Beyond the Top 250: IMDb Staff's Favorite Movies

by IMDb-Editors | created - 16 Mar 2016 | updated - 29 Mar 2016 | Public

IMDb maintains a chart of the Top 250 movies as rated by users like yourself. We asked IMDb Staff to pick the films they wish were on the list right now. Check out some of the picks. Do any of your favorites match those on this list?

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1. Bringing Up Baby (1938)

Passed | 102 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

91 Metascore

While trying to secure a $1 million donation for his museum, a befuddled paleontologist is pursued by a flighty and often irritating heiress and her pet leopard, Baby.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Charles Ruggles, Walter Catlett

Votes: 54,999

The funniest movie ever made and my all-time No. 5. (Col Needham, IMDb Founder and CEO)

Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant in a brilliant screwball comedy. Way ahead of its time. (Shawn Van Ness)

2. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)

Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

63 Metascore

A couple's attitudes are challenged when their daughter introduces them to her African-American fiancé.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn, Katharine Houghton

Votes: 39,481 | Gross: $56.70M

A socially important movie capturing the time. Also, Spencer Tracy’s final film. (Col Needham)

3. The Sound of Music (1965)

G | 172 min | Biography, Drama, Family

63 Metascore

A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn

Votes: 204,790 | Gross: $163.21M

The sheer magic of this film (and 'Mary Poppins') gives me a childlike happiness no matter how many times I watch them! (Unnati Sethi)

4. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

94 Metascore

A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Michelle Yeoh, Ziyi Zhang, Chen Chang

Votes: 252,631 | Gross: $128.08M

A delicate melding of Hong Kong chop-socky sensibilities with American art-house cinema, 'Crouching' is near-perfect in its balance. The movie is artful without being arty, epic without being ponderous, and visceral without being heartless. Also brilliant: How the movie is really about the female characters — but guys don't notice it. (Harry Lin)

5. Scream (1996)

R | 111 min | Horror, Mystery

65 Metascore

A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Skeet Ulrich

Votes: 287,115 | Gross: $103.05M

It's hard to appreciate now after all the copycats it inspired, but this movie was a revelation when it debuted in the mid 1990s. Teenagers in horror films weren't supposed to talk like this and play so easily with our expectations, especially after acknowledging them. (Bret Federigan)

6. La Dolce Vita (1960)

Not Rated | 174 min | Comedy, Drama

95 Metascore

A series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering paparazzo journalist living in Rome.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimée, Yvonne Furneaux

Votes: 66,371 | Gross: $19.52M

One of my favorites by Federico Fellini, who is unfortunately underrepresented in our top-rated films, with the exception of '8 ½.' (Eric Greene)

7. Clueless (1995)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

68 Metascore

Shallow, rich and socially successful Cher is at the top of her Beverly Hills high school's pecking scale. Seeing herself as a matchmaker, Cher first coaxes two teachers into dating each other.

Director: Amy Heckerling | Stars: Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd

Votes: 183,819 | Gross: $56.63M

I see this movie about once a year and can quote the majority of it. As if! Why didn't this get nominated for an Oscar? (Alex Buraczynski)

8. Broadcast News (1987)

R | 133 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

84 Metascore

Take two rival television reporters: one handsome, one talented, both male. Add one Producer, female. Mix well, and watch the sparks fly.

Director: James L. Brooks | Stars: William Hurt, Albert Brooks, Holly Hunter, Robert Prosky

Votes: 27,089 | Gross: $51.25M

The legendary writer/director James L. Brooks and Albert Brooks in one film, a whip-smart heroine (played by Holly Hunter), and a multi-layered story that is funny, insightful, and relevant even today. (Melissa Roth)

9. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

Not Rated | 118 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

A writer of books on the futility of marriage risks his reputation when he decides to get married. Things get even more complicated when he learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are habitual murderers.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane, Raymond Massey, Jack Carson

Votes: 64,983

A classic Cary Grant comedy with a macabre sense of humor, great performances, and excellent comic timing. (Eric Greene)

10. Brazil (1985)

R | 132 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

84 Metascore

A bureaucrat in a dystopic society becomes an enemy of the state as he pursues the woman of his dreams.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist, Robert De Niro, Katherine Helmond

Votes: 187,245 | Gross: $9.93M

It's ironic that audiences were unhappy with the U.S. studio's happy ending for this movie. But there’s much more to it than its original disturbing finale, which suits its heavier themes of insanity, terrorism, and government overreach. It's also wildly imaginative, funny at times, and has Robert De Niro. (Eric Greene)

11. The Graduate (1967)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

83 Metascore

A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross, William Daniels

Votes: 253,179 | Gross: $104.95M

This film was definitely in the Top 250 at some point and in the Top 100 back in the '90s. (Brent Alverti)

12. Dead Poets Society (1989)

PG | 128 min | Comedy, Drama

79 Metascore

Maverick teacher John Keating uses poetry to embolden his boarding school students to new heights of self-expression.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles

Votes: 423,620 | Gross: $95.86M

We don’t read and write poetry because it's cute. We don't watch 'Dead Poets Society' because it's cute; we watch it because of Robin Williams. (Alex Buraczynski)

(Matt Kumin)

13. All the President's Men (1976)

PG | 138 min | Biography, Drama, History

84 Metascore

"The Washington Post" reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon's resignation.

Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam

Votes: 102,386 | Gross: $70.60M

One of the greatest scripts of all time. (Col Needham)

14. Ghostbusters (1984)

PG | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

71 Metascore

Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis

Votes: 354,662 | Gross: $238.63M

So many important life lessons in this classic. When someone asks if you’re a god, always say, “Yes.” (Shawn Van Ness)

Yes it’s true … This film belongs in the Top 250. (Billy Thompson)

15. Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama

83 Metascore

An awkward seventh-grader struggles to cope with inattentive parents, snobbish class-mates, a smart older brother, an attractive younger sister and her own insecurities in suburban New Jersey.

Director: Todd Solondz | Stars: Heather Matarazzo, Christina Brucato, Victoria Davis, Christina Vidal

Votes: 31,735 | Gross: $4.77M

All walks of life can relate to Dawn Wiener! (Chako Suzuki)

16. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

PG | 115 min | Family, Sci-Fi

91 Metascore

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, Dee Wallace

Votes: 371,587 | Gross: $435.11M

Spielberg’s classic movie about a boy who befriends an alien is both a great science fiction movie and a great family drama. The film’s emotional power comes as much from the depiction of kids grappling with their parents’ divorce as from E.T.’s journey home. (Sara Bibel) (+1 Brent Alverti)

17. Three Days of the Condor (1975)

R | 117 min | Mystery, Thriller

63 Metascore

A bookish CIA researcher finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson, Max von Sydow

Votes: 48,141 | Gross: $41.51M

Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway nailing the Cold War spy thriller genre, long before Jack Ryan or Jason Bourne. Follow this movie with 'Spy Game' (2001), which could easily have been presented as a sequel, set some 25 years later. (Shawn Van Ness)

18. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

PG | 87 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

83 Metascore

An urbane fox cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers' retaliation.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman

Votes: 198,496 | Gross: $21.00M

Stop-motion animation at its finest, with a charming soundtrack. Takes the book from my childhood and brings it to life in a big way. Roald Dahl would be proud. (Alex Buraczynski)

19. Grand Hotel (I) (1932)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Romance

A group of very different individuals staying at a luxurious hotel in Berlin deal with each of their respective dramas.

Director: Edmund Goulding | Stars: Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery

Votes: 17,300 | Gross: $2.69M

I watched this shortly after the birth of my second son. And so, hormones were high as well as my emotions. (Kris Anderson)

20. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

PG | 153 min | Action, Adventure, Family

78 Metascore

As Harry Potter begins his sixth year at Hogwarts, he discovers an old book marked as "the property of the Half-Blood Prince" and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort's dark past.

Director: David Yates | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Michael Gambon

Votes: 473,053 | Gross: $301.96M

I've watched all the 'Harry Potter' movies several times, and this is my favorite one. The tone, look, and most importantly the emotional depth of this installment gets me every time. (Harry Lin)

21. The Hunt for Red October (1990)

PG | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

58 Metascore

In November 1984, the Soviet Union's best submarine Captain in their newest sub violates orders and heads for the U.S. Is he trying to defect or to start a war?

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Sam Neill

Votes: 180,081 | Gross: $122.01M

My two favorite genres are heist movies and Cold War spy thrillers. This classic combines both. (Shawn Van Ness)

22. Rounders (1998)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama

54 Metascore

A young, reformed gambler must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks, while balancing his relationship with his girlfriend and his commitments to law school.

Director: John Dahl | Stars: Matt Damon, Edward Norton, Gretchen Mol, John Malkovich

Votes: 142,113 | Gross: $22.91M

'Good Will Hunting' with cards, poker chips, and John Malkovich. (Shawn Van Ness)

23. The Killers (1946)

Passed | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Hit men kill an unresisting victim, and investigator Reardon uncovers his past involvement with beautiful, deadly Kitty Collins.

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien, Albert Dekker

Votes: 19,163

Burt Lancaster's film debut and one of the best film noirs ever made. (Col Needham)

24. The Incredibles (2004)

PG | 115 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

90 Metascore

A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world.

Director: Brad Bird | Stars: Craig T. Nelson, Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

Votes: 655,502 | Gross: $261.44M

What father doesn’t relate to this movie? (Tac Anderson)

25. Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

78 Metascore

A psychologically troubled novelty supplier is nudged towards a romance with an English woman, all the while being extorted by a phone-sex line run by a crooked mattress salesman, and purchasing stunning amounts of pudding.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jason Andrews

Votes: 147,385 | Gross: $17.84M

(Kris Anderson)

26. American Psycho (2000)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

64 Metascore

A wealthy New York City investment banking executive, Patrick Bateman, hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies.

Director: Mary Harron | Stars: Christian Bale, Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas, Bill Sage

Votes: 487,937 | Gross: $15.07M

While taking on heavy subject matter, this movie is so surprisingly funny. The business card scene is one of the best ever made. (Alex Buraczynski)

27. The Women (1939)

Not Rated | 133 min | Comedy, Drama

A study of the lives and romantic entanglements of various interconnected women.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Mary Boland

Votes: 12,568 | Gross: $2.27M

This comedy about New York socialites features an all-female cast including Joan Crawford. The hilarious dialogue was crafted by Claire Booth Luce, who based the script on her play, and Anita Loos who has a writing credit on a whopping 137 films. (Sara Bibel)

28. Mary Poppins (1964)

G | 139 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

88 Metascore

In turn of the century London, a magical nanny employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns

Votes: 157,611 | Gross: $102.27M

One of two films that should really be mandatory viewing for all childhoods ... the other being 'The Sound of Music.' (Unnati Sethi)

29. Gattaca (1997)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

64 Metascore

A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel.

Director: Andrew Niccol | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Jude Law, Gore Vidal

Votes: 280,329 | Gross: $12.34M

I find this movie very inspiring and love the retro-future style. (Tac Anderson)

30. Chungking Express (1994)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

77 Metascore

Two melancholy Hong Kong policemen fall in love: one with a mysterious female underworld figure, the other with a beautiful and ethereal server at a late-night restaurant he frequents.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Brigitte Lin, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Faye Wong

Votes: 62,756 | Gross: $0.60M

Lyrical, impressionistic, startling, and resonant. How many films can you accurately describe that way? The humor and smile-inducing moments are truly original. Absolutely lovely. (Harry Lin)

31. Titanic (1997)

PG-13 | 194 min | Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates

Votes: 1,042,982 | Gross: $659.33M

This movie has a record number of Oscars and is really good. (Col Needham)

32. Wings of Desire (1987)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

79 Metascore

An angel tires of overseeing human activity and wishes to become human when he falls in love with a mortal.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander, Curt Bois

Votes: 64,492 | Gross: $3.33M

A bit of a downer but beautifully made with a powerful message. (Eric Greene)

(Brent Aliverti)

33. Cast Away (2000)

PG-13 | 143 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

A FedEx executive undergoes a physical and emotional transformation after crash landing on a deserted island.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Paul Sanchez, Lari White

Votes: 522,427 | Gross: $233.63M

You don't often have a movie with just one man on screen for almost an entire two hours that still keeps you glued to your seat with your heart in your throat. This movie is pure cinematic storytelling magic. (Unnati Sethi)

34. Crumb (1994)

R | 119 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

93 Metascore

An intimate portrait of controversial cartoonist Robert Crumb and his traumatized family.

Director: Terry Zwigoff | Stars: Robert Crumb, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Charles Crumb, Maxon Crumb

Votes: 18,518 | Gross: $3.17M

When you need to be reminded about the benefits of piggyback rides. (Chako Suzuki)

35. Boogie Nights (1997)

R | 155 min | Drama

85 Metascore

Back when sex was safe, pleasure was a business and business was booming, an idealistic porn producer aspires to elevate his craft to an art when he discovers a hot young talent.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds, Luis Guzmán

Votes: 238,743 | Gross: $26.40M

(Kris Anderson)

36. Breaking Away (1979)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

91 Metascore

A small-town boy obsessed with the Italian cycling team vies for the affections of a college girl.

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern, Jackie Earle Haley

Votes: 21,646 | Gross: $16.42M

A terrific alchemy of underdogs, small-town dreams, and coming-of-age friendship. Fiercely low-budget, staunchly quiet much of the time, and beautifully well-acted, Breaking Away is the kind of movie that really needs to get made more often. (Harry Lin)

37. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

Approved | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building, but her past threatens to get in the way.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen

Votes: 166,163

If we can’t have all of Audrey Hepburn’s filmography in the Top 250 (a pity!), we should at least have 'Breakfast at Tiffany's.' (Unnati Sethi)

38. My Fair Lady (1964)

G | 170 min | Drama, Family, Musical

95 Metascore

Snobbish phonetics Professor Henry Higgins agrees to a wager that he can make flower girl Eliza Doolittle presentable in high society.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde-White

Votes: 86,316 | Gross: $72.00M

This one should be up there with 'Breakfast at Tiffany's.' Both of these films are fun, funny, heartwarming and poignant. Love them! (Unnati Sethi)

39. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990)

PG | 117 min | Comedy, Drama

Two minor characters from the play 'Hamlet' stumble around unaware of their scripted lives and unable to deviate from them.

Director: Tom Stoppard | Stars: Gary Oldman, Tim Roth, Richard Dreyfuss, Livio Badurina

Votes: 20,811 | Gross: $0.74M

Gary Oldman and Tim Roth in a Hamlet spin-off comedy. What else needs to be said? (Tac Anderson)

40. Beetlejuice (1988)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Fantasy

70 Metascore

The spirits of a deceased couple are harassed by an unbearable family that has moved into their home, and hire a malicious spirit to drive them out.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton, Annie McEnroe

Votes: 263,343 | Gross: $73.71M

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice! The ghost-with-the-most teams up with two "newly deads” to evict obnoxious, big city tenants. Harry Belafonte and Danny Elfman tag-team a top movie soundtrack. (Billy Thompson)

41. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

70 Metascore

As Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world, he teams up with a fellow Avenger and S.H.I.E.L.D agent, Black Widow, to battle a new threat from history: an assassin known as the Winter Soldier.

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo | Stars: Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford

Votes: 733,976 | Gross: $259.77M

The Russo Brothers bring the sensibilities of a '70s political thriller into the MCU universe and pull off some of the most intense and impressive shoot-outs since Michael Mann’s Heat. (Vanessa Wesley)

42. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

PG-13 | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

48 Metascore

Detective Sherlock Holmes is on the trail of criminal mastermind Professor Moriarty, who is carrying out a string of random crimes across Europe.

Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Jared Harris, Rachel McAdams

Votes: 420,022 | Gross: $186.85M

I love almost anything Sherlock Holmes, and the casting is superb. (Tac Anderson)

43. Midnight in Paris (2011)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

81 Metascore

While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s every day at midnight.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Kurt Fuller

Votes: 387,107 | Gross: $56.82M

Nostalgia and the aura of the good ol' days are captured perfectly in this Woody Allen fantasy-drama. And Paris through the ages is unbelievably beautiful. (Unnati Sethi)

44. The Goonies (1985)

PG | 114 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

62 Metascore

A group of young misfits called The Goonies discover an ancient map and set out on an adventure to find a legendary pirate's long-lost treasure.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman

Votes: 243,811 | Gross: $61.50M

This movie will never die. Goonies never say die. (Alex Buraczynski)

45. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi