The Top Movies Of All Time According To…

Gone With The WindIt may have premiered 75 years ago, but it would appear that Wind has still got legs: when asked to name their favorite movie of all time, the septuagenarian Civil War epic Gone with the Wind is Americans’ top pick again (the film was also America’s favorite movie in 2008).

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. Meanwhile, Titanic is doing anything but sinking; after not making the top 10 in 2008, the 1997 love story may not quite be king of the world this time around – but surely rounding out the top three is none too shabby. 

These are some of the results of The Harris Poll® of 2,276 U.S. adults surveyed online between November 12 and 17, 2014.

The remainder of the top 10 list represents a mix of genres and ages:

  • The Godfather must have made someone an offer they couldn’t refuse, as the crime classic has risen five spots to #4 this year.
  • Perhaps helped along by the continuing tales of Middle Earth hitting movie screens in recent years, The Lord of the Rings shows little change – it drops one spot from its 2008 position, coming in this year at #5.
  • Music plays a prominent role in the next three films on the list. In fact, it’s right there in the title for film #6, The Sound of Music, which drops one spot from 2008.
    • Dirty Dancing may not be a musical in the traditional sense, but its soundtrack – which stands as one of the best-selling albums of all time – certainly may have played a role in its 7th-place finish (the film was not among the top 10 in 2008).
    • And of course, there’s no place like… the top 10 list – even if you have slipped a couple of spots. The Wizard of Oz, what with its ruby slippers, emerald cities and yellow brick roads, is #8 among Americans’ favorite films, down two spots from 2008.
  • It’s a Wonderful Life, Frank Capra’s tale of the difference one good person can make in the world, takes spot #9 after not making it onto the top 10 in 2008. Meanwhile, E.T. phones home from the #10 spot, also making it onto the top 10 list for the first time.


With four films making it onto the top 10 list for the first time, that means four former inhabitants of that list relinquished their top-10 status this year:

  • Casablanca may have seen the beginning of a beautiful friendship, but that wasn’t enough to help it maintain its #3 spot from 2008.
  • The Notebook, meanwhile, seems to have been written out of the #7 position it held the last time around.
  • Forrest Gump fell off the top 10 list after coming in 8th in 2008; perhaps he can comfort himself with a nice box of chocolates.
  • And in an inconceivable turn of events, The Princess Bride drops off the top 10 after a 9th-place tie in 2008. “As you wish,” indeed!

(Full results, including data tables, available here)

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