1. 'Shawshank Redemption'
The movies on the IMDB's Top 250 chart fluctuate quite a bit, but the top film never seems to budge. For just about as long as the IMDB has ranked movies, Shawshank Redemption has been Number One. That's a pretty remarkable feat for a film that absolutely tanked when it hit theaters 21 years ago, though it since found a huge, adoring audience on cable and home video. It's based on a 1982 novella by Stephen King called Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, though the filmmakers have expressed regret over not changing the title even more. After all, it's hard enough to market a small-budget prison movie without any major stars, but throw in a title that seems like gibberish to most people and the task is nearly impossible. Oddly enough, the fact it bombed may have actually helped the film in the long run because many people feel they discovered it on their own over the years.