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AFI's 100 Years 100 Movies Greatest American films of all time

AFI's 100 Years 100 Movies

Preamble

The very first edition of AFI’s 100 Years...100 Movies is a list of the 100 greatest American films of all time.

In 1998, 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 AFI’s 100 Years...100 Movies CBS television special originally aired on June 16, 1998.




Selection criteria

FEATURE-LENGTH FICTION FILMS: Narrative format, typically over 60 minutes in length.

AMERICAN FILM: English-language film with significant creative and/or production elements from the United States.

CRITICAL RECOGNITION: Formal commendation in print, television and digital media.

MAJOR AWARD WINNER: Recognition from competitive events including awards from peer groups, critics, guilds and major film festivals.

POPULARITY OVER TIME: Including success at the box office, television and cable airing, and DVD/VHS sales and rentals.

HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE: A film’s mark on the history of the moving images through visionary narrative devices, technical innovation, or other ground breaking achievements.

CULT URAL IMPACT: A film’s mark on American society in matters of style and substance.



List

This is the American Film Institute's list of the 100 Greatest Movies, selected by AFI's blue-ribbon panel of more than 1,500 leaders of the American movie community.

Rank Film Year Director
1CITIZEN KANE1941Orson Welles
2CASABLANCA1942Michael Curtiz
3GODFATHER, THE1972Francis Ford Coppola
4GONE WITH THE WIND1939Victor Fleming
5LAWRENCE OF ARABIA1962David Lean
6WIZARD OF OZ, THE1939Victor Fleming
7GRADUATE, THE1967Mike Nichols
8ON THE WATERFRONT1954Elia Kazan
9SCHINDLER'S LIST1993Steven Spielberg
10SINGIN' IN THE RAIN1952Gene Kelly
Stanley Donen
11IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE1946Frank Capra
12SUNSET BOULEVARD1950Billy Wilder
13BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI, THE1957David Lean
14SOME LIKE IT HOT1959Billy Wilder
15STAR WARS1977George Lucas
16ALL ABOUT EVE1950Joseph L. Mankiewicz
17AFRICAN QUEEN, THE1951John Huston
18PSYCHO1960Alfred Hitchcock
19CHINATOWN1974Roman Polanski
20ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST1975Miloš Forman
21GRAPES OF WRATH, THE1940John Ford
222001: A SPACE ODYSSEY1968Stanley Kubrick
23MALTESE FALCON, THE1941John Huston
24RAGING BULL1980Martin Scorsese
25E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL1982Steven Spielberg
26DR. STRANGELOVE1964Stanley Kubrick
27BONNIE & CLYDE1967Arthur Penn
28APOCALYPSE NOW1979Francis Ford Coppola
29MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON1939Frank Capra
30TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE1948John Huston
31ANNIE HALL1977Woody Allen
32GODFATHER PART II, THE1974Francis Ford Coppola
33HIGH NOON1952Fred Zinnemann
34TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD1962Robert Mulligan
35IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT1934Frank Capra
36MIDNIGHT COWBOY1969John Schlesinger
37BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, THE1946William Wyler
38DOUBLE INDEMNITY1944Billy Wilder
39DOCTOR ZHIVAGO1965David Lean
40NORTH BY NORTHWEST1959Alfred Hitchcock
41WEST SIDE STORY1961Robert Wise
Jerome Robbins
42REAR WINDOW1954Alfred Hitchcock
43KING KONG1933Merian C. Cooper
Ernest B. Schoedsack
44BIRTH OF A NATION, THE1915D. W. Griffith
45STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, A1951Elia Kazan
46CLOCKWORK ORANGE, A1971Stanley Kubrick
47TAXI DRIVER1976Martin Scorsese
48JAWS1975Steven Spielberg
49SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARFS1937Walt Disney
50BUTCH CASSIDY & THE SUNDANCE KID1969George Roy Hill
51PHILADELPHIA STORY, THE1940George Cukor
52FROM HERE TO ETERNITY1953Fred Zinnemann
53AMADEUS1984Miloš Forman
54ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT1930Lewis Milestone
55SOUND OF MUSIC, THE1965Robert Wise
56M*A*S*H1970Robert Altman
57THIRD MAN, THE1949Carol Reed
58FANTASIA1940Walt Disney
59REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE1955Nicholas Ray
60RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK1981Steven Spielberg
61VERTIGO1958Alfred Hitchcock
62TOOTSIE1982Sydney Pollack
63STAGECOACH1939John Ford
64CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND1977Steven Spielberg
65SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, THE1991Jonathan Demme
66NETWORK1976Sidney Lumet
67MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, THE1962John Frankenheimer
68AMERICAN IN PARIS, AN1951Vincente Minnelli
69SHANE1953George Stevens
70FRENCH CONNECTION, THE1971William Friedkin
71FORREST GUMP1994Robert Zemeckis
72BEN-HUR1959William Wyler
73WUTHERING HEIGHTS1939William Wyler
74GOLD RUSH, THE1925Charlie Chaplin
75DANCES WITH WOLVES1990Kevin Costner
76CITY LIGHTS1931Charlie Chaplin
77AMERICAN GRAFFITI1973George Lucas
78ROCKY1976John G. Avildsen
79DEER HUNTER, THE1978Michael Cimino
80WILD BUNCH, THE1969Sam Peckinpah
81MODERN TIMES1936Charlie Chaplin
82GIANT1956George Stevens
83PLATOON1986Oliver Stone
84FARGO1996Joel Coen
85DUCK SOUP1933Leo McCarey
86MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY1935Frank Lloyd
87FRANKENSTEIN1931James Whale
88EASY RIDER1969Dennis Hopper
89PATTON1970Franklin J. Schaffner
90JAZZ SINGER, THE1927Alan Crosland
91MY FAIR LADY1964George Cukor
92PLACE IN THE SUN, A1951George Stevens
93APARTMENT, THE1960Billy Wilder
94GOODFELLAS1990Martin Scorsese
95PULP FICTION1994Quentin Tarantino
96SEARCHERS, THE1956John Ford
97BRINGING UP BABY1938Howard Hawks
98UNFORGIVEN1992Clint Eastwood
99GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER1967Stanley Kramer
100YANKEE DOODLE DANDY1942Michael Curtiz
CITIZEN KANE (1941)
NO.1 CITIZEN KANE (1941)
Cast: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Everett Sloane, Ray Collins
Director: Orson Welles
Producer: Orson Welles
Writer: Herman J. Mankiewicz
Composer: Bernard Herrmann
Cinematographer: Gregg Toland
Editor: Robert Wise
Production Company: Mercury Productions
CASABLANCA (1942)
NO.2 CASABLANCA (1942)
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre.
Director: Michael Curtiz
Producers: Hal B. Wallis, Jack L. Warner
Writers: Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, Howard Koch
Composer: Max Steiner
Cinematographer: Arthur Edeson
Editor: Owen Marks
Production Company: Warner Bros. - First National Pictures
THE GODFATHER (1972)
NO.3 THE GODFATHER (1972)
Cast: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard Castellano, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Producer: Albert S. Ruddy
Writer: Mario Puzo
Composer: Nino Rota
Cinematographer: Gordon Willis
Editors: William Reynolds, Peter Zinner
Production Company: Paramount Pictures Corp., Alfran Productions, Inc.
GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)
NO.4 GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)
Cast: Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Olivia de Havilland, Leslie Howard
Director: Victor Fleming
Writer: Sidney Howard
Based on the Novel: Margaret Mitchell
Producer: David O. Selznick
Composer: Max Steiner
Cinematographer: Ernest Haller
Editor: Hal C. Kern
Production Company: Selznick International Pictures, Inc.
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)
NO.5 LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)
Cast: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Claude Rains, Arthur Kennedy, Omar Sharif
Director: David Lean
Producer: Sam Spiegel
Writers: Robert Bolt, Michael Wilson
Based on Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence
Composer: Maurice Jarre
Cinematographer: F.A. Young
Editor: Anne V. Coates
Production Company: Horizon Pictures
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