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AFI's GREATEST 100 Movies

By Jarrod Sarafin, News Editor     June 23, 2007
Source: AFI

Welle's classic Citizen Kane(1941) still reigning on top.
© American Film Institute

The American Film Institute released their new edition of 100 Greatest Movies of All Time on CBS this past Wednesday. I didn't put it up until now because it's more of a discussion topic rather than actual movie news. I'm pretty sure you guys would want breaking news on Thursday and Friday. News such as the "Samuel Jackson as Fury in Iron Man" or "Justice League's script finished."  stories.

Since this is primarily a conversational topic, I've saved this bit of information until now for you guys to discuss it if you would like. The last time the AFI updated their 100 Greatest Movies of All Time list, Orson Welle's 1941 classic Citizen Kane ranked in the #1 spot. Ten years later, it still ranks on top. Obviously, the classics can withstand the test of time.

AFI's 100 Greatest Movies of All Time-10 Years ago

1. Citizen Kane
2. Casablanca

3. The Godfather

4. Gone With the Wind

5. Lawrence of Arabia

6. The Wizard of Oz

7. The Graduate

8. On the Waterfront

9. Schindler's List

10. Singin' in the Rain

11. It's a Wonderful Life

12. Sunset Boulevard

13. The Bridge on the River Kwai

14. Some Like it Hot

15. Star Wars

16. All About Eve

17. The African Queen

18. Psycho

19. Chinatown

20. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

21. The Grapes of Wrath

22. 2001: A Space Odyssey

23. The Maltese Falcon

24. Raging Bull

25. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

26. Dr. Strangelove

27. Bonnie & Clyde

28. Apocalypse Now

29. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

30. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

31. Annie Hall

32. The Godfather, Part II
33. High Noon

34. To Kill a Mockingbird

35. It Happened One Night

36. Midnight Cowboy

37. The Best Years of Our Lives

38. Double Indemnity

39. Doctor Zhivago

40. North by Northwest

41. West Side Story

42. Rear Window

43. King Kong

44. The Birth of a Nation
45. A Streetcar Named Desire

46. A Clockwork Orange

47. Taxi Driver

48. Jaws

49. Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs

50. Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid

51. The Philadelphia Story

52. From Here to Eternity

53. Amadeus

54. All Quiet on the Western Front

55. The Sound of Music

56. M*A*S*H

57. The Third Man

58. Fantasia

59. Rebel Without a Cause

60. Raiders of the Lost Ark

61. Vertigo

62. Tootsie

63. Stagecoach

64. Close Encounters of the Third Kind

65. The Silence of the Lambs

66. Network

67. The Manchurian Candidate

68. An American in Paris

69. Shane

70. The French Connection

71. Forrest Gump

72. Ben-Hur

73. Wuthering Heights

74. The Gold Rush

75. Dances with Wolves

76. City Lights

77. American Graffiti

78. Rocky

79. The Deer Hunter

80. The Wild Bunch

81. Modern Times

82. Giant

83. Platoon

84. Fargo

85. Duck Soup

86. Mutiny on the Bounty
87. Frankenstein

88. Easy Rider

89. Patton

90. The Jazz Singer (1927)

91. My Fair Lady

92. A Place in the Sun

93. The Apartment

94. Goodfellas

95. Pulp Fiction

96. The Searchers

97. Bringing Up Baby

98. Unforgiven

99. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
100. Yankee Doodle Dandy

AFI's 100 Greatest Movies of All Time--2007

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 Boulevard" (1950)
17. "The Graduate" (1967)
18. "The General" (1927)
19. "On the Waterfront" (1954)
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)
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. "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" (2001)
51. "West Side Story" (1961)
52. "Taxi Driver" (1976)
53. "The Deer Hunter" (1978)
54. "MASH" (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)
84. "Easy Rider" (1969)
85. "A Night at the Opera" (1935)
86. "Platoon" (1986)
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)

I wonder what will be the AFI's 100 Greatest Movies in 2017?

Will Kane still be on top? Will there ever be a true horror movie on the list? I still can't believe Romero's classic Night of the Living Dead doesn't make the list or Landis's American Werewolf in London. It seems like horror never gets love inside serious hollywood lore circles. It took decades for Science Fiction to get noticed too.

What are your thoughts about the list, Maniacs?


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Wolfbane 6/23/2007 12:41:05 AM
Look at all the Speilberg movies on that list. You know he's loving it. And rightly so. I've seen Gone with the Wind twice. I was forced to watch it with my parents when I was younger, and it was required viewing in my history class in high school. I hated it everytime. Yuk
cso1982 6/23/2007 1:04:08 AM
Actually, the list you have posted is the list from 1998. The Godfather is now #2 and Casablanca dropped to #3. There are a bunch of other differences, such as the newest movie being added, The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (#50) and Rocky moving up from #78 to #57. You can view the rest of the differences between the 1998 list and the 2007 list here: With that said, I have probably only seen about half of the movies on the list. I agree with most of their positions. Although I would be curious to see what movies would be added if it was a 150 greatest or 200 greatest. I know that probably defeats the purpose of making a list at all. But I can almost be sure that Night of the Living Dead would make it on there. Maybe even Minority Report for at least it's creative view of the future. Others that would probably make it to a 200 list could be Tombstone, The Matrix, Jurassic Park, Terminator, The Untouchables, The Planet of The Apes (1968), and Weekend at Bernie's 2 (just kidding). I'm sure that an American Werewolf in London would be probably be included in that list too.
wish 6/23/2007 1:48:29 AM
If this list is indeed from 1998 then I'll have to see the current one because........where the hell is "The Shawshank redemption"? I can understand a lot of the movies I like not being on this list.......but not that I wrong?
wish 6/23/2007 1:53:51 AM
The Shawshank redemption.....#72 on the correct list........good to know.....
DarkJedi_home 6/23/2007 2:33:15 AM
Sorry about that, Maniacs. The new list apparently didn't paste properly. The new list AND the old list are now on there for us to compare. Jarrod Sarafin
laforcer69@yahoo.com_home 6/23/2007 3:23:46 AM
I watched this the other night on television...I agree with most but have a problem with a few... I won't go into any details about what I like and don't like but I will say that Citizen Kane is and always will be the best movie ever made... cso1982...Even if they had a list of the 200 greatest movies I don't think any of those you mentioned would be on it except maybe the Matrix for it story and ground breaking special effects but that's about all... I'm glad to see that Lord of the Rings made it...It was the only movie in the last 10 years or so that made it on the list, that is saying allot about the movies that have come out in the last 10 years ...Oh and there is also Saving Private Ryan, I can't forget that one...
scoxocs 6/23/2007 9:28:59 AM
That's okay Jarrod, we still like you better than Karl.
jppintar326 6/23/2007 9:44:46 AM
I can't believe Close Encounters of the Third Kind got knocked off the list. It is one of my all time favorites. Why in the world did Sophie's Choice (which was helped Meryl Streep's performance than a classic movie) and The Sixth Sense (overrated) make the list yet Close Encounters didn't. I'm glad to see Do The Right Thing make the list and the overrated and quite offensive Birth of a Nation got taken off. I was also happy that Lord of the Rings and Saving Private Ryan made the list. Like Roger Ebert wrote, these lists are more of a publicity campaign so young people will check out this older movies. Blockbuster and Netflix will probably promote this list to death so they get an increase in business.
redhairs99 6/23/2007 11:34:09 AM
Definitely good to see Blade Runner getting onto the list. I think that Lord of the Rings should have been higher than 50 (at least top 20). I've noticed the lists I've seen online have it listed at "Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring" as #50, but when I watch the show the other night I'm pretty sure they talked about all three movies as one and just said "Lord of the Rings" is #50 (even if all they showed were clips from Fellowship). I'm still not sold completely on Citizen Kane being the best film ever. Don't get me wrong, it is a great film (definitely top 10) but I don't think it's #1.
thebigiff 6/23/2007 12:12:53 PM
Tootsie? ... Tootsie? and look what it placed above. Tootsie bashing aside, film scholars and historians view Citizen Kane as Welles' attempt to create a new style of film making by studying various forms of movie making, and combining them all into one. The Movie may not be the most exciting ever made but ground breaking in almost every way. 1941 this came out folks. The most innovative technical aspect of Citizen Kane is the extended use of deep focus. In nearly every scene in the film, the foreground, background and everything in between are all in sharp focus.However, many deep focus shots were the result of in-camera effects, as in the famous example of the scene where Kane breaks into Susan Alexander's room after her suicide attempt. In the background, Kane and another man break into the room, while simultaneously the medicine bottle and a glass with a spoon in it are in closeup in the foreground. The shot was an in-camera matte shot. The foreground was shot first, with the background dark. Then the background was lit, the foreground darkened, the film rewound, and the scene reshot with the background action. Another unorthodox method used in the film was the way low-angle shots were used to display a point of view facing upwards, thus allowing ceilings to be shown in the background of several scenes. Since movies were primarily filmed on sound stages and not on location during the era of the Hollywood studio system, it was impossible to film at an angle that showed ceilings because the stages had none. Welles' crew used muslin draped above the set to produce the illusion of a regular room with a ceiling, while the boom mikes were hidden above the cloth. One of the story-telling techniques introduced in this film was using an episodic sequence on the same set while the characters changed costume and make-up between cuts so that the scene following each cut would look as if it took place in the same location, but at a time long after the previous cut. Welles also pioneered several visual effects in order to cheaply shoot things like crowd scenes and large interior spaces. The film broke new ground with its use of special effects makeup, believably ageing the cast many decades over the course of the story. Welles brought his experience with sound from radio along to filmmaking, producing a layered and complex soundtrack. In addition to expanding on the potential of sound as a creator of moods and emotions, Welles pioneered a new aural technique, known as the "lightning-mix." Welles used this technique to link complex montage sequences via a series of related sounds or phrases. Welles also carried over techniques from radio not yet popular in the movies (though they would become staples). Using a number of voices, each saying a sentence or sometimes merely a fragment of a sentence, and splicing the dialogue together in quick succession, the result gave the impression of a whole town talking--and, equally important, what the town was talking about. So now you can see why this makes the number 1 spot and what we may not have had if it was never created. Check into Welles too. A blacklisted from Hollywood genius in his own right. Mostly self edited from Wikipedia.
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