Film Appreciation AFI's Top 100 Films last updated: 03.14.99

 

The American Film Institute polled 1,500 leaders in the film community to determine the top 100 films in the first 100 years of American film making (1896 - 1996). To find out if your favorites made it check this list.

Rank

Film Director Year
100 Yankee Doodle Dandy Michael Curtiz 1942
99 Guess Who's Coming To Dinner Stanley Kramer 1967
98 Unforgiven Clint Eastwood 1992
97 Bringing Up Baby Howard Hawks 1938
96 The Searchers John Ford 1956
95 Pulp Fiction Quentin Tarantino 1994
94 Goodfellas Martin Scorsese 1990
93 The Apartment Billy Wilder 1960
92 A Place In the Sun George Stevens 1951
91 My Fair Lady George Cukor 1964
90 The Jazz Singer Alan Crosland 1927
89 Patton Franklin J. Schaffner 1970
88 Easy Rider Dennis Hopper 1969
87 Frankenstein James Whale 1931
86 Mutiny on the Bounty Frank Lloyd 1935
85 Duck Soup Leo McCarey 1933
84 Fargo Ethan Cohen 1996
83 Platoon Oliver Stone 1986
82 Giant George Stevens 1956
81 Modern Times Charles Chaplin 1936
80 The Wild Bunch Sam Peckinpa 1969
79 The Deer Hunter Michael Cimino 1978
78 Rocky John G. Avildsen 1976
77 American Graffiti George Lucas 1973
76 City Lights Charles Chaplin 1931
75 Dances With Wolves Kevin Costner 1990
74 The Gold Rush Charles Chaplin 1925
73 Wuthering Heights William Wyler 1939
72 Ben Hur William Wyler 1959
71 Forrest Gump Robert Zemeckis 1994
70 The French Connection William Friedkin 1971
69 Shane George Stevens 1953
68 An American In Paris Vincente Minnelli 1951
67 The Manchurian Candidate John Frankenheimer 1962
66 Network Sidney Lumet 1976
65 The Silence of the Lambs Jonathan Demme 1991
64 Close Encounters of The Third Kind Steven Spielberg 1977
63 Stagecoach John Ford 1939
62 Tootsie Sydney Pollack 1982
61 Vertigo Alfred Hitch 1958
60 Raiders of The Lost Ark Steven Spielberg 1981
59 Rebel Without A Cause Nicholas Ray 1955
58 Fantasia 1940
57 The Third Man Carol Reed 1949
56 M*A*S*H* Robert Altman 1970
55 The Sound of Music Robert Wise 1965
54 All Quiet On The Western Front Lewis Milestone 1930
53 Amadeus Milos Forman 1984
52 From Here To Eternity Fred Zinnemann 1953
51 The Philadelphia Story George Cukor 1940
50 Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid George Roy Hill 1969
49 Snow White And the Seven Dwarfs 1937
48 Jaws Steven Spielberg 1975
47 Taxi Driver Martin Scorsese 1976
46 A Clockwork Orange Stanley Kubrick 1971
45 A Streetcar Named Desire Elia Kazan 1951
44 Birth Of A Nation D.W. Griffith 1915
43 King Kong Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B Schoedsack 1933
42 Rear Window Alfred Hitch 1954
41 West Side Story Robert Wise 1961
40 North By Northwest Alfred Hitch 1959
39 Doctor Zhivago David Lean 1965
38 Double Indemnity Billy Wilder 1944
37 Best Years of Our Lives William Wyler 1946
36 Midnight Cowboy John Schlesinger 1969
35 It Happened One Night Frank Capra 1934
34 To Kill A Mockingbird Robert Mulligan 1962
33 High Noon Fred Zinnemann 1952
32 The Godfather Part II Francis Coppola 1974
31 Annie Hall Woody Allen 1977
30 Treasure of The Sierra Madre John Huston 1948
29 Mr. Smith Goes To Washington Frank Capra 1939
28 Apocalypse Now Francis Coppola 1979
27 Bonnie and Clyde Arthur Penn 1967
26 Dr. Strangelove Stanley Kubrick 1963
25 ET the Extra Terrestrial Steven Spielberg 1982
24 Raging Bull Martin Scorsese 1980
23 The Maltese Falcon John Huston 1941
22 2001 A Space Odyssey Stanley Kubrick 1968
21 Grapes of Wrath John Ford 1940
20 One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest Milos Forman 1975
19 Chinatown Roman Polanski 1974
18 Psycho Alfred Hitch 1960
17 The African Queen John Huston 1951
16 All About Eve Joseph L Mankiewicz 1950
15 Star Wars George Lucas 1977
14 Some Like It Hot Billy Wilder 1959
13 Bridge On The River Kwai David Lean 1957
12 Sunset Boulevard Billy Wilder 1950
11 It's A Wonderful Life Frank Capra 1946
10 Singin In The Rain Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly 1952
9 Schindler's List Steven Spielberg 1993
8 On The Waterfront Elia Kazan 1954
7 The Graduate Mike Nichols 1967
6 The Wizard Of Oz Victor Fleming 1939
5 Lawrence of Arabia David Lean 1962
4 Gone With The Wind Victor Fleming 1939
3 The Godfather Francis Coppola 1972
2 Casablanca Michael Curtiz 1942
1 Citizen Kane Orson Welles 1941

 

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