The Wizard of Oz Named the Most Influential Movie
The Wizard of Oz Named the Most Influential Movie

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The most influential movie has officially been named.

Researchers at the University of Turin in Italy have given the title to Wizard of OZ after studying more than 47,000 movies, according to Yahoo! The movie was crowned the winner after findings showed it had the most references made to it in other movies, and the most spin-offs.

According to the study, Oz beat Star Wars and Psycho, which came in second and third, as well as fourth and fifth place finishers King Kong and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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“We propose an alternative method to box office takings, which are affected by factors beyond the quality of the film such as advertising and distribution,  and reviews, which are ultimately subjective, for analyzing the success of a film,” said lead researcher Dr Livio Bioglio, according to Yahoo!

“We have developed an algorithm that uses references between movies as a measure for success, and which can also be used to evaluate the career of directors, actors and actresses, by considering their participation in top-scoring movies.”

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The movie was released in 1939 and featured Judy Garland as Dorothy, a simple farm girl from Kansas who is transported to the land of Oz before ruby red slippers bring her back home.

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Check out the top 20 below:

  1. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

  2. Star Wars (1977)

  3. Psycho (1960)

  4. King Kong (1933)

  5. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

  6. Metropolis (1927)

  7. Citizen Kane (1941)

  8. The Birth of a Nation (1915)

  9. Frankenstein (1931)

  10. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

  11. Casablanca (1942)

  12. Dracula (1931)

  13. The Godfather (1972)

  14. Jaws (1975)

  15. Nosferatu (1922)

  16. The Searchers (1956)

  17. Cabiria (1914)

  18. Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

  19. Gone With the Wind (1939)

  20. Battleship Potemkin (1925)

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