Empire Magazine and Empire Online recently conducted a poll of its readership which included "hundreds of thousands" as they say. Take a wild guess at what movie came in First Place after the jump.
In a poll of over 250,000 fans, Empire Magazine asked them to vote for the best movies and, as you no doubt figured by now, Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back came in first place, beating out such perennial favorites as The Godfather, Citizen Kane, and Casablanca -- and every other movie ever made -- as THE greatest movie ever!
George Lucas said it was a "privilege" to be voted the best and added:
'The fans like The Empire Strikes Back the best, partly because it is so dark. It's an overall story and as it happens in the second act, things get dark. I never really planned it to be three separate films but when it became three separate films, it had an interesting effect of each film having its own personality, caused by the plot.'
Here's a quick rundown of where other George Lucas creations, two of which were written by Episode VII's Lawrence Kasdan, landed on the fan's list:
#001 Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
#006 Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope
#009 Raiders of the Lost Ark
#100 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
#120 Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
#179 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
#224 Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
You can find the complete list, pitch your fits, and debate ad nauseum here.
Incidentally, Episode VII's Harrison Ford had six movies in the top 100. I guess that's why he's one of the greatest box office draws of all time!
Congratulations George and Harrison!