Thursday, June 9, 2011

Top 5 movies as voted by IMDB users

List by IMDB.com

"Acting: An art which consists of keeping the audience from coughing."
- Ralph Richardson

For about 10 years or so my younger sister was assistant manager at a local video (and then, later, DVDs/games) shop. One of the biggest perks of my sister's job was that she got to see all of the preview movies (and, by default, me too!) before they hit the shelves. Quite often it involved marathon weekend watching. Being slightly antisocial and all, it was ideal for me. For Jax, though, it was more than a job and she took it seriously. She would watch as much of everything as she could - good movies, bad movies, indifferent movies. Movies that inspired, bored, moved, thrilled. Movies she wanted to talk about and movies she hoped nobody ever knew she watched. (No, not *those* movies). One day I asked her why she bothered to watch them all. Her response? "How can I be expected to recommend titles to customers if I have no idea what any of them are like or about? My opinion matters. It's not rocket science, right?" Well, no, it's not and yet I'd never thought of it like that until then. She doesn't know - and probably still won't because, unlike my mum and a couple of other siblings, she doesn't read this blog - but thanks to her, that's an ideal I try everyday to bring to my work. And I wouldn't change it for anything.



So...what's that got to do with this list? My love of film was fostered firstly by my father and then by Jax. I heart movies. Yes, even the bad ones, and I spend a fair bit of personal time looking for recommendations. Not from the quiz night lot I hang out with on Wednesdays, though, because they're a little too arty/meaningful for me. We tend to have quite polarised opinions about all movies. ALL movies. The other night while looking for book-related news for some of our enewsletters I ended up distracted by IMDB's Top 250 movies as voted by our users instead. I am determined that somewhere in between life and work I'm going to make time to watch some of the titles I've never seen before - realistically, not all this year, maybe over a couple of years. It's a fairly comprehensive list (and boy would I love to know who some of their regular users are because there are some odd choices) so I've only given you their top 5 and some honourable mentions.

Agree or disagree with the choices below? Feel free to tell us so!

Honourable mention:
  • Schindler's list [DVD videorecording] - starring Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall, Jonathan Sagalle, Embeth Davidtz. M suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over. Note : contains violence and offensive language.
  • 12 angry men [DVD videorecording] - starring Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Ed Begley, E.G. Marshall, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam, Jack Klugman. G - SuiFtable for general audiences.
  • One flew over the cuckoo's nest [DVD videorecording] - starring Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, William Redfield. Rated 16: restricted to persons 16 years and over. NOTE: Contains offensive language.
  • Inception [DVD videorecording] - starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ken Watanabe, Leonardo Dicaprio, Tom Hardy, Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard. M - Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over. NOTE: Contains medium level violence.
  • The Dark Knight [DVD videorecording] - Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman. Rated M - Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over. Note: contains medium level violence.
  • Star wars episode V: The Empire strikes back [DVD videorecording] - Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams. Rated PG: Parental guidance recommended for younger viewers. Note: Contains medium level violence.


  • Pulp fiction [DVD videorecording] / Produced by Lawrence Bender ; written and directed by Quentin Tarantino / 476,885 votes
    Starring: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Harvey Keitel
    Low-rent hit men, their boss's sexy and wilful wife, a desperate prize fighter and the most outrageous pair of armed robbers to ever pack a rod in a wild mixture of explosive action and wickedly funny humour. Rated 18: restricted to persons 18 years and over. NOTE: contains graphic violence and offensive language.

    Tagline: Just because you are a character doesn't mean you have character.


    The good, the bad and the ugly [DVD videorecording] / Produced by Alberto Grimaldi ; screenplay, Age-Scarpelli, Luciano Vincenzoni, Sergio Leone ; directed by Sergio Leone / 189,743 votes
    Starring: Cast: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffre, Mario Brega
    Two gunmen have formed a partnership. One is a wanted man (the Ugly) and his partner (the Good) will turn him in for the reward. When the hanging takes place, Good shoots the rope clean through and allows Ugly to escape. When they have a falling out, Good leaves Ugly in the desert. Ugly vows Revenge and tracks Good down and repeats the favour. Just before passing out, a dying man gives Good the secret of a hidden payroll. Both of them end up in a Union Prisoner of War camp run by a sadistic Union officer (The Bad) who discovers their secret and wants the treasure, taking them from the camp to find the cash.

    Tagline: The man with no name returns.

    The Godfather Part II [DVD videorecording] / Producer and directed by Francis Ford Coppola ; screenplay, Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo / 283,470 votes
    Starring: Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, John Cazale, Talia Shire, Lee Strasberg, James Caan
    Continues the saga of two generations of the Corleone family. Part II has two stories: the roots and rise of young Don Vito, and the rise of Michael as the new Don. Based on the novel The Godfather by Mario Puzo. PG - Parental guidance recommended for younger viewers. Note: Contains violence.

    Tagline: An offer you can't refuse.

    The Godfather [DVD videorecording] / Directed by Francis Ford Coppola ; produced by Albert S. Ruddy ; screenplay by Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola / 463,362 votes
    Starring: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard Castellano, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden, John Marley, Richard Conte, Diane Keaton
    A chilling portrait of the Sicilian Corleone family's rise and near fall from power in America. Based on the novel by Mario Puzo. R16 - Restricted to persons 16 years and over. NOTE: Contains violence.

    The Shawshank redemption [DVD videorecording] / Produced by Niki Marvin; directed by Frank Darabont / 600,701 votes
    Starring: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman
    Two convicts, one white and one black, never give up the dream of freedom, and together they turn hope and friendship into an uplifting bond no prison can ever take away. Based on the novel Rita Hayworth and Shawshank redemption by Stephen King. R16 - Restricted to persons 16 years and over unless accompanied by a parent/guardian. NOTE: Contains violence.

    Tagline: Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.

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