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Top Ten Films People Wish They Had Seen At The Cinema

Peter Jackson's original Middle Earth trilogy tops the poll for almost every demographic

by Steve Withers Jul 9, 2014


  • We may be home cinema fans here at AVForums but sometimes you just can't beat seeing a movie on the big screen.
    In a recent survey conducted by Samsung UK, a sample of adults from 16-64 years of age were asked which of the top 30-ranked movies on imdb released in the last 20 years do they wish they had seen at the cinema. Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy came out top overall, with The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King taking the first three spots. The same three films also topped the poll for men and women, as well as those without kids. For those with kids, The Two Towers took the top spot, followed by Saving Private Ryan and Toy Story 3, whilst the film that Generation X (those born after the post-war baby boomers) most wished they seen at the cinema was The Matrix and for Generation Y (the millennial generation) it was Toy Story 3.


    It's interesting that The Lord of the Rings should figure so prominently, partly because they were huge hits at the cinema and partly because far less people seem interested in the current Hobbit trilogy. The presence of The Matrix is less surprising because whilst it was popular at the cinema, it was on home video that it really found success, becoming the first 'must have' DVD. The Shawshank Redemption was an obvious title for this list because despite becoming one of the most loved films of all time over the last twenty years, it actually bombed on its initial cinema release. The full lists are below.
    Despite its huge popularity now, The Shawshank Redemption bombed on its initial release.
    Top ten films Brits wish they could have seen at the cinema - 1. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (26%), 2. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (25%), 3.The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (25%), 4. The Matrix (23%), 5. The Dark Knight Rises(22%), 6. Gladiator (22%), 7. Saving Private Ryan (22%), 8. The Dark Knight (21%), 9. Toy Story 3 (19%), 10. The Shawshank Redemption (17%).

    Top 10 movies for all men - 1. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (28%), 2. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (28%), 3. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (28%), 4. The Dark Knight (27%), 5. The Matrix (26%), 6. The Dark Knight Rises (26%), 7. Gladiator (26%), 8. Saving Private Ryan (26%), 9. The Shawshank Redemption (20%), 10. Pulp Fiction (18%).

    Top 10 movies for all women - 1. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (23%), 2. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (22%), 3. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (22%), 4. Toy Story 3 (22%), 5. The Matrix (19%), 6. The Dark Knight Rises (18%), 7. Gladiator (17%), 8. Saving Private Ryan (17%), 9. Forrest Gump (17%), 10. The Dark Knight (16%).

    All with kids - 1. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (26%), 2. Saving Private Ryan (26%), 3. Toy Story 3 (26%), 4. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (25%), 5. The Matrix (25%), 6. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (24%), 7. The Dark Knight (23%), 8. The Dark Knight Rises (22%), 9. Gladiator (22%), 10. Forrest Gump (19%).

    All with no kids - 1. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (26%), 2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (25%), 3. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (24%), 4. The Matrix (21%), 5. The Dark Knight Rises (21%), 6. Gladiator (21%), 7. The Dark Knight (20%), 8. Saving Private Ryan (19%), 9. The Shawshank Redemption (15%), 10. Toy Story 3 14%.

    Generation X - 1. The Matrix (26%), 2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (25%), 3. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (25%), 4. Saving Private Ryan 24%, 5. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (23%), 6. The Dark Knight Rises (22%), 7. Gladiator (21%), 8. The Dark Knight (18%), 9. Pulp Fiction (18%), 10. The Shawshank Redemption (17%).

    Generation Y - 1. Toy Story 3 (30%), 2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (29%), 3. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (28%), 4. The Dark Knight (28%), 5. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (26%), 6. The Dark Knight Rises (26%), 7. The Matrix (25%), 8. Gladiator (23%), 9. Inception (23%), 10. Saving Private Ryan (21%).

    So what are the films that you regret not seeing at the cinema?

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