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Old 30-04-2013, 18:45
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According to the IMDB rankings!

Now don't get me wrong, I like The Shawshank Redemption. I think it's a neat story, well-told. It's pace is good - not too short, not overlong - the acting is credible and it's very much a linear 'beginning, middle, end' Hollywood-style morality tale. The sort of film that if you caught it one night on Channel Four you'd say you really enjoyed.

But the best film EVER? Really? Better than Schindler's List and 12 Angry Men? Better than Pulp Fiction, Goodfellas and Psycho? Or Jaws, Alien, Citizen Kane and Casablanca?

Surely not. It's a fine film. Possibly in the Top 100 of all time, but not THE top.
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Old 30-04-2013, 18:49
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Glad we got that settled
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Old 30-04-2013, 18:54
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If somebody tells me it is, that's fine, if somebody else tells me it isn't then that's fine too.
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Old 30-04-2013, 19:01
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The title of best film ever is only ever going to be a matter of personal opinion... no one is right and no one is wrong....

As for Shawshank... its up there for me as one of the all time greats yes !
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Old 30-04-2013, 19:51
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It's a great film. But I wouldn't say that it's the best film of all time.

It's popular and well known, and has grown in status amongst the general population.
But I think that there are other films which are as good as or better, but are either lesser known or so obscure that many people haven't seen them.
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Old 30-04-2013, 20:59
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Being number one on the IMDB list doesn't mean its the best film ever. It simply means its the most popular on IMDB that's all.
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Old 30-04-2013, 21:11
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IMDB ratings don't mean anything.Everyone has different opinions, not all film fans are IMDB users.
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Old 30-04-2013, 22:00
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I'd argue Pan's Labyrinth should be up there, but it's way down in the IMDB top 250.

It's subjective, it could be the worst film ever, but as long as you enjoy it that's all that matters. Who cares if everyone else hates it? It's not up to them, nor should it be...
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Old 30-04-2013, 22:55
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Its truly truly an amazing film and one that comes around every 10-20 years and will always be near the top
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Old 30-04-2013, 23:29
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OP - its all a matter of opinion. For example - one of the movies you have listed as possibly being better than Shawshank (i.e. Pulp Fiction) is IMO one of the most boring pieces of nonsensical drivel ever to grace the cinema screen.

But that is of course, just my opinion.
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Old 30-04-2013, 23:41
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It's all subjective, and plenty of people, including some who use IMDB, might not even have seen all the films you listed as being better than Shawshank Redemption - I haven't.

Shawshank is in my personal top 10, definitely top 5 though not number 1, but for me it's certainly one of the all-time greats. What anyone else thinks of it doesn't really matter to me at all.
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Old 01-05-2013, 03:13
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Being number one on the IMDB list doesn't mean its the best film ever. It simply means its the most popular on IMDB that's all.
Exactly. Well spotted. IMDb tries to filter out the fanboy effect but is only partially successful. You've only got to look at the ranking of some of the franchises; even the mediocre Batman and Lord of The Rings films have ridiculously high placings.
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:48
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How can you deny it? I heard about it and didn't think i would enjoy it and then i watched it last year and its now my second fave film of all time.
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:01
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How can you deny it? I heard about it and didn't think i would enjoy it and then i watched it last year and its now my second fave film of all time.
He's not saying it's a bad film, he's questioning whether it really deserves no. 1
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:10
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He's not saying it's a bad film, he's questioning whether it really deserves no. 1
...and as GandalfsFeet says its only his second favourite, surely he too should be saying the poll is wrong, rather than saying "How can you deny it?". He denies it as soon as he says it is only number two on his list.
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:06
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Fo me, number 1 spot will always be Back to the Future
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:30
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He's not saying it's a bad film, he's questioning whether it really deserves no. 1
Well, it deserves to be no.1 in the IMDB poll, obviously, as it has the highest score of any film that those eligible to vote have voted for, but that doesn't mean we (the greater public) have to un-questioningly accept it as the greatest film ever, any more than if your personal favourite doesn't win the Best Picture Oscar you'd say "Hmm, I thought that Zero Dark Thirty was my best film of the year, but apparently it's Argo. That's me told".

I'm with Barry Norman on this: the greatest film ever hasn't been made yet.
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Old 01-05-2013, 12:31
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Fo me, number 1 spot will always be Back to the Future
Wouldn't argue with that!
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Old 01-05-2013, 12:36
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Shawshank is a fairly straightforward tale well told and well acted, It appeals to a much wider demographic than say Pulp Fiction or Casablanca hence its popularity.
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Old 01-05-2013, 18:47
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Best is just an opinion, but I have to say, it is my favorite film of all time. Has everything you need for a great film, and the escape sequence is amazing.
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Old 01-05-2013, 21:48
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Shawshank is a fairly straightforward tale well told and well acted, It appeals to a much wider demographic than say Pulp Fiction or Casablanca hence its popularity.
i agree with this.

without sounding like a film snob i always find the people who claim it is the best film they've ever seen tend to not know much about films :-0

(i think it's good and well made but that's it, nothing special)
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:53
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It's in my Top 3 so yeah I think it belongs there. Great movie, great cast, great dialogue, great suspense, great ending, great acting, great set design...etc...

Goodfellas should be higher!
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Old 02-05-2013, 03:28
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According to the Top 250 The Dark Knight is the 7th greatest film of all time probably someone with numerous accounts rating it highly.
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:17
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What about the classic. Dude, where's my car?

I'd put that top 5 at least.
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:21
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I'd say it's the one film I haven't watched that probably should watch.
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