The 1939 film The Wizard of Oz has topped the list of the most influential films in history. It beat films such as Star War: A New Hope and Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho to the top spot. Researchers at the University of Turin developed an algorithm that used references between movies as a measure for success.
In short, The Wizard of Oz has had more influence on subsequent films than any other film. For example, Dorothy lives with her aunt and uncle on a remote farm in Kansas which she leaves to follow the Yellow Brick Road with the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and the Lion.
Similarly, in Star Wars: A New Hope Luke Skywalker is a farmboy who lives with his aunt and uncle on Tatooine. Just like Dorothy, he too has three companions on his journey through the galaxy: C-3PO, R2D2 and Chewbacca.
Other films that made the list were Psycho (1960), Citizen Kane (1941) and Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937) .
The Early Breakfast listeners shared the most influential films from their childhoods and we're feeling seriously nostalgic:
Mary Poppins. Classic. Rachael
BLAZING SADDLES!!!! My teenage kids watch it nearly as much as me and my bros and sis did back in the 80”s. They regularly quote lines and sing the songs for no reason!!! Brian.
Morning Pamela, mine are Willy Wonkas and The Chocolate Factory and Police Academy 1,2,3,4,5,6 and 7 wasnt that bad! Also Rocky all of them. Happy Friday Tony.
Pamela, the life of Brian. I remember we broke the vhs cassette because we watched it so much funniest film you'll ever see. Alan
My Fair Lady or anything with Audrey Hepburn. Pamela
Dumbo,the talking crows,couldn't get enough of them,Brian Wexford
Neverending Story. Made my 8 and 6 year old watch it. They got as far as Atreyus horse Artex drowing in the swap of sorrows. Had to turn it off. Tears and all. Jonny
Labyrinth! Bowie. Mel
The rescuers was my favourite film. I burnt out the tape as a child! Teresa
Pam, saw that Goonies was on Netflix lately so sat and watched with my girlfriend who hadn't seen it. Great movie and loads of quotable lines. Tom in Cork