AFI's 100 YEARS...100 MOVIES

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AFI's 100 GREATEST AMERICAN MOVIES OF ALL TIME

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.

The updated 10th anniversary edition to this list is here.

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MOVIE

YEAR

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 BLVD.

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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