The Top Rated Movies Of The Last 25 Years On IMDB

The Internet Movie Database is now 25 years old. When IMDB first began, it was a downloadable database software on the earliest version of the internet, but now it's much bigger than that. The Internet Movie Database has a quarter of a billion customers, and some of those users spend their time rating movies on the site. Find out what the top rated movies of the last 25 years are after the jump.

Can you guess which director dominates this list? Yep, you guessed it: Christopher Nolan. With the unsurprising exception of The Dark Knight Rises, even the somewhat divisive Interstellar made the list — beating out Gone GirlBoyhoodBirdman, and Whiplash for the no. 1 spot of 2014. IMDB also has a lot of love for actor Leonardo DiCaprio (Shutter Island), also known as the producer of Red Riding Hood and Orphan. Neither of those titles made the list.

Col Needham, the founder of IMDb, told Vanity Fair the list doesn't surprise him:

To be absolutely honest the common thread is they're all great movies. This is a great list. It reflects the votes of 250 million IMDb customers who are spread throughout the world.

After the year 2000, very few dramas make the list. The drama that wins the top spot for 2007 isn't exactly a shock, but considering what a fantastic year for movies that was, it's a tad puzzling.

2014: Interstellar

2013: The Wolf of Wall Street

2012: Django Unchained

2011: Intouchables

2010: Inception

2009: Inglourious Basterds

2008: The Dark Knight

2007: Into the Wild

2006: The Departed

2005: Batman Begins

2004: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

2002: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

2001: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

2000: Memento

1999: Fight Club

1998: Saving Private Ryan

1997: Life Is Beautiful

1996: Fargo

1995: Se7en

1994: The Shawshank Redemption

1993: Schindler's List

1992: Reservoir Dogs

1991: The Silence of the Lambs

1990: Goodfellas

I didn't want to spoil what the 2007 pick was, but really? Sean Penn's Into the Wild? It's a very good movie, but is it more popular and respected than There Will Be BloodNo Country for Old MenZodiacRatatouilleThe Bourne Ultimatum, The Diving Bell and the ButterflyMichael Clayton, and Gone Baby Gone? Apparently on IMDB, it is. You could also make a case for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and I'm Not There being the best movies of that year, but neither of those are hugely popular titles.

The rest of the list is kind of what we expected. Christopher Nolan's best film, The Prestige, didn't make the top 25, but it lost the 2006 spot to The Departed. No real surprise there.