The Wizard of Oz Beat Star Wars as the Most Influential Film of All Time

Sad new for all of us Star Wards die-hards because a new study conducted by the University of Turin has determined that The Wizard of Oz has beaten Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope as the "most influential" movie of all time!

Out of over 47,000 movies The Wizard of Oz was referenced the most and had the largest amount of spin-offs which is why it was regard as the "most influential."

Most of these references were to "Over the Rainbow" or the quote “I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore,” but there are also direct parodies like in Spongebob Squarepants, Futurama, The Muppets' Wizard of Oz, or even a prequel in Oz the Great and Powerful.

The original Star Wars (Episode IV: A New Hope) was second in the top 20, which you can see below, but if it weren't for Wizard of Oz we may not have even had Star Wars:

  1. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  2. Star Wars (1977)
  3. Psycho (1960)
  4. King Kong (1933)
  5. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  6. Metropolis (1927)
  7. Citizen Kane (1941)
  8. The Birth of a Nation (1915)
  9. Frankenstein (1931)
  10. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
  11. Casablanca (1942)
  12. Dracula (1931)
  13. The Godfather (1972)
  14. Jaws (1975)
  15. Nosferatu (1922)
  16. The Searchers (1956)
  17. Cabiria (1914)
  18. Dr Strangelove (1964)
  19. Gone With the Wind (1939)
  20. Battleship Potemkin (1925)


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