The best two hundred and fifty films of all time

Welcome to the definitive list of the greatest films of all time. IMDb users have rated their favourite films to create a list of the films you really do need to see before you die. Empire magazine, Time magazine and Sight and Sound release prestigious countdowns of the best films of all time but they are only decided by a limited number of people with an audience in mind. IMDb is voted for by hundreds of thousands of people, The Shawshank Redemption, which currently sits neatly in place #1 has achieved that by receiving 819,000 votes. Vertigo topped Sight and Sounds poll but that verdict was only reached through critics who arguably don’t understand what most audiences want on screen.

Have you seen all 250? Chances are you haven’t and many people want to but it’ll take a lot of time out of your life. So here Yuppee will review each film on the list, including its cultural impact and whether it is worth your time to go out and watch. Some are clear classics which everyone needs to see never mind the quality but every film will be reviewed going backward from #1 all the way to #250.

Here is the top ten as it stands on September 1st 2012. I will be reviewing each film in the order it appears on September 1st 2012. The list will change but it’s unlikely there will be any serious shift around.

1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

2. The Godfather (1972)

3. The Godfather: Part II (1974)

4. Pulp Fiction (1994)

5. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

6. 12 Angry Men (1957)

7. Schindler’s List (1993)

8. The Dark Knight (2008)

9. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003)

10. Fight Club (1999)

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