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TCM's 15 Most Influential Films: Did they get it right?

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Snowwhite_lWe at EW are a particularly list-happy group. So it was with great interest that we checked out Turner Classic Movies’ just-published list of the 15 Most Influential Films of All Time (part of the network’s 15-anniversary celebration). Here they are, in chronological order:

The Birth of a Nation (1915)
Battleship Potemkin (1925)
Metropolis (1927)
42nd Street (1933)
It Happened One Night (1934)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Gone with the Wind (1939)
Stagecoach (1939)
Citizen Kane (1941)
Bicycle Thieves (1947)
Rashomon (1950)
The Searchers (1956)
Breathless (1959)
Psycho (1960)
Star Wars (1977)

It’s certainly an impressive group (not to mention a terrific Netflix queue waiting to be created). And they did a nice job of covering their bases by including a musical, a cartoon, a Western, etc. But only one movie from the past 49 years? Really? Wouldn’t you say The Godfather influenced an entire generation of filmmakers? Or Pulp Fiction, for that matter? Which films would you add to TCM’s list? And which would you remove?