POLL: The most influential films of all time, round one, part five

Posted by · 11:01 am · May 13th, 2009

I’ve got family coming into town this afternoon, and since this week’s poll had three runaway winners in “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “The Godfather” and “Pulp Fiction,” and I doubt three more hours will close the gap on the stragglers (poor “Jurassic Park”), I think it’s time for a new installment.  Next week will be the final round one poll and we’ll be closer to the end and your view of the 10 most influential films of all time.

Once again, check the background on this series here.  Have a look in the left sidebar and chalk up no more than three films to survive and move on to the next round.  This week should make for an easier selection than last week.  As always, though, it’s a random assortment.  Blame the fates if you find yourself facing a Sophie’s Choice.

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  • 1 5-13-2009 at 12:07 pm

    chad said...

    City of God? Who recommended that? And who are the 7 people who voted for it so far?

  • 2 5-13-2009 at 12:21 pm

    Steen said...

    Jaws, Snow White and Stagecoach, the last of which won pretty much a toss-up with Seven Samurai.

    Halloween was also difficult to leave out.

  • 3 5-13-2009 at 2:02 pm

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    Snow White, Jaws and Seven Samurai. I don’t think one can vote for both Snow White and Toy Story. They’re both animation film landmarks but in light of the other films Snow White really started it all.

  • 4 5-13-2009 at 2:52 pm

    Ben said...

    I voted for Snow White, Jaws, and Seven Samurai. I wanted to vote for Toy Story, but I couldn’t justify including 2 animated films.

  • 5 5-13-2009 at 2:58 pm

    M.Harris said...

    Got to agree with Chad on City of God as far as being influential.I loved the movie.In my humble opinion one of the best films that I’ve see in a few years.But influential? To what and whom?

  • 6 5-13-2009 at 3:09 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Another one for “Snow White,” “Jaws,” and “Seven Samurai.”

  • 7 5-13-2009 at 3:31 pm

    Cameron said...

    Seven Samurai, City of God, and Snow White all the way.

    And honestly, the inclusion of Fight Club is laughable-while it is one of my favorite movies (#13), I doubt it’s one of the most influential

  • 8 5-13-2009 at 3:38 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    But “City of God” is?

    I love the film and all, but I don’t follow that reasoning.

  • 9 5-13-2009 at 5:25 pm

    Joel said...

    Jaws, Toy Story, Halloween. Yuh.

  • 10 5-13-2009 at 6:42 pm

    Bill said...

    I suppose Fight Club is there because of the psycho-twist element, which a mess of other films have applied.

    It’s not Fight Club’s innovation though-it’s the “Keyser Soze” effect from The Usual Suspects back in 1991.

    Plus, Hitchcock mastered this stuff way back in the first half of the century. Singer and Christopher McQuarrie – with help from Kevin Spacey – repackaged it and popularized it for a new generation. Fight Club didn’t really do crap.

    I personally hate Fight Club and don’t know why it was included.

  • 11 5-13-2009 at 8:09 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    Where was City of Gods influence you ask? Its called Slumdog Millionaire guys

  • 12 5-13-2009 at 8:24 pm

    Bill said...

    One movie, which was released last year. Hardly justifies a spot on the “most influential of all-time” list.

  • 13 5-13-2009 at 8:25 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    I agree Bill, Im just sayin

  • 14 5-13-2009 at 8:31 pm

    Cameron said...

    Alright Guy I see your point-I try to judge my answers in these polls in a fair and impartial way, but it’s hard not to let my favorites slip on now and again. My runner-up was Rebel without a cause, but I just had to put City of God instead

  • 15 5-13-2009 at 9:06 pm

    Zac said...

    Snow White and the Seven Dwarves – Showed that feature length animation was possible.

    Toy Story – Showed that CGI could be in service to the story.

    Seven Samurai – Introduced Kurosawa to the West and was the genesis of the team action movie.

  • 16 5-14-2009 at 5:08 am

    Glenn said...

    “City of God” influenced “Slumdog Millionaire” so that’s something.

    I voted for “Halloween” (every single slasher movie owes it something and while that alone might not be enough to pick it just look at the box office for the past ten years and you’ll see that what “Halloween” did is by far more noticeable, money-generating and important than anything “The Godfather” (or “The Godfather Part II” lol) did to the film landscape. Whether you like it or not more filmmakers have been influenced by “Halloween” (and “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” from a previous poll) than by most other movies you could name.

    “Toy Story”, because while “Snow White” introduced feature length animation to the world it remained the realm of Disney for nearly a century. It wasn’t until “Toy Story” came along that saw an explosion of animation by different companies and without it we’d probably have no animation at all except for a 2D disney flick with an Alan Menkin score every couple of years.

    “Rebel Without a Cause”. I threw a vote it’s way because “Jaws” did not need my help and I’m erring on the side of personal choice here. Besides, James Dean is one of the most influential actors of all time and you still his influence today and it was this role that made it. It changed the way teenagers could be portrayed and it was also a very important fixture of the evolution of queer cinema.

  • 17 5-14-2009 at 11:37 am

    chad said...

    The Usual Suspects is from 1995

  • 18 5-14-2009 at 7:17 pm

    Bill said...