AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (10th Anniversary Edition)

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Template:AFI 100 Years... series AFI's 100 Years…100 Movies – 10th Anniversary Edition was the 2007 updated version of 100 Years… 100 Movies. The original list was first unveiled in 1998.



Announced on January 18, 2007, this 10th installment of the American Film Institute's (AFI) Emmy Award-winning AFI 100 Years... series counted down the 100 greatest American movies of all time in a three-hour television event. Aired June 20, 2007 on CBS, it was hosted by Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman. The program considered classic favorites and newly eligible films released from 1997 to 2005.[1]

List updates

AFI will conduct the poll every ten years to include new releases.


AFI asked jurors to consider the following criteria in their selection process:

  • Feature length: Narrative format typically over 60 minutes long.
  • American film: English language, with significant creative and/or financial production from the United States.
  • Critical recognition: Formal commendation in print, television, and digital media.
  • Major award winner: Recognition from competitive events including awards from peer groups, critics, guilds, and major film festivals.
  • Popularity over time: Includes success at the box office, television and cable airings, and DVD/VHS sales and rentals.
  • Historical significance: A film's mark on the history of the moving image through visionary narrative devices, technical innovation or other groundbreaking achievements.
  • Cultural impact: A film's mark on American society in matters of style and substance.


Rank 10th anniversary list (2007) Director Year Studio Change from 1998
1. Citizen Kane WellesOrson Welles 1941 RKO Pictures 20011px
2. GodfatherThe Godfather CoppolaFrancis Ford Coppola 1972 Paramount 20111px 1
3. Casablanca CurtizMichael Curtiz 1942 Warner Brothers 19911px 1
4. Raging Bull ScorseseMartin Scorsese 1980 United Artists 22011px 20
5. Singin' in the Rain KellyGene Kelly, Stanley Donen 1952 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 20511px 5
6. Gone with the Wind FlemingVictor Fleming 1939 MGM (distributor), Selznick International Pictures 19811px 2
7. Lawrence of Arabia LeanDavid Lean 1962 Horizon, Columbia 19811px 2
8. Schindler's List SpielbergSteven Spielberg 1993 Universal 20111px 1
9. Vertigo HitchcockAlfred Hitchcock 1958 Paramount 25211px 52
10. WizardThe Wizard of Oz FlemingVictor Fleming 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 19611px 4
11. City Lights ChaplinCharlie Chaplin 1931 United Artists 26511px 65
12. SearchersThe Searchers FordJohn Ford 1956 Warner Brothers 28411px 84
13. Star Wars LucasGeorge Lucas 1977 20th Century Fox, Lucasfilm 20211px 2
14. Psycho HitchcockAlfred Hitchcock 1960 Shamley Productions, Paramount (distr.) 20411px 4
15. 2001: A Space Odyssey KubrickStanley Kubrick 1968 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 20711px 7
16. Sunset Boulevard Wilder Billy Wilder 1950 Paramount 19611px 4
17. GraduateThe Graduate NicholsMike Nichols 1967 United Artists, Embassy 19011px 10
18. GeneralThe General KeatonBuster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman 1926 United Artists 382NEW
19. On the Waterfront KazanElia Kazan 1954 Columbia 18911px 11
20. It's a Wonderful Life CapraFrank Capra 1946 RKO 19111px 9
21. Chinatown Polanski Roman Polanski 1974 Paramount 19811px 2
22. Some Like It Hot WilderBilly Wilder 1959 United Artists 19211px 8
23. GrapesThe Grapes of Wrath FordJohn Ford 1940 20th Century Fox 19811px 2
24. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial SpielbergSteven Spielberg 1982 Universal 20111px 1
25. KillTo Kill a Mockingbird MulliganRobert Mulligan 1962 Universal-International 20911px 9
26. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington CapraFrank Capra 1939 Columbia 20311px 3
27. High Noon ZinnemannFred Zinnemann 1952 United Artists 20611px 6
28. All About Eve MankiewiczJoseph L. Mankiewicz 1950 20th Century Fox 18811px 12
29. Double Indemnity WilderBilly Wilder 1944 Paramount 20911px 9
30. Apocalypse Now CoppolaFrancis Ford Coppola 1979 United Artists 19811px 2
31. MalteseThe Maltese Falcon HustonJohn Huston 1941 Warner Brothers 19211px 8
32. GodfatherThe Godfather Part II CoppolaFrancis Ford Coppola 1974 Paramount 20011px
33. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest FormanMiloš Forman 1975 United Artists 18711px 13
34. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs HandDavid Hand 1937 RKO, Disney 21511px 15
35. Annie Hall AllenWoody Allen 1977 United Artists 19611px 4
36. BridgeThe Bridge on the River Kwai LeanDavid Lean 1957 Columbia 17711px 23
37. BestThe Best Years of Our Lives WylerWilliam Wyler 1946 RKO, Samuel Goldwyn 20011px
38. Treasure The Treasure of the Sierra Madre HustonJohn Huston 1948 Warner Brothers 19211px 8
39. Dr. Strangelove KubrickStanley Kubrick 1964 Columbia 18711px 13
40. SoundThe Sound of Music WiseRobert Wise 1965 20th Century Fox 21511px 15
41. King Kong CooperMerian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack 1933 RKO 20211px 2
42. Bonnie and Clyde PennArthur Penn 1967 Warner Brothers 18511px 15
43. Midnight Cowboy SchlesingerJohn Schlesinger 1969 United Artists 19311px 7
44. PhiladelphiaThe Philadelphia Story CukorGeorge Cukor 1940 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 20711px 7
45. Shane StevensGeorge Stevens 1953 Paramount 22411px 24
46. It Happened One Night CapraFrank Capra 1934 Columbia 18911px 11
47. StreetcarA Streetcar Named Desire KazanElia Kazan 1951 Warner Brothers 19811px 2
48. Rear Window HitchcockAlfred Hitchcock 1954 Paramount 19411px 6
49. Intolerance GriffithD. W. Griffith 1916 Triangle 351NEW
50. LordThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring JacksonPeter Jackson 2001 New Line Cinema 350NEW
51. West Side Story RobbinsJerome Robbins, Robert Wise 1961 United Artists 19011px 10
52. Taxi Driver ScorseseMartin Scorsese 1976 Columbia Pictures 19511px 5
53. DeerThe Deer Hunter CiminoMichael Cimino 1978 Universal 22611px 26
54. MASH AltmanRobert Altman 1970 20th Century Fox 20211px 2
55. North by Northwest HitchcockAlfred Hitchcock 1959 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 18511px 15
56. Jaws Spielberg Steven Spielberg 1975 Universal 19211px 8
57. Rocky Avildsen John G. Avildsen 1976 United Artists 22111px 21
58. GoldThe Gold Rush ChaplinCharlie Chaplin 1925 United Artists 21611px 16
59. Nashville AltmanRobert Altman 1975 Paramount, ABC Entertainment 341NEW
60. Duck Soup McCareyLeo McCarey 1933 Paramount Pictures 22511px 25
61. Sullivan's Travels SturgesPreston Sturges 1941 Paramount Pictures 339NEW
62. American Graffiti LucasGeorge Lucas 1973 Universal, Lucasfilm 21511px 15
63. Cabaret FosseBob Fosse 1972 Allied Artists 337NEW
64. Network LumetSidney Lumet 1976 MGM, United Artists 20211px 2
65. AfricanThe African Queen HustonJohn Huston 1951 United Artists 15211px 48
66. Raiders of the Lost Ark SpielbergSteven Spielberg 1981 Paramount, Lucasfilm 19411px 6
67. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Nichols Mike Nichols 1966 Warner Bros. 333NEW
68. Unforgiven EastwoodClint Eastwood 1992 Warner Brothers 23011px 30
69. Tootsie PollackSydney Pollack 1982 Columbia 19311px 7
70. ClockworkA Clockwork Orange KubrickStanley Kubrick 1971 Warner Brothers 17611px 24
71. Saving Private Ryan SpielbergSteven Spielberg 1998 DreamWorks 329NEW
72. ShawshankThe Shawshank Redemption DarabontFrank Darabont 1994 Warner Brothers 328NEW
73. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid HillGeorge Roy Hill 1969 20th Century Fox 17711px 23
74. SilenceThe Silence of the Lambs DemmeJonathan Demme 1991 Orion Pictures 19111px 9
75. In the Heat of the Night JewisonNorman Jewison 1967 United Artists 325NEW
76. Forrest Gump ZemeckisRobert Zemeckis 1994 Paramount 19511px 5
77. All the President's Men PakulaAlan J. Pakula 1976 Warner Brothers 323NEW
78. Modern Times ChaplinCharlie Chaplin 1936 United Artists 20311px 3
79. WildThe Wild Bunch PeckinpahSam Peckinpah 1969 Warner Bros.-Seven Arts 20111px 1
80. ApartmentThe Apartment WilderBilly Wilder 1960 United Artists 21311px 13
81. Spartacus KubrickStanley Kubrick 1960 Universal-International 319NEW
82. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans MurnauF. W. Murnau 1927 20th Century Fox 318NEW
83. Titanic CameronJames Cameron 1997 Paramount, 20th Century Fox 317NEW
84. Easy Rider HopperDennis Hopper 1969 United Artists 20411px 4
85. NightA Night at the Opera WoodSam Wood 1935 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 315NEW
86. Platoon StoneOliver Stone 1986 Orion Pictures 19711px 3
87. 12 Angry Men LumetSidney Lumet 1957 United Artists 313NEW
88. Bringing Up Baby HawksHoward Hawks 1938 Warner Brothers 20911px 9
89. SixthThe Sixth Sense ShyamalanM. Night Shyamalan 1999 Hollywood Pictures, Spyglass Entertainment, The Kennedy/Marshall Company 311NEW
90. Swing Time StevensGeorge Stevens 1936 RKO 310NEW
91. Sophie's Choice PakulaAlan J. Pakula 1982 ITC Entertainment 309NEW
92. Goodfellas ScorseseMartin Scorsese 1990 Warner Brothers 20211px 2
93. FrenchThe French Connection FriedkinWilliam Friedkin 1971 20th Century Fox 17711px 23
94. Pulp Fiction TarantinoQuentin Tarantino 1994 Miramax 20111px 1
95. LastThe Last Picture Show BogdanovichPeter Bogdanovich 1971 Columbia Pictures 305NEW
96. Do the Right Thing LeeSpike Lee 1989 Universal, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks 304NEW
97. Blade Runner ScottRidley Scott 1982 Warner Brothers, The Ladd Company 303NEW
98. Yankee Doodle Dandy CurtizMichael Curtiz 1942 Warner Brothers 20211px 2
99. Toy Story LasseterJohn Lasseter 1995 Disney, Pixar 301NEW
100. Ben-Hur WylerWilliam Wyler 1959 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 17211px 28

Films removed from list

The following films from the 1998 list were left off the 2007 list:

Most Films by Director

5 Films
4 Films
3 Films
2 Films


  • Of the films that remained on the list, 36 improved their ranking, 38 saw their ranking decline, and three kept their positions: Citizen Kane, The Godfather Part II and The Best Years of Our Lives.
  • Steven Spielberg has the most films of any director on the list with five films. The original version of the list also contained five films by Spielberg, with four films carrying over to the new list and Close Encounters of the Third Kind being replaced by Saving Private Ryan. Stanley Kubrick, Billy Wilder and Alfred Hitchcock tie for second place with four films each making the list.
  • The oldest film to be dropped was D. W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation (1915), from #44. The oldest film to be added was Griffith's Intolerance (1916) (#49).
  • The newest film removed is Fargo (1996), the newest added The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), which is also the only film on the list released after 1999.
  • The highest ranked addition was The General at #18. The highest ranked removal was Doctor Zhivago (#39).
  • The Searchers rose the most, going from #96 to #12. The greatest drop without complete removal was suffered by The African Queen, which went from #17 to #65.
  • Duck Soup, featuring the Marx Brothers, moved up 25 positions to #60. It was replaced at #85 by another film starring the Marx Brothers, A Night at the Opera.
  • 73 of the films were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, and 30 won, including Sunrise (1927) which won the Academy Award for Unique and Artistic Production (an award that was only presented at the first ceremony). The original list has 75 Academy Awards Best Picture nominees and 33 winners.
  • In the 2007 list, eight of the top ten films were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, with five winning. In the original list, nine out of the top ten were nominees, and six won.
  • Two animated films appear on each list. In 1998, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs ranked at #49, and Fantasia at #58. Snow White moved up to #34 in 2007, Fantasia was dropped, and Toy Story was added at #99.
  • The removal of The Third Man from the list, considered by most film historians to be a great film, has generated great controversy.

See also


  1. "Citizen Kane Stands the Test of Time", June 20, 2007, News release about the 2007 list

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