Via- Vanity Fair
Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, IMDb—the largest movie Web site in the world and the go-to source for every imaginable movie fact—is looking back at its famous user rankings. They’ve exclusively shared with us this list, of the top-ranked film every year since the site was founded, in 1990.
Below, see the top 25 films from the last 25 years, as voted on by millions of IMDb users (The Shawshank Redemption alone has received more than 1.5 million votes). IMDb celebrates its official 25th anniversary on October 17.
2014: Interstellar — 8.7
2013: The Wolf of Wall Street — 8.2
2012: Django Unchained — 8.5
2011: 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 — 9.3
1993: Schindler’s List — 8.9
1992: Reservoir Dogs — 8.4
1991: The Silence of the Lambs — 8.6
1990: Goodfellas — 8.7
I don’t necessarily have a top 5 or a top 10 list of my favorite movies ever. Like whenever someone asks me to rattle off a power ranking of my favorite silver screen flicks in order I don’t really have an answer to give. That’s not me pulling the old DC two step and dodging the question either. I just legitimately have trouble saying Reservoir Dogs is better than say, Inception, for example, because a lot of times that’s going to change based on the type of mood I’m in or whether FX has shown one of those films a million nights in a row and I’m sick of seeing it or whatever. Obviously your Saving Private Ryan’s and Braveheart’s of the world are always going to be near the top of the list, but as far as everything else goes, instead of trying to slot movies 1-25 like it’s an AP Poll, I generally tend to score movies based on 1 of 3 categories:
3.) This movie STINKS. This is a movie that I’ve seen before and have zero interest in ever seeing again. If I happen across a tier 3 movie on the TV guide while I’m channel surfing I’ll just skim right on by without even batting an eye. Probably even do it with a disgusted look on my face too. Like I’d a thousand times rather spend the next 2-3 hours of my life watching episodes of old Trailer Park Boys or some documentary I’ve never seen before on Netflix.
2.) This is a movie that I’ve seen before and enjoyed, but if I see said movie on the channel guide I’m going around the horn first and seeing what else is on TV. If I see something I like I’ll go ahead and rock with that, but if I don’t see anything I like I’ll go back to the original movie and spend the next couple hours balls deep in my TV set.
3.) Clear the schedule. Whenever I see a tier 1 movie on TV I automatically quit whatever I’m doing and tune in. No going around the horn, no worrying about anything else on television. Just the next 2-3 hours of my life sitting on the couch with my hand in my pants soaking in all that Hollywood greatness.
With that in mind, this is a pretty solid list top to bottom. Tier 1 movies all over the place. Interstellar, Inception, Bastards, The Departed, Fight Club, SPR, Fargo, 7, Shawshank, SOL, and Goodfellas are all movies I’m willing to put my life on hold for a couple hours just to make sure I catch for the hundredth time. Not sure about that Lord Of the Rings 3-peat right there in the middle though. I’d have much rather seen a Braveheart or a Forrest Gump or a Catch Me If You Can slide in there instead, but I guess I’m just not enough of a nerd to really get on board with those Lord Of the Rings flicks that everyone loved so much.
But really the only thing that this list did is remind me of just how old I’m getting. The very first thing that crossed my mind when I started reading was, huh, seems like the audience really has a penchant for all the recent flicks. Makes sense I suppose, seeing as that’s what’s going to be the freshest in everyone’s minds. Then I realized that some of those movies that I didn’t think were all that old were really released in the late 90’s or early 2000’s, and that even movies that are considered classics like Goodfellas and Fargo were probably released after I was born. FUCK that makes me feel old. I hate feeling old.