Celebrating Great Films

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Highest rated films on Amazon

Today I asked myself, "I wonder what are the highest rated films on Amazon?"

Amazon sells more films than any other organisation ever, and collects more reviews. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people rate each film 1 to 5 stars. So which are the most consistently highly rated films of all time?

The answer is surprising.

In the UK, most of the top spots are taken by TV series box sets, with Firefly and Band of Brothers being the highest rated. I've discounted TV series and picked out the top ten films.

On Amazon.co.uk... (current IMDb rating in brackets)

1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Extended Edition Box Set) (8.8, 8.7, 8.9)
2. Tangled (7.8) (!)
3. Spirited Away (8.6)
4. Downfall (8.3)
5. Threads (8.0)
6. Monsters, Inc. (8.0)
7. The Gruffalo (7.3)
8. Labyrinth (7.3)
9. My Neighbour Totoro (8.2)
10. Goodnight, Mister Tom (7.9)

In the USA, they love their HBO dramatisations!

On Amazon.com... (current IMDb rating in brackets)

1. Temple Grandin (TV film) (8.3)
2. Mean Girls (6.9)
3. Ben-Hur (8.2)
4. Something the Lord Made (TV film) (8.1)
5. The Road to Independence (straight to video) (9.0)
6. The Shawshank Redemption (9.2)
7. Taking Chance (TV film) (7.3)
8. Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (documentary film) (7.7)
9. A Christmas Carol (1984) (TV film) (7.7)
10. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (7.8)

Bizarre. Clearly the Amazon-rating audience are very different from the IMDb-rating audience.