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American Film Institute’s
100 Years . . . 100 Movies

The American Film Institute (AFI) celebrated the centennial of cinema by airing a number of television specials, each honoring a different aspect of excellence in American film. On June 16, 1998 AFI broadcast a program entitled “100 Years . . . 100 Movies—America’s Greatest Movies.”

To determine the winners, 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 nominated films compiled by AFI. The selected films (and their ranking) are listed below.

TheOscar Nominated marker symbol appears next to those films which also received an Academy Award nomination (although this was not a requirement for inclusion on the list). Click on the name of one of those films to display more information about it. You can also click on the IMDb link to to open a new browser window or tabshowing information about the film from the Internet Movie Database. Or, click on a title in the column on the right to display the winners from another AFI program.

For more information, you can follow this link to the American Film Institute’s website.

Oscar Nominated marker17.The African Queen (1951)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker16.All About Eve (1950)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker54.All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker53.Amadeus (1984)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker77.American Graffiti (1973)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker68.An American in Paris (1951)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker31.Annie Hall (1977)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker93.The Apartment (1960)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker28.Apocalypse Now (1979)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker72.Ben-Hur (1959)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker37.The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)   IMDb
44.The Birth of a Nation (1915)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker27.Bonnie and Clyde (1967)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker13.The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)   IMDb
97.Bringing Up Baby (1938)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker50.Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker2.Casablanca (1943)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker19.Chinatown (1974)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker1.Citizen Kane (1941)   IMDb
76.City Lights (1931)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker46.A Clockwork Orange (1971)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker64.Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker75.Dances with Wolves (1990)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker79.The Deer Hunter (1978)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker26.Dr. Strangelove (1964)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker39.Doctor Zhivago (1965)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker38.Double Indemnity (1944)   IMDb
85.Duck Soup (1933)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker25.E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker88.Easy Rider (1969)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker58.Fantasia (1941)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker84.Fargo (1996)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker71.Forrest Gump (1994)   IMDb
87.Frankenstein (1931)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker70.The French Connection (1971)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker52.From Here to Eternity (1953)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker82.Giant (1956)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker3.The Godfather (1972)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker32.The Godfather Part II (1974)   IMDb
74.The Gold Rush (1925)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker4.Gone with the Wind (1939)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker94.GoodFellas (1990)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker7.The Graduate (1967)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker21.The Grapes of Wrath (1940)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker99.Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker33.High Noon (1952)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker60.Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker35.It Happened One Night (1934)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker11.It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker48.Jaws (1975)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker90.The Jazz Singer (1927)   IMDb
43.King Kong (1933)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker5.Lawrence of Arabia (1962)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker23.The Maltese Falcon (1931)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker67.The Manchurian Candidate (1962)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker56.M*A*S*H (1970)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker36.Midnight Cowboy (1969)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker29.Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)   IMDb
81.Modern Times (1936)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker86.Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker91.My Fair Lady (1964)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker66.Network (1976)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker40.North by Northwest (1959)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker8.On the Waterfront (1954)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker20.One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker89.Patton (1970)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker51.The Philadelphia Story (1940)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker92.A Place in the Sun (1951)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker83.Platoon (1986)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker18.Psycho (1960)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker95.Pulp Fiction (1994)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker24.Raging Bull (1980)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker42.Rear Window (1954)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker59.Rebel Without a Cause (1955)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker78.Rocky (1976)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker9.Schindler’s List (1993)   IMDb
96.The Searchers (1956)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker69.Shane (1953)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker65.The Silence of the Lambs (1991)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker10.Singin’ in the Rain (1952)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker49.Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1938)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker14.Some Like It Hot (1959)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker55.The Sound of Music (1965)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker63.Stagecoach (1939)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker15.Star Wars IV: A New Hope (1977)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker45.A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker12.Sunset Blvd. (1950)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker47.Taxi Driver (1976)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker57.The Third Man (1950)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker34.To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker62.Tootsie (1982)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker30.The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker22.2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker98.Unforgiven (1992)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker61.Vertigo (1958)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker41.West Side Story (1961)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker80.The Wild Bunch (1969)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker6.The Wizard of Oz (1939)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker73.Wuthering Heights (1939)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated marker100.Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)   IMDb