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

“There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.”

– Alfred Hitchcock

 
 

AFI’s “100 Years … 100 Thrills” is a list of the 100 most thrilling American movies of all time, as chosen from 400 nominated pictures by a jury of 1,800 leaders in the film community (including directors, screenwriters, actors, editors, cinematographers, critics, historians, film executives, and more).

AFI’s “100 Years … 100 Thrills” CBS television special, hosted by Harrison Ford, originally aired on June 12, 2001, becoming the fourth installment in AFI’s centennial celebration of American film.

Each movie selection is feature-length (typically more than 60 minutes); in the English language, with significant creative and/or financial production elements from the U.S.; and, regardless of genre, deemed to have a total adrenaline-inducing impact that creates an experience that engages our bodies and our minds. They can also possess a legacy quality: the “thrills” of these films should have echoed across time, enlivening and enriching America’s film heritage while continuing to inspire contemporary artists and audiences.

And, indeed, along with AFI’s original list of the 100 greatest American films, this follow-up compilation inspired The Massie Twins to become even more exhaustive film enthusiasts – and then professional critics. Of course, we didn’t personally agree with every selection (any list is highly subjective), but it nevertheless represents a superb starting point for anyone looking to expand their movie-viewing repertoire. Click the titles to read the full reviews!

 
 

AFI’s 100 Years … 100 Thrills (2001)

 
 

1. Psycho (1960)

2. Jaws (1975)

3. The Exorcist (1973)

4. North by Northwest (1959)

5. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

6. Alien (1979)

7. The Birds (1963)

8. The French Connection (1971)

9. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

10. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

11. The Godfather (1972)

12. King Kong (1933)

13. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

14. Rear Window (1954)

15. Deliverance (1972)

16. Chinatown (1974)

17. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

18. Vertigo (1958)

19. The Great Escape (1963)

20. High Noon (1952)

21. A Clockwork Orange (1971)

22. Taxi Driver (1976)

23. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

24. Double Indemnity (1944)

25. Titanic (1997)

26. The Maltese Falcon (1941)

27. Star Wars (1977)

28. Fatal Attraction (1987)

29. The Shining (1980)

30. The Deer Hunter (1978)

31. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

32. Strangers on a Train (1951)

33. The Fugitive (1993)

34. The Night of the Hunter (1955)

35. Jurassic Park (1993)

36. Bullitt (1968)

37. Casablanca (1943)

38. Notorious (1946)

39. Die Hard (1988)

40. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

41. Dirty Harry (1971)

42. The Terminator (1984)

43. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

44. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

45. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

46. Carrie (1976)

47. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

48. Dial M for Murder (1954)

49. Ben-Hur (1959)

50. Marathon Man (1976)

51. Raging Bull (1980)

52. Rocky (1976)

53. Pulp Fiction (1994)

54. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

55. Wait Until Dark (1967)

56. Frankenstein (1931)

57. All the President’s Men (1976)

58. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

59. Planet of the Apes (1968)

60. The Sixth Sense (1999)

61. Cape Fear (1962)

62. Spartacus (1960)

63. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

64. Touch of Evil (1958)

65. The Dirty Dozen (1967)

66. The Matrix (1999)

67. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

68. Halloween (1978)

69. The Wild Bunch (1969)

70. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

71. Goldfinger (1964)

72. Platoon (1986)

73. Laura (1944)

74. Blade Runner (1982)

75. The Third Man (1950)

76. Thelma & Louise (1991)

77. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

78. Gaslight (1944)

79. The Magnificent Seven (1960)

80. Rebecca (1940)

81. The Omen (1976)

82. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

83. The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

84. Poltergeist (1982)

85. Dracula (1931)

86. The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)

87. The Thing from Another World (1951)

88. 12 Angry Men (1957)

89. The Guns of Navarone (1961)

90. The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

91. Braveheart (1995)

92. Body Heat (1981)

93. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

94. The China Syndrome (1979)

95. Full Metal Jacket (1987)

96. Blue Velvet (1986)

97. Safety Last! (1923)

98. Blood Simple (1985)

99. Speed (1994)

100. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

 
 

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