10 Weirdest Films In The IMDb Top 250

10. Hachi: A Dog's Tale (No. 194)

"Huh? Hachi: A Dog's Tale? What... what is that?" These are the presumably the thoughts of anybody who has stumbled upon Hachi: A Dog's Tale whilst browsing the IMDb 250, because it's not the name of a movie you'd expect to appear alongside the likes of The Wizard of Oz and Persona, is it? The next step, of course, is to presume that Hachi: A Dog's Tale is an old Japanese film directed by Kurosawa or Ozu or something - a forgotten masterpiece. And then the realisation sets in: Hachi: A Dog's Tale is a movie made in 2009 starring Richard Gere. And not a very good one at that. Based on the true Japanese story of a college professor and his relationship with his loveable hound, this movie is just downright bonkers. Look at the poster: Gere just stroking a dog, expecting audiences to say, "yes, that's fine." Well, it's not... and God only knows how such broad, bland claptrap found its way onto the list.

Sam Hill is an ardent cinephile and has been writing about film professionally since 2008. He harbours a particular fondness for western and sci-fi movies.