For the first time, our annual Readers' Choice Awards had a close finish. In 2004, The Passion of the Christ was a runaway winner; in '05, it was The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. The only question in those years was, who would finish No. 2?
This time, the voting went right down to the wire, with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest just beating X-Men 3: The Last Stand for the top choice.
The independent and quirkily charming Little Miss Sunshine, which some of our readers (and a few Christian film pundits) have called "abhorrent," finished third—just ahead of The Nativity Story. Rounding out the top ten are Cars, United 93, Casino Royale, Children of Men, End of the Spear, and The Pursuit of Happyness.
Interestingly, despite receiving many e-mails from readers who complained that we didn't include Facing the Giants on either our Most Redeeming Films or Critics' Choices lists, readers didn't vote it among their top ten favorites. Facing the Giants finished 15th in the voting.
We asked readers for their comments on their top picks, and here's a sampling of what they were saying about the top picks:
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
"Love watching Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. Just an overall enjoyable movie." "Mr. Depp has created the greatest human character ever to grace the big screen." "Kraken!!!!" "I needed a good laugh, and also appreciated the concepts of sacrifice and redemption. Wonderful special effects and a good score. Depp is one of a kind." "Beautifully shot. Wonderfully acted and written. Pure entertainment." "Romance, action like a thrill ride at Disney, and, of course, Johnny!" "Fun, fun fun." "Captain Jack Sparrow is the sinner, like most of us, battling a dark side. We catch ...1
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