Thursday, June 21, 2007

AFI's Top 100 Movies of all time

Slowly but surely one of my favorite writers is coming back. Today Roger Ebert reports on AFI's list of the top 100 movies of all time. The list follows, lifted from Roger Ebert's website -- and the many links will take you to Ebert reviews.

AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE'S GREATEST MOVIES

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. "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)
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)


Of course, these are all movies Ebert likes; he's at his best (I think) when he truly hates, loathes and despises a movie... but that's a story for another time.

10 comments:

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

you know i have tried to watch the deer hunter several times, even sarge cannot watch it. don't understand it being on the list at all. and where is dirty dancing i ask you?? ha ha

smiles, bee

tyvc

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Film lists always provoke discussion. Generally, it's a good list, but with a few surprises left out.

Hilda said...

I've seen 45 out of the 100. That's pretty bad, I'll have to work on that.

Of course there's always going tobe stuff you think should be there that isn't and vice versa - but really - Titanic and Raiders of the Lost Ark!

Where's "Breakfast at Tiffany"? Where's "In Cold Blood"? That they are both Capote stories is coincidental. Where are "Saturday Night Fever", "Capote", "Brokeback Mountain", "Crash", "The Hours"?

I'd have moved "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" and "Shawshank Redemption" up and "Lord of the Rings" and "Forrest Gump" down.

I have (GASP!) not yet seen "Citizen Kane" - for those who have seen both, is it really better than "The Godfather"?

And then there's "2001: A Space Odyssey" - I just don't get it.

The Beach Bum said...

AFI List is a bunch of crap!

I will post about this on by blog later.

The Beach Bum

Skittles said...

Wow.. I've seen 48 of those.

Ralph said...

Casablanca is fabulous, my favorite line by Captain Renault to Rick: "You are not only a sentimentalist, you are also a patriot!". And the Godfather, during the Baptism, where the priest says "Do you reject Satan and his empty promises?" while another enemy is being eliminated.

In general, the list is okay, although not on the list, one of my favorites of all time is Barry Levinson's 'Diner'. I love where the fiancée has to pass the Baltimore Colts test before the wedding can take place...

emmapeelDallas said...

Well, I've seen 94 of them, and one of my all time favorites didn't make the list; that would be Sex, Lies & Videotape, Steven Soderburgh's first, fabulous, almost perfect film that I never tire of watching...

The Curmudgeon said...

Now I'm going to have to count and see how many I've seen -- more than half, anyway, I'm sure....

I still think Casablanca's much better than Citizen Kane (so I'm with you, Ralph -- sorry, Mr. Ebert)... but the opening scene in the Animaniacs movie... where Yakko, Wakko and Dot are burning things to keep warm... including a sled... yes, you knew it had a name didn't you?

Makes me laugh every single time.

Chris said...

46 for me, and I still haven't seen Citizen Kane - I don't know why....

Star8278 said...

Wow, I had better start updating my netflix queue. Seems I have a lot of great movies to watch.

And I second, the Dirty Dancing nomination.

Oh, and why isn't Smoky and the Bandit on there?