IMDb’s Top 25 Films from the Past 25 Years


It’s hard to remember a time when the Internet Movie Database did not exist, but believe it or not, the indispensable website is celebrating its 25th anniversary this week. In accordance with that milestone, they have released a list of the top user-rated films from each of the past 25 years. As we all know, these ratings are constantly in flux but I think you can probably guess what many of them will be. Here’s a hint: over 50% of the list consists of movies by Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino and Peter Jackson. Still, there are at least a couple of surprises like The Intouchables and Into the Wild. Do you agree with these rankings? Check out the full list of top rated films after the jump and let us know what you think.

2014: Interstellar (8.7)
2013: The Wolf of Wall Street (8.2)
2012: Django Unchained (8.5)
2011: The Intouchables (8.6)
2010: Inception (8.8)
2009: Inglourious Basterds (8.3)
2008: The Dark Knight (9)
2007: Into the Wild (8.2)
2006: The Departed (8.5)
2005: Batman Begins (8.3)
2004: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (8.4)
2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (8.9)
2002: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (8.7)
2001: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (8.8)
2000: Memento (8.5)
1999: Fight Club (8.9)
1998: Saving Private Ryan (8.6)
1997: Life Is Beautiful (8.6)
1996: Fargo (8.2)
1995: Se7en (8.6)
1994: The Shawshank Redemption (9.2)
1993: Schindler’s List (8.9)
1992: Reservoir Dogs (8.4)
1991: The Silence of the Lambs (8.6)
1990: Goodfellas (8.7)

  • Reginald Gangstapants

    This list is accurate.

  • Colin

    Guess I really need to check out Intouchables… haven’t been able to get past that horrible poster, though.

  • Sam

    Not that IMDb ratings really mean too much, but it does seem really weird to have Into the Wild represent 2007 when it’s the same year as movies like No Country For Old Men, There Will Be Blood, and Zodiac.

  • Sam

    It’s definitely a crowd-pleasing type movie that’s pretty hard to actually dislike, but I wouldn’t really call it essential. The 8.6 seems a little excessive though.

  • Sam

    Christopher Nolan (5), Quentin Tarantino (3), Martin Scorsese (3), Peter Jackson (3), David Fincher (2), and Steven Spielberg (2), make up roughly 75% of that list.

    I guess that sounds about right. So, will it be Bridge of Spies or The Hateful Eight for IMDb 2015?

  • Spike Lee’s ego

    is this list a joke? damn, imdb really loves about 5 directors. on top of that theres one film that’s not from the states. yall need to branch out

  • Deven Science

    I support the high rating for “Life is Beautiful.”

  • Andrew Dixon

    Frank is loving this list.

  • Brittany Gresang

    Well I’ll say this much, the list could be a lot worse.

  • I wonder how different the “From the last 25 years” and “All time” lists are. Probably not much.

  • 9No

    This isn’t from IMDb employees… :P
    It’s taken from the user-ratings of each year.