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On top of the world ; E.T. tops poll as the 80s is voted the golden age of movies [Birmingham Mail (UK)]

August 6, 2013

YellowBrix

A NOSTALGIC nation has voted the 1980s the best decade for films with ET the Extra-Terrestrial taking the top spot as the bestloved childhood movie. According to a survey, Steven Speilberg, who directed and co-produced the 1982 classic, is also the UK's favourite director.

Action and adventure was the most popular film genre with romance trailing behind comedy and science fiction for preferred viewing.

The poll commissioned to mark the launch of Samsung Smart TV's S Recommendation technology found that the film people couldn't get enough of and voted to watch again and again was The Shawshank Redemption.

And the line: "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn" from Gone with the Wind was chosen by one in 10 people as the best film quote.

While tastes may vary, 72 per cent of people chose relaxation and escapism as the reason why they watch movies on average two to four times a month.

If it was easier to find films they liked, 30 per cent of people said they would see more movies and more than a third of people use trial and error to decide what to watch.

The OnePoll survey asked 1,500 people about their favourite films.

TOP FIVE FAVOURITE CHILDHOOD MOVIES: 1. E.T 2. Bambi 3. The Goonies 4. The Lion King 5. Toy Story TOP FIVE MOVIE GENRES 1. Action and Adventure 2. Comedy 3. Science Fiction 4. Romance 5. Horror TOP FIVE FILMS PEOPLE WOULD MOST LIKE TO SEE AGAIN: 1. The Shawshank Redemption 2. Harry Potter (any) 3. Star Wars (any) 4. The Lion King 5. The Godfather (any) TOP FIVE POPULAR MOVIE ONE?LINERS: 1. "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn" - Gone with the Wind 2. "Go ahead: make my day" - Dirty Harry 3. "Nobody puts Baby in a corner" - from Dirty Dancing 4. "I'll be back" - The Terminator 5. "Life is like a box of chocolates" - Forrest Gump.

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