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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 22: (L-R) Jacqueline Coley, Francis Ford Coppola, James Caan and Talia Shire speak onstage during the 50th Anniversary celebration of "Godfather" at Paramount Pictures Studios on February 22, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)

Of all the movies that are considered “classics” (over 50 years old), you would think in Pennsylvania Casablanca, Gone With The Wind, The Wizard Of OZ or even The Godfather would rank as the most popular. According to Google Trends and information gathered by Town & Country and Rotten Tomatoes, In Pennsylvania the most popular classic is The Grand Illusion.

The Grand Illusion, stars Jean Gabin, and Pierre Fresnay. It’s one of the very first prison escape movies ever. French solders escape from a World War I German prison camp. No offense to the film and it’s place in history but come on…..In Pennsylvania? I can think of several films that I would name before The Grand Illusion.

I’m not sure what Pennsylvanians they’re referring to or where they live but where is Gone With The Wind, Breakfast At Tiffany’s, The Wizard Of Oz, Citizen Kane, or The Godfather? They must be Central Pennsylvanians. In Philly, I submit,  would be the Francis Ford Coppola Blockbuster starring Al Pacino and Marlon Brando.

To see the full list of most popular classic films by state click here. 

Classic Movies by State

a bit more agreeable survey for Philadelphians shows favorite classic movies by region.

Classic movies by region

The Godfather, better.

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