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Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Most "referenced" movies on IMDb

Another interesting way of looking at movies is the number of times a movie is referenced by other movies. It gives some indication of how influential a movie has been and how it has infiltrated our culture. I downloaded the movie links data from the IMDb (see this page) and summed up, for each movie, the number of other movies that it was "referenced in", "spoofed in", or "featured in" other movies.

Number one, with 502 references, is The Wizard of Oz. Think of how many times you've heard "I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore," "I'll get you my pretty... and your little dog too!," "Lions, and tigers, and bears! Oh, my!" or "I'm melting! I'm melting!" You have to see these movies just to know what people are talking about, whether or not the movies are good--but mostly they are good.

One of the movies that is missing from the New York Times list (see previous post) is The Matrix. Although the movie makes no sense upon close examination, it's still an unbelievably cool movie, whose style has been very influential. It is the only movie from the 1990s that is in the top ten most-referenced. It's astounding that the Times' list does not contain it, but does have lesser action flicks, such as Mad Max. Not that I consider Mad Max a bad movie--and Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior is terrific! But, really, The Matrix not in the top one thousand??!? As an exercise to the reader, find the visual reference to Mad Max in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

Without further ado, here's the list of the most referenced films:

Rank References Title
1 502 Wizard of Oz, The (1939)
2 496 Star Wars (1977)
3 336 Psycho (1960)
4 261 Godfather, The (1972)
5 259 "Star Trek" (1966)
6 249 Casablanca (1942)
7 244 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
8 223 Jaws (1975)
9 198 Gone with the Wind (1939)
10 188 Matrix, The (1999)
11 186 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
12 183 Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
13 181 Pulp Fiction (1994)
14 179 Taxi Driver (1976)
15 178 Alien (1979)
16 174 Apocalypse Now (1979)
17 171 Terminator, The (1984)
18 165 King Kong (1933)
19 164 Exorcist, The (1973)
20 162 Frankenstein (1931)
21 161 Citizen Kane (1941)
22 157 Shining, The (1980)
23 157 Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
24 155 Rosemary's Baby (1968)
25 151 Clockwork Orange, A (1971)
26 144 Vertigo (1958)
27 143 Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
28 139 Night of the Living Dead (1968)
29 136 Titanic (1997)
30 134 Silence of the Lambs, The (1991)
31 134 Jurassic Park (1993)
32 131 Texas Chain Saw Massacre, The (1974)
33 128 Aliens (1986)
34 122 It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
35 121 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
36 113 Blade Runner (1982)
37 110 Rocky (1976)
38 107 Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
39 104 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
40 104 Dirty Harry (1971)
41 103 Nightmare On Elm Street, A (1984)
42 102 Scarface (1983)
43 102 Graduate, The (1967)
44 102 Dracula (1931/I)
45 100 Superman (1978)
46 99 Halloween (1978)
47 96 "Simpsons, The" (1989)
48 94 Singin' in the Rain (1952)
49 92 Friday the 13th (1980)
50 92 Carrie (1976)
51 91 Buono, il brutto, il cattivo, Il (1966)
52 91 "I Love Lucy" (1951)
53 90 Goldfinger (1964)
54 89 Reservoir Dogs (1992)
55 89 North by Northwest (1959)
56 88 Sound of Music, The (1965)
57 86 Planet of the Apes (1968)
58 85 "Twilight Zone, The" (1959)
59 81 Batman (1989)
60 79 Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
61 78 Blair Witch Project, The (1999)
62 77 Forrest Gump (1994)
63 76 Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922)
64 76 Metropolis (1927)
65 74 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
66 74 Dr. No (1962)
67 74 "X Files, The" (1993)
68 73 Saturday Night Fever (1977)
69 73 Gojira (1954)
70 73 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
71 73 Back to the Future (1985)
72 72 Sunset Blvd. (1950)
73 72 Evil Dead, The (1981)
74 71 Rear Window (1954)
75 71 Deliverance (1972)
76 71 Birds, The (1963)
77 69 "Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The" (1962)
78 68 Independence Day (1996)
79 68 Die Hard (1988)
80 68 "Gilligan's Island" (1964)
81 67 Triumph des Willens (1934)
82 67 RoboCop (1987)
83 67 Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
84 67 Full Metal Jacket (1987)
85 67 Easy Rider (1969)
86 66 Ghost Busters (1984)
87 66 "Brady Bunch, The" (1969)
88 65 On the Waterfront (1954)
89 65 Maltese Falcon, The (1941)
90 65 Goodfellas (1990)
91 65 Blues Brothers, The (1980)
92 65 "Saturday Night Live" (1975)
93 65 "Oprah Winfrey Show, The" (1986)
94 64 Shaft (1971)
95 64 Mary Poppins (1964)
96 63 Spartacus (1960)
97 63 "Batman" (1966/II)
98 62 Third Man, The (1949)
99 62 Streetcar Named Desire, A (1951)
100 62 Some Like It Hot (1959)
101 62 Lion King, The (1994)
102 62 High Noon (1952)
103 62 Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
104 62 "Jeopardy!" (1984)

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Monday, July 12, 2004

Best movies that are not in New York Times List

By Ken

Via Newmark's Door, I see the New York Times list of The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made, also available in convenient dead tree format. Craig Newmark notes one favorite movie of his that's not on the list. I was surprised to easily find a few great movies not on the list.

Rather than just note favorite movies of mine that are not on the list, I decided to be a bit systematic about it and find which movies from the Internet Movie Database's "Top 250 movies as voted by our users" are missing. You'd expect that most of them would be on the list, since the Times has 1,000 places and IMDb only lists 250.

Here's the list of those spurned by the Times (with the IMDb ranking as of July 9, 2004):

RankRatingTitleVotes
2.8.9Shawshank Redemption, The (1994)121,085
3.8.9Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The (2003)67,490
9.8.7Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The (2002)88,830
9.8.7Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The (2001)130,998
13.8.6Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)88,332
19.8.6Memento (2000)73,335
28.8.5Cidade de Deus (2002)14,025
30.8.4American Beauty (1999)92,955
32.8.4C'era una volta il West (1968)12,433
34.8.4Matrix, The (1999)121,388
41.8.3Fight Club (1999)89,771
43.8.3Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)14,076
46.8.3Boot, Das (1981)24,305
52.8.3Requiem for a Dream (2000)36,168
54.8.3Se7en (1995)72,706
56.8.3Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)50,749
60.8.2Alien (1979)52,767
62.8.2American History X (1998)47,298
63.8.2Léon (1994)41,307
64.8.2Sting, The (1973)19,981
68.8.2Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)42,742
69.8.2Vita è bella, La (1997)31,991
71.8.2Finding Nemo (2003)28,342
74.8.2Modern Times (1936)8,284
76.8.2Great Escape, The (1963)16,506
83.8.2Wo hu cang long (2000)44,507
84.8.1Braveheart (1995)78,571
86.8.1Metropolis (1927)9,728
91.8.1City Lights (1931)6,307
92.8.1Blade Runner (1982)64,777
93.8.1Donnie Darko (2001)34,075
94.8.1General, The (1927)5,441
95.8.1Sixth Sense, The (1999)81,876
99.8.1Nuovo cinema Paradiso (1989)11,549
100.8.1Princess Bride, The (1987)46,469
101.8.1Mononoke-hime (1997)15,005
109.8.0Lola rennt (1998)26,949
110.8.0Toy Story 2 (1999)34,137
113.8.0Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)65,636
116.8.0Forrest Gump (1994)74,268
118.8.0Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)20,992
119.8.0Dogville (2003)7,419
120.8.0Glory (1989)18,684
122.8.0Mystic River (2003)15,846
125.8.0Once Upon a Time in America (1984)14,822
130.8.0Green Mile, The (1999)48,764
133.8.0Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)69,534
138.8.0Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)9,523
142.7.9Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)51,890
145.7.9Christmas Story, A (1983)16,473
148.7.9Amores perros (2000)11,006
150.7.9Lost in Translation (2003)26,643
153.7.9Gold Rush, The (1925)5,180
155.7.9Spider-Man 2 (2004)11,081
158.7.9Bronenosets Potyomkin (1925)4,645
159.7.9Life of Brian (1979)27,671
164.7.9Witness for the Prosecution (1957)4,141
165.7.9Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The (1962)5,923
166.7.9Charade (1963)7,329
167.7.9Ying xiong (2002)7,666
168.7.9Gladiator (2000)76,809
170.7.9Sling Blade (1996)17,519
173.7.9Hotaru no haka (1988)4,808
174.7.9Magnolia (1999)37,653
176.7.9Almost Famous (2000)31,870
179.7.9Night at the Opera, A (1935)4,941
181.7.9Ed Wood (1994)17,754
186.7.9Killing, The (1956)5,477
187.7.9Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)43,714
188.7.821 Grams (2003)12,003
193.7.8Dog Day Afternoon (1975)11,949
194.7.8Harvey (1950)6,553
196.7.8Stand by Me (1986)25,685
197.7.8Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922)6,648
199.7.8Twelve Monkeys (1995)52,813
200.7.8Big Fish (2003)18,187
201.7.8Terminator, The (1984)50,270
205.7.8Lion in Winter, The (1968)4,828
207.7.8In America (2002)4,699
208.7.8Miller's Crossing (1990)11,665
209.7.8Passion de Jeanne d'Arc, La (1928)2,584
210.7.8Whale Rider (2002)7,089
222.7.8Snatch. (2000)34,665
224.7.8Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)27,217
225.7.8X2 (2003)28,551
226.7.8Big Lebowski, The (1998)39,650
228.7.8Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)1,992
230.7.8Rio Bravo (1959)5,906
231.7.8Untouchables, The (1987)25,844
232.7.8Others, The (2001)29,385
233.7.8Planet of the Apes (1968)17,058
234.7.7Bride of Frankenstein (1935)3,610
235.7.7Die xue shuang xiong (1989)7,529
240.7.7Persona (1966)2,720
242.7.7Sleuth (1972)4,016
243.7.7Minority Report (2002)41,232
247.7.7Good Will Hunting (1997)52,672
250.7.7Heat (1995)35,787

Minor notes: There are actually 1,005 movies in the New York Times list! The NYT list only includes movies through 2002.

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