Think about all of the films in existence. Think about the sheer amount of movies that you have seen and have influenced you in some way.

From the birth of cinema, through to today, the movie industry has cranked out millions of movies and you’ve probably seen your fair share of them. But which movie, out of all the movies in existence, do you think is deemed the most influential?

If you instantly thought about Star Wars, you would be wrong. It’s also not Casablanca.

It’s not Lord of the Rings, Citizen Kane or Grease, either. So, what is it?

Back in 2018, The Independent, ran a piece on the most influential movie of all time and revealed that the film is…


*Drum roll*

The Wizard of Oz (1939)!

The most influential movie of all time, based on a study of 47,000 films, is The Wizard of Oz.

The picture at the top of this post kind of gave it away, didn’t it?

The study into the most influential movie was conducted at the University of Turin. It was here that a bunch of really smart people used special algorithms to compare the films.

The study looked at how many times each of the 47,000 films was referenced by other movies. The more references that appeared in other films, the more influential the movie was deemed to be.

And yep, you guessed it, The Wizard of Oz took the top spot!

Speaking at the time of the study, lead researcher, Dr Livio Bioglio said: “We propose an alternative method to box office takings, which are affected by factors beyond the quality of the film such as advertising and distribution, and reviews, which are ultimately subjective, for analysing the success of a film.

“We have developed an algorithm that uses references between movies as a measure for success.”

Image: ©MGM

Directed by Victor Fleming (and an uncredited King Vidor), and released in 1939, The Wizard of Oz is a family musical based on L. Frank Baum’s classic children’s novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The film stars Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, and Frank Morgan and features one of the best-loved songs in movie history – Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

If for any reason, you have still not watched The Wizard of Oz, then free up some time today to give it a watch. Sure, it’s dated by modern standards, but it remains one of the crowning glories of cinema and a real treat for newcomers and long-time fans alike.


But hang on a minute – if The Wizard of Oz was deemed the most influential film, where the heck did the original Star Wars rank?!

According to the study, 1977’s Star Wars (aka A New Hope) was deemed the second most influential movie of all time. This was followed closely by Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960).

Image: ©Paramount Pictures

I think we can all agree, that not only are Star Wars and Psycho highly influential, they are also bloomin’ awesome!

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