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The IMDb Top 250 on 1st January, 2024


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, 2024, with some data that ties it to previous years.

Here are equivalent pages for 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 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 of each year from 2023 to 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 2023 is a new entry, even if it was in the list in a previous year.

Notes

There was much worthy of note in the New Year's list last year, but many of its anomalies vanished this year, returning the trends to something close to normal..

Averages

For instance, the mean got newer at roughly one year per year for quite a while, as we might expect. I've previously noted that "no doubt, it will continue to do so because people keep on making new films". Of course, that given changed when COVID-19 shut down production and the Hollywood strike continued it to a degree. Thus we're at the same mean in 2024 that we were four years earlier.

The median ought to get newer too, but it does that less cleanly. In fact, it actually dropped in 2022 for the first time since I've been gathering data, from a median year of 1995 to 1994, and it stayed there in 2023. The reason why it generally gets newer is because new entries tend to spread across the decades, both new releases and old classics reaching the minimum number of votes to qualify, while the films they replace tend to be more recent. However, COVID-19 again skewed this trend and the Hollywood strike exacerbated it. Only one 2022 film joined the list last year and only three 2023 films joined it this year. Five years into the 2020s, only eight films from that decade are represented. At this point in the 2010s, the equivalent number was twenty-three.

The mode, the year most represented in the list, is the one value that doesn't have to get newer at all. Right now, it's 1995, for at least a twelfth year running, with eight of the ten films from that year that were in the list in 2014. 2004 sits behind it at seven, with 1957, 1999, 2003, 2009 and 2019 sharing third place with five each. 1957 is often seen as world cinema's greatest year, though only the two Ingmar Bergmans (The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries) are foreign language from those six. That means that Hollywood is better represented for 1957 than for its own golden year of 1939, with only three titles from that year in this list.

Decade Change

The oldest film in the list remains Charlie Chaplin's The Kid, released in 1921, still the only title to be over a hundred years old, though the next oldest, Buster Keaton's Sherlock, Jr., will celebrate its centennial this year. There are four other titles in the list from the 1920s, each of which has been there since at least 2017.

It's traditionally rare for an older decade to increase in representation and, while there were a couple of exceptions last year, there are none this year. The 1920s, 1930s and 1940s remained unchanged. The 1950s, 1960s and 1980s dropped one and the 1970s dropped two. Taking advantage of that, the 1990s and 2010s increased by one and the 2020s by three, each a new entry from 2023.

New Entries

Talking of new entries, there were very few of them indeed. The lowest number of new entries over the past eleven years was twelve in 2022, but there were only five this year. That's next to none and it's so low that traditional trending is meaningless. Usually, the new entries include a combination of brand new English language films and classic foreign films, but recent foreign films have been becoming the norm too. That all changed in 2022 and it hasn't reset yet.

Three of the five new entries were of brand new 2023 films: Godzilla Minus One, Oppenheimer and Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. It's worth mentioning here that, while I haven't seen any of these yet, many of my friends have and Godzilla Minus One is the only modern film I can name about which I have literally not heard anything negative.

The other two were literally the bottom two in the list. Dances with Wolves entered for the first time at 249 and Gangs of Wasseypur re-entered the list at 250 after a year out. It entered at 196 in 2015 as a relatively new film, but dropped out again immediately. It re-entered in 2020 and has been near the bottom of the table for four of the past five years.

Ups

Traditionally, more films drop within the list than rise within it. That's to be expected, because a single new entry high in the list moves everything below it down a slot. There have been more downs than ups every single year I've tracked this list except last year, which was an anomaly in so many ways. It's back to normal this year, with 58 films increasing their standing but 150 losing at least a place.

However, very few films moved by much. Last year, seventeen films leapt at least 20 places, ten more than the previous seven years combined. This year, there were none, the highest climbers being Prisoners (10 places), Dead Poets Society (10 places) and Jai Bhim (12 places).

This is partly because there was notably very little change within the list. In fact, the average number of places changed moved from a record high last year to a record low this year, from 11.50 to only 4.08. The previous low was 4.7 in 2019 with three other years between five and six.

Downs and Outs

As always, the biggest drop was a mainstream Hollywood film that was a new entry the previous year, but it wasn't as big a drop as usual, Top Gun: Maverick falling forty-two places from 88 to 130. Often, the highest entry from the previous year drops out of the list entirely, a fate that befell The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in 2014 (from 122), Gravity in 2015 (from 94), Boyhood in 2016 (from 93), The Martian in 2017 (from 178), Arrival in 2018 (from 112), Blade Runner 2049 in 2019 (from 81), Bohemian Rhapsody in 2020 (from 134), Marriage Story in 2021 (from 163), Soul in 2022 (from 163) and Dune in 2023 (from 183). It's notable that many of these are science fiction and three of them were directed by Denis Villeneuve.

Because there were only five new entries, only five films dropped out of the list and not one of them is American. Two of them have been mainstays ever since I've been grabbing this list, Persona and Life of Brian, while Gandhi was for a while but leaves for a second time; it re-entered last year at 249. The other two are also classic films but more recent ones to join the list, Rififi leaving again as it did two years ago, and Dersu Uzala leaving after only two years in.

Directors

This year's top directors are again balanced well between the modern and classic eras, but Oppenheimer nudges Christopher Nolan into top spot free and clear with eight titles, ahead of Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg on seven each. With Dersu Uzala dropping out of the list, Akira Kurosawa falls to six, joining Alfred Hitchcock there. Behind then on five remain Charlie Chaplin, Quentin Tarantino and Billy Wilder.

It doesn't seem likely that Nolan will lose that top spot any time soon, because seven of his eight films currently reside in the top 70, the only exception being Batman Begins, at a still respectable 128. Also, with the exception of Oppenheimer, which is brand new to the list, each of his other films has either been lower or in the same spot in a previous year, so they move up as much as they move down.

The Top Ten

The Top Ten doesn't change a lot over time, but it didn't change at all this year. In fact, the only change in the top twenty was It's a Wonderful Life moving up from 21 to 20 and nudging Seven Samurai down one.

In fact, only two films moved more than three places within the top 60, Interstellar moving up four from 26 to 22 (see what I mean about Christopher Nolan?) and The Usual Suspects dropping five from 40 to 45.

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The List

# Title Year Director IMDb '23 '22 '21 '20 '19 '18 '17 '16 '15 '14 '13 '04 Change
1 The Shawshank Redemption 1994 Frank Darabont IMDb 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 =
2 The Godfather 1972 Francis Ford Coppola IMDb 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 =
3 The Dark Knight 2008 Christopher Nolan IMDb 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 6 7 =
4 The Godfather: Part II 1974 Francis Ford Coppola IMDb 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 =
5 12 Angry Men 1957 Sidney Lumet IMDb 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 7 7 6 21 =
6 Schindler’s List 1993 Steven Spielberg IMDb 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 8 8 8 6 =
7 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 Peter Jackson IMDb 7 7 7 7 7 8 8 9 9 9 9 3 =
8 Pulp Fiction 1994 Quentin Tarantino IMDb 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 5 4 4 16 =
9 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001 Peter Jackson IMDb 9 10 10 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 13 9 =
10 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 1966 Sergio Leone IMDb 10 9 9 9 9 9 9 8 6 5 5 20 =
11 Forrest Gump 1994 Robert Zemeckis IMDb 11 12 12 12 12 12 13 13 14 15 19 115 =
12 Fight Club 1999 David Fincher IMDb 12 11 11 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 41 =
13 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 Peter Jackson IMDb 13 14 14 15 15 15 15 16 17 19 21 8 =
14 Inception 2010 Christopher Nolan IMDb 14 13 13 13 14 14 14 14 13 14 14 =
15 The Empire Strikes Back 1980 Irvin Kershner IMDb 15 15 15 14 13 13 12 12 12 12 11 13 =
16 The Matrix 1999 Andy & Larry Wachowski IMDb 16 17 16 16 18 18 18 17 19 20 18 34 =
17 Goodfellas 1990 Martin Scorsese IMDb 17 18 17 17 17 17 17 18 18 16 15 29 =
18 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 1975 Milos Forman IMDb 18 19 18 18 16 16 16 15 15 13 12 12 =
19 Se7en 1995 David Fincher IMDb 19 21 20 20 21 22 22 22 23 22 23 55 =
20 It’s a Wonderful Life 1946 Frank Capra IMDb 21 23 24 24 24 24 24 25 26 26 30 27 ↑1
21 Seven Samurai 1954 Akira Kurosawa IMDb 20 20 19 19 19 19 19 20 21 18 17 5 ↓1
22 Interstellar 2014 Christopher Nolan IMDb 26 28 29 31 32 32 33 29 16 ↑4
23 The Silence of the Lambs 1991 Jonathan Demme IMDb 22 22 23 23 23 23 23 23 25 24 24 28 ↓1
24 Saving Private Ryan 1998 Steven Spielberg IMDb 24 26 26 27 28 29 29 30 34 34 39 58 =
25 City of God 2002 Fernando Meirelles & Kátia Lund IMDb 23 24 22 21 20 21 21 21 22 21 20 23 ↓2
26 Life is Beautiful 1997 Roberto Benigni IMDb 25 25 21 22 25 25 26 26 29 36 55 72 ↓1
27 The Green Mile 1999 Frank Darabont IMDb 27 30 28 29 31 34 37 40 42 48 65 132 =
28 Star Wars 1977 George Lucas IMDb 28 27 25 25 22 20 20 19 20 17 16 10 =
29 Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 James Cameron IMDb 29 35 37 38 42 44 44 41 40 39 36 110 =
30 Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse 2023 Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers & Justin K. Thompson IMDb
31 Back to the Future 1985 Robert Zemeckis IMDb 30 36 36 37 43 45 45 45 49 46 47 143 ↓1
32 Spirited Away 2001 Hayao Miyazaki IMDb 31 29 27 28 27 28 28 31 36 38 43 43 ↓1
33 The Pianist 2002 Roman Polanski IMDb 33 34 35 39 39 40 42 42 43 43 49 37 =
34 Parasite 2019 Bong Joon Ho IMDb 34 31 30 30 =
35 Psycho 1960 Alfred Hitchcock IMDb 32 38 40 41 33 35 35 35 33 31 29 25 ↓3
36 Gladiator 2000 Ridley Scott IMDb 37 44 41 42 48 47 47 47 48 49 63 168 ↑1
37 The Lion King 1994 Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff IMDb 36 39 34 35 47 48 51 54 54 69 79 ↓1
38 Leon 1994 Luc Besson IMDb 35 32 31 32 30 27 27 27 28 28 31 64 ↓3
39 American History X 1998 Tony Kaye IMDb 38 42 38 36 34 31 32 32 32 32 34 61 ↓1
40 The Departed 2006 Martin Scorsese IMDb 39 46 43 45 41 42 43 44 46 47 50 ↓1
41 Whiplash 2014 Damien Chazelle IMDb 42 43 45 46 44 46 46 43 ↑1
42 The Prestige 2006 Christopher Nolan IMDb 41 48 46 48 49 49 50 51 51 61 68 ↓1
43 Grave of the Fireflies 1988 Isao Takahata IMDb 45 41 47 50 55 58 59 64 71 82 104 171 ↑2
44 Harakiri 1962 Masaki Kobayashi IMDb 44 33 33 33 =
45 The Usual Suspects 1995 Bryan Singer IMDb 40 37 32 34 26 26 25 24 24 25 26 18 ↓5
46 Casablanca 1942 Michael Curtiz IMDb 43 49 49 49 37 36 34 33 30 27 25 7 ↓3
47 The Intouchables 2011 Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano IMDb 46 47 44 43 40 38 39 38 38 45 64 ↓1
48 Modern Times 1936 Charles Chaplin IMDb 47 40 39 40 38 39 40 39 39 41 45 69 ↓1
49 Cinema Paradiso 1988 Giuseppe Tornatore IMDb 50 52 50 52 54 55 57 57 57 64 76 99 ↑1
50 Rear Window 1954 Alfred Hitchcock IMDb 49 51 51 51 45 43 41 37 37 30 28 14 ↓1
51 Once Upon a Time in the West 1968 Sergio Leone IMDb 48 50 48 47 36 33 30 28 27 23 22 32 ↓3
52 Alien 1979 Ridley Scott IMDb 51 53 53 53 52 52 52 53 50 44 40 60 ↓1
53 City Lights 1931 Charles Chaplin IMDb 52 45 42 44 35 37 36 34 35 33 41 91 ↓1
54 Apocalypse Now 1979 Francis Ford Coppola IMDb 53 54 54 55 50 51 49 48 45 40 35 36 ↓1
55 Django Unchained 2012 Quentin Tarantino IMDb 56 58 58 60 62 60 60 60 56 53 ↑1
56 Memento 2000 Christopher Nolan IMDb 54 55 55 56 51 50 48 46 41 37 33 19 ↓2
57 Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 Steven Spielberg IMDb 55 56 57 54 46 41 38 36 31 29 27 17 ↓2
58 WALL-E 2008 Andrew Stanton IMDb 57 62 62 65 63 62 62 62 61 60 59 ↓1
59 The Lives of Others 2006 Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck IMDb 58 59 59 58 58 57 56 56 53 55 60 ↓1
60 Sunset Boulevard 1950 Billy Wilder IMDb 59 61 65 66 57 54 54 50 44 35 32 31 ↓1
61 Paths of Glory 1957 Stanley Kubrick IMDb 60 60 61 63 60 59 58 58 59 54 54 40 ↓1
62 Avengers: Infinity War 2018 Anthony & Joe Russo IMDb 63 63 64 61 56 ↑1
63 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2018 Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey & Rodney Rothman IMDb 66 66 69 64 29 ↑3
64 The Shining 1980 Stanley Kubrick IMDb 61 65 63 62 61 61 61 59 58 51 46 89 ↓3
65 Witness for the Prosecution 1957 Billy Wilder IMDb 64 64 66 70 65 67 71 76 83 83 102 164 ↓1
66 The Great Dictator 1940 Charles Chaplin IMDb 62 57 56 57 53 53 55 55 52 59 69 97 ↓4
67 Aliens 1986 James Cameron IMDb 65 74 73 73 69 68 66 65 63 62 58 87 ↓2
68 Oppenheimer 2023 Christopher Nolan IMDb
69 Inglourious Basterds 2009 Quentin Tarantino IMDb 72 85 85 85 95 98 98 100 101 109 113 ↑3
70 The Dark Knight Rises 2012 Christopher Nolan IMDb 69 73 71 71 67 65 63 61 55 50 38 ↓1
71 American Beauty 1999 Sam Mendes IMDb 67 82 77 75 66 63 64 63 60 57 51 30 ↓4
72 Dr. Strangelove 1964 Stanley Kubrick IMDb 68 67 70 68 59 56 53 49 47 42 37 15 ↓4
73 Oldboy 2003 Chan-wook Park IMDb 70 69 67 69 68 66 67 69 70 76 85 ↓3
74 Coco 2017 Lee Unkrich & Adrian Molina IMDb 73 72 75 76 71 30 ↓1
75 Amadeus 1984 Milos Forman IMDb 71 83 84 83 81 86 89 88 89 92 88 79 ↓4
76 Toy Story 1995 John Lasseter IMDb 75 81 81 82 91 95 95 97 107 113 118 177 ↓1
77 Das Boot 1981 Wolfgang Peterson IMDb 77 78 79 78 72 70 70 71 69 71 71 46 =
78 Braveheart 1995 Mel Gibson IMDb 76 84 78 77 74 76 77 78 79 79 83 85 ↓2
79 Avengers: Endgame 2019 Anthony & Joe Russo IMDb 78 76 76 59 ↓1
80 Joker 2019 Todd Phillips IMDb 74 70 60 26 ↓6
81 Princess Mononoke 1997 Hayao Miyazaki IMDb 79 68 68 67 64 64 65 68 72 81 93 100 ↓2
82 Good Will Hunting 1997 Gus Van Sant IMDb 81 87 88 86 101 103 110 119 127 140 157 248 ↓1
83 Your Name 2016 Makoto Shinkai IMDb 82 71 74 74 80 79 ↓1
84 Once Upon a Time in America 1984 Sergio Leone IMDb 80 75 72 72 70 69 68 72 74 77 77 124 ↓4
85 3 Idiots 2009 Rajkumar Hirani IMDb 85 80 80 79 87 94 103 114 120 158 240 =
86 High and Low 1963 Akira Kurosawa IMDb 87 79 83 ↑1
87 Singin’ in the Rain 1952 Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen IMDb 84 98 99 103 94 92 96 90 86 86 86 47 ↓3
88 Capernaum 2018 Nadine Labaki IMDb 90 77 82 110 ↑2
89 Requiem for a Dream 2000 Darren Aronofsky IMDb 83 97 91 89 82 80 79 81 80 75 73 51 ↓6
90 Come and See 1985 Elem Klimov IMDb 95 90 109 139 168 171 181 ↑5
91 Toy Story 3 2010 Lee Unkrich IMDb 86 122 110 106 102 97 88 80 68 66 56 ↓5
92 Return of the Jedi 1983 Richard Marquand IMDb 89 88 86 80 78 75 74 73 73 78 81 131 ↓3
93 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2004 Michel Gondry IMDb 91 100 95 92 86 88 86 86 84 80 75 38 ↓2
94 The Hunt 2012 Thomas Vinterberg IMDb 94 96 94 94 103 104 107 116 125 132 =
95 2001: A Space Odyssey 1968 Stanley Kubrick IMDb 92 89 90 88 89 93 93 92 98 103 92 73 ↓3
96 Reservoir Dogs 1992 Quentin Tarantino IMDb 93 91 89 84 77 77 76 77 77 74 70 71 ↓3
97 Ikiru 1952 Akira Kurosawa IMDb 104 101 107 113 124 128 130 131 132 120 193 ↑7
98 Lawrence of Arabia 1962 David Lean IMDb 98 103 111 105 85 85 82 85 82 73 66 24 =
99 The Apartment 1960 Billy Wilder IMDb 102 108 118 115 109 108 106 102 97 96 96 81 ↑3
100 Citizen Kane 1941 Orson Welles IMDb 96 95 96 93 73 72 69 66 64 56 44 11 ↓4
101 M 1931 Fritz Lang IMDb 97 94 93 87 79 78 75 74 67 58 52 50 ↓4
102 North by Northwest 1959 Alfred Hitchcock IMDb 99 99 103 96 76 74 72 67 62 52 42 22 ↓3
103 Vertigo 1958 Alfred Hitchcock IMDb 100 93 92 90 75 73 73 70 66 63 48 33 ↓3
104 Double Indemnity 1944 Billy Wilder IMDb 105 110 119 112 92 87 83 83 78 67 57 45 ↑1
105 Scarface 1983 Brian De Palma IMDb 108 116 106 102 105 106 104 108 113 121 129 ↑3
106 Amelie 2001 Jean-Pierre Jeunet IMDb 101 119 112 101 90 83 78 75 65 65 62 26 ↓5
107 Full Metal Jacket 1987 Stanley Kubrick IMDb 106 105 98 95 96 91 90 87 85 85 82 102 ↓1
108 Incendies 2010 Denis Villeneuve IMDb 111 107 116 118 125 131 148 159 174 202 226 ↑3
109 A Clockwork Orange 1971 Stanley Kubrick IMDb 103 113 104 97 88 84 80 79 75 70 61 74 ↓6
110 Heat 1995 Michael Mann IMDb 113 126 123 121 123 123 126 123 124 122 119 245 ↑3
111 Up 2009 Pete Docter IMDb 112 124 121 117 114 115 118 115 115 118 114 ↑1
112 To Kill a Mockingbird 1962 Robert Mulligan IMDb 109 121 120 114 97 90 85 84 81 72 67 35 ↓3
113 The Sting 1973 George Roy Hill IMDb 110 115 113 107 100 96 92 89 87 90 98 67 ↓3
114 A Separation 2011 Asghar Farhadi IMDb 115 114 114 111 111 110 109 105 105 101 105 ↑1
115 Hamilton 2020 Thomas Kail IMDb 107 86 52 ↓8
116 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 1989 Steven Spielberg IMDb 120 125 122 116 112 112 108 104 103 100 97 141 ↑4
117 Die Hard 1988 John McTiernan IMDb 118 129 125 123 121 122 123 120 119 111 101 156 ↑1
118 Metropolis 1927 Fritz Lang IMDb 116 111 115 108 110 109 111 106 109 98 89 86 ↓2
119 Like Stars on Earth 2007 Aamir Khan IMDb 122 92 87 81 84 82 84 111 148 ↑3
120 Snatch 2000 Guy Ritchie IMDb 119 117 105 98 104 101 97 93 91 104 112 221 ↓1
121 The Bicycle Thief 1948 Vittorio De Sica IMDb 121 102 100 100 98 99 94 91 88 84 91 104 =
122 L.A. Confidential 1997 Curtis Hanson IMDb 117 127 124 119 108 107 101 98 94 93 80 49 ↓5
123 1917 2019 Sam Mendes IMDb 123 118 102 =
124 Taxi Driver 1976 Martin Scorsese IMDb 114 112 108 104 93 89 81 82 76 68 53 42 ↓10
125 Downfall 2004 Oliver Hirschbiegel IMDb 124 133 131 128 120 121 120 118 117 116 107 ↓1
126 Dangal 2016 Nitesh Tiwari IMDb 126 106 97 91 83 71 =
127 For a Few Dollars More 1965 Sergio Leone IMDb 125 123 117 109 107 105 102 99 95 108 111 ↓2
128 Batman Begins 2005 Christopher Nolan IMDb 127 137 129 124 116 116 115 111 108 107 103 ↓1
129 Some Like It Hot 1959 Billy Wilder IMDb 129 136 134 131 118 118 116 110 100 97 87 44 =
130 Top Gun: Maverick 2022 Joseph Kosinski IMDb 88 ↓42
131 The Wolf of Wall Street 2013 Martin Scorsese IMDb 133 142 141 144 149 150 154 144 130 ↑2
132 The Kid 1921 Charles Chaplin IMDb 128 104 101 99 99 100 99 96 99 110 128 ↓4
133 The Father 2020 Florian Zeller IMDb 130 109 ↓3
134 Green Book 2018 Peter Farrelly IMDb 132 132 126 127 ↓2
135 All About Eve 1950 Joseph L Mankiewicz IMDb 131 135 137 137 115 114 114 103 96 88 95 54 ↓4
136 Judgment at Nuremberg 1961 Stanley Kramer IMDb 134 143 148 146 137 134 146 147 153 145 250 ↓2
137 The Truman Show 1998 Peter Weir IMDb 140 166 168 181 187 207 214 211 232 239 215 ↑3
138 There Will Be Blood 2007 Paul Thomas Anderson IMDb 139 144 144 151 160 166 182 175 184 185 173 ↑1
139 Casino 1995 Martin Scorsese IMDb 135 146 139 138 143 146 145 141 141 144 150 ↓4
140 Shutter Island 2010 Martin Scorsese IMDb 143 155 152 161 171 180 189 192 209 240 234 ↑3
141 Ran 1985 Akira Kurosawa IMDb 136 130 135 135 136 133 134 132 135 127 133 76 ↓5
142 Jurassic Park 1993 Steven Spielberg IMDb 147 167 166 169 182 199 209 199 237 250 245 ↑5
143 Pan’s Labyrinth 2006 Guillermo Del Toro IMDb 137 148 142 140 129 130 129 126 123 117 106 ↓6
144 The Sixth Sense 1999 M Night Shyamalan IMDb 141 165 164 162 161 159 171 160 163 153 143 96 ↓3
145 Unforgiven 1992 Clint Eastwood IMDb 138 138 133 126 119 120 119 113 110 105 94 127 ↓7
146 A Beautiful Mind 2001 Ron Howard IMDb 142 149 138 136 141 145 147 149 160 182 199 ↓4
147 No Country for Old Men 2007 Joel & Ethan Coen IMDb 151 157 156 157 158 161 175 165 168 160 139 ↑4
148 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 1948 John Huston IMDb 145 147 149 145 122 119 117 107 102 87 74 68 ↓3
149 Yojimbo 1961 Akira Kurosawa IMDb 144 128 128 125 117 113 113 109 106 102 109 107 ↓5
150 The Thing 1982 John Carpenter IMDb 153 161 162 164 163 163 174 166 165 164 147 ↑3
151 Kill Bill: Vol 1 2003 Quentin Tarantino IMDb 152 179 175 177 172 173 178 170 171 163 152 63 ↑1
152 Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975 Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones IMDb 146 134 127 120 106 102 100 94 90 95 84 56 ↓6
153 The Great Escape 1963 John Sturges IMDb 149 145 140 133 127 126 125 121 118 119 110 77 ↓4
154 Finding Nemo 2003 Andrew Stanton IMDb 154 177 171 171 167 164 170 163 167 170 163 75 =
155 Rashomon 1950 Akira Kurosawa IMDb 150 131 130 122 113 111 105 101 92 91 90 57 ↓5
156 The Elephant Man 1980 David Lynch IMDb 155 164 160 159 148 148 151 140 133 126 116 130 ↓1
157 Chinatown 1974 Roman Polanski IMDb 156 152 154 149 131 129 127 122 116 99 78 48 ↓1
158 Howl’s Moving Castle 2004 Hayao Miyazaki IMDb 164 141 136 132 135 137 141 142 146 168 189 ↑6
159 Prisoners 2013 Denis Villeneuve IMDb 169 187 196 198 208 216 233 232 246 234 ↑10
160 Dial M for Murder 1954 Alfred Hitchcock IMDb 162 158 150 152 155 154 162 158 162 166 167 ↑2
161 Gone with the Wind 1939 Victor Fleming IMDb 159 180 170 165 162 157 166 155 157 151 158 148 ↓2
162 V for Vendetta 2005 James McTeigue IMDb 158 171 157 153 152 149 153 145 145 152 164 ↓4
163 Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels 1998 Guy Ritchie IMDb 161 156 145 143 142 143 142 137 138 137 142 224 ↓2
164 Raging Bull 1980 Martin Scorsese IMDb 157 151 147 141 126 124 121 117 112 106 99 59 ↓7
165 The Secret in Their Eyes 2009 Juan José Campanella IMDb 163 150 143 142 138 136 136 135 139 143 155 ↓2
166 Inside Out 2015 Pete Docter & Ronnie del Carmen IMDb 160 174 158 154 147 138 128 95 ↓6
167 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 2017 Martin McDonagh IMDb 166 162 151 147 144 ↓1
168 Spider-Man: No Way Home 2021 Jon Watts IMDb 148 16 ↓20
169 Trainspotting 1996 Danny Boyle IMDb 167 173 165 158 159 155 163 157 154 149 151 203 ↓2
170 The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957 David Lean IMDb 165 175 177 166 140 139 137 129 126 114 100 52 ↓5
171 Fargo 1996 Joel Coen IMDb 170 176 178 174 164 160 167 156 152 136 127 88 ↓1
172 Godzilla Minus One 2023 Takashi Yamazaki IMDb
173 Warrior 2011 Gavin O’Connor IMDb 168 178 161 156 153 153 152 143 143 146 153 ↓5
174 Catch Me if You Can 2002 Steven Spielberg IMDb 173 197 193 197 215 220 236 245 ↓1
175 Klaus 2019 Sergio Pablos & Carlos Martinez López IMDb 183 160 169 176 ↑8
176 Gran Torino 2008 Clint Eastwood IMDb 171 192 181 175 165 156 159 146 140 131 125 ↓5
177 My Neighbor Totoro 1988 Hayao Miyazaki IMDb 172 153 146 134 133 132 131 128 128 141 165 ↓5
178 Million Dollar Baby 2004 Clint Eastwood IMDb 174 216 209 210 200 203 205 189 190 183 172 ↓4
179 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 2011 David Yates IMDb 181 215 214 220 217 218 224 219 217 227 220 ↑2
180 Children of Heaven 1997 Majid Majidi IMDb 175 139 132 129 128 127 124 ↓5
181 Blade Runner 1982 Ridley Scott IMDb 176 172 173 167 154 147 139 134 136 128 124 94 ↓5
182 12 Years a Slave 2013 Steve McQueen IMDb 180 207 204 200 199 202 201 184 175 ↓2
183 Before Sunrise 1995 Richard Linklater IMDb 179 195 191 196 205 212 219 207 215 231 ↓4
184 The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014 Wes Anderson IMDb 188 189 189 193 189 195 203 186 182 ↑4
185 Ben-Hur 1959 William Wyler IMDb 182 212 213 217 197 196 202 191 185 186 169 129 ↓3
186 Barry Lyndon 1975 Stanley Kubrick IMDb 191 200 205 208 220 228 239 222 229 214 209 ↑5
187 Gone Girl 2014 David Fincher IMDb 185 201 190 187 178 179 180 164 114 ↓2
188 The Gold Rush 1925 Charles Chaplin IMDb 177 159 153 150 139 135 135 130 131 130 137 151 ↓11
189 Hacksaw Ridge 2016 Mel Gibson IMDb 193 203 192 188 177 174 91 ↑4
190 In the Name of the Father 1993 Jim Sheridan IMDb 190 199 187 186 186 191 195 187 188 200 221 =
191 Memories of Murder 2003 Bong Joon Ho IMDb 196 170 176 189 196 201 211 216 227 218 ↑5
192 On the Waterfront 1954 Elia Kazan IMDb 178 182 183 170 145 140 132 125 121 115 115 78 ↓14
193 The General 1926 Buster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman IMDb 187 190 200 192 157 152 150 139 137 123 120 93 ↓6
194 The Deer Hunter 1978 Michael Cimino IMDb 189 188 185 179 166 158 164 151 147 139 134 117 ↓5
195 Wild Tales 2014 Damián Szifron IMDb 197 185 182 184 181 185 197 194 ↑2
196 Dead Poets Society 1989 Peter Weir IMDb 206 210 211 223 224 243 ↑10
197 Wild Strawberries 1957 Ingmar Bergman IMDb 184 168 172 172 156 151 149 138 134 125 126 138 ↓13
198 Mad Max: Fury Road 2015 George Miller IMDb 198 213 207 206 206 204 199 152 =
199 The Third Man 1949 Carol Reed IMDb 186 169 180 168 132 125 122 112 104 89 72 39 ↓13
200 The Wages of Fear 1953 Henri-Georges Clouzot IMDb 192 218 222 202 203 192 191 173 161 ↓8
201 Sherlock, Jr. 1924 Buster Keaton IMDb 194 191 199 194 169 ↓7
202 Monsters, Inc. 2001 Pete Docter & David Silverman IMDb 203 230 233 231 221 224 228 213 223 226 222 161 ↑1
203 Jaws 1975 Steven Spielberg IMDb 204 233 236 237 214 205 181 141 82 ↑1
204 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1939 Frank Capra IMDb 195 198 206 190 151 144 138 127 122 112 108 66 ↓9
205 How to Train Your Dragon 2010 Dean DeBlois & Chris Sanders IMDb 202 211 201 191 179 175 176 153 151 165 166 ↓3
206 Mary and Max 2009 Adam Elliot IMDb 201 196 188 185 176 178 179 167 169 175 183 ↓5
207 Ford v Ferrari 2019 James Mangold IMDb 210 206 203 130 ↑3
208 The Seventh Seal 1957 Ingmar Bergman IMDb 199 163 159 155 146 141 140 133 129 124 117 95 ↓9
209 Ratatouille 1986 Brad Bird IMDb 216 218 ↑7
210 Room 2015 Lenny Abrahamson IMDb 200 202 179 160 150 142 133 ↓10
211 The Big Lebowski 1998 Joel Coen IMDb 205 209 197 183 170 165 161 148 142 133 131 222 ↓6
212 Tokyo Story 1953 Yasujiro Ozu IMDb 208 181 184 180 175 167 165 ↓4
213 Rocky 1976 John G Avildsen IMDb 211 238 231 227 219 221 222 215 220 212 201 ↓2
214 Hotel Rwanda 2004 Terry George IMDb 209 234 227 221 198 189 186 172 164 155 146 ↓5
215 Logan 2017 James Mangold IMDb 217 221 219 214 211 188 ↑2
216 Spotlight 2015 Tom McCarthy IMDb 213 229 225 224 210 205 193 ↓3
217 Platoon 1986 Oliver Stone IMDb 212 228 217 207 191 187 187 174 172 162 144 147 ↓5
218 The Passion of Joan of Arc 1928 Carl Theodor Dreyer IMDb 207 204 226 209 202 181 157 205 ↓11
219 The Terminator 1984 James Cameron IMDb 214 243 226 229 232 210 213 196 171 202 ↓5
220 Before Sunset 2004 Richard Linklater IMDb 223 242 239 238 238 244 249 ↑3
221 Jai Bhim 2021 T. J. Gnanavel IMDb 233 140 ↑12
222 Rush 2013 Ron Howard IMDb 218 236 221 212 201 194 185 168 156 142 ↓4
223 The Best Years of Our Lives 1946 William Wyler IMDb 225 243 237 241 203 194 171 106 ↑2
224 Network 1976 Sidney Lumet IMDb 219 220 210 203 193 190 190 177 176 172 170 217 ↓5
225 The Exorcist 1973 William Friedkin IMDb 226 243 205 197 ↑1
226 La haine 1995 Mathieu Kassovitz IMDb 230 222 228 234 229 234 238 224 224 224 230 ↑4
227 Stand by Me 1986 Rob Reiner IMDb 215 219 212 204 190 193 194 180 183 184 175 196 ↓12
228 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 2003 Gore Verbinski IMDb 234 244 250 233 228 225 216 188 ↑6
229 The Wizard of Oz 1939 Sean Penn IMDb 222 231 233 231 201 191 173 149 62 ↓7
230 The Incredibles 2004 Brad Bird IMDb 228 ↓2
231 Into the Wild 2007 Sean Penn IMDb 221 237 220 201 183 182 177 161 158 161 161 ↓10
232 Hachi: A Dog's Tale 2009 Lasse Hallström IMDb 231 224 216 211 209 211 210 195 192 213 ↓1
233 To Be or Not to Be 1942 Ernst Lubitsch IMDb 227 208 198 179 ↓6
234 The Handmaiden 2016 Chan-wook Park IMDb 240 217 218 229 240 248 ↑6
235 My Father and My Son 2005 Çagan Irmak IMDb 232 184 155 148 130 117 87 ↓3
236 The Battle of Algiers 1966 Gillo Pontecorvo IMDb 229 246 248 247 247 217 218 ↓7
237 The Grapes of Wrath 1940 John Ford IMDb 235 222 222 215 193 189 167 159 136 ↓2
238 Groundhog Day 1993 Harold Ramis IMDb 224 230 231 234 212 216 201 178 204 ↓14
239 The Sound of Music 1965 Robert Wise IMDb 241 ↑2
240 Amores Perros 2000 Alejandro González Iñárritu IMDb 236 239 230 222 212 208 207 188 186 180 181 139 ↓4
241 Rebecca 1940 Alfred Hitchcock IMDb 237 231 236 226 174 172 173 150 144 129 123 105 ↓4
242 Cool Hand Luke 1967 Stuart Rosenberg IMDb 238 223 215 199 173 170 172 154 150 138 135 121 ↓4
243 The Iron Giant 1999 Brad Bird IMDb 246 ↑3
244 The Help 2011 Tate Taylor IMDb 248 245 239 235 242 248 235 234 248 ↑4
245 It Happened One Night 1934 Frank Capra IMDb 242 241 243 233 188 184 183 162 149 135 140 113 ↓3
246 Pather Panchali 1955 Satyajit Ray IMDb 220 120 ↓26
247 The 400 Blows 1959 François Truffaut IMDb 239 226 224 219 207 200 198 179 187 179 184 160 ↓8
248 Aladdin 1992 Ron Clements & John Musker IMDb 247 246 ↓1
249 Dances with Wolves 1990 Kevin Costner IMDb
250 Gangs of Wasseypur 2012 Anurag Kashyap IMDb 227 232 236 196


The New Batch

The following films were not part of the IMDb Top 250 on 1st January, 2023, but had entered (or re-entered) it by 1st January, 2024:

# Title Year Director IMDb '23 '22 '21 '20 '19 '18 '17 '16 '15 '14 '13 '04 Change
30 Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse 2023 Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers & Justin K. Thompson IMDb
68 Oppenheimer 2023 Christopher Nolan IMDb
172 Godzilla Minus One 2023 Takashi Yamazaki IMDb
249 Dances with Wolves 1990 Kevin Costner IMDb
250 Gangs of Wasseypur 2012 Anurag Kashyap IMDb 227 232 236 196


The Departed

The following films were part of the IMDb Top 250 on 1st January, 2023, but had dropped out of it by 1st January, 2024:

# Title Year Director IMDb '23 '22 '21 '20 '19 '18 '17 '16 '15 '14 '13 '04 Change
Persona 1966 Ingmar Bergman IMDb 243 193 195 195 195 198 206 181 193 190 185 235
Life of Brian 1979 Terry Jones IMDb 244 232 223 205 185 183 184 171 173 174 162 159
Dersu Uzala 1975 Akira Kurosawa IMDb 245 154
Gandhi 1982 Richard Attenborough IMDb 249 227 226 221 200 199 192 187 192
Rififi 1955 Jules Dassin IMDb 250 237




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