Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Wikipedia's most influential films of the last century

Influence-hero.jpg
Influence-hero-2.jpg
influence-hero-3.jpg
The-godfather.jpg
Avatar.jpg

Where would we be without Wikipedia? Well, our cast iron knowledge of Brazil's lower league football would take a hefty dent, but otherwise we'd be in a happier place - a place where pub debates over matters of entertainment can rage without fear of correction or 'fact' muddying the waters.

Take the topic of 'most influential film of the last century': some might put forward Jaws, the film that birthed the concept of summer blockbuster. Another might posit Gone with the wind, an older title that's surely been watched by, and thus influenced, more people. Arguments clash, fun is had.

Well this process has been disrupted by the Arg! Team. They've created an algorithm that has randomly trawled the links of Wikipedia, clicking away on one every second and compiling an effective 'Page Rank' for the site's endless bin of knowledge. The following graph indicates how many links and mentions a film receives on the whole of Wikipedia, producing a measure of their 'influence':

So to shorten your next "influential film" discussion (we have them at least once a week), according to Wikipedia the answer is Citizen Kane. Done.

Head over to the Arg! Team Blog for more info on their clever graph and the links to all the films.

(Via: Gizmodo)

(Images: Rex)

Related

men in black.jpg

Cinema's Coolest Gadgets

riggs-hero.png

The 39 Greatest Maverick Cops

trans hero.jpg

Most blatant movie rip-offs

Comments

More

These are the 2017 Oscar nominations

Your definitive movie must-watch list of the year

by Emily Badiozzaman
24 Jan 2017

The title of the new Star Wars film has been revealed

The latest chapter in the sci-fi saga hits cinemas on 15 December

24 Jan 2017

M. Night Shyamalan's 'Split' has a shock ending that will leave you ex

James McAvoy and Bruce Willis have more to give

23 Jan 2017

The new Wolverine trailer is nothing like you think it is

Not the "hyper-choreographed, gravity defying, city-block destroying CG f**kathon" we expected

by Emily Badiozzaman
19 Jan 2017

Jason Segel toys with the afterlife in eerie trailer for The Discovery

Fan of The OA? We’ve found your next big Netflix fix

by Emily Badiozzaman
19 Jan 2017

Pixar have revealed exactly how all of their films are linked

Easter eggs ahoy

by Dave Fawbert
18 Jan 2017

Famous actors auditioning for roles they didn't get

Because not even the greats get chosen every time

18 Jan 2017

We ranked classic hardmen as anime heartthrobs

Do not ask why

by Sam Diss
18 Jan 2017

Producer of Amy rumored to be making Tony Blair documentary

"It just ticks all the boxes"

by Ryan Young
18 Jan 2017

Why every man must watch La La Land

It's not just all bollocks singing and dancing, there's some serious life advice on show

17 Jan 2017