Films rated 8.1 and over but not among IMBD highest rated films

This is a list of films not in the IMDB top 250 even though they have a rating of 8.1+ and the minimum of 25000 votes required to be considered for the list (or close). I deviate when a film is in mid-run and may yet reach that goal.

I'm now giving the current True Bayesian Estimate (TBE) to show how far these titles have to go - and that some should already be in. As of May 19th 2017, no. 250 is PK with a TBE of 7.94.

The full criteria for the IMDB weighted vote are not disclosed to the public, but eliminate most older films. This list is intended to show that and make users vote more. It's not based on my taste as my own votes display.

The "Best Indian Films" list coupled with a much higher minimum vote was likely created to keep Indian films out of the highest ranks, which has completely backfired. All Indian films dropped from the top 250 have been voted back in. There are still a lot to go though. I'm not a huge Bollywood fan, but this is an international database. India accounts for almost 50% of global movie output, it's only logical this should reflect in this list and on IMDB in general.

Since I revamped this list, 11 titles have entered the top 250, so it seems to work. Thanks for the votes and keep 'em coming.
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1 - Nenokkadine (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A rock star must overcome his psychological inhibitions to seek revenge for his parents' death. (170 mins.)
Director: Sukumar
“ Tollywood (i.e. Telugu = Hyderabad film industry) smash hit, TBE 7.845. I don't know many Telugu films but as far as I can tell this is the highest rated one. ” - Radu_A
 
2.
About Elly (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The mysterious disappearance of a kindergarten teacher during a picnic in the north of Iran is followed by a series of misadventures for her fellow travelers. (119 mins.)
Director: Asghar Farhadi
“ won Silver Bear, made its director famous (he's nominated for his 2nd Oscar in 2017) and greatly contributed to Golshifteh Farahani's international career, TBE 7.535. ” - Radu_A
 
3.
Airlift (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
When Iraq invades Kuwait in August, 1990, a callous Indian businessman becomes the spokesperson for more than 170,000 stranded countrymen. (130 mins.)
Director: Raja Menon
“ kinda the Indian "Hotel Ruanda", huge hit, TBE 7.74. Star Akshay Kumar makes more money per film than Brad Pitt. ” - Radu_A
 
4.
Akira (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only two teenagers and a group of psychics can stop. (124 mins.)
“ seminal anime was instrumental in popularizing Japanese culture in the West, TBE 7.88; huge number of votes so it should end up in the list sooner or later. ” - Radu_A
 
5.
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I. (136 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
“ used to be in the top 250 but slipped out, TBE 7.69 ” - Radu_A
 
6.
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In a murder trial, the defendant says he suffered temporary insanity after the victim raped his wife. What is the truth, and will he win his case? (160 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
“ also used to be in the top 250, also TBE 7.69. fun fact, the poster is by Rothko and was voted best movie poster of all time. ” - Radu_A
 
7.
Andaz Apna Apna (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Two slackers competing for the affections of an heiress, inadvertently become her protectors from an evil criminal. (160 mins.)
“ Was voted in but has recently dropped out, TBE 7.79 ” - Radu_A
 
8.
Andrei Rublev (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The life, times and afflictions of the fifteenth-century Russian iconographer. (205 mins.)
“ higher rated than Tarkovski's 'Stalker', TBE 7.65. Used to be in the list and will probably jump back in quite high, since it has just about 200 votes to go. Update: It's in at #146, thanks for voting! ” - Radu_A
 
9.
Au Revoir les Enfants (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives. He becomes the roommate of top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret. (104 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
“ won Golden Lion, TBE 7.498 ” - Radu_A
 
10.
Baahubali: The Beginning (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In ancient India, an adventurous and daring man becomes involved in a decades old feud between two warring people. (159 mins.)
Director: S.S. Rajamouli
“ The greatest Telugu epic up to now and a cultural phenomenon; with a TBE of 7.96 it should already be in. ” - Radu_A
 
11.
Bahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
When Shiva, the son of Bahubali, learns about his heritage, he begins to look for answers. His story is juxtaposed with past events that unfolded in the Mahishmati Kingdom. (167 mins.)
Director: S.S. Rajamouli
“ The biggest hit of all time in India before being surpassed by Dangal, which is in the list. TBE 8.06 so this is an incomprehensible miss. ” - Radu_A
 
12.
The Bandit (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The epic adventures of the legendary Baran the Bandit following his release from prison. After serving 35 years... (128 mins.)
Director: Yavuz Turgul
“ although the TBE dropped a little to 7.867, it's in now - thanks for voting! If you give Turkish film usually a wide berth, this one's generally seen as the best ever. ” - Radu_A
 
13.
Barfi! (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Three young people learn that love can neither be defined nor contained by society's definition of normal and abnormal. (151 mins.)
Director: Anurag Basu
“ Keaton-esque romance, TBE 7.808. Probably Priyanka Chopra's best film so far, who - fun fact - has been voted by Time among the 100 most influential people of the world. ” - Radu_A
 
14.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The truth behind the ascension of Milkha "The Flying Sikh" Singh who was scarred because of the India-Pakistan partition. (186 mins.)
“ Bollywood biopic, TBE 7.80, made director Farhan Akhtar a major star - talk about method acting, he changed his entire body structure for this film. ” - Radu_A
 
15.
Black Cat, White Cat (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Matko is a small time hustler, living by the river Danube with his 17 year old son Zare. After a failed... (127 mins.)
Director: Emir Kusturica
“ once briefly made it into the top 250, TBE 7.65 ” - Radu_A
 
16.
The Breath (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Story of 40-man Turkish task force who must defend a relay station. (128 mins.)
Director: Levent Semerci
“ Passed the 25k mark so will probably show up in the list sooner or later. I do have some reservations about Turkish war films, but this one is exceptionally strong. TBE 7.554 ” - Radu_A
 
17.
Brief Encounter (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Meeting a stranger in a railway station, a woman is tempted to cheat on her husband. (86 mins.)
Director: David Lean
“ won Cannes, TBE 7.52 ” - Radu_A
 
18.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist, Cesare, to commit murders. (76 mins.)
Director: Robert Wiene
“ expressionist masterpiece, highly influential for the horror and thriller genres, TBE 7.65 ” - Radu_A
 
19.
Castle in the Sky (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle. (125 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ has regrettably dropped out again, with a of TBE 7.87 it should be in - as are Miyazaki's other classics. ” - Radu_A
 
20.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Brick, an alcoholic ex-football player, drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife, Maggie. His reunion with his father, Big Daddy, who is dying of cancer, jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son. (108 mins.)
Director: Richard Brooks
“ Tennessee Williams adaptation, TBE 7.60 ” - Radu_A
 
21.
The Celebration (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
At Helge's 60th birthday party, some unpleasant family truths are revealed. (105 mins.)
“ first Dogma film slipped out of the list again - made it back - now gone again, TBE 7.775 ” - Radu_A
 
22.
Chak de! India (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Kabir Khan is the coach of the Indian Women's National Hockey Team and his dream is to make his all girls team emerge victorious against all odds. (153 mins.)
Director: Shimit Amin
“ popular sports film promoting gender equality, TBE 7.85 ” - Radu_A
 
23.
The Chaos Class (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.4/10 X  
Lazy, uneducated students share a very close bond. They live together in the dormitory, where they plan their latest pranks. When a new headmaster arrives, the students naturally try to overthrow him. A comic war of nitwits follows. (87 mins.)
Director: Ertem Egilmez
“ definitely domestic to Turkey, but rated 9.5 - highest-rated film I know; TBE 8.27 so according to math it should be in ” - Radu_A
 
24.
Chungking Express (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Two melancholy Hong Kong policemen fall in love: one with a mysterious female underworld figure, the other with a beautiful and ethereal server at a late-night restaurant he frequents. (102 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
“ Wong Kar-wai's international breakthrough, TBE 7.655 ” - Radu_A
 
25.
Departures (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals. (130 mins.)
Director: Yôjirô Takita
“ used to be in lower top 250, TBE 7.637 ” - Radu_A
 
26.
Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Three inseparable childhood friends are just out of college. Nothing comes between them - until they each fall in love, and their wildly different approaches to relationships creates tension. (183 mins.)
Director: Farhan Akhtar
“ multi-award winning Hindi classic, TBE 7.774; given how much of Aamir Khan is already in, I'm a bit surprised at this miss ” - Radu_A
 
27.
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
When Raj meets Simran in Europe, it isn't love at first sight but when Simran moves to India for an arranged marriage, love makes its presence felt. (189 mins.)
Director: Aditya Chopra
“ one of just two Indian films in the '1001 films you must watch before you die', TBE 7.753 ” - Radu_A
 
28.
Drishyam (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Desperate measures are taken by a man who tries to save his family from the dark side of the law, after they commit an unexpected crime. (163 mins.)
Director: Nishikant Kamat
“ highest rated Indian film of last year, TBE 7.84; a much more imaginative thriller than anything out of Hollywood in the past years. Was in the list, is now "#20 Indian Movie". ” - Radu_A
 
29.
Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
After a prison riot, former-Captain Nascimento, now a high ranking security officer in Rio de Janeiro, is swept into a bloody political dispute that involves government officials and paramilitary groups. (115 mins.)
Director: José Padilha
“ once again dropped out the top 250, TBE 7.78 ” - Radu_A
 
30.
Elite Squad (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
1997, Captain Nascimento has to find a substitute for his occupation while trying to take down drug dealers and criminals before the Pope comes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (115 mins.)
Director: José Padilha
“ won Golden Bear, TBE 7.825 ” - Radu_A
 
31.
Fanny and Alexander (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Two young Swedish children experience the many comedies and tragedies of their family, the Ekdahls. (188 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ dropped out of the list recently, TBE 7.67 ” - Radu_A
 
32.
Fitzcarraldo (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The story of Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an extremely determined man who intends to build an opera house in the middle of a jungle. (158 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
“ was in the list before and requires about 10% more votes to get back in, TBE 7,525. Herzog is about the only European filmmaker almost everyone in the US knows, so I hope more people vote for it. ” - Radu_A
 
33.
Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A clash between Sultan and Shahid Khan leads to the expulsion of Khan from Wasseypur, and ignites a deadly blood feud spanning three generations. (320 mins.)
Director: Anurag Kashyap
“ made it into the list and dropped out again, TBE 7.836. Has made it back into the list again, thanks for voting! ” - Radu_A
 
34.
La Grande Illusion (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
During the First World War, two French soldiers are captured and imprisoned in a German P.O.W. camp. Several escape attempts follow until they are sent to a seemingly impenetrable fortress which seems impossible to escape from. (113 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
“ frequent candidate for greatest French film of all time, dropped out of the list, TBE 7.53 ” - Radu_A
 
35.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe. (121 mins.)
Director: James Gunn
“ surprisingly out of the list in spite of a TBE of 8.06 ” - Radu_A
 
36.
Haider (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A young man returns to Kashmir after his father's disappearance to confront his uncle - the man he suspects of playing a role in his father's fate. (160 mins.)
Director: Vishal Bhardwaj
“ Hamlet adaptation set in present-day Kashmir, TBE 7.695 ” - Radu_A
 
37.
The Handmaiden (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, but secretly she is involved in a plot to defraud her. (144 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
“ Despite its many awards, this masterpiece has just recently made 8.1, qualifying it for a top 250 spot. TBE 7.58 so it needs a lot more votes. ” - Radu_A
 
38.
Harakiri (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
An elder ronin samurai arrives at a feudal lord's home and requests an honorable place to commit suicide. But when the ronin inquires about a younger samurai who arrived before him things take an unexpected turn. (133 mins.)
“ far below 25000 votes but with 8,7 highest rated movie under that requirement, TBE 7,68 ” - Radu_A
 
39.
Ip Man (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
During the Japanese invasion of 1937, when a wealthy martial artist is forced to leave his home and work to support his family, he reluctantly agrees to train others in the art of Wing Chun for self-defense. (106 mins.)
Director: Wilson Yip
“ dropped out in spite of a TBE of 7.95 and being voted best martial arts film ever ” - Radu_A
 
40.
The Hidden Fortress (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Lured by gold, two greedy peasants escort a man and woman across enemy lines. However, they do not realize that their companions are actually a princess and her general. (139 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ won Silver Bear, TBE 7.50 ” - Radu_A
 
41.
In the Mood for Love (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Two neighbors, a woman and a man, form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs. (98 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
“ slipped out of the top 250 - made it back in - now out again - now in again. Keep voting for the most beautifully shot romance ever. TBE 7.81 ” - Radu_A
 
42.
Kahaani (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A pregnant woman's search for her missing husband takes her from London to Kolkata, but everyone she questions denies having ever met him. (122 mins.)
Director: Sujoy Ghosh
“ Hitchcockian thriller, TBE 7.71 ” - Radu_A
 
43.
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A distant poor relative of the Duke of D'Ascoyne plots to inherit the title by murdering the eight other heirs who stand ahead of him in the line of succession. (106 mins.)
Director: Robert Hamer
“ And it's out of the list again... this most beloved Ealing classic has been in and out of the list for many years. TBE 7.58 ” - Radu_A
 
44.
La Dolce Vita (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering paparazzo journalist living in Rome. (174 mins.)
“ made it into the list, now out again. TBE 7.70, kinda low for such a famous work ” - Radu_A
 
45.
La Strada (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A care-free girl is sold to a traveling entertainer, consequently enduring physical and emotional pain along the way. (108 mins.)
“ slipped out of the top 250 last year, TBE 7.687 ” - Radu_A
 
46.
Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The people of a small village in Victorian India stake their future on a game of cricket against their ruthless British rulers. (224 mins.)
“ dropped out the list very recently, TBE 7.88. First Bollywood film to play to wider Western audiences. ” - Radu_A
 
47.
The Last Picture Show (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In 1951, a group of high schoolers come of age in a bleak, isolated, atrophied West Texas town that is slowly dying, both culturally and economically. (118 mins.)
“ coming-of-age classic, TBE 7.58 ” - Radu_A
 
48.
Laura (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he is investigating. (88 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
“ cult film noir, TBE 7.57 ” - Radu_A
 
49.
Le Samouraï (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
After Professional hitman Jef Costello is seen by witnesses his efforts to provide himself an alibi drive him further into a corner. (105 mins.)
“ slipped out of the top 250 again, TBE 7.58. I'm pretty sure if more people who saw it voted, it would be in ” - Radu_A
 
50.
The Legend of 1900 (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A baby boy, discovered in 1900 on an ocean liner, grows into a musical prodigy, never setting foot on land. (165 mins.)
“ Tornatore's highest rated film after Cinema Paradiso, TBE 7.658 ” - Radu_A
 
51.
Like Stars on Earth (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An eight-year-old boy is thought to be a lazy trouble-maker, until the new art teacher has the patience and compassion to discover the real problem behind his struggles in school. (165 mins.)
Director: Aamir Khan
“ highest rated title to disappear from the top 250 (#110 to nowhere). now back in the list with a vengeance, thanks for voting! ” - Radu_A
 
52.
Lion (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family. (118 mins.)
Director: Garth Davis
“ 100000+ votes at 8.1 and not in the list - your guess as to why is as good as mine. TBE 7.86 ” - Radu_A
 
53.
The Lion in Winter (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
1183 A.D.: King Henry II's three sons all want to inherit the throne, but he won't commit to a choice. They and his wife variously plot to force him. (134 mins.)
Director: Anthony Harvey
“ It's a stretch for this classic but could make it with 1300 votes and 0.1 digits more - unrealistic but very good film; TBE 7.485 ” - Radu_A
 
54.
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A senator, who became famous for killing a notorious outlaw, returns for the funeral of an old friend and tells the truth about his deed. (123 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ fell out of the top 250 (again) a year ago, TBE 7.726 ” - Radu_A
 
55.
The Message (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In the 7th century, Mohammed, Peace Be Upon Him, is visited by Angel Gabriel who urges him to lead the people of Mecca and worship God... (177 mins.)
Director: Moustapha Akkad
“ Has once again dropped out of the list despite director Moustapha Akkad being the most important film maker to have died in a terrorist attack (he produced Halloween). TBE 7.73 ” - Radu_A
 
56.
Mommy (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A widowed single mother, raising her violent son alone, finds new hope when a mysterious neighbor inserts herself into their household. (139 mins.)
Director: Xavier Dolan
“ Cannes Jury Prize winner, TBE 7.567 ” - Radu_A
 
57.
Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A gangster sets out to fulfill his father's dream of becoming a doctor. (156 mins.)
Director: Rajkumar Hirani
“ briefly in top 250 and then vanished due to new criteria; now back with a vengeance, thanks for voting (even though it's not one of my faves) ” - Radu_A
 
58.
My Sassy Girl (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Based on a series of true stories posted by Ho-sik Kim on the Internet describing his relationship with his girlfriend... (123 mins.)
Director: Jae-young Kwak
“ queen of Korean rom-coms, TBE 7.625 ” - Radu_A
 
59.
Out of the Past (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A private eye escapes his past to run a gas station in a small town, but his past catches up with him. Now he must return to the big city world of danger, corruption, double crosses and duplicitous dames. (97 mins.)
“ seminal Noir film, TBE 7.49, needs about 1k votes and 0.1 digits more ” - Radu_A
 
60.
Paan Singh Tomar (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The story of Paan Singh Tomar, an Indian athlete and seven-time national steeplechase champion who becomes one of the most feared dacoits in Chambal Valley after his retirement. (135 mins.)
“ Irrfan Khan's biggest domestic hit, TBE 7.585, may jump into the list with about 1k votes to go ” - Radu_A
 
61.
Paper Moon (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
During the Great Depression, a con man finds himself saddled with a young girl who may or may not be his daughter, and the two forge an unlikely partnership. (102 mins.)
“ really should be in the top 250, TBE 7.538, only requires 1k more votes ” - Radu_A
 
62.
Paris, Texas (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Travis Henderson, an aimless drifter who has been missing for four years, wanders out of the desert and must reconnect with society, himself, his life, and his family. (145 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
“ won Palme d'Or, TBE 7.71; as of July 2017, it's finally in - thanks for voting! ” - Radu_A
 
63.
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
In 1431, Jeanne d'Arc is placed on trial on charges of heresy. The ecclesiastical jurists attempt to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions. (110 mins.)
Director: Carl Th. Dreyer
“ most famous adaptation of the often told story, TBE 7.71. Has made it into the top 250 now, thanks for voting! ” - Radu_A
 
64.
PK (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A stranger in the city asks questions no one has asked before. His childlike curiosity will take him on a journey of love, laughter, and letting go. (153 mins.)
Director: Rajkumar Hirani
“ Aamir Khan smash hit, TBE 7.93 so should be almost there. Update: It's at #250 meanwhile, thanks for voting! ” - Radu_A
 
65.
Queen (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A Delhi girl from a traditional family sets out on a solo honeymoon after her marriage gets cancelled. (146 mins.)
Director: Vikas Bahl
“ huge domestic hit, Western viewer friendly, TBE 7.797, was briefly at top 250 ” - Radu_A
 
66.
Rang De Basanti (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
This story is about six friends who help an English filmmaker create a documentary about Indian freedom struggle. During filming, this group of friends learn about those before them and the importance of fighting for their rights. (157 mins.)
“ started New Indian Cinema, in top 250 for a good while, TBE 8.05 so should be in mathematically - now it's back in, thanks for voting! ” - Radu_A
 
67.
Roman Holiday (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome. (118 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
“ whoops, it's dropped out! How could this ever happen? TBE 7.87 so it should be in. ” - Radu_A
 
68.
Sleuth (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A man who loves games and theater invites his wife's lover to meet him, setting up a battle of wits with potentially deadly results. (138 mins.)
“ used to be in the top 250 for as long time, TBE 7.62 ” - Radu_A
 
69.
Solaris (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A psychologist is sent to a station orbiting a distant planet in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane. (167 mins.)
“ used to be in the top 250 until last year, TBE 7.73 ” - Radu_A
 
70.
Song of the Sea (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Ben, a young Irish boy, and his little sister Saoirse, a girl who can turn into a seal, go on an adventure to free the fairies and save the spirit world. (93 mins.)
Director: Tomm Moore
“ Best Western animated feature in 30+ years, TBE 7.61. Was in the top 250 for a while but has recently dropped out ” - Radu_A
 
71.
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A young and truth seeking boy travels to an isolated lake, where an old Buddhist master lives on a small floating temple. (103 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
“ highest rated Kim Ki-duk film, was in top 250 last year, TBE 7.764 ” - Radu_A
 
72.
Swades (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A successful Indian scientist returns to an Indian village to take his nanny to America with him and in the process rediscovers his roots. (210 mins.)
“ in the top 250 after inclusion in this list but dropped out with new criteria, TBE 7.90. A lot of Aamir Khan here, but no SKS. ” - Radu_A
 
73.
Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A drama about the fate of brothers forced to fight in the Korean War. (140 mins.)
Director: Je-gyu Kang
“ Korean civil war epic, former B.O. record holder, TBE 7.58 ” - Radu_A
 
74.
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her - but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime. (137 mins.)
Director: Isao Takahata
“ It's a long shot at TBE 7,443, but it's my list right? Watching this is like a religious awakening. Would require ´+4k more votes and 0.1-2 digits ” - Radu_A
 
75.
Tangerines (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
War in Georgia, Apkhazeti region in 1990. An Estonian man Ivo has stayed behind to harvest his crops of tangerines. In a bloody conflict at his door, a wounded man is left behind, and Ivo is forced to take him in. (87 mins.)
Director: Zaza Urushadze
“ At 8.3, this would be in if 2500 more votes come in. Given how effed up the world is right now, everyone should watch this. TBE 7.564 ” - Radu_A
 
76.
Three Colors: Red (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A model discovers her neighbor is keen on invading people's privacy. (99 mins.)
“ used to be off and on in top 250, TBE 7.77 ” - Radu_A
 
77.
3-Iron (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A transient young man breaks into empty homes to partake of the vacationing residents' lives for a few days. (88 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
“ Kim Ki-duk's most accessible (and romantic) work, TBE 7.638 ” - Radu_A
 
78.
Throne of Blood (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A war-hardened general, egged on by his ambitious wife, works to fulfill a prophecy that he would become lord of Spider's Web Castle. (110 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ Fell out of top 250 since last time I checked, TBE 7,586 ” - Radu_A
 
79.
Udaan (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Expelled from his school, a 16-year old boy returns home to his abusive and oppressive father. (134 mins.)
“ very influential for new Indian wave, TBE 7.69. Made it into the list, now "#32 Indian Film". ” - Radu_A
 
80.
Underground (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A group of serbian socialists prepares for the war in a surreal underground filled by parties, tragedies, love and hate. (170 mins.)
Director: Emir Kusturica
“ was often in the top 250 but always slipped out again, TBE 7.676 ” - Radu_A
 
81.
Vishwaroopam (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Vishwanathan, a Kathak dance teacher in New York, is in a rather happy marriage with Nirupama who is a nuclear oncologist... (148 mins.)
Director: Kamal Haasan
“ Tamil action romp, huge hit, immensely popular, perhaps too strange for Westerners as silly comedy meets ultra violence, TBE 7.84 ” - Radu_A
 
82.
Waar (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The efforts of the Pakistani security forces in their fight against terrorism and how the lives of security officials are affected. A retired security officer returns to save Pakistan from a major terrorist attack. (130 mins.)
Director: Bilal Lashari
“ first Pakistani movie noticed overseas, TBE 7.69 ” - Radu_A
 
83.
A Wednesday (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A retiring police officer reminisces about the most astounding day of his career. About a case that was never filed but continues to haunt him in his memories - the case of a man and a Wednesday. (104 mins.)
Director: Neeraj Pandey
“ back in the top 250 after a brief spell, TBE is 7.82; this is the one title I can't thank people to vote since it glorifies lynching ” - Radu_A
 
84.
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A former child star torments her paraplegic sister in their decaying Hollywood mansion. (134 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
“ one of the most famous thrillers of all time, TBE 7.58. Has actually made it into the list at long last, thanks for voting! ” - Radu_A
 
85.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A bitter, aging couple, with the help of alcohol, use a young couple to fuel anguish and emotional pain towards each other. (131 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
“ slipped out of the top 250 again, TBE 7.737 ” - Radu_A
 
86.
Wings of Desire (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
An angel tires of overseeing human activity and wishes to become human when he falls in love with a mortal. (128 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
“ was remade into the less brilliant 'City of Angels', TBE 7.696 ” - Radu_A
 
87.
Winter Sleep (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Aydin, a former actor, runs a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife Nihal with whom he... (196 mins.)
“ won the Palme d'Or, TBE 7.58 ” - Radu_A
 
88.
Wolf Children (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
After her werewolf lover unexpectedly dies in an accident, a woman must find a way to raise the werewolf son and daughter that she had with him. But their inheritance of their father's traits proved to be a challenge for her. (117 mins.)
Director: Mamoru Hosoda
“ would require about 4k more votes, TBE 7.49 ” - Radu_A
 
89.
Your Name (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Two strangers find themselves linked in a bizarre way. When a connection forms, will distance be the only thing to keep them apart? (106 mins.)
Director: Makoto Shinkai
“ highest-rated animated film of all time, in mid-run so might still clock 25000 votes. Update: Meanwhile it did and stands at #101 in the top 250. Thanks for voting! ” - Radu_A
 
90.
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Three friends decide to turn their fantasy vacation into reality after one of their number becomes engaged. (155 mins.)
Director: Zoya Akhtar
“ Bollywood buddy blockbuster, TBE 7.68 ” - Radu_A