The Most Influential Movies Of The Last Century According To Wikipedia

When it comes down to it, what makes a movie "good" is a matter of taste. Even bad movies have their fans. What makes a movie "influential" is a little easier to brute force. Especially when you have Wikipedia on your side.

Massaged into being by the Arg! Team, this massive list ranks the most influential movies of the past 100 years by modelling a theoretical Wikipedia surfer, who meanders through the site, randomly clicking on links. According to the algorithm, the bored little guy clicks a link every second, 85 per cent of the time it's a random internal link, the other 15 per cent it's the "Random Article" button. The result is a sort of Wikipedia PageRank, and the movies that pop up the most frequently and get the most screentime are the most influential.

Here's the breakdown by year, with the length of the blue bar representing relative influence power:

It looks like Titanic was by far the most influential movie to be released recently, with the original Star Wars film the most noteworthy before that. And, of course, Citizen Kane tops the charts when it comes to weight.

Granted, this is only one way to go about indexing movies, but considering the insane mass of interconnected information that is Wikipedia, it's definitely a valid one. Then again, it's going to have its biases; Wikipedia editors are overwhelmingly male.

Be sure to hop over to the Arg! Team's blog to see the list in it's gloriously convenient hyperlinked form. Any guesses as to what'll top the Wiki charts this year? It's got to be The Internship, right? [The Arg! Team via Hacker News]

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    I'm guessing Titanic is a little higher that it should be due to the historical significance of the actual event and the real reason why people might look up Titanic on Wikipedia.

      I'm not sure that is true BunnyMECH. If it was based on searching the Titanic and not just the movie, then surely other films like Brazil, Atlantis, Greed, Psycho and Metropolis etc. would also be greatly exaggerated as well. Maybe they are, but it seems like a legitimate representation. Then again may be right that many think the movie is a documentary and therefore offers reliable facts.

    Titanic: Nearly as influential as Citizen Kane.

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    Having great influence on someone or something.

    powerful - important - weighty

    How is 'Titanic' influential in any way? The only influence Titanic made in the movie industry and in real life is that people all around the world now know that you CAN fit more than one person onto a floating plank of wood of that size.

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