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I know of IMDB top 250: http://www.imdb.com/chart/top

Are there other places worth visiting ?

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George - from reading your questions - I see you have learned this lesson as well. Agreed, no one answer -I turned the question to be a wiki :) –  Tal Galili Jul 1 '10 at 15:41
    
Looking at this again - I don't understand why this was closed... –  Tal Galili Jun 9 '11 at 16:37
    
No idea, should be reopened. Post it to Meta. –  ripper234 Jan 5 '12 at 9:23
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MovieLens is a research project at the University of Minnesota that gives movie recommendations based on your ratings of other movies. I believe it was one of the first collaborative filtering systems, created over 10 years ago.

Here's its Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MovieLens

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Check out metacritic. From their own site:

Metacritic compiles reviews from respected critics and publications for movies, DVDs, music, television and games.

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Cool (fill in words) –  Tal Galili Jul 1 '10 at 15:24
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Theres always Rotten Tomatoes best of page: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/top/

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I use The Numbers to see which movies are highly rated; as well as historically which ones did well in the theater, or on DVD.

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I just gave you my last vote for today :) –  Tal Galili Jul 1 '10 at 15:40
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Two really famous sites are:

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These are nice, but the "smart" recommendation systems, which ask you to rate other movies (or whatever) first to figure out what you might like, are much better. Think about it: Movie reviewers often score based on factors like their reputation and how few people they expect to see a movie, not just whether the film was good or not. –  MGOwen Nov 3 '10 at 0:44
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If you've already got a Netflix account1, there's the Netflix Top 100, Critics' Picks, and Award Winners.

1 Yes, of course Netflix isn't free, but if you're already paying for an account there's no incremental cost for these lists.

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You already mentioned Imdb Top 250 but in general the whole site is very useful and I find the User Rating pretty accurate. I tend to like movies that get good marks and dislike the ones with bad marks. In some cases I had to disagree, mostly because I found films with low marks better than expected. Another great site is Roger Ebert's who makes short and well founded reviews of most popular films.

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You might be interested to check out Flickchart.

It's a recommendation tool by way of ranking your favorite films via movie matchups. It keeps track of your preferences and the movies you haven't seen yet, while automatically building a list of your favorites movies and a list of the best movies you've never seen.

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Check out Jinni. It's a "Taste Engine" that recommends movies based on what you tell it you like.

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plus NetFlix, Amazon, etc. integration –  Catchwa Jul 9 '10 at 5:57
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i check movies best site for movie tracking alt text It has so many top lists. It has recommended movie feature as well. Some of the top lists you can browse are

  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • IMDB top 250
  • Reddit top 250
  • All AFI Lists

Many more.

It has 65 Various Top Lists including different countries top lists

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Great site, thanks! +1 –  Aaron Jul 8 '10 at 10:05
    
u r wc Aaron :) @ icheckmovies.com/profile/pramodc84 –  pramodc84 Jul 8 '10 at 10:29
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I found http://www.hellomovies.com/ to have a nice UI for tracking what you have seen and what you want to still see.

The "recommendations" (using some sort of algorithm I assume) are not great, but they have a meta-ranking on top of IMDB that shows unseen top movies which you can then filter down by genre/year/taste/your social circle, etc.

Combined with the straightforward way to track what movies you want to watch and the ability to see where you can access these movies now online (Hulu, Netflix, etc) it's a winner.

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