Monday, July 1, 2013

Most Popular Movies Survey: Updated List 7/1/2013


What makes a great movie? How do you judge the greatness of a film? Those are hard questions. A lot of people today try to rank the greatness of films by watching films over and over again. They analyze them scene by scene, shot by shot, etc. Sight and Sound called Vertigo the greatest film of all time last year after Citizen Kane held their crown for five decades. American Film Institute has named Citizen Kane as the greatest American film of all time in 1997 and 2007. United Kingdom's Channel 4 named the original Star Wars trilogy as the greatest films of all time. IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes all have there different ways of judging the greatness of a film or what the best films are out there. Here is my opinion on the greatness of films. Is is nearly impossible to judge on greatness. Not everyone likes the same films. Some films work for people, while others don't. Vertigo was ranked by Sight and Sound as the greatest film of all time, but it does not have a single vote on our list. One of the reasons why is because we are looking for the most popular films. What are your favorite movies? That is the question I ask you. I want to know. That's why I constantly spam Facebook with the link to the voting ballot. I want to hear your opinions on the movies you love. What people like is important, not what is great according to film critics and historians. What is entertaining to people. That is what is important.

We all watch movies and we all have our own taste in movies. Some of you prefer the newer films, while others prefer the older ones. However, most of you have sent me a list that had a mix of old masterpieces, new favorites, and guilty pleasures. No list surprises me because the list is your list. It is your opinion. Your taste in entertainment. It is fun to see just how our tastes intersect. There are 521 films on the list (there were 341 films on the first list and 450 films on the second list). You all picked them. Someone described what I do with this survey as me taking the critic out of the equation. Yes, that is true...in a way. I take the professional critic who gets paid to do it out of the equation. I let you decide what are your favorites. No one determines what we like. Determining what makes a film great is a difficult task. However, determining if a film is entertaining is not as difficult. Popularity is a much easier thing to rank. That's what I do here. I hope you all enjoy the list because I enjoy making. I enjoy seeing what you all you love to watch. I might grimace at some of your choices, but as long as you are watching movies then everything is fine. Now, I want to hear what you think of this list. What films are too high? What films are not high enough? Are you surprised by the films that are missing? I know I am. Let me hear you. Also, if you never made your list and you still want to, then click here to go to the ballot.

"-" means there is a tie. The movies in red are ones that moved up since the second list, been added to the list, or has received more votes since the previous lists. There were a lot of changes since the last one.

Most Popular Movies
Ranking
Movie
1
The Dark Knight (Has Increased in Votes)
2
Inception
-
Star Wars: A New Hope
4
The Avengers
-
The Shawshank Redemption
6
Casablanca
-
The Dark Knight Rises
-
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
-
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
-
Pulp Fiction
-
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
12
Forrest Gump
-
Gone with the Wind
-
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
15
The Godfather
-
The Lion King
-
The Wizard of Oz
18
The Boondock Saints
-
The Breakfast Club
-
Goodfellas
-
The Graduate
-
The Green Mile 
-
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
-
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
-
Inglourious Basterds
-
Memento
-
O' Brother Where Art Thou?
-
The Prestige
-
Psycho
-
The Shining
-
Titanic 
32
300
-
American History X
-
Apocalypse Now
-
Back to the Future
-
The Blues Brothers
-
Bridesmaids
-
A Clockwork Orange
-
Fight Club
-
The Goonies
-
Grease
-
The Hunger Games
-
The Incredibles
-
It's a Wonderful Life
-
Midnight in Paris
-
North by Northwest
-
The Princess Bride
-Saving Private Ryan
-
Silence of the Lambs
-
To Kill a Mockingbird
-
Toy Story 3
-
Wall-E
- You've Got Mail
54 (500) Days of Summer
- Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
- Annie Hall
- Batman Begins
- Beauty and the Beast
- The Big Lebowski
- Daddy's Little Girls
- Dirty Dancing 
-Finding Nemo
-The General
- The Hangover
- Jurassic Park
- The King's Speech
- The Last of the Mohicans 
-Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
- Moulin Rouge
- Newsies
- No Country for Old Men
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
- Pretty in Pink
- Same Time, Next Year 
-Star Trek (2009)
-Tangled
-The Third Man
-Toy Story
-Up


Movies with Two Votes
  • 127 Hours
  • Airplane!
  • Aladdin
  • Animal House
  • August Rush
  • Blazing Saddles
  • The Blind Side
  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • Boyz n the Hood
  • Braveheart
  • Casino
  • Casino Royale
  • Catch Me If You Can
  • Citizen Kane
  • Cool Hand Luke
  • Django Unchained
  • Dr. Strangelove
  • Drive
  • Elf
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • The Family Stone
  • Friday
  • Garden State
  • Gladiator
  • Gran Torino
  • Gremlins 2: The New Batch
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • Highlander
  • I Love You, Man
  • In Bruges
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  • Labyrinth
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • The Leopard
  • Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Lost in Translation
  • Love Actually
  • Malcolm X
  • Mean Girls
  • Modern Times
  • Monsters Inc.
  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  • New Jack City
  • The Notebook
  • Ocean's Eleven
  • On the Waterfront
  • Pan's Labyrinth
  • The Patriot
  • The Purple Rose of Cairo
  • Remember the Titans
  • RENT
  • The Rules of the Game
  • Runaway Bride
  • Rush Hour
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
  • Serenity
  • Seven
  • The Seven Samurai
  • Shakespeare in Love
  • Shaun of the Dead
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Singin' in the Rain
  • Sixteen Candles
  • Spider-Man
  • Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan
  • Steel Magnolias
  • Superman: The Movie
  • Tangled
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Tommy Boy
  • Top Gun
  • The Treasure of Sierra Madre
  • The Tree of Life
  • Tropic Thunder
  • Under the Tuscan Sun
  • West Side Story
  • Wet Hot American Summer
  • White Christmas
  • Yes Man
  • Zombieland


Movies with One Vote
  • 8 1/2
  • 10 Things I Hate About You
  • 12 Angry Men
  • 21 Grams
  • 21 Jump Street
  • The 40 Year Old Virgin
  • 101 Dalmatians
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • About Last Night
  • Accepted
  • Act of Valor
  • Adaptation
  • Ali
  • Alien
  • Aliens
  • All the Real Girls
  • Amelie
  • The American President
  • American Psycho
  • Angels in the Outfield
  • Anna and the King
  • Anne of Avonlea
  • Anne of the Thousand Days
  • Argo
  • Arsenic and Old Lace
  • The Artist
  • As Good as it Gets
  • The Assassination of Jesse James
  • Avatar
  • The Aviator
  • Babe
  • Baby Mama
  • Battleship
  • The Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Beginners
  • Beloved
  • The Big Chill
  • Black Hawk Down
  • Blade Runner
  • Blade: Trinity
  • Blood Diamond
  • Blue Streak
  • Big Fish
  • The Bodyguard
  • Bridget Jones' Diary
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • The Bucket List
  • The Burmese Harp
  • Burn After Reading
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  • The Butterfly Effect
  • The Cabin in the Woods
  • Cairo Time
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Cars
  • Chicago
  • Children of Men
  • Chinatown
  • A Christmas Story
  • Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  • Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
  • Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  • City Lights
  • Cloud Atlas
  • Coach Carter
  • Colombiana
  • Conspiracy Theory
  • Contempt (le mepris)
  • Cooley High
  • The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Couples Retreat
  • Courageous
  • Cowboys
  • Cowboys and Aliens
  • The Crazies
  • Crazy, Stupid, Love
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Cry Freedom
  • The Cutting Edge
  • The Dark Crystal
  • Days of Heaven
  • Days of Thunder
  • Delhi Belly
  • Demolition Man
  • The Departed
  • The Descendants
  • The Devil's Rejects
  • Die Hard
  • Dodgeball
  • Dog Soldiers
  • Dogtooth
  • The Double Life of Veronique
  • Dracula
  • Duck Soup
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Elektra
  • Elizabethtown
  • Enchanted
  • Enter the Dragon
  • Ever After
  • Everything is Illuminated
  • The Expendables 2
  • Fantasia
  • Fatal Attraction
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • Field of Dreams
  • The Fifth Element
  • The Fighting Temptations
  • Fireproof
  • Fish Tank
  • The Five Heartbeats
  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • The Fountain
  • Four Rooms
  • Friday Night Lights
  • Friday the 13th (Original)
  • Fried Green Tomatoes
  • From Russia With Love
  • Fruitvale Station
  • Full Metal Jacket
  • Ghostbusters
  • Ghostbusters 2
  • Giant
  • The Girl Can't Help It
  • Glory Road
  • The Godfather Part II
  • The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
  • The Greatest Show on Earth
  • Gremlins
  • Guess Who
  • Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
  • Hairspray
  • Halloween
  • Happy Gilmore
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • He Got Game
  • Heat
  • Heathers
  • High Fidelity
  • High Noon
  • Hiroshima mon amour
  • History of the World Part I
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • The Holiday
  • Home Alone
  • Hoosiers
  • Hot Tub Time Machine
  • House of 1,000 Corpses
  • How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • Hugo
  • Ice Princess
  • The Illusionist
  • Imitation of Life
  • Immortals
  • Into the Wild
  • Ip Man
  • IP Man 2
  • Iron Man 2
  • Irreversible
  • It Happened One Night
  • Jackie Brown
  • Jaws
  • Joe Dirt
  • Joyful Noise
  • Juice
  • Jules and Jim
  • Jurassic Park: The Lost World
  • Kagemusha (Shadow Warrior)
  • The Karate Kid
  • Kick-Ass
  • King Kong (2005)
  • The King of Kong
  • A Knight's Tale
  • L.A. Confidential
  • La Bamba
  • Ladder 49
  • Langoliers
  • Lars and the Real Girl
  • The Last Samurai
  • Last Year at Marienbad
  • Lawless
  • A League of their Own
  • Lean on Me
  • Leap Year
  • The Legend of Bagger Vance
  • Legends of the Fall
  • Letters from Iwo Jima
  • Life Aquatic with Steve Zissuo
  • The Little Mermaid
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • Little Shop of Horrors
  • Little Women
  • Lord of War
  • The Losers
  • Love and Basketball
  • Love Story
  • Lucky Number Slevin
  • Magnolia
  • Man on Fire
  • MASH
  • The Matrix
  • The Matrix Revolutions
  • Meet the Robinsons
  • Menace II Society
  • Mere Brother Ki Dulhan
  • Milk
  • Miss Congeniality
  • Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol
  • Mo' Better Blues
  • Moby Dick
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Mrs. Doubtfire
  • Mud
  • Mulan
  • Mulholland Drive
  • The Mummy
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol
  • Muppet Classic Theatre
  • The Muppet Movie
  • The Muppets
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Mystery Team
  • Napoleon Dynamite
  • The Negotiator
  • Never Back Down
  • The Neverending Story
  • The Next Three Days
  • Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Nightmare on Elm Street (Original)
  • Notting Hil
  • Now You See Me
  • Ocean's Twelve
  • The Other Guys
  • Our Idiot Brother
  • Our Town
  • Paper Moon
  • Paris, Texas
  • The Passion of the Christ
  • Patch Adams
  • Pearl Harbor
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Peter Pan
  • The Philadelphia Story
  • The Pianist
  • The Piano
  • Pillow Talk
  • Pizza
  • Pocahontas
  • Poetic Justice
  • Porkys
  • The Preacher's Wife
  • Pretty Woman
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Pride and Prejudice (1990s)
  • Purple Rain
  • Raising Arizona
  • Rashomon
  • The Raven
  • Ray
  • Reign Over Me
  • The Replacements
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • The Road
  • Robin Hood (Disney)
  • Robin Hood: Men in Tights
  • RoboCop
  • Rock n Rolla
  • Rocky Balboa
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion
  • The Royal Tenenbaums
  • Rozencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
  • RV
  • The Sandlot
  • The Santa Clause
  • Saturday Night Fever
  • Save the Last Dance
  • Say Anything
  • Scarface
  • Scary Movie 2
  • Schindler's List
  • School of Rock
  • The Searchers
  • Secondhand Lions
  • Serial Mom
  • The Seventh Continent
  • The Seventh Seal
  • Sex and the City
  • She's Out of My League
  • Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows
  • Shooter
  • Shutter Island
  • Signs
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • The Sixth Man
  • Skyfall
  • Slacker
  • Sleepless in Seattle
  • Slumdog Millionaire
  • Snatch
  • The Social Network
  • Solaris
  • Somewhere in Time
  • Space Jam
  • Sparkle
  • Spice World
  • The Spongebob Squarepants Movie
  • St. Elmo's Fire
  • Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
  • Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
  • Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
  • Starship Troopers
  • Stay
  • Step Up 3D
  • Stepbrothers
  • Stepmom
  • A Streetcar Named Desire
  • The Stuntman
  • Sunshine
  • Super 8
  • Superbad
  • Taken
  • The Taking of Pelham 123
  • Team America: World Police
  • Tears of the Sun
  • Ted
  • The Temptations
  • The Ten Commandments
  • The Terminator
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  • They Live
  • They Were Expendable
  • Think Like a Man
  • Thor
  • Three Women
  • TiMER
  • Trading Places
  • Traffic
  • Training Day
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  • The Truman Show
  • The Tulip Era
  • The Usual Suspects
  • V for Vendetta
  • A Very Long Engagement
  • Viva Las Vegas
  • Waiting for Forever
  • Waiting to Exhale
  • Waking Life
  • Walk the Line
  • War of the Worlds
  • Warm Bodies
  • Warrior
  • We Are Marshall
  • We Bought a Zoo
  • Wedding Crashers
  • The Wedding Singer
  • What About Bob?
  • White Men Can't Jump
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  • Wolf
  • Wristcutters
  • X-Men: First Class
  • Yojimbo
  • You Again
  • Young Frankenstein

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