IMDb Founder & CEO Achieves Movie-Viewing Milestone with A Monster Calls and Reveals His List of Top 10 Movies of All-Time

Col Needham Selects as His #1 Film of 2016 Focus Features’ A Monster Calls, the 10,000th Unique Film He’s Viewed; Chooses Vertigo As His #1 Film of All-Time

Col Needham, Founder and CEO of IMDb, and the stars, director and writer of Focus Features' "A Monster Calls," taken at the film's world premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. From left to right: IMDb's Col Needham, Sigourney Weaver, director J.A. Bayona, Lewis MacDougall, Felicity Jones, and screenwriter Patrick Ness. (Photo: Business Wire)

SEATTLE--()--Col Needham, Founder and CEO of IMDb (the #1 movie website in the world), today announced that Focus Features’ A Monster Calls is the 10,000th unique movie he’s watched in his lifetime. The film, starring Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Lewis MacDougall, and Liam Neeson, is a visually spectacular and unabashedly emotional drama from director J.A. Bayona. Also, in celebration of IMDb’s 26th anniversary today (October 17, 2016), Col Needham revealed his personal list of top 10 movies of all-time, with Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo earning the #1 spot.

“IMDb was born out of my personal film diary and lifelong obsession with cinema,” said Col Needham, IMDb’s Founder and CEO. “On the occasion of IMDb’s 26th anniversary, it seems fitting to reveal my 10,000th unique film and my all-time top 10 movies list. A Monster Calls, the 10,000th individual movie I’ve watched, is an utterly unique and emotionally powerful film – an instant classic. It has already earned the #1 spot on my top 10 movies of 2016 list. I am a big fan of Felicity Jones, who received IMDb’s STARmeter Award last month just prior to A Monster Calls’ world premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. It is also noteworthy to me that Felicity’s co-star in this movie is Sigourney Weaver, who stars in Aliens, my #6 film of all time. I am delighted that A Monster Calls, a movie that resonates with me on so many levels, has become a milestone in my personal viewing history, which I track diligently via my IMDb Watchlist.”

Col Needham’s All-Time Top 10 Movies List:

1. Vertigo (1958)

2. Inception (2010)

3. North By Northwest (1959)

4. Double Indemnity (1944)

5. Bringing Up Baby (1938)

6. Aliens (1986)

7. Se7en (1995)

8. Pulp Fiction (1994)

9. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

10. Touch of Evil (1958)

To learn more about A Monster Calls and Col Needham’s top 10 movies of all-time list or to watch an original video interview with Col Needham that was filmed at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, visit

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About A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls is scripted by Patrick Ness, based upon the novel he wrote from an original idea by Siobhan Dowd. 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) is dealing with far more than other boys his age. His beloved and devoted mother (Felicity Jones) is ill. He has little in common with his imperious grandmother (Sigourney Weaver). His father (Toby Kebbell) has resettled thousands of miles away. But Conor finds a most unlikely ally when the Monster (portrayed by Liam Neeson in performance-capture and voiceover) appears at his bedroom window one night. Ancient, wild, and relentless, the Monster guides Conor on a journey of courage, faith, and truth that powerfully fuses imagination and reality. Focus Features releases A Monster Calls, which is MPAA-rated “PG-13,” in select U.S. cities on December 23rd, 2016; and nationwide in the U.S. on January 6th, 2017.

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Release Summary

Col Needham, IMDb's Founder and CEO, watches his 10,000th unique film (A MONSTER CALLS), which is his #1 film of 2016, and reveals his top 10 films of all-time. VERTIGO ranks #1 on his all-time list.


Emily Glassman, 206-266-8077