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Capaxinfiniti's avatar


See, the point of the Reddit top 250 is not to show the 250 most critically and universally acclaimed movies ever. The list is meant to be movies that most people would enjoy. That's why mean girls is on the list, I think we can all agree that that movie shouldn't end up on anyone's critically acclaimed movie list, but it is on this list because it's enjoyable to watch. There are plenty of other lists on this site for critically acclaimed movies, so I think we should all just stop arguing over what movies end up on this list and watch some movies that everyone will enjoy.
8 years 4 months ago
lachyas's avatar


Your guide to enjoying the Reddit Top 250:

1. Treat it like an introduction to popular, mostly modern films. If you want to be able to talk about movies with your friends and understand references to movies in other media then this is as good a place as any to start, and the list is probably more effective at capturing popular culture than the IMDb Top 250 is.

2. Ignore the rankings. There are a lot of really really good films here, but the majority of them are in the lower half. The top 50 in particular is laughable with its focus on Tarantino and Nolan, Reddit's director demigods, but lower down you start to get to some fantastic and ridiculously enjoyable modern movies that deserve to be in many, many more lists, such as Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Dark City, as well as more artistic/philosophical films such as those by Tarkovsky that every wannabe cinephile needs to see.

3. Ignore every film released in 2013. I know we all love Her, but a few months is way, way too soon to start treating a movie as one of the best ever, even in a modern-oriented list such as this. Give it more time to allow people to view these films on a smaller screen and escape from the release hype, plus see how they stand up to the test of time and hold up on repeated viewings. Reddit gets way too caught up in hype with movies, just look at the positions of Her, Gravity, The Wolf Of Wall Street etc, and then look at 2012 movies that have all, with no exception, dropped significantly in ranking (Django Unchained was seriously ranked number 12 last year).
7 years 2 months ago
lachyas's avatar


For those wondering, the official version of this year's list had an error where Rear Window was counted twice, resulting in the 'Top 249' list we have now. Unofficially, based on the voting thread, it appears that the #250 movie missing from the list should be either The Fighter (2010), Breathless (1960), or Touch Of Evil (1958).
6 years 2 months ago
reid916's avatar


Anyone know when this is to get updated for 2020?
1 year 1 month ago
Marijn's avatar


The list for 2017 is up! The source link has also been updated to the new thread.
4 years 2 months ago
mi-16evil's avatar


I hate when people say a film shouldn't be on list just because they don't want to see it. I absolutely didn't want to see Salo, but I did because it was on so many lists. The only way to become a well-rounded film viewer is if you are willing to take risks on films and see things you may have never tried on your own. In fact that's kind of the idea of this site, helping you expand your viewing library by exposing you to films you would never have watched if you weren't trying to finish a list.

Plus you never know what your reaction will be. I really didn't want to watch The Celebration but I ended up loving it! Never short change yourself on a possible new favorite film.
9 years 7 months ago
Nuked's avatar


"Me Him Her" ( is so obviously a troll submission. Barely anyone has even seen it, those who did mostly hated it according to reviews, and it's not available anywhere online.

The user who submitted the movie for consideration on Reddit had only ever commented "Sinn fein" on a bunch of threads until that submission. I'm not even joking even though it sounds so ridiculous.
4 years 2 months ago
dirte_lawndre's avatar


Just completed the Reddit top 250! Woo!
8 years 4 months ago
kevkevkevkev's avatar


When is this list getting updated for 2020?
4 months 1 week ago
spartacus007's avatar


When does voting open for the new list?
3 years 3 months ago
Marijn's avatar


The list for 2016 is up! :)
5 years 1 month ago
piet's avatar


FYI, we only count upvotes, not downvotes for this list. That doesn't mean films get burried on Reddit, so that's still a problem.
8 years 3 months ago
Marazmatique's avatar


Well why be so ANGRY about not seeing movie classics (which are already on multitudes of other lists) on this particular list? 12 Angry Men is good, yes, I get it. I don't need or want every single source and critic to rub that into my face though. The whole point of this list is that the movies on it are contemporary and entertaining. If you're one of those snobs people who think that the last worthwhile movie was made in the 50's, well, there's plenty of other lists for you to look at.
8 years 4 months ago
NuclearPlanet's avatar


This is probably the best list for anyone who is new to cinema.
9 years 6 months ago
Malfumax's avatar


It's a pop culture list. You could literally watch all of these and understand what anyone's ever talked about film-wise. I think it's good in that aspect.
9 years 10 months ago

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