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Poll: Best 'Picaresque' Movie

The picaresque novel is a literary genre that can be summed up as "fictional autobiography" (or fictionalized). It depicts the adventures of a hero (generally a sympathetic outsider) whose fate primarily depends on his own wits but also on various encounters and strikes of luck, sometimes bad.

Told in first person, there's no real plot, rather a series of disconnected episodes since the 'picaro' can't maintain a social status or hold a job for a long time. There's little character development personality-wise, as the essence of the "picaro" is to remain a picaro, it's the world around him that changes and its depiction always carries an element of satire that makes the story captivating and relevant. All the following movies present at least some, if not all, diverse characteristics of the 'picaresque' genre.

Which of the following 'picaresque' movies is your favorite?

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    Forrest Gump (1994)

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    Barry Lyndon (1975)

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    Big Fish (2003)

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    Tom Jones (1963)

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    Life of Pi (2012)

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    Little Big Man (1970)

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    The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)

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    Love and Death (1975)

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    The Tin Drum (1979)

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    Fanny and Alexander (1982)

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    The Man Who Would Be King (1975)

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    Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)

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    The Hidden Fortress (1958)

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    Donovan's Reef (1963)

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    Take the Money and Run (1969)

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    The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)

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    Fellini's Casanova (1976)

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    Zelig (1983)

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    The World According to Garp (1982)

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    Fellini Satyricon (1969)

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    Pierrot le Fou (1965)

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    Alice in Wonderland (2010)

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    Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991)

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    O Lucky Man! (1973)

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    Deconstructing Harry (1997)

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    The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2013)

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    Moll Flanders (1996)

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    Shadows and Fog (1991)

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