American Film Institute: 100 Years... 100 Movies
10th anniversary edition


The American Film Institute (AFI) works to advance and preserve
“the art of the moving image.” To this end they have produced lists, such as 100 Years… 100 Movies, highlighting some of the greatest American movies.

AFI first issued 100 Years... 100 Movies in 1997 and revised and updated it ten years later.

Movies that fell off the list in 2007 can be found at the bottom of the page.

 

Rank in
2007

Film
Rank in
1997



1
Citizen Kane. Not rated. 1941. DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama
1
2
The Godfather. R. 1972. DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama
3
3
Casablanca. PG. 1942. DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama
2
4
Raging Bull. R. 1980. DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama
24
5
Singin’ in the Rain. G. 1952. DVD Musical and. Blu-ray Musical
10
6
Gone with the Wind. G. 1939. DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama
4
7
Lawrence of Arabia. PG. 1962.
DVD Action/Adventure
and Blu-ray Action/Adventure
5
8
Schindler’s List. R. 1993. DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama
9
9
Vertigo. PG. 1958.DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama
61
10
The Wizard of Oz. G. 1939. DVD Musical and Blu-ray Musical
6
11
City Lights. G. 1931. DVD Comedy
76
12
The Searchers. Not rated. 1956. DVD Western and Blu-ray Western
96
13
Star Wars. PG. 1977. DVD SF/Fantasy and Blu-ray SF/Fantasy
15
14
Psycho. R. 1960. DVD Horror and Blu-ray Horror
18
15
2001: A Space Odyssey. G. 1968.
DVD SF/Fantasy
and Blu-ray SF/Fantasy
22
16
Sunset Blvd. Not rated. 1950. DVD Drama
12
17
The Graduate. PG. 1967. DVD Drama
7
18
The General. Not rated. 1927. DVD 791.43617
New
19
On the Waterfront. Not rated. 1954. DVD Drama
8
20
It’s a Wonderful Life. Not rated. 1946. 
DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama
11
21
Chinatown. R. 1974. DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama
19
22
Some Like it Hot. PG. 1959. DVD Comedy and Blu-ray Comedy
14
23
The Grapes of Wrath. Not rated. 1940.
DVD Drama
and Blu-ray Drama
21
24
E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. PG. 1982.
DVD SF/Fantasy and Blu-ray SF/Fantasy
25
25
To Kill a Mockingbird. Not rated. 1962.
DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama
34
26
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Not rated. 1939. DVD Drama
29
27
High Noon. Not rated. 1952. DVD Western
33
28
All About Eve. Not rated. 1950. DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama
16
29
Double Indemnity. Not rated. 1944. DVD Drama
38
30
Apocalypse Now. R. 1979. DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama
28
31
The Maltese Falcon. Not rated. 1941. DVD Drama
23
32
The Godfather, Part II. R. 1974. DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama
32
33
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. R. 1975. DVD Drama
20
34
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. G. 1937.
Youth DVD and Youth Blu-ray
49
35
Annie Hall. PG. 1977. DVD Comedy and Blu-ray Comedy
31
36
The Bridge on the River Kwai. PG. 1957.
DVD Drama
and Blu-ray Drama
13
37
The Best Years of Our Lives. Not rated. 1946. DVD Drama
37
38
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Not rated. 1948.
DVD Action/Adventure
30
39
Dr. Strangelove. PG. 1964. DVD Comedy and Blu-ray Comedy
26
40
The Sound of Music. G. 1965. DVD Musical and Blu-ray Musical
55
41
King Kong. Not rated. 1933. DVD Horror
43
42
Bonnie and Clyde. R. 1967.  DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama
27
43
Midnight Cowboy. R. 1969. DVD Drama
36
44
The Philadelphia Story. Not rated. 1940. DVD Comedy
51
45
Shane. Not rated. 1953. DVD Western
69
46
It Happened One Night. Not rated. 1934. DVD Comedy
35
47
A Streetcar Named Desire. PG. 1951. DVD Drama
45
48
Rear Window. PG. 1954.DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama
42
49
Intolerance. Not rated. 1916. DVD Drama
New
50
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. PG-13. 2001.
DVD SF/Fantasy and Blu-ray SF/Fantasy
New
51
West Side Story. Not rated. 1961. DVD Musical and Blu-ray Musical
41
52
Taxi Driver. R. 1976. DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama
47
53
The Deer Hunter. R. 1978. DVD Drama
79
54
M*A*S*H. R. 1970. DVD Comedy
56
55
North by Northwest. Not rated. 1959.
DVD Action/Adventure and Blu-ray Action/Adventure
40
56
Jaws. PG. 1975. DVD Horror and Blu-ray Horror
48
57
Rocky. PG. 1976. DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama
78
58
The Gold Rush. Not rated. 1925. DVD Comedy
74
59
Nashville. R. 1975. DVD Drama
New
60
Duck Soup. Not rated. 1933. DVD Comedy
85
61
Sullivan’s Travels. Not rated. 1941. DVD Comedy
New
62
American Graffiti. PG. 1973. DVD Drama
77
63
Cabaret. PG. 1972. DVD Musical
New
64
Network. R. 1976. DVD Drama
66
65
The African Queen. Not rated. 1951.
DVD Action/Adventure and Blu-ray Action/Adventure
17
66
Indian Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. PG. 1981.
DVD Action/Adventure and Blu-ray Action/Adventure
60
67
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Not rated. 1966. DVD Drama
New
68
Unforgiven. R. 1992. DVD Western
98
69
Tootsie. PG. 1982. DVD Comedy
62
70
A Clockwork Orange. R. 1971. DVD SF/Fantasy
46
71
Saving Private Ryan. R. 1998. DVD Action/Adventure
New
72
The Shawshank Redemption. R. 1994.
DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama
New
73
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. PG. 1969. DVD Western
50
74
The Silence of the Lambs. R. 1991.
DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama
65
75
In the Heat of the Night. PG. 1967. DVD Drama
New
76
Forrest Gump. PG-13. 1994. DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama
71
77
All the President’s Men. PG. 1976. DVD Drama
New
78
Modern Times. Not rated. 1936. DVD Comedy
81
79
The Wild Bunch. R. 1969. DVD Western and Blu-ray Western
80
80
The Apartment. Not rated. 1960. DVD Comedy
93
81
Spartacus. PG-13. 1960. DVD Action/Adventure
New
82
Sunrise. Not rated. 1926. DVD Drama
New
83
Titanic. PG-13. 1997. DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama
New
84
Easy Rider. R. 1969. DVD Action/Adventure
88
85
A Night at the Opera. Not rated. 1935. DVD Comedy
New
86
Platoon. R. 1986. DVD Drama
83
87
12 Angry Men. Not rated. 1957. DVD Drama
New
88
Bringing Up Baby. Not rated. 1938. DVD Comedy
97
89
The Sixth Sense. PG-13. 1999. DVD Drama
New
90
Swing Time. Not rated. 1936. DVD Musical
New
91
Sophie’s Choice. R. 1982. DVD Drama
New
92
Goodfellas. R. 1990. DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama
94
93
The French Connection. R. 1971.
DVD Action/Adventure
and Blu-ray Action/Adventure
70
94
Pulp Fiction. R. 1994. DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama
95
95
The Last Picture Show. R. 1971. DVD Drama
New
96
Do the Right Thing. R. 1989. DVD Drama
New
97
Blade Runner. R. 1982. DVD SF/Fantasy and Blu-ray SF/Fantasy
New
98
Yankee Doodle Dandy. Not rated. 1942. DVD Musical
100
99
Toy Story. G. 1995.Youth DVD and Youth Blu-Ray
New
100
Ben-Hur. G. 1959.DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama
72

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Films ranked on the 1997 list but not included on the 2007 list

Rank in
1997

Film


39
Doctor Zhivago. PG-13. 1965. DVD Drama
44
The Birth of a Nation. Not rated. 1915. DVD Drama
52
From Here to Eternity. Not rated. 1953. DVD Drama
53
Amadeus. PG. 1984. DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama
54
All Quiet on the Western Front. Not rated. 1930.
DVD Action/Adventure
and Blu-ray Action/Adventure
57
The Third Man. Not rated. 1949. DVD Action/Adventure
58
Fantasia. G. 1940. Youth DVD
59
Rebel Without a Cause. Not rated. 1955. DVD Drama
63
Stagecoach. Not rated. 1939. DVD Western
64
Close Encounters of the Third Kind. PG. 1977. DVD SF/Fantasy
67
The Manchurian Candidate. PG-13. 1962. DVD Drama
68
An American in Paris. Not rated. 1951. DVD Musical
73
Wuthering Heights. Not rated. 1939. DVD Drama
75
Dances with Wolves. PG-13. 1990. DVD Drama
82
Giant. G. 1956. DVD Drama
84
Fargo. R. 1996. DVD Drama
86
Mutiny on the Bounty. Not rated. 1935. DVD Action/Adventure
87
Frankenstein. Not rated. 1931. DVD Horror
89
Patton. PG. 1970. DVD Drama
90
The Jazz Singer. Not rated. 1927. DVD Drama
91
My Fair Lady. G. 1964. DVD Musical and Blu-ray Musical
92
A Place in the Sun. Not rated. 1951. DVD Drama
99
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Not rated. 1967. DVD Drama

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