20 of the most influential and innovative Hollywood films of all time

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 26 2014 3:02 a.m. MDT

Associated Press

This year marks the 75th anniversary of one of cinema's most enduring and influential classics: "The Wizard of Oz."

Known not only as a staple of childhood wonder, the 1939 film adaptation of L. Frank Baum's book is also in the history books for being the film that popularized the use of Technicolor in film. Even today, long after the normalization of color in film, critics such as Leonard Maltin marvel at the film's innovative use of the color palette. "The old-fashioned, old-school wizardry of MGM still looks impressive to me today," he said.

Here, we've compiled a list of 20 other innovative and influential films that will likely be remembered for their contributions to the ever-changing shape of modern cinema. Because many of the films are relatively recent, the long tail of their influence may not yet be fully realized, but the legacy of innovation, exemplified by "The Wizard of Oz" shines through them all the same.

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Understands Math
Lacey, WA

Headline correction: "The most influential and innovative Hollywood films of all time."

Chandler, AZ

Interesting about Roger Rabbit and The Little Mermaid. I was a kid when they both came out and have always wondered how the rebirth of Disney animation came about.

Bill McGee
Alpine, UT

If I had to make a list of the 20 most influential films, I wouldn't include most of these. I suppose they are influential in a popcorn movie sort of way, but if you consider film to be an art form, this list needs to be radically overhauled. For example, it is massively over-rotated on adventure/comic book/CGI-heavy films. Where's The Godfather or Raging Bull or Gandhi or Lawrence of Arabia or Blade Runner or Pulp Fiction or On The Waterfront? What about other iconic genres like Westerns? 20 should be the cream of the crop. This is not even close.

Salt Lake , UT

Personally I thought " Gone With The Wind" or "The Ten Commandments" would be in there.

American Fork, UT

These 'scroll through the list one page at a time' things don't work well on a mobile data plan. That's too bad, because I can't comment for sure, but I'd bet 'Blues Brothers' isn't on the list. It should be.

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