AFI's 100 Years...100 Thrills

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AFI 100 Years... series
1998 100 Movies
1999 100 Stars
2000 100 Laughs
2001 100 Thrills
2002 100 Passions
2003 100 Heroes & Villains
2004 100 Songs
2005 100 Movie Quotes
2005 25 Scores
2006 100 Cheers
2006 25 Musicals
2007 100 Movies (Updated)
2008 AFI's 10 Top 10

Part of the AFI 100 Years… series, AFI's 100 Years…100 Thrills is a list of the top 100 suspense/thriller movies in American cinema. The list was unveiled by the American Film Institute on June 12, 2001, during a CBS special hosted by Harrison Ford.

List of films[edit]

# Film Year
1. Psycho 1960
2. Jaws 1975
3. The Exorcist 1973
4. North by Northwest 1959
5. The Silence of the Lambs 1991
6. Alien 1979
7. The Birds 1963
8. The French Connection 1971
9. Rosemary's Baby 1968
10. Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981
11. The Godfather 1972
12. King Kong 1933
13. Bonnie and Clyde 1967
14. Rear Window 1954
15. Deliverance 1972
16. Chinatown 1974
17. The Manchurian Candidate 1962
18. Vertigo 1958
19. The Great Escape 1963
20. High Noon 1952
21. A Clockwork Orange 1971
22. Taxi Driver 1976
23. Lawrence of Arabia 1962
24. Double Indemnity 1944
25. Titanic 1997
26. The Maltese Falcon 1941
27. Star Wars 1977
28. Fatal Attraction 1987
29. The Shining 1980
30. The Deer Hunter 1978
31. Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977
32. Strangers on a Train 1951
33. The Fugitive 1993
34. The Night of the Hunter 1955
35. Jurassic Park 1993
36. Bullitt 1968
37. Casablanca 1942
38. Notorious 1946
39. Die Hard 1988
40. 2001: A Space Odyssey 1968
41. Dirty Harry 1971
42. The Terminator 1984
43. The Wizard of Oz 1939
44. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982
45. Saving Private Ryan 1998
46. Carrie 1976
47. Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1956
48. Dial M for Murder 1954
49. Ben-Hur 1959
50. Marathon Man 1976
51. Raging Bull 1980
52. Rocky 1976
53. Pulp Fiction 1994
54. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969
55. Wait Until Dark 1967
56. Frankenstein 1931
57. All the President's Men 1976
58. The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957
59. Planet of the Apes 1968
60. The Sixth Sense 1999
61. Cape Fear 1962
62. Spartacus 1960
63. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? 1962
64. Touch of Evil 1958
65. The Dirty Dozen 1967
66. The Matrix 1999
67. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 1948
68. Halloween 1978
69. The Wild Bunch 1969
70. Dog Day Afternoon 1975
71. Goldfinger 1964
72. Platoon 1986
73. Laura 1944
74. Blade Runner 1982
75. The Third Man 1949
76. Thelma & Louise 1991
77. Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991
78. Gaslight 1944
79. The Magnificent Seven 1960
80. Rebecca 1940
81. The Omen 1976
82. The Day the Earth Stood Still 1951
83. The Phantom of the Opera 1925
84. Poltergeist 1982
85. Dracula 1931
86. The Picture of Dorian Gray 1945
87. The Thing from Another World 1951
88. 12 Angry Men 1957
89. The Guns of Navarone 1961
90. The Poseidon Adventure 1972
91. Braveheart 1995
92. Body Heat 1981
93. Night of the Living Dead 1968
94. The China Syndrome 1979
95. Full Metal Jacket 1987
96. Blue Velvet 1986
97. Safety Last! 1923
98. Blood Simple 1984
99. Speed 1994
100. The Adventures of Robin Hood 1938

Criteria[edit]

  • Feature-Length Fiction Film: The film must be in narrative format, typically more than 60 minutes long.
  • American Film: The film must be in the English language with significant creative and/or financial production elements from the United States.
  • Thrills: Regardless of genre, the total adrenaline-inducing impact of a film’s artistry and craft must create an experience that engages our bodies as well as our minds.
  • Legacy: Films whose "thrills" have enlivened and enriched America’s film heritage while continuing to inspire contemporary artists and audiences.

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