Top 250 Movies. Criteria to be one of the 250?

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Regarding the Top 250 Movies list, I'd like to ask what is the criteria for a title qualified to be counted as a candidate of the list.

There is one title that I have just looked up upon just now, and up till this point of time it still has not been counted as one of the 'Top 250 Movies'. Why?

Thank you.
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Wei Jay Tan

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At the bottom of the Top 250 page
it says:
The Top Rated Movie list only includes theatrical features.
  • Shorts, TV movies, and documentaries are not included
  • The list is ranked by a formula which includes the number of ratings each movie received from users, and value of ratings received from regular users
  • To be included on the list, a movie must receive ratings from at least 25000 users
Learn more about how list ranking is determined.
At the "learn more" link, it says:
Why doesn't a title with the average user vote of 9.4 appear in your top 250 Movies or TV list?

As indicated at the Top Rated Movies page, only votes from regular IMDb voters are considered when creating the top 250 out of the full voting database. This explains any difference between the vote averages reported in the top 250 lists and those on the individual title pages. This also explains why movies or shows you might think from their averages ought to appear on the list yet do not actually appear there.

To maintain the effectiveness of the top 250 lists, we deliberately do not disclose the criteria used for a person to be counted as a regular voter.

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I see. Thank you.

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