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TCM’s Most Influential Classic Movies

TCM, which is 15 years old this month, have published a list of the Most Influential Classic Movies.

TCM logoTCM, which is 15 years old this month, have published a list of the Most Influential Classic Movies.

Normally I’m a little sceptical about these kinds of lists, but this one is pretty hard to argue with.

  1. The Birth of a Nation (1915)
  2. Battleship Potemkin (1925)
  3. Metropolis (1927)
  4. 42nd Street (1933)
  5. It Happened One Night (1934)
  6. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
  7. Gone with the Wind (1939)
  8. Stagecoach (1939)
  9. Citizen Kane (1941)
  10. The Bicycle Thief (1947)
  11. Rashomon (1950)
  12. The Searchers (1956)
  13. Breathless (1959)
  14. Psycho (1960)
  15. Star Wars (1977)

I think a more challenging exercise might be to list films over the last 30 years that will have a similar status in future.

Off the top of my head I’d go for: 

  • Halloween (helped kick start 80s boogeyman horror) 
  • Blade Runner (influenced the look of pop culture) 
  • Die Hard (the template for many action blockbusters) 
  • Sex Lies and Videotape (began the Sundance indie movement) 
  • Pulp Fiction (led to many, inferior, crime imitators) 
  • Toy Story (the dawn of CGI animation in the modern era) 
  • The Matrix (a massive influence on action films over the last decade, despite the inferior sequels)

But what about the last decade?

> Original post at TCM
> Total Film on influential movies 
> Wikipedia on film in the 2000s