Illinoisans have chosen “The Blues Brothers” as the top movie in state history, embracing a film with classic songs, Chicago landmarks and two main characters trying to do the right thing.
“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and “A League of Their Own” came next in the online voting, which was part of the Illinois Top 200 project.
Illinoisans can vote every two weeks on the best movies, most inspiring leaders, greatest books, top businesses and more. By the 200th birthday of Illinois on Dec. 3, voters will have chosen 10 favorites in 20 different categories for the Illinois Top 200.
More than 1,500 people voted on the top movies. Voting in the next category, top businesses, is under way at www.IllinoisTop200.com.
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 in the film that earned an Academy Award for Best Picture
7. “Chicago” — a musical exploration of hunger for wealth and fame in the Jazz Age in a movie that earned the Academy Award for Best Picture.
8. “Eight Men Out” — the story of the Chicago White Sox throwing the 1919 World Series
9. “Hoop Dreams” — a documentary about disadvantaged Chicago kids and their dreams of basketball stardom
10. “Ordinary People” — The death of a child tears apart a Lake Forest family in a film that earned the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Nominated movies that did not make the top 10 include “Young Mr. Lincoln,” “His Girl Friday” and a Charlie Chaplin short filmed in Chicago.
The Illinois Top 200 is a joint initiative of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, The (Springfield) State Journal-Register and the Illinois Bicentennial Commission.