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

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AFI 100 Years... series
1998100 Movies
1999100 Stars
2000100 Laughs
2001100 Thrills
2002100 Passions
2003100 Heroes & Villains
2004100 Songs
2005100 Movie Quotes
200525 Scores
2006100 Cheers
200625 Musicals
2007100 Movies (Updated)
2008AFI's 10 Top 10

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


Announced on January 18, 2007, this 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]


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. (A number of films on the list were British-made but financed by American studios; these include Lawrence of Arabia, The Bridge on the River Kwai, and A Clockwork Orange.)
  • 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 Orson Welles 1941 RKO Steady
2. The Godfather Francis Ford Coppola 1972 Paramount Increase 1
3. Casablanca Michael Curtiz 1942 Warner Brothers Decrease 1
4. Raging Bull Martin Scorsese 1980 United Artists Increase 20
5. Singin' in the Rain Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen 1952 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Increase 5
6. Gone with the Wind Victor Fleming 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (distributor), Selznick International Pictures Decrease 2
7. Lawrence of Arabia David Lean 1962 Horizon, Columbia Decrease 2
8. Schindler's List Steven Spielberg 1993 Universal Increase 1
9. Vertigo Alfred Hitchcock 1958 Paramount Increase 52
10. The Wizard of Oz Victor Fleming 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Decrease 4
11. City Lights Charlie Chaplin 1931 United Artists Increase 65
12. The Searchers John Ford 1956 Warner Brothers Increase 84
13. Star Wars George Lucas 1977 20th Century Fox, Lucasfilm Increase 2
14. Psycho Alfred Hitchcock 1960 Shamley Productions, Paramount (distr.) Increase 4
15. 2001: A Space Odyssey Stanley Kubrick 1968 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Increase 7
16. Sunset Boulevard Billy Wilder 1950 Paramount Decrease 4
17. The Graduate Mike Nichols 1967 United Artists, Embassy Decrease 10
18. The General Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman 1926 United Artists NEW
19. On the Waterfront Elia Kazan 1954 Columbia Decrease 11
20. It's a Wonderful Life Frank Capra 1946 RKO Decrease 9
21. Chinatown Roman Polanski 1974 Paramount Decrease 2
22. Some Like It Hot Billy Wilder 1959 United Artists Decrease 8
23. The Grapes of Wrath John Ford 1940 20th Century Fox Decrease 2
24. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Steven Spielberg 1982 Universal Increase 1
25. To Kill a Mockingbird Robert Mulligan 1962 Universal-International Increase 9
26. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Frank Capra 1939 Columbia Increase 3
27. High Noon Fred Zinnemann 1952 United Artists Increase 6
28. All About Eve Joseph L. Mankiewicz 1950 20th Century Fox Decrease 12
29. Double Indemnity Billy Wilder 1944 Paramount Increase 9
30. Apocalypse Now Francis Ford Coppola 1979 United Artists Decrease 2
31. The Maltese Falcon John Huston 1941 Warner Brothers Decrease 8
32. The Godfather Part II Francis Ford Coppola 1974 Paramount Steady
33. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Miloš Forman 1975 United Artists Decrease 13
34. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs David Hand 1937 RKO (distributor), Disney Increase 15
35. Annie Hall Woody Allen 1977 United Artists Decrease 4
36. The Bridge on the River Kwai David Lean 1957 Columbia Decrease 23
37. The Best Years of Our Lives William Wyler 1946 RKO, Samuel Goldwyn Steady
38. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre John Huston 1948 Warner Brothers Decrease 8
39. Dr. Strangelove Stanley Kubrick 1964 Columbia Decrease 13
40. The Sound of Music Robert Wise 1965 20th Century Fox Increase 15
41. King Kong Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack 1933 RKO Increase 2
42. Bonnie and Clyde Arthur Penn 1967 Warner Brothers Decrease 15
43. Midnight Cowboy John Schlesinger 1969 United Artists Decrease 7
44. The Philadelphia Story George Cukor 1940 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Increase 7
45. Shane George Stevens 1953 Paramount Increase 24
46. It Happened One Night Frank Capra 1934 Columbia Decrease 11
47. A Streetcar Named Desire Elia Kazan 1951 Warner Brothers Decrease 2
48. Rear Window Alfred Hitchcock 1954 Paramount Decrease 6
49. Intolerance D. W. Griffith 1916 Triangle NEW
50. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Peter Jackson 2001 New Line Cinema NEW
51. West Side Story Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise 1961 United Artists Decrease 10
52. Taxi Driver Martin Scorsese 1976 Columbia Decrease 5
53. The Deer Hunter Michael Cimino 1978 Universal Increase 26
54. MASH Robert Altman 1970 20th Century Fox Increase 2
55. North by Northwest Alfred Hitchcock 1959 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Decrease 15
56. Jaws Steven Spielberg 1975 Universal Decrease 8
57. Rocky John G. Avildsen 1976 United Artists Increase 21
58. The Gold Rush Charlie Chaplin 1925 United Artists Increase 16
59. Nashville Robert Altman 1975 Paramount, ABC Entertainment NEW
60. Duck Soup Leo McCarey 1933 Paramount Increase 25
61. Sullivan's Travels Preston Sturges 1941 Paramount NEW
62. American Graffiti George Lucas 1973 Universal, Lucasfilm Increase 15
63. Cabaret Bob Fosse 1972 Allied Artists NEW
64. Network Sidney Lumet 1976 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, United Artists Increase 2
65. The African Queen John Huston 1951 United Artists Decrease 48
66. Raiders of the Lost Ark Steven Spielberg 1981 Paramount, Lucasfilm Decrease 6
67. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Mike Nichols 1966 Warner Brothers NEW
68. Unforgiven Clint Eastwood 1992 Warner Brothers Increase 30
69. Tootsie Sydney Pollack 1982 Columbia Decrease 7
70. A Clockwork Orange Stanley Kubrick 1971 Warner Brothers Decrease 24
71. Saving Private Ryan Steven Spielberg 1998 DreamWorks NEW
72. The Shawshank Redemption Frank Darabont 1994 Warner Brothers NEW
73. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid George Roy Hill 1969 20th Century Fox Decrease 23
74. The Silence of the Lambs Jonathan Demme 1991 Orion Pictures Decrease 9
75. In the Heat of the Night Norman Jewison 1967 United Artists NEW
76. Forrest Gump Robert Zemeckis 1994 Paramount Decrease 5
77. All the President's Men Alan J. Pakula 1976 Warner Brothers NEW
78. Modern Times Charlie Chaplin 1936 United Artists Increase 3
79. The Wild Bunch Sam Peckinpah 1969 Warner Bros.-Seven Arts Increase 1
80. The Apartment Billy Wilder 1960 United Artists Increase 13
81. Spartacus Stanley Kubrick 1960 Universal-International NEW
82. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans F. W. Murnau 1927 20th Century Fox NEW
83. Titanic James Cameron 1997 Paramount, 20th Century Fox NEW
84. Easy Rider Dennis Hopper 1969 Columbia Increase 4
85. A Night at the Opera Sam Wood 1935 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer NEW
86. Platoon Oliver Stone 1986 Orion Pictures Decrease 3
87. 12 Angry Men Sidney Lumet 1957 United Artists NEW
88. Bringing Up Baby Howard Hawks 1938 RKO Increase 9
89. The Sixth Sense M. Night Shyamalan 1999 Hollywood Pictures, Spyglass Entertainment, The Kennedy/Marshall Company NEW
90. Swing Time George Stevens 1936 RKO NEW
91. Sophie's Choice Alan J. Pakula 1982 ITC Entertainment NEW
92. Goodfellas Martin Scorsese 1990 Warner Brothers Increase 2
93. The French Connection William Friedkin 1971 20th Century Fox Decrease 23
94. Pulp Fiction Quentin Tarantino 1994 Miramax Increase 1
95. The Last Picture Show Peter Bogdanovich 1971 Columbia NEW
96. Do the Right Thing Spike Lee 1989 Universal, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks NEW
97. Blade Runner Ridley Scott 1982 Warner Brothers, The Ladd Company NEW
98. Yankee Doodle Dandy Michael Curtiz 1942 Warner Brothers Increase 2
99. Toy Story John Lasseter 1995 Disney, Pixar NEW
100. Ben-Hur William Wyler 1959 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Decrease 28

Films removed from list[edit]

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


Most films by director[edit]

5 films
4 films
3 films
2 films

Most films by studio[edit]


  • Do the Right Thing (#96) and The Sixth Sense (#89) are the only films on this list made by non-white filmmakers.
  • 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 28 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. Each animated film on both lists were of Disney Studios.


The special was nominated for two Emmy Awards.[3]

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