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AFI's 100 Greatest American Movies
The American Film Institute's 100 greatest American movies were selected by a panel of leaders from across the American film community as the best films produced during the first 100 years of American filmmaking. The list features 74 Best Picture nominees and 32 Oscar winners (** – won Oscar as Best Picture; * – nominated for Best Picture). This list also includes directors and stars.


RankMovie (Year)DirectorStars
1."Citizen Kane"* (1941)Orson WellesOrson Welles; Joseph Cotten
2."Casablanca"** (1942)Michael CurtizHumphrey Bogart; Ingrid Bergman; Claude Rains
3."The Godfather"** (1972)Francis Ford CoppolaMarlon Brando; Al Pacino; James Caan; Robert Duvall
4."Gone With the Wind"** (1939)Victor FlemingClark Gable; Vivien Leigh; Hattie McDaniel
5."Lawrence of Arabia"** (1962)David LeanPeter O'Toole; Alec Guinness; Anthony Quinn
6."The Wizard of Oz"* (1939)Victor FlemingJudy Garland; Ray Bolger; Margaret Hamilton
7."The Graduate"* (1967)Mike NicholsDustin Hoffman; Anne Bancroft; Katharine Ross
8."On the Waterfront"** (1954)Elia KazanMarlon Brando; Karl Malden; Lee J. Cobb; Eva Marie Saint
9."Schindler's List"** (1993)Steven SpielbergLiam Neeson; Ralph Fiennes; Ben Kingsley
10."Singin' in the Rain" (1952)Gene Kelly,
Stanley Donen
Gene Kelly; Debbie Reynolds; Donald O'Connor
11."It's a Wonderful Life"* (1946)Frank CapraJames Stewart; Donna Reed; Lionel Barrymore
12."Sunset Boulevard"* (1950)Billy WilderGloria Swanson;
William Holden
13."The Bridge on the River Kwai"** (1957)David LeanWilliam Holden; Alec Guinness
14."Some Like It Hot" (1959)George ArchainbaudJack Lemmon; Tony Curtis; Marilyn Monroe
15."Star Wars"* (1977)George LucasMark Hamill; Harrison Ford; Carrie Fisher; Alec Guinness
16."All About Eve"** (1950)Joseph L. MankiewiczBette Davis; Anne Baxter; George Sanders
17."The African Queen" (1951)John HustonHumphrey Bogart;
Katharine Hepburn
18."Psycho" (1960)Alfred HitchcockAnthony Perkins; Janet Leigh; Vera Miles; John Gavin
19."Chinatown"* (1974) Roman PolanskiJack Nicholson; Faye Dunaway; John Huston
20."One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"** (1975)Milos FormanJack Nicholson; Louise Fletcher; Brad Dourif
21."The Grapes of Wrath"* (1940) John FordHenry Fonda; Jane Darwell; John Carradine
22."2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968)Stanley KubrickKeir Dullea; William Sylvester; Gary Lockwood
23."The Maltese Falcon"* (1941) John HustonHumphrey Bogart; Mary Astor; Peter Lorre
24."Raging Bull"* (1980)Martin ScorseseRobert De Niro; Cathy Moriarty; Joe Pesci
25."E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial"* (1982)Steven SpielbergDee Wallace; Henry Thomas; Drew Barrymore
26."Dr. Strangelove"* (1964)Stanley KubrickPeter Sellers; George C. Scott; Sterling Hayden
27."Bonnie and Clyde"* (1967) Arthur PennWarren Beatty; Faye Dunaway; Michael J. Pollard
28."Apocalypse Now"* (1979)Francis Ford CoppolaMarlon Brando; Robert Duvall; Martin Sheen
29."Mr. Smith Goes to Washington"* (1939) Frank CapraJames Stewart; Claude Rains; Jean Arthur
30."The Treasure of the Sierra Madre"* (1948)John HustonHumphrey Bogart; Walter Huston; Tim Holt
31."Annie Hall"** (1977) Woody AllenWoody Allen; Diane Keaton; Tony Roberts
32."The Godfather, Part II"** (1974)Francis Ford CoppolaAl Pacino; Robert De Niro; Robert Duvall; Diane Keaton
33."High Noon"* (1952) Fred ZinnemannGary Cooper; Lloyd Bridges; Thomas Mitchell; Grace Kelly
34."To Kill a Mockingbird"* (1962)Robert MulliganGregory Peck; Mary Badham; Philip Alford; Robert Duvall
35."It Happened One Night"** (1934) Frank CapraClark Gable; Claudette Colbert; Walter Connolly
36."Midnight Cowboy"** (1969)John SchlesingerJon Voight; Dustin Hoffman
37."The Best Years of Our Lives"** (1946) William WylerMyrna Loy; Fredric March; Dana Andrews; Teresa Wright
38."Double Indemnity"* (1944)Billy WilderFred MacMurray; Edward G. Robinson; Barbara Stanwyck
39."Doctor Zhivago"* (1965) David LeanOmar Sharif; Julie Christie
40."North by Northwest" (1959)Alfred HitchcockCary Grant; Eva Marie Saint; James Mason
41."West Side Story"** (1961) Robert Wise, Jerome RobbinsNatalie Wood; George Chakiris; Rita Moreno
42."Rear Window" (1954)Alfred HitchcockJames Stewart; Grace Kelly; Wendell Corey
43."King Kong" (1933) Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. SchoedsackFay Wray; Robert Armstrong; Bruce Cabot; Frank Reicher
44."The Birth of a Nation" (1915)D.W. GriffithLillian Gish; Mae Marsh; Henry B. Walthall; Miriam Cooper
45."A Streetcar Named Desire"* (1951) Elia KazanMarlon Brando; Vivien Leigh; Kim Hunter; Karl Malden
46."A Clockwork Orange"* (1971)Stanley KubrickMalcolm McDowell; Patrick Magee; Andrienne Corri
47."Taxi Driver"* (1976) Martin ScorseseRobert De Niro; Jodie Foster; Cybill Shepherd; Harvey Keitel
48."Jaws"* (1975)Steven SpielbergRoy Scheider; Robert Shaw; Richard Dreyfuss
49."Snow White and the Seven Drawfs" (1937) Ben SharpsteenAdrianna Caselotti; Harry Stockwell; Lucille LaVerne
50."Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"* (1969)George Roy HillPaul Newman; Robert Redford; Katharine Ross
51."The Philadelphia Story"* (1940) George CukorKatharine Hepburn; Cary Grant; James Stewart
52."From Here to Eternity"** (1953)Fred ZinnemanMontgomery Clift; Burt Lancaster; Deborah Kerr; Frank Sinatra; Donna Reed
53."Amadeus"** (1984) Milos FormanF. Murray Abraham; Tom Hulce; Elizabeth Berridge
54."All Quiet on the Western Front" (1930)Lewis MilestoneLew Ayres; Louis Wolheim; John Wray; Slim Summerville
55."The Sound of Music"** (1965) Robert WiseJulie Andrews; Christopher Plummer; Eleanor Parker
56."M*A*S*H" * (1970)Robert AltmanDonald Sutherland; Elliott Gould; Sally Kellerman
57."The Third Man" (1949) Carol ReedJoseph Cotten; Orson Welles; Alida Valli; Trevor Howard
58."Fantasia" (1940)Ben SharpsteenDeems Taylor (narrator)
59."Rebel Without a Cause" (1955) Nicholas RayJames Dean; Natalie Wood; Sal Mineo; Jim Backus
60."Raiders of the Lost Ark"* (1981)Steven SpielbergHarrison Ford; Karen Allen; Wolf Kahler
61."Vertigo" (1958) Alfred HitchcockJames Stewart; Kim Novak; Barbara Bel Geddes
62."Tootsie"* (1982)Sidney PollackDustin Hoffman; Jessica Lange; Dabney Coleman; Teri Garr
63."Stagecoach"* (1939) John FordJohn Wayne; Claire Trevor; Andy Devine; John Carradine
64."Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977)Steven SpielbergRichard Dreyfuss; Francois Truffaut; Teri Garr
65."The Silence of the Lambs"** (1991) Jonathan DemmeJodie Foster; Scott Glenn; Anthony Hopkins; Ted Levine
66."Network"* (1976)Sidney LumetPeter Finch; Faye Dunaway; William Holden; Robert Duvall
67."The Manchurian Candidate" (1962) John FrankenheimerFrank Sinatra; Laurence Harvey; Angela Lansbury; Janet Leigh
68."An American in Paris"** (1951)Vincente MinnelliGene Kelly; Leslie Caron; Oscar Levant; Nina Foch
69."Shane"* (1953) George StevensAlan Ladd; Jean Arthur; Van Heflin; Jack Palance
70."The French Connection"** (1973)William FreidkinGene Hackman; Fernando Rey; Roy Scheider
71."Forrest Gump"** (1994) Robert ZemeckisTom Hanks; Robin Wright; Gary Sinise; Sally Field
72."Ben-Hur"** (1959)William WylerCharlton Heston; Jack Hawkins; Stephen Boyd
73."Wuthering Heights"* (1939) William WylerMerle Oberon; Laurence Olivier; Flora Robson
74."The Gold Rush" (1925)Charlie ChaplinCharlie Chaplin; Georgia Hale; Mack Swain; Tom Murray
75."Dances With Wolves"** (1990) Kevin CostnerKevin Costner; Mary McDonnell; Graham Greene
76."City Lights" (1931)Charlie ChaplinCharlie Chaplin; Virginia Sherrill; Harry Myers
77."American Graffiti"* (1973) George LucasRichard Dreyfuss; Ron Howard; Candy Clark
78."Rocky"** (1976)John G. AvildsenSylvester Stallone; Talia Shire; Burgess Meredith
79."The Deer Hunter"** (1978) Michael CiminoRobert De Niro; Christopher Walken; Meryl Streep
80."The Wild Bunch" (1969)Sam PeckinpahWilliam Holden; Ernest Borgnine; Robert Ryan
81."Modern Times" (1936) Charlie ChaplinCharlie Chaplin; Paulette Goddard; Henry Bergman
82."Giant"* (1956)George StevensElizabeth Taylor; James Dean; Rock Hudson; Mercedes McCambridge
83."Platoon"** (1986) Oliver StoneTom Berenger; Willem Dafoe; Charlie Sheen
84."Fargo"* (1996)Joel CoenFrances McDormand; William H. Macy; Steve Buscemi
85."Duck Soup" (1933) Leo McCareyGroucho, Harpo, Chico, Zeppo Marx
86."Mutiny on the Bounty"** (1935)Frank LloydCharles Laughton; Clark Gable; Franchot Tone
87."Frankenstein" (1931) James WhaleColin Clive; Boris Karloff; Mae Clarke; John Boles
88."Easy Rider" (1969)Dennis HopperPeter Fonda; Dennis Hopper; Jack Nicholson; Karen Black
89."Patton"** (1970) Franklin J. SchaffnerGeorge C. Scott; Karl Malden; Stephen Young
90."The Jazz Singer" (1927)Alan CroslandAl Jolson; May McAvoy; Warner Oland
91."My Fair Lady"** (1964) George CukorRex Harrison; Audrey Hepburn
92."A Place in the Sun"* (1951)George StevensMontgomery Clift; Elizabeth Taylor; Shelley Winters
93."The Apartment"** (1960) Billy WilderJack Lemmon; Shirley MacLaine; Fred MacMurray
94."GoodFellas"* (1990)Martin ScorseseRobert De Niro; Joe Pesci; Ray Liotta; Lorraine Bracco
95."Pulp Fiction"* (1994) Quentin TarantinoJohn Travolta; Samuel L. Jackson; Uma Thurman
96."The Searchers" (1956)John FordJohn Wayne; Jeffrey Hunter; Ward Bond; Vera Miles
97."Bringing Up Baby"* (1938) Howard HawksKatharine Hepburn; Cary Grant; Charlie Ruggles
98."Unforgiven" (1992)** Clint EastwoodClint Eastwood; Morgan Freeman; Gene Hackman
99."Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"* (1967) Stanley KramerKatharine Hepburn; Spencer Tracy; Sidney Poitier
100."Yankee Doodle Dandy" (1942)* Michael CurtizJames Cagney; Joan Leslie; Walter Huston

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