It might be 75 years old, but the American Civil War saga Gone With the Wind remains firmly in the hearts of American moviegoers.
Based on Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer Prize winning historical romance, the film premiered in 1939 and followed the tumultuous love story of Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler against the backdrop of the burning cities and hardships of war in the American South.
Films from a mix of genres–Star Wars, Titanic, The Godfather, Lord of the Rings–round out the top 5, according to a survey of 2,276 U.S. adults who were asked, “What is your favorite movie of all time?”
AMERICA’S TOP 10 FAVORITE FILMS
1. Gone With the Wind
2. Star Wars
4. The Godfather
5. Lord of the Rings
6. Sound of Music
7. Dirty Dancing
8. Wizard of Oz
9. It’s a Wonderful Life
Source: Harris Interactive Poll
Men and women differed in their opinions. Men were more likely to name Star Wars as their favorite, followed by The Godfather and Titanic. The top three for women were Gone With the Wind, Titanic and Dirty Dancing.
Millennials (ages 16-35) favored Titanic followed by Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. Gen Xers (36-50) put Star Wars first, and then Titanic and The Godfather.
The majority of people over 51 years old chose Gone with the Wind as their top pick. However, Baby Boomers (ages 51-69) picked Star Wars and Titanic to round out the top three while people over 69 preferred The Sound of Music and The Godfather.
Apparently, movie tastes also come down along partisan lines. The top pick for Republicans and Independents is Gone With the Wind but Democrats prefer Star Wars, followed by Gone With the Wind.
Four films that made the Top 10 in a 2008 poll fell out of favor. Casablanca, The Notebook, Forrest Gump and The Princess Bride failed to make the cut in 2014.
The survey was conducted in November 2014.