AFI’s 100 Years … 100 Movies 10th Anniversary Edition – Reviewed!
AFI’s 100 Years … 100 Movies 10th Anniversary Edition – Reviewed!

In 1998, the American Film Institute released its “100 Years … 100 Movies” list, dubbed “America’s Greatest Movies,” honoring films from the first century (1896-1996) of the art form. This monumental undertaking, debuting to much fanfare with a two-and-a-half hour CBS special (as well as a 10-part expanded series that lasted nearly eight hours long), kick-started a tremendous push for various other publications and organizations to put together their own “Top 100” rosters, either to capitalize on the mania or to counter all the inclusions/exclusions they saw as unfit or overlooked.

Something of a marketing gimmick, no doubt, but a welcome return to publicizing a Top 100 list, AFI released a brand new version about one decade later – an update revealed in a new CBS special, which aired on June 20, 2007, again pooling the opinions of 1,500 film artists, critics, and historians. Coincidentally, this was right around the time when we were heading into film criticism full-swing. Needless to say, it made quite an impression on us – additional titles to mull over, debate, and consume. Since we reviewed all 100 films from the original 1998 release, it only made sense to watch and write about the new additions! So here is the American Film Institute’s 10th Anniversary list, reviewed in full!

 
 

AFI’s 100 Years … 100 Movies 10th Anniversary Edition (2007)

 
 

1. Citizen Kane (1941)

2. The Godfather (1972)

3. Casablanca (1942)

4. Raging Bull (1980)

5. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

6. Gone With the Wind (1939)

7. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

8. Schindler’s List (1993)

9. Vertigo (1958)

10. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

11. City Lights (1931)

12. The Searchers (1956)

13. Star Wars (1977)

14. Psycho (1960)

15. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

16. Sunset Boulevard (1950)

17. The Graduate (1967)

18. The General (1927)

19. On the Waterfront (1954)

20. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

21. Chinatown (1974)

22. Some Like It Hot (1959)

23. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

24. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

25. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

26. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

27. High Noon (1952)

28. All About Eve (1950)

29. Double Indemnity (1944)

30. Apocalypse Now (1979)

31. The Maltese Falcon (1941)

32. The Godfather Part II (1974)

33. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

34. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

35. Annie Hall (1977)

36. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

37. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

38. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

39. Dr. Strangelove (1964)

40. The Sound of Music (1965)

41. King Kong (1933)

42. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

43. Midnight Cowboy (1969)

44. The Philadelphia Story (1940)

45. Shane (1953)

46. It Happened One Night (1934)

47. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

48. Rear Window (1954)

49. Intolerance (1916)

50. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

51. West Side Story (1961)

52. Taxi Driver (1976)

53. The Deer Hunter (1978)

54. M*A*S*H (1970)

55. North by Northwest (1959)

56. Jaws (1975)

57. Rocky (1976)

58. The Gold Rush (1925)

59. Nashville (1975)

60. Duck Soup (1933)

61. Sullivan’s Travels (1941)

62. American Graffiti (1973)

63. Cabaret (1972)

64. Network (1976)

65. The African Queen (1951)

66. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

67. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

68. Unforgiven (1992)

69. Tootsie (1982)

70. A Clockwork Orange (1971)

71. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

72. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

73. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

74. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

75. In the Heat of the Night (1967)

76. Forrest Gump (1994)

77. All the President’s Men (1976)

78. Modern Times (1936)

79. The Wild Bunch (1969)

80. The Apartment (1960)

81. Spartacus (1960)

82. Sunrise (1927)

83. Titanic (1997)

84. Easy Rider (1969)

85. A Night at the Opera (1935)

86. Platoon (1986)

87. 12 Angry Men (1957)

88. Bringing Up Baby (1938)

89. The Sixth Sense (1999)

90. Swing Time (1936)

91. Sophie’s Choice (1982)

92. Goodfellas (1990)

93. The French Connection (1971)

94. Pulp Fiction (1994)

95. The Last Picture Show (1971)

96. Do the Right Thing (1989)

97. Blade Runner (1982)

98. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

99. Toy Story (1995)

100. Ben-Hur (1959)

 
 

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