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AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars is the American Film Institute's list ranking the top 25 male and 25 female greatest screen legends of American film history and is the second list of the AFI 100 Years... series.

The list was unveiled through a CBS special on June 15, 1999, hosted by Shirley Temple (who is herself honored on the female legends list), with 50 then-current actors making the presentations.[1]

AFI defines an "American screen legend" as "an actor or a team of actors with a significant screen presence in American feature-length films (films of 40 minutes or more) whose screen debut occurred in or before 1950, or whose screen debut occurred after 1950 but whose death has marked a completed body of work." In other words, the list generally honors actors recognized for their contributions to classical Hollywood cinema.[1] Jurors selected the final lists from 250 male and 250 female nominees.[2]

The top stars of their respective gender are Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn, who starred together in the classic adventure 1951 film The African Queen, for which Bogart won his only Academy Award.

The male stars were all born in the United States, except Charlie Chaplin, Laurence Olivier and Cary Grant, who were born in the United Kingdom, and Edward G. Robinson, born in Romania.

Seventeen female stars were born in the United States; the other nine are Vivien Leigh and Elizabeth Taylor, born in India and the United Kingdom, respectively, Audrey Hepburn, born in Belgium, Mary Pickford born in Canada, Marlene Dietrich, born in Germany, Sophia Loren, born in Italy, Claudette Colbert, born in France, and Ingrid Bergman & Greta Garbo, born in Sweden.

As of July 2022, at 87, Sophia Loren is the only surviving honoree.[1] At the time of the lists' unveiling Gregory Peck, Katharine Hepburn, Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, Shirley Temple, Lauren Bacall, Kirk Douglas (the longest-lived star at 103) and Sidney Poitier were all still living, but they have since died.

List of 50 greatest screen legends: Top 25 Male and Top 25 Female stars[edit]

No. Male legends Female legends
1 Humphrey Bogart (1899–1957) Humphrey Bogart 1940.jpg Known for:

The Petrified Forest (1936)

The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Casablanca (1942)

To Have and Have Not (1944)

The Big Sleep (1946)

Dark Passage (1947)

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

Key Largo (1948)

In a Lonely Place (1950)

The African Queen (1951)

The Caine Mutiny (1954)

Nominated for three Academy Awards, won for The African Queen.

Katharine Hepburn

(1907–2003)

Katharine Hepburn promo pic.jpg Known for:

Little Women (1933)

Alice Adams (1935)

Stage Door (1937)

Bringing Up Baby (1938)

The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Woman of the Year (1942)

The African Queen (1951)

Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962)

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)

The Lion in Winter (1968)

Nominated for 12 Academy Awards, won for Morning Glory (1933), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), The Lion in Winter (1968), and On Golden Pond (1981).

2 Cary Grant

(1904–1986)

Grant, Cary (Suspicion) 01 Crisco edit.jpg Known for:

The Awful Truth (1937)

Bringing Up Baby (1938)

Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

His Girl Friday (1940)

The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Notorious (1946)

An Affair to Remember (1957)

North by Northwest (1959)

Nominated for two Academy Awards, earned Academy Honorary Award in 1970

Bette Davis

(1908–1989)

BETTEDavis (cropped).jpg Known for:

Of Human Bondage (1934)

The Petrified Forest (1936)

Jezebel (1938)

Dark Victory (1939)

The Letter (1940)

The Little Foxes (1941)

All About Eve (1950)

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

Nominated for 11 Academy Awards, won for Dangerous, and Jezebel.

3 James Stewart

(1908–1997)

Annex - Stewart, James (Call Northside 777) 01.jpg Known for:

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

The Philadelphia Story (1940)

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Winchester 73 (1950)

Rear Window (1954)

Vertigo (1958)

Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

Nominated for five Academy Awards, won for The Philadelphia Story.

Audrey Hepburn

(1929–1993)

Audrey Hepburn 1956.jpg Known for:

Roman Holiday (1953)

Sabrina (1954)

Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

My Fair Lady (1964)

Nominated for five Academy Awards, won for Roman Holiday.

4 Marlon Brando (1924–2004) Marlon Brando in The Men.jpg Known for:

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

Viva Zapata! (1952)

Julius Caesar (1953)

On the Waterfront (1954)

The Godfather (1972)

Last Tango in Paris (1972)

Apocalypse Now (1979)

Nominated for eight Academy Awards, won for On the Waterfront and The Godfather.

Ingrid Bergman

(1915–1982)

Ingrid Bergman, Gaslight 1944.jpg Known for:

Casablanca (1942)

For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)

Gaslight (1944)

Notorious (1946)

Joan of Arc (1948)

Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

Nominated for seven Academy Awards, won for Gaslight, Anastasia (1956), and Murder on the Orient Express.

5 Fred Astaire

(1899–1987)

Astaire, Fred - Never Get Rich.jpg Known for:

Partnership with Ginger Rogers

Top Hat (1935)

Swing Time (1936)

Holiday Inn (1942)

Easter Parade (1948)

The Band Wagon (1953)

Nominated for one Academy Award, earned Academy Honorary Award award in 1949

Greta Garbo

(1905–1990)

Garbo in Inspiration.jpg Known for:

Flesh and the Devil (1927)

Mata Hari (1931)

Grand Hotel (1932)

Queen Christina (1933)

Camille (1936)

Ninotchka (1939)

Nominated for three Academy Awards, earned Academy Honorary Award in 1955.

6 Henry Fonda

(1905–1982)

Henry Fonda, 1940.jpg Known for:

The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

The Lady Eve (1941)

The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

My Darling Clementine (1946)

Mister Roberts (1955)

12 Angry Men (1957)

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

On Golden Pond (1981)

Nominated for four Academy Awards, won for On Golden Pond, earned Academy Honorary Award award in 1980.

Marilyn Monroe

(1926–1962)

Monroe 1953 publicity.jpg Known for:

The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

Don't Bother to Knock (1952)

Niagara (1953)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)

The Seven Year Itch (1955)

Bus Stop (1956)

Some Like It Hot (1959)

The Misfits (1961)

7 Clark Gable

(1901–1960)

Clark Gable - publicity.JPG Known for:

It Happened One Night (1934)

Call of the Wild (1935)

Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

Gone with the Wind (1939)

Mogambo (1953)

The Misfits (1961)

Nominated for three Academy Awards, won for It Happened One Night.

Elizabeth Taylor

(1932–2011)

Studio publicity Elizabeth Taylor.jpg Known for:

National Velvet (1944)

A Place in the Sun (1951)

Giant (1956)

Cleopatra (1963)

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

Nominated for five Academy Awards, won for BUtterfield 8 (1960) and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.

8 James Cagney

(1899–1986)

James cagney promo photo.jpg Known for:

The Public Enemy (1931)

Taxi! (1932)

Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)

The Roaring Twenties (1939)

City for Conquest (1940)

Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

White Heat (1949)

Love Me or Leave Me (1955)

Nominated for three Academy Awards, won for Yankee Doodle Dandy

Judy Garland

(1922–1969)

JUDYGarland.jpg Known for:

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

The Clock (1945)

The Harvey Girls (1946)

Easter Parade (1948)

Summer Stock (1950)

A Star Is Born (1954)

Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

Nominated for two Academy Awards, earned Academy Juvenile Award in 1940

9 Spencer Tracy

(1900–1967)

Spencer tracy state of the union.jpg Known for:

Captains Courageous (1937)

Boys Town (1938)

Tortilla Flat (1942)

Father of the Bride (1950)

Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)

Nominated for nine Academy Awards, won for Captains Courageous and Boys Town

Marlene Dietrich

(1901–1992)

Marlene Dietrich in No Highway (1951) (Cropped).png Known for:

The Blue Angel (1930)

Morocco (1930)

Shanghai Express (1932)

Blonde Venus (1932)

Destry Rides Again (1939)

A Foreign Affair (1948)

Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

Nominated for one Academy Award

10 Charlie Chaplin

(1889–1977)

Charlie Chaplin portrait.jpg Known for:

The Tramp character

The Kid (1921)

The Gold Rush (1925)

City Lights (1931)

Modern Times (1936)

The Great Dictator (1940)

Nominated for three Academy Awards (one for acting), won Academy Award for Original Dramatic Score for Limelight (1952), earned Academy Honorary Awards in 1929 and 1972.

Joan Crawford

(190?–1977)

Joan Crawford - 1936 - Hurrell.JPG Known for:

Grand Hotel (1932)

A Woman's Face (1941)

Mildred Pierce (1945)

Humoresque (1946)

Possessed (1947)

Sudden Fear (1952)

Johnny Guitar (1954)

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

Nominated for three Academy Awards, won for Mildred Pierce.

11 Gary Cooper

(1901–1961)

Gary Cooper (1952).jpg Known for:

A Farewell to Arms (1932)

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)

Meet John Doe (1941)

Sergeant York (1941)

For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)

High Noon (1952)

Friendly Persuasion (1956)

Nominated for five Academy Awards, won for Sergeant York and High Noon, earned Academy Honorary Award in 1961.

Barbara Stanwyck

(1907–1990)

BarbaraS39.jpg Known for:

Stella Dallas (1937)

The Lady Eve (1941)

Ball of Fire (1941)

Double Indemnity (1944)

Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)

The Furies (1950)

Titanic (1953)

Nominated for four Academy Awards, earned Academy Honorary Award in 1982.

12 Gregory Peck

(1916–2003)

Gregory Peck 1948.jpg Known for:

The Keys of the Kingdom (1944)

Spellbound (1945)

The Yearling (1946)

Duel in the Sun (1946)

Gentleman's Agreement (1947)

Twelve O'Clock High (1949)

Moby Dick (1956)

The Big Country (1958)

The Guns of Navarone (1961)

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Nominated for five Academy Awards, won for To Kill a Mockingbird.

Claudette Colbert

(1903–1996)

Claudette Colbert 1931.jpg Known for:

The Smiling Lieutenant (1931)

It Happened One Night (1934)

Cleopatra (1934)

Imitation of Life (1934)

Private Worlds (1935)

Midnight (1939)

The Palm Beach Story (1942)

Since You Went Away (1944)

The Egg and I (1947)

Nominated for three Academy Awards, won for It Happened One Night.

13 John Wayne

(1907–1979)

John Wayne 1940.jpg Known for:

Stagecoach (1939)

Red River (1948)

The Quiet Man (1952)

The Searchers (1956)

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

True Grit (1969)

Nominated for three Academy Awards, won for True Grit.

Grace Kelly

(1929–1982)

Grace Kelly 1955(2).jpg Known for:

The Country Girl (1954)

High Noon (1952)

Dial M for Murder (1954)

Rear Window (1954)

Nominated for two Academy Awards, won for The Country Girl.

14 Laurence Olivier

(1907–1989)

Laurence Olivier - Rebecca.jpg Known for:

Wuthering Heights (1939)

Rebecca (1940)

Henry V (1944)

Hamlet (1948)

Richard III (1955)

Nominated for 11 Academy Awards (ten for acting), won for Hamlet, earned Academy Honorary Awards in 1947 and 1979.

Ginger Rogers

(1911–1995)

Ginger Rogers - Tender Comrade.jpg Known for:

Partnership with Fred Astaire

The Gay Divorcee (1934)

Top Hat (1935)

Stage Door (1937)

Kitty Foyle (1940)

The Major and the Minor (1942)

Monkey Business (1952)

Won Academy award for Kitty Foyle.

15 Gene Kelly

(1912–1996)

Gene kelly.jpg Known for:

Cover Girl (1944)

Anchors Aweigh (1945)

On the Town (1949)

Summer Stock (1950)

An American in Paris (1951)

Singin' in the Rain (1952)

Brigadoon (1954)

Nominated for one Academy Award, earned Academy Honorary Award in 1952.

Mae West

(1893–1980)

Mae West - 1936.jpg Known for:

She Done Him Wrong (1933)

I'm No Angel (1933)

Belle of the Nineties (1934)

Goin' to Town (1935)

Klondike Annie (1936)

Every Day's a Holiday (1937)

My Little Chickadee (1940)

Myra Breckinridge (1970)

16 Orson Welles

(1915–1985)

Orson Welles 1937.jpg Known for:

Citizen Kane (1941)

The Stranger (1946)

Macbeth (1948)

The Third Man (1949)

Touch of Evil (1958)

Nominated for three Academy Awards (one for acting), earned Academy Honorary Award in 1971.

Vivien Leigh

(1913–1967)

Vivien Leigh - Anna Karenina.jpg Known for:

Gone with the Wind (1939)

Waterloo Bridge (1940)

That Hamilton Woman (1941)

Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

Ship of Fools (1965)

Won Academy Awards for Gone with the Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire.

17 Kirk Douglas

(1916–2020)

Kirk douglas photo signed.JPG Known for:

Champion (1949)

The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

Paths of Glory (1957)

Spartacus (1960)

Nominated for three Academy Awards, earned Academy Honorary Award in 1996.

Lillian Gish

(1893–1993)

Lillian Gish-edit1.jpg Known for:

The Birth of a Nation (1915)

Broken Blossoms (1919)

The Wind (1928)

Duel in the Sun (1946)

The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Nominated for one Academy Award, earned Academy Honorary Award in 1971.

18 James Dean

(1931–1955)

James Dean - publicity - early.JPG Known for:

Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

East of Eden (1955)

Giant (1956)

Nominated for two Academy Awards.

Shirley Temple

(1928–2014)

Shirley Temple 1949.jpg Known for:

Bright Eyes (1934)

Curly Top (1935)

Wee Willie Winkie (1937)

Heidi (1937)

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938)

The Little Princess (1939)

Earned Academy Juvenile Award in 1935

19 Burt Lancaster

(1913–1994)

Burt Lancaster - publicity 1947.JPG Known for:

The Killers (1946)

From Here to Eternity (1953)

Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

Separate Tables (1958)

Elmer Gantry (1960)

Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)

The Leopard (1963)

Atlantic City (1980)

Nominated for four Academy Awards, won for Elmer Gantry.

Rita Hayworth

(1918–1987)

Rita Hayworth-publicity.JPG Known for:

Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

You Were Never Lovelier (1942)

Cover Girl (1944)

Gilda (1946)

The Lady from Shanghai (1947)

The Loves of Carmen (1948)

Salome (1953)

Miss Sadie Thompson (1953)

Separate Tables (1958)

20 Marx Brothers

Chico (1887–1961)

Harpo (1888–1964)

Groucho (1890–1977)

Marx Brothers 1931.jpg Known for:

Animal Crackers (1930)

Horse Feathers (1932)

Duck Soup (1933)

A Night at the Opera (1935)

A Day at the Races (1937)

Groucho was presented with an Academy Honorary Award in 1973 for "his brilliant creativity and for the unequalled achievements of the Marx Brothers."[3]

Lauren Bacall

(1924–2014)

Lauren Bacall 1945 (cropped).jpg Known for:

To Have and Have Not (1944)

The Big Sleep (1946)

Dark Passage (1947)

Key Largo (1948)

Written on the Wind (1956)

Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

Nominated for one Academy Award, earned Academy Honorary Award in 2009.

21 Buster Keaton

(1895–1966)

Busterkeaton edit.jpg Known for:

Sherlock Jr. (1924)

The General (1926)

The Cameraman (1928)

Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)

Earned Academy Honorary Award in 1960.

Sophia Loren

(born 1934)

Sophia Loren - 1959.jpg Known for:

The Millionairess (1960)

Two Women (1961)

El Cid (1961)

Marriage Italian Style (1964)

Nominated for two Academy Awards, won for Two Women, earned Academy Honorary Award in 1991.

22 Sidney Poitier

(1927–2022)

Sidney Poitier 1968.jpg Known for:

No Way Out (1950)

The Blackboard Jungle (1955)

The Defiant Ones (1958)

Porgy and Bess (1959)

A Raisin in the Sun (1961)

Lilies of the Field (1963)

A Patch of Blue (1965)

To Sir, with Love (1967)

In the Heat of the Night (1967)

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)

Nominated for two Academy Awards, won for Lilies of the Field, earned Academy Honorary Award in 2001.

Jean Harlow

(1911–1937)

Harlow-publicity.jpg Known for:

Hell's Angels (1930)

Dinner at Eight (1933)

Reckless (1935)

Saratoga (1937)

23 Robert Mitchum

(1917–1997)

Robert Mitchum 1949 (no signature).jpg Known for:

Out of the Past (1947)

The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Cape Fear (1962)

Ryan's Daughter (1970)

Nominated for one Academy Award

Carole Lombard

(1908–1942)

Carole Lombard 1931 portrait.jpg Known for:

Hands Across the Table (1935)

My Man Godfrey (1936)

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)

To Be or Not to Be (1942)

Nominated for one Academy Award.

24 Edward G. Robinson

(1893–1973)

Edward G. Robinson 1948.jpg Known for:

Little Caesar (1931)

Double Indemnity (1944)

Key Largo (1948)

The Ten Commandments (1956)

Posthumously earned Academy Honorary Award in 1973.

Mary Pickford

(1892–1979)

Mary Pickford cph.3c17995u.jpg Known for:

Hearts Adrift (1914)

Pollyanna (1920)

My Best Girl (1927)

Coquette (1929)

Won Academy Award for Coquette, earned Academy Honorary Award in 1976.

25 William Holden

(1918–1981)

Holden-portrait.jpg Known for:

Sunset Boulevard (1950)

Born Yesterday (1950)

Stalag 17 (1953)

Sabrina (1954)

Picnic (1955)

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

The Wild Bunch (1969)

Network (1976)

Nominated for three Academy Awards, won for Stalag 17.

Ava Gardner

(1922–1990)

Ava Gardner Show Boat 1951.jpg Known for:

The Killers (1946)

Show Boat (1951)

Mogambo (1953)

The Barefoot Contessa (1954)

The Night of the Iguana (1964)

Nominated for one Academy Award.

Nominees[edit]

The legends were chosen out of a list of 250 male and 250 female nominees. The adjoining reference gives the lists of the original selection.[4]

With the death of Sidney Poitier in January 2022, all male living legends and nominees have now died. There are 9 remaining female nominees and 1 remaining legend: Marsha Hunt (104), Angela Lansbury (96), Gina Lollobrigida (94), Ann Blyth (93), Claire Bloom (91), Mitzi Gaynor (90), Rita Moreno (90), Piper Laurie (90) & Margaret O'Brien (85). Sophia Loren (87) is the only living legend on the list.

The 250 male nominees[edit]

The Actors that are part of the complete list of nominees are:

The 250 female nominees[edit]

The Actresses that are part of the complete list of nominees are:

NOTE: Those listed in bold indicate that the star is still living.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars: The 50 Greatest American Screen Legends". American Film Institute. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  2. ^ List of the 500 nominated star legends (Archive)
  3. ^ "Academy Awards Acceptance Speeches - Search Results | Margaret Herrick Library | Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences". aaspeechesdb.oscars.org. Retrieved 2021-10-10.
  4. ^ List of the 500 nominated star legends Archive [1]

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