I’ve always wondered about the correlation between IQ and media preferences.  If you asked someone what their 10 favorite movies are and then scored them based on sophistication, the scores would probably be positively correlated with IQ, though I doubt the correlation would be more than +0.5 since some smart people like dumb entertainment (The Jerry Springer show was popular among Oxford students) and a lot of other factors like nostalgia play a role.

You can probably infer a lot of other things from the top 10 list beyond just IQ, such as personality and even psychiatric conditions like autism, depression and schizophrenia.

Here’s my own top ten list:

1.  Halloween (1978)

2. Friday the 13th (1980)

3. Carrie (1976)

4. The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

5. American Beauty (1999)

6. Silent Night Deadly Night (1984)

7. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

8. Creepshow (1982)

9. Quest for Fire (1981)

10. The Breakfast Club (1985)

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