AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions

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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 Passions is a list of the top 100 greatest love stories in American cinema. The list was unveiled by the American Film Institute on June 11, 2002, in a CBS television special hosted by American film and TV actress Candice Bergen.

Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn are tied for the most films in the list, with six each. They co-starred in two of them - Bringing Up Baby and The Philadelphia Story. Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart each have five movies on the list. They co-starred in the 1954 film Sabrina.

The list[edit]

# Film Director Year
1 Casablanca Michael Curtiz 1942
2 Gone with the Wind Victor Fleming 1939
3 West Side Story Robert Wise 1961
4 Roman Holiday William Wyler 1953
5 An Affair to Remember Leo McCarey 1957
6 The Way We Were Sydney Pollack 1973
7 Doctor Zhivago David Lean 1965
8 It's a Wonderful Life Frank Capra 1946
9 Love Story Arthur Hiller 1970
10 City Lights Charlie Chaplin 1931
11 Annie Hall Woody Allen 1977
12 My Fair Lady George Cukor 1964
13 Out of Africa Sydney Pollack 1985
14 The African Queen John Huston 1951
15 Wuthering Heights William Wyler 1939
16 Singin' in the Rain Stanley Donen 1952
17 Moonstruck Norman Jewison 1987
18 Vertigo Alfred Hitchcock 1958
19 Ghost Jerry Zucker 1990
20 From Here to Eternity Fred Zinnemann 1953
21 Pretty Woman Garry Marshall 1990
22 On Golden Pond Mark Rydell 1981
23 Now, Voyager Irving Rapper 1942
24 King Kong Merian C. Cooper 1933
25 When Harry Met Sally... Rob Reiner 1989
26 The Lady Eve Preston Sturges 1941
27 The Sound of Music Robert Wise 1965
28 The Shop Around the Corner Ernst Lubitsch 1940
29 An Officer and a Gentleman Taylor Hackford 1982
30 Swing Time George Stevens 1936
31 The King and I Walter Lang 1956
32 Dark Victory Edmund Goulding 1939
33 Camille George Cukor 1936
34 Beauty and the Beast Gary Trousdale
Kirk Wise
1991
35 Gigi Vincente Minnelli 1958
36 Random Harvest Mervyn LeRoy 1942
37 Titanic James Cameron 1997
38 It Happened One Night Frank Capra 1934
39 An American in Paris Vincente Minnelli 1951
40 Ninotchka Ernst Lubitsch 1939
41 Funny Girl William Wyler 1968
42 Anna Karenina Clarence Brown 1935
43 A Star Is Born George Cukor 1954
44 The Philadelphia Story George Cukor 1940
45 Sleepless in Seattle Nora Ephron 1993
46 To Catch a Thief Alfred Hitchcock 1955
47 Splendor in the Grass Elia Kazan 1961
48 Last Tango in Paris Bernardo Bertolucci 1973
49 The Postman Always Rings Twice Tay Garnett 1946
50 Shakespeare in Love John Madden 1998
51 Bringing Up Baby Howard Hawks 1938
52 The Graduate Mike Nichols 1967
53 A Place in the Sun George Stevens 1951
54 Sabrina Billy Wilder 1954
55 Reds Warren Beatty 1981
56 The English Patient Anthony Minghella 1996
57 Two for the Road Stanley Donen 1967
58 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Stanley Kramer 1967
59 Picnic Joshua Logan 1955
60 To Have and Have Not Howard Hawks 1944
61 Breakfast at Tiffany's Blake Edwards 1961
62 The Apartment Billy Wilder 1960
63 Sunrise F.W. Murnau 1927
64 Marty Delbert Mann 1955
65 Bonnie and Clyde Arthur Penn 1967
66 Manhattan Woody Allen 1979
67 A Streetcar Named Desire Elia Kazan 1951
68 What's Up, Doc? Peter Bogdanovich 1972
69 Harold and Maude Hal Ashby 1971
70 Sense and Sensibility Ang Lee 1995
71 Way Down East D.W. Griffith 1920
72 Roxanne Fred Schepisi 1987
73 The Ghost and Mrs. Muir Joseph L. Mankiewicz 1947
74 Woman of the Year George Stevens 1942
75 The American President Rob Reiner 1995
76 The Quiet Man John Ford 1952
77 The Awful Truth Leo McCarey 1937
78 Coming Home Hal Ashby 1978
79 Jezebel William Wyler 1938
80 The Sheik George Melford 1921
81 The Goodbye Girl Herbert Ross 1977
82 Witness Peter Weir 1985
83 Morocco Josef von Sternberg 1930
84 Double Indemnity Billy Wilder 1944
85 Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing Henry King 1955
86 Notorious Alfred Hitchcock 1946
87 The Unbearable Lightness of Being Philip Kaufman 1988
88 The Princess Bride Rob Reiner 1987
89 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Mike Nichols 1966
90 The Bridges of Madison County Clint Eastwood 1995
91 Working Girl Mike Nichols 1988
92 Porgy and Bess Otto Preminger 1959
93 Dirty Dancing Emile Ardolino 1987
94 Body Heat Lawrence Kasdan 1981
95 Lady and the Tramp Wilfred Jackson
Hamilton Luske
Clyde Geronimi
1955
96 Barefoot in the Park Gene Saks 1967
97 Grease Randal Kleiser 1978
98 The Hunchback of Notre Dame William Dieterle 1939
99 Pillow Talk Michael Gordon 1959
100 Jerry Maguire Cameron Crowe 1996

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.
  • Love Story: Regardless of genre, a romantic bond between two or more characters, whose actions and/or intentions provide the heart of the film’s narrative.
  • Legacy: Films whose "passion" have enriched America’s film and cultural heritage while continuing to inspire contemporary artists and audiences.

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