IMDb’s Top 25 Movies of the Decade

The Dark Knight mourns

A couple weeks ago we ran a listing of the best reviewed films of the decade as compiled by Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic. We followed that up by the top 20 films of the decade, as voted on by the users of FlickChart.

Today I decided to compile the top 25 films of the decade, as voted by the users of the Internet Movie Database. While it is very easy to discount any of these lists (or any best of list in general), and while it might be easy for many of you to just write off the user ratings on IMDb as fanboy voting, it’s definitely the largest sampling of movie-going opinion that exists today.

# American Film Title (year)      IMDb rating       # of Votes      # on Top 250 of all Time List

1. The Dark Knight (2008)    8.8    410,450    9
2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)    8.8    329,852    11
3. City of God (2002)    8.7    148,073    16
4. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)    8.7    355,929    20
5. Avatar (2009)    8.6    69,101    24

6. Memento (2000)    8.6     245,089    27
7. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)    8.6    298,750    30
8. WALL·E (2008)    8.5    155,314    43
9. Amélie (2001)    8.5    163,472    44
10. The Departed (2006)    8.4    234,372    50
11. The Pianist (2002)    8.4    118,831    53
12. Spirited Away (2001)    8.4    89,403    55
13. The Lives of Others (2006)    8.4    64,311    56
14. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)    8.4    198,424    59
15. Requiem for a Dream (2000)    8.4    166,343    62
16. Inglourious Basterds (2009)    8.4    111,441    68
17. Up (2009)    8.4    68,206    69
18. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)    8.4    135,834    70
19. The Prestige (2006)    8.3    178,413    74
20. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)    8.3    149,605    77
21. Downfall (2004)    8.3    73,214    81
22. Gran Torino (2008)    8.3    101,124    83
23. Sin City (2005)    8.3    233,043    93
24. District 9 (2009)    8.3    101,868    97
25. Batman Begins (2005)    8.3    246,001

Notable tidbits:

  • Christopher Nolan is the only director to have four films on the above list, making him the director of the decade according to IMDb voters.
  • Peter Jackson has three films in the top 25, the Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • Only the two most recent Pixar releases of the seven released in the decade place in the top 25 films of the decade.
  • Only Three sequels made the list: The Return of the King, The Two Towers and The Dark Knight.
  • Avatar is riding high on the list at #5, #24 of all time with only 69,101 votes. As what often happens on IMDb, this film will float down the list as more votes come in, and probably won’t become stable until the home video release.
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