Beyond the Top 250: IMDb Staff's Favorite Moviesby IMDb-Editors | created - 16 Mar 2016 | updated - 29 Mar 2016 | Public
IMDb maintains a chart of the Top 250 movies as rated by users like yourself. We asked IMDb Staff to pick the films they wish were on the list right now. Check out some of the picks. Do any of your favorites match those on this list?
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1. Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Family, Romance
While trying to secure a $1 million donation for his museum, a befuddled paleontologist is pursued by a flighty and often irritating heiress and her pet leopard, Baby.
The funniest movie ever made and my all-time No. 5. (Col Needham, IMDb Founder and CEO)
Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant in a brilliant screwball comedy. Way ahead of its time. (Shawn Van Ness)
2. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy, Drama
A couple's attitudes are challenged when their daughter introduces them to her African-American fiancé.
Votes: 35,035 | Gross: $56.70M
A socially important movie capturing the time. Also, Spencer Tracy’s final film. (Col Needham)
3. The Sound of Music (1965)
G | 172 min | Biography, Drama, Family
A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.
Votes: 182,198 | Gross: $163.21M
The sheer magic of this film (and 'Mary Poppins') gives me a childlike happiness no matter how many times I watch them! (Unnati Sethi)
4. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation.
Votes: 239,548 | Gross: $128.08M
A delicate melding of Hong Kong chop-socky sensibilities with American art-house cinema, 'Crouching' is near-perfect in its balance. The movie is artful without being arty, epic without being ponderous, and visceral without being heartless. Also brilliant: How the movie is really about the female characters — but guys don't notice it. (Harry Lin)
5. Scream (1996)
R | 111 min | Horror, Mystery
A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.
Votes: 260,104 | Gross: $103.05M
It's hard to appreciate now after all the copycats it inspired, but this movie was a revelation when it debuted in the mid 1990s. Teenagers in horror films weren't supposed to talk like this and play so easily with our expectations, especially after acknowledging them. (Bret Federigan)
6. La Dolce Vita (1960)
Not Rated | 174 min | Comedy, Drama
A series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering paparazzo journalist living in Rome.
Votes: 58,791 | Gross: $19.52M
One of my favorites by Federico Fellini, who is unfortunately underrepresented in our top-rated films, with the exception of '8 ½.' (Eric Greene)
7. Clueless (1995)
PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Romance
A rich high school student tries to boost a new pupil's popularity, but reckons without affairs of the heart getting in the way.
Votes: 156,128 | Gross: $56.63M
I see this movie about once a year and can quote the majority of it. As if! Why didn't this get nominated for an Oscar? (Alex Buraczynski)
8. Broadcast News (1987)
R | 133 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Take two rival television reporters: one handsome, one talented, both male. Add one Producer, female. Mix well, and watch the sparks fly.
Votes: 24,690 | Gross: $51.25M
The legendary writer/director James L. Brooks and Albert Brooks in one film, a whip-smart heroine (played by Holly Hunter), and a multi-layered story that is funny, insightful, and relevant even today. (Melissa Roth)
9. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
Not Rated | 118 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller
A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family.
A classic Cary Grant comedy with a macabre sense of humor, great performances, and excellent comic timing. (Eric Greene)
10. Brazil (1985)
R | 132 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
A bureaucrat, in a retro-future world, tries to correct an administrative error and becomes an enemy of the state.
Votes: 174,942 | Gross: $9.93M
It's ironic that audiences were unhappy with the U.S. studio's happy ending for this movie. But there’s much more to it than its original disturbing finale, which suits its heavier themes of insanity, terrorism, and government overreach. It's also wildly imaginative, funny at times, and has Robert De Niro. (Eric Greene)
11. The Graduate (1967)
PG | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter.
Votes: 237,304 | Gross: $104.95M
This film was definitely in the Top 250 at some point and in the Top 100 back in the '90s. (Brent Alverti)
12. Dead Poets Society (1989)
PG | 128 min | Comedy, Drama
English teacher John Keating inspires his students to look at poetry with a different perspective of authentic knowledge and feelings.
Votes: 367,484 | Gross: $95.86M
We don’t read and write poetry because it's cute. We don't watch 'Dead Poets Society' because it's cute; we watch it because of Robin Williams. (Alex Buraczynski)
13. All the President's Men (1976)
PG | 138 min | Biography, Drama, History
Votes: 91,833 | Gross: $70.60M
One of the greatest scripts of all time. (Col Needham)
14. Ghostbusters (1984)
PG | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy
Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.
Votes: 322,495 | Gross: $238.63M
So many important life lessons in this classic. When someone asks if you’re a god, always say, “Yes.” (Shawn Van Ness)
Yes it’s true … This film belongs in the Top 250. (Billy Thompson)
15. Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)
R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama
An unattractive seventh grader struggles to cope with inattentive parents, snobbish classmates, a smart older brother, an attractive younger sister and her own insecurities in suburban New Jersey.
Votes: 29,933 | Gross: $4.77M
All walks of life can relate to Dawn Wiener! (Chako Suzuki)
16. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
PG | 115 min | Family, Sci-Fi
A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.
Votes: 336,010 | Gross: $435.11M
Spielberg’s classic movie about a boy who befriends an alien is both a great science fiction movie and a great family drama. The film’s emotional power comes as much from the depiction of kids grappling with their parents’ divorce as from E.T.’s journey home. (Sara Bibel) (+1 Brent Alverti)
17. Three Days of the Condor (1975)
R | 117 min | Mystery, Thriller
A bookish CIA researcher finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust.
Votes: 42,385 | Gross: $41.51M
Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway nailing the Cold War spy thriller genre, long before Jack Ryan or Jason Bourne. Follow this movie with 'Spy Game' (2001), which could easily have been presented as a sequel, set some 25 years later. (Shawn Van Ness)
18. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
PG | 87 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
An urbane fox cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers' retaliation.
Votes: 176,192 | Gross: $21.00M
Stop-motion animation at its finest, with a charming soundtrack. Takes the book from my childhood and brings it to life in a big way. Roald Dahl would be proud. (Alex Buraczynski)
19. Grand Hotel (I) (1932)
Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Romance
A group of very different individuals staying at a luxurious hotel in Berlin deal with each of their respective dramas.
Votes: 15,624 | Gross: $1.24M
I watched this shortly after the birth of my second son. And so, hormones were high as well as my emotions. (Kris Anderson)
20. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
PG | 153 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
As Harry Potter begins his sixth year at Hogwarts, he discovers an old book marked as "the property of the Half-Blood Prince" and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort's dark past.
Votes: 416,912 | Gross: $301.96M
I've watched all the 'Harry Potter' movies several times, and this is my favorite one. The tone, look, and most importantly the emotional depth of this installment gets me every time. (Harry Lin)
21. The Hunt for Red October (1990)
PG | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
In November 1984, the Soviet Union's best submarine Captain in their newest sub violates orders and heads for the U.S. Is he trying to defect or to start a war?
Votes: 164,187 | Gross: $122.01M
My two favorite genres are heist movies and Cold War spy thrillers. This classic combines both. (Shawn Van Ness)
22. Rounders (1998)
R | 121 min | Crime, Drama
A young, reformed gambler must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks, while balancing his relationship with his girlfriend and his commitments to law school.
Votes: 134,160 | Gross: $22.91M
'Good Will Hunting' with cards, poker chips, and John Malkovich. (Shawn Van Ness)
23. The Killers (1946)
Passed | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Hit men kill an unresisting victim, and investigator Reardon uncovers his past involvement with beautiful, deadly Kitty Collins.
Burt Lancaster's film debut and one of the best film noirs ever made. (Col Needham)
24. The Incredibles (2004)
PG | 115 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world.
Votes: 599,529 | Gross: $261.44M
What father doesn’t relate to this movie? (Tac Anderson)
25. Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A psychologically troubled novelty supplier is nudged towards a romance with an English woman, all the while being extorted by a phone-sex line run by a crooked mattress salesman, and purchasing stunning amounts of pudding.
Votes: 132,178 | Gross: $17.84M
26. American Psycho (2000)
R | 101 min | Crime, Drama
A wealthy New York City investment banking executive, Patrick Bateman, hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies.
Votes: 429,504 | Gross: $15.07M
While taking on heavy subject matter, this movie is so surprisingly funny. The business card scene is one of the best ever made. (Alex Buraczynski)
27. The Women (1939)
Not Rated | 133 min | Comedy, Drama
A study of the lives and romantic entanglements of various interconnected women.
Votes: 11,446 | Gross: $2.27M
This comedy about New York socialites features an all-female cast including Joan Crawford. The hilarious dialogue was crafted by Claire Booth Luce, who based the script on her play, and Anita Loos who has a writing credit on a whopping 137 films. (Sara Bibel)
28. Mary Poppins (1964)
G | 139 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
In turn of the century London, a magical nanny employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father.
Votes: 142,044 | Gross: $102.27M
One of two films that should really be mandatory viewing for all childhoods ... the other being 'The Sound of Music.' (Unnati Sethi)
29. Gattaca (1997)
PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel.
Votes: 259,745 | Gross: $12.34M
I find this movie very inspiring and love the retro-future style. (Tac Anderson)
30. Chungking Express (1994)
PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Two melancholy Hong Kong policemen fall in love: one with a mysterious female underworld figure, the other with a beautiful and ethereal server at a late-night restaurant he frequents.
Votes: 52,769 | Gross: $0.60M
Lyrical, impressionistic, startling, and resonant. How many films can you accurately describe that way? The humor and smile-inducing moments are truly original. Absolutely lovely. (Harry Lin)
31. Titanic (1997)
PG-13 | 194 min | Drama, Romance
A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.
Votes: 952,659 | Gross: $659.33M
This movie has a record number of Oscars and is really good. (Col Needham)
32. Wings of Desire (1987)
PG-13 | 128 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
An angel tires of overseeing human activity and wishes to become human when he falls in love with a mortal.
Votes: 57,677 | Gross: $3.21M
A bit of a downer but beautifully made with a powerful message. (Eric Greene)
33. Cast Away (2000)
PG-13 | 143 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
A FedEx executive undergoes a physical and emotional transformation after crash landing on a deserted island.
Votes: 471,421 | Gross: $233.63M
You don't often have a movie with just one man on screen for almost an entire two hours that still keeps you glued to your seat with your heart in your throat. This movie is pure cinematic storytelling magic. (Unnati Sethi)
34. Crumb (1994)
R | 119 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy
An intimate portrait of the controversial cartoonist, Robert Crumb, and his traumatized family.
Votes: 16,805 | Gross: $3.17M
When you need to be reminded about the benefits of piggyback rides. (Chako Suzuki)
35. Boogie Nights (1997)
R | 155 min | Drama
The story of a young man's adventures in the California pornography industry of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Votes: 219,285 | Gross: $26.40M
36. Breaking Away (1979)
PG | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A small-town boy obsessed with the Italian cycling team vies for the affections of a college girl.
Votes: 20,028 | Gross: $16.42M
A terrific alchemy of underdogs, small-town dreams, and coming-of-age friendship. Fiercely low-budget, staunchly quiet much of the time, and beautifully well-acted, Breaking Away is the kind of movie that really needs to get made more often. (Harry Lin)
37. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building, but her past threatens to get in the way.
If we can’t have all of Audrey Hepburn’s filmography in the Top 250 (a pity!), we should at least have 'Breakfast at Tiffany's.' (Unnati Sethi)
38. My Fair Lady (1964)
G | 170 min | Drama, Family, Musical
A snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can make a flower girl presentable in high society.
Votes: 79,521 | Gross: $72.00M
This one should be up there with 'Breakfast at Tiffany's.' Both of these films are fun, funny, heartwarming and poignant. Love them! (Unnati Sethi)
39. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990)
PG | 117 min | Comedy, Drama
Two minor characters from the play 'Hamlet' stumble around unaware of their scripted lives and unable to deviate from them.
Votes: 19,465 | Gross: $0.74M
Gary Oldman and Tim Roth in a Hamlet spin-off comedy. What else needs to be said? (Tac Anderson)
40. Beetlejuice (1988)
PG | 92 min | Comedy, Fantasy
The spirits of a deceased couple are harassed by an unbearable family that has moved into their home, and hire a malicious spirit to drive them out.
Votes: 230,817 | Gross: $73.71M
Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice! The ghost-with-the-most teams up with two "newly deads” to evict obnoxious, big city tenants. Harry Belafonte and Danny Elfman tag-team a top movie soundtrack. (Billy Thompson)
41. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
As Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world, he teams up with a fellow Avenger and S.H.I.E.L.D agent, Black Widow, to battle a new threat from history: an assassin known as the Winter Soldier.
Votes: 661,984 | Gross: $259.77M
The Russo Brothers bring the sensibilities of a '70s political thriller into the MCU universe and pull off some of the most intense and impressive shoot-outs since Michael Mann’s Heat. (Vanessa Wesley)
42. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)
PG-13 | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
Detective Sherlock Holmes is on the trail of criminal mastermind Professor Moriarty, who is carrying out a string of random crimes across Europe.
Votes: 393,005 | Gross: $186.85M
I love almost anything Sherlock Holmes, and the casting is superb. (Tac Anderson)
43. Midnight in Paris (2011)
PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight.
Votes: 355,555 | Gross: $56.82M
Nostalgia and the aura of the good ol' days are captured perfectly in this Woody Allen fantasy-drama. And Paris through the ages is unbelievably beautiful. (Unnati Sethi)
44. The Goonies (1985)
PG | 114 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
A group of young misfits who call themselves The Goonies discover an ancient map and set out on a quest to find a legendary pirate's long-lost treasure.
Votes: 216,407 | Gross: $61.50M
This movie will never die. Goonies never say die. (Alex Buraczynski)
45. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Sci-Fi
A soldier fighting aliens gets to relive the same day over and over again, the day restarting every time he dies.
Votes: 544,174 | Gross: $100.21M
A truly feminist film, this movie proves that wonderful, kickass action-thriller sci-fi films with strong women protagonists are possible! (Unnati Sethi)
46. Office Space (1999)
R | 89 min | Comedy
Three company workers who hate their jobs decide to rebel against their greedy boss.
Votes: 226,381 | Gross: $10.82M
For every geek working for a corporation out there, dreaming of a life of “freedom,” this movie is for you. And me. (Unnati Sethi)
47. Aladdin (1992)
G | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
A kindhearted street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Vizier vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true.
Votes: 317,699 | Gross: $217.35M
The music, animation, and story are just so well done and full of Robin Williams' improv. It also doesn’t hurt that Aladdin’s kind of cute, in a cartoon way, and he was voiced by Steve from "Full House." (Alex Buraczynski)
48. The Breakfast Club (1985)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama