Most Influential American Movies

Donald Steiny General English Leave a Comment

Researchers made a network of references from one movie to another and ranked the movies based on which ones were referred to the most. If you want to understand American culture watching these movies is a good starting place.

  1. 1977 Star Wars
  2. 1939 The Wizard of Oz
  3. 1972 The Godfather
  4. 1980 Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
  5. 1960 Psycho
  6. 1975 Jaws
  7. 1942 Casablanca
  8. 1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark
  9. 1982 E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
  10. 1984 The Terminator
  11. 1939 Gone with the Wind
  12. 1968 2001: A Space Odyssey
  13. 1933 King Kong
  14. 1983 Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
  15. 1984 Ghost Busters
  16. 1931 Frankenstein
  17. 1997 Titanic
  18. 1999 The Matrix
  19. 1979 Apocalypse Now
  20. 1980 The Shining
  21. 1994 Pulp Fiction
  22. 1973 The Exorcist
  23. 1985 Back to the Future
  24. 1979 Alien
  25. 1976 Rocky
  26. 1993 Jurassic Park
  27. 1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  28. 1976 Taxi Driver
  29. 1941 Citizen Kane part1 part2
  30. 1991 The Silence of the Lambs
  31. 1983 Scarface
  32. 1991 Terminator 2: The Judgment Day
  33. 1968 Night of the Living Dead
  34. 1984 A Nightmare on Elm Street
  35. 1946 It´s a Wonderful Life
  36. 1965 The Sound of Music
  37. 1954 Gojira
  38. 2001 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  39. 1999 Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
  40. 1971 A Clockwork Orange
  41. 1994 The Lion King
  42. 1988 Die Hard
  43. 1964 Goldfinger
  44. 1978 Superman
  45. 1974 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
  46. 1978 Halloween
  47. 1989 Batman
  48. 1982 First Blood
  49. 1964 Mary Poppins
  50. 1986 Aliens
  51. 1971 Dirty Harry
  52. 1968 Planet of the Apes
  53. 1986 Top Gun
  54. 1931 Dracula
  55. 1967 The Graduate
  56. 1966 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  57. 1942 Bambi
  58. 1994 Forrest Gump
  59. 1984 The Karate Kid
  60. 1977 Saturday Night Fever
  61. 1980 Friday the 13th
  62. 1940 Pinocchio
  63. 1958 Vertigo
  64. 1982 Blade Runner
  65. 1987 RoboCop
  66. 1964 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Love the Bomb
  67. 1972 Deliverance
  68. 2008 Twilight
  69. 1978 Grease
  70. 1990 Goodfellas
  71. 1992 Reservoir Dogs
  72. 1952 Singin’ in the Rain
  73. 1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  74. 1989 The Little Mermaid
  75. 1922 Nosferatu
  76. 1996 Jerry Maguire
  77. 1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  78. 1961 West Side Story
  79. 1975 Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  80. 1995 Toy Story
  81. 2009 Avatar
  82. 1999 Fright Club
  83. 1976 Carrie
  84. 1981 The Evil Dead
  85. 1987 Predator
  86. 1987 Full Metal Jacket
  87. 1968 Rosemary’s Baby
  88. 1988 Rain Man
  89. 1975 One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  90. 1999 The Blair Witch Project
  91. 2001 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  92. 1978 Dawn of the Dead
  93. 1935 Bride of Frankenstein
  94. 1950 Sunset Blvd
  95. 1927 Metropolis
  96. 1940 Fantasia
  97. 1962 Dr. No
  98. 1992 Aladdin
  99. 1995 Braveheart
  100. 1953 Peter Pan