I was looking at the IMDb top 250 list and wondered how each decade since the 20’s fared on the list. Stuff like this really interests me. So if there’s any chance it interests you, the following will tell you how many movies are represented in the list from each decade (or at least how many on the day I did the calculating) and which movie from that decade scored the highest:
So, those of you who guessed The Empire Strikes Back were correct. The only decade that surprised me is the one we’re living in now. I thought there must have been one movie that could have unseated Inception, but it still holds on. Did any surprise you?
Congratulations The Empire Strikes Back. This is your week.
And the Oscar goes to…
Best Actor: Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly in Back to the Future.
Best Quote: “You want to talk to God? Let’s go see him together, I’ve got nothing better to do.” — Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
A few more interesting tidbits:
- There are 20 animated movies on the list, the highest one ranked one being Spirited Away (2001) at #26.
- Depending on how you define horror, there are 9-12 horror movies on the list with the highest ranked one being The Silence of the Lambs (1991) at #23.
- There are over 50 foreign films on the top 250, the highest one being The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966, Italy).
- How many movies each decade has in the top 10:
- 20’s — 0
- 30’s — 0
- 40’s — 0
- 50’s — 1
- 60’s — 1
- 70’s — 2
- 80’s — 0
- 90’s — 4
- 00’s — 2
- 10’s — 0