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The IMDb top 250 is probably the most well-known movie list in the world. It has earned this reputation through the fact that it has been composed by aggregating the votes of many normal moviegoers. In other words, this is a list by and for the people and not some elite movie-critics list.

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Les diaboliques (1955)

A.k.a. Diabolique · 116 min · Directed by H.G. Clouzot · In 17 official lists

A.k.a. Diabolique · In 17 official lists Crime · Drama · Thriller · Mystery · Horror

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DEC 2013:Seems indian IMBD mafia is working hard these days, 3 Idiots was #245 and 1 mouth later is #200. Taare Zameen Par and Rang De Basanti suddenly appeared on the top250 and 2 weeks later they are #213 and #216.

JUN 2016: Now we have 14 films from India on this list(?) Is it the India's top 250?

3 years ago


If I could only see 250 movies in my life, these wouldn't be it. Still, it's a fun list with a lot of variety.

If you're thinking of working your way through a list, I'd recommend this one to start with.

6 years ago


@KatForsyth - that is a fascinating website, thanks for pointing it out, it's incredibly impressive work.

The only thing to say against the fact that some of these films have come and gone before and may well do again is that the majority of the recent losses (in my mind essential inclusions to a list of the greatest films and worth the discovery by inquiring minds c/o the Top 250), will never come back into a list with a 30'000 vote limit. How can they? "La Grande Illusion" has about 17'000 votes and "Come and See" around 14'000, "The Passion of Joan of Arc" 16'000, "The Wages of Fear" 20'000, "Les Diaboliques" 22'000 (which maintained a respectable hovering position of 140 to 180 on the list for the last six years, now dumped, deemed "not popular" enough)- all of these votes accrued very gradually over ten to fifteen years.

All that will happen is major blockbusters which pick up the requisite 30'000 votes quickly will enter and exclude the smaller films at the bottom end and movie diversity in the mainstream taste will dwindle. It's a travesty.

4 years ago


Welcome to India. Nope, not going to see them.

7 months ago


Weird list. So many movies not from India. Should be fixed.

7 months ago


IMDB Top 250 in 2 1/2 Minutes

4 years ago