25 Highest-Rated Movies on IMDb

25 Highest-Rated Movies on IMDb, Ranked by Votes

Here, we will explore the highest-rated movies on IMDb, highlighting the top performers in various genres. IMDb, or the Internet Movie Database, is an online database of information related to films, television programs, home videos, video games, podcasts, and streaming content online. Since its inception in 1990, IMDb has become a go-to source for movie enthusiasts seeking details about their favorite films and actors. One of its most prominent features is the user-driven rating system, where viewers can rate movies and series on a scale from 1 to 10. These ratings are averaged to give each film an overall score, reflecting its popularity and perceived quality among a global audience. With millions of users worldwide, IMDb also provides a comprehensive platform for users to share their opinions and reviews about movies and series.

Since 1998, IMDb has been owned and operated by IMDb.com, Inc., a subsidiary of Amazon. The title and talent pages on IMDb are accessible to all users, but only registered and logged-in users can submit new material and suggest edits to existing entries. Most of the site’s data is provided by volunteers. As of June 2023, The Shawshank Redemption, directed by Frank Darabont, holds the No. 1 spot on the list and has maintained this position since 2008.

This article will explore the highest-rated movies on IMDb, showcasing top performers across various genres, and providing details on their directors, lead cast, storylines, languages, IMDb ratings, and vote counts.

List of Highest-Rated Movies on IMDb

25. City of God (2002)

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IMDb Rating: 8.6
Votes: Over 804K
Language: Portuguese
Directors: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund
Main Cast: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino Da Hora, Jonathan Haagensen, Phellipe Haagensen
Synopsis: In the slums of Rio, two kids’ paths diverge as one struggles to become a photographer and the other a kingpin.


24. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

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IMDb Rating: 8.6
Votes: Over 1.5 million
Language: English
Director: Steven Spielberg
Main Cast: Tom Hanks, Edward Burns, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore
Synopsis: Set in 1944 in France during World War II, it follows a group of soldiers, led by Captain John Miller, on their mission to locate Private James Francis Ryan and bring him home safely after his three brothers are killed in action.


23. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

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IMDb Rating: 8.6
Votes: Over 1.6 million
Language: English
Director: Jonathan Demme
Main Cast: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn, Ted Levine
Synopsis: A young FBI trainee is hunting a serial killer named “Buffalo Bill”, who skins his female victims. To catch him, she seeks the advice of the imprisoned Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer.


22. Seven Samurai (1954)

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IMDb Rating: 8.6
Votes: Over 368K
Language: Japanese
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Main Cast: Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima, Isao Kimura, Daisuke Katō
Synopsis: Taking place in 1586 in the Sengoku period of Japanese history, it follows the story of a village of desperate farmers who seek to hire samurai to combat bandits who will return after the harvest to steal their crops.


21. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

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IMDb Rating: 8.6
Votes: Over 501K
Language: English
Director: Frank Capra
Main Cast: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell
Synopsis: An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.


20. Se7en (1995)

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IMDb Rating: 8.6
Votes: Over 1.8 million
Language: English
Director: David Fincher
Main Cast: Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, John C. McGinley
Synopsis: Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives.


19. Interstellar (2014)

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IMDb Rating: 8.7
Votes: Over 2.1 million
Language: English
Director: Christopher Nolan
Main Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn, Michael Caine
Synopsis: Set in a dystopian future where Earth is suffering from catastrophic blight and famine, the film follows a group of astronauts who travel through a wormhole near Saturn in search of a new home for humankind.


18. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

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IMDb Rating: 8.7
Votes: Over 1.1 million
Language: English
Director: Miloš Forman
Main Cast: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, William Redfield
Synopsis: In the Fall of 1963, a Korean War veteran and criminal pleads insanity and is admitted to a mental institution, where he rallies up the scared patients against the tyrannical nurse.


17. Goodfellas (1990)

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IMDb Rating: 8.7
Votes: Over 1.3 million
Language: English
Director: Martin Scorsese
Main Cast: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino
Synopsis: The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mafia, covering his relationship with his wife Karen and his mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito.


16. The Matrix (1999)

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IMDb Rating: 8.7
Votes: Over 2.1 million
Language: English
Director: The Wachowskis
Main Cast: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Joe Pantoliano
Synopsis: When a beautiful stranger leads computer hacker Neo to a forbidding underworld, he discovers the shocking truth–the life he knows is the elaborate deception of an evil cyber-intelligence.


15. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

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IMDb Rating: 8.7
Votes: Over 1.4 million
Language: English
Director: Irvin Kershner
Main Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels
Synopsis: After the Rebel Alliance are overpowered by the Empire, Luke Skywalker begins his Jedi training with Yoda, while his friends are pursued across the galaxy by Darth Vader and bounty hunter Boba Fett.


14. Inception (2010)

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IMDb Rating: 8.8
Votes: Over 2.6 million
Language: English
Director: Christopher Nolan
Main Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Elliot Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy
Synopsis: A thief who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a C.E.O., but his tragic past may doom the project and his team to disaster.


13. Fight Club (1999)

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IMDb Rating: 8.8
Votes: Over 2.3 million
Language: English
Director: David Fincher
Main Cast: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter, Meat Loaf, Jared Leto
Synopsis: An insomniac office worker and a devil-may-care soap maker form an underground fight club that evolves into much more.


12. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

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IMDb Rating: 8.8
Votes: Over 1.8 million
Language: English
Director: Peter Jackson
Main Cast: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett
Synopsis: While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron’s new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard.


11. Forrest Gump (1994)

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IMDb Rating: 8.8
Votes: Over 2.3 million
Language: English
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Main Cast: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise
Synopsis: It is an adaptation of the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom. The film follows the life of an Alabama man named Forrest Gump (Hanks) and his experiences in the 20th-century United States.


10. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

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IMDb Rating: 8.8
Votes: Over 814K
Languages: English, Italian, Spanish
Director: Sergio Leone
Main Cast: Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Eli Wallach, Aldo Giuffrè, Antonio Casas, Rada Rassimov
Synopsis: A bounty-hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery.


9. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

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IMDb Rating: 8.9
Votes: Over 2 million
Language: English
Director: Peter Jackson
Main Cast: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett
Synopsis: A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle-earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.


8. Pulp Fiction (1994)

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IMDb Rating: 8.9
Votes: Over 2.2 million
Language: English
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Main Cast: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth
Synopsis: The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster and his wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.


7. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

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IMDb Rating: 9.0
Votes: Over 2 million
Language: English
Director: Peter Jackson
Main Cast: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies
Synopsis: Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron’s army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.


6. Schindler’s List (1993)

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IMDb Rating: 9.0
Votes: Over 1.5 million
Language: English
Director: Steven Spielberg
Main Cast: Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall, Jonathan Sagall
Synopsis: In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.


5. 12 Angry Men (1957)

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IMDb Rating: 9.0
Votes: Over 869K
Language: English
Director: Sidney Lumet
Main Cast: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Ed Begley, E. G. Marshall, Jack Warden
Synopsis: The jury in a New York City murder trial is frustrated by a single member whose skeptical caution forces them to more carefully consider the evidence before jumping to a hasty verdict.


4. The Godfather Part II (1974)

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IMDb Rating: 9.0
Votes: Over 1.4 million
Languages: English, Sicilian
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Main Cast: Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, Talia Shire
Synopsis: The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York City is portrayed, while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate.


3. The Dark Knight (2008)

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IMDb Rating: 9.0
Votes: Over 2.9 million
Language: English
Director: Christopher Nolan
Main Cast: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal
Synopsis: When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, Batman must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.


2. The Godfather (1972)

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IMDb Rating: 9.2
Votes: Over 2 million
Language: English
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Main Cast: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard Castellano, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden
Synopsis: The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.


1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

The Shawshank Redemption

IMDb Rating: 9.3
Votes: Over 2.5 million
Language: English
Director: Frank Darabont
Main Cast: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton
Synopsis: A story of hope and resilience, the film follows the journey of Andy Dufresne, a banker wrongly imprisoned for the murder of his wife. Over the years, he forms an unlikely friendship with fellow inmate Ellis Boyd “Red”, and together, they navigate the harsh realities of prison life.

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