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The IMDb Top 250 on 1st January, 2017

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, 2017, with some data that ties it to previous years. Here are equivalent pages for 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 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 on 1st January in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 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.

Notes

There's much worthy of note in this New Year's list.

The mean year continues to rise subtly. It's 1984 in this list, up from 1983 last year. It's rising on average a year a year, which isn't too hard to understand.

The median jumped from 1988 (which held over the last three years) to 1993. This is a firm reminder that we're getting old but also a reminder to those who follow this list that half as many films in it were made in the last 24 years as in the entire rest of cinematic history. Think of that another way; if you're 25 years old, IMDb suggests that half the greatest films of all time were made during your lifetime. That's a sobering thought.

The mode remains at 1995 for the fourth year. Apparently people continue to believe that it was a really good year.

The oldest film in the list is currently Charlie Chaplin's The Kid, released in 1921. There are actually more films from the 1920s in the list right now than there have been for a while. There are 6 now, compared to 5 last year, 4 in 2015 and 2014 and 6 in 2013. Back in 2004, there were still only 7. However, all decades from the 1930s to the 1980s have either the same presence in the list or a decreased one. Each decade from the 1990s to the present have increased in representation.

The list of new entries is fascinating. Usually it's a combination of brand new films and classic foreign films. This time out, I'm seeing quite a few older (but not classic) films from countries like India and Turkey; this may suggest that the voting block in those nations has grown to the point where their local favourites are qualifying for inclusion. There are also some older English language films: Kind Hearts and Coronets, returning to the list after many years away, and The Message, which came out of nowhere.

Only five films moved more than 5 places up the list and two thirds of those are recent foreign films: 3 Idiots, The Hunt and Incendies. The first and last of those moved up 11 places, the highest increase of any films in the list.

However, one film dominated those moving down. That's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which dropped 136 places. Its closest rival was Mad Max: Fury Road, which dropped a mere 47 in comparison. Technically two others fit in that list, but they dropped out of the list entirely: The Martian and The Revenant formerly at 178 and 183 respectively. However, all the other films that dropped out of the list were in the bottom 30 spots already.

The List

# Title Year Director IMDb '16 '15 '14 '13 '04 Ch
1 The Shawshank Redemption 1994 Frank Darabont IMDb 1 1 1 1 2 =
2 The Godfather 1972 Francis Ford Coppola IMDb 2 2 2 2 1 =
3 The Godfather: Part II 1974 Francis Ford Coppola IMDb 3 3 3 3 4 =
4 The Dark Knight 2008 Christopher Nolan IMDb 4 4 6 7 =
5 12 Angry Men 1957 Sidney Lumet IMDb 5 7 7 6 21 =
6 Schindler's List 1993 Steven Spielberg IMDb 6 8 8 8 6 =
7 Pulp Fiction 1994 Quentin Tarantino IMDb 7 5 4 4 16 =
8 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 Peter Jackson IMDb 9 9 9 9 3 ↑1
9 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 1966 Sergio Leone IMDb 8 6 5 5 20 ↓1
10 Fight Club 1999 David Fincher IMDb 10 10 10 10 41 =
11 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001 Peter Jackson IMDb 11 11 11 13 9 =
12 The Empire Strikes Back 1980 Irvin Kershner IMDb 12 12 12 11 13 =
13 Forrest Gump 1994 Robert Zemeckis IMDb 13 14 15 19 115 =
14 Inception 2010 Christopher Nolan IMDb 14 13 14 14 =
15 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 Peter Jackson IMDb 16 17 19 21 8 ↑1
16 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975 Milos Forman IMDb 15 15 13 12 12 ↓1
17 Goodfellas 1990 Martin Scorsese IMDb 18 18 16 15 29 ↑1
18 The Matrix 1999 Andy Wachowski
Larry Wachowski
IMDb 17 19 20 18 34 ↓1
19 The Seven Samurai 1954 Akira Kurosawa IMDb 20 21 18 17 5 ↑1
20 Star Wars 1977 George Lucas IMDb 19 20 17 16 10 ↓1
21 City of God 2002 Fernando Meirelles
Kátia Lund
IMDb 21 22 21 20 23 =
22 Se7en 1995 David Fincher IMDb 22 23 22 23 55 =
23 The Silence of the Lambs 1991 Jonathan Demme IMDb 23 25 24 24 28 =
24 It's a Wonderful Life 1946 Frank Capra IMDb 25 26 26 30 27 ↑1
25 The Usual Suspects 1995 Bryan Singer IMDb 24 24 25 26 18 ↓1
26 Life is Beautiful 1997 Roberto Benigni IMDb 26 29 36 55 72 =
27 Leon 1994 Luc Besson IMDb 27 28 28 31 64 =
28 Spirited Away 2001 Hayao Miyazaki IMDb 31 36 38 43 43 ↑3
29 Saving Private Ryan 1998 Steven Spielberg IMDb 30 34 34 39 58 ↑1
30 Once Upon a Time in the West 1968 Sergio Leone IMDb 28 27 23 22 32 ↓2
31 La La Land 2016 Damien Chazelle IMDb
32 American History X 1998 Tony Kaye IMDb 32 32 32 34 61 =
33 Interstellar 2014 Christopher Nolan IMDb 29 16 ↓4
34 Casablanca 1942 Michael Curtiz IMDb 33 30 27 25 7 ↓1
35 Psycho 1960 Alfred Hitchcock IMDb 35 33 31 29 25 =
36 City Lights 1931 Charles Chaplin IMDb 34 35 33 41 91 ↓2
37 The Green Mile 1999 Frank Darabont IMDb 40 42 48 65 132 ↑3
38 Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 Steven Spielberg IMDb 36 31 29 27 17 ↓2
39 The Intouchables 2011 Olivier Nakache
Eric Toledano
IMDb 38 38 45 64 ↓1
40 Modern Times 1936 Charles Chaplin IMDb 39 39 41 45 69 ↓1
41 Rear Window 1954 Alfred Hitchcock IMDb 37 37 30 28 14 ↓4
42 The Pianist 2002 Roman Polanski IMDb 42 43 43 49 37 =
43 The Departed 2006 Martin Scorsese IMDb 44 46 47 50 ↑1
44 Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 James Cameron IMDb 41 40 39 36 110 ↓3
45 Back to the Future 1985 Robert Zemeckis IMDb 45 49 46 47 143 =
46 Whiplash 2014 Damien Chazelle IMDb 43 ↓3
47 Gladiator 2000 Ridley Scott IMDb 47 48 49 63 168 =
48 Memento 2000 Christopher Nolan IMDb 46 41 37 33 19 ↓2
49 Apocalypse Now 1979 Francis Ford Coppola IMDb 48 45 40 35 36 ↓1
50 The Prestige 2006 Christopher Nolan IMDb 51 51 61 68 ↑1
51 The Lion King 1994 Roger Allers
Rob Minkoff
IMDb 54 54 69 79 ↑3
52 Alien 1979 Ridley Scott IMDb 53 50 44 40 60 ↑1
53 Dr. Strangelove 1964 Stanley Kubrick IMDb 49 47 42 37 15 ↓4
54 Sunset Boulevard 1950 Billy Wilder IMDb 50 44 35 32 31 ↓4
55 The Great Dictator 1940 Charles Chaplin IMDb 55 52 59 69 97 =
56 The Lives of Others 2006 Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck IMDb 56 53 55 60 =
57 Cinema Paradiso 1988 Giuseppe Tornatore IMDb 57 57 64 76 99 =
58 Paths of Glory 1957 Stanley Kubrick IMDb 58 59 54 54 40 =
59 Grave of the Fireflies 1988 Isao Takahata IMDb 64 71 82 104 171 ↑5
60 Django Unchained 2012 Quentin Tarantino IMDb 60 56 53 =
61 The Shining 1980 Stanley Kubrick IMDb 59 58 51 46 89 ↓2
62 WALL-E 2008 Andrew Stanton IMDb 62 61 60 59 =
63 The Dark Knight Rises 2012 Christopher Nolan IMDb 61 55 50 38 ↓2
64 American Beauty 1999 Sam Mendes IMDb 63 60 57 51 30 ↓1
65 Princess Mononoke 1997 Hayao Miyazaki IMDb 68 72 81 93 100 ↑3
66 Aliens 1986 James Cameron IMDb 65 63 62 58 87 ↓1
67 Oldboy 2003 Chan-wook Park IMDb 69 70 76 85 ↑2
68 Once Upon a Time in America 1984 Sergio Leone IMDb 72 74 77 77 124 ↑4
69 Citizen Kane 1941 Orson Welles IMDb 66 64 56 44 11 ↓3
70 Das Boot 1981 Wolfgang Peterson IMDb 71 69 71 71 46 ↑1
71 Witness for the Prosecution 1957 Billy Wilder IMDb 76 83 83 102 164 ↑5
72 North by Northwest 1959 Alfred Hitchcock IMDb 67 62 52 42 22 ↓5
73 Vertigo 1958 Alfred Hitchcock IMDb 70 66 63 48 33 ↓3
74 Return of the Jedi 1983 Richard Marquand IMDb 73 73 78 81 131 ↓1
75 M 1931 Fritz Lang IMDb 74 67 58 52 50 ↓1
76 Reservoir Dogs 1992 Quentin Tarantino IMDb 77 77 74 70 71 ↑1
77 Braveheart 1995 Mel Gibson IMDb 78 79 79 83 85 ↑1
78 Amelie 2001 Jean-Pierre Jeunet IMDb 75 65 65 62 26 ↓3
79 Requiem for a Dream 2000 Darren Aronofsky IMDb 81 80 75 73 51 ↑2
80 A Clockwork Orange 1971 Stanley Kubrick IMDb 79 75 70 61 74 ↓1
81 Taxi Driver 1976 Martin Scorsese IMDb 82 76 68 53 42 ↑1
82 Lawrence of Arabia 1962 David Lean IMDb 85 82 73 66 24 ↑3
83 Double Indemnity 1944 Billy Wilder IMDb 83 78 67 57 45 =
84 Like Stars on Earth 2007 Aamir Khan IMDb 111 148
85 To Kill a Mockingbird 1962 Robert Mulligan IMDb 84 81 72 67 35 ↓1
86 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2004 Michel Gondry IMDb 86 84 80 75 38 =
87 My Father and My Son 2005 Çagan Irmak IMDb
88 Toy Story 3 2010 Lee Unkrich IMDb 80 68 66 56 ↓8
89 Amadeus 1984 Milos Forman IMDb 88 89 92 88 79 ↓1
90 Full Metal Jacket 1987 Stanley Kubrick IMDb 87 85 85 82 102 ↓3
91 Hacksaw Ridge 2016 Mel Gibson IMDb
92 The Sting 1973 George Roy Hill IMDb 89 87 90 98 67 ↓3
93 2001: A Space Odyssey 1968 Stanley Kubrick IMDb 92 98 103 92 73 ↓1
94 The Bicycle Thief 1948 Vittorio De Sica IMDb 91 88 84 91 104 ↓3
95 Toy Story 1995 John Lasseter IMDb 97 107 113 118 177 ↑2
96 Singin' in the Rain 1952 Gene Kelly
Stanley Donen
IMDb 90 86 86 86 47 ↓6
97 Snatch 2000 Guy Ritchie IMDb 93 91 104 112 221 ↓4
98 Inglourious Basterds 2009 Quentin Tarantino IMDb 100 101 109 113 ↑2
99 The Kid 1921 Charles Chaplin IMDb 96 99 110 128 ↓3
100 Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975 Terry Gilliam
Terry Jones
IMDb 94 90 95 84 56 ↓6
101 L.A. Confidential 1997 Curtis Hanson IMDb 98 94 93 80 49 ↓3
102 For a Few Dollars More 1965 Sergio Leone IMDb 99 95 108 111 ↓3
103 3 Idiots 2009 Rajkumar Hirani IMDb 114 120 158 240 ↑11
104 Scarface 1983 Brian De Palma IMDb 108 113 121 129 ↑4
105 Rashomon 1950 Akira Kurosawa IMDb 101 92 91 90 57 ↓4
106 The Apartment 1960 Billy Wilder IMDb 102 97 96 96 81 ↓4
107 The Hunt 2012 Thomas Vinterberg IMDb 116 125 132 ↑9
108 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 1989 Steven Spielberg IMDb 104 103 100 97 141 ↓4
109 A Separation 2011 Asghar Farhadi IMDb 105 105 101 105 ↓4
110 Good Will Hunting 1997 Gus Van Sant IMDb 119 127 140 157 248 ↑9
111 Metropolis 1927 Fritz Lang IMDb 106 109 98 89 86 ↓5
112 Arrival 2011 Denis Villeneuve IMDb
113 Yojimbo 1961 Akira Kurosawa IMDb 109 106 102 109 107 ↓4
114 All About Eve 1950 Joseph L. Mankiewicz IMDb 103 96 88 95 54 ↓11
115 Batman Begins 2005 Christopher Nolan IMDb 111 108 107 103 ↓4
116 Some Like It Hot 1959 Billy Wilder IMDb 110 100 97 87 44 ↓6
117 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 1948 John Huston IMDb 107 102 87 74 68 ↓10
118 Up 2009 Pete Docter IMDb 115 115 118 114 ↓3
119 Unforgiven 1992 Clint Eastwood IMDb 113 110 105 94 127 ↓6
120 Downfall 2004 Oliver Hirschbiegel IMDb 118 117 116 107 ↓2
121 Raging Bull 1957 Martin Scorsese IMDb 117 112 106 99 59 ↓4
122 The Third Man 1949 Carol Reed IMDb 112 104 89 72 39 ↓10
123 Die Hard 1988 John McTiernan IMDb 120 119 111 101 156 ↓3
124 Children of Heaven 1997 Majid Majidi IMDb
125 The Great Escape 1963 John Sturges IMDb 121 118 119 110 77 ↓4
126 Heat 1995 Michael Mann IMDb 123 124 122 119 245 ↓3
127 Chinatown 1974 Roman Polanski IMDb 122 116 99 78 48 ↓5
128 Inside Out 2015 Pete Docter IMDb 95 ↓33
129 Pan's Labyrinth 2006 Guillermo Del Toro IMDb 126 123 117 106 ↓3
130 Ikiru 1952 Akira Kurosawa IMDb 131 132 120 193 ↑1
131 My Neighbor Totoro 1988 Hayao Miyazaki IMDb 128 128 141 165 ↓3
132 On the Waterfront 1954 Elia Kazan IMDb 125 121 115 115 78 ↓7
133 Room 2015 Lenny Abrahamson IMDb
134 Ran 1985 Akira Kurosawa IMDb 132 135 127 133 76 ↓2
135 The Gold Rush 1925 Charles Chaplin IMDb 130 131 130 137 151 ↓5
136 The Secret in Their Eyes 2009 Juan José Campanella IMDb 135 139 143 155 ↓1
137 The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957 David Lean IMDb 129 126 114 100 52 ↓8
138 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1939 Frank Capra IMDb 127 122 112 108 66 ↓11
139 Blade Runner 1982 Ridley Scott IMDb 134 136 128 124 94 ↓5
140 The Seventh Seal 1957 Ingmar Bergman IMDb 133 129 124 117 95 ↓7
141 Howl's Moving Castle 2004 Hayao Miyazaki IMDb 142 146 168 189 ↑1
142 Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels 1998 Guy Ritchie IMDb 137 138 137 142 224 ↓5
143 Eskiya 1996 Yavuz Turgul IMDb
144 A Wednesday 2008 Neeraj Pandey IMDb
145 Casino 1995 Martin Scorsese IMDb 141 141 144 150 ↓4
146 Judgment at Nuremberg 1961 Stanley Kramer IMDb 147 153 145 250 ↑1
147 A Beautiful Mind 2001 Ron Howard IMDb 149 160 182 199 ↑2
148 Incendies 2010 Denis Villeneuve IMDb 159 174 202 226 ↑11
149 Wild Strawberries 1957 Ingmar Bergman IMDb 138 134 125 126 138 ↓11
150 The General 1926 Buster Keaton
Clyde Bruckman
IMDb 139 137 123 120 93 ↓11
151 The Elephant Man 1980 David Lynch IMDb 140 133 126 116 130 ↓11
152 Warrior 2011 Gavin O'Connor IMDb 143 143 146 153 ↓9
153 V for Vendetta 2005 James McTeigue IMDb 145 145 152 164 ↓8
154 The Wolf of Wall Street 2013 Martin Scorsese IMDb 144 130 ↓10
155 Andaz Apna Apna 1994 Rajkumar Santoshi IMDb
156 Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans 1927 F. W. Murnau IMDb 124 225 ↓32
157 The Passion of Joan of Arc 1928 Carl Theodor Dreyer IMDb 205
158 Hera Pheri 2000 Priyadarshan IMDb
159 Gran Torino 2008 Clint Eastwood IMDb 146 140 131 125 ↓13
160 Paint It Yellow 2006 Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra IMDb 148 156
161 The Big Lebowski 1998 Joel Coen IMDb 148 142 133 131 222 ↓13
162 Dial M for Murder 1954 Alfred Hitchcock IMDb 158 162 166 167 ↓4
163 Trainspotting 1996 Danny Boyle IMDb 157 154 149 151 203 ↓6
164 The Deer Hunter 1978 Michael Cimino IMDb 151 147 139 134 117 ↓13
165 Tokyo Story 1953 Yasujiro Ozu IMDb
166 Gone with the Wind 1939 Victor Fleming IMDb 155 157 151 158 148 ↓11
167 Fargo 1996 Joel Coen IMDb 156 152 136 127 88 ↓11
168 Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. 2003 Rajkumar Hirani IMDb
169 Sholay 1975 Ramesh Sippy IMDb 136 ↓33
170 Finding Nemo 2003 Andrew Stanton IMDb 163 167 170 163 75 ↓7
171 The Sixth Sense 1999 M. Night Shyamalan IMDb 160 163 153 143 96 ↓11
172 Cool Hand Luke 1967 Stuart Rosenberg IMDb 154 150 138 135 121 ↓18
173 Rebecca 1940 Alfred Hitchcock IMDb 150 144 129 123 105 ↓23
174 The Thing 1982 John Carpenter IMDb 166 165 164 147 ↓8
175 No Country for Old Men 2007 Joel Coen
Ethan Coen
IMDb 165 168 160 139 ↓10
176 How to Train Your Dragon 2010 Dean DeBlois
Chris Sanders
IMDb 153 151 165 166 ↓23
177 Into the Wild 2007 Sean Penn IMDb 161 158 161 161 ↓16
178 Kill Bill: Vol 1 2003 Quentin Tarantino IMDb 170 171 163 152 63 ↓8
179 Mary and Max 2009 Adam Elliot IMDb 167 169 175 183 ↓12
180 Gone Girl 2014 David Fincher IMDb 164 114 ↓16
181 Come and See 1985 Elem Klimov IMDb
182 There Will Be Blood 2007 Paul Thomas Anderson IMDb 175 184 185 173 ↓7
183 It Happened One Night 1934 Frank Capra IMDb 162 149 135 140 113 ↓21
184 Life of Brian 1979 Terry Jones IMDb 171 173 174 162 159 ↓13
185 Rush 2013 Ron Howard IMDb 168 156 142 ↓17
186 Hotel Rwanda 2004 Terry George IMDb 172 164 155 146 ↓14
187 Platoon 1986 Oliver Stone IMDb 174 172 162 144 147 ↓13
188 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015 J. J. Abrams IMDb 52 ↓136
189 Shutter Island 2010 Martin Scorsese IMDb 192 209 240 234 ↑3
190 Network 1976 Sidney Lumet IMDb 177 176 172 170 217 ↓13
191 The Wages of Fear 1953 Henri-Georges Clouzot IMDb 173 161 ↓18
192 Nights of Cabiria 1957 Federico Fellini IMDb
193 Spotlight 2015 Tom McCarthy IMDb
194 Stand by Me 1986 Rob Reiner IMDb 180 183 184 175 196 ↓14
195 In the Name of the Father 1993 Jim Sheridan IMDb 187 188 200 221 ↓8
196 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969 George Roy Hill IMDb 176 170 154 148 112 ↓20
197 Wild Tales 2014 Damián Szifrón IMDb 194 ↓3
198 The 400 Blows 1959 François Truffaut IMDb 179 187 179 184 160 ↓19
199 Mad Max: Fury Road 2015 George Miller IMDb 152 ↓47
200 The Maltese Falcon 1941 John Huston IMDb 169 159 134 121 53 ↓31
201 12 Years a Slave 2013 Steve McQueen IMDb 184 175 ↓17
202 Ben-Hur 1959 William Wyler IMDb 191 185 186 169 129 ↓11
203 The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014 Wes Anderson IMDb 186 182 ↓17
204 The Sight 2015 Nishikant Kamat IMDb
205 Million Dollar Baby 2004 Clint Eastwood IMDb 189 190 183 172 ↓16
206 Persona 1966 Ingmar Bergman IMDb 181 193 190 185 235 ↓25
207 Amores Perros 2000 Alejandro González Iñárritu IMDb 188 186 180 181 139 ↓19
208 The Princess Bride 1987 Rob Reiner IMDb 185 181 188 191 101 ↓23
209 Jurassic Park 1993 Steven Spielberg IMDb 199 237 250 245 ↓10
210 Hachi: A Dog's Tale 2009 Lasse Hallström IMDb 195 192 213 ↓15
211 Memories of Murder 2003 Joon-ho Bong IMDb 216 227 218 ↑5
212 Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind 1984 Hayao Miyazaki IMDb 196 197 210 ↓16
213 Stalker 1979 Andrey Tarkovskiy IMDb 198 206 217 213 ↓15
214 The Truman Show 1998 Peter Weir IMDb 211 232 239 215 ↓3
215 The Grapes of Wrath 1940 John Ford IMDb 193 189 167 159 136 ↓22
216 The Message 1976 Moustapha Akkad IMDb
217 Rogue One 2016 Gareth Edwards IMDb
218 Touch of Evil 1958 Orson Welles IMDb 182 177 150 132 70 ↓36
219 Before Sunrise 1995 Richard Linklater IMDb 207 215 231 ↓12
220 Annie Hall 1977 Woody Allen IMDb 190 178 157 154 80 ↓30
221 Gandhi 1982 Richard Attenborough IMDb 200 199 192 187 192 ↓21
222 Rocky 1976 John G Avildsen IMDb 215 220 212 201 ↓7
223 The Bourne Ultimatum 2007 Paul Greengrass IMDb 202 198 193 182 ↓21
224 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 2011 David Yates IMDb 219 217 227 220 ↓5
225 Les diaboliques 1955 Henri-Georges Clouzot IMDb 197 179 147 ↓28
226 Donnie Darko 2001 Richard Kelly IMDb 205 201 191 176 92 ↓21
227 Flight 2010 Vikramaditya Motwane IMDb
228 Monsters, Inc 2001 Pete Docter
David Silverman
IMDb 213 223 226 222 161 ↓15
229 1963 Federico Fellini IMDb 206 200 197 192 212 ↓23
230 Zootopia 2016 Byron Howard
Rich Moore
IMDb
231 The Wizard of Oz 1939 Victor Fleming IMDb 201 191 173 149 62 ↓30
232 The Terminator 1984 James Cameron IMDb 210 213 196 171 202 ↓22
233 Prisoners 2013 Denis Villeneuve IMDb 232 246 234 ↓1
234 Groundhog Day 1993 Harold Ramis IMDb 212 216 201 178 204 ↓22
235 Twelve Monkeys 1995 Terry Gilliam IMDb 209 208 195 180 199 ↓26
236 Catch Me if You Can 2002 Steven Spielberg IMDb 245 ↑9
237 Jaws 1975 Steven Spielberg IMDb 214 205 181 141 82 ↓23
238 La haine 1995 Mathieu Kassovitz IMDb 224 224 224 230 ↓14
239 Barry Lyndon 1975 Stanley Kubrick IMDb 222 229 214 209 ↓17
240 Chak De! India 2007 Shimit Amin IMDb
241 The Best Years of Our Lives 1946 William Wyler IMDb 203 194 171 106 ↓38
242 Infernal Affairs 2002 Wai-keung Lau
Alan Mak
IMDb 218 204 203 212 ↓24
243 Strangers on a Train 1951 Alfred Hitchcock IMDb 208 202 177 138 90 ↓35
244 Kind Hearts and Coronets 1949 Robert Hamer IMDb 238
245 Sin City 2005 Robert Rodriguez
Quentin Tarantino
Frank Miller
IMDb 204 180 159 136 ↓41
246 Dog Day Afternoon 1975 Sidney Lumet IMDb 221 222 204 179 198 ↓25
247 The Battle of Algiers 1965 Gillo Pontecorvo IMDb 217 218 ↓30
248 The Help 2011 Tate Taylor IMDb 235 234 248 ↓13
249 The Imitation Game 2014 Morten Tyldum IMDb 227 ↓22
250 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 2003 Gore Verbinski IMDb 233 228 225 216 188 ↓17


New Entries

The following films were not part of the IMDb Top 250 on 1st January, 2016, but had entered (or re-entered) it by 1st January, 2017:

# Title Year Director IMDb '16 '15 '14 '13 '04 Ch
31 La La Land 2016 Damien Chazelle IMDb
84 Like Stars on Earth 2007 Aamir Khan IMDb 111 148
87 My Father and My Son 2005 Çagan Irmak IMDb
91 Hacksaw Ridge 2016 Mel Gibson IMDb
112 Arrival 2011 Denis Villeneuve IMDb
124 Children of Heaven 1997 Majid Majidi IMDb
133 Room 2015 Lenny Abrahamson IMDb
143 Eskiya 1996 Yavuz Turgul IMDb
144 A Wednesday 2008 Neeraj Pandey IMDb
155 Andaz Apna Apna 1994 Rajkumar Santoshi IMDb
157 The Passion of Joan of Arc 1928 Carl Theodor Dreyer IMDb 205
158 Hera Pheri 2000 Priyadarshan IMDb
160 Paint It Yellow 2006 Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra IMDb 148 156
165 Tokyo Story 1953 Yasujiro Ozu IMDb
168 Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. 2003 Rajkumar Hirani IMDb
181 Come and See 1985 Elem Klimov IMDb
192 Nights of Cabiria 1957 Federico Fellini IMDb
193 Spotlight 2015 Tom McCarthy IMDb
204 The Sight 2015 Nishikant Kamat IMDb
216 The Message 1976 Moustapha Akkad IMDb
217 Rogue One 2016 Gareth Edwards IMDb
227 Flight 2010 Vikramaditya Motwane IMDb
230 Zootopia 2016 Byron Howard
Rich Moore
IMDb
240 Chak De! India 2007 Shimit Amin IMDb
244 Kind Hearts and Coronets 1949 Robert Hamer IMDb 238


The Departed

The following films were part of the IMDb Top 250 on 1st January, 2016, but had dropped out of it by 1st January, 2017:

# Title Year Director IMDb '16 '15 '14 '13 '04 Ch
178 The Martian 2015 Ridley Scott IMDb 178 ↑178
183 The Revenant 2015 Alejandro González Iñárritu IMDb 183 ↑183
220 The Avengers 2012 Joss Whedon IMDb 220 195 176 130 ↑220
223 Fanny and Alexander 1982 Ingmar Bergman IMDb 223 214 194 236 ↑223
225 Guardians of the Galaxy 2014 James Gunn IMDb 225 155 ↑225
226 Throne of Blood 1957 Akira Kurosawa IMDb 226 ↑226
228 The King's Speech 2010 Tom Hooper IMDb 228 212 189 160 ↑228
229 Ip Man 2008 Wilson Yip IMDb 229 219 220 217 ↑229
230 A Fistful of Dollars 1964 Sergio Leone IMDb 230 230 241 223 ↑230
231 High Noon 1952 Fred Zinnemann IMDb 231 207 178 145 84 ↑231
234 Castle in the Sky 1986 Hayao Miyazaki IMDb 234 231 230 244 ↑234
236 Roman Holiday 1953 William Wyler IMDb 236 235 219 214 169 ↑236
237 Notorious 1946 Alfred Hitchcock IMDb 237 211 187 156 103 ↑237
238 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 1966 Mike Nichols IMDb 238 226 206 196 190 ↑238
239 Papillon 1973 Franklin J. Schaffner IMDb 239 243 242 ↑239
240 Beauty and the Beast 1991 Gary Trousdale
Kirk Wise
IMDb 240 241 227 243 ↑240
241 Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring 2003 Ki-Duk Kim IMDb 241 235 ↑241
242 The Night of the Hunter 1955 Charles Laughton IMDb 242 221 198 174 142 ↑242
243 Anatomy of a Murder 1959 Otto Preminger IMDb 243 236 203 ↑243
244 Before Sunset 2004 Richard Linklater IMDb 244 249 ↑244
246 Three Colours: Red 1994 Krystof Krystofski IMDb 246 247 237 184 ↑246
247 The Killing 1956 Stanley Kubrick IMDb 247 208 188 178 ↑247
248 La strada 1954 Federico Fellini IMDb 248 225 205 198 209 ↑248
249 The Graduate 1967 Mike Nichols IMDb 249 236 207 186 116 ↑249
250 A Streetcar Named Desire 1951 Elia Kazan IMDb 250 224 176 ↑250


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