Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films List: Surprising Facts and Stats

5:40 PM PST 06/28/2014 by THR Staff

Which director and decade ruled the rankings? Which movies did women like more than men? THR highlights the most interesting intel from the entertainment-industry ranking.

The Hollywood Reporter published its first definitive entertainment-industry ranking of cinema's best Wednesday, with 1972's The Godfather named Hollywood's No. 1 favorite movie.

A total of 2,120 industry insiders participated, including Fox chief Jim Gianopulos, Disney's Alan Horn, director Gary Ross, producer Frank Marshall, Warners' Sue Kroll, agent Robert Newman, attorney John Burke, filmmaker John Singleton, producer-writer Vince Gilligan and many more.

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THR highlights 10 of the most interesting facts and statistics from the poll.

1. Steven Spielberg is the director with the most movies on the list with seven: 1982's E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (No. 8), 1993's Schindler's List (No. 10), 1981's Raiders of the Lost Ark (No. 13), 1975's Jaws (No. 24), 1996's Saving Private Ryan (No. 46), 1993's Jurassic Park (No. 50) and 1977's Close Encounters of the Third Kind (No. 93).

2. Marlon Brando, meanwhile, is the No. 1 actor on the list with five movies, including 1972's The Godfather (No. 1) and 1979's Apocalypse Now (No. 17). Jack Nicholson and Robert De Niro are tied for the second-most films with four each.

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3. Christopher Nolan's 2010 release Inception (No. 84) is the most recent movie to make the list. The oldest are 1939's Wizard of Oz (No. 2) and Gone With the Wind (No. 15).

PHOTOS Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films
PHOTOS Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films

4. The 1990s were the most popular decade for films in the top 100 with 24, followed by the 1970s (18), the 2000s (15), the 1980s (15) and the 1960s (12).

5. In breaking down favorite movies by occupation, two dominated the conversation: 1941's Citizen Kane (No. 3) and The Godfather. Actors and editors favored Citizen Kane, while agents, writers, directors and executives preferred The Godfather.

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6. There was a clear correlation between the top movies in each age bracket and the release dates of those movies; the older the voter, the older the movie s/he picked as their favorite. For instance, those aged 20-29 chose 1994's Pulp Fiction, while those 70-79 picked 1941's Citizen Kane and participants 80-89 gave 1942's Casablanca top billing.

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7. Four movies featured on the list won Academy Awards for feature debut performances: 1999's American Beauty (No. 34) and 1961's West Side Story (No. 61) gave their first-time directors Oscars, 1964's Mary Poppins (No. 64) won Julie Andrews her first best actress award and 1954's On the Waterfront (No. 80) won Eva Marie Saint best supporting actress.

8. The percentage of comedies on THR's top 100 list was roughly 20 percent, but the Academy has only awarded 3.5 percent of its best picture winners to the genre.

9. Animated movies took up five slots, with two of them lone Disney offerings (1994's The Lion King, No. 66; 1991's Beauty and the Beast, No. 86) and the remaining three Disney/Pixar pairings (1995's Toy Story, No. 43; 2008's Wall-E, No. 79; 2009's Up, No. 92).

10. The top movies for women and men were drastically different. The top three movies among women were, in order, The Wizard of Oz, Shawshank Redemption and The Godfather, while men preferred The Godfather, Citizen Kane and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

View the complete 100 films list. 

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