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The OTHER IMDB Top 250

by Risselada
The Internet Movie Database Top 250 movie list gets a lot of attention. For immature, burgeoning cinephiles, the list is often a starting resource for discovering popular and well regarded films. For many “serious” film buffs the list is an insulting reflection of a popular mentality that gives undue extra credit to commercialized, recently released, English language films over the acknowledgement of the broader scope of global cinema history. For those of you who like lists and are interested in what films other film watchers are rating highly as a source for new films to watch, but don’t like some of the specific elements in the… Read more

The Internet Movie Database Top 250 movie list gets a lot of attention. For immature, burgeoning cinephiles, the list is often a starting resource for discovering popular and well regarded films. For many “serious” film buffs the list is an insulting reflection of a popular mentality that gives undue extra credit to commercialized, recently released, English language films over the acknowledgement of the broader scope of global cinema history.

For those of you who like lists and are interested in what films other film watchers are rating highly as a source for new films to watch, but don’t like some of the specific elements in the algorithm IMDB uses to generate this list, this alternate list also based on IMDB user ratings should hold some interest.

IMDB gives a little bit of insight into how the list is generated by revealing this algorithm:

weighted rating (WR) = (v ÷ (v+m)) × R + (m ÷ (v+m)) × C

where:
R = average for the movie (mean) = (Rating)
v = number of votes for the movie = (votes)
m = minimum votes required to be listed in the Top 250 (currently 3000)
C = the mean vote across the whole report (currently 6.9)

However below that is say: “for the Top 250, only votes from regular voters are considered.” And elsewhere in the site it reveals that what consitutes a “regular voter” is confidential. So it’s difficult to see how close any movie really is to getting onto the list. But in my opinion the number of 3,000 for the minimum vote requirement is way too large.

The fact that such films as “Tokyo Story” and “The Rules of the Game”, which are often identified as examples of perfect films as much as “Citizen Kane” within even the largest mainstream critical circles, are not even on the list already seems to show the bar for minimum number of votes is set unreasonably high. I would assume that anyone who helped to vote installments of epic trilogies like “Lord of the Rings” and WWII films like “Saving Private Ryan” onto the list, would be just as instrumental in getting “The Human Condition” films onto the list if enough of them were to see them. I was hoping with the Criterion Collection release of them in the United States that the numbers would go up, but films like “Le Trou” and “Children of Paradise” have been available through the same distributor for nearly ten years now and still not on the list. Maybe they were at one time, but got pushed off as more recent American films fly up the charts days after they are released.

Luckily, IMDB has a fairly expansive advanced search feature, where you can search and sort their entire database using your own filters. I searched for feature films with 100 votes or more and sorted them by user rating. There are no short films, or documentaries on the list which I feel is a major oversight. I wanted to include documentaries, but then I realized that a huge majority of the top rated documentaries on the website are documents of live pop music shows which got such high ratings because only fans of these musical acts would be watching these documentaries in the first place. So instead of wading through all of those, I discounted them for the time being. I selected 100 votes, although now I’m thinking that might be slightly too small of a number since there are several films just above that number of films that just came out within the past year and probably need some time before they make it on such a list. I’ll probably revise the list again later with a higher number. One other thing to note is that I’m not sure if this sorting process sorts the films by their actual mean average or their “weighted average” which is what IMDB actually displays as the primary rating for a film and is another calculation for which they keep their algorithm confidential. But I believe it has something to do with giving more weight to votes of peopel who have voted on more films.

So, if you’ve already watched every movie on the IMDB Top 250 and want another list to look through, take a look below. And even if you haven’t seen all of them (I haven’t even seen 200 of them), you can mix this list in with it right now for a better variety of equally if not higher regarded films.

1. Guerrilla (2011) – 9.8/10 – 203 votes
2. Hababam sinifi (1975) – 9.0/10 – 8,828 votes
3. Les Misérables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary (2010) – 8.9/10 – 274 votes
4. Ningen no jôken (1961) – 8.8/10 – 802 votes*
5. Tosun Pasa (1976) – 8.7/10 – 6,267 votes
6. Babam Ve Oglum (2005) – 8.7/10 – 13,447 votes
7. Flashback (1969) – 8.7/10 – 935 votes
8. Selvi boylum, al yazmalim (1978) – 8.7/10 – 4,251 votes
9. Morometii (1988) – 8.7/10 – 1,495 votes
10. Tilt (2010) – 8.7/10 – 513 votes
11. Ningen no jôken (1959) – 8.6/10 – 1,153 votes
12. El infierno (2010) – 8.6/10 – 849 votes
13. Ko to tamo peva (1980) – 8.6/10 – 3,685 votes
14. Orkestar bez ime (1982) – 8.6/10 – 851 votes
15. Journey to Mecca (2009) – 8.6/10 – 100 votes
16. Sátántangó (1994) – 8.6/10 – 2,575 votes
17. Traffic (2011) – 8.6/10 – 110 votes
18. Toate pînzele sus (1976) – 8.6/10 – 695 votes
19. Ningen no jôken (1959) – 8.6/10 – 814 votes
20. Muhsin Bey (1987) – 8.5/10 – 2,777 votes
21. Operatiunea ‘Monstrul’ (1976) – 8.5/10 – 576 votes
22. Brown of Harvard (1926) – 8.5/10 – 851 votes
23. Zügürt Aga (1985) – 8.5/10 – 3,709 votes
24. Natarang (2010) – 8.5/10 – 140 votes
25. Kibar Feyzo (1978) – 8.5/10 – 3,845 votes
26. Balkanski spijun (1984) – 8.5/10 – 2,2228 votes
27. Hababam sinifi tatilde (1978) – 8.5/10 – 4,018 votes
28. Plácido (1961) – 8.5/10 – 756 votes
29. Süt kardesler (1976) – 8.5/10 – 4,462 votes
30. Montevideo, bog te video: Prica prva (2010) – 8.5/10 – 2,273 votes
31. Saban Oglu Saban (1977) – 8.5/10 – 4,072 votes
32. Voskhozhdeniye (1977) – 8.5/10 – 990 votes
33. Hababam sinifi uyaniyor (1977) – 8.5/10 – 4,632 votes
34. Neseli günler (1978) – 8.5/10 – 1,626 votes
35. Anand (1971) – 8.5/10 – 1,710 votes
36. Hababam sinifi sinifta kaldi (1976) – 8.5/10 – 6,291 votes
37. No Pain, No Gain (2005) – 8.5/10 – 21,091 votes
38. The Big Parade (1925) – 8.5/10 – 2,733 votes
39. Thavamai Thavamiruntu (2005) – 8.4/10 – 107 votes
40. Tropa de Elite 2 – O Inimigo Agora É Outro (2010) – 8.5/10 – 6,963 votes
41. Ko (2011) – 8.5/10 – 140 votes
42. Gu ling jie shao nian sha ren shi jian (1991) – 8.4/10 – 1,187 votes
43. Suzumiya Haruhi no shôshitsu (2010) – 8.4/10 – 361 votes
44. O Pagador de Promessas (1962) – 8.4/10 – 593 votes
45. Scener ur ett äktenskap (1973) – 8.4/10 – 5,287 votes
46. Maratonci trce pocasni krug (1982) – 8.4/10 – 4,641 votes
47. Canim kardesim (1973) – 8.4/10 – 1,298 votes
48. La grande guerra (1959) – 8.4/10 – 1,061 votes
49. Udaan (2010) – 8.4/10 – 3,100 votes
50. Uçurtmayi Vurmasinlar (1989) – 8.4/10 – 1,240 votes
51. Stapki v pyasaka (2010) – 8.4/10 – 173 votes
52. 12 stulyev (1971) – 8.4/10 – 1,627 votes
53. Gülen gözler (1977) – 8.4/10 – 928 votes
54. Letting Go of God (2008) – 8.4/10 – 210 votes
55. Gamlet (1964) – 8.4/10 – 759 votes
56. Masumiyet (1997) – 8.4/10 – 2,242
57. A tizedes meg a többiek (1965) – 8.4/10 – 538 votes
58. Sinners & Saints (2010) – 8.4/10 – 111 votes
59. Vchera (1988) – 8.4/10 – 958 votes
60. Add to WatchlistV boy idut odni stariki (1975) – 8.4/10 – 809 votes
61. Seppuku (1962) – 8.4/10 – 6,140 votes
62. Mimino (1977) – 8.4/10 – 1,291 votes
63. Kao rani mraz (2010) – 8.4/10 – 154 votes
64. La meglio gioventù (2003) – 8.4/10 – 8,793 votes
65. The Wind (1928) – 8.3/10 – 2,634 votes
66. Mahanagar (1964) – 8.3/10 – 479 votes
67. Pushpak (1987) – 8.3/10 – 1,243 votes
68. Kattradhu Thamizh (2007) – 8.3/10 – 167 votes
69. Ye Maaya Chesave (2010) – 8.3/10 – 280 votes
70. Vedam (2010) – 8.3/10 – 407 votes
71. Sluzhebnyy roman (1977) – 8.3/10 – 2,079 votes
72. Suna no onna (1964) – 8.3/10 – 5,034 votes
73. Le trou (1960) – 8.3/10 – 3,600 votes
74. Filantropica (2002) – 8.3/10 – 5,064 votes
75. A zori zdes tikhie (1972) – 8.3/10 – 878 votes
76. Safety Last! (1923) – 8.3/10 – 6,104 votes
77. Tôkyô monogatari (1953) – 8.3/10 – 9,177 votes
78. Kozijat rog (1972) – 8.3/10 – 1,044 votes
79. Lajanje na zvezde (1998) – 8.3/10 – 980 votes
80. Mahanadi (1993) – 8.3/10 – 466 votes
81. Ludas Matyi (1977) – 8.3/10 – 359 votes
82. Korol Lir (1971) – 8.3/10 – 446 votes
83. Nayakan (1987) – 8.3/10 – 2,513 votes
84. Guizi lai le (2000) – 8.3/10 – 2,379 votes
85. Macario (1960) – 8.3/10 – 499 votes
86. Zolotoy telyonok (1968) 8.3/10 – 554 votes
87. Tôkyô boshoku (1957) – 8.3/10 – 704 votes
88. A torinói ló (2011) – 8.3/10 – 226 votes
89. Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama (1992) – 8.3/10 – 172 votes
90. Swades: We, the People (2004) – 8.3/10 – 7,353 votes
91. Eskiya (1996) – 8.3/10 – 12,534 votes
92. Zurück auf Los! (2000) – 8.3/10 – 103 votes
93. Krótki film o milosci (1988) – 8.3/10 – 4,193 votes
94. Beregis avtomobilya (1966) – 8.3/10 – 1,231 votes
95. Mihai Viteazul (1971) – 8.3/10 – 3,907 votes
96. Yangguang Canlan de Rizi (1998) – 8.3/10 – 1,254 votes
97. Marmoulak (2004) – 8.3/10 – 1,365 votes
98. Charulata (1964) – 8.3/10 – 912 votes
99. Taare Zameen Par (2007) – 8.3/10 – 11,765
100. Rocco e i suoi fratelli (1960) – 8.3/10 – 5,086
101. Les enfants du paradis (1945) – 8.3/10 – 8,234 votes
102. Brigada Diverse intra în actiune (1970) – 8.3/10 – 494 votes
103. Sanshô dayû (1954) – 8.3/10 – 4,361 votes
104. Rang De Basanti (2006) – 8.3/10 – 13,863 votes
105. Dodsworth (1936) – 8.3/10 – 3,611 votes
106. Umberto D. (1952) – 8.3/10 – 8,862 votes
107. Przesluchanie (1989) – 8.3/10 – 689 votes
108. Mistérios de Lisboa (2010) – 8.2/10 – 231 votes
109. 3 Idiots (2009) – 8.3/10 – 15,430 votes
110. Love.net (2011) – 8.2/10 – 414 votes
111. El sur (1983) – 8.3/10 – 926 votes
112. Andaz Apna Apna (1994) – 8.3/10 – 5,377 votes
113. Show People (1928) – 8.3/10 – 1,616 votes
114. Trouble in Paradise (1932) – 8.2/10 – 5,114 votes
115. Khosla Ka Ghosla! (2006) – 8.2/10 – 2,710 votes
116. Andrey Rublyov (1966) – 8.2/10 – 11,322 votes
117. Tol’able David (1921) – 8.2/10 – 815 votes
118. B.D. în alerta (1970) – 8.2/10 – 557 votes
119. Ostrov sokrovishch (1988) – 8.2/10 – 482 votes
120. Divorzio all’italiana (1961) – 8.2/10 – 3,762 votes
121. Angoor (1982) – 8.2/10 – 582 votes
122. Dil Chahta Hai (2001) – 8.2/10 – 8,322 votes
123. Chupke Chupke (1975) – 8.2/10 – 961 votes
124. Tengoku to jigoku (1963) – 8.2/10 – 8,291 votes
125. Fanny och Alexander (1982) – 8.2/10 – 16,328 votes
126. Munnabhai M.B.B.S. (2003) – 8.2/10 – 4,874 votes
127. Sullivan’s Travels (1941) – 8.2/10 – 9,610 votes
128. Esperando la carroza (1985) – 8.2/10 – 1,614 votes
129. Yeopgijeogin geunyeo (2001) – 8.2/10 – 15,821 votes
130. Idi i smotri (1985) – 8.2/10 – 10,516 votes
131. Ace in the Hole (1951) – 8.2/10 – 8,202 votes
132. Yama no oto (1954) – 8.2/10 – 407 votes
133. The Red Shoes (1948) – 8.2/10 – 9,391votes
134. Incendies (2010) – 8.2/10 – 2,792 votes
135. Viridiana (1961) – 8.2/10 6,756 votes
136. Los olvidados (1950) – 8.2/10 – 6,383 votes
137. The Heiress (1949) – 8.2/10 – 4,892 votes
138. La grande illusion (1937) – 8.2/10 – 13,308 votes
139. Dzhentlmeny udachi (1971) – 8.2/10 – 2,423 votes
140. Deruzu uzâra (1975) – 8.2/10 – 8,913 votes
141. Anbe Sivam (2003) – 8.2/10 – 1,680 votes
142. Jôi-uchi: Hairyô tsuma shimatsu (1967) – 8.2/10 – 2,768 votes
143. Roma, città aperta (1945) – 8.2/10 – 6,888 votes
144. White Heat (1949) – 8.2/10 – 10,957 votes
145. Nea Marin miliardar (1979) – 8.2/10 – 1,218 votes
146. Kiga kaikyô (1965) – 8.2/10 – 187 votes
147. Padurea spânzuratilor (1966) – 8.2/10 – 455 votes
148. Da hong deng long gao gao gua (1991) – 8.2/10 – 10,912 votes
149. The Patsy (1928) – 8.2/10 – 1,116 votes
150. Glitterati (2004) – 8.2/10 – 123 votes
151. Chikamatsu monogatari (1954) – 8.2/10 – 743 votes
152. Çöpçüler krali (1977) – 8.2/10 – 1,763 votes
153. Onna ga kaidan wo agaru toki (1960) – 8.2/10 – 1,141 votes
154. Du rififi chez les hommes (1955) – 8.2/10 – 9,396 votes
155. The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) – 8.2/10 – 9,374 votes
156. Hadashi no Gen (1983) – 8.2/10 – 2,048
157. Marecku, podejte mi pero! (1976) – 8.2/10 – 525 votes
158. El verdugo (1963) – 8.2/10 – 1,704 votes
159. Marketa Lazarová (1967) – 8.2/10 – 710 votes
160. Ugetsu monogatari (1953) – 8.2/10 – 6,637 votes
161. Anleitung zur sexuellen Unzufriedenheit (2002) – 8.2/10 – 103 votes
162. The Cameraman (1928) – 8.2/10 – 3,779 votes
163. Le samouraï (1967) – 8.2/10 – 11,750 votes
164. Vesnicko má stredisková (1985) – 8.2/10 – 1,434 votes
165. Nae meorisokui jiwoogae (2004) – 8.2/10 – 3,456 votes
166. L’armée des ombres (1969) – 8.2/10 – 6,046 votes
167. The War Game (1965) – 8.2/10 – 1,954 votes
168. Gol Maal (1979) – 8.2/10 – 1,565 votes
169. Bienvenido Mister Marshall (1953) – 8.2/10 – 1,306 votes
170. La hora cero (2010) – 8.2/10 – 159 votes
171. Brief Encounter (1945) – 8.2/10 – 14,517 votes
172. Laura (1944) – 8.2/10 – 15,152 votes
173. Gekijô ban Tengen toppa guren ragan: Guren hen (2008) – 8.2/10 – 132 votes
174. Köyden Indim Sehire (1974) – 8.2/10 – 1,125 votes
175. Der letzte Mann (1924) – 8.2/10 – 4,120 votes
176. A Wednesday (2008) – 8.2/10 – 4,506 votes
177. Zaza (1923) – 8.2/10 – 496 votes
178. Sweet Smell of Success (1957) – 8.2/10 – 9,711 votes
179. Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992) 8.2/10 – 2,582 votes
180. O drakos (1956) – 8.2/10 – 386 votes
181. Yip Man (2008) – 8.2/10 – 20,826 votes
182. Taegukgi hwinalrimyeo (2004) – 8.2/10 – 17,460 votes
183. Krótki film o zabijaniu (1988) – 8.2/10 – 4,342 votes
184. Opasen char (1984) – 8.2/10 – 557 votes
185. Lonesome (1928) – 8.2/10 – 365 votes
186. Huozhe (1994) – 8.2/10 – 6,514 votes
187. My Man Godfrey (1936) – 8.2/10 – 8,561 votes
188. To Be or Not to Be (1942) – 8.2/10 – 9,753 votes
189. Make Way for Tomorrow (1937) – 8.2/10 – 1,624 votes
190. Hera Pheri (2000) – 8.2/10 – 3,294 votes
191. Inherit the Wind (1960) – 8.1/10 – 11,653
192. Saikaku ichidai onna (1952) – 8.1/10 – 1,561 votes
193. Il posto (1961) – 8.1/10 – 1,337 votes
194. Nobi (1959) – 8.1/10 – 1,670 votes
195. West Point (II) (1927) – 8.1/10 – 1,008 votes
196. Hadaka no shima (1960) – 8.1/10 – 1,007 votes
197. The Lion in Winter (1968) – 8.1/10 – 13,674 votes
198. Istoria mias kalpikis liras (1955) – 8.1/10 – 515 votes
199. Cel mai iubit dintre pamînteni (1993) – 8.1/10 – 698 votes
200. Záhrada (1995) – 8.1/10 – 866 votes
201. Kako je propao rokenrol (1989) – 8.1/10 – 605 votes
202. Bei qing cheng shi (1989) – 8.1/10 – 1,186 votes
203. Salinui chueok (2003) – 8.1/10 – 13,649 votes
204. Obchod na korze (1965) – 8.1/10 – 3,644 votes
205. Ivanovo detstvo (1962) – 8.1/10 – 6,492 votes
206. Kumonosu-jô (1957) – 8.1/10 – 13,234 votes
207. The Lost Weekend (1945) – 8.1/10 – 12,652 votes
208. Akibiyori (1960) – 8.1/10 – 908 votes
209. Anatomy of a Murder (1959) – 8.1/10 – 18,079 votes
210. Le roi et l’oiseau (1980) – 8.1/10 – 1,508 votes
211. The Cardboard Lover (1928) – 8.1/10 – 514 votes
212. Sadie Thompson (1928) – 8.1/10 – 1,010 votes
213. Nandalala (2010) – 8.1/10 – 120 votes
214. Nichiyobi wa owaranai (2000) – 8.1/10 – 117 votes
215. Okuribito (2008) – 8.1/10 – 11,724 votes
216. I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932) – 8.1/10 – 5,335 votes
217. Paper Moon (1973) – 8.1/10 – 10,441 votes
218. Au revoir les enfants (1987) – 8.1/10 – 10,958 votes
219. Komisario Palmun erehdys (1960) – 8.1/10 – 752 votes
220. Z (1969) – 8.1/10 – 8,933 votes
221. Akahige (1965) – 8.1/10 – 5,616 votes
222. Stalker (1979) – 8.1/10 – 23,599 votes
223. Guide (1965) – 8.1/10 – 786 votes
224. Ya shagayu po Moskve (1964) – 8.1/10 – 563 votes
225. Bronenosets Potyomkin (1925) – 8.1/10 – 18,731 votes
226. Underground (1995) – 8.1/10 – 16,941 votes
227. All About Evil (2010) – 8.1/10 – 163 votes
228. Greed (1924) – 8.1/10 – 4,189 votes
229. Kenoma (1998) – 8.1/10 – 112 votes
230. Mis (1981) – 8.1/10 – 2,156 votes
231. La traviata (1982) – 8.1/10 – 544 votes
232. Dom za vesanje (1988) – 8.1/10 – 7,827 votes
233. Los santos inocentes (1984) – 8.1/10 – 1,035 votes.
234. Iqbal (2005) – 8.1/10 – 1,654 votes
235. Bacheha-Ye aseman (1997) – 8.1/10 – 7,809 votes
236. Kevade (1970) – 8.1/10 – 442 votes
237. A Matter of Life and Death (1946) – 8.1/10 – 7,086 votes
238. I… comme Icare (1979) – 8.1/10 – 1,287 votes
239. Kaze no tani no Naushika (1984) – 8.1/10 – 24,370 votes
240. Ballada o soldate (1959) – 8.1/10 – 3,629 votes
241. Il conformista (1970) – 8.1/10 – 6,835 votes
242. Tsubaki Sanjûrô (1962) – 8.1/10 – 9,423 votes
243. Tenkû no shiro Rapyuta (1986) – 8.1/10 – 24,679 votes
244. The Lady Eve (1941) – 8.1/10 – 7,824 votes
245. Biruma no tategoto (1956) – 8.1/10 – 1,914 votes
246. Letyat zhuravli (1957) – 8.1/10 – 4,426 votes
247. Dobro pozhalovat, ili postoronnim vkhod vospreshchyon (1965) – 8.1/10 – 545 votes
248. La règle du jeu (1939) – 8.1/10 – 10,038 votes
249. Ivan Vasilevich menyaet professiyu (1973) – 8.1/10 – 3,807 votes
250. Höstsonaten (1978) – 8.1/10 – 5,874 votes

This list was compiled between May 2 and May 6, 2011.

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