Posted by: Chris Sandel | April 8, 2008

AFI’s Top 100 Movies

I recently went through the American Film Institute’s 2007 list of the top 100 American movies to find out how many I’ve seen.  I didn’t do too bad.  I’ve seen 35 of 100.  How many have you seen?  If you had to recommend one or two that I haven’t seen, which should be the next ones on my list?

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 Blvd., 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.


  1. Do I need to answer this? (:cough: #5 & #40 :cough:) I own both…so let me know when you want me to bring them over.

  2. Yeah…I knew that was coming. Maybe I should adjust my quesiton. If you had to recommend one or two NON-MUSICAL movies that I haven’t seen, which should be the next ones on my list?

    I’ll make you a deal. Once I’ve seen the other 63, I’ll sit down and watch them both. Maybe I’ll even sing through them with you 😉

  3. I’ve only seen 28… that’s sad…

    The ones I’ve seen that you haven’t are
    Singin in the rain
    Sound of Music
    Gone with the Wind
    The African Queen
    In the Heat of the Night
    The Last Picture Show
    Ben Hur

    I don’t remember some of them very well though… I can’t believe you haven’t seen Gone with the Wind… we HAD to watch it in Jr. High History… In the Heat of the Night is a police “thriller” with a racial message… I think I liked the African Queen… but I tend to like Kathrine Hepburn, so…

    If I had to give you one or two to see (that aren’t musicals… You’re really missing out).. I’d say the Last Picture Show… I haven’t seen it since I was a kid, but I remember liking it then… though there might have been a couple of riske scenes (as riske as you get in 1971)… but again, I was young, so I could be making that up???

  4. I’ve seen 72 of them (course I’m twice as old as you are, right … a little more, actually). Anyway, here are the really good ones you haven’t seen that I have (I think):
    Yankee Doodle Dandy
    The Sound of Music
    Singin’ in the Rain
    On the Waterfront
    Clockwork Orange
    The Maltese Falcon
    Bonnie & Clyde
    Rear Window
    In the Heat of the Night
    All the President’s Men (Watergate)
    The French Connection
    Treasure of the Sierra Madre
    Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid
    Undefinable (kind of comedy…war…crazy)
    Dr. Strangelove

    That’s 15 … the top three are Sound of Music, In the Heat of the Night, and Dr. Strangelove. Although that’s hard to do, pick three.

    Thanks for the list!

  5. Awesome. Thanks for all of the suggestions. I should have known I’d get some good suggestions from my parents. I’m not sure what the total movie count is in my Dad’s DVD collection but it is several thousand and it extends into several rooms. I’m almost suprised he hasn’t seen more of them. I’ll definitely check out the AFI Most Inspiring movies list (thanks for the email dad). Maybe I’ll have seen more of those.

  6. Well, if I’m not allowed to list musicals, I’ll also assume you don’t want romantic movies?

    Totally unrelated … why am I the only person commenting who has seen Spartacus? I’ve seen Spartacus and Ben Hur and both are good; I’d definitely recommend them. Spartacus kinda reminds me of an old-school Braveheart.

    I’ve seen 32 of the movies, and I’m suddenly realizing I need to watch more Hitchcock movies. So many of his movies are on this list, and I’ve always liked the ones I’ve seen.

  7. (I’ve seen Spartacus too…but I like the musicals better.)

  8. Hey I’ve seen 49…though I have to say that at least 20 of them I didn’t like and would def. not have put them on this list…However, I’d recommend Maltesse Falcon…I loved it :o)

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