Top 10 Best Movies of All Time (According to IMDB)

Robert De Niro in The Godfather: Part II
Robert De Niro in The Godfather: Part II / John Springer Collection/GettyImages

Over the years, Hollywood has been a treasure trove of creativity, with movies hitting the airwaves now and then. In this list, we look at some of the greatest flicks ever to grace our screens, according to IMDB.

#10 – The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

With Clint Eastwood playing the lead character, The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly became an instant hit, and it's widely considered among the greatest Western movies of all time. Released in 1966, the film popularized the stalemate, which is still used in movies today.

The movie is made more iconic by the unique filmmaking style of Sergio Leone that no one had seen before, and everything about it was novel and brilliant.

#9 – The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Rings

Of course, The Lord of The Rings trilogy would make the list of the greatest movies of all time. What's not to love about fantasy films? Fans were introduced to the world of J.R.R. Tolkien's literature through The Fellowship Of The Rings film, and they were immediately hooked.

The flick hit the theaters in 2001, and Peter Jackson did a fantastic job of bringing the characters to life as the Fellowship sought to find and destroy the One Ring before Sauron could use it for evil. Full of thrill, action, and terror, this is a must-watch.

#8 – Pulp Fiction

It takes a genius to make a masterpiece, and we can all agree that Quentin Tarantino is one. The director is famous for his distinctive storytelling style, mixing humor and savagery, and he has given us several blockbusters, including the unforgettable Pulp Fiction.

Set in the Los Angeles underworld, the movie takes relatable crime tales, but Tarantino masterfully weaves in his twist, and the end product is a suspenseful, fast-paced movie. Can we also talk about the soundtrack? It sticks with you once you're done watching the film.

#7 – The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King

It's tricky to adapt books into movies, and when Peter Jackson decided to take on the Lord of the Rings book series, many people didn't believe in his dream. Yet, the director wowed everyone with his masterpieces, bringing the trilogy to an end with the brilliant The Return of the King.

As much as the film came under fire for dragging out the storyline, its artistry cannot be ignored, and it's one of the best movies of 2003.

#6 – Schindler's List

We don't think there's a film that aptly captures the horrors of the Holocaust better than Schindler's List. Directed by the legendary Steven Spielberg, the movie follows the story of real-life Oskar Schindler and his efforts to save Jews from Nazi rule in Germany.

Spielberg utilizes the power of black and white to perfection and delivers a powerful flick that will always live in the minds of anyone who's watched it.

#5 – 12 Angry Men

You might have never heard of the 12 Angry Men, but with a rating of 9.0, the film is an absolute gem. Released in 1957, the movie is small-scale, but it delivers its storyline with a mighty punch.

Set in a juror's room, the production follows the story of 12 men as the debate about the murder case they have just presided over. 12 Angry Men is as intense as it could be, with the claustrophobic environment adding to the mystery.

#4 – The Godfather: Part II

When master director Francis Ford Coppola decided to follow up on his already successful The Godfather flick without the influential Marlon Brando, many people thought he was over his head. Yet, Coppola proved everyone wrong again, and The Godfather: Part II was an instant hit.

Robert De Niro stepped into the shoes of Vito Corleone and embodied the role perfectly, with the story exploring the world of crime and the relationships within the family. The film was a worthy sequel and an outright classic.

#3 – The Dark Knight

Christopher Nolan revolutionized the superhero and comic book adaptations with his The Dark Knight film. The classic take on the dark side of Batman packs humor, thrill, and suspense in equal measure.

What the film is mainly remembered for, though, is the memorable performance of the late and great Heath Ledger as The Joker.

#2 – The Godfather

While The Godfather: Part II is among the greatest films of all time, there are better ones from the franchise. The Godfather, released in 1972, is the highest-ranked of the bunch, despite the ongoing debate between fans about which is the better flick.

The Corleone family story is told amid themes of violence, humor, and emotion, and it packs intense, unforgettable scenes.

#1 – The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption is the highest-ranked film of all time, and it's easy to see why. Set in a maximum security prison, the 1994 movie follows the story of two inmates who develop a touching friendship and contains loads of tear-jerking scenes.

The movie steadily builds up to deliver a stunning ending to the story, and it's no wonder many fans still consider The Shawshank Redemption to be the best movie ever.


By and large, the motion picture industry keeps churning out masterpieces every day, but we wonder if any current or classic films hold a candle to these movies. Don't you believe us? How about binge-watching the films and see what we're talking about?