would clobber me over the head with a stick if they knew I haven’t seen some of the great titles such as the ‘Godfather’ series or ‘Goodfellas’. The older movie generation may clobber me with their walking sticks for not seeing ‘Casablanca’ or ’12 Angry Men’.

I will get there one day and watch majority of these films. My total movie count is around 500, which doesn’t even scrape the surface of all the great works of art that have been released over the years.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. April 24, 2012 2:25 pm

    I have to say, this is awesome.

    • April 24, 2012 2:31 pm

      Thank you. Have you seen many of those titles?

      • April 24, 2012 3:07 pm

        I have seen many of them, but I believe I’m on the same boat as you. I’ve seen the Godfather’s but there are still some classics I have yet to see, such as 12 Angry Men and Casablanca. I’ve always been an avid movie watcher, but this is the year where I have really stepped my game up, here’s my list of movies I’ve seen this year http://www.imdb.com/list/ulaBL_md95w/ But I am very impressed with you graphs and all the info you gathered up.

  2. jaado permalink
    April 27, 2012 12:20 am

    Love the stats….I did a similar thing for the top 100….. but stopped short of the graphs.

    Please obtain copies of the following films and watch them soon…

    1. Momento
    2. Goodfellas
    3. The Dark Knight

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