It’s hard to believe the Internet Movie Database has only been around for a decade since not a day goes by that I’m not looking up something on the premiere destination for movie cast and crew lists. How did we ever figure out what movies actors had been in at the start of their career before this website put all that information right at our fingertips?
As part of their birthday celebration, the movie mega-site has revealed some interesting lists based on user traffic. While every film geek has studied the top 250 (and bottom 250) films of all time lists based on user data, these new revelations are a bit more interesting. Unfortunately, they’re just as swayed by the whims of popular culture, but that’s part of the charm too. Film critics and insiders already have a million lists we get to vote on.
The top ten films of the last decade is an interesting example of this phenomenon in action. Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight takes top honors, which isn't’ particularly surprising given how popular the film was. From there, the choices get a little more interesting – and at least somewhat less predictable. Somehow, cult hit Donnie Darko landed in the number two slot, proving that a film didn’t have to be a blockbuster to be popular with the site’s users.
The rest of the list isn’t nearly as inspired – featuring three Harry Potter entries, Fellowship of the Ring and Return of the King (apparently people didn’t care as much about The Two Towers…), Twilight, and Pulp Fiction. The only “classic” film to make the list was The Godfather, which squeaked in at number 10.
It’s interesting to note that Avatar, which became the highest grossing film of all time is not on the list, nor are entries from the Pirates of the Caribbean or Transformers franchises.
The site’s breakdown of the top 10 actors of the decade is also fairly predictable. Johnny Depp takes the top spot, and shares space with Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Natalie Portman, and Tom Cruise in the top five. The second half becomes slightly less obvious. Christian Bale at number six seems pretty safe, but we were surprised to see Keira Knightley and Jennifer Aniston occupying such lofty slots. It’s also interesting to note that actresses took six of the ten positions in this category.
Finally, IMDB shares the ten most anticipated in production films. It’s not a shocker that The Dark Knight Rises sits firmly atop the list, but we were puzzled by some of the other choices. Men in Black III in the second position? Sasha Baron Cohen’s The Dictator at number three? Battleship at number six – ahead of Prometheus? Really?
The selections were ranked using IMDbPro Moviemeter rankings, so the lists aren’t compiled using all the general public’s user data (IMDbPro requires a subscription fee for access). That being said, what do you think of these rankings? Are they an accurate reflection of popular culture tastes over the past decade or do they seem skewed toward films that have the most rabid fanboys? What glaring omissions do you see that annoy you? Share your own lists with us in the comments.