Top 10 Highest Ranking IMDB Movies of All Time

Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Highest Ranking IMDB Movies of All Time till 2017. Just in case you arrived from Mars recently or if you are one of those people who goes a website to get the specific information you are looking for and leave without exploring what else is there, the most popular movie-related site on the web—the Internet Movie Database or, IMDB as it to know billions—allows anyone who opens up a free user account can cast a vote from 1 to 10 stars on every single movie and TV show episode listed on the site.

Once a user has cast that vote, it goes into a great math-solving computer that rumor has it located beneath a secret panel hidden inside the coffin of John Barrymore. After thousands and thousands of hours of calculations…the machine adds up the total number of votes between 1 and 10 that a movie has received and divides it by the number of times a vote has been cast for the movie. The percentage that results will result in a ranking. The most popular ranking by far is the IMDB Top 250 which is a running and ever-updating list of the 250 movies considered by IMDB users to be the best. And situated at the top of that list are these: the top 10 highest ranking IMDB movies of all time.

List of Top 10 Highest Ranking IMDB Movies of All Time till 2017

10. Fight Club

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David Fincher’s extraordinary adaptation remains subversive even in the face of the absolutely mind-boggling decision to try to cash in on the film by making a video game. Fight Club is an existential horror movie, an anti-capitalist wet cream and a penetrating look into Dissociative Personality all at the same. That it is also ranked number 10 on the IMDB’s list of the 10 all-time highest ranking movies is somewhat surprising. Anyone who says they attended an original screening of this movie when it first came out and almost didn’t get to see it because it immediately sold out is lying. Not a commercial disaster, but criminally ignored in theaters, the movie finally found its audience on DVD.

9. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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This classic—if overlong—Sergio Leone spaghetti western is indicative of what is wrong with democracy. Whenever has a voice, the only voices that matter come from those that speak. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a strange deviation from the norm. You see, the overwhelming majority of those who actually take the time to cast a vote for a movie on IMDB are young and not very experienced in the history of film. Which is why you will see movies ranked high right after their release that drop completely out of the 250 after a year or two provides the perspective to realize it just wasn’t great. There are exceptions to every rule, of course, and this 1960s western placing among the unlikely abundance of more recent movies is that exception.

8. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

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Speaking of recent movies loved by young kids who haven’t seen a lot of classics. The last installment in the Lords of the Rings trilogy is barely hanging into the top 10, but it has been on a slow but steady decline since its release. Give it another year or two and it will probably be out of the top 10 forever.

7. Pulp Fiction

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Another trend that you will find among those movies that rank high in IMDB are those movies with a flash, but a little light on the side of substances. Don’t take that the wrong way: Pulp Fiction is very appropriately titled as the movie is very enjoyable on a pulp level. Get taken along for the wild night of Vince with Mia and cringe at the fate awaiting Marcellus, but keep in mind that he line connecting all everything in Pulp Fiction is the redemption of Samuel L. Jackson’s gangster.

6. 12 Angry Men

12 Angry Men Top 10 Highest Ranking IMDB Movies of All Time

Here’s another outlier in the wide world of IMDB moving rankings. Believe it or not, but 12 Angry Men is the oldest movie to find a place on the list of the top 10 highest ranking IMDB movies of all time till 2017. Not Casablanca. Not Citizen Kane. Not even a Hitchcock movie, but a talky courtroom drama. The only weird for this divergence from the norm is bizarre.

5. Schindler’s List

12 Angry Men Top 10 Highest Ranking IMDB Movies of All Time

No offense, but Schindler’s List being ranked at the number 5 spot on this list is just plain wrong. Even if the list is alive…with the passing fancies of moviegoers for whom anything made in a year with “19” as the first two movies is considered old, there is just no reason for this low ranking. Ah, the vagaries of youthful ignorance.

4. The Dark Knight

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For a brief period The Dark Knight held the distinction of being the only in recent memory to sit atop the IMDB top 10 list that was neither an operatic story about gangsters nor an operatic story about a prison escape. That it still makes it into the top 5 is rather impressive. That young moviegoers recognize it as something more than just a comic book movie is a miracle.

3. The Godfather, Part 2

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The first entry in The Godfather became the biggest grossing movie of all time for a while. The sequel has long been considered by critics a superior example of cinematic craftsmanship. Since the IMDB is not a critical consensus, but a popularity vote, its high ranking is also a bit inexplicable.

2. The Godfather

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The Godfather was the king of the IMDB ranking for quite a long period. And then something very strange happened as another movie started pitching an unexpectedly strong effort to take the top spot. The Godfather has routinely appeared on lists of the top 10 greatest movies of all time since its release. The movie that ultimately did manage to dislodge it very rarely found at such elevated levels if, indeed, it is ever found. Those fans of The Godfather are legion, however and won’t just fade away for good.

1. The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption Top Most Popular Highest Ranking IMDB Movies of All Time

One of the great mysteries of the millennium is how The Shawshank Redemption managed to voted highly enough by the most voters to become, in the world of IMDB calculations, the greatest movie ever made. Look far and wide and you will have to expend considerable effort to discover this most atypical of Stephen King adaptations topping such a list in any other capacity. There is a theory that is quite strongly supported, however. Around the time that The Shawshank Redemption began stalking The Godfather like a shark swimming round Amity Island, it was all but impossible to go channel surfing on your TV for an entire week without coming across an airing of The Shawshank Redemption at least once. Back when AMC still showed movies and back before TNT became the Law & Order channel, both networks aired the film roughly 237 times a week each. Or so it seemed. All that screen time must certainly have played some role in making The Shawshank Redemption the greatest movie of all time.

According to IMDB voters, at least.

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