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'Blues Brothers' tops Illinois movie list

"The Blue Brothers" starring Dan Aykroyd (left) and the late John Belushi, is Illinois' favorite movie according to a poll as part of the Illinois Top 200 project.
"The Blue Brothers" starring Dan Aykroyd (left) and the late John Belushi, is Illinois' favorite movie according to a poll as part of the Illinois Top 200 project.

Illinois' favorite movie is the "Blues Brothers," according to a recent poll.
The 1980 musical comedy starring John Belushi and Dan Akroyd as Jake and Elwood Blues tallied the most votes as part of the Illinois Top 200 project.

The project lets Illinoisans vote every two weeks on the best movies, most inspiring leaders, greatest books, top businesses, among other topics. By the state’s 200th birthday on Dec. 3, voters will have chosen 10 favorites in 20 different categories — thus making the Illinois Top 200.

“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and “A League of Their Own” came next in the online voting.

More than 1,500 people voted on the top movies. Voting in the next category, top businesses, is underway at

"For decades, Illinois films have amused, inspired and thrilled people across the world," said Illinois Film Office Director Christine Dudley. "‘Blues Brothers,’ ‘Ferris Bueller’ and ‘A League of Their Own’ were all filmed within our great state and represent the legacy that Illinois has brought to the entertainment industry. Every one of these movies stands as a testament to the depth of talent we have to offer — in the film industry and beyond."

The top 10 movies are:

“The Blues Brothers”: Jake and Elwood Blues try to raise money to save an orphanage.

“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”: Bueller, his best friend and girlfriend skip school to explore Chicago.

“A League of Their Own”: Women get a chance to play pro baseball during World War II.

“The Fugitive”: Dr. Richard Kimble tries to avoid capture while tracking down his wife’s killer in Chicago.

“The Untouchables”: Federal agents risk everything to bring down Al Capone.

“The Sting”: Two Chicago con men go after a gang boss who killed their friend; won an Oscar for Best picture.

“Chicago”: a musical exploration of hunger for wealth and fame in the Jazz Age; won the Oscar for best picture.

“Eight Men Out”: the story of the Chicago White Sox throwing the 1919 World Series.

“Hoop Dreams”: an unforgettable documentary about poor Chicago kids and their dreams of basketball stardom.

“Ordinary People”: The death of a child tears apart a Lake Forest family; won an Oscar for best picture.

Runners up:

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.

Everyone is invited to suggest possible nominees in each category by using the hashtag #ILtop200 on social media.

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