Older Americans were more apt to pick "Gone With the Wind" as their favorite movie, while those under 30 picked "The Godfather." This is just one conclusion that may be drawn by the results of a CBS News Poll. As for other movies, when asked for their favorites, a total of 55 percent responded "Other" and 23 percent said "Don't Know/Not Applicable."
Gone With the Wind
Rhett Butler, played by Clark Gable, and Scarlett O'Hara, played by Vivien Leigh, dance in this scene from "Gone With the Wind," released in 1939. In a poll conducted by CBS News, this movie was ranked No. 1 (with 7 percent of the total vote) among respondents' all-time favorites.
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Marlon Brando portrayed Don Corleone, the title character in "The Godfather" (1972), who always was ready to make you an offer you couldn't refuse. This movie took second place (3 percent of the total vote) among respondents in the CBS News poll. It's tied with "Star Wars," which also pulled 3 percent of the vote.
"Star Wars" (1977) tied for the No. 2 (with 3 percent of the total vote) all-time favorite film. Memorable characters in the franchise include, from left, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, and Harrison Ford as Han Solo. Not shown are the famous robots R2D2 and C3PO.
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"Casablanca" (1943), starring Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart, took the No. 4 spot (with 1.4 percent of the total vote) on the list. "Here's looking at you, kid" is one of the movie's most memorable lines, and "As Time Goes By" is its memorable melody.
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The Lord of the Rings
Gollum (as modeled on actor Andy Serkis) is one of the fabulous characters in "The Lord of the Rings," the poll respondents' No. 5 all-time favorite movie. It pulled 1.11 percent of the total vote, tying with "Forrest Gump."
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"Run, Forrest, Run!" all the way to No. 6 on the list of favorite movies. "Forrest Gump" (1994) gave us Tom Hanks (shown) as a man of innocent heart and limited intellect who lives by the adage: "Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you're going to get." It pulled 1.11 percent of the total vote, tying with "The Lord of the Rings."
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E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
Here's a shot that has become a cultural icon: Elliott (Henry Thomas) on his bicycle, with E.T. in the handlebar basket, flying in front of the moon. "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" (1982) is No. 7 on the list of movie favorites (less than 1 percent of the vote).
The Sound of Music
In "The Sound of Music" (1965), Julie Andrews sang, "Let's start at the very beginning." But in the CBS News poll, this film had to settle for No. 8 (less than 1 percent of the vote). That's not a bad spot at all, considering that the topic is Top Ten Movies Of All Time.
In "Titanic" (1997), Jack Dawson (the character played by Leonardo DiCaprio) stood on the prow of the doomed vessel and shouted, "I'm the king of the world!" Perhaps that made Rose (Kate Winslet) queen of the world. In any case, "Titanic" came in at No. 9 in the CBS News movie poll (less than 1 percent of the vote).
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The Wizard of Oz
"The Wizard of Oz" (1939) benefited greatly from the wistful charm exuded by Judy Garland (shown here during the "Over the Rainbow" scene). But then there was also the remarkable trio of Jack Haley, Ray Bolger and Bert Lahr (Tin Man, Scarecrow and Lion), and the imcomparable Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch of the West. (The movie got less than 1 percent of the vote.)