The 50 Greatest Movies Ever Made

Ranking half a century of the finest films in cinematic history

28. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

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One of the most uplifting movies ever made, Frank Darabont’s classic is another all-timer that disappointed at the box office when it was first released. For some reason, audiences initially weren’t enamored with the decades-spanning story, but with each passing generation an entirely new wave of fans fall in love with The Shawshank Redemption.

For twelve year it’s reigned supreme as the top choice on IMDb’s Top 250 list, cementing the movie’s status as undisputed global phenomenon.