For tastes, colors… and lists. The best restaurants, the best rock songs, the best cars, the best cities to live… It is impossible to make a ranking of anything and not have disputes arise instantly. Cinema is especially prone to being a topic of discussion, which is why a list of the 10 best movies of all time always has a tail.

The database of the specialized portal Internet Movie Database, better known by its acronym IMDb, has emerged as one of the main sources of information on the world of cinema. Its lists, drawn up with millions of public votes and constantly updated, are considered among the most democratic in the world, or at least the most popular.

Like any other list, the top 250 movies with the highest ratings by IMDb users are not for everyone, especially lovers of classic movies. Let each one verify that it never rains to everyone’s taste with the selection of the top10 (updated in May 2023):

Year: 1966 / Director: Sergio Leone / Cast: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffrè, Luigi Pistilli, Rada Rassimov, Mario Brega / Duration: 179 min.

AVAILABLE ON: Amazon Prime Video and FlixOlé.

During the American Civil War, three men go on a hunt for a $200,000 treasure. Apart from dodging the authorities, they will have to compete among themselves. It is the last film in Sergio Leone’s dollar trilogy, preceded by ”For a Fistful of Dollars” and ”Death Had a Price”. All three starred Clint Eastwood in the role of the man with no name and all three featured music by Ennio Morricone.

Year: 2001 / Director: Peter Jackson / Cast: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Astin, Ian McKellen / Duration: 178 min.

AVAILABLE ON: HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video.

The young hobbit Frodo Baggins inherits a ring that turns out to be the instrument of absolute power that would allow Sauron, the Dark Lord of Mordor, to rule Middle-earth. To prevent this, Frodo and his loyal Fellowship must destroy him by throwing him into the fire where he was forged. First installment of the colossal trilogy based on the homonymous novel by J.R.R. Tolkien, directed by New Zealander Peter Jackson (”Grab Me Those Ghosts,” ”King Kong”). The film obtained 13 nominations for the Oscars. He achieved four, most for technical merits, except for the award for Howard Shore for his well-remembered soundtrack.

Year: 1998 / Director: Quentin Tarantino / Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman, Christopher Walken, John Travolta, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer / Duration: 154 min.

AVAILABLE ON: Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield are a pair of thugs who, following orders from their boss Marsellus, recover a mysterious briefcase from some amateur thieves. On the other hand, Marsellus asks Vincent to take care of his wife Mia while he goes on a trip. His path will cross with that of a boxer who refuses money from the mafia for losing a fight. Despite attracting powerful attention two years earlier with the premiere of ”Reservoir Dogs”, ”Pulp Fiction” would be the title that would record Quentin Tarantino’s name in film history. Peculiar narrative structure, agile and intelligent dialogues, touches of black comedy and crude violence that is often as unjustified as it is addictive. Covered by the public and critics: Palme d’Or at Cannes and Oscar for best original screenplay.

Year: 2003 / Director: Peter Jackson / Cast: Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, Dominic Monaghan, Liv Tyler, Miranda Otto, John Rhys-Davies, Hugo Weaving / Duration: 201 min .

AVAILABLE ON: HBO Max and Amazon Prime Video.

Frodo and Sam, guided by Gollum, continue their journey towards the mines of Mordor to destroy the one ring. Gandalf, meanwhile, tries to unite the peoples of Rohan and Gondor to fight together against Sauron’s armies. On the other hand, Aragorn prepares to assume the role that has been destined for him: the throne of the ancient lineage of the Kings of Men. Third and final part of the titanic trilogy of ”The Lord of the Rings”, which adapts the famous work of J. R. R. Tolkien. This third installment is the director’s favorite and the most emotional, since all of his characters reach the end of the story. The film was nominated for 11 Oscars and won the statuette in all the categories in which it competed, including best director, film and adapted screenplay.

Year: 1993 / Director: Steven Spielberg / Cast: Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall, Jonathan Sagall, Embeth Davidtz / Duration: 195 min.

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Oskar Schindler is a presumptuous and ambitious German businessman who takes advantage of his good relations with the Nazi gyrfalcons to become rich selling equipment to the army during World War II. But when Schindler becomes aware of what is happening to the Jews, he changes his attitude and does everything possible to save as many lives as possible. Shot almost entirely in Poland and in daring black and white, ”Schindler’s List” is Steven Spielberg’s most intense and personal work. Based on true events, it won seven Oscars, including best picture, adapted screenplay, director, cinematography and artistic direction.

Year: 1957 / Director: Sidney Lumet / Cast: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler, Joseph Sweeney / Duration: 96 min.

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A 12-man jury meets to determine whether the defendant is guilty or not guilty of the charges against him. Only one of them believes that he is innocent, but gradually he convinces his companions. A room, a table, 12 chairs and 12 actors. With this apparent simplicity of theatrical style, Sidney Lumet masterfully directed his first film for the cinema.

Year: 1974 / Director: Francis Ford Coppola / Cast: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, John Cazale, Michael V. Gazzo, Talia Shire, Lee Strasberg, Richard Bright, G.D. Spradlin / Duration: 200 min.

AVAILABLE ON: HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, Movistar.

At the turn of the century, the young Vito Corleone arrives in New York from his native Sicily and soon comes into contact with the world of the Mafia. 40 years later, his son, Michael, is the new head of the powerful family created by Vito. Michael will expand his clan’s businesses to Hollywood, Las Vegas and Cuba, but will have to deal with the ambition of other crime families who want a piece of the pie. Making a sequel to ”The Godfather” was not an easy task, but Coppola achieved with this film a work that was as successful as the previous one. The film won six Oscars: best supporting actor (Robert de Niro), direction, film, adapted screenplay (Coppola and Puzo), artistic direction, and the splendid music by Nino Rota.

Year: 2008 / Director: Christopher Nolan / Cast: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman / Duration: 152 min.

AVAILABLE ON: HBO Max, Movistar.

Batman sets out to end organized crime in Gotham City forever. However, the entry into action of a new villain, a deranged criminal known as Joker, does not make it easy for him. Superheroic genre film that continues in the wake of the successful ”Batman Begins”. Christopher Nolan returns to take the reins of direction. A spectacular staging, a perfectly hatched script and a complex psychological portrayal of the characters contribute to the overwhelming success of the film. The film was warmly received in theaters, broke records at its premiere and became one of the highest grossing films in history, grossing more than 368 million euros. The performances are, without a doubt, the decisive asset for the good finish of the film. Heath Ledger performs a magnificent role and this is endorsed by the posthumous Oscar and Golden Globe that he got with his work.

Year: 1972 / Director: Francis Ford Coppola / Cast: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Robert Duvall, Richard S. Castellano, James Caan, Talia Shire, Sterling Hayden, John Marley, Richard Conte, Al Lettieri, Abe Vigoda, Lenny Montana, Gianni Russo, John Cazale / Duration: 175 min.

AVAILABLE ON: HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, Movistar.

The New York mafia families come into conflict when the capo of one of the most powerful, Vito Corleone, opposes the Cosa Nostra entering the drug trafficking business. As a consequence, he suffers an attack that leaves him on the verge of death. To avenge the coup and save the family, Michael Corleone, his favorite son, who had always been on the sidelines of the family business, must immerse himself in the dirty world of crime. First installment of the famous ”The Godfather” trilogy, directed by Francis Ford Coppola based on Mario Puzo’s novel of the same name. This movie classic was a huge box office success and won the Oscars for Best Picture, Actor (Marlon Brando) and Adapted Screenplay (Coppola and Mario Puzo), as well as being nominated in six other categories (director, music, sound, editing, costumes and supporting actor, for Robert Duvall, Al Pacino and James Caan).

Year: 1994 / Director: Frank Darabont / Cast: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown, Gil Bellows / Duration: 1742 min.

AVAILABLE ON: Movistar, HBO Max.

Andy enters a high security prison to serve life in prison for the murder of his wife and her lover. There he earns the respect of the inmates and of Red, the head of the jail’s black market, in which the warden also participates. Andy finds out that the real murderer of his wife is locked up in another prison, so he asks that his case be reopened. An acclaimed adaptation of a Stephen King story, it became the revelation of 1994, garnering seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Lead Actor for Morgan Freeman, who is up against Tim Robbins here. An interpretative duel loaded with good chemistry and excellent results.

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