AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars

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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 Stars is a list of the top 50 greatest screen legends in American film history, which included 25 male and 25 female stars. The list was unveiled by the American Film Institute on June 15, 1999, in a CBS special hosted by Shirley Temple, with 50 current actors making the presentations.

The American Film Institute defined an "American screen legend" as an actor or a team of actors during the classic film era with a significant screen presence in American feature-length (40 min) films 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.

The top stars of their respective sexes are Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. They starred together in the classic adventure film The African Queen, for which Bogart won his only Oscar.

All actors and actresses are from the "Golden era of Hollywood" film production. Of the 50 stars listed, only 9 were alive at the time, namely Shirley Temple, Katharine Hepburn, Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, Gregory Peck, Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, Sophia Loren, and Sidney Poitier. As of 2016, only Kirk Douglas, Sidney Poitier, and Sophia Loren are still living.

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

No Male legends Female legends
1 Bogart, HumphreyHumphrey Bogart
(1899–1957)
Humphrey Bogart 1940.jpg Hepburn, KatharineKatharine Hepburn
(1907–2003)
Katharine Hepburn promo pic.jpg
2 Grant, CaryCary Grant
(1904–1986)
Grant, Cary (Suspicion) 01 Crisco edit.jpg Davis, BetteBette Davis
(1908–1989)
Bette Davis - portrait.jpg
3 Stewart, JamesJames Stewart
(1908–1997)
Annex - Stewart, James (Call Northside 777) 01.jpg Hepburn, AudreyAudrey Hepburn
(1929–1993)
Audrey Hepburn 1956.jpg
4 Brando, MarlonMarlon Brando
(1924–2004)
Marlon Brando 1948.jpg Bergman, IngridIngrid Bergman
(1915–1982)
Ingrid Bergman - Gaslight 44.jpg
5 Astaire, FredFred Astaire
(1899–1987)
Astaire, Fred - Never Get Rich.jpg Garbo, GretaGreta Garbo
(1905–1990)
Garbo in Inspiration.jpg
6 Fonda, HenryHenry Fonda
(1905–1982)
Henry Fonda - USN.jpg Monroe, MarilynMarilyn Monroe
(1926–1962)
Monroe 1953 publicity.jpg
7 Gable, ClarkClark Gable
(1901–1960)
Gable, Clark 01.jpg Taylor, ElizabethElizabeth Taylor
(1932–2011)
Studio publicity Elizabeth Taylor.jpg
8 Cagney, JamesJames Cagney
(1899–1986)
James cagney promo photo.jpg Garland, JudyJudy Garland
(1922–1969)
Judy Garland publicity photo.jpg
9 Tracy, SpencerSpencer Tracy
(1900–1967)
Spencer tracy state of the union.jpg Dietrich, MarleneMarlene Dietrich
(1901–1992)
Marlene Dietrich in No Highway (1951) (Cropped).png
10 Chaplin, CharlieCharlie Chaplin
(1889–1977)
Charlie Chaplin portrait.jpg Crawford, JoanJoan Crawford
(1905–1977)
Joan Crawford - 1936 - Hurrell.JPG
11 Cooper, GaryGary Cooper
(1901–1961)
Gary Cooper 1936.jpg Stanwyck, BarbaraBarbara Stanwyck
(1907–1990)
Barbara Stanwyck - early still.JPG
12 Peck, GregoryGregory Peck
(1916–2003)
Gregory Peck 1948.jpg Colbert, ClaudetteClaudette Colbert
(1903–1996)
Claudette colbert 2.jpg
13 Wayne, JohnJohn Wayne
(1907–1979)
John Wayne 1940.jpg Kelly, GraceGrace Kelly
(1929–1982)
Grace Kelly MGM photo.jpg
14 Olivier, LaurenceLaurence Olivier
(1907–1989)
Laurence Olivier (1972).jpg Rogers, GingerGinger Rogers
(1911–1995)
Ginger Rogers - 1940s.jpg
15 Kelly, GeneGene Kelly
(1912–1996)
Gene kelly.jpg West, MaeMae West
(1893–1980)
Mae West LAT.jpg
16 Welles, OrsonOrson Welles
(1915–1985)
Orson Welles 1937.jpg Leigh, VivienVivien Leigh
(1913–1967)
Vivien Leigh 1948.jpg
17 Douglas, KirkKirk Douglas
(born 1916)
Kirk douglas photo signed.JPG Gish, LillianLillian Gish
(1893–1993)
Lillian Gish-edit1.jpg
18 Dean, JamesJames Dean
(1931–1955)
James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause.jpg Temple, ShirleyShirley Temple
(1928–2014)
ShirleyTemple in 1944.jpg
19 Lancaster, BurtBurt Lancaster
(1913–1994)
Burt Lancaster - publicity 1947.JPG Hayworth, RitaRita Hayworth
(1918–1987)
Rita Hayworth-publicity.JPG
20 Brothers, MarxMarx Brothers
Chico (1887–1961)
Harpo (1888–1964)
Groucho (1890–1977)
Gummo (1892–1977)
Zeppo (1901–1979)
Marx Brothers 1931.jpg Bacall, LaurenLauren Bacall
(1924–2014)
Lauren Bacall 1945 (cropped).jpg
21 Keaton, BusterBuster Keaton
(1895–1966)
Busterkeaton edit.jpg Loren, SophiaSophia Loren
(born 1934)
Sophia Loren - 1959.jpg
22 Poitier, SidneySidney Poitier
(born 1927)
Poitier cropped.jpg Harlow, JeanJean Harlow
(1911–1937)
Harlow-publicity.jpg
23 Mitchum, RobertRobert Mitchum
(1917–1997)
Robert Mitchum 1949 (no signature).jpg Lombard, CaroleCarole Lombard
(1908–1942)
Carole Lombard - Paramount.JPG
24 Robinson, Edward G.Edward G. Robinson
(1893–1973)
Edward G. Robinson - still.jpg Pickford, MaryMary Pickford
(1892–1979)
Mary Pickford cph.3c17995u.jpg
25 Holden, WilliamWilliam Holden
(1918–1981)
Holden-portrait.jpg Gardner, AvaAva Gardner
(1922–1990)
Ava Gardner Show Boat 1951.jpg

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