The Top 250 and Me


I was bored today and so I decided to have a look at the current IMDb Top 250 Films list (which can be viewed here), something which I haven’t done for years. I managed to count 117 films on the list that I have seen. I’m not sure if that’s good but what’s good isn’t the point. The real point is that there are so many dreadful films on the list that anyone who thinks this list is a good representation of the Top 250 Films ever made is clearly misinformed.

I cannot deny that there are some great films on the list. For example, when you get down to the bottom, you discover some of cinema’s classic features. The problem is that scattered from throughout the list are films from 2012 and 2011 that were obviously enjoyable to a large audience but will clearly not stand the test of time. Films such as The Hobbit (2012), The Avengers (2012) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) were a great success because of the massive fan base that existed before the film was released. These films have tainted what was once a great list of films.

If you want a decent list of films, do yourself a favour and look at the BFI’s Top 50 Greatest Films. And what makes this list so good, is that it isn’t decided by a bunch of fans and they give reason why each film belongs on the list.

Just for general interest, how many of the IMDb Top 250 Films have you seen?



2 thoughts on “The Top 250 and Me

  1. I’ve seen eighty from the 250 and twelve from the top 50 greatest films ever. Yes, there are some annoying movies, especially some nolan movies which got into the top 20, I mean, do they deserve to be anywhere close? Personal favourite is Kubrick! However, do not renounce the top 250 altogether, because beginners like me can’t see movies like Breathless right at the start. You have to progress slowly, and even then movies like citizen kane, rashomon, and vertigo were challenges for me. I couldn’t force myself to see 8 1/2 completely. Maybe it’s because I am too young. By the way, just saw 2001:A Space Odyssesy. Awesome score (as always), and the camera probably grew a mind of it’s own. However, care to explain the story??? especially the end.

  2. Yes, it is a good list for beginners. There’s some great entry level films on the list. That’s great that you like Kubrick. 2001: A Space Odyssey is a difficult film to understand. It is a very conceptual film exploring evolution and humanity with a science fiction backdrop. The end is generally interpreted as the next stage of evolution.

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