Wizard of Oz No.1 of top most influential movies of all time

Dorothy, Toto and their strange friends beat out Star Wars in a study to find the most influential films of all time.

Many people consider a Film to be successful due to its box office takings, or the critical acclaim the movie receives. However, it turns out some movies are more influential on the people that watched them than others.

Researchers from the University of Turin in Italy came up with a different way to measure the success of 47,000 popular films by finding out how they influence people. Using their new method they came up with the list of the top five movies below. According to The Guardian, the team used references from the IMDb website as well as data relating to the film's year of release, its genre and in which country it was produced.

As reported by Newsweek, researchers also took note of the actors and directors involved in each film to analyse the patterns and trends. According to the study, the most influential movies were made mostly in the US and prior to 1980.

They picked out the top 20, five of which are detailed below, with trailers, in case you missed the film. According to their study, which The Guardian notes was published in Applied Network Science, it turns out “The Wizard of Oz” thoroughly beat out “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope."


The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Top of the list is “The Wizard of Oz,” the tale of Dorothy and Toto being whisked off to Oz by a Tornado. Everyone remembers those famous words, “We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto.” The story of Dorothy and her strange companions, the Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow are emblazoned on every child’s mind since the film came out in 1939. The film starred a young Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Frank Morgan, Bert Lahr, Billie Burke, Jack Haley and Margaret Hamilton.


Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

Next in line is a “Star Wars” film, which featured the Imperial Forces, under Darth Vader (David Prowse) holding Princess Leia (the late Carrie Fisher) hostage to try to stop the rebellion against the Galactic Empire. Han Solo (Harrison) for, captain of the Millennium Falcon joins with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), R2-D2 and C-3PO to rescue the princess, give aid to the Rebel Alliance and generally restore justice and freedom to the Galaxy.


Psycho (1960)

This Alfred Hitchcock special starred Janet Leigh as Marion Crane, a secretary from Phoenix who is on the lam, having stolen $40,000 from her employer so she could run away with her boyfriend Sam (John Gavin). She travels on back roads to avoid the law and end up at the Bates Motel, where she meets the manager, Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), who is a little unhinged. Who can forget the “Ching, ching, ching” as Bates stabs Marion?


King Kong (1933)

King Kong features Fay Wray as Ann Darrow who travels with film director Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong) to a film location for shoots for a new jungle film. Ann falls in love with First Mate John Driscoll (played by Bruce Cabot). They arrive at a mysterious island for the shoot, where natives take Ann hostage to sacrifice her to Kong, a huge ape who rules their jungle. Kong is captured and Ann is rescued, but then the trouble begins.


2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

“2001: A Space Odyssey” is a space opera and story which covers from the dawn of man to when humanity reaches the stars. It tells the story of the mysterious Black Monolith, the evolution of man and the rise (and difficulties experienced with) AI’s new supercomputer, HAL 9000.


Other films that made the list

The other films on the list in numerical order are Metropolis (1927), Citizen Kane (1941), The Birth of a Nation (1915), Frankenstein (1931), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Casablanca (1942), Dracula (1931), The Godfather (1972), Jaws (1975), Nosferatu (1922), The Searchers (1956), Cabiria (1914), Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), Gone with the Wind (1939) and Battleship Potemkin (1925)

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