Which movies are "missing" from IMDb's Top 250 movies?

In your humble opinion, what movies are not included in this list? (I know they didn’t qualify according to the rules, but which films are missing if this list was just a list of someone’s “250 Top Movies of All Time”?

I’ll start with a few.

Little Big Man (1970)
Flight of the Phoenix (1965)
Blow (2001)

Blazing Saddles
Young Frankenstein

Better they should have just left all comedies off the list.

well, Blade Runner should be in the top 10, not 135

In Bruges
The Station Agent
Mystic River
Last of the Mohicans
Sling Blade

Older movies are badly underrepresented; the people who rate them are young and aren’t interested in B&W or silent films (with a few exceptions).

So there’s
Duck Soup
A Night at the Opera
Bringing Up Baby
The Bank Dick
The Fatal Glass of Beer
Best Boy
The Book of Life
Arthur Christmas
Twentieth Century
I Walked with a Zombie

The African Queen (1951)
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
The Conversation (1974)
Dogma (1999)
Dracula (1931)
The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
The Searchers (1956)
The Three Musketeers (1973)

Breaking Away
The Cowboys
The Shootist
Bonnie and Clyde
True Grit (original)
The Outlaw Josey Wales

A Man For All Seasons (1966)

The Lion in Winter (1968) isn’t there either.

They also missed A Christmas Story (1983).

Frankly I could accept all these mentions not being in the top 250. Seems to me it does a pretty good job.

For me:
The Incredibles
Princess Mononoke

Animated movies are not viewed as being sufficiently high culture - I disagree.

The IMDb top 250 is pretty awful, IMHO. It tends strongly toward the recent and the juvenile. (I’m looking at you, Tarantino.)

It is a list you would expect to be compiled by guys living in their mama’s basement.

Princess Mononoke is no. 70.

This and others appear to fall into a large zone of movies which are rated well enough (above 8.1/10), but not rated by enough people to clear the list cutoff. Some movies on the list are actually rated lower, but have been voted by thousands more.

Give your list. Top 25/50 at least.

The IMDb list is so horrible it is not worth discussing.

Move on.

  • Eraserhead
  • Jacob’s Ladder
  • The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
  • Young Frankenstein
  • The Secret of NIMH
  • Kick-Ass
  • Birdy
  • Fearless
  • The Fisher King

And to replace movies that are there with better movies (not to imply that I think that these movies are themselves worthy of being in the top 250, but that they are better than the movies which are already there).

Shawshank Redemption -> Enemy Mine
Matrix -> Avalon
Godfather 1-3 -> The Connection
Scarface -> The Untouchables
How to Train Your Dragon -> All Dogs go to Heaven
V for Vendetta -> Nineteen Eighty-Four
Django Unchained -> Hard Boiled
Reservoir Dogs -> Sexy Beast
Mad Max: Fury Road -> Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

I’ll try to add some more later.

Give me a little time, I’ll see what I can do. I would have to compile the list from scratch.

Additional movies:

  • Somewhere in Time
  • Vanilla Sky
  • Queen Margot
  • The City of Lost Children
  • Blue Velvet
  • Lost in Translation
  • Being There

To continue with a list of better movies:

Forrest Gump -> Big Fish
The Sixth Sense -> Perfect Blue
The Grand Budapest Hotel -> Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer
Toy Story -> Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
Up -> Wreck-It Ralph
Pan’s Labyrinth -> Jin-Roh
Barry Lyndon -> Dangerous Liaisons
The Truman Show -> Punch-Drunk Love
Groundhog Day -> Meet Joe Black
Guardians of the Galaxy -> Big Trouble in Little China
The Graduate -> Harold & Maude
Batman Begins-The Dark Knight -> Desperado
Inglourious Basterds -> Machete Kills
Inception -> Primer
Apocalypse Now -> Wings of Honneamise
Metropolis -> Metropolis
The King’s Speech -> The Madness of King George

[li]These aren’t necessarily movies that deserve to be in the top 250, they are just better than the movie indicated.[/li][li]They also aren’t necessarily the best movie of that theme, just the first one I thought of that seemed comparable which wasn’t already on the list.[/li][/ul]

On the darker side, but also better than Up: Mary and Max