A bit of a difference to this week's poll. Rather than search for everyone's favourite of something I thought I'd find out people's least favourite 'classic' film. You don't need to hate the film, but which highly lauded 'masterpiece' doesn't deserve the high praise it gets. There are a lot of films that are deemed classics, so I took the IMDB's top 250 films, started at the top and skipped anything post-90's.

As ever, let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

What do you think is the most overrated 'classic'?

  • Gone With the Wind (50%, 2 Votes)
  • Other (please list in the comments) (25%, 1 Votes)
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (25%, 1 Votes)
  • Apocalypse Now (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Citizen Kane (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Sunset Boulevard (0%, 0 Votes)
  • It's a Wonderful Life (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Psycho (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Rear Window (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Once Upon a Time in the West (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Casablanca (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Seven Samurai (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Star Wars (Episodes IV to VI) (0%, 0 Votes)
  • 12 Angry Men (0%, 0 Votes)
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (0%, 0 Votes)
  • The Godfather (parts I & II) (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 4

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6 Responses

  1. David Brook

    It was painful making this list – I love most of them. I actually cheated by adding Gone With the Wind – it’s not actually high enough in the top 250 to make the list, but it’s generally regarded as one of the most famous and successful Hollywood films so I thought it should be there. Plus I never thought much of it, so I wanted something easy to vote for!

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  2. Brian

    I voted for Gone With the Wind. I find it not only not as good as people say but both it and the book are just disgusting pieces of antebellum apologist lore, excusing racism and making it seem like maybe the old South wasn’t so bad, at least, not as bad as those horrible carpet baggers who came next.

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  3. Jandy Stone

    I had to go for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. It’s fine, but I don’t really get the love for it. That’s likely because I don’t get Jack Nicholson, at all. Very few of his performances feel believable to me (Chinatown and Easy Rider are exceptions).

    Gone With the Wind may be slightly overrated, but it’s so technically good on so many levels (the use of Technicolor alone is incredible – probably the first three-color Technicolor film that feels 100% realistic) that I can’t dismiss it.

    I recently watched Apocalypse Now for the first time and was a bit overwhelmed by it – not sure I liked it, but I definitely need a few more watches before I can say whether it deserves its reputation or not.

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  4. David Brook

    Nice to see you over here at Blueprint: Review Jandy. It’s been a very long time since I’ve seen Gone With the Wind to be honest, but I can remember thinking it looked pretty, but it didn’t do much else for me.

    As for Cuckoo’s Nest and Apocalypse Now I’ve got a lot of love for those films. Apocalypse Now especially is one of my favourites. It’s technical magnificence is a big aspect like you mentioned for Gone With the Wind. The sound design, editing and cinematography just blow me away every time.

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  5. Adam Hollingworth

    Interesting poll…I like most of these films a hell of a lot, but the ones I like the least (Cuckoos Nest, Good the Bad and the Ugly) I still couldn’t bring myself to vote for.

    My vote goes, therefore, to the “other” category, and to both “A Bout de Souffle” and “Annie Hall”

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  6. Jandy Stone

    David, it is kind of dated in some ways, I guess, and Brian’s not wrong about the racism in it. But I still love the look of it.

    Adam, heh – I think both A Bout de Souffle and Annie Hall are in my all-time top 20. Certainly top 50. 🙂

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