Internet Movie Database, a website for everything movie-related, is a frequent go-to for us Halftimers. From upcoming releases to information on the stars of cinema, the commonly known site IMDb gives us the facts of the movie world. IMDb also has a normative side, a list of rankings in box offices and cinematic history. While by no means a definitive measure of the “best,” IMDb’s top 250 list of movies provides us with a set of some of the greatest cinematic masterpieces. Our goal: to comb through these films, with the aid of Netflix and iTunes rentals, and figure out what makes them so great.
The Silence of the Lambs, #23 on Internet Movie Database’s top 250 list, was a hit when it debuted in 1991. The filmed surpassed its $19-million-dollar budget within a week of opening and went on to gross $272 million worldwide. The movie, starring Anthony Hopkins as the infamous Dr. Hannibal Lecter, follows a young FBI trainee named Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) as she attempts to track down Buffalo Bill, a serial killer famed for skinning his victims. The movie won five Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor (Hopkins), Best Actress (Foster), Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director. This crime thriller is also featured at number 65 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Greatest Movies of All Time.
Halftime writers Katie LaScaleia and Danielle Hewitt discuss the thriller in the podcast below.