Shawshank Redemption Voted Best Film Of Last 30 Years

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What’s the greatest film of the last 30 years? Inception? Gladiator? Fight Club? Nope, nope and nope! Well, according to people who recently decided, the 1994 classic The Shawshank Redemption is.

Yup, the folks over at Showcase Cinema ran a poll which resulted in a solid ‘this is the best film ever’ answer.

The adaptation of Stephen King’s novella alas is the nation’s favourite film of the last 30 years.

ICYMI, here’s the plotline:

Accountant Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is sent to prison in the Forties for the murder of his unfaithful wife and her lover, despite protesting his innocence. He slowly comes to terms with the injustices of the corrupt prison system and quietly inspires some of his fellow prison inmates to have a more positive outlook on life.

Meanwhile, the Governor of the prison discovers Dufresne’s book-keeping talents and recruits him to do a spot of creative accountancy. Fellow inmate, ageing gangster ‘Red’ (Morgan Freeman), uses his connections to take care of Dufresne’s material needs, and narrates the story of his friend’s term in jail through to the late Sixties.

Here’s the top ten of that poll BTW:

1. The Shawshank Redemption

2. Titanic

3. Forrest Gump

4. Jurassic Park

5. Schindler’s List

6. The Lion King

7. Die Hard

8. Pulp Fiction

9. Independence Day

10. Gladiator

Pulp Fiction

As for the best actors of the last 30 years:

1. Tom Hanks

2. Johnny Depp

3. Morgan Freeman

4. Leonardo di Caprio

5. Liam Neeson

6. Idris Elba

7. Michael Caine

8. Tom Cruise

9. Samuel L Jackson

10. George Clooney

As for actresses: 

1. Judi Dench

2. Julia Roberts

3. Meryl Streep

4. Kate Winslet

5. Cameron Diaz

6. Jennifer Lawrence

7. Helena Bonham Carter

8. Angelina Jolie

9. Nicole Kidman

10. Natalie Portman

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And top franchises…

1. Harry Potter

2. Lord of the Rings

3. James Bond

4. Toy Story

5. Star Wars

6. Jason Bourne

7. Pirates of the Caribbean

8. Hunger Games

9. Shrek

10. The Avengers

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