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AFI's 100 Years 100 Passions America’s Greatest Love Stories

AFI's 100 Years 100 Passions

Preamble

AFI’s 100 Years... 100 Passions is a list of the 100 greatest love stories of all time.


Regardless of genre, in these films, a romantic bond between two or more characters, whose actions and/or intentions provide the heart of the film's narrative.

These movies possess a "passion" which has enriched America's film and cultural heritage while continuing to inspire contemporary artists and audiences.

The AFI’s 100 Years... 100 Passions television special, hosted by Candice Bergen, originally aired on June 11, 2002.



Selection criteria

The jurors were asked to consider the following criteria while making their selections:

Feature-Length Fiction Film: The film must be in narrative format, typically more than 60 minutes in length.

American Film: The film must be in the English language with significant creative and/or financial production elements from the United States.

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

Legacy: Films whose “passion” has enriched America’s film and cultural heritage while continuing to inspire contemporary artists and audiences.


100 PASSIONS chart of seats per decades
100 PASSIONS chart of seats per decades


List

Rank Film Year He She Director
1CASABLANCA1942Humphrey BogartIngrid BergmanMichael Curtiz
2GONE WITH THE WIND1939Clark GableVivien LeighVictor Fleming
3WEST SIDE STORY1961Richard BeymerNatalie WoodJerome Robbins
Robert Wise
4ROMAN HOLIDAY1953Gregory PeckAudrey HepburnWilliam Wyler
5AFFAIR TO REMEMBER, AN1957Cary GrantDeborah KerrLeo McCarey
6WAY WE WERE, THE1973Robert RedfordBarbra StreisandSydney Pollack
7DOCTOR ZHIVAGO1965Omar SharifJulie Christie
Geraldine Chaplin
David Lean
8IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE1946James StewartDonna ReedFrank Capra
9LOVE STORY1970Ryan O'NealAli MacGrawArthur Hiller
10CITY LIGHTS1931Charlie ChaplinVirginia CherrillCharlie Chaplin
11ANNIE HALL1977Woody AllenDiane KeatonWoody Allen
12MY FAIR LADY1964Rex HarrisonAudrey HepburnGeorge Cukor
13OUT OF AFRICA1985Robert RedfordMeryl StreepSydney Pollack
14AFRICAN QUEEN, THE1951Humphrey BogartKatharine HepburnJohn Huston
15WUTHERING HEIGHTS1939Laurence OlivierMerle OberonWilliam Wyler
16SINGIN' IN THE RAIN1952Gene KellyDebbie ReynoldsStanley Donen
Gene Kelly
17MOONSTRUCK1987Nicolas CageCherNorman Jewison
18VERTIGO1958James StewartKim NovakAlfred Hitchcock
19GHOST1990Patrick SwayzeDemi MooreJerry Zucker
20FROM HERE TO ETERNITY1953Burt Lancaster
Montgomery Clift
Deborah Kerr
Donna Reed
Fred Zinnemann
21PRETTY WOMAN1990Richard GereJulia RobertsGarry Marshall
22ON GOLDEN POND1981Henry FondaKatharine HepburnMark Rydell
23NOW, VOYAGER1942Paul HenreidBette DavisIrving Rapper
24KING KONG1933Bruce CabotFay WrayMerian C. Cooper
Ernest B. Schoedsack
25WHEN HARRY MET SALLY...1989Billy CrystalMeg RyanRob Reiner
26LADY EVE, THE1941Henry FondaBarbara StanwyckPreston Sturges
27SOUND OF MUSIC, THE1965Christopher PlummerJulie AndrewsRobert Wise
28SHOP AROUND THE CORNER, THE1940James StewartMargaret SullavanErnst Lubitsch
29OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN, AN1982Richard GereDebra WingerTaylor Hackford
30SWING TIME1936Fred AstaireGinger RogersGeorge Stevens
31KING AND I, THE1956Yul BrynnerDeborah KerrWalter Lang
32DARK VICTORY1939George Brent
Humphrey Bogart
Bette DavisEdmund Goulding
33CAMILLE1937Robert TaylorGreta GarboGeorge Cukor
34BEAUTY AND THE BEAST1991Robby BensonPaige O'HaraGary Trousdale
Kirk Wise
35GIGI1958Louis JourdanLeslie CaronVincente Minnelli
36RANDOM HARVEST1942Ronald ColmanGreer GarsonMervyn LeRoy
37TITANIC1997Leonardo DiCaprioKate WinsletJames Cameron
38IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT1934Clark GableClaudette ColbertFrank Capra
39AMERICAN IN PARIS, AN1951Gene KellyLeslie CaronVincente Minnelli
40NINOTCHKA1939Melvyn DouglasGreta GarboErnst Lubitsch
41FUNNY GIRL1968Omar SharifBarbra StreisandWilliam Wyler
42ANNA KARENINA1935Fredric MarchGreta GarboClarence Brown
43STAR IS BORN, A1954James MasonJudy GarlandGeorge Cukor
44PHILADELPHIA STORY, THE1940Cary Grant
James Stewart
Katharine HepburnGeorge Cukor
45SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE1993Tom HanksMeg RyanNora Ephron
46TO CATCH A THIEF1955Cary GrantGrace KellyAlfred Hitchcock
47SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS1961Warren BeattyNatalie WoodElia Kazan
48LAST TANGO IN PARIS1972Marlon BrandoMaria SchneiderBernardo Bertolucci
49POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE, THE1946John GarfieldLana TurnerTay Garnett
50SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE1998Joseph FiennesGwyneth PaltrowJohn Madden
51BRINGING UP BABY1938Cary GrantKatharine HepburnHoward Hawks
52GRADUATE, THE1967Dustin HoffmanKatharine RossMike Nichols
53PLACE IN THE SUN, A1951Montgomery CliftElizabeth TaylorGeorge Stevens
54SABRINA1954Humphrey BogartAudrey HepburnBilly Wilder
55REDS1981Warren BeattyDiane KeatonWarren Beatty
56ENGLISH PATIENT, THE1996Naveen Andrews
Ralph Fiennes
Juliette Binoche
Kristin Scott Thomas
Anthony Minghella
57TWO FOR THE ROAD1967Albert FinneyAudrey HepburnStanley Donen
58GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER1967Spencer Tracy
Sidney Poitier
Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Houghton
Stanley Kramer
59PICNIC1955William HoldenKim NovakJoshua Logan
60TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT1944Humphrey BogartLauren BacallHoward Hawks
61BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S1961George PeppardAudrey HepburnBlake Edwards
62APARTMENT, THE1960Jack LemmonShirley MacLaineBilly Wilder
63SUNRISE1927George O'BrienJanet Gaynor
Margaret Livingston
F. W. Murnau
64MARTY1955Ernest BorgnineBetsy BlairDelbert Mann
65BONNIE AND CLYDE1967Warren BeattyFaye DunawayArthur Penn
66MANHATTAN1979Woody AllenDiane KeatonWoody Allen
67STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, A1951Marlon BrandoVivien LeighElia Kazan
68WHAT'S UP, DOC?1972Ryan O'NealBarbra StreisandPeter Bogdanovich
69HAROLD AND MAUDE1971Bud CortRuth GordonHal Ashby
70SENSE AND SENSIBILITY1995Hugh GrantEmma ThompsonAng Lee
71WAY DOWN EAST1920Richard BarthelmessLillian GishD. W. Griffith
72ROXANNE1987Steve MartinDaryl HannahFred Schepisi
73GHOST AND MRS. MUIR, THE1947Rex HarrisonGene TierneyJoseph L. Mankiewicz
74WOMAN OF THE YEAR1942Spencer TracyKatharine HepburnGeorge Stevens
75AMERICAN PRESIDENT, THE1995Michael DouglasAnnette BeningRob Reiner
76QUIET MAN, THE1952John WayneMaureen O'HaraJohn Ford
77AWFUL TRUTH, THE1937Cary GrantIrene DunneLeo McCarey
78COMING HOME1978Jon VoightJane FondaHal Ashby
79JEZEBEL1939Henry FondaBette DavisWilliam Wyler
80SHEIK, THE1921Rudolph ValentinoAgnes AyresGeorge Melford
81GOODBYE GIRL, THE1977Richard DreyfussMarsha MasonHerbert Ross
82WITNESS1985Harrison FordKelly McGillisPeter Weir
83MOROCCO1930Gary CooperMarlene DietrichJosef von Sternberg
84DOUBLE INDEMNITY1944Fred MacMurrayBarbara StanwyckBilly Wilder
85LOVE IS A MANY-SPLENDORED THING1955William HoldenJennifer JonesHenry King
86NOTORIOUS1946Cary GrantIngrid BergmanAlfred Hitchcock
87UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING, THE1988Daniel Day-LewisJuliette BinochePhilip Kaufman
88PRINCESS BRIDE, THE1987Cary ElwesRobin WrightRob Reiner
89WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?1966Richard BurtonElizabeth TaylorMike Nichols
90BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, THE1995Clint EastwoodMeryl StreepClint Eastwood
91WORKING GIRL1988Harrison FordMelanie GriffithMike Nichols
92PORGY AND BESS1959Sidney PoitierDorothy DandridgeOtto Preminger
93DIRTY DANCING1987Patrick SwayzeJennifer GreyEmile Ardolino
94BODY HEAT1981William HurtKathleen TurnerLawrence Kasdan
95LADY AND THE TRAMP1955Larry RobertsBarbara LuddyClyde Geronimi
Wilfred Jackson
Hamilton Luske
96BAREFOOT IN THE PARK1967Robert RedfordJane FondaGene Saks
97GREASE1978John TravoltaOlivia Newton-JohnRandal Kleiser
98HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, THE1939Charles LaughtonMaureen O'HaraWilliam Dieterle
99PILLOW TALK1959Rock HudsonDoris DayMichael Gordon
100JERRY MAGUIRE1996Tom CruiseRenée ZellwegerCameron Crowe
NAS GOOD AS IT GETS1997Jack NicholsonHelen HuntJames Brooks
NSOMEWHERE IN TIME1980Christopher ReeveJane SeymourRichard Matheson
NYOU'VE GOT MAIL1998Tom HanksMeg RyanNora Ephron
CASABLANCA (1942)
NO.1 CASABLANCA (1942)
Starred by Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre.
Directed by Michael Curtiz
Screenplay by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, Howard Koch.
Produced by Hal B. Wallis, Jack L. Warner
Music by Max Steiner
Cinematography by Arthur Edeson
Film editing by Owen Marks.
GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)
NO.2 GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)
Starred by Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Olivia de Havilland, Leslie Howard.
Directed by Victor Fleming
Screenplay by Sidney Howard
Based on the Novel by Margaret Mitchell
Produced by David O. Selznick
Music by Max Steiner
Cinematography by Ernest Haller
Film editing by Hal C. Kern.
WEST SIDE STORY (1961)
NO.3 WEST SIDE STORY (1961)
Starred by Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno.
Directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise
Screenplay by Ernest Lehman
Based on the book of musical play by Arthur Laurents
Produced by Robert Wise
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Cinematography by Daniel L. Fapp
Film editing by Thomas Stanford.
ROMAN HOLIDAY (1953)
No. 4 ROMAN HOLIDAY (1953)
Starred by Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn
Directed by William Wyler
Screenplay by Ian McLellan Hunter, John Dighton.
Based on the story by Dalton Trumbo, Ian McLellan Hunter.
Produced by William Wyler
Music by Georges Auric
Cinematography by Henri Alekan, Franz Planer
Film editing by Robert Swink
AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER (1957)
NO.5 AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER (1957)
Starred by Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr.
Directed by Leo McCarey.
Screenplay by Delmer Daves, Leo McCarey
Story by Leo McCarey, Mildred Cram.
Produced by Jerry Wald
Music by Hugo Friedhofer.
Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner
Film editing by James B. Clark.

Most celebrated (passion) actor/actress

Cary Grant - 6 movies (AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER, THE AWFUL TRUTH, BRINGING UP BABY, NOTORIOUS, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, TO CATCH A THIEF)

Katharine Hepburns - 6 movies (THE AFRICAN QUEENGUESS, WHO'S COMING TO DINNER, ON GOLDEN POND, BRINGING UP BABY, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, WOMAN OF THE YEAR)

Audrey Hepburns - 5 movies (TWO FOR THE ROAD, ROMAN HOLIDAY, SABRINA, BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S, MY FAIR LADY)

Humphrey Bogart - 5 movies (CASABLANCA, DARK VICTORY, THE AFRICAN QUEEN, SABRINA, TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT)

Interesting facts

William Wyler (ROMAN HOLIDAY, FUNNY GIRL, JEZEBEL, WUTHERING HEIGHTS) and George Cukor (A STAR IS BORN, MY FAIR LADY, CAMILLE, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY) were the most represented directors. Mike Nichols, Rob Reiner, George Stevens and Billy Wilder helmed three love stories respectively.

Marni Nixon’s singing voice sang for Eliza Doolittle in MY FAIR LADY, Maria in WEST SIDE STORY, Terry McKay in AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER and Anna in THE KING AND I. Marni accompanies her voice while playing Sister Sophia in THE SOUND OF MUSIC.

Seven of AFI’s top 10 greatest love stories feature couples that do not end up together in the end.

Movies seats per decades

Statistically speaking, in terms of decades with most movies in top 100, the situation is as follows:
1st 1950-59 with 21 seats
(THE AFRICAN QUEEN, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, A PLACE IN THE SUN, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, THE QUIET MAN, ROMAN HOLIDAY, FROM HERE TO ETERNITY, A STAR IS BORN, SABRINA, TO CATCH A THIEF, PICNIC, MARTY, LOVE IS A MANY-SPLENDORED THING, LADY AND THE TRAMP, THE KING AND I, AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER, VERTIGO, GIGI, PORGY AND BESS, PILLOW TALK);
2nd 1930-39 with 15 seats
(MOROCCO, CITY LIGHTS, KING KONG, IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT, ANNA KARENINA, SWING TIME, CAMILLE, THE AWFUL TRUTH, BRINGING UP BABY, GONE WITH THE WIND, WUTHERING HEIGHTS, DARK VICTORY, NINOTCHKA, JEZEBEL, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME);
3rd 1960-69 with 14 seats
(THE APARTMENT, WEST SIDE STORY, SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS, BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S, MY FAIR LADY, DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, THE GRADUATE, TWO FOR THE ROAD, GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER, BONNIE AND CLYDE, BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, FUNNY GIRL);
4th: 1940-49 with 13 seats
(THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, THE LADY EVE, CASABLANCA, NOW, VOYAGER, RANDOM HARVEST, WOMAN OF THE YEAR, TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT, DOUBLE INDEMNITY, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE, NOTORIOUS, THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR);
4th 1980-89 with 13 seats
(ON GOLDEN POND, REDS, BODY HEAT, AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN, OUT OF AFRICA, WITNESS, MOONSTRUCK, ROXANNE, THE PRINCESS BRIDE, DIRTY DANCING, THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING, WORKING GIRL, WHEN HARRY MET SALLY);
6th 1990-99 with 11 seats
(GHOST, PRETTY WOMAN, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE, SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, THE ENGLISH PATIENT, JERRY MAGUIRE, TITANIC, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE);
7th 1970-79 with 10 seats
(LOVE STORY, HAROLD AND MAUDE, LAST TANGO IN PARIS, WHAT'S UP, DOC?, THE WAY WE WERE, ANNIE HALL, THE GOODBYE GIRL, COMING HOME, GREASE, MANHATTAN);
8th 1920-29 with 3 seats
(WAY DOWN EAST, THE SHEIK, SUNRISE);
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