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It's been a good week for Christopher Nolan's inception after it shot onto screens with glowing reviews and huge box office takings. And it's about to get better with news that film website IMDb (the internet movie database for those not in the know) has it at number three in its top 250 films of all time list. Not bad for a film that's a week old.

The list is calculated based on user's votes giving a 1–10 star rating. And although Inception has fewer votes than most films on the list due to its relative infancy, the ranking is decided by averaging the votes for any one film meaning that the sheer level of early goodwill towards the flick has rocketed it up the list. It sits just behind first place film The Shawshank Redemption (16 years old and with over 500,700 votes) and The Godfather Part One (38 years old, over 398,000 votes). Fellow newbie Toy Story 3 is at number 8.

Find out more after the jump... It's been a good week for Christopher Nolan's inception after it shot onto screens with glowing reviews and huge box office takings. And it's about to get better with news that film website IMDb (the internet movie database for those not in the know) has it at number three in its top 250 films of all time list. Not bad for a film that's a week old.

The list is calculated based on user's votes giving a 1–10 star rating. And although Inception has fewer votes than most films on the list due to its relative infancy, the ranking is decided by averaging the votes for any one film meaning that the sheer level of early goodwill towards the flick has rocketed it up the list. It sits just behind first place film The Shawshank Redemption (16 years old and with over 500,700 votes) and The Godfather Part One (38 years old, over 398,000 votes). Fellow newbie Toy Story 3 is at number 8.

Although people might argue that a film which hasn't even made it to DVD yet can't be judged to be better than classics like Schindler's List (7th), One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (10th) and Citizen Kane(36th), it really depends on whether you think longevity counts for anything or whether a film should be judged on its merit whether it was released today or a hundred years ago.

Either way, it is probably inevitable that the film will slip down the list after an early surge as is so often the case (Lord of The Rings used to be in the top 5 and now sits at 13th).

One thing for sure is that Inception is a triumph for intelligent and thoughtful filmmaking (it doesn't hurt that they blow stuff up pretty well too) and further cements British filmmaker Christopher Nolan as one of the best directors working today. If you don't believe us you just have to consult IMDb's list to see his other films: The Dark Knight (12th), Memento (29th), The Prestige (73rd) and Batman Begins (109th).

What do you think? Does Inception deserve its high ranking or does it need to prove it can stay there first?