Researchers found the 1939 classic “The Wizard of Oz” has had the most impact on the industry among more than 47,000 films across 26 genres studied. No short movies or pornographic films were included.
The second and third most influential movies were “Star Wars” and Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” respectively.
Hitchcock also ranked third on the journal’s list of most influential filmmakers, falling just short of frontrunner George Cukor and second place, Victor Fleming. Popular director Steven Spielberg placed fifth.
The Applied Network Science journal’s top five most influential actors may come as somewhat of a surprise. The prolific Samuel L. Jackson was number one, followed by Clint Eastwood, Tom Cruise, Arnold Schwarzenegger and John Wayne in that order.
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