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Harris Poll: Gone with the Wind #1. The force is still strong with Star Wars in the #2 spot; Titanic rises from the depths to #3

Year end always brings ‘best of’ lists.  Between November 12 and 17, 2014 The Harris Poll® surveyed 2,276 U.S. adults online and asked them to name their favorite movie of all time.  The results:

Gone with the Wind, (which was also America’s favorite movie in 2008) is number one again.

With six movies in the can and a much-discussed trailer now making the rounds for Episode Seven, Star Wars soars into the same runner up position it held in 2008, followed by Titanic in the number three spot. The remainder of the top 10 list represents a mix of genres and ages:

  • 4.  The Godfather 
  • 5. The Lord of the Rings 
  • 6. The Sound of Music 
  • 7. Dirty Dancing  
  • 8. The Wizard of Oz
  • 9. It’s a Wonderful Life 
  • 10. E.T. 

Movies that fell out of previous Harris Poll top tens included: Casablanca,  The NotebookForrest Gump and  The Princess Bride.

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Favourite films vary among different groups

  • As most might expect, gender plays a role. Men are most likely to list Star Wars as their favorite film, followed by The Godfather and Titanic. Women, meanwhile, name Gone with the WindTitanic and Dirty Dancing as their top three.
  • Among Millennials, Titanic is the top film followed by Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. Gen Xers put Star Wars first, with Titanic and The Godfather rounding out the top three. Gone with the Wind is the top pick among Baby Boomers and Matures alike, though their selections diverge from there; Star Wars and Titanic round out the top three for Baby Boomers, while for Matures it’s The Sound of Music and The Godfather.

Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter surveyed Hollywood executives for  their top ten all time – the results:

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Movie review website, Rotten Tomatoes based their all time top ten on audience reactions submitted via their website. They had quite different results but produced an eclectic mix. We’re also including their best of the year for the past ten years so that you have something to search for on Netflix if you run out of movie ideas during the holiday season!

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(Full results, including data tables, available here)

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