Top 15 Movies That Changed Cinema

5. Star Wars (1977)
Lucas certainly wasn’t the first to use special effects, and some naysayers might quibble on how much innovation should be ascribed to him and ILM. What you can’t argue with is it’s success, and Hollywood follows success. Its $2.7 Billion worldwide and the franchises six movies and almost $8 billion in sales easily gives Lucas’ classic the nod over Kubrick’s critically acclaimed 2001: A Space Odyssey. This film is also landmark for it’s impact on merchandising. Twentieth Century Fox had so little faith in the project that they allowed Lucas, a relative newcomer, to retain an unheard of 40% of the merchandising rights against a small salary to direct the film. Merch rights are now a major part of contracts.


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