The IMDb Top 250 on December 19, 1996

This is the oldest record of the IMDb Top 250 using the Wayback Machine, which allows you to look at webpages on different days in the past. Saw someone link to it on The Dissolve Facebook page and found the list fascinating. It seems the rules for the list were different then, as there are a handful of shorts, documentaries, and TV shows on the list. And you can see how the IMDb ranking system is a little flawed since there are so many 1995 and 1996 movies on the list (Star Trek: First Contact #7 overall?!). It's also fun to look at the total votes for each film, as Star Wars only had 7174 votes (it has 812,971 votes as of the day I post this list). And some films had a total number of votes as low as 211 (City Lights).

  • Star Wars

    1

  • The Shawshank Redemption

    2

  • Trainspotting

    3

  • The Usual Suspects

    4

  • The Wrong Trousers

    5

  • A Close Shave

    6

  • Star Trek: First Contact

    7

  • Casablanca

    8

  • Blade Runner

    9

  • Schindler's List

    10

  • Citizen Kane

    11

  • Pulp Fiction

    12

  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    13

  • The Godfather

    14

  • The English Patient

    15

  • Braveheart

    16

  • Beautiful Thing

    17

  • Lone Star

    18

  • Toy Story

    19

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    20

  • Romeo + Juliet

    21

  • Fargo

    22

  • The Postman

    23

  • Three Colors: Red

    24

  • Seven Samurai

    25

  • The Empire Strikes Back

    26

  • Up in Smoke

    27

  • Léon: The Professional

    28

  • The Princess Bride

    29

  • Sense and Sensibility

    30

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    31

  • Reservoir Dogs

    32

  • The City of Lost Children

    33

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

    34

  • That Thing You Do!

    35

  • Clerks

    36

  • Brazil

    37

  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    38

  • Rear Window

    39

  • Se7en

    40

  • Aliens

    41

  • A Clockwork Orange

    42

  • The Rock

    43

  • Withnail & I

    44

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    45

  • Twelve Monkeys

    46

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    47

  • Babe

    48

  • The Transformers: The Movie

    49

  • Dead Man Walking

    50

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    51

  • 12 Angry Men

    52

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    53

  • North by Northwest

    54

  • Apocalypse Now

    55

  • Dazed and Confused

    56

  • Underground

    57

  • GoodFellas

    58

  • Once Were Warriors

    59

  • A Time to Kill

    60

  • Return of the Jedi

    61

  • Once Upon a Time in the West

    62

  • Cinema Paradiso

    63

  • Taxi Driver

    64

  • Heat

    65

  • Three Colors: Blue

    66

  • The Silence of the Lambs

    67

  • Vertigo

    68

  • Wings of Desire

    69

  • Ransom

    70

  • Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie

    71

  • Alien

    72

  • The Big Blue

    73

  • The Blues Brothers

    74

  • The Third Man

    75

  • Army of Darkness

    76

  • The Godfather: Part II

    77

  • Psycho

    78

  • Secrets & Lies

    79

  • The Killer

    80

  • The Wizard of Oz

    82

  • Empire Records

    83

  • Full Metal Jacket

    84

  • Ran

    85

  • A Grand Day Out

    86

  • Tombstone

    87

  • The Maltese Falcon

    88

  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    89

  • The Double Life of Véronique

    90

  • The Quiet Man

    91

  • Once Upon a Time in America

    92

  • Stalker

    93

  • Sunset Boulevard

    94

  • Gone with the Wind

    95

  • Singin' in the Rain

    96

  • Smoke

    97

  • Amadeus

    98

  • Henry V

    99

  • Rumble in the Bronx

    100

  • Much Ado About Nothing

    101