Cursory analysis: Women like newer children’s movies. Men like mature films–with a marked preference for war movies, westerns, and sci-fi–that span all eras of film.
Additional observation: Number of entries on each list that also appear on AFI’s list of the 100 Greatest Movies of All Time
- Women: 1
- Men: 7
Also, I haven’t dug deeply into this, but the women’s list contains a glut of movies based on books, whereas the men’s list appears to feature a preponderance of original screenplays.
What’s the takeaway? Honestly, I’m not sure. I do have a sneaking suspicion that women give pride of place to stories as stories while men take a keener interest in film as a medium. Perhaps the disparity has something to do with men being more visual. This phenomenon warrants further study.
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