AFI Top 100 Films List

The AFI has a 10th anniversary top 100 films list out. I really haven’t seen too many of these, although the ones I have seen have been (for the most part, excluding “Titanic” which was absolutely awful) very, very good.

Some quick pulls from the list:

My favorite from this list:. “Dr Strangelove”

From the list that I’d most like to see: “On The Waterfront” (Can’t get enough of those HUAC subtexts)

Most surprising omission: “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”

(Seen it, haven’t)

  1. “Citizen Kane,” 1941.
  2. “The Godfather,” 1972.
  3. “Casablanca,” 1942.
  4. “Raging Bull,” 1980.
  5. “Singin’ in the Rain,” 1952.
  6. “Gone With the Wind,” 1939.
  7. “Lawrence of Arabia,” 1962.
  8. “Schindler’s List,” 1993.
  9. “Vertigo,” 1958.
  10. “The Wizard of Oz,” 1939.
  11. “City Lights,” 1931.
  12. “The Searchers,” 1956.
  13. “Star Wars,” 1977.
  14. “Psycho,” 1960.
  15. “2001: A Space Odyssey,” 1968.
  16. “Sunset Blvd.”, 1950.
  17. “The Graduate,” 1967.
  18. “The General,” 1927.
  19. “On the Waterfront,” 1954. (Seeing High Noon but not seeing this seems like it should be some sort of a crime)
  20. “It’s a Wonderful Life,” 1946.
  21. “Chinatown,” 1974.
  22. “Some Like It Hot,” 1959.
  23. “The Grapes of Wrath,” 1940.
  24. “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” 1982.
  25. “To Kill a Mockingbird,” 1962.
  26. “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” 1939.
  27. “High Noon,” 1952.
  28. “All About Eve,” 1950.
  29. “Double Indemnity,” 1944.
  30. “Apocalypse Now,” 1979.
  31. “The Maltese Falcon,” 1941.
  32. “The Godfather Part II,” 1974.
  33. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” 1975.
  34. “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” 1937.
  35. “Annie Hall,” 1977.
  36. “The Bridge on the River Kwai,” 1957.
  37. “The Best Years of Our Lives,” 1946.
  38. “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre,” 1948.
  39. “Dr. Strangelove,” 1964. (Should be much higher than #39, but that’s just me)
  40. “The Sound of Music,” 1965.
  41. “King Kong,” 1933.
  42. “Bonnie and Clyde,” 1967.
  43. “Midnight Cowboy,” 1969.
  44. “The Philadelphia Story,” 1940.
  45. “Shane,” 1953.
  46. “It Happened One Night,” 1934.
  47. “A Streetcar Named Desire,” 1951.
  48. “Rear Window,” 1954.
  49. “Intolerance,” 1916.
  50. “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” 2001. (I will lose all of my nerd kred when I say: I really didn’t get in to this one all that much.)
  51. “West Side Story,” 1961.
  52. “Taxi Driver,” 1976.
  53. “The Deer Hunter,” 1978.
  54. “M-A-S-H,” 1970.
  55. “North by Northwest,” 1959.
  56. “Jaws,” 1975.
  57. “Rocky,” 1976.
  58. “The Gold Rush,” 1925.
  59. “Nashville,” 1975.
  60. “Duck Soup,” 1933.
  61. “Sullivan’s Travels,” 1941.
  62. “American Graffiti,” 1973.
  63. “Cabaret,” 1972.
  64. “Network,” 1976.
  65. “The African Queen,” 1951.
  66. “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” 1981.
  67. “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”, 1966.
  68. “Unforgiven,” 1992.
  69. “Tootsie,” 1982.
  70. “A Clockwork Orange,” 1971.
  71. “Saving Private Ryan,” 1998.
  72. “The Shawshank Redemption,” 1994.
  73. “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” 1969.
  74. “The Silence of the Lambs,” 1991.
  75. “In the Heat of the Night,” 1967.
  76. “Forrest Gump,” 1994.
  77. “All the President’s Men,” 1976.
  78. “Modern Times,” 1936.
  79. “The Wild Bunch,” 1969.
  80. “The Apartment, 1960.
  81. “Spartacus,” 1960.
  82. “Sunrise,” 1927.
  83. “Titanic,” 1997. (I am ashamed to admit this)
  84. “Easy Rider,” 1969.
  85. “A Night at the Opera,” 1935.
  86. “Platoon,” 1986. (The best Vietnam movie of the middle 80’s)
  87. “12 Angry Men,” 1957.
  88. “Bringing Up Baby,” 1938.
  89. “The Sixth Sense,” 1999.
  90. “Swing Time,” 1936.
  91. “Sophie’s Choice,” 1982.
  92. “Goodfellas,” 1990.
  93. “The French Connection,” 1971.
  94. “Pulp Fiction,” 1994.
  95. “The Last Picture Show,” 1971.
  96. “Do the Right Thing,” 1989.
  97. “Blade Runner,” 1982.
  98. “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” 1942.
  99. “Toy Story,” 1995.
  100. “Ben-Hur,” 1959.

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4 responses to “AFI Top 100 Films List”

  1. Christopher Smith
    June 25, 2007 at 9:28 pm |

    What blows me away is how little overlap there is between movies on that list that you’ve seen and I’ve seen. Considering that we are of a similar age and relatively similar backgrounds (yeah, I think Ontario is very different from Kansas, but my wife claims they are freakishly similar). Most of the ones you’ve seen are movies I want to see, but I’d say over half of them I haven’t. Out of the ones you haven’t seen, I’ve seen easily a third of them, and probably closer to half.

    How do you see Goodfellas but not Godfather I & II? Not see One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, but see Chinatown? I could go on. It’s not so much criminal as just an amazing set of coincidences.

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