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    Default American Film Institute (AFI) - 100 Greatest American Films

    I remember when this list came out in 1997 and thought it was quite accurate for both artististic and impacting from a historically point of view.

    http://www.afi.com/tvevents/100years/movies.aspx

    The Complete List:

    1. CITIZEN KANE (1941)

    2. CASABLANCA (1942)

    3. THE GODFATHER (1972)

    4. GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)

    5. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)

    6. THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)

    7. THE GRADUATE (1967)

    8. ON THE WATERFRONT (1954)

    9. SCHINDLER'S LIST (1993)

    10. SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (1952)

    11. IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)

    12. SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950)

    13. THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (1957)

    14. SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959)

    15. STAR WARS (1977)

    16. ALL ABOUT EVE (1950)

    17. THE AFRICAN QUEEN (1951)

    18. PSYCHO (1960)

    19. CHINATOWN (1974)

    20. ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST (1975)

    21. THE GRAPES OF WRATH (1940)

    22. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)

    23. THE MALTESE FALCON (1941)

    24. RAGING BULL (1980)

    25. E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982)

    26. DR. STRANGELOVE (1964)

    27. BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967)

    28. APOCALYPSE NOW (1979)

    29. MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939)

    30. THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (1948)

    31. ANNIE HALL (1977)

    32. THE GODFATHER PART II (1974)

    33. HIGH NOON (1952)

    34. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962)

    35. IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934)

    36. MIDNIGHT COWBOY (1969)

    37. THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946)

    38. DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944)

    39. DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965)

    40. NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)

    41. WEST SIDE STORY (1961)

    42. REAR WINDOW (1954)

    43. KING KONG (1933)

    44. THE BIRTH OF A NATION (1915)

    45. A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (1951)

    46. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971)

    47. TAXI DRIVER (1976)

    48. JAWS (1975)

    49. SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937)

    50. BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969)

    51. THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940)

    52. FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953)

    53. AMADEUS (1984)

    54. ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1930)

    55. THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965)

    56. M*A*S*H (1970)

    57. THE THIRD MAN (1949)

    58. FANTASIA (1940)

    59. REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (1955)

    60. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981)

    61. VERTIGO (1958)

    62. TOOTSIE (1982)

    63. STAGECOACH (1939)

    64. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977)

    65. THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)

    66. NETWORK (1976)

    67. THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962)

    68. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (1951)

    69. SHANE (1953)

    70. THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971)

    71. FORREST GUMP (1994)

    72. BEN-HUR (1959)

    73. WUTHERING HEIGHTS (1939)

    74. THE GOLD RUSH (1925)

    75. DANCES WITH WOLVES (1990)

    76. CITY LIGHTS (1931)

    77. AMERICAN GRAFFITI (1973)

    78. ROCKY (1976)

    79. THE DEER HUNTER (1978)

    80. THE WILD BUNCH (1969)

    81. MODERN TIMES (1936)

    82. GIANT (1956)

    83. PLATOON (1986)

    84. FARGO (1996)

    85. DUCK SOUP (1933)

    86. MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY (1935)

    87. FRANKENSTEIN (1931)

    88. EASY RIDER (1969)

    89. PATTON (1970)

    90. THE JAZZ SINGER (1927)

    91. MY FAIR LADY (1964)

    92. A PLACE IN THE SUN (1951)

    93. THE APARTMENT (1960)

    94. GOODFELLAS (1990)

    95. PULP FICTION (1994)

    96. THE SEARCHERS (1956)

    97. BRINGING UP BABY (1938)

    98. UNFORGIVEN (1992)

    99. GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER (1967)

    100. YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (1942)


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    "This is an exciting moment in American film history," said AFI Director and CEO Jean Picker Firstenberg. "As the end of this century approaches and we reflect on its defining achievements, among the most powerful and successful is, without question, the motion picture. Through the collective judgment of leaders from across the American film community, from both in front of and behind the camera, AFI has identified 100 movies which set the standard and mark the excellence of the first century of American cinema. Movies are an intensely personal experience, and it's certain that this list will generate a broad range of opinion and discussion. AFI welcomes this dialogue and hopes to achieve an increased regard, respect and appreciation for this great American art form."

    AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies is an 18-month celebration that began last November when AFI invited more than 1,500 leaders from across the American film community - screenwriters, directors, actors, producers, cinematographers, editors, executives, film historians and critics, among them - to choose from a list of 400 nominated films compiled by AFI and select the 100 greatest American movies. The nominated films were all made in the first 100 years of American cinema (1896-1996). Movies produced after 1996 were not included.

    The top 100 movies were unveiled during a special three-hour program broadcast tonight on CBS Television, produced by Gary Smith. Next week, Turner Network Television (TNT) will begin airing 10 one hour specials, produced by Mel Stuart and Richard Schickel, one broadcast each Tuesday night for 10 consecutive weeks, providing an in-depth look as to why these 100 movies are considered the greatest of all time. In addition, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will air a cable festival this fall that features many of the movies. And the 100 films will be available in videostores across the nation as part of this special celebration, with labels designating these films as part of AFI's 100 greatest list.

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    I definitely believe 'The Exorcist' should've made itself somewhere amongst the list.

    Other suggestions I would've considered would be 'Dirty Harry', 'The Sting', 'Once Upon A Time In The West', 'The Greatest Show On Earth', 'The Ten Commandments' (1956 version) 'Planet Of The Apes', 'Superman' and 'The Longest Day'.

    For films since then, I would give a nod to 'Saving Private Ryan' and probably 'Titanic'.

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    Shawshank Redemption should've made it

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    Wow that's am amazing list of cinematic achievement isn't it?

    I agree with adding the Dirty One, and Superman. Also Titanic.


    Too bad it's American films b/c Spinal Tap should've been in there somewhere. I know Marti's probably American, but Tap aren't.
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    I remember when this came out arguing that Airplane! should have made the list. I realize that it isn't high art, but it was so original at the time, and it is still damn funny.

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    I think that's a pretty good list. I'm glad Billy Wilder gets such a strong showing as he's my favourite director. One I disagree with - Clockwork Orange. Aside from the shock value, it's really a quite mediocre film. Plus apart from having an American director, does it qualify as American? Made in Britain with a mostly British cast.
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    Good list, I think Unforgiven should have been alittle farther up than #98. What about Saving Private Ryan?? One of my all-time favorite war movies and I have seen alot of them. Magnificent Seven?? It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World?? I guess they have to draw the line somewhere though...
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    Shawshank and Superman should of made it for sure.
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    No Blade Runner?
    No comments.. That movie is doomed to be the most underrated in the history of cinema

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    Blade Runner was a cool movie! I think it made it on their most heart ponding movie list


    I agree with most of this list, but c'mon no Glenngarry Glen Ross?! That's a great movie with amazing acting and no one drops an f-bomb like Ed Harris. And what's Silence of the Lambs doing on there? It's a really fun movie and I love it, but it's pretty ridiculous. I always found the acting to be pretty bad and Hanibal Lector was always cheesy to me. Manhunter was way better. But the lotion in the basket thing creeps me out......

    Also, Citizen Kane is not all it's cracked up to be. Don't get me wrong, it's a GREAT movie. For Orson Wells to have a directorial debut like that is pretty darn good. But the greatest of all time? NO. And I was never a fan of Casablanca. I can't watch it without falling asleep

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    Platoon is crap...Otherwise it's a solid list...
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    Saving Private Ryan and Shawshank should have made it.
    Just go for it!

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    I believe Saving Private Ryan was released after this list was made, Brew. This list is from 1997.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BREW CREW
    Saving Private Ryan and Shawshank should have made it.
    Hell yeah.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BradS
    Hell yeah.
    you are correct...shawshank is great..! i don't know how anyone can't like that movie..

 

 

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