If you have seen our list of the 25 worst movies ever then you know how laughably bad cinema can be. Due to popular request, however, we have now decided to take a look at the other side of the coin. By referencing the ratings page on IMBD (Internet Movie Database), where viewers vote on the top 250 movies of all time, we determined the 25 best movies ever made according to popular opinion.
A sleeper hit that has over time gained widespread acclaim, Silence of the Lambs is only the third film in history to win Academy Awards in all the top five categories.
Giving birth to one of the most popular action heroes of all time, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark won four Academy Awards and set a new standard for special effects in action movies.
Considered by many critics to be Alfred Hitchcock’s best film, Rear Window has been referenced numerous time in popular culture and has been added to the National Film Registry due to its being culturally and historically significant.
An Italian Spaghetti Western directed by Sergio Leone, Once Upon A Time In The West followed the seemingly popular pattern of having a very negative reception at the box office only to go on and achieve legendary status among the greatest films of all time.
A Wachowski brothers masterpiece, The Matrix has been widely regarded as one of the greatest sci-fi movies ever and besides influencing the genre heavily it set a new standard in Hollywood for action fight scenes with its now famous “bullet time” effect.
With a release that was rushed to coincide with the Allied invasion of North Africa, Casablanca was not expected to be a major blockbuster. This World War II drama, however, went on to win three Academy Awards including Best Picture.
This Brazilian crime drama is based on the true story of gangs and their rise to prominence in the Rio de Janeiro suburb of Cidade de Deus (City of God). It was critically acclaimed for its depiction of the events and many of the actors were even from the suburb itself.
Kicking off what would become one of the most influential science fiction sagas of all time, A New Hope paved the way in terms of special effects and set the precedent for the new age of big budget blockbusters that would follow.
Directed by Martin Scorsese, Goodfellas is often considered to be one of the greatest mob movies ever and was the inspiration behind David Chase’s popular HBO series The Sopranos.
The first of two Lord of the Rings films on this list, Fellowship of the Ring became famous among fans and critics alike for being the most faithful adaptation of Tolkien’s book.
Seven Samurai chronicles the story of a village that hires seven rogue samurai to protect them from bandits. It is the highest grossing Japanese movie ever and one of only a few Japanese films to ever make it into western cinema to any significant extent.
Receiving wide critical acclaim for its originality, score, and visual effects, Inception won numerous awards and has possibly the most disputed ending of all time.
As one of the most controversial and talked about films of the 1990s, Fight Club had an incredible impact on popular culture and almost overnight Tyler Durden’s line, “The first rule of Fight Club is – you do not talk about Fight Club” became one of the most popular quotes of the decade.
After struggling through the production phase and being released to mixed reviews, The Empire Strikes Back eventually crept its way up to become not only the most popular film in the Star Wars Saga but also one of the most highly regarded films of all time.
Only the second film to win all five major Academy Awards, it wasn’t until almost twenty years later that Silence of the Lambs followed suit. One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest was actually regarded as being so good that in some Swedish movie theaters it was shown for a mind blowing 11 years straight.