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Illinois chooses its favorite movies

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"The Blues Brothers" ranks as Illinois' favorite film.

The choice was selected as part of the Illinois Top 200 project, which lets Illinoisans choose the best movies, books, businesses, leaders and more as part of the celebration of the Illinois bicentennial. More than 1,500 people voted on the top movies. 

The top 10 movies are:

  1. “The Blues Brothers” – Jake and Elwood Blues try to raise money to save an orphanage.
  2. “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” – Bueller, his best friend and girlfriend skip school to explore Chicago
  3. “A League of Their Own” – Women get a chance to play pro baseball during World War II
  4. “The Fugitive” – Dr. Richard Kimble tries to avoid capture while tracking down his wife’s killer in Chicago
  5. “The Untouchables” – Federal agents risk everything to bring down Al Capone
  6. “The Sting” – Two Chicago con men go after a gang boss who killed their friend; won an Oscar for Best picture
  7. “Chicago” – a musical exploration of hunger for wealth and fame in the Jazz Age; won the Oscar for best picture
  8. “Eight Men Out” – the story of the Chicago White Sox throwing the 1919 World Series
  9. “Hoop Dreams” – an unforgettable documentary about poor Chicago kids and their dreams of basketball stardom
  10. “Ordinary People” -- The death of a child tears apart a Lake Forest family; won an Oscar for best picture

Nominated movies that didn't make the top 10 include "Young Mr. Lincoln," "His Girl Friday," and a Charlie Chaplin short filmed in Chicago. 

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