Cinema is a powerful medium that can entertain, educate, inspire, and challenge us. Cinema can also reflect the culture, history, and values of different societies and times. Some films are so influential and memorable that they transcend their original context and become iconic. These films are widely recognized and appreciated by audiences and critics alike, and often set new standards and trends for the film industry.

But how do we measure the iconic status of a film? One possible way is to look at the ratings and reviews from the viewers themselves. IMDb, or Internet Movie Database, is a popular online platform that features information about movies, TV shows, actors, directors, and more. IMDb also allows users to rate and review the films they have watched, and based on these ratings, IMDb ranks the top 250 movies of all time. These movies are considered to be the best and most influential films ever made, according to the IMDb community.

The IMDb Top 250 list is constantly updated and reflects the latest ratings and reviews from the users. The list covers a wide range of genres, languages, countries, and eras, showcasing the diversity and richness of cinema. Some of the criteria for a film to be eligible for the list are:

      It must have received at least 25,000 ratings from regular IMDb users.

      It must have been released for at least one year.

      It must not be a documentary, short film, or TV series.

The current top 10 films on the IMDb Top 250 list are:

      The Shawshank Redemption (1994): A drama film based on a novella by Stephen King, about a banker who is wrongly convicted of murder and sent to a brutal prison, where he befriends a fellow inmate and finds hope and redemption.

      The Godfather (1972): A crime film based on a novel by Mario Puzo, about a powerful Italian-American crime family and its patriarch, who tries to transfer his empire to his reluctant son.

      The Godfather: Part II (1974): A sequel and prequel to The Godfather, that continues the saga of the Corleone family and explores the origins of its leader.

      The Dark Knight (2008): A superhero film based on the DC Comics character Batman, who faces a new and ruthless enemy, the Joker, who wants to plunge Gotham City into chaos.

      12 Angry Men (1957): A drama film based on a play by Reginald Rose, about a jury of 12 men who have to decide the fate of a young man accused of murder, while facing their own prejudices and conflicts.

      Schindler's List (1993): A historical drama film based on a novel by Thomas Keneally, about a German industrialist who saves the lives of over a thousand Jews during the Holocaust by employing them in his factories.

      The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003): A fantasy film based on a novel by J.R.R. Tolkien, that concludes the epic adventure of Frodo Baggins and his friends as they try to destroy the One Ring and defeat the Dark Lord Sauron.

      Pulp Fiction (1994): A crime film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, that interweaves several stories of violence, humour, and pop culture references in Los Angeles.

      The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966): A western film directed by Sergio Leone, that follows three gunslingers who compete for a buried treasure during the American Civil War.

      The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001): A fantasy film based on a novel by J.R.R. Tolkien, that introduces the world of Middle-earth and the quest of Frodo Baggins to destroy the One Ring.

These are some of the iconic films of all time according to IMDb. Of course, this list is not definitive or objective, as it depends on the opinions and preferences of millions of users. There may be other films that you consider to be more iconic or influential than these ones. However, this list can serve as a guide or a starting point for anyone who wants to explore some of the greatest achievements in cinema history.

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