Every film lover has a mental list of their all-time favorite movies. These are the films you own, re-watch and enjoy just like it was the first time you laid you eyes upon them. These movies help you through long, rainy weekends, nights when you just can't get to sleep and summers when there's nothing good on TV. Now, thanks to Twitter, we have a list of what makes up some people's best-of lists.
On Monday, the hashtag #fav7films dominated the social media service as people from all walks of life let the Twitter-using world know what movies landed on their personal favorite lists. Mashable asked social media research and digital media consultancy firm Fizziology to put together some stats, and we now have a list of the Top 7 movies mentioned with the hashtag. Take a look.
The Internet's 7 Favorite Films
1. The Dark Knight: 5,056
2. Pulp Fiction: 4,966
3. Shawshank Redemption: 4,910
4. Empire Strikes Back: 4,772
5. The Godfather (all films): 4,604
6. Goodfellas: 3,877
7. Alien (all films): 3,730
There you have it. Christopher Nolan's 2008 Batman blockbuster The Dark Knight easily rode to the top of the charts. The film was mentioned in lists 5,056 times between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. EST with the hashtag. While individual movies were the most popular entries on the list, it was noted that people tended to group The Godfather and Alien films together on their lists, which is why the "all films" classification was needed near those two movies. Empire Strikes Back, however, was a strong enough choice among the other Star Wars movies that people felt the need to specify that film as a favorite.
All in all, I have to say that this list makes me quite proud of the world of film-loving Twitter users. While all of these movies wouldn't go into my Top 7, I think we can all safely admit that there are no duds on this list, even given the fact that some people took the hashtag as an opportunity to make fun of the idea or just joke around. And, even if you actually dislike one, or more, of the movies on the list, movie buffs know that all of these films are ones that people have strong emotional ties to and tend to speak highly of whenever they get the chance.
Some of the other findings from the use of the hashtag were that Space Jam was mentioned on more lists than Annie Hall (a move I totally understand), the top animated film was Up (I'm going to cry just thinking about it), and Suicide Squad was mentioned more than The Force Awakens (OK, DC fans weren't playing around).
So, what do you think of the Top 7 movies? What would you take off the list? What film are you surprised didn't make it onto one of the top spots? Let us know in the comments.