AFI’s 100 Years … 100 Passions – Reviewed!
AFI’s 100 Years … 100 Passions – Reviewed!

“If the boy and girl walk off into the sunset hand-in-hand in the last scene, it adds $10 million to the box office.”

– George Lucas

 
 

AFI’s 100 Years … 100 Passions is a list of the 100 greatest love stories (as selected from 400 nominated movies), voted upon by an esteemed collection of members from the film community (ranging from directors and actors to critics and historians). The compilation was originally revealed in a television special, hosted by Candice Bergen, airing on June 11th, 2002.

Criteria for the jurors included pictures that featured a romantic bond between two or more characters, whose actions and/or intentions provided the heart of the narrative; feature-length format, generally more than a 60-minute duration; an English language presentation with significant creative and/or financial production elements from the U.S.; and a focused passion that has enriched America’s film and cultural heritage, while continuing to inspire contemporary artists and audiences.

A couple of interesting statistics reveal that Cary Grant is the most celebrated actor in the final results, with Humphrey Bogart in second place. William Wyler and George Cukor were the most represented directors (with four films each), while Mike Nichols, Rob Reiner, George Stevens, and Billy Wilder each helmed three love stories.

Continuing along with The Massie Twins’ tradition of admiring AFI’s lists (including AFI’s 100 Years … 100 Thrills and AFI’s 100 Years … 100 Laughs) – though certainly not agreeing with all of the choices – they’ve gone through the painstaking task of reviewing all 100 selections. Read the full reviews by clicking on the titles!

 
 

AFI’s 100 Years … 100 Passions (2002)

 
 

1. Casablanca (1942)

2. Gone with the Wind (1939)

3. West Side Story (1961)

4. Roman Holiday (1953)

5. An Affair to Remember (1957)

6. The Way We Were (1973)

7. Doctor Zhivago (1965)

8. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

9. Love Story (1970)

10. City Lights (1931)

11. Annie Hall (1977)

12. My Fair Lady (1964)

13. Out of Africa (1985)

14. The African Queen (1951)

15. Wuthering Heights (1939)

16. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

17. Moonstruck (1987)

18. Vertigo (1958)

19. Ghost (1990)

20. From Here to Eternity (1953)

21. Pretty Woman (1990)

22. On Golden Pond (1981)

23. Now, Voyager (1942)

24. King Kong (1933)

25. When Harry Met Sally… (1989)

26. The Lady Eve (1941)

27. The Sound of Music (1965)

28. The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

29. An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)

30. Swing Time (1936)

31. The King and I (1956)

32. Dark Victory (1939)

33. Camille (1937)

34. Beauty and the Beast (1991)

35. Gigi (1958)

36. Random Harvest (1942)

37. Titanic (1997)

38. It Happened One Night (1934)

39. An American in Paris (1951)

40. Ninotchka (1939)

41. Funny Girl (1968)

42. Anna Karenina (1935)

43. A Star is Born (1954)

44. The Philadelphia Story (1940)

45. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

46. To Catch a Thief (1955)

47. Splendor in the Grass (1961)

48. Last Tango in Paris (1973)

49. The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

50. Shakespeare in Love (1998)

51. Bringing Up Baby (1938)

52. The Graduate (1967)

53. A Place in the Sun (1951)

54. Sabrina (1954)

55. Reds (1981)

56. The English Patient (1996)

57. Two for the Road (1967)

58. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)

59. Picnic (1956)

60. To Have and Have Not (1945)

61. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

62. The Apartment (1960)

63. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)

64. Marty (1955)

65. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

66. Manhattan (1979)

67. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

68. What’s Up, Doc? (1972)

69. Harold and Maude (1971)

70. Sense and Sensibility (1995)

71. Way Down East (1920)

72. Roxanne (1987)

73. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

74. Woman of the Year (1942)

75. The American President (1995)

76. The Quiet Man (1952)

77. The Awful Truth (1937)

78. Coming Home (1978)

79. Jezebel (1938)

80. The Sheik (1921)

81. The Goodbye Girl (1977)

82. Witness (1985)

83. Morocco (1930)

84. Double Indemnity (1944)

85. Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955)

86. Notorious (1946)

87. The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)

88. The Princess Bride (1987)

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

90. The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

91. Working Girl (1988)

92. Porgy and Bess (1959)

93. Dirty Dancing (1987)

94. Body Heat (1981)

95. Lady and the Tramp (1955)

96. Barefoot in the Park (1967)

97. Grease (1978)

98. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)

99. Pillow Talk (1959)

100. Jerry Maguire (1996)

 
 

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