War epic tops all-time favorite film survey

Fri Feb 22, 2008 9:54am EST
 
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - They may be largely missing from this year's roster of best-film Oscar contenders, but a new U.S. survey shows war and sci-fi epics top the list of all-time favorite movies.

Nearly 70 years after it was made, the Civil War classic "Gone with the Wind" ranked No. 1, just ahead of science-fiction space adventure "Star Wars," in the Harris poll of people's favorite films that stand the test of time.

Coming in third was the sweeping Oscar-winning World War II romance "Casablanca," followed by fantasy film "The Lord of the Rings" in the online January poll of 2,279 U.S. adults.

Harris noted the gender and generational differences among the results with men and younger people such as Generation X favoring "Star Wars" and women and older baby boomers preferring "Gone With the Wind."

"Gone With The Wind" won eight Oscars in 1939, including best picture and best actress for Vivien Leigh. In 1977 "Star Wars" failed to win a best picture Oscar, losing out to Woody Allen's "Annie Hall."

Rounding out the top ten in the survey were musicals "The Sound of Music" and "The Wizard of Oz" at Nos. 5 and 6, respectively, followed by "The Notebook" at No. 7 and "Forrest Gump" in eighth place. Tied for No. 9 was "The Princess Bride" and "The Godfather" starring Al Pacino.

One wartime epic film, "Atonement," did make it into the nominees circle of this year's Oscar race for best picture. It will be competing with the gritty chase movie "No Country For Old Men," teen pregnancy comedy "Juno," the period oil drama "There Will Be Blood" and legal thriller "Michael Clayton."

Reuters/Nielsen