IMDb Top 250

The Internet Movie Database Top 250 is a listing of top rated films, based on ratings by the registered users and regular voters of the website. Top 250

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The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

The life of Andy Dufresne changes when he is convicted and jailed for the murder of his wife.

Directed by: Frank Darabont

Country: USA

Main cast: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown

Written by: Stephen King, Frank Darabont

Genre: drama


The Godfather (1972)

Mario Puzo's The Godfather

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

Country: USA

Main cast: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard S. Castellano, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden

Written by: Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola

Genre: crime, drama


The Godfather: Part II (1974)

The early life & career of Vito Corleone in 1920's New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on his crime syndicate stretching from Lake Tahoe, Nevada to pre-Revolution 1958 Cuba.

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

Country: USA

Main cast: Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, John Cazale

Written by: Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola

Genre: crime, drama


Pulp Fiction (1994)

The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

Country: USA

Main cast: Tim Roth, John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Amanda Plummer, Eric Stoltz, Bruce Willis, Ving Rhames, Uma Thurman

Written by: Quentin Tarantino, Roger Avary

Genre: crime, drama


The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

Il Buono, il brutto, il cattivo

Three gunmen set out to find a hidden fortune. Who will walk away with the cash?

Directed by: Sergio Leone

Country: Italy

Main cast: Eli Wallach, Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffrè, Luigi Pistilli, Rada Rassimov, Enzo Petito

Written by: Luciano Vincenzoni, Sergio Leone

Genre: action, adventure, drama, war, western


12 Angry Men (1957)

A dissenting juror in a murder trial slowly manages to convince the others that the case is not as obviously clear as it seemed in court.

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

Country: USA

Main cast: Henry Fonda, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler, Lee J. Cobb, E.G. Marshall, Jack Klugman, Ed Binns, Jack Warden

Written by: Reginald Rose

Genre: drama, crime


The Dark Knight (2008)

Batman, Gordon and Harvey Dent are forced to deal with the chaos unleashed by an anarchist mastermind known only as the Joker, as it drives each of them to their limits.

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Country: USA

Main cast: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Monique Curnen

Written by: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan, David S. Goyer, Bob Kane

Genre: action, adventure, crime, drama, mystery


Schindler's List (1993)

Oskar Schindler uses Jews to start a factory in Poland during the war. He witnesses the horrors endured by the Jews, and starts to save them.

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Country: USA

Main cast: Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall, Jonathan Sagall

Written by: Thomas Keneally, Steven Zaillian

Genre: biography, drama, history, war


The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

The former Fellowship of the Ring prepare for the final battle for Middle Earth, while Frodo & Sam approach Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring.

Directed by: Peter Jackson

Country: USA

Main cast: Viggo Mortensen, Elijah Wood, Miranda Otto, Sean Astin, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Ian McKellen, Hugo Weaving

Written by: J.R.R. Tolkien, Fran Walsh

Genre: action, adventure, fantasy


Fight Club (1999)

An office employee and a soap salesman build a global organization to help vent male aggression.

Directed by: David Fincher

Country: USA

Main cast: Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter, Meat Loaf, Zach Grenier, Jared Leto, Richmond Arquette, David Andrews

Written by: Chuck Palahniuk, Jim Uhls

Genre: crime, drama, thriller


Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

While Luke takes advanced Jedi training from Yoda, his friends are relentlessly pursued by Darth Vader as part of his plan to capture Luke.

Directed by: Irvin Kershner

Country: USA

Main cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Peter Mayhew

Written by: George Lucas, Leigh Brackett

Genre: action, adventure, fantasy, sci-fi


One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

Upon arrival at a mental institution, a brash rebel rallies the patients together to take on the oppressive Nurse Ratched, a woman more a dictator than a nurse.

Directed by: Milos Forman

Country: USA

Main cast: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, William Redfield, Michael Berryman, Peter Brocco, Dean R. Brooks, Alonzo Brown

Written by: Ken Kesey, Bo Goldman

Genre: drama


The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

In a small village in the Shire a young Hobbit named Frodo has been entrusted with an ancient Ring. Now he must embark on an Epic quest to the Cracks of Doom in order to destroy it.

Directed by: Peter Jackson

Country: New Zealand

Main cast: Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Sean Bean, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee

Written by: J.R.R. Tolkien, Fran Walsh

Genre: action, adventure, fantasy


Inception (2010)

In a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion, a highly skilled thief is given a final chance at redemption which involves executing his toughest job to date: Inception.

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Country: USA / UK

Main cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Michael Caine

Written by: Christopher Nolan

Genre: action, adventure, mystery, sci-fi, thriller


Goodfellas (1990)

Henry Hill and his friends work their way up through the mob hierarchy.

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Country: USA

Main cast: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino, Chuck Low, Frank DiLeo

Written by: Nicholas Pileggi

Genre: biography, crime, drama


Star Wars (1977)

Star Wars IV: A New Hope

Luke Skywalker leaves his home planet, teams up with other rebels, and tries to save Princess Leia from the evil clutches of Darth Vader.

Directed by: George Lucas

Country: USA

Main cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker

Written by: George Lucas

Genre: action, adventure, fantasy, sci-fi


The Seven Samurai (1954)

七人の侍, Shichinin no samurai

A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.

Directed by: Akira Kurosawa

Country: Japan

Main cast: Takashi Shimura, Toshirô Mifune, Yoshio Inaba, Seiji Miyaguchi, Minoru Chiaki, Daisuke Katô, Isao Kimura

Written by: Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto

Genre: action, drama


The Matrix (1999)

A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against the controllers of it.

Directed by: Andy Wachowski

Country: USA

Main cast: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Gloria Foster, Joe Pantoliano

Written by: Andy Wachowski & Larry Wachowski

Genre: action, thriller, sci-fi


Forrest Gump (1994)

Forrest Gump, while not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny, eludes him.

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Country: USA

Main cast: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright Penn, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson, Sally Field, Rebecca Williams

Written by: Winston Groom, Eric Roth

Genre: drama, romance


City of God (2002)

Cidade de Deus

Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer.

Directed by: Fernando Meirelles

Country: Brazil

Main cast: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Phellipe Haagensen, Douglas Silva, Jonathan Haagensen

Written by: Paulo Lins, Bráulio Mantovani

Genre: crime, drama, thriller


The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

Frodo and Sam continue on to Mordor in their mission to destroy the One Ring. Whilst their former companions make new allies and launch an assault on Isengard.

Directed by: Peter Jackson

Country: USA

Main cast: Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Ian McKellen

Written by: J.R.R. Tolkien, Fran Walsh

Genre: action, adventure, fantasy


Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

C'era una volta il West

Epic story of a mysterious stranger with a harmonica who joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad.

Directed by: Sergio Leone

Country: Italy

Main cast: Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards, Charles Bronson, Gabriele Ferzetti, Paolo Stoppa

Written by: Dario Argento, Bernardo Bertolucci

Genre: action, drama, western


Seven (1995)


Police drama about two cops, one new and one about to retire, after a serial killer using the seven deadly sins as his MO.

Directed by: David Fincher

Country: USA

Main cast: Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Spacey, R. Lee Ermey, Andrew Kevin Walker, Daniel Zacapa

Written by: Andrew Kevin Walker

Genre: crime, drama, mystery, thriller


The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Clarice Starling, a young FBI agent, is assigned to help find a missing woman, and save her from a psychopathic killer with the help of another killer.

Directed by: Jonathan Demme

Country: USA

Main cast: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn, Anthony Heald, Ted Levine, Frankie Faison, Kasi Lemmons

Written by: Thomas Harris, Ted Tally

Genre: crime, thriller


Casablanca (1942)

Classic film set in occupied Africa during the early days of World War II: An American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

Country: USA

Main cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre

Written by: Julius Epstein, Philip Epstein, Murray Burnett, Joan Alison

Genre: drama, romance


The Usual Suspects (1995)

A boat has been destroyed, criminals are dead, and the key to this mystery lies with the only survivor and his twisted, convoluted story beginning with five career crooks in a seemingly random police lineup.

Directed by: Bryan Singer

Country: USA

Main cast: Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio Del Toro, Kevin Pollak, Kevin Spacey, Chazz Palminteri

Written by: Christopher McQuarrie

Genre: crime, mystery, thriller


Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

Archeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the US government to find the Ark of the Covenant, before the Nazis...

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Country: USA

Main cast: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey, John Rhys-Davies, Denholm Elliott, Alfred Molina

Written by: George Lucas, Philip Kaufman

Genre: action, adventure, thriller


Rear Window (1954)

A wheelchair bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Country: USA

Main cast: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter, Raymond Burr, Judith Evelyn, Ross Bagdasarian

Written by: Cornell Woolrich, John Michael Hayes

Genre: mystery, thriller


Psycho (1960)

A young woman steals $40,000 from her employer's client, and subsequently encounters a young motel proprietor too long under the domination of his mother.

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Country: USA

Main cast: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam, John McIntire

Written by: Robert Bloch, Joseph Stefano

Genre: horror, thriller


It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would had been like if he never existed.

Directed by: Frank Capra

Country: USA

Main cast: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers, Beulah Bondi

Written by: Philip Van Doren Stern, Frances Goodrich

Genre: drama, fantasy, romance


Leon (1994)

Professional assassin Leon reluctantly takes care of 12-year-old Mathilda, a neighbor whose parents are killed, and teaches her his trade.

Directed by: Luc Besson

Country: France

Main cast: Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, Danny Aiello, Peter Appel, Willi One Blood, Don Creech, Keith A. Glascoe

Written by: Luc Besson

Genre: action, crime, drama, thriller


Sunset Boulevard (1950)

Sunset Blvd.

A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity.

Directed by: Billy Wilder

Country: USA

Main cast: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson, Fred Clark, Lloyd Gough, Jack Webb

Written by: Charles Brackett & Billy Wilder

Genre: drama, film-noir, romance


Memento (2000)

A man, suffering from short-term memory loss, uses notes and tattoos to hunt down his wife's killer.

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Country: USA

Main cast: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Junior, Russ Fega, Jorja Fox, Stephen Tobolowsky

Written by: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan

Genre: crime, drama, mystery, thriller


American History X (1998)

A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did.

Directed by: Tony Kaye

Country: USA

Main cast: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly D'Angelo, Avery Brooks, Jennifer Lien, Ethan Suplee, Stacy Keach, Fairuza Balk

Written by: David McKenna

Genre: crime, drama


Apocalypse Now (1979)

Based on Joseph Conrad's Heart Of Darkness, this is a controversial addition to the multitude of Vietnam war movies in existence. We follow Captain Willard on his mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade Green Beret who has set himself up as a God

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

Country: USA

Main cast: Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest, Sam Bottoms, Laurence Fishburne, Albert Hall, Harrison Ford, Dennis Hopper

Written by: John Milius and Francis Ford Coppola

Genre: action, adventure, drama, war


Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

A shape-shifting cyborg is sent back from the future to kill John Connor before he can grow up to lead the resistance; a protector is sent, too.

Directed by: James Cameron

Country: USA

Main cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick, Earl Boen, Joe Morton, S. Epatha Merkerson

Written by: James Cameron & William Wisher Jr.

Genre: action, adventure, sci-fi, thriller


The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Eight years on, a new terrorist leader, Bane, overwhelms Gotham's finest, and the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy.

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Country: USA / UK

Main cast: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Morgan Freeman

Written by: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan, David S. Goyer (story)

Genre: action, crime, drama, thriller


Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

Dr. Strangelove

An insane general starts a process to nuclear holocaust that a war room of politicians and generals frantically try to stop.

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Country: UK

Main cast: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn, Slim Pickens, Peter Bull, James Earl Jones

Written by: Peter George, Stanley Kubrick

Genre: comedy, drama, thriller


Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Based on a World War II drama. US soldiers try to save their comrade, paratrooper Private Ryan, who's stationed behind enemy lines.

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Country: USA

Main cast: Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns, Barry Pepper, Adam Goldberg, Vin Diesel, Giovanni Ribisi, Matt Damon

Written by: Robert Rodat

Genre: action, drama, war


Alien (1979)

A mining ship, investigating a suspected SOS, lands on a distant planet. The crew discovers some strange creatures and investigates.

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Country: UK

Main cast: Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Yaphet Kotto

Written by: Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett

Genre: sci-fi, horror, thriller


City Lights (1931)

The Tramp struggles to help a blind flower girl he has fallen in love with.

Directed by: Charles Chaplin

Country: USA

Main cast: Charles Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Florence Lee, Harry Myers, Al Ernest Garcia, Hank Mann

Written by: Charles Chaplin

Genre: comedy, drama, romance


North by Northwest (1959)

A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive.

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Country: USA

Main cast: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis, Leo G. Carroll, Josephine Hutchinson

Written by: Ernest Lehman

Genre: adventure, mystery, thriller


Spirited Away (2001)

千と千尋の神隠し, Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi

In the middle of her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and monsters; where humans are changed into animals; and a bathhouse for these creatures.

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

Country: Japan

Main cast: Rumi Hîragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki, Takashi Naitô, Yasuko Sawaguchi, Tatsuya Gashuin, Ryunosuke Kamiki

Written by: Hayao Miyazaki

Genre: animation, adventure, drama, family, fantasy


Citizen Kane (1941)

Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance.

Directed by: Orson Welles

Country: USA

Main cast: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead, Everett Sloane, Dorothy Comingore

Written by: Herman J. Mankiewicz, Orson Welles

Genre: drama, mystery


Modern Times (1936)

The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman.

Directed by: Charles Chaplin

Country: USA

Main cast: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Tiny Sandford, Chester Conklin

Written by: Charles Chaplin

Genre: comedy, romance


The Shining (1980)

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Country: USA

Main cast: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers, Barry Nelson, Philip Stone, Joe Turkel

Written by: Stephen King, Stanley Kubrick

Genre: horror, thriller


Back to the Future (1985)

In 1985, Doc Brown invented time travel, in 1955, Marty McFly accidentally prevented his parents from meeting, putting his own existence at stake.

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Country: USA

Main cast: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, Thomas F. Wilson, Claudia Wells, Marc McClure

Written by: Robert Zemeckis & Bob Gale

Genre: action, adventure, comedy, sci-fi


Vertigo (1958)

Complex story about a San Francisco detective and his psychological troubles with fear of heights and obsession over a woman.

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Country: USA

Main cast: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore, Henry Jones, Raymond Bailey, Ellen Corby

Written by: Pierre Boileau & Thomas Narcejac

Genre: drama, mystery, thriller, romance


The Pianist (2002)

A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.

Directed by: Roman Polanski

Country: France

Main cast: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Maureen Lipman, Emilia Fox, Ed Stoppard, Julia Rayner

Written by: Władysław Szpilman, Ronald Harwood

Genre: biography, drama, music, war


American Beauty (1999)

Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation for his daughter's attractive friend.

Directed by: Sam Mendes

Country: USA

Main cast: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley, Mena Suvari, Chris Cooper

Written by: Alan Ball

Genre: drama

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