Friday, March 27, 2009

Sex Appeal in Movies, Literally

Your favourite weekly death-by-analysis column is back! Only this time with a slightly more constructive approach towards analysis and the resulting conclusions.

While browsing through IMDb, I happened to look at the Top 50 ranked movies by gender. This gave me an idea to make a list of the Top 50 overall movies and then compare it against the Top 50 movies for each gender. I compared the list of overall Top 50 ranked movies against the male and female choices respectively and also compared the male and female list with each other. Since the number of male votes hugely outnumber the female votes, the overall list is pretty much in-line with the overall list.

The results are pretty much unsurprising in terms of what guys rate to be a good movie and what girls rate to be a good watch. So here they are:


What women want (and men don't)


Lead Female character, hardly any one else gets any air time. Unsurprising.


Idealistic, classic, moral tale narrated by kids. Any guesses why guys don't rate it that high?


What men want (and women don't)

Quite a few in the Top 50 list actually.


*No* females. Cowboys, shootouts, wars. No wonder the girls keep away.

5. Pulp Fiction (1994) [5]

Gangsta. Nonsensical (seemingly) storyline. Typical guy stuff.


Old, black and white Jap movie about some warriors protecting a village. No females again.

15. Goodfellas (1990) [12]

Cool gangsta flick. Again.

17. Cidade de Deus (2002) [15]

Gangsta. Mindless carnage. Carange by kids. Drugs. Well, well, well.

19. C'era una volta il West (1968) [19]

Whatever holds true for the earlier one in the Dollar Trilogy. What's with girls and westerns?


Satire. Black humor. Tough to grasp basically. And did I mention no females again? 

26. Memento (2000) [27]

Mindless violence. Black and white, colour, forward, backward. Ends in the middle. Did I mention tough to grasp? And no females, again?

29. The Matrix (1999) [24]

Nobody knows what the matrix is. Especially the girls.

30. Citizen Kane (1941) [31]

A balck and white movie about a self obssessed old dude. And before I forget, no females, again.

33. Se7en (1995) [26]

Violence. And we all know the fate of the single female character in the movie. Ouch!

35. Apocalypse Now (1979) [29]

War. The horror, the horror. And no females except the Vietnamese women killed on the boat. Or the one that hands over the file to Harrison Ford in one of the initial scenes (Anyone know here name?)

36. American Beauty (1999) [35]

This one's tough. But probably because a married man finally decides to fight back and enjoy life? Maybe?


A psycho taxi driver who takes his girlfriend to a porn movie. And we all know what a .45 magnum does to certain physical parts.

39. Lawrence of Arabia (1962) [40]

A mad guy wandering in the desert for what seems like 10 million years. And no females in sight. 

42. Paths of Glory (1957) [47]

War. What is is good for? Guys!

43. M (1931)

A silent German movie about a psycho killer who abducts and kills children. Any guesses why girls stay away?

49. Alien (1979) [45]

Aliens bursting out of human anatomy. Cool stuff. Strictly for guys.


Ha ha ha. I mean like there was any doubt for this one. 

What both men and women want (just about)


And the girls who watch do so because their brothers/fathers/bf's/husbands talk about how cool it would be to own a light saber at least 300 times a day. Lightsabers *are* cool. I like the green one. Whoooosh.

3. The Godfather: Part II (1974) [m-3, f-22]

Curiously the girls nore or less agree with guys on Part I. Because Michael gets too ambitious in the second one?


It gets harder and harder to explain.

12. Star Wars (1977) [m-13, f-24]

Lighstsabers.

21. Fight Club (1999) [m-17, f-28]

Pleasant surprise to find this one in the female list.

The ones which girls have ranked higher than guys are mostly cases of skewed sample sets and low votes. Nothing explains LOTR and American History X being ranked higher in the girls list. Except maybe Silence of the Lambs.

Then there the neutral movies, which both seem to like equally: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Shawshank Redemption, Psycho, The Dark Knight, Casablanca, North by Northwest, Leon, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Vertigo.

An image of the analysis sheet, just in case you are interested.



Enough. Time to get back to work.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

You forgot to use yellow color in that sheet...

Sourabh said...

you have a way too much time with you....You Lukkha!!

Anonymous said...

Lightsabers are way too cool!!

--- i wonder how this list will look like for bollywood movies

Jaspreet

Varun said...

why is it a pleasant surprise that women like fight club?

u know me said...

not able to grasp comment for movies that women don't like is a bit sexist son :)

Nikhil said...

Honestly, it was 'typecasting' (blame the type casters) rather than being sexist. Also, I am not even half serious about what I've been written. Fancy being judged on something you don't even intend. Thank God I wasn't branded an MCP.

Why so jumpy? You have to know my state of mind to get that, tired of explaining things to people.

I'm sorry.

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