Though it was nominated for seven Oscars, this movie adaptation of Stephen King’s short story claimed none. But what it did claim is a universality that places it as number one on both this list and IMDb’s Top 250. Through masterful use of all the elements that define cinema – acting, screenwriting, cinematography, editing, music, sound – The Shawshank Redemption is a pure storytelling force of nature that can sweep up anyone.
Flicks.co.nz has run this Top 100 poll once previously in 2010, your number one choice then? Shawshank.