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The IMDb Top 250 on 1st January, 2019


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, 2019, with some data that ties it to previous years.

Here are equivalent pages for 2018, 2017, 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.

The Usual Suspects | The New Batch | The Departed

Key

This list is in ranking 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 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013, as well as 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 2018 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.

Averages

All the averages remain unchanged. The mean is 1985, as it was last year; it's been gradually getting newer and, no doubt, will continue to do so because people keep on making new films. The median is 1993, as it's been for two years, but again, it ought to gradually get newer. The mode, the year most represented in the list, is the one value that doesn't have to get newer. Right now, it's 1995, as it's been since 2014; there are eight films from that year represented, just ahead of the seven each from 1957 and 2014.

The Twenties

The oldest film in the list remains Charlie Chaplin's The Kid, released in 1921. Once again, the 1920s is more represented, last year's six going up to this year's seven with the addition of Buster Keaton's Sherlock, Jr.. No other decade has increased its presence except the 2010s and, interestingly, the 1980s, which went up from 28 to 32, the level it was at back in 2004.

New Entries

The list of new entries continues to be fascinating. They used to be a combination of brand new English language films and classic foreign films, but that changed a few years ago. Nowadays, the new films are often foreign and the old ones are often English language films from anywhere in time. The highest new entry is Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which is still in theatres, but there are only three other 2018 films: Avengers: Infinity War, Bohemian Rhapsody and Roma.

The other new entries from the 2010s are an odd mix. Three Billboards from Ebbing, Missouri now holds a high spot at 144, but it took a year to show up; it came out in 2017 so could have entered the list last year but it didn't. Guardians of the Galaxy showed up in its first year but quickly dropped out again; it's been gone for two years, but it's showed back up again. The rest are foreign films from unusual countries: Tangerines, from Estonia; The Sight from India; and Winter Sleep from Turkey.

The older films are all over the place. Three return to the list after a year or two out, but the other two are brand new to the list, even though one's a silent film from 1924 (Sherlock, Jr.) and the other's a 1967 sequel to a movie that's a mainstay in this list (Sanjuro, the sequel to Yojimbo).

Ups

As always, more films dropped than rose, given that new entries inevitably bounce everything downwards. Only four films rose by double digits. Stalker rose 12 places; Jurassic Park jumped 17, possibly because of how bad the sequels are getting; Dead Poets Society leapt up 19 places; and The Truman Show continued its rise up to 182; it was in 245 six years ago.

Downs and Outs

Usually, there's one film that dominates the downward movers, often a new film that enters high and promptly plummets again. Last year's was La La Land, which dropped 155 places from 31 to 186, while three other films dropped over fifty places but managed to stay in the list. This year, the furthest any film dropped within the list was 41 places, because Coco freewheeled down from 30 to 71. Only Andrei Rublev and Rang de Basanti also dropped more than thirty places and stayed in the list.

The big drop this year was Blade Runner 2049, which entered at 81 in 2018 but was nowhere to be seen in 2019, meaning a drop of at least 169 places. Three other films were higher than 200th place last year and vanished entirely this year: Dunkirk, from 177th, La La Land from 186th (and 31st in 2017) and A Wednesday, from 197th.

On the longer standing stakes, four films dropped out after having been in every annual list I've pulled, including 2004. Touch of Evil fell the most, as it held 70th place in 2004 but dropped every year. Annie Hall was at 80 in 2004 and has also fallen in places every year. The other two haven't been higher than 179, but were still diehards until now; that's Twelve Monkeys and Dog Day Afternoon.

The Usual Suspects | The New Batch | The Departed

The List


# Title Year Director IMDb '18 '17 '16 '15 '14 '13 '04 Ch
1 The Shawshank Redemption 1994 Frank Darabont IMDb 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 =
2 The Godfather 1972 Francis Ford Coppola IMDb 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 =
3 The Godfather: Part II 1974 Francis Ford Coppola IMDb 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 =
4 The Dark Knight 2008 Christopher Nolan IMDb 4 4 4 4 6 7 =
5 12 Angry Men 1957 Sidney Lumet IMDb 5 5 5 7 7 6 21 =
6 Schindler's List 1993 Steven Spielberg IMDb 6 6 6 8 8 8 6 =
7 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 Peter Jackson IMDb 8 8 9 9 9 9 3 ↑1
8 Pulp Fiction 1994 Quentin Tarantino IMDb 7 7 7 5 4 4 16 ↓1
9 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 1966 Sergio Leone IMDb 9 9 8 6 5 5 20 =
10 Fight Club 1999 David Fincher IMDb 10 10 10 10 10 10 41 =
11 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001 Peter Jackson IMDb 11 11 11 11 11 13 9 =
12 Forrest Gump 1994 Robert Zemeckis IMDb 12 13 13 14 15 19 115 =
13 The Empire Strikes Back 1980 Irvin Kershner IMDb 13 12 12 12 12 11 13 =
14 Inception 2010 Christopher Nolan IMDb 14 14 14 13 14 14 =
15 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 Peter Jackson IMDb 15 15 16 17 19 21 8 =
16 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975 Milos Forman IMDb 16 16 15 15 13 12 12 =
17 Goodfellas 1990 Martin Scorsese IMDb 17 17 18 18 16 15 29 =
18 The Matrix 1999 Andy & Larry Wachowski IMDb 18 18 17 19 20 18 34 =
19 Seven Samurai 1954 Akira Kurosawa IMDb 19 19 20 21 18 17 5 =
20 City of God 2002 Fernando Meirelles & Kátia Lund IMDb 21 21 21 22 21 20 23 ↑1
21 Se7en 1995 David Fincher IMDb 22 22 22 23 22 23 55 ↑1
22 Star Wars 1977 George Lucas IMDb 20 20 19 20 17 16 10 ↓2
23 The Silence of the Lambs 1991 Jonathan Demme IMDb 23 23 23 25 24 24 28 =
24 It's a Wonderful Life 1946 Frank Capra IMDb 24 24 25 26 26 30 27 =
25 Life is Beautiful 1997 Roberto Benigni IMDb 25 26 26 29 36 55 72 =
26 The Usual Suspects 1995 Bryan Singer IMDb 26 25 24 24 25 26 18 =
27 Spirited Away 2001 Hayao Miyazaki IMDb 28 28 31 36 38 43 43 ↑1
28 Saving Private Ryan 1998 Steven Spielberg IMDb 29 29 30 34 34 39 58 ↑1
29 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2018 Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey & Rodney Rothman IMDb
30 Leon 1994 Luc Besson IMDb 27 27 27 28 28 31 64 ↓3
31 The Green Mile 1999 Frank Darabont IMDb 34 37 40 42 48 65 132 ↑3
32 Interstellar 2014 Christopher Nolan IMDb 32 33 29 16 =
33 Psycho 1960 Alfred Hitchcock IMDb 35 35 35 33 31 29 25 ↑2
34 American History X 1998 Tony Kaye IMDb 31 32 32 32 32 34 61 ↓3
35 City Lights 1931 Charles Chaplin IMDb 37 36 34 35 33 41 91 ↑2
36 Once Upon a Time in the West 1968 Sergio Leone IMDb 33 30 28 27 23 22 32 ↓3
37 Casablanca 1942 Michael Curtiz IMDb 36 34 33 30 27 25 7 ↓1
38 Modern Times 1936 Charles Chaplin IMDb 39 40 39 39 41 45 69 ↑1
39 The Pianist 2002 Roman Polanski IMDb 40 42 42 43 43 49 37 ↑1
40 The Intouchables 2011 Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano IMDb 38 39 38 38 45 64 ↓2
41 The Departed 2006 Martin Scorsese IMDb 42 43 44 46 47 50 ↑1
42 Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 James Cameron IMDb 44 44 41 40 39 36 110 ↑2
43 Back to the Future 1985 Robert Zemeckis IMDb 45 45 45 49 46 47 143 ↑2
44 Whiplash 2014 Damien Chazelle IMDb 46 46 43 ↑2
45 Rear Window 1954 Alfred Hitchcock IMDb 43 41 37 37 30 28 14 ↓2
46 Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 Steven Spielberg IMDb 41 38 36 31 29 27 17 ↓5
47 The Lion King 1994 Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff IMDb 48 51 54 54 69 79 ↑1
48 Gladiator 2000 Ridley Scott IMDb 47 47 47 48 49 63 168 ↓1
49 The Prestige 2006 Christopher Nolan IMDb 49 50 51 51 61 68 =
50 Apocalypse Now 1979 Francis Ford Coppola IMDb 51 49 48 45 40 35 36 ↑1
51 Memento 2000 Christopher Nolan IMDb 50 48 46 41 37 33 19 ↓1
52 Alien 1979 Ridley Scott IMDb 52 52 53 50 44 40 60 =
53 The Great Dictator 1940 Charles Chaplin IMDb 53 55 55 52 59 69 97 =
54 Cinema Paradiso 1988 Giuseppe Tornatore IMDb 55 57 57 57 64 76 99 ↑1
55 Grave of the Fireflies 1988 Isao Takahata IMDb 58 59 64 71 82 104 171 ↑3
56 Avengers: Infinity War 2018 Anthony & Joe Russo IMDb
57 Sunset Boulevard 1950 Billy Wilder IMDb 54 54 50 44 35 32 31 ↓3
58 The Lives of Others 2006 Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck IMDb 57 56 56 53 55 60 ↓1
59 Dr. Strangelove 1964 Stanley Kubrick IMDb 56 53 49 47 42 37 15 ↓3
60 Paths of Glory 1957 Stanley Kubrick IMDb 59 58 58 59 54 54 40 ↓1
61 The Shining 1980 Stanley Kubrick IMDb 61 61 59 58 51 46 89 =
62 Django Unchained 2012 Quentin Tarantino IMDb 60 60 60 56 53 ↓2
63 WALL-E 2008 Andrew Stanton IMDb 62 62 62 61 60 59 ↓1
64 Princess Mononoke 1997 Hayao Miyazaki IMDb 64 65 68 72 81 93 100 =
65 Witness for the Prosecution 1957 Billy Wilder IMDb 67 71 76 83 83 102 164 ↑2
66 American Beauty 1999 Sam Mendes IMDb 63 64 63 60 57 51 30 ↓3
67 The Dark Knight Rises 2012 Christopher Nolan IMDb 65 63 61 55 50 38 ↓2
68 Oldboy 2003 Chan-wook Park IMDb 66 67 69 70 76 85 ↓2
69 Aliens 1986 James Cameron IMDb 68 66 65 63 62 58 87 ↓1
70 Once Upon a Time in America 1984 Sergio Leone IMDb 69 68 72 74 77 77 124 ↓1
71 Coco 2017 Lee Unkrich & Adrian Molina IMDb 30 ↓41
72 Das Boot 1981 Wolfgang Peterson IMDb 70 70 71 69 71 71 46 ↓2
73 Citizen Kane 1941 Orson Welles IMDb 72 69 66 64 56 44 11 ↓1
74 Braveheart 1995 Mel Gibson IMDb 76 77 78 79 79 83 85 ↑2
75 Vertigo 1958 Alfred Hitchcock IMDb 73 73 70 66 63 48 33 ↓2
76 North by Northwest 1959 Alfred Hitchcock IMDb 74 72 67 62 52 42 22 ↓2
77 Reservoir Dogs 1992 Quentin Tarantino IMDb 77 76 77 77 74 70 71 =
78 Return of the Jedi 1983 Richard Marquand IMDb 75 74 73 73 78 81 131 ↓3
79 M 1931 Fritz Lang IMDb 78 75 74 67 58 52 50 ↓1
80 Your Name 2016 Makoto Shinkai IMDb 79 ↓1
81 Amadeus 1984 Milos Forman IMDb 86 89 88 89 92 88 79 ↑5
82 Requiem for a Dream 2000 Darren Aronofsky IMDb 80 79 81 80 75 73 51 ↓2
83 Dangal 2016 Nitesh Tiwari IMDb 71 ↓12
84 Like Stars on Earth 2007 Aamir Khan IMDb 82 84 111 148 ↓2
85 Lawrence of Arabia 1962 David Lean IMDb 85 82 85 82 73 66 24 =
86 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2004 Michel Gondry IMDb 88 86 86 84 80 75 38 ↑2
87 3 Idiots 2009 Rajkumar Hirani IMDb 94 103 114 120 158 240 ↑7
88 A Clockwork Orange 1971 Stanley Kubrick IMDb 84 80 79 75 70 61 74 ↓4
89 2001: A Space Odyssey 1968 Stanley Kubrick IMDb 93 93 92 98 103 92 73 ↑4
90 Amelie 2001 Jean-Pierre Jeunet IMDb 83 78 75 65 65 62 26 ↓7
91 Toy Story 1995 John Lasseter IMDb 95 95 97 107 113 118 177 ↑4
92 Double Indemnity 1944 Billy Wilder IMDb 87 83 83 78 67 57 45 ↓5
93 Taxi Driver 1976 Martin Scorsese IMDb 89 81 82 76 68 53 42 ↓4
94 Singin' in the Rain 1952 Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen IMDb 92 96 90 86 86 86 47 ↓2
95 Inglourious Basterds 2009 Quentin Tarantino IMDb 98 98 100 101 109 113 ↑3
96 Full Metal Jacket 1987 Stanley Kubrick IMDb 91 90 87 85 85 82 102 ↓5
97 To Kill a Mockingbird 1962 Robert Mulligan IMDb 90 85 84 81 72 67 35 ↓7
98 The Bicycle Thief 1948 Vittorio De Sica IMDb 99 94 91 88 84 91 104 ↑1
99 The Kid 1921 Charles Chaplin IMDb 100 99 96 99 110 128 ↑1
100 The Sting 1973 George Roy Hill IMDb 96 92 89 87 90 98 67 ↓4
101 Good Will Hunting 1997 Gus Van Sant IMDb 103 110 119 127 140 157 248 ↑2
102 Toy Story 3 2010 Lee Unkrich IMDb 97 88 80 68 66 56 ↓5
103 The Hunt 2012 Thomas Vinterberg IMDb 104 107 116 125 132 ↑1
104 Snatch 2000 Guy Ritchie IMDb 101 97 93 91 104 112 221 ↓3
105 Scarface 1983 Brian De Palma IMDb 106 104 108 113 121 129 ↑1
106 Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975 Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones IMDb 102 100 94 90 95 84 56 ↓4
107 For a Few Dollars More 1965 Sergio Leone IMDb 105 102 99 95 108 111 ↓2
108 L.A. Confidential 1997 Curtis Hanson IMDb 107 101 98 94 93 80 49 ↓1
109 The Apartment 1960 Billy Wilder IMDb 108 106 102 97 96 96 81 ↓1
110 Metropolis 1927 Fritz Lang IMDb 109 111 106 109 98 89 86 ↓1
111 A Separation 2011 Asghar Farhadi IMDb 110 109 105 105 101 105 ↓1
112 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 1989 Steven Spielberg IMDb 112 108 104 103 100 97 141 =
113 Rashomon 1950 Akira Kurosawa IMDb 111 105 101 92 91 90 57 ↓2
114 Up 2009 Pete Docter IMDb 115 118 115 115 118 114 ↑1
115 All About Eve 1950 Joseph L Mankiewicz IMDb 114 114 103 96 88 95 54 ↓1
116 Batman Begins 2005 Christopher Nolan IMDb 116 115 111 108 107 103 =
117 Yojimbo 1961 Akira Kurosawa IMDb 113 113 109 106 102 109 107 ↓4
118 Some Like It Hot 1959 Billy Wilder IMDb 118 116 110 100 97 87 44 =
119 Unforgiven 1992 Clint Eastwood IMDb 120 119 113 110 105 94 127 ↑1
120 Downfall 2004 Oliver Hirschbiegel IMDb 121 120 118 117 116 107 ↑1
121 Die Hard 1988 John McTiernan IMDb 122 123 120 119 111 101 156 ↑1
122 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 1948 John Huston IMDb 119 117 107 102 87 74 68 ↓3
123 Heat 1995 Michael Mann IMDb 123 126 123 124 122 119 245 =
124 Ikiru 1952 Akira Kurosawa IMDb 128 130 131 132 120 193 ↑4
125 Incendies 2010 Denis Villeneuve IMDb 131 148 159 174 202 226 ↑6
126 Raging Bull 1980 Martin Scorsese IMDb 124 121 117 112 106 99 59 ↓2
127 The Great Escape 1963 John Sturges IMDb 126 125 121 118 119 110 77 ↓1
128 Children of Heaven 1997 Majid Majidi IMDb 127 124 ↓1
129 Pan's Labyrinth 2006 Guillermo Del Toro IMDb 130 129 126 123 117 106 ↑1
130 My Father and My Son 2005 Çagan Irmak IMDb 117 87 ↓13
131 Chinatown 1974 Roman Polanski IMDb 129 127 122 116 99 78 48 ↓2
132 The Third Man 1949 Carol Reed IMDb 125 122 112 104 89 72 39 ↓7
133 My Neighbor Totoro 1988 Hayao Miyazaki IMDb 132 131 128 128 141 165 ↓1
134 Bohemian Rhapsody 2018 Bryan Singer IMDb
135 Howl's Moving Castle 2004 Hayao Miyazaki IMDb 137 141 142 146 168 189 ↑2
136 Ran 1985 Akira Kurosawa IMDb 133 134 132 135 127 133 76 ↓3
137 Judgment at Nuremberg 1961 Stanley Kramer IMDb 134 146 147 153 145 250 ↓3
138 The Secret in Their Eyes 2009 Juan José Campanella IMDb 136 136 135 139 143 155 ↓2
139 The Gold Rush 1925 Charles Chaplin IMDb 135 135 130 131 130 137 151 ↓4
140 The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957 David Lean IMDb 139 137 129 126 114 100 52 ↓1
141 A Beautiful Mind 2001 Ron Howard IMDb 145 147 149 160 182 199 ↑4
142 Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels 1998 Guy Ritchie IMDb 143 142 137 138 137 142 224 ↑1
143 Casino 1995 Martin Scorsese IMDb 146 145 141 141 144 150 ↑3
144 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 2017 Martin McDonagh IMDb
145 On the Waterfront 1954 Elia Kazan IMDb 140 132 125 121 115 115 78 ↓5
146 The Seventh Seal 1957 Ingmar Bergman IMDb 141 140 133 129 124 117 95 ↓5
147 Inside Out 2015 Pete Docter & Ronnie del Carmen IMDb 138 128 95 ↓9
148 The Elephant Man 1980 David Lynch IMDb 148 151 140 133 126 116 130 =
149 The Wolf of Wall Street 2013 Martin Scorsese IMDb 150 154 144 130 ↑1
150 Room 2015 Lenny Abrahamson IMDb 142 133 ↓8
151 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1939 Frank Capra IMDb 144 138 127 122 112 108 66 ↓7
152 V for Vendetta 2005 James McTeigue IMDb 149 153 145 145 152 164 ↓3
153 Warrior 2011 Gavin O'Connor IMDb 153 152 143 143 146 153 =
154 Blade Runner 1982 Ridley Scott IMDb 147 139 134 136 128 124 94 ↓7
155 Dial M for Murder 1954 Alfred Hitchcock IMDb 154 162 158 162 166 167 ↓1
156 Wild Strawberries 1957 Ingmar Bergman IMDb 151 149 138 134 125 126 138 ↓5
157 The General 1926 Buster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman IMDb 152 150 139 137 123 120 93 ↓5
158 No Country for Old Men 2007 Joel & Ethan Coen IMDb 161 175 165 168 160 139 ↑3
159 Trainspotting 1996 Danny Boyle IMDb 155 163 157 154 149 151 203 ↓4
160 There Will Be Blood 2007 Paul Thomas Anderson IMDb 166 182 175 184 185 173 ↑6
161 The Sixth Sense 1999 M. Night Shyamalan IMDb 159 171 160 163 153 143 96 ↓2
162 Gone with the Wind 1939 Victor Fleming IMDb 157 166 155 157 151 158 148 ↓5
163 The Thing 1982 John Carpenter IMDb 163 174 166 165 164 147 =
164 Fargo 1996 Joel Coen IMDb 160 167 156 152 136 127 88 ↓4
165 Gran Torino 2008 Clint Eastwood IMDb 156 159 146 140 131 125 ↓9
166 The Deer Hunter 1978 Michael Cimino IMDb 158 164 151 147 139 134 117 ↓8
167 Finding Nemo 2003 Andrew Stanton IMDb 164 170 163 167 170 163 75 ↓3
168 Come and See 1985 Elem Klimov IMDb 171 181 ↑3
169 Sherlock, Jr. 1924 Buster Keaton IMDb
170 The Big Lebowski 1998 Joel Coen IMDb 165 161 148 142 133 131 222 ↓5
171 Shutter Island 2010 Martin Scorsese IMDb 180 189 192 209 240 234 ↑9
172 Kill Bill: Vol 1 2003 Quentin Tarantino IMDb 173 178 170 171 163 152 63 ↑1
173 Cool Hand Luke 1967 Stuart Rosenberg IMDb 170 172 154 150 138 135 121 ↓3
174 Rebecca 1940 Alfred Hitchcock IMDb 172 173 150 144 129 123 105 ↓2
175 Tokyo Story 1953 Yasujiro Ozu IMDb 167 165 ↓8
176 Mary and Max 2009 Adam Elliot IMDb 178 179 167 169 175 183 ↑2
177 Hacksaw Ridge 2016 Mel Gibson IMDb 174 91 ↓3
178 Gone Girl 2014 David Fincher IMDb 179 180 164 114 ↑1
179 How to Train Your Dragon 2010 Dean DeBlois & Chris Sanders IMDb 175 176 153 151 165 166 ↓4
180 Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans 1927 F. W. Murnau IMDb 162 156 124 225 ↓18
181 Wild Tales 2014 Damián Szifron IMDb 185 197 194 ↑4
182 Jurassic Park 1993 Steven Spielberg IMDb 199 209 199 237 250 245 ↑17
183 Into the Wild 2007 Sean Penn IMDb 182 177 161 158 161 161 ↓1
184 Roma 2018 Alfonso Cuarón IMDb
185 Life of Brian 1979 Terry Jones IMDb 183 184 171 173 174 162 159 ↓2
186 In the Name of the Father 1993 Jim Sheridan IMDb 191 195 187 188 200 221 ↑5
187 The Truman Show 1998 Peter Weir IMDb 207 214 211 232 239 215 ↑20
188 It Happened One Night 1934 Frank Capra IMDb 184 183 162 149 135 140 113 ↓4
189 The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014 Wes Anderson IMDb 195 203 186 182 ↑6
190 Stand by Me 1986 Rob Reiner IMDb 193 194 180 183 184 175 196 ↑3
191 Platoon 1986 Oliver Stone IMDb 187 187 174 172 162 144 147 ↓4
192 The Bandit 1996 Yavuz Turgul IMDb 168 143 ↓24
193 Network 1976 Sidney Lumet IMDb 190 190 177 176 172 170 217 ↓3
194 Stalker 1979 Andrey Tarkovskiy IMDb 206 213 198 206 217 213 ↑12
195 Persona 1966 Ingmar Bergman IMDb 198 206 181 193 190 185 235 ↑3
196 Memories of Murder 2003 Joon-ho Bong IMDb 201 211 216 227 218 ↑5
197 Ben-Hur 1959 William Wyler IMDb 196 202 191 185 186 169 129 ↓1
198 Hotel Rwanda 2004 Terry George IMDb 189 186 172 164 155 146 ↓9
199 12 Years a Slave 2013 Steve McQueen IMDb 202 201 184 175 ↑3
200 Million Dollar Baby 2004 Clint Eastwood IMDb 203 205 189 190 183 172 ↑3
201 Rush 2013 Ron Howard IMDb 194 185 168 156 142 ↓7
202 The Passion of Joan of Arc 1928 Carl Theodor Dreyer IMDb 181 157 205 ↓21
203 The Wages of Fear 1953 Henri-Georges Clouzot IMDb 192 191 173 161 ↓11
204 Andrei Rublev 1966 Andrei Tarkovskiy IMDb 169 ↓35
205 Before Sunrise 1995 Richard Linklater IMDb 212 219 207 215 231 ↑7
206 Mad Max: Fury Road 2015 George Miller IMDb 204 199 152 ↓2
207 The 400 Blows 1959 François Truffaut IMDb 200 198 179 187 179 184 160 ↓7
208 Prisoners 2013 Denis Villeneuve IMDb 216 233 232 246 234 ↑8
209 Hachi: A Dog's Tale 2009 Lasse Hallström IMDb 211 210 195 192 213 ↑2
210 Spotlight 2015 Tom McCarthy IMDb 205 193 ↓5
211 Logan 2017 James Mangold IMDb 188 ↓23
212 Amores Perros 2000 Alejandro González Iñárritu IMDb 208 207 188 186 180 181 139 ↓4
213 Rang de Basanti 2006 Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra IMDb 176 160 148 156 ↓37
214 The Princess Bride 1987 Rob Reiner IMDb 214 208 185 181 188 191 101 =
215 Catch Me if You Can 2002 Steven Spielberg IMDb 220 236 245 ↑5
216 Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind 1984 Hayao Miyazaki IMDb 213 212 196 197 210 ↓3
217 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 2011 David Yates IMDb 218 224 219 217 227 220 ↑1
218 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969 George Roy Hill IMDb 209 196 176 170 154 148 112 ↓9
219 Rocky 1976 John G Avildsen IMDb 221 222 215 220 212 201 ↑2
220 Barry Lyndon 1975 Stanley Kubrick IMDb 228 239 222 229 214 209 ↑8
221 Monsters, Inc 2001 Pete Docter & David Silverman IMDb 224 228 213 223 226 222 161 ↑3
222 The Grapes of Wrath 1940 John Ford IMDb 222 215 193 189 167 159 136 =
223 The Maltese Falcon 1941 John Huston IMDb 215 200 169 159 134 121 53 ↓8
224 Dead Poets Society 1989 Peter Weir IMDb 243 ↑19
225 Donnie Darko 2001 Richard Kelly IMDb 227 226 205 201 191 176 92 ↑2
226 The Terminator 1984 James Cameron IMDb 229 232 210 213 196 171 202 ↑3
227 Gandhi 1982 Richard Attenborough IMDb 226 221 200 199 192 187 192 ↓1
228 Les diaboliques 1955 Henri-Georges Clouzot IMDb 223 225 197 179 147 ↓5
229 La haine 1995 Mathieu Kassovitz IMDb 234 238 224 224 224 230 ↑5
230 Groundhog Day 1993 Harold Ramis IMDb 231 234 212 216 201 178 204 ↑1
231 The Wizard of Oz 1939 Victor Fleming IMDb 233 231 201 191 173 149 62 ↑2
232 Sanjuro 1962 Akira Kurosawa IMDb
233 Jaws 1975 Steven Spielberg IMDb 236 237 214 205 181 141 82 ↑3
234 Nights of Cabiria 1957 Federico Fellini IMDb 217 192 ↓17
235 The Help 2011 Tate Taylor IMDb 242 248 235 234 248 ↑7
236 In the Mood for Love 2000 Wong Kar Wai IMDb 241 242 238 ↑5
237 Tangerines 2013 Zaza Urashadze IMDb
238 Before Sunset 2004 Richard Linklater IMDb 244 249
239 Paper Moon 1973 Peter Bogdanovich IMDb 219 ↓20
240 The Handmaiden 2016 Chan-wook Park IMDb 248 ↑8
241 Castle in the Sky 1986 Hayao Miyazaki IMDb 247 234 231 230 244 ↑6
242 Paris, Texas 1984 Wim Wenders IMDb 244 250 ↑2
243 The Best Years of Our Lives 1946 William Wyler IMDb 237 241 203 194 171 106 ↓6
244 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 2003 Gore Verbinski IMDb 250 233 228 225 216 188
245 Guardians of the Galaxy 2014 James Gunn IMDb 225 155
246 1963 Federico Fellini IMDb 235 229 206 200 197 192 212 ↓11
247 The Sight 2015 Nishikant Kamat IMDb 204
248 Winter Sleep 2014 Nuri Bilge Ceylan IMDb
249 Fanny and Alexander 1982 Ingmar Bergman IMDb 223 214 194 236
250 Beauty and the Beast 1991 Gary Trousdale & Kirk Wise IMDb 245 240 241 227 243 ↓5


The New Batch

The following films were not part of the IMDb Top 250 on 1st January, 2018, but had entered (or re-entered) it by 1st January, 2019:

# Title Year Director IMDb '18 '17 '16 '15 '14 '13 '04 Ch
29 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2018 Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey & Rodney Rothman IMDb
56 Avengers: Infinity War 2018 Anthony & Joe Russo IMDb
134 Bohemian Rhapsody 2018 Bryan Singer IMDb
144 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 2017 Martin McDonagh IMDb
169 Sherlock, Jr. 1924 Buster Keaton IMDb
184 Roma 2018 Alfonso Cuarón IMDb
232 Sanjuro 1962 Akira Kurosawa IMDb
237 Tangerines 2013 Zaza Urashadze IMDb
238 Before Sunset 2004 Richard Linklater IMDb 244 249
244 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 2003 Gore Verbinski IMDb 250 233 228 225 216 188
245 Guardians of the Galaxy 2014 James Gunn IMDb 225 155
247 The Sight 2015 Nishikant Kamat IMDb 204
248 Winter Sleep 2014 Nuri Bilge Ceylan IMDb
249 Fanny and Alexander 1982 Ingmar Bergman IMDb 223 214 194 236


The Departed

The following films were part of the IMDb Top 250 on 1st January, 2018, but had dropped out of it by 1st January, 2019:

# Title Year Director IMDb '18 '17 '16 '15 '14 '13 '04 Ch
Blade Runner 2049 2017 Denis Villeneuve IMDb 81
Dunkirk 2017 Christopher Nolan IMDb 177
La La Land 2016 Damien Chazelle IMDb 186 31
A Wednesday 2008 Neeraj Pandey IMDb 197 144
Thor: Ragnarok 2017 Taika Waititi IMDb 210
Touch of Evil 1958 Orson Welles IMDb 225 218 182 177 150 132 70
Annie Hall 1977 Woody Allen IMDb 230 220 190 178 157 154 80
The Bourne Ultimatum 2007 Paul Greengrass IMDb 232 223 202 198 193 182
Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. 2003 Rajkumar Hirani IMDb 238 168
Infernal Affairs 2002 Wai-keung Lau & Alan Mak IMDb 239 242 218 204 203 212
Twelve Monkeys 1995 Terry Gilliam IMDb 240 235 209 208 195 180 199
Dog Day Afternoon 1975 Sidney Lumet IMDb 246 246 221 222 204 179 198
Three Colours: Red 1994 Krystof Krystofski IMDb 249 246 247 237 184
PK 2014 Rajkumar Hirani IMDb 250



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