20 Baffling IMDb Top 250 Placements You Won't Believe

Deconstructing the Internet's favourite movie recommendation tool.

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The IMDb Top 250 is the closest thing the Internet has to a representative film-ranking, given that it's voted for by thousands of people of various different tastes and preferences. And that's a fair enough view. Or it would be until you look at some of the strange placements and some of the films that aren't on it.

That's not to knock the Top 250, completely. For an Internet list, it's actually pretty excellent, and it's got a great mix of classics, blockbusters, drama and genre fare.

Many of the films on the list are credible choices, but there are some seriously baffling inclusions and placements. With many of these, there isn't a particularly logical explanation as to how they achieved such prestigious rankings. It is a democratic ranking, but as anyone who follows the news knows, democracy goes to some very strange places.

Most of these following movies are really good and fully deserve to be on the ranking, but not quite so high up. There are also an awful lot of great movies that have entirely missed out on a spot.

And frankly, it's hard not to argue that the Top 250 needs a bit of a shake-up...


Robin Baxter has contributed 50 posts since joining in November 2017.