When you want to know about anything in the world, where do you go?
Google? And then Wikipedia?
When you want to know anything about movies, let’ say, then where do you go?
Google? IMDB? Or;
Yup, IMDB, over the years has become the Google for movies. Anything movie related and boom! IMDB is in the conversation. It has taken them years and years of hardwork and toil to be in the position that they enjoy today. And well, they are successful because they are reliable. Simple as that. They haven’t tried anything too fancy. It just comes down to brute honesty and reliability. Movies take up valuable time in a person’s life. A lot of people, therefore, carefully scrutinize the movie much in advance before watching it. They want to know if it’s worth their time. Time is an invaluable and irreplaceable asset and people are conscious of this fact.
So how do people decide whether a movie is ‘worth their time’?
Different people make this decision differently. But a lot of people look at the ‘ratings’ that movie critics, or, IMDB has given that movie. Here is a list of the top 12 movies, all-time, according to their ratings:
Below are the top 12 Highest Ranking IMDB Movies Of All Time
12. Star Wars: Episode V- The Empire Strikes Back (8.7)
Star Wars, as a movie, has one of the biggest fan bases in the world. The best of this iconic series is Episode V. The movie was directed by Irvin Kershner, with Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher playing the lead roles. The crux of the plot in this movie revolves around Luke Skywalker’s training with master Jedi, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader.
11. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (8.8)
Lord of the Rings, a controversial series. How? Well, are the books better or the movies? This has been a never ending topic of discussion, one we aren’t going to get into right now. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings is the first movie in this trilogy. The story is about how a hobbit and its companions travel across the land to destroy the powerful ring. It’s directed by Peter Jackson and some of the big names in Hollywood like, Orlando Bloom, Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen have important roles to play.
10. Fight Club: 1999 (8.8)
Fight Club is one of the most popular movies of the 20th Century. Not only was its story something quite unique and unorthodox, it had some of the biggest names in Hollywood as its cast. Brad Pitt along with Edward Norton played the lead roles. The movie starts off quite normally, where an insomniac worker is looking for a change in his daily-routine. Then comes the fight club and then, ultimately the climax of it all. David Fincher is the man responsible for directing this great action classic.
9. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (8.8)
Sergio Leone is the man who played an almost vital role in bringing this movie out to theatres. He is the director, as well as the story writer for this movie. Clint Eastwood however, grabbed the headlines with his fabulous performance. The setting is the American Civil War, where three men are battling the adversities to ultimately discover a lost fortune of some sort. Eli Wallach and Lee Van Cleef are the other two stars that played their roles absolutely sublimely.
8. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (8.9)
Very often, a series starts off well but the end of it, doesn’t necessarily always do it justice. Thankfully, The Lord of the Rings did not suffer from this common cold. In fact, the last movie, The Return of the Kings, is the highest rated movie of the entire series. Peter Jackson does a great job again, ably supported by the cast of, Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen and the others. In the movie, the World of Men fight off against Sauron’s Army, while simultaneously other critical events are being unfolded.
7. Pulp Fiction: 1994 (8.9)
There are many reasons why Pulp Fiction, received the plaudits that it received on a worldwide scale. The two main reasons however, is its seamless integration of the most loved things about movies: humour and violence. It is considered to Quentin Tarantino’s greatest ever work as a director of a movie. The movie is a compilation of a sort, of the lives of people who are involved in the line of ‘dirty’ business in LA. John Travolta, Samuel L Jackson and Uma Thurman really took to their roles extremely well and they received a lot of praise for their work in this film.
6. Schindler’s List: 1993 (8.9)
Post the horrors that happened in World War II, there were a lot of movies/documents that described the tales of people thus affected by this disaster. Schindler’s List is one such movie and perhaps, the most awarded and watched out of all such films. A lot of credit goes to the director and the cast. Steven Spielberg, directed this beautiful film and like all Steven Spielberg movies it’s remarkable. Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Kingsley were part of the star cast for this movie.
5. 12 Angry Men: 1957 (8.9)
12 Angry Men is an iconic American movie, which in fact, was selected in the year 2007 as a film to be preserved by National Film Registry in the USA. The movie is essentially a courthouse drama. During the entire movie, no names are taken. What’s truly remarkable about the movie is that more than 90% of it has been shot inside a jury house. Reginald Rose is the storywriter cum co-producer of this movie, which is directed by Sidney Lumet. The stars of the cast include: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb and Martin Balsam.
4. The Dark Knight: 2008 (8.9)
Most of the movies on this list are from the 20th century, with the only exceptions being this movie and the movies of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. All those who have watched this movie remember it for one thing, mostly. The legend: Heath Ledger, the man who gave us the character the Joker. His absence has been felt by everyone, all over the world. Not to forget Christian Bale, who himself did a remarkable job of Batman. The acting talent displayed in this movie, that was the highlight. Otherwise, the plot is known: Batman fighting Joker to save Gotham from all the unjust. Director, Christopher Nolan and actor, Aaron Eckhart are two other people without which the movie wouldn’t be the movie it was, naturally.
3. The Godfather Part II (9.0)
The Godfather is one book. Yet, there are two movies? Well, the director of the movie, Francis Ford Coppola thought that the best way to truly capture the essence of the novel written by Mario Puzo, it was essential to divide the book into two movies. Hence, The Godfather Part II was born. In terms of ratings, it falls just slightly behind the first one. The cast for this was slightly different. Although Al Pacino still played a major role, the movie saw the introduction of Robert De Niro and Robert Duvall.
2. The Godfather (9.2)
Mario Puzo’s book, the Godfather left a mark on many people in the society. Extremely well written and equally well developed into a movie, the Godfather is like no other movie. It’s fan following is subtle yet bizarre. What the movie is about? Well, it’s about the Godfather and how he manages that empire of his. His qualities, his moral aptitude, that character is what’s all so special about the movie. Francis Ford Coppola directed this movie and some of the members of his cast include the likes of: Al Pacino, Marlon Brando and James Caan.
1. Shawshank Redemption (9.2)
Shawshank Redemption: The best movie, all-time. What’s it about? The bonding between two imprisoned men and how they carry out acts of decency to redeem themselves. In fact, the movie is actually an adaptation of a book named Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, written by Stephen King. Its cast was pretty star-studded with the likes of Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton and Tim Robbins. Frank Darabont directed this movie, while he was also the man who was in charge of screenplay.
Let’s not overcomplicate this conclusion. We will ask you a couple of questions. Answer them mentally.
How many of these movies have you watched?
If not all, why not?