Researchers at the University of Turin in Italy recently conducted a study where they looked at 47,000 films to find out which were the most influential. No, this doesn't take into account which ones did the best at the box office.
“We have developed an algorithm that uses references between movies as a measure for success, and which can also be used to evaluate the career of directors, actors and actresses, by considering their participation in top-scoring movies,” said lead researcher Dr. Livio Bioglio.
Beyond these films, the team also found that some of the most influential actors are Samuel L. Jackson, Clint Eastwood and Tom Cruise. How many of the top 20 movies have you seen?