Weekly Poll Results: Best Roman Polanski Movie

Last week’s poll was, somewhat surprisingly, another blow out. Roman Polanski’s Chinatown easily topped all of his other films and came away victorious with 44% of the votes. Only Rosemary’s Baby and The Pianist put up much of a fight, coming in at #2 and #3 respectively. The Ghost Writer and Repulsion both finished in a deadlock for fourth place, rounding out the top 5. The other remaining options didn’t get much love, with his most recent film Carnage pulling up the rear. Do you agree with these results?

1. Chinatown — 44.8%
2. Rosemary’s Baby — 23.6%
3. The Pianist — 15.4%
4. The Ghost Writer — 3.5%
4. Repulsion — 3.5%
6. The Tenant — 3.1%
7. Frantic — 2.3%
8. Cul-de-Sac — 1.9%
9. Knife in the Water — 1.2%
10. Carnage — 0.8%

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  • Gerry

    I thought Chinatown was a well plotted film with high production values, but I also though it clinical and it didn’t engage me emotionally.

    I thought Robert Townes (the writer) The Last Detail was much better.

    Re the quote “You see, Mr. Gittes, most people never have to face the fact that at the right time and right place, they’re capable of anything.” that should’ve been interesting because Polanski was a holocaust survivor but it made me think of him and a 13 year old girl.

    I’ve always preferred films like The Pianist, The Ghost and The Fearless Vampire Killers to Chinatown.

    Clearly I’m in the minority.

  • Colin

    I didn’t vote on this poll because I figured, “Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown.”

  • Chinatown was awesome. I voted for it. Nicholson, Dunaway and Polanski at the top of their games. Great mystery. Very memorable (and fucked up, especially for it’s time) ending too. Overall one of the greatest noir flicks!