Wherever there’s a fair maiden in peril, there’s usually an eager young man to step up and save the day.
NOTABLE CONTENDERS: The Princess Bride, The Hidden Fortress, Shanghai Noon, Your Highness, Shrek, Sleeping Beauty
WINNER: Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope
Director George Lucas was very much influenced by the writings of mythologist Joseph Campbell. Princess Leia’s urgent plea (“Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope”) is his saga’s “call to adventure” — the momentous first step in the hero-quest of Luke Skywalker.