American Film Institute: Top 100 Movies

The American Film Institute has put together an Interactive Tour with 100 of the best movies –read American movies, of course. Very few “modern” movies or silents, lots of movies from the 40s and 50s, and none from any of the international film makers (e.g., the UK, Italy, France, Germany). I’m not complaining, much, since a lot of my faves are on the list, although some are missing, in my opinion, like The Princess Bride (some of the best lines ever are in that movie) and some shouldn’t be there, like Tootsie.

Here are the first 30, according to AFI (an asterisk for my favorites):

  1. Citizen Kane
  2. The Godfather
  3. Casablanca*
  4. Raging Bull
  5. Singin’ in the Rain
  6. Gone With the Wind
  7. Lawrence of Arabia
  8. Schindler’s List
  9. Vertigo*
  10. Wizard of Oz
  11. City Lights
  12. The Searchers
  13. Star Wars*
  14. Psycho
  15. 2001: Space Odyssey*
  16. Sunset Boulevard
  17. The Graduate*
  18. The General
  19. On the Waterfront
  20. It’s a Wonderful Life*
  21. Chinatown
  22. Some Like it Hot
  23. The Grapes of Wrath*
  24. E. T.*
  25. To Kill a Mockingbird*
  26. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington*
  27. High Noon
  28. All About Eve
  29. Double Indemnity*
  30. Apocalypse Now

Others of my favorites that made the list:

  • The Maltese Falcon (31)
  • Snow White (34)
  • Treasure of the Sierra Madre (38)
  • The Philadelphia Story (44)
  • Rear Window (48)
  • North by Northwest (55)
  • The African Queen (65)
  • Indiana Jones — Raiders of the Lost Ark (66)
  • Twelve Angry Men (87)
  • The Sixth Sense (89)
  • Pulp Fiction (94)
  • Blade Runner (97)

I was surprised at how many SF/supernatural movies made it on the list and how few animated did (only Snow White and Toy Story). The list was selected by what they call “expert jury” although they didn’t name them.

I’m going to be a girl and say that my favorite of all times is Casablanca. I suspect my friend Robyn’s will be The Godfather (right, Robyn?)

What’s yours? Is it on the list? If it’s not, why do you think it was left out (apart from the judges being totally inept and biased)?

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2 thoughts on “American Film Institute: Top 100 Movies

  1. Robyn

    Lists are frustrating aren’t they? Especially lists of “favorites” or “greatests” or “bests”. Too darn subjective. I like Citizen Kane, but it’s in no way my favorite movie, not by a long shot, and it’s almost ALWAYS #1, no matter whose list. I do love the Godfather, although I’m not sure it’s my favorite any longer. I can’t decide if it’s because I’ve seen it so many times that all its power has bled off (no pun intended), or if it’s dated, or if the whole mob thing has become such a trope it’s gotten..what, boring? Predictable?
    Anyway, I have trouble picking a favorite. I love Casablanca, too, but I also really love Notorious. That probably didn’t even make the list, did it?

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