Rocky is America’s favorite indie movie of all time, but Millennials don’t agree

Oct 11 2023

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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif, October 11, 2023 – Rocky is America’s favorite indie movie of all time, according to a poll of streaming subscribers conducted by Bitcentral’s ViewNexa™, the unified workflow solution that simplifies video management, streaming, the consumer application experience, and distribution for media companies and content owners.  The findings come from the company’s new report, ‘How to follow the audience: the challenges and opportunities in today’s streaming market.’

The research shows a fifth (20%) of respondents cited Rocky as their favorite independent film, with My Big Fat Greek Wedding coming in second (15%) and American Psycho completing the top three (15%).

Rocky, however, is a bigger hit with older viewers than Millennials (27-42 year-olds). A fifth of Generation X (43-58 year-olds) viewers chose it as their favorite and it’s even more popular with Baby Boomers (59-77 year-olds), almost a third of whom chose it as their favorite. Among Millennials it’s a different story, with only 14% rating it as their favorite indie film. American Psycho is their most popular (23%). Even Rocky can’t beat newer films to cut through to younger movie fans: they generally look more favorably on films from the early 2000s. American Psycho, Kick-Ass, and Billy Elliot all rank highly.

However, it would be wrong to generalize by simply attaching each generation to the films of their lifetime. There are nuances to each audience, with Millennials demonstrating the most support for 1968’s Barbarella, despite not being born at the time it came out, and ranking Horror as a favorite genre. Millennials rank 1971’s A Clockwork Orange and 1968’s Night of the Living Dead higher than many older audiences.

“These results demonstrate that Rocky still has the punching power to be America’s favorite indie film,” said Greg Morrow, GM Streaming Media Group, Bitcentral. “We ran the survey to celebrate the best of independent film-making – so many are all-time classics – and it’s fantastic to see there’s such an appetite for indie films among younger viewers, even if their tastes veer on the goriness of American Psycho rather than the glory of Rocky.”

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