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.


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 Production companies Change from 1998
1. Citizen Kane Orson Welles 1941 Mercury Productions, RKO Radio Pictures Steady
2. The Godfather Francis Ford Coppola 1972 Paramount Pictures, Alfran Productions Increase 1
3. Casablanca Michael Curtiz 1942 Warner Bros. Decrease 1
4. Raging Bull Martin Scorsese 1980 Chartoff-Winkler Productions 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 Selznick International Pictures Decrease 2
7. Lawrence of Arabia David Lean 1962 Horizon Pictures Decrease 2
8. Schindler's List Steven Spielberg 1993 Amblin Entertainment Increase 1
9. Vertigo Alfred Hitchcock 1958 Alfred J. Hitchcock Productions Increase 52
10. The Wizard of Oz Victor Fleming 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Decrease 4
11. City Lights Charlie Chaplin 1931 Charles Chaplin Productions Increase 65
12. The Searchers John Ford 1956 C. V. Whitney Pictures Increase 84
13. Star Wars George Lucas 1977 Lucasfilm Increase 2
14. Psycho Alfred Hitchcock 1960 Shamley Productions Increase 4
15. 2001: A Space Odyssey Stanley Kubrick 1968 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Increase 7
16. Sunset Boulevard Billy Wilder 1950 Paramount Pictures Decrease 4
17. The Graduate Mike Nichols 1967 Lawrence Turman Decrease 10
18. The General Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman 1926 Buster Keaton Productions NEW
19. On the Waterfront Elia Kazan 1954 Horizon-American Pictures Decrease 11
20. It's a Wonderful Life Frank Capra 1946 Liberty Films Decrease 9
21. Chinatown Roman Polanski 1974 Long Road Productions Decrease 2
22. Some Like It Hot Billy Wilder 1959 Ashton Productions, The Mirisch Company 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 Pictures, Amblin Entertainment Increase 1
25. To Kill a Mockingbird Robert Mulligan 1962 Pakula-Mulligan Productions, Brentwood Productions Increase 9
26. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Frank Capra 1939 Columbia Pictures Increase 3
27. High Noon Fred Zinnemann 1952 Stanley Kramer Productions Increase 6
28. All About Eve Joseph L. Mankiewicz 1950 20th Century-Fox Decrease 12
29. Double Indemnity Billy Wilder 1944 Paramount Pictures Increase 9
30. Apocalypse Now Francis Ford Coppola 1979 Omni Zoetrope Decrease 2
31. The Maltese Falcon John Huston 1941 Warner Bros. Decrease 8
32. The Godfather Part II Francis Ford Coppola 1974 The Coppola Company Steady
33. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Miloš Forman 1975 Fantasy Films Decrease 13
34. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs David Hand 1937 Walt Disney Increase 15
35. Annie Hall Woody Allen 1977 United Artists Decrease 4
36. The Bridge on the River Kwai David Lean 1957 Horizon-American Pictures Decrease 23
37. The Best Years of Our Lives William Wyler 1946 Samuel Goldwyn Productions Steady
38. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre John Huston 1948 Warner Bros. Decrease 8
39. Dr. Strangelove Stanley Kubrick 1964 Hawk Films, Polaris Productions Decrease 13
40. The Sound of Music Robert Wise 1965 Argyle Enterprises, 20th Century-Fox Increase 15
41. King Kong Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack 1933 RKO Radio Pictures Increase 2
42. Bonnie and Clyde Arthur Penn 1967 Tatira-Hiller Productions Decrease 15
43. Midnight Cowboy John Schlesinger 1969 Jerome Hellman Productions Decrease 7
44. The Philadelphia Story George Cukor 1940 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Increase 7
45. Shane George Stevens 1953 Paramount Pictures Increase 24
46. It Happened One Night Frank Capra 1934 Columbia Pictures Decrease 11
47. A Streetcar Named Desire Elia Kazan 1951 Warner Bros., Charles K. Feldman Productions Decrease 2
48. Rear Window Alfred Hitchcock 1954 Paramount Pictures, Patron Decrease 6
49. Intolerance D. W. Griffith 1916 D. W. Griffith, Wark Producing NEW
50. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Peter Jackson 2001 New Line Cinema, WingNut Films NEW
51. West Side Story Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise 1961 Beta Productions, The Mirisch Company, Seven Arts Productions, B & P Enterprises Decrease 10
52. Taxi Driver Martin Scorsese 1976 B & P Enterprises, Italo-Judeo Decrease 5
53. The Deer Hunter Michael Cimino 1978 EMI Increase 26
54. M*A*S*H Robert Altman 1970 Aspen Productions Increase 2
55. North by Northwest Alfred Hitchcock 1959 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Decrease 15
56. Jaws Steven Spielberg 1975 Universal Pictures, Zanuck/Brown Company Decrease 8
57. Rocky John G. Avildsen 1976 Chartoff/Winkler Productions Increase 21
58. The Gold Rush Charlie Chaplin 1925 Charles Chaplin Productions Increase 16
59. Nashville Robert Altman 1975 ABC Entertainment NEW
60. Duck Soup Leo McCarey 1933 Paramount Productions Increase 25
61. Sullivan's Travels Preston Sturges 1941 Paramount Pictures NEW
62. American Graffiti George Lucas 1973 Coppola Co., Lucasfilm Increase 15
63. Cabaret Bob Fosse 1972 ABC Pictures NEW
64. Network Sidney Lumet 1976 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Increase 2
65. The African Queen John Huston 1951 Horizon Enterprises, Romulus Films Decrease 48
66. Raiders of the Lost Ark Steven Spielberg 1981 Lucasfilm Decrease 6
67. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Mike Nichols 1966 Chenault Productions, Warner Bros. NEW
68. Unforgiven Clint Eastwood 1992 The Malpaso Company Increase 30
69. Tootsie Sydney Pollack 1982 Mirage Enterprises, Punch Productions, Columbia Pictures, Delphi Productions Decrease 7
70. A Clockwork Orange Stanley Kubrick 1971 Polaris Productions, Hawk Films Decrease 24
71. Saving Private Ryan Steven Spielberg 1998 Amblin Entertainment, Mutual Film Company NEW
72. The Shawshank Redemption Frank Darabont 1994 Castle Rock Entertainment NEW
73. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid George Roy Hill 1969 Campanile Productions Decrease 23
74. The Silence of the Lambs Jonathan Demme 1991 Strong Heart Productions Decrease 9
75. In the Heat of the Night Norman Jewison 1967 The Mirisch Corporation NEW
76. Forrest Gump Robert Zemeckis 1994 The Tisch Company Decrease 5
77. All the President's Men Alan J. Pakula 1976 Wildwood Enterprises NEW
78. Modern Times Charlie Chaplin 1936 Charles Chaplin Film Corp. Increase 3
79. The Wild Bunch Sam Peckinpah 1969 Phil Feldman Productions, Warner Bros.-Seven Arts Increase 1
80. The Apartment Billy Wilder 1960 The Mirisch Company Increase 13
81. Spartacus Stanley Kubrick 1960 Bryna Productions, Universal-International Pictures NEW
82. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans F. W. Murnau 1927 Fox Film NEW
83. Titanic James Cameron 1997 Paramount Pictures, 20th Century-Fox, Lightstorm Entertainment NEW
84. Easy Rider Dennis Hopper 1969 The Pando Company, Raybert Productions Increase 4
85. A Night at the Opera Sam Wood 1935 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer NEW
86. Platoon Oliver Stone 1986 Hemdale Film Corporation Decrease 3
87. 12 Angry Men Sidney Lumet 1957 Orion-Nova Productions NEW
88. Bringing Up Baby Howard Hawks 1938 RKO Radio Pictures 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 Radio Pictures NEW
91. Sophie's Choice Alan J. Pakula 1982 ITC Entertainment, Marble Arch Productions NEW
92. Goodfellas Martin Scorsese 1990 Warner Bros., Irwin Winkler Productions Increase 2
93. The French Connection William Friedkin 1971 D'Antoni Productions Decrease 23
94. Pulp Fiction Quentin Tarantino 1994 A Band Apart, Jersey Films Increase 1
95. The Last Picture Show Peter Bogdanovich 1971 BBS Productions NEW
96. Do the Right Thing Spike Lee 1989 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks NEW
97. Blade Runner Ridley Scott 1982 The Ladd Company, Sir Run Run Shaw NEW
98. Yankee Doodle Dandy Michael Curtiz 1942 Warner Bros. Increase 2
99. Toy Story John Lasseter 1995 Pixar, Walt Disney Pictures NEW
100. Ben-Hur William Wyler 1959 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Decrease 28

Changes from the original list[edit]

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


Added were:

  • Of the 77 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.
  • The Searchers had the highest increase in ranking, moving from #96 to #12. The greatest decrease without being dropped was The African Queen, which went from #17 to #65.
  • 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).
  • Duck Soup, featuring the Marx Brothers, moved up 25 positions to #60. It was replaced at #85 by another film starring them, A Night at the Opera.
  • Seventy-three of the films were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Twenty-eight 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, while Fantasia was dropped, and Toy Story was added at #99. Three were produced by Walt Disney Productions, while Toy Story was a joint production of Walt Disney Studios and Pixar, making Toy Story the only Pixar film on either list.

Most films by director[edit]

  • Steven Spielberg. Spielberg also had five films on the original list, but not the same five. Close Encounters of the Third Kind was dropped and Saving Private Ryan added.


This installment of the American Film Institute's (AFI) Emmy Award-winning AFI 100 Years... series counted down the movies in a three-hour television event airing on 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.[2] The special was nominated for two Emmy Awards.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "AFI's 100 Greatest American Movies - 10th Anniversary Edition".
  2. ^ "Citizen Kane Stands the Test of Time", June 20, 2007, News release about the 2007 list
  3. ^ "AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies - 10th Anniversary Edition". Television Academy.

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