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May. 30th, 2007 (UTC)

I've always loved The Day the Earth Stood Still and The War of the Worlds and 2001: A Space Odyssey. I agree that the Star Wars franchise hasn't produced anything similar in intellectual depth to any of these films. The acclaim for the original trilogy is that it captured a wide spectrum of audience and that it was a hit in the mainstream. It certainly deserves credit for that. But calling it the best SF movie of all times will be committing the folly of equating popularity with quality. Not that something can't be both, just that it's not a given.

That said, I think some of the high-ranking that Star Wars enjoys is in part a nostalgic vote from those who grew up with the films. They are not really voting for the film, per se, but more about voting for that warm glow of reliving fleeting moments of childhood/adolescent joy.

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