BFI unveils results of Visions for the Future poll

Almost 20,000 took part in national movie survey

LONDON -- Ridley Scott's "Bladerunner," "Stalker," by Andrei Tarkovsky and Franc Roddam's "Quadrophenia" topped the British Film Institute’s Visions for the Future poll after a month of nationwide voting, debating and reflection in the media and online in the blogosphere.

The poll, set up and run as part of the BFI's year-long 75th birthday celebrations, also includes David Lean's "Lawrence of Arabia" and Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather" in its top five.

Almost 20,000 people participated, voting in ballot boxes across the U.K. and online through the BFI website and YouTube.

To kickstart the debate, the BFI initially asked 75 guest contributors from film, television and current affairs to nominate which film they’d like to show to future generations, and the reasons for their choice.

Contributors included Cate Blanchett, Asif Kapadia, Kathy Lette, Simon Pegg and Ben Kingsley.

The top five choices will be screened at BFI Southbank from January 2009 with the aim to extend to various regional venues.