Exclusive: Netflix vs Amazon vs Sky’s Now TV on the IMDB Top 250 Movies

Netflix vs Amazon Video vs Sky's Now TV - our exclusive research shows which has the most films in the IMDB Top 250? And why is it the movie coverage of all the streaming services is so poor?

It’s official. Movie fans get a poor return from UK subscription streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Video and Now TV.

Using the Internet Movie Database Top 250 as a barometer of popular films, Shopomo found that even if you subscribed to all 3 streaming networks simultaneously you would still be able to see fewer than half of the films on the IMDB leaderboard.

To be exact, between them Now TV, Netflix and Amazon Video served up 115 films from the IMDB Top 250 – just 46% of the total.

When you compare that to the sheer breadth of catalogue you get when you sign up for the big music services like Spotify or Apple Music, you can’t help but conclude that movie fans are being seriously short-changed.

Classic blockbusters that aren’t on any of the big 3 UK streaming services include Jaws, Pulp Fiction, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Back to the Future, Alien, and Blade Runner.

Classic blockbusters that aren’t on any of the big 3 streaming services include Jaws, Pulp Fiction, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Back to the Future

Now TV is the clear winner of the IMDB test, which reflects the service’s focus on recent blockbusters and popular classics – and its deals with all the major Hollywood studios.

It ‘scored’ 70 out of the top 250 movies, or a 28% strike rate, which was twice as much as the second placed Netflix on 12%. Amazon Video trailed the group with a measly 15 films from the top 250 in its streaming catalogue (6%) – which is ironic as Amazon owns the IMDB. Oops.

The relatively low scores all round underlines just how far any of the three streaming services are from offering a comprehensive film library.

Foreign language, black and white and more intellectual movies on the IMDB top 250 are conspicuous by their absence – which may be understandable given the commercial objectives – but why no place at all for all-time movie classics like Citizen Kane, Seven Samurai and Pan’s Labyrinth?

Of course, it should be emphasised that any survey like this is only a snapshot of the streaming playing field at a particular moment (in this instance, the week commencing June 6, 2016).

Films appear and disappear from the listings with the depressing regularity of whack-a-moles as contracts start and expire, while there seems to be no rhyme or reason behind which films actually appear on which service: so Now TV has Jaws 2 but not the original Jaws, while Amazon has The Dark Knight but not The Dark Knight Rises or Batman Begins.

Movies are not the only content that these streaming services offer, and each of the Big 3 have spent heavily on exclusive, bespoke content to provide a unique selling proposition. But the results how far we are from having the best movies available on demand to stream from any or all of these subscription services.

See our in-depth Netflix vs Amazon Video vs Now TV smackdown feature.

The Results: Percentage of films on the IMDB Top 250

Netflix
12%
NowTV
28%
Amazon
6%

 

NetflixNow TVAmazon Video
The Shawshank RedemptionYesNoNo
The GodfatherNoYesNo
The Godfather Part IINoYesNo
The Dark KnightNoNoYes
Schindler’s ListNoNoYes
Pulp FictionNoNoNo
12 Angry MenYesNoNo
The Lord of the Rings: Return of the KingNoYesNo
The Good, the Bad and the UglyNoYesNo
Fight ClubNoNoNo
The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the RingNoYesNo
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes BackNoYesNo
Forrest GumpNoYesNo
InceptionNoYesNo
The Lord of the Rings: The Two TowersNoYesNo
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s NestNoYesNo
GoodfellasNoYesNo
The MatrixNoYesNo
Seven SamuraiNoNoNo
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New HopeNoYesNo
City of GodYesNoNo
Se7enNoNoNo
The Silence of the LambsNoYesNo
It’s a Wonderful LifeNoYesNo
The Usual SuspectsNoYesNo
Life Is BeautifulNoNoNo
Léon: The ProfessionalNoNoNo
Once Upon a Time in the WestNoYesNo
Spirited AwayNoNoNo
Saving Private RyanNoYesNo
InterstellarNoYesNo
CasablancaNoNoNo
American History XNoYesNo
PsychoNoNoNo
City LightsNoNoNo
Raiders of the Lost ArkNoNoNo
The IntouchablesNoNoNo
Rear WindowYesNoNo
Modern TimesNoYesNo
The Green MileNoYesNo
Terminator 2: Judgment DayNoNoNo
The PianistNoNoYes
The DepartedNoYesNo
Back to the FutureNoNoNo
WhiplashNoYesNo
GladiatorNoYesNo
MementoNoYesNo
Apocalypse NowNoNoYes
The PrestigeNoNoNo
The Lion KingNoYesNo
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the BombNoNoNo
Sunset BoulevardNoYesNo
AlienNoNoNo
The Great DictatorNoNoNo
The Lives of OthersYesNoNo
Cinema ParadisoYesNoNo
Django UnchainedYesNoNo
The ShiningNoYesNo
Paths of GloryNoNoNo
Grave of the FirefliesNoNoNo
WALL-ENoNoNo
The Dark Knight RisesNoNoNo
American BeautyNoYesNo
AliensNoNoNo
Princess MononokeNoNoNo
OldboyNoNoNo
Citizen KaneNoNoNo
North by NorthwestNoNoNo
Once Upon a Time in AmericaYesNoNo
Das BootNoNoNo
VertigoYesNoNo
Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the JediNoYesNo
Witness for the ProsecutionNoNoNo
MNoNoNo
AmélieNoNoYes
Reservoir DogsYesNoNo
BraveheartNoNoNo
Requiem for a DreamNoNoNo
A Clockwork OrangeNoYesYes
Taxi DriverNoNoNo
Double IndemnityNoNoNo
Toy Story 3NoYesYes
Lawrence of ArabiaNoYesNo
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless MindNoNoYes
Full Metal JacketNoYesNo
AmadeusNoYesNo
2001: A Space OdysseyNoNoNo
Bicycle ThievesNoNoNo
Singin’ in the RainNoNoNo
SnatchNoNoNo
Toy StoryNoYesYes
Monty Python and the Holy GrailNoNoNo
Inglourious BasterdsNoNoNo
The KidNoNoNo
L.A. ConfidentialNoNoNo
For a Few Dollars MoreNoYesNo
The ApartmentYesNoNo
RashomonNoNoNo
Indiana Jones and the Last CrusadeNoNoNo
Scarface (1983)NoYesNo
A SeparationNoNoNo
MetropolisNoNoNo
All About EveNoNoNo
Children of HeavenNoNoNo
YojimboNoNoNo
The Treasure of the Sierra MadreNoNoNo
Batman BeginsNoNoNo
The HuntNoNoNo
3 IdiotsNoNoNo
Children of HeavenYesNoNo
Some Like It HotNoYesNo
UnforgivenNoNoNo
Good Will HuntingYesNoNo
The Third ManNoNoNo
Raging BullNoNoNo
DownfallYesNoNo
Inside OutNoYesNo
Die HardYesNoNo
The Great EscapeNoNoNo
ChinatownNoYesNo
HeatNoNoNo
RoomNoNoNo
On The WaterfrontNoNoNo
Pan’s LabyrinthNoNoNo
My Neighbor TotoroNoNoNo
RanNoNoNo
IkuruNoNoNo
Captain America: Civil WarNoNoNo
Mr Smith Goes to WashingtonNoYesNo
Bridge on the River KwaiNoYesNo
The Gold RushNoNoNo
The Secret In Their EyesNoNoNo
Star Wars: The Force AwakensNoNoNo
The Seventh SealNoNoNo
Blade RunnerNoNoNo
SunriseNoNoNo
Lock Stock and Two Smoking BarrelsNoNoNo
Howl’s Moving CastleNoNoNo
Tokyo StoryNoNoNo
CasinoNoYesNo
The GeneralNoNoNo
Wild StrawberriesNoNoNo
The Elephant ManNoNoNo
WarriorYesNoNo
Wolf of Wall StreetYesNoNo
The MessageNoNoNo
A Beautiful MindNoYesNo
V For VendettaNoNoNo
Judgment at NurenbergNoNoNo
Gran TorinoNoNoNo
The Big LebowskiNoNoNo
IncendiesNoNoNo
The Deer HunterNoNoYes
RebeccaNoNoNo
Gone With The WindNoNoNo
Cool Hand LukeNoYesNo
How to Train Your DragonYesNoNo
ZootopiaNoNoNo
The Sixth SenseNoNoNo
Finding NemoNoNoNo
The ThingNoYesNo
No Country For Old MenYesYesNo
Into The WildYesNoNo
Mary and MaxNoNoNo
Gone GirlNoYesNo
Kill Bill: Vol. 1NoYesNo
It Happened One NightNoNoNo
RushNoNoNo
Life of BrianNoNoNo
There Will Be BloodYesNoNo
Hotel RwandaNoNoNo
PlatoonNoYesNo
The Maltese FalconNoNoNo
Mad Max: Fury RoadNoYesNo
SpotlightNoNoNo
NetworkYesNoNo
The Wages of FearNoNoNo
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance KidYesNoNo
DeadpoolNoNoNo
The 400 BlowsNoNoNo
Shutter IslandNoNoNo
Stand By MeNoYesNo
In the Name of the FatherNoYesNo
PersonaNoNoNo
12 Years a SlaveNoNoNo
The Grand Budapest HotelYesNoNo
Amores PerrosNoNoNo
The Princess BrideNoNoNo
Million Dollar BabyNoYesNo
Ben-HurNoNoNo
Wild TalesNoNoYes
Touch of EvilYesNoNo
Hachi: A Dog’s TaleNoNoNo
Annie HallYesNoNo
The Grapes of WrathNoYesNo
Nausicaa of the Valley of the WindNoNoNo
Jurassic ParkNoYesNo
StalkerNoNoNo
The RevenantNoNoNo
GandhiNoNoNo
DiaboliqueNoNoNo
The Bourne UltimatumNoNoNo
Before SunriseNoYesNo
Donnie DarkoNoNoYes
The Truman ShowNoYesNo
NoNoNo
Memories of MurderNoNoNo
RockyNoYesNo
The Wizard of OzNoNoYes
The TerminatorNoYesNo
Monsters Inc.NoNoNo
The Best Years of Our LivesNoNoNo
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part 2NoYesNo
Twelve MonkeysNoNoNo
Kind Hearts and CoronetsNoNoYes
Groundhog DayNoYesNo
Sin CityYesNoNo
Strangers on a TrainNoYesNo
Infernal AffairsNoNoNo
JawsNoNoNo
La HaineNoNoYes
The Battle of AlgiersNoNoNo
Barry LyndonNoNoNo
PrisonersNoNoNo
Dog Day AfternoonNoNoNo
The MartianNoNoNo
Ip ManYesNoNo
The Imitation GameNoNoNo
Catch Me If You CanNoNoNo
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black PearlNoYesNo
Fanny and AlexanderNoNoNo
The AvengersYesNoNo
Guardians of the GalaxyNoYesNo
The HelpYesNoNo
A Fistful of DollarsNoYesNo
The King’s SpeechYesNoNo
Castle in the SkyNoNoNo
Roman HolidayNoYesNo
High NoonNoYesNo
Throne of BloodNoNoNo
Beauty and the BeastNoNoNo
In the Mood for LoveNoNoNo
Gangs of WasseypurNoNoNo
Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in IndiaNoNoNo
La Dolce VitaNoNoNo

Note: Research conducted w/c 6 June 2016 on Netflix, Amazon Video & Now TV in the UK.

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