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Tastes in Film

Descriptions

The analyses used to create the master list have found that there are three well-defined tastes in film. Below are links to brief descriptions of each of the tastes.

MAINSTREAM TASTE—A description of the mainstream taste.
HIGHBROW TASTE—A description of the highbrow taste.
POPULAR TASTE—A description of the popular taste.

Lists

The lists of "Top [blank] films" for each taste indicate what the list of top films would look like if they were made only by people with that taste. For example, a person with a mainstream taste in films would create a top 100 film list that is more similar to the Top Mainstream Films list than to the other top lists. These lists contain films that correspond to that taste, as well as films that are liked by people with that taste even if those films correspond more with one of the other two tastes.

TOP MAINSTREAM FILMS—The top mainstream films.
TOP HIGHBROW FILMS—The top highbrow films.
TOP POPULAR FILMS—The top popular films.

The lists of "Most [blank] films" indicate which films best epitomize the taste. For example, a person with a highbrow taste in films would view the Most Highbrow Films list as containing films that are largely underrated by people with other tastes. The majority of films on each of these lists are liked by people with that particular taste more than by other people, but the lists also include films that are like by people of all tastes.

MOST MAINSTREAM FILMS—The films that epitomize the mainstream taste the most.
MOST HIGHBROW FILMS—The films that epitomize the highbrow taste the most.
MOST POPULAR FILMS—The films that epitomize the popular taste the most.

The lists of "Least [blank] films" indicate films that epitomize the taste the least. For example, a person with a popular taste in films would view the Least Popular Films list as containing mostly overrated films. These lists include films that are liked by people with different tastes much more than by people with that particular taste.

LEAST MAINSTREAM FILMS—The films that epitomize the mainstream taste the least.
LEAST HIGHBROW FILMS—The films that epitomize the highbrow taste the least.
LEAST POPULAR FILMS—The films that epitomize the popular taste the least.

This page was last modified on August 19, 2009