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Film Industry's List of 100 Favorite Films in The Hollywood Reporter Is Same Old Story

Thompson on Hollywood By Ryan Lattanzio and Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood June 30, 2014 at 12:40PM

This week, The Hollywood Reporter published a list of Hollywood's 100 favorite films, according to 2,120 film industry insiders that included actors, writers, directors, agents and executives. The results? Nothing new.
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The Godfather: Part II
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This week, The Hollywood Reporter published a list of Hollywood's 100 favorite films, according to 2,120 film industry insiders that included actors, writers, directors, agents and executives.

Unsurprisingly, there are no surprises here. It's the same old poll we've seen time and again, as in AFI's 100 Years 100 Movies list, with "Citizen Kane" again topping the chart (it was recently dethroned by "Vertigo" in Sight and Sound's top 50 movies poll). While "The Shawshank Redemption" (number four) and "Forrest Gump" (number 14) are good films that duked it out for Best Picture in 1995, they're too high on this list. Is the white male demo, likely the bulk of THR's participants, patting itself on the back here?

Criticwire took the poll to task in a recent post outlining the galling dearth of documentaries, foreign films, films by women and films from non-white directors. The prevalence of these arbitrary top 100 lists seems to be bullying, to a degree, the film community into following the party line. TIME's 2011 lists are far more interesting and diverse and colorful. (Here are IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, AMC and EW's lists.) 

THR's list is full of familiar names and faces--here's a look at some of the most (not-so) interesting results of the industry poll:

  • Among directors, Steven Spielberg has the most films on the list--seven, to be precise--among them "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" at number eight, "Schindler's List" at number 10 and "Raiders of the Lost Ark" at number 13.
  • Marlon Brando is the most-represented actor, with five movies on the list (including, of course, "The Godfather," which came in number one).  Jack Nicholson and Robert De Niro are tied for second with four films each.
  • Christopher Nolan's "Inception" (at number 84) is the most recent release in the lineup, while 1939's "Wizard of Oz" (number two) and "Gone With the Wind" (number 15) are the oldest.
  • The 1990s was the most popular decade for films with 24 films on the list, followed by the 1970s (18), the 2000s (15) and the 1980s (15).
  • Not surprisingly, older voters chose older movies as their favorites: for example, participants aged 20-29 chose "Pulp Fiction," while participants over 80 chose "Casablanca."
  • Twenty percent of THR's list was comprised of comedies, even though only 3.5 percent of best picture winners have been comedies.
  • Five animated movies made the list: Disney's "The Lion King" and "The Beauty and the Beast" as well as Disney/Pixar's "Toy Story," "Wall-E" and "Up."

Check out THR's full list of Hollywood's 100 favorite films here.  After the jump, you can watch a mash-up of all 100 films, complete with some very serious underscoring.

This article is related to: The Hollywood Reporter, Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan, Walt Disney, Pixar


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.