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The IMDb Top 250 on 1st January, 2013

Introduction

To help track the Change in the IMDb Top 250, I grab a static copy of that list each 1st January. Here's the list as it was on 1st January, 2013, with some data that ties it to previous years. Here are equivalent pages for 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2004.

Of course, the list changes all the time. Here's the current version of the IMDb Top 250 at the Internet Movie Database.

Key

This list is in order and lists the title, year and director of each film, with a link to its IMDb page, along with its position (if applicable) in the list I grabbed at some point in mid-2004. The last column highlights the change in position over the last twelve months. A film that wasn't in the list in 2015 is a new entry, even if it was in the list in a previous year.

The List

# Title Year Director IMDb '13 '04 Ch
1 The Shawshank Redemption 1994 Frank Darabont IMDb 1 2 ↑1
2 The Godfather 1972 Francis Ford Coppola IMDb 2 1 ↓1
3 The Godfather: Part II 1974 Francis Ford Coppola IMDb 3 4 ↑1
4 Pulp Fiction 1994 Quentin Tarantino IMDb 4 16 ↑12
5 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 1966 Sergio Leone IMDb 5 20 ↑15
6 12 Angry Men 1957 Sidney Lumet IMDb 6 21 ↑15
7 The Dark Knight 2008 Christopher Nolan IMDb 7
8 Schindler's List 1993 Steven Spielberg IMDb 8 6 ↓2
9 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 Peter Jackson IMDb 9 3 ↓6
10 Fight Club 1999 David Fincher IMDb 10 41 ↑31
11 The Empire Strikes Back 1980 Irvin Kershner IMDb 11 13 ↑2
12 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975 Milos Forman IMDb 12 12 =
13 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001 Peter Jackson IMDb 13 9 ↓4
14 Inception 2010 Christopher Nolan IMDb 14
15 Goodfellas 1990 Martin Scorsese IMDb 15 29 ↑14
16 Star Wars 1977 George Lucas IMDb 16 10 ↓6
17 The Seven Samurai 1954 Akira Kurosawa IMDb 17 5 ↓12
18 The Matrix 1999 Andy Wachowski
Larry Wachowski
IMDb 18 34 ↑16
19 Forrest Gump 1994 Robert Zemeckis IMDb 19 115 ↑96
20 City of God 2002 Fernando Meirelles
Kátia Lund
IMDb 20 23 ↑3
21 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 Peter Jackson IMDb 21 8 ↓13
22 Once Upon a Time in the West 1968 Sergio Leone IMDb 22 32 ↑10
23 Se7en 1995 David Fincher IMDb 23 55 ↑32
24 The Silence of the Lambs 1991 Jonathan Demme IMDb 24 28 ↑4
25 Casablanca 1942 Michael Curtiz IMDb 25 7 ↓18
26 The Usual Suspects 1995 Bryan Singer IMDb 26 18 ↓8
27 Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 Steven Spielberg IMDb 27 17 ↓10
28 Rear Window 1954 Alfred Hitchcock IMDb 28 14 ↓14
29 Psycho 1960 Alfred Hitchcock IMDb 29 25 ↓4
30 It's a Wonderful Life 1946 Frank Capra IMDb 30 27 ↓3
31 Leon 1994 Luc Besson IMDb 31 64 ↑33
32 Sunset Boulevard 1950 Billy Wilder IMDb 32 31 ↓1
33 Memento 2000 Christopher Nolan IMDb 33 19 ↓14
34 American History X 1998 Tony Kaye IMDb 34 61 ↑27
35 Apocalypse Now 1979 Francis Ford Coppola IMDb 35 36 ↑1
36 Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 James Cameron IMDb 36 110 ↑74
37 Dr Strangelove 1964 Stanley Kubrick IMDb 37 15 ↓22
38 The Dark Knight Rises 2012 Christopher Nolan IMDb 38
39 Saving Private Ryan 1998 Steven Spielberg IMDb 39 58 ↑19
40 Alien 1979 Ridley Scott IMDb 40 60 ↑20
41 City Lights 1931 Charles Chaplin IMDb 41 91 ↑50
42 North by Northwest 1959 Alfred Hitchcock IMDb 42 22 ↓20
43 Spirited Away 2001 Hayao Miyazaki IMDb 43 43 =
44 Citizen Kane 1941 Orson Welles IMDb 44 11 ↓33
45 Modern Times 1936 Charles Chaplin IMDb 45 69 ↑24
46 The Shining 1980 Stanley Kubrick IMDb 46 89 ↑43
47 Back to the Future 1985 Robert Zemeckis IMDb 47 143 ↑96
48 Vertigo 1958 Alfred Hitchcock IMDb 48 33 ↓15
49 The Pianist 2002 Roman Polanski IMDb 49 37 ↓12
50 The Departed 2006 Martin Scorsese IMDb 50
51 American Beauty 1999 Sam Mendes IMDb 51 30 ↓21
52 M 1931 Fritz Lang IMDb 52 50 ↓2
53 Taxi Driver 1976 Martin Scorsese IMDb 53 42 ↓11
54 Paths of Glory 1957 Stanley Kubrick IMDb 54 40 ↓14
55 Life is Beautiful 1997 Roberto Benigni IMDb 55 72 ↑17
56 Toy Story 3 2010 Lee Unkrich IMDb 56
57 Double Indemnity 1944 Billy Wilder IMDb 57 45 ↓12
58 Aliens 1986 James Cameron IMDb 58 87 ↑29
59 WALL-E 2008 Andrew Stanton IMDb 59
60 The Lives of Others 2006 Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck IMDb 60
61 A Clockwork Orange 1971 Stanley Kubrick IMDb 61 74 ↑13
62 Amelie 2001 Jean-Pierre Jeunet IMDb 62 26 ↓36
63 Gladiator 2000 Ridley Scott IMDb 63 168 ↑105
64 The Intouchables 2011 Olivier Nakache
Eric Toledano
IMDb 64
65 The Green Mile 1999 Frank Darabont IMDb 65 132 ↑67
66 Lawrence of Arabia 1962 David Lean IMDb 66 24 ↓42
67 To Kill a Mockingbird 1962 Robert Mulligan IMDb 67 35 ↓32
68 The Prestige 2006 Christopher Nolan IMDb 68
69 The Great Dictator 1940 Charles Chaplin IMDb 69 97 ↑28
70 Reservoir Dogs 1992 Quentin Tarantino IMDb 70 71 ↑1
71 Das Boot 1981 Wolfgang Peterson IMDb 71 46 ↓25
72 The Third Man 1949 Carol Reed IMDb 72 39 ↓33
73 Requiem for a Dream 2000 Darren Aronofsky IMDb 73 51 ↓22
74 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 1948 John Huston IMDb 74 68 ↓6
75 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2004 Michel Gondry IMDb 75 38 ↓37
76 Cinema Paradiso 1988 Giuseppe Tornatore IMDb 76 99 ↑23
77 Once Upon a Time in America 1984 Sergio Leone IMDb 77 124 ↑47
78 Chinatown 1974 Roman Polanski IMDb 78 48 ↓30
79 The Lion King 1994 Roger Allers
Rob Minkoff
IMDb 79
80 LA Confidential 1997 Curtis Hanson IMDb 80 49 ↓31
81 Return of the Jedi 1983 Richard Marquand IMDb 81 131 ↑50
82 Full Metal Jacket 1987 Stanley Kubrick IMDb 82 102 ↑20
83 Braveheart 1995 Mel Gibson IMDb 83 85 ↑2
84 Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975 Terry Gilliam
Terry Jones
IMDb 84 56 ↓28
85 Oldboy 2003 Chan-wook Park IMDb 85
86 Singin' in the Rain 1952 Gene Kelly
Stanley Donen
IMDb 86 47 ↓39
87 Some Like It Hot 1959 Billy Wilder IMDb 87 44 ↓43
88 Amadeus 1984 Milos Forman IMDb 88 79 ↓9
89 Metropolis 1927 Fritz Lang IMDb 89 86 ↓3
90 Rashomon 1950 Akira Kurosawa IMDb 90 57 ↓33
91 The Bicycle Thief 1948 Vittorio De Sica IMDb 91 104 ↑13
92 2001: A Space Odyssey 1968 Stanley Kubrick IMDb 92 73 ↓19
93 Princess Mononoke 1997 Hayao Miyazaki IMDb 93 100 ↑7
94 Unforgiven 1992 Clint Eastwood IMDb 94 127 ↑33
95 All About Eve 1950 Joseph L Mankiewicz IMDb 95 54 ↓41
96 The Apartment 1960 Billy Wilder IMDb 96 81 ↓15
97 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 1989 Steven Spielberg IMDb 97 141 ↑44
98 The Sting 1973 George Roy Hill IMDb 98 67 ↓31
99 Raging Bull 1957 Martin Scorsese IMDb 99 59 ↓40
100 The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957 David Lean IMDb 100 52 ↓48
101 Die Hard 1988 John McTiernan IMDb 101 156 ↑55
102 Witness for the Prosecution 1957 Billy Wilder IMDb 102 164 ↑62
103 Batman Begins 2005 Christopher Nolan IMDb 103
104 Grave of the Fireflies 1988 Isao Takahata IMDb 104 171 ↑67
105 A Separation 2011 Asghar Farhadi IMDb 105
106 Pan's Labyrinth 2006 Guillermo Del Toro IMDb 106
107 Downfall 2004 Oliver Hirschbiegel IMDb 107
108 Mr Smith Goes to Washington 1939 Frank Capra IMDb 108 66 ↓42
109 Yojimbo 1961 Akira Kurosawa IMDb 109 107 ↓2
110 The Great Escape 1963 John Sturges IMDb 110 77 ↓33
111 For a Few Dollars More 1965 Sergio Leone IMDb 111
112 Snatch 2000 Guy Ritchie IMDb 112 221 ↑109
113 Inglourious Basterds 2009 Quentin Tarantino IMDb 113
114 Up 2009 Pete Docter IMDb 114
115 On the Waterfront 1954 Elia Kazan IMDb 115 78 ↓37
116 The Elephant Man 1980 David Lynch IMDb 116 130 ↑14
117 The Seventh Seal 1957 Ingmar Bergman IMDb 117 95 ↓22
118 Toy Story 1995 John Lasseter IMDb 118 177 ↑59
119 Heat 1995 Michael Mann IMDb 119 245 ↑126
120 The General 1926 Buster Keaton
Clyde Bruckman
IMDb 120 93 ↓27
121 The Maltese Falcon 1941 John Huston IMDb 121 53 ↓68
122 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012 Peter Jackson IMDb 122
123 Rebecca 1940 Alfred Hitchcock IMDb 123 105 ↓18
124 Blade Runner 1982 Ridley Scott IMDb 124 94 ↓30
125 Gran Torino 2008 Clint Eastwood IMDb 125
126 Wild Strawberries 1957 Ingmar Bergman IMDb 126 138 ↑12
127 Fargo 1996 Joel Coen IMDb 127 88 ↓39
128 The Kid 1921 Charles Chaplin IMDb 128
129 Scarface 1983 Brian De Palma IMDb 129
130 The Avengers 2012 Joss Whedon IMDb 130
131 The Big Lebowski 1998 Joel Coen IMDb 131 222 ↑91
132 Touch of Evil 1958 Orson Welles IMDb 132 70 ↓62
133 Ran 1985 Akira Kurosawa IMDb 133 76 ↓57
134 The Deer Hunter 1978 Michael Cimino IMDb 134 117 ↓17
135 Cool Hand Luke 1967 Stuart Rosenberg IMDb 135 121 ↓14
136 Sin City 2005 Robert Rodriguez
Quentin Tarantino
Frank Miller
IMDb 136
137 The Gold Rush 1925 Charles Chaplin IMDb 137 151 ↑14
138 Strangers on a Train 1951 Alfred Hitchcock IMDb 138 90 ↓48
139 No Country for Old Men 2007 Joel Coen
Ethan Coen
IMDb 139
140 It Happened One Night 1934 Frank Capra IMDb 140 113 ↓27
141 Jaws 1975 Steven Spielberg IMDb 141 82 ↓59
142 Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels 1998 Guy Ritchie IMDb 142 224 ↑82
143 The Sixth Sense 1999 M Night Shyamalan IMDb 143 96 ↓47
144 Platoon 1986 Oliver Stone IMDb 144 147 ↑3
145 High Noon 1952 Fred Zinnemann IMDb 145 84 ↓61
146 Hotel Rwanda 2004 Terry George IMDb 146
147 The Thing 1982 John Carpenter IMDb 147
148 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969 George Roy Hill IMDb 148 112 ↓36
149 The Wizard of Oz 1939 Victor Fleming IMDb 149 62 ↓87
150 Casino 1995 Martin Scorsese IMDb 150
151 Trainspotting 1996 Danny Boyle IMDb 151 203 ↑52
152 Kill Bill: Vol 1 2003 Quentin Tarantino IMDb 152 63 ↓89
153 Warrior 2011 Gavin O'Connor IMDb 153
154 Annie Hall 1977 Woody Allen IMDb 154 80 ↓74
155 The Secret in Their Eyes 2009 Juan José Campanella IMDb 155
156 Notorious 1946 Alfred Hitchcock IMDb 156 103 ↓53
157 Good Will Hunting 1997 Gus Van Sant IMDb 157 248 ↑91
158 Gone with the Wind 1939 Victor Fleming IMDb 158 148 ↓10
159 The Grapes of Wrath 1940 John Ford IMDb 159 136 ↓23
160 The King's Speech 2010 Tom Hooper IMDb 160
161 Into the Wild 2007 Sean Penn IMDb 161
162 Life of Brian 1979 Terry Jones IMDb 162 159 ↓3
163 Finding Nemo 2003 Andrew Stanton IMDb 163 75 ↓88
164 V for Vendetta 2005 James McTeigue IMDb 164
165 My Neighbor Totoro 1988 Hayao Miyazaki IMDb 165
166 How to Train Your Dragon 2010 Dean DeBlois
Chris Sanders
IMDb 166
167 Dial M for Murder 1954 Alfred Hitchcock IMDb 167
168 The Big Sleep 1946 Howard Hawks IMDb 168 108 ↓60
169 Ben-Hur 1959 William Wyler IMDb 169 129 ↓40
170 Network 1976 Sidney Lumet IMDb 170 217 ↑47
171 The Terminator 1984 James Cameron IMDb 171 202 ↑31
172 Million Dollar Baby 2004 Clint Eastwood IMDb 172
173 There Will Be Blood 2007 Paul Thomas Anderson IMDb 173
174 The Night of the Hunter 1955 Charles Laughton IMDb 174 142 ↓32
175 Stand by Me 1986 Rob Reiner IMDb 175 196 ↑21
176 Donnie Darko 2001 Richard Kelly IMDb 176 92 ↓84
177 Black Swan 2010 Darren Aronofsky IMDb 177
178 Groundhog Day 1993 Harold Ramis IMDb 178 204 ↑26
179 Dog Day Afternoon 1975 Sidney Lumet IMDb 179 198 ↑19
180 Twelve Monkeys 1995 Terry Gilliam IMDb 180 199 ↑19
181 Amores Perros 2000 Alejandro González Iñárritu IMDb 181 139 ↓42
182 The Bourne Ultimatum 2007 Paul Greengrass IMDb 182
183 Mary and Max 2009 Adam Elliot IMDb 183
184 The 400 Blows 1959 François Truffaut IMDb 184 160 ↓24
185 Persona 1966 Ingmar Bergman IMDb 185 235 ↑50
186 The Graduate 1967 Mike Nichols IMDb 186 116 ↓70
187 Gandhi 1982 Richard Attenborough IMDb 187 192 ↑5
188 The Killing 1956 Stanley Kubrick IMDb 188 178 ↓10
189 Howl's Moving Castle 2004 Hayao Miyazaki IMDb 189
190 Life of Pi 2012 Ang Lee IMDb 190
191 The Princess Bride 1987 Rob Reiner IMDb 191 101 ↓90
192 1963 Federico Fellini IMDb 192 212 ↑20
193 The Artist 2011 Michel Hazanavicius IMDb 193
194 Slumdog Millionaire 2008 Danny Boyle IMDb 194
195 Argo 2012 Ben Affleck IMDb 195
196 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 1966 Mike Nichols IMDb 196 190 ↓6
197 The Hustler 1961 Robert Rossen IMDb 197 150 ↓47
198 La strada 1954 Federico Fellini IMDb 198 209 ↑11
199 A Beautiful Mind 2001 Ron Howard IMDb 199
200 The Manchurian Candidate 1962 John Frankenheimer IMDb 200 65 ↓135
201 Rocky 1976 John G Avildsen IMDb 201
202 The Wild Bunch 1969 Sam Peckinpah IMDb 202 149 ↓53
203 Anatomy of a Murder 1959 Otto Preminger IMDb 203
204 Stalag 17 1953 Billy Wilder IMDb 204 134 ↓70
205 The Exorcist 1973 William Friedkin IMDb 205 197 ↓8
206 Sleuth 1972 Joseph L Mankiewicz IMDb 206 249 ↑43
207 Rope 1948 Alfred Hitchcock IMDb 207
208 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 1962 John Ford IMDb 208 165 ↓43
209 Barry Lyndon 1975 Stanley Kubrick IMDb 209
210 District 9 2009 Neill Blomkamp IMDb 210
211 The Perks of Being a Wallflower 2012 Stephen Chbosky IMDb 211
212 Infernal Affairs 2002 Wai-keung Lau
Alan Mak
IMDb 212
213 Stalker 1979 Andrey Tarkovskiy IMDb 213
214 Roman Holiday 1953 William Wyler IMDb 214 169 ↓45
215 The Truman Show 1998 Peter Weir IMDb 215
216 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 2003 Gore Verbinski IMDb 216 188 ↓28
217 Ip Man 2008 Wilson Yip IMDb 217
218 Ratatouille 2007 Brad Bird IMDb 218
219 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 2007 Julian Schnabel IMDb 219
220 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 2011 David Yates IMDb 220
221 In the Name of the Father 1993 Jim Sheridan IMDb 221
222 Monsters, Inc 2001 Pete Docter
David Silverman
IMDb 222 161 ↓61
223 A Fistful of Dollars 1964 Sergio Leone IMDb 223
224 A Streetcar Named Desire 1951 Elia Kazan IMDb 224 176 ↓48
225 Star Trek 2009 J J Abrams IMDb 225
226 Incendies 2010 Denis Villeneuve IMDb 226
227 Beauty and the Beast 1991 Gary Trousdale
Kirk Wise
IMDb 227 243 ↑16
228 Rosemary's Baby 1968 Roman Polanski IMDb 228
229 Harvey 1950 Henry Koster IMDb 229 194 ↓35
230 La haine 1995 Mathieu Kassovitz IMDb 230
231 All Quiet on the Western Front 1930 Lewis Milestone IMDb 231 152 ↓79
232 The Wrestler 2008 Darren Aronofsky IMDb 232
233 Rain Man 1988 Barry Levinson IMDb 233 214 ↓19
234 Shutter Island 2010 Martin Scorsese IMDb 234
235 Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring 2003 Ki-duk Kim IMDb 235
236 Nosferatu 1922 F W Murnau IMDb 236 191 ↓45
237 Manhattan 1979 Woody Allen IMDb 237 120 ↓117
238 Mystic River 2003 Clint Eastwood IMDb 238 125 ↓113
239 Battleship Potemkin 1925 Sergei Eisenstein IMDb 239 157 ↓82
240 3 Idiots 2009 Rajkumar Hirani IMDb 240
241 Big Fish 2003 Tim Burton IMDb 241 186 ↓55
242 Papillon 1973 Franklin J Schaffner IMDb 242
243 Shadow of a Doubt 1943 Alfred Hitchcock IMDb 243 189 ↓54
244 Castle in the Sky 1986 Hayao Miyazaki IMDb 244
245 Jurassic Park 1993 Steven Spielberg IMDb 245
246 Bringing Up Baby 1938 Howard Hawks IMDb 246 133 ↓113
247 The Untouchables 1987 Brian De Palma IMDb 247 230 ↓17
248 In the Heat of the Night 1967 Norman Jewison IMDb 248 229 ↓19
249 Let the Right One In 2008 Tomas Alfredson IMDb 249
250 Arsenic and Old Lace 1944 Frank Capra IMDb 250 144 ↓106

Basic Data

The mean is 1980, the median 1986 and the mode 2003.

66 films moved up the list, while 108 moved down and 2 remained in the same spot.

Breakdown by Decade

Here's how the films break down by decade, with comparative data to 2004:

Decade 2013 2004
1920s 6 7
1930s 9 18
1940s 16 24
1950s 31 33
1960s 24 28
1970s 24 25
1980s 28 32
1990s 39 44
2000s 55 39
2010s 18 0


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