Twitter exploded into a lively discussion on cinema Monday thanks to the #fav7films hashtag, in which (almost) everyone earnestly named their top 7 movies of all time. There was a lot of judging and even more mockery of each other's respective favorites, sure, but the impromptu exploration of the history of film did reveal some compelling details about the watching habits of the average human.
Social media research firm Fizziology teamed up with Mashable Tuesday to dissect which movies popped up the most during the hashtagged debate, revealing that Christopher Nolan's certified fresh Batman epic The Dark Knight took the top prize. According to Fizziology's stats, The Dark Knight was mentioned a whopping 5,056 times between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday.
But The Dark Knight's victory was a narrow one, coming in just slightly above the second place finisher Suicide Squad. Just kidding! That honor belongs to Quentin Tarantino's 1994 tour de force Pulp Fiction. Elsewhere in Fizziology's top 10, The Godfather trilogy, Goodfellas, and Fight Club made strong showings by popping in on thousands of #fav7films tweets:
- The Dark Knight
- Pulp Fiction
- The Shawshank Redemption
- The Empire Strikes Back
- The Godfather
- Fight Club
- Harry Potter
So, yeah, no love for That Thing You Do. But there were a few surprises tucked inside the hashtag. For example, Space Jam bested the beloved Woody Allen film Annie Hall by showing up in more top 7 lists. The Room, a.k.a. the movie so bad that many are still pondering if its badness actually makes it good, was a bigger hit during #fav7films than Spotlight, A Beautiful Mind, and 12 Years a Slave.
Though the #fav7films champ The Dark Knight is an undeniably great film, star Christian Bale recently revealed he felt underwhelmed by his own performance. "I didn't quite manage what I hoped I would throughout the trilogy," Bale told Yahoo Movies in March. "Chris did, but my own sense of self is like 'I didn't quite nail it.'"
Agree to disagree, Christian.