A timeline that represents the most important movies of the last 100 years, generated via a link analysis algorithm on Wikipedia, by The Arg! Team. Have a look at the history of film according to Wikipedia…
The blue bars correspond to influence labelled with the most important movie of that year.
A couple of interesting tid-bits from the graph by The Arg! Team:
- Titanic Titan: Titanic is the most influential movie of the few movies released in my lifetime and almost matches Star Wars IV. Remember that the graph represents influence and not quality.
- World War II: The early war years were an amazing time in film. Starting with The Wizard of Oz in 1939, there is a marked increase in influence which persists until just after America joins the war. More classics: Citizen Kane, Casablanca and Fantasia!
- The early years: There are very few blockbusters pre-1930. There are two notable exceptions: in 1927, Metropolis forms a solitary peak and in 1915 excels with The Birth of a Nation. Drilling deeper, Metropolis actually represents 31% of the film influence mass for 1927.
source The Arg! Team