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Are you a film buff?

Are you a film buff? How many of the top 250 have you seen?

  • Godlike 100% (250)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Definitely a buff 80%+ (200)

    Votes: 6 18.8%
  • I'm pretty buff 60%+ (150)

    Votes: 7 21.9%
  • In the buff 40%+ (100)

    Votes: 7 21.9%
  • I like Buffy the vampire slayer 20%+ (50)

    Votes: 7 21.9%
  • Bum fluff -20% (0-50)

    Votes: 5 15.6%

  • Total voters
    32

Nitefly

Hyper Poster
@furie yup I also like (most of) Wall-E, but I do raise my eyes with its specific placement. Looking down the list and seeing what it ranks above is haunting.

I would also deduct one, or possibly, two, marks out of ten for that stupid pizza-tree joke. Who is that supposed to be funny for? How did that get the green light? Many Pixar films have this habit of including really crap jokes / twee content because they tick a ‘family friendly’ box, without much scrutiny as to whether it’s actually good. Children are smart and enjoy the same things that adults do. I do have a love/hate relationship with Pixar because despite my resentment for the above, they do push some relevant themes (notably with Inside Out and Soul). They can also be funny…. but when their ‘humour’ falls flat, boy do they fall flat.
 

Matt N

CF Legend
I thought I’d try both the original list and the current top 250 on IMDB… and I think “not much of a film buff” would be an understatement.
Furie’s List from 2010
  • Top 10: 1/10
  • Top 20: 3/20
  • Top 25: 3/25
  • Top 50: 4/50
  • Top 100: 7/100
  • Top 200: 15/200
  • Top 250: 17/250
So my grand total from the spreadsheet that @furie posted is 17

Let’s see if I fare any better in the current top 250…
Current
  • Top 10: 0/10
  • Top 20: 1/20
  • Top 25: 2/25
  • Top 50: 5/50
  • Top 100: 8/100
  • Top 200: 13/200
  • Top 250: 16/250
Surprisingly, I actually did worse on the current top 250, with a grand total of 16 watched…

So I think the one thing I can ascertain from this is that I’m definitely not a film buff!
 
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Matt N

CF Legend
Sorry to double post, but I can see that a lot of people are marvelling at my pitiful film-watch count, so if you’re interested, here are the films I’ve watched from both the original list that @furie posted and the current list, in order of rank within the posted list…
Original
  1. Toy Story 3 (2010)
  2. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  3. Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)
  4. Wall-E (2008)
  5. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
  6. Back to the Future (1985)
  7. Up (2009)
  8. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983)
  9. The Lion King (1994)
  10. Toy Story (1995)
  11. Life of Brian (1979)
  12. Finding Nemo (2003)
  13. Groundhog Day (1993)
  14. Ratatouille (2007)
  15. The Incredibles (2004)
  16. Toy Story 2 (1999)
  17. Monsters Inc (2001)
Current
  1. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) (#15 overall)
  2. Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) (#25 overall)
  3. Interstellar (2014) (#27 overall)
  4. Back to the Future (1985) (#36 overall)
  5. The Lion King (1994) (#38 overall)
  6. Wall-E (2008) (#61 overall)
  7. Toy Story (1995) (#81 overall)
  8. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (#83 overall)
  9. Toy Story 3 (2010) (#122 overall)
  10. Up (2009) (#124 overall)
  11. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) (#147 overall)
  12. Inside Out (2015) (#173 overall)
  13. Finding Nemo (2003) (#178 overall)
  14. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011) (#215 overall)
  15. Monsters Inc (2001) (#230 overall)
So it turns out that I’ve only watched 15 of the current top 250, which is even less than I’d thought…

From memory, I’ll admit I’m personally surprised at the ranking of some of these, but surprisingly few of them are things that would come to mind as being among my favourite movies, although I’ll confess that I’m admittedly not a film buff, and don’t watch films on a regular basis… for one, I’m surprised that Return of the Jedi is so much lower than the other original Star Wars films. I’m not really a huge Star Wars fan, admittedly, but I actually remember ROTJ being my favourite of the original trilogy!
 
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FarleyFlavors

Mega Poster
Surprisingly, I actually did worse on the current top 250
Ha! You're not the only one. I managed to go from 205 on the old list to 186 on the current one.

There were only two or three titles on the old list I'd never heard of but there's a significantly higher number on the new list. Bollywood/Iranian/Turkish/anime films mainly.

Steward's inquiry needed on Touch of Evil going from #117 to dropping out of the list altogether. Orson Welles' finest hour (and a half).
 

Rob Coasters

Mega Poster
9.

Out of the 250 films on that list, I've seen nine of them.

To add insult to injury, a good chunk of those I've only seen the first or second half of.

Terrible.
 

Matt N

CF Legend
I’ll admit I’m not really much of a film/cinema enthusiast; I don’t watch films on a regular basis, and I genuinely couldn’t tell you the last time I went to the cinema (it was pre-COVID, for sure, and probably predated the pandemic by a good year or two). Even with that in mind, I’ll admit that I was rather surprised at not only how few I’d watched, but also how few I’d actually heard of. A surprising amount of the top 250 consists of rather old films, or things that aren’t especially well-known to the average film viewer.

I think the issue I face in a thing like this is that a lot of the types of films I really like aren’t especially critically acclaimed so to speak. On the infrequent occasion I do sit down and watch a film, I look for something that I can enjoy at a surface level, without having to delve too deeply. Call me childish, but if I had to pick a type of film that I enjoy most, I’d personally say that I’m most into comedy films myself, or more specifically, slapstick comedy and “gentler” forms of comedy as opposed to sarcastic or black comedy (as many of you probably know, I’m not very good at the whole “looking beyond the surface” thing). When I watch a film, I personally like to laugh or enjoy a film without really looking into it too much; I don’t really watch films looking for “deeper meaning” or any of the artistic nuances that somebody like a film enthusiast or film critic might be looking for.

If it helps my case at all, I did watch a brief section of the top 10-ranking Schindler’s List while we did a Holocaust unit in Year 8 Drama, although my Drama teacher’s Holocaust movie of choice ended up being The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, which surprisingly didn’t make the list given Schindler’s List’s high ranking… I fully appreciate that it’s probably an extremely poignant piece of cinema given its subject matter, but what is it about Schindler’s List that makes it rank so highly in comparison to other films covering the same subject matter? I certainly remember The Boy in the Striped Pajamas being quite poignant viewing, from memory…
 

Peet

Giga Poster
I just did a quick count, I've seen 115 of them including all of the top 18.

I do try to rate every film I see on IMDB and so far I've rated 762 of films, would be good to hit 1000 some day, it's easier than hitting 1000 creds!
 

Thecoasterrus

Mega Poster
I’ll admit I’m not really much of a film/cinema enthusiast; I don’t watch films on a regular basis, and I genuinely couldn’t tell you the last time I went to the cinema (it was pre-COVID, for sure, and probably predated the pandemic by a good year or two). Even with that in mind, I’ll admit that I was rather surprised at not only how few I’d watched, but also how few I’d actually heard of. A surprising amount of the top 250 consists of rather old films, or things that aren’t especially well-known to the average film viewer.

I think the issue I face in a thing like this is that a lot of the types of films I really like aren’t especially critically acclaimed so to speak. On the infrequent occasion I do sit down and watch a film, I look for something that I can enjoy at a surface level, without having to delve too deeply. Call me childish, but if I had to pick a type of film that I enjoy most, I’d personally say that I’m most into comedy films myself, or more specifically, slapstick comedy and “gentler” forms of comedy as opposed to sarcastic or black comedy (as many of you probably know, I’m not very good at the whole “looking beyond the surface” thing). When I watch a film, I personally like to laugh or enjoy a film without really looking into it too much; I don’t really watch films looking for “deeper meaning” or any of the artistic nuances that somebody like a film enthusiast or film critic might be looking for.

If it helps my case at all, I did watch a brief section of the top 10-ranking Schindler’s List while we did a Holocaust unit in Year 8 Drama, although my Drama teacher’s Holocaust movie of choice ended up being The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, which surprisingly didn’t make the list given Schindler’s List’s high ranking… I fully appreciate that it’s probably an extremely poignant piece of cinema given its subject matter, but what is it about Schindler’s List that makes it rank so highly in comparison to other films covering the same subject matter? I certainly remember The Boy in the Striped Pajamas being quite poignant viewing, from memory…
I saw The Boy in the Striped Pajamas during year 9, I guess it's seen as a more appropriate for 12-14 year olds as Schindler's List is rated 15 (in the UK).

Schindler's List is a more intense film as the majority of the film deals with the brutal aspects of the holocaust in more realistic less "Hollywood" way. (Despite it having a larger budget than The Boy in the Striped Pajamas)

I think Schindler's List also gets credit for being one Spielberg's most personal films and it's performances and technical aspects definitely make it a memorable film.

I agree that Schindler's List is the better film in my opinion, but both are great films.

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furie

SBOPD
Staff member
Administrator
Moderator
Well, I hope you appreciate it, but I've updated the Top 250 for the start of 2022.

I've included the original spreadsheet from 2010, along with the rank the films achieved in 2010 compared to now. It's about 99% accurate (some of the film names have changed in the last 10 years on IMDB, subtly, like remove accents and stuff, so my Excel formulas may have missed one or two).

The spreadsheet is here:

I've seen 185 of the original list now, and 157 of the current list. I need to get back on this game :) Even my Top 50 and Top 100 are looking bad.

I thought it might be interesting to list the films that have dropped out of the Top 250. Analysing this, it's apparent that "Non-English" films are making a greater impact, including some going back decades. It's about 86 gone:
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Sin City (2005)
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Jaws (1975)
Avatar (2009)
Touch of Evil (1958)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
District 9 (2009)
Strangers on a Train (1951)
Donnie Darko (2001)
High Noon (1952)
Notorious (1946)
Annie Hall (1977)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
The Wrestler (2008)
The Big Sleep (1946)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
The Terminator (1984)
Groundhog Day (1993)
The Graduate (1967)
Kick-Ass (2010)
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Star Trek (2009)
Gandhi (1982)
Ratatouille (2007)
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
8½ (1963)
Les diaboliques (1955)
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
The Incredibles (2004)
The Killing (1956)
The Wild Bunch (1969)
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
Children of Men (2006)
The Exorcist (1973)
In Bruges (2008)
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
The Hustler (1961)
Ed Wood (1994)
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Harvey (1950)
Big Fish (2003)
King Kong (1933)
Let the Right One In (2008)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
Sleuth (1972)
Magnolia (1999)
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
Mystic River (2003)
Stalag 17 (1953)
Brief Encounter (1945)
The African Queen (1951)
Rope (1948)
Crash (2004/I)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Planet of the Apes (1968)
Duck Soup (1933)
Manhattan (1979)
Patton (1970)
Toy Story 2 (1999)
La strada (1954)
The Conversation (1974)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
Changeling (2008)
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
Spartacus (1960)49,430
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
Mulholland Drive (2001)
My Neighbour Totoro (1988)
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Roman Holiday (1953)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Rain Man (1988)
 

Will

Strata Poster
Looking at the above list, I can totally see why the Top 250 as at 2022 pisses you off so much. There's SO many films on there that are worlds ahead of any Marvel blockbuster.

Night of the Hunter, I thought was amazing - I've never hated a non-Game-of-Thrones, non-Dolores Umbridge villain more.
...and I'm tearing up a little bit just thinking about Changeling (in fact, most non-Western Eastwood films have that effect on me!)

I'll do a count up in a bit.

EDIT: What have we learned?
I'm not as good with Excel as I used to be. Given I'm applying for finance jobs at the moment, this was actually a good way to spend this evening.

2nd EDIT:
So, I've seen 158 on the 2010 list and 137 on the 2022 list. Spot the point where Will stops trying to impress a film student and starts drinking in the evening again.
And WHY is the Big Lebowski considered one of the all-time greats? It's a STUPID film and nothing really happens!!
(Not to mention the fact that The Apartment was nearly as boring as an RCCA woodie)

3rd EDIT:
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Thecoasterrus

Mega Poster
And WHY is the Big Lebowski considered one of the all-time greats? It's a STUPID film and nothing really happens!!
It's a film that structurally shouldn't work, but by some miracle it does by having a complete lack of one to begin with. It's a real marmite film, everyone I have spoke to about it either loves it or hates it. I think it's a great comedy, but Fargo remains as my favourite Coen brothers film.
 

Hyde

Matt SR
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Looks like I currently clock at 46%. Woop woop!

Also, as a peer Coen brothers fan, I can confirm: Fargo is my favorite, and Big Lebowski indeed, just works - mostly because Jeff Bridges is just such a perfect fit.
 

MestnyiGeroi

Giga Poster
Such an insufferable film snob here that I think the IMDb250 is crap. If you want a film list for grown-ups that’s really worth pursuing, check out the They Shoot Pictures, Don’t They? top 1000.
 

Nicky Borrill

Giga Poster
Totals
9​
Top 10
20​
Top 25
31​
Top 50
51​
Top 100
62​
Top 150
75​
Top 200
83​
Top 250

All goes a bit quiet after the top 25 for me... I'm no 'movie buff.' But there's lots I 'think' I've seen, but cannot remember the plot to, so haven't marked it.

A few on there surprised me... I love Hachi don't get me wrong, but top 250 movies of all time??? Lots of movies I enjoyed are missing too, although I do tend to disagree with critics a lot. I loved Blood Diamond for example, it's probably in my top 25, whilst I enjoyed Wolf, Blood Diamond is by far my favourite Leo movie!!!

For reference, here is the Rotten Tomatoes top 100... I'm doing significantly worse with this list!!!!

1. 99%It Happened One Night (1934)98
2. 99%Citizen Kane (1941)121
3. 98%The Wizard of Oz (1939)160
4. 98%Modern Times (1936)109
5. 96%Black Panther (2018)525
6. 98%Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019)464
7. 94%Avengers: Endgame (2019)547
8. 99%Casablanca (1942)124
9. 97%Knives Out (2019)467
10. 93%Us (2019)553
11. 97%Toy Story 4 (2019)453
12. 99%Lady Bird (2017)398
13. 97%Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)437
14. 96%BlacKkKlansman (2018)447
15. 98%Get Out (2017)398
16. 95%The Irishman (2019)455
17. 97%The Godfather (1972)133
18. 97%Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)434
19. 97%Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)393
20. 98%Moonlight (2016)393
21. 98%Sunset Boulevard (1950)110
22. 99%The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari) (1920)68
23. 99%All About Eve (1950)103
24. 100%The Philadelphia Story (1940)102
25. 96%Roma (2018)404
26. 93%Wonder Woman (2017)472
27. 90%A Star Is Born (2018)528
28. 98%Inside Out (2015)379
29. 96%A Quiet Place (2018)387
30. 98%One Night in Miami (2020)335
31. 99%Eighth Grade (2018)319
32. 100%Rebecca (1940)95
33. 96%Booksmart (2019)377
34. 94%Logan (2017)424
35. 99%His Girl Friday (1940)100
36. 98%Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020)324
37. 97%Coco (2017)354
38. 92%Dunkirk (2017)463
39. 91%Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)483
40. 97%A Night at the Opera (1935)70
41. 92%The Shape of Water (2017)460
42. 93%Thor: Ragnarok (2017)437
43. 97%Spotlight (2015)376
44. 97%The Farewell (2019)345
45. 99%Selma (2014)313
46. 99%The Third Man (1949)86
47. 98%Rear Window (1954)122
48. 99%E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)136
49. 100%Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai) (1956)88
50. 97%La Grande illusion (Grand Illusion) (1938)68
51. 94%Arrival (2016)435
52. 100%Singin' in the Rain (1952)67
53. 93%The Favourite (2018)422
54. 97%Double Indemnity (1944)92
55. 98%All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)81
56. 98%Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)54
57. 94%Marriage Story (2019)392
58. 98%The Big Sick (2017)305
59. 96%An American in Paris (1951)94
60. 93%Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)446
61. 99%On the Waterfront (1954)106
62. 98%The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)91
63. 97%Metropolis (1927)135
64. 97%Boyhood (2014)328
65. 96%Gravity (2013)357
66. 100%Leave No Trace (2018)248
67. 100%The Maltese Falcon (1941)64
68. 100%The Kid (1921)49
69. 92%The Invisible Man (2020)412
70. 95%12 Years a Slave (2013)374
71. 85%Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019)571
72. 96%Argo (2012)360
73. 95%Soul (2020)344
74. 97%Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020)301
75. 96%Manchester by the Sea (2016)353
76. 97%Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens) (Nosferatu the Vampire) (1922)69
77. 100%The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)48
78. 97%North by Northwest (1959)109
79. 91%La La Land (2016)467
80. 100%Laura (1944)65
81. 90%Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)453
82. 93%Incredibles 2 (2018)387
83. 98%Zootopia (2016)298
84. 98%Alien (1979)127
85. 98%King Kong (1933)66
86. 94%Call Me by Your Name (2018)363
87. 96%Psycho (1960)105
88. 89%1917 (2020)461
89. 99%L.A. Confidential (1997)161
90. 100%Shadow of a Doubt (1943)48
91. 94%War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)361
92. 96%The Florida Project (2017)316
93. 99%Paddington 2 (2018)247
94. 91%Widows (2018)420
95. 98%A Hard Day's Night (1964)111
96. 99%The Battle of Algiers (La Battaglia di Algeri) (1967)89
97. 99%Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020)236
98. 92%Baby Driver (2017)396
99. 96%The Godfather, Part II (1974)114
100. 92%Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)395
 
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Nitefly

Hyper Poster
If it’s suppose to suggest a list of ‘best films’, that Rotten Tomatos list is grizzly.

I mean, I know it really only shows what scored highly on that website but still.
 

Nicky Borrill

Giga Poster
If it’s suppose to suggest a list of ‘best films’, that Rotten Tomatos list is grizzly.

I mean, I know it really only shows what scored highly on that website but still.
Yep, and I ‘think’ it takes it placements from both ‘critics’ ratings and the general public… At least that’s the way the rest of the site works…

But I agree… There’s definitely some strange tastes out there!!!

Link… https://www.rottentomatoes.com/top/bestofrt/
 

Thecoasterrus

Mega Poster
I have seen 71/100 on the rotten tomatoes list. The recent Star Wars films and Wonder Woman have absolutely no right to be in any top 100. I don't think that they are bad movies, but c'mon. I guess there are more reviews for films now than ever before which is what will boost up those ratings. The big problem with Rotten Tomatoes is that every critic could give a film a 3 star review and the aggravator/"tomato-meter" would likely score 100% as 3 star reviews are often considered positive or "fresh" reviews, which they technically are, but not enough to incite acclaim.
 
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Skyye

Mega Poster
I was only able to count 23/250 on the IMDb list, most were disney/marvel/star wars films. The highest ranking movie I saw on the list was #12 Forrest Gump, the lowest being #241 Demon Slayer: Mugen Train. One I didn't think would be there is #210 Dead Poets Society. I wasn't a huge fan, but then again it was a movie I had to watch for school so... 😂
edit: this is from the IMDb website so probably the late 2021/early 2022 list?
 
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