When it comes to the making of lists ranking the greatest films of all time, fierce debate usually ensues. Cinema has so many unique voices, so many genres and subgenres, so many eras that narrowing the best down can seem an impossible task. IMDb’s top 250 makes the procedure a little easier: by aggregating the user scores for every film, and updating this consistently, an idea of the general film-going population’s taste can be shown.
However, their list, while containing many classic works both old and new, isn’t without its contentions: some films are placed far too high and some shouldn’t even make the list at all. This article looks in depth at arguably 10 prominent examples and questions their merit as being worthy of their place in the top 250.
1. The Shawshank Redemption (#1 on IMDb top 250)
A sleeper hit, The Shawshank Redemption (1994) opened to almost universal critical acclaim but made no dent in the box office. After gaining traction through VHS sales and cable television reruns, Frank Darabont’s debut feature now stands as one of the most acclaimed American films of the last 25 years.
Based on Stephen King’s novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, it follows the character of Andy Dufresne after he’s sent to prison for killing his wife and lover. Shawshank today could quite rightly claim to be the most beloved in the prison film genre, but its depiction of prison life is peculiar. The group of inmates Andy begins to associate with appear to be some of the nicest and most genuine prisoners to ever be locked up. They run a library, they laugh and joke on the rooftop, they get along alarmingly well; Darabont creates an unusual and mawkish vision of their prison existence.
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From:: Taste Of Cinema