The Shawshank Redemption movie has consistently been voted as one of the most popular movies in opinion polls. Below are a summary of the the movies position in many opinion polls
- The Internet Movie Database considers The Shawshank Redemption as one of the greatest movies of all time. It is one of the only two movies with a 9.0 average rating. The Godfather is the other.
- The Shawshank Redemption has at times been voted the greatest movie of all time in the IMDB and Yahoo polls.
- Empire film magazine ranked The Shawshank Redemption 5th in 2004 and 1st in 2006 in its greatest movies of all time
- Roger Ebert, a respected film critic, listed The Shawshank Redemption on his "Great Movies" list in 1999
- Voted #1 Must See Movie of all time by listeners of Capital FM in London