Thursday, June 21, 2007

The top 13 movies according to the American Film Institute

The American Film Institute last night unveiled its updated list of the top 100 movies in the past 100 years. Movies from the last ten years were added to the ballot. But, "Citizen Kane" is still voted the top American movie, ever. For the complete list, go to

I'm also boldfacing the ones I've seen. Let me know your favorites in my comments section!

1. "Citizen Kane," 1941.
2. "The Godfather," 1972.
3. "Casablanca," 1942. (I know, I know! My daughter keeps bugging me to see this, and I promise I will.)
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.

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Melina said...

I missed that last night so thank you for putting that up. Though I agree with them those are probably some of the best ever made, my personal favorites are: Goodfellas (I've watched this probably 100 times). The Usual Suspects (The twists and turns are great). Blow (How can you not love Johnny Depp).

Of course I do love others too but just wanted to share a few of my top ones.

Di said...

Gone with the Wind and Casablanca without a shadow of a doubt! I usually love those lists...and my husband and I try to predict what is going to be on them. We had a great time with the 100 Greatest Movie Quotes. He still can't believe that "Chicks can't hold their smoke" from The Breakfast Club wasn't on there.

Di said...

Oh...and if Melina looks back and reads comments, let her know that if she ever comes to South Florida, she simply MUST go to Cafe Martarano...the Goodfellas thing made me think of this.

I blogged about it here:

Barbara H. said...

I missed that! I've seen parts of Casablanca but never the whole thing at one sitting -- I'll have to do that some time. I tried Citizen Kane once but couldn't get into it so I didn't finish. The only thing I liked about Singin' In the Rain was Gene Kelley's singing and dancing the title song -- one of my all-time favorite movie scenes.

I've never seen 11 or 12-- don't know if I have ever heard of them! I'll have to go look at AFI's list -- I think my top 10 would be very different! :)

The Gal Herself said...

I'm glad you haven't seen Lawrence of Arabia either! I'm a real film buff, and yet whenever I see clips of how great that movie is, I find myself completely unmoved. It's good to know I'm not the last movie fan on the face of the earth to endure -- ooh, I mean, SEE it.

Linda said...

My 18 year-old son and I watched the top 10. A couple of the films I studied in an elective film class in college, and so I appreciate their artistry, but I cannot say they embedded themselves in my psyche as an "experience," as some of the commentators noted. One that did enlighten me as a child was Gone With the Wind, because in a time before so much other media available, I "saw" what the Civil War looked liked. Very impressionable and sheltered middle schooler, I was! I hate mafia movies because I'm not de-sensitized to violence, as I was not allowed to go to movies as a child. No cinematic experience is worth that kind of violence for me.

DK said...

Casablanca is a must see! As for The Godfather, Gone with the Wind and Raging Bull...well, I hated them. I never saw Schindler's list.
Have a terrific weekend!

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