IMDB Top 10 Movies – While online popularity can be fickle and transitory, there are select films that tower above their competitors and endure the test of time in the case of IMDb. Moviegoers can evaluate the films they view on the internet, and some are firmly established as the best in their genre.
Many people regard the ten most-voted films as the go-to resource for film ratings and opinions, and they are usually, if not always, among the best films of all time. At the very least, they are among the internet’s favorite films and are likely familiar to the majority of viewers.
IMDb remains a popular site for people seeking for must-see films. Its ratings and voter count fluctuate as more people visit the site to express their thoughts on their favourite movie. Except for minor differences in ranking and number of votes, the most-voted movies on the platform remain above these shifts.
- The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King' (2003) – 1.83M
- 'The Godfather (1972) – 1.84M
- 'The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring' (2001) – 1.86M
- 'The Matrix' (1999) – 1.90M
- 'Pulp Fiction' (1994) 2.03M
- 'Forrest Gump' (1994) – 2.05M
- 'Fight Club' (1999) – 2.10M
- 'Inception' (2010) – 2.33M
- 'The Dark Knight' (2008) – 2.63M
- 'The Shawshank Redemption (1994) – 2.65M
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’ (2003) – 1.83M
The closer we get to Peter Jackson’s trilogy of films based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s iconic fantasy works, the better. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King concludes the over nine-hour saga with Aragorn claiming his birthright as King of Gondor, probably the most magnificent cavalry charge ever filmed, and the final destruction of the ring and defeat of the great enemy, Sauron.
This picture is in a three-way tie for the most-awarded film in Oscar history, with Ben-Hur and Titanic both receiving 11 nominations. Perhaps as much as it was an acknowledgment by the academy of the trilogy’s tremendous triumph, it also represented one of the few occasions in history when the major winner was an epic, crowd-pleasing fantasy picture.
‘The Godfather (1972) – 1.84M
Rarely does a picture so fully transcend the medium’s boundaries to become a fixture of popular culture, but The Godfather represents an unusual convergence of variables. A niche that Hollywood feared was dead, a young, maverick filmmaker with the ambition to resuscitate the gangster movie genre, and one of the finest casts of all time come together to create an all-time masterpiece.
It’s difficult to find flaws in this picture; everything from the storyline to the production design, photography, pace, action, and acting is excellent. It provided viewers with insight into the inner workings of a mob, revolutionizing a whole genre of cinema.
‘The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’ (2001) – 1.86M
The job of adapting Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, which he spent much of his life crafting and had a tremendous effect on the genre as a whole, was maybe properly seen as unachievable. Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema, on the other hand, opted to take on the task – and it paid off.
Is the beginning of a story more interesting than the end? The internet appears to agree since The Fellowship of the Ring is ranked higher than the trilogy’s climax. Nobody knows why, but it’s a wonderful, well-made picture that does an outstanding job of presenting the people, their motives, and the story’s stakes.
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‘The Matrix’ (1999) – 1.90M
“What is the Matrix?” appears to be a simple question, yet it baffled and engaged people as part of one of history’s most powerful marketing efforts. The Matrix became a tremendous smash and cultural phenomenon by combining the pinnacle of stunt work, thrilling new technology, and philosophical reflection on humanity’s relationship with robots.
This film has a particular place in the hearts of many people, and it’s simple to see why. It revolutionized blockbuster filmmaking by introducing the world to bullet-time and groundbreaking visual effects. It’s worth mentioning that it’s still regarded as the greatest film in the Matrix saga and is still worth seeing today.
‘Pulp Fiction’ (1994) 2.03M
Pulp Fiction established Quentin Tarantino as a creative powerhouse in Hollywood. It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what makes this picture so fantastic – an all-star ensemble trading barbs from Tarantino’s razor-sharp writing and experimenting with editing rules to convey a non-linear plot are two of the main reasons.
But maybe most importantly, Pulp Fiction is simply awesome. There is no other way to put it. This picture typified the mid-90s, from the sophisticated hitmen performed with panache by Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta to the music of pure bangers from start to end. It is widely regarded as one of the most important American films of the decade.
‘Forrest Gump’ (1994) – 2.05M
Director Robert Zemeckis, known for his crowd-pleasing films, is at his most crowd-pleasing when he introduces the world to the journey of Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks), who goes from being an impoverished child in Alabama to have an unlikely impact on events that shaped the world in the twentieth century.
The film isn’t noted for its subtlety, while being unquestionably a happy affair and being beautifully performed across the board, notably in Hanks’ case as the titular figure. It’s undeniably charming, and it still has a significant cultural impact.
‘Fight Club’ (1999) – 2.10M
One of the defining cult masterpieces of the 1990s was David Fincher’s gritty, punk-infused adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s novel of the same name. Combat Club is nasty, unapologetic, melancholy, and exciting all at the same time, combining psychological thriller, comedy, and fight movie into one enticing package — not to mention pulling off one of the finest twists in film history.
Fight Club depicts 1990s youth culture by presenting a nihilistic worldview that many disenfranchised young people identify with. Disillusionment and a sense of hopelessness are the story’s distinguishing characteristics. Tyler Durden’s story has left an indelible imprint on an entire generation.
‘Inception’ (2010) – 2.33M
Christopher Nolan was granted a significant budget and creative flexibility for his next major blockbuster after proving his ability to produce money at the box office. Inception was a project that Nolan had had in his brain since the days of Memento — and a perfect mix of time, financing, and ideas came together for him to film it in the style that he had always imagined.
The spectacular sci-fi picture follows the enigmatic Cobb and his gang on their most daring robbery yet. The expert thief is used to taking knowledge from the subconscious, but this is his first time trying to implant a concept.
‘The Dark Knight’ (2008) – 2.63M
Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy has lasted the test of time, demonstrating that he is equally good at adapting old material as he is at creating his own distinctive narrative. While the other two films serve as convenient bookends to the triptych, The Dark Knight truly stands out.
Many consider The Dark Knight to be a crime epic in which the protagonist and antagonist happen to dress in costume, rather than a superhero film. The Dark Knight — elevated by the late great Heath Ledger’s barnstorming and legendary take on the Joker — is simply one of the best blockbusters ever made, and an undeniably brilliant, engaging piece of cinema.
‘The Shawshank Redemption (1994) – 2.65M
Andy Dufrense is transported to Shawshank, one of the state’s toughest prisons, after being imprisoned for a crime he claims he did not commit. Dufrense, not the type of man who is cut out for prison life, befriends Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding, and the two men bond during their time inside together, keeping hope in a place where there appears to be none.
Without a question, The Shawshank Redemption is a triumph. Frank Darabont directs the finest of his Steven King adaptations, presenting another side to the horror maestro in one of the best pictures ever produced about hope and the human spirit. It’s a great film that has stood the test of time, thanks to Freeman and Robbins’ fantastic chemistry.