Movie List Declares ‘Shawshank Redemption’ Best Film Of Last 30 Years But ‘Goodfellas’ Somehow Not In Top 10

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What’s your favorite movie in the last 30 years? There’s a lot to pick from. So many classics, so many Academy Award winners. You could make a case for a number of tremendous films, but according to a new survey, Shawshank Redemption is the greatest movie of the last 30 years.

Showcase Cinemas, which operates theaters worldwide in the U.S., U.K., and Brazil, conducted a poll to find out the most popular movies, film franchises, and actors. When it came to the best movie of the last three decades, the 1994 prison escape drama based on Stephen King’s 1982 book Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption was declared to be the greatest film.

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Shawshank boasts a 91% critic review score on Rotten Tomatoes and a 98% rating from the audience as well as a 9.3 review score on IMDB. Shawshank Redemption was nominated for seven Academy Awards in 1995 including Best Picture, Morgan Freeman as Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Original Score. The movie also received two Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture for Freeman and Best Screenplay.

Top 10 Movies

1. The Shawshank Redemption

2. Titanic

3. Forrest Gump

4. Jurassic Park

5. Schindler’s List

6. The Lion King

7. Die Hard

8. Pulp Ficton

9. Independence Day

10. Gladiator

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This list is of the last 30 years so that disqualifies The Godfather. But no Goodfellas?

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Listen, Lion King and Independence Day are fine movies, and Die Hard is the greatest Christmas movie of all-time, but are they really better than Goodfellas, The Silence of the Lambs, Back to the Future, Casino or Saving Private Ryan? This is a bad list and whoever participated should feel bad.

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The survey also named the top film franchises of the last 30 years.

Top 10 Film Franchises

1. Harry Potter

2. Lord of the Rings

3. James Bond

4. Toy Story

5. Star Wars

6. Jason Bourne

7. Pirates of the Caribbean

8. Hunger Games

9. Shrek

10. The Avengers

The list also named the best actors of the last 30 years.

Top 10 Actors

1. Tom Hanks

2. Johnny Depp

3. Morgan Freeman

4. Leonardo di Caprio

5. Liam Neeson

6. Idris Elba

7. Michael Caine

8. Tom Cruise

9. Samuel L Jackson

10. George Clooney

The list also named the best actoresses of the last 30 years.

Top 10 Actresses

1. Judi Dench

2. Julia Roberts

3. Meryl Streep

4. Kate Winslet

5. Cameron Diaz

6. Jennifer Lawrence

7. Helena Bonham Carter

8. Angelina Jolie

9. Nicole Kidman

10. Natalie Portman

The site 24/7 Wall Street composed a “50 Best Movies of All-Time” list in January of this year. To generate the greatest movies of all-time list they used critic ratings from Rotten Tomatoes and Internet Movie Database and based on their results Shawshank Redemption was the third-best film. Notice, despite this being the best movie of all-time list, Goodfellas rightfully made the top ten.

10. Sunset Blvd.

9. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

8. Goodfellas

7. 12 Angry Men

6. The Dark Knight

5. Schindler’s List

4. Pulp Fiction

3. The Shawshank Redemption

2. The Godfather: Part II

1. The Godfather

Maybe democracy is broken because people also named Taco Bell as the “Best Mexican Restaurant” this year.

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