How to Find Top Movies and TV Shows on IMDb

If you’re stuck on what to watch, or you want to start thinking about a movie for movie night but aren’t sure what’s good, knowing how to find the top movies and shows on IMDb is a great place to start.

With this tutorial, you’ll be able to find the top rated movies and TV shows 

How to find IMDb’s best movies

There are many ways to find top movies. IMDb’s ultimate list, based on their ratings, is their Top 250 list. To find this list, either go to or search Top 250 in the IMDb search bar. 

This will take you right to IMDb’s Top 250 movies of all time. The default sorting method is IMDb’s rating system – this means that the movies with IMDb’s highest ratings will be on the list. Examples of movies included in this list at The Shawshank Redemption (1994), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) and It’s a Wonderful Life (1946).

You can use the drop down menu on the right to sort the list by IMDb Rating (default), US Release Date, Number of Ratings, and Your Ratings. To the right of that is a button that allows you to organize the list from highest to lowest, or from lowest to highest. 

Another way to find popular movies on IMDb is by using Google Search. Try going to Google Search and typing in “IMDb Popular Movies” to see the results. You’ll find lists for Most Popular Feature Films Released In 2013, Most Popular Action Feature Films, and Most Popular Comedy Feature Films, among others. 

If you know of a genre you’d like to watch specifically – or if you want a movie from a particular year – try to narrow down your search terms. For example, instead of typing just “IMDb Popular Movies,” type in “IMDb Popular Horror Movies” instead. This will give you results for the highest-rated horror feature films, or most popular horror feature films. 

Lastly, you can always look on the right-hand menu while searching a movie to see related lists made up by IMDb users. For example, if you want to watch a movie like A Christmas Story (1983), find the movie using the search bar at the top and go to that title’s page.

Scroll down while paying attention to the right-hand side. You’ll see a section called “User Lists” that will have lists related to the title you’re currently looking at. For A Christmas Story, you’ll see lists like “Happy Holidays!” (for Christmas movies) and “1983 Films” (for films released that year). 

When you find a list you’d like to check out, click on it to see the full list of titles in that list. You’ll get a short synopsis of what the movie is about and who stars in it.

How to find IMDb’s top TV series

Finding top TV shows using IMDb is very similar, with one exception. IMDb does not have an official Top 250 TV shows list by ratings. The only way to find top TV shows is by using Google Search or by finding lists.

Try typing “IMDb Top TV Shows” into Google Search. You’ll find plenty of results – and as with movies, you can narrow your search by adding a year or a genre or any other search criteria. 

Finding lists is the same with TV shows as it is in movies. Something to keep in mind when searching lists is that any user can make a list, and they can add whatever they like to it. Some lists are meant to be helpful for others, but some are meant to be for the user themselves – this is the case when you run into many lists that say “Plan to Watch” or My TV Series.”