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IMDb 250

IMDb maintains a list of the Top 250 movies (as voted by their users). I noticed that several of my friends on Facebook have reported how many of these films they’ve seen. While I was trying to figure out how to show my own results, I discovered Track the IMDb 250, a web application lets you mark movies that you have seen on the IMDb Top 250. It’s built and hosted using the Google AppEngine. The source code for the app can be found here. The current list of seen/unseen movies for any user can be queried and returned in JSON format using the path /data/user/seen. My current seen/unseen list is here.

I’ve watched 188 of the current IMDb 250. I doubt that I’ll end up watching all 250 of them but 16 of the films that I haven’t seen are in my Netflix queue.

Note: IMDb’s convention of listing foreign films with their original titles might make some of the entries hard to recognize (e.g. El laberinto del fauno was released in the US as Pan’s Labyrinth). Here a list of the US titles:

  • Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain (2001) → Amélie
  • Das Leben der Anderen (2006) → The Lives of Others
  • Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001) → Spirited Away
  • El laberinto del fauno (2006) → Pan’s Labyrinth
  • La vita è bella (1997) → Life Is Beautiful
  • Nuovo cinema Paradiso (1988) → Cinema Paradiso
  • Der Untergang (2004) → Downfall
  • Ladri di biciclette (1948) → The Bicycle Thief
  • Per qualche dollaro in più (1965) → For a Few Dollars More
  • Mononoke-hime (1997) → Princess Mononoke
  • Smultronstället (1957) → Wild Strawberries
  • Det sjunde inseglet (1957) → The Seventh Seal
  • Le salaire de la peur (1953) → The Wages of Fear
  • Le notti di Cabiria (1957) → Nights of Cabiria
  • Les diaboliques (1955) → Diabolique
  • La battaglia di Algeri (1966) → The Battle of Algiers
  • Låt den rätte komma in (2008) → Let the Right One In
  • Hotaru no haka (1988) → Grave of the Fireflies
  • Le scaphandre et le papillon (2007) → The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
  • Wo hu cang long (2000) → Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922) → Nosferatu
  • Les quatre cents coups (1959) → The Four Hundred Blows
  • Vals Im Bashir (2008) → Waltz with Bashir

Hope that’s helpful.

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