Monday, July 4, 2011

IMDB TOP 250: Breakdown by Year

Over the past couple of days I’ve been doing some analysis on the IMDB Top 250 to try to get a feel for what the 10 best years for movies were.  The results were pretty interesting, with full details available after the jump.

As you can see, a lot of the entries in the top 10 are more recent years.  This is most likely because IMDB bases its Top 250 on user votes.  Younger people are the ones taking the time to actually make these votes, and younger people are watching and voting on more recent movies.  So the list isn't perfect, but still pretty fun to analyze.

The stats say that 2003 is the best year ever for movies, but the top three entries for 1994 give that year a lot of ammunition implying it may be the best.  The Shawshank Redemption, Pulp Fiction, and Forrest Gump all in the same year?  Pretty amazing stuff.  And FYI, Forrest Gump won Best Picture that year.

NOTE: The data I used was taken on 13 June 2011.

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