AFI 100

I really like lists. Specifically, I like making lists and then checking things off lists (though, I admit, I do have the tiny problem of follow through – i.e., I generally make lots of lists but rarely ever cross every item off). Bad habits notwithstanding, I’ve been trying to watch old, “classic” movies that I’ve never seen and, list-lover that I am, I figured there was no better way to keep track of what I need to watch than to use a list. And, when it comes to classic films, it seems the most definitive source would be AFI’s Top 100.

I have seen shockingly few of these, so I’ve got a lot of movie watching to do. I would imagine that it will take me a few years to get through all of them, so if I do actually manage to check every item off this particular list, it would be a nice accomplishment. Additionally, I figured I would re-watch the handful that I’ve already seen so I can make a comprehensive listing here.

So, 100 movies. Let’s do this.

  1. Citizen Kane
  2. The Godfather
  3. Casablanca
  4. Raging Bull
  5. Singin’ in the Rain
  6. Gone with the Wind
  7. Lawrence of Arabia
  8. Schindler’s List
  9. Vertigo
  10. The Wizard of Oz
  11. City Lights
  12. The Searchers
  13. Star Wars
  14. Psycho
  15. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  16. Sunset Boulevard
  17. The Graduate
  18. The General
  19. On the Waterfront
  20. It’s a Wonderful Life
  21. Chinatown
  22. Some Like It Hot
  23. The Grapes of Wrath
  24. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  25. To Kill a Mockingbird
  26. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  27. High Noon
  28. All About Eve
  29. Double Indemnity
  30. Apocalypse Now
  31. The Maltese Falcon
  32. The Godfather Part II
  33. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  34. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  35. Annie Hall
  36. The Bridge on the River Kwai
  37. The Best Years of Our Lives
  38. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  39. Dr. Strangelove
  40. The Sound of Music
  41. King Kong
  42. Bonnie and Clyde
  43. Midnight Cowboy
  44. The Philadelphia Story
  45. Shane
  46. It Happened One Night
  47. A Streetcar Named Desire
  48. Rear Window
  49. Intolerance
  50. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  51. West Side Story
  52. Taxi Driver
  53. The Deer Hunter
  54. M*A*S*H
  55. North by Northwest
  56. Jaws
  57. Rocky
  58. The Gold Rush
  59. Nashville
  60. Duck Soup
  61. Sullivan’s Travels
  62. American Graffiti
  63. Cabaret
  64. Network
  65. The African Queen
  66. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  67. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  68. Unforgiven
  69. Tootsie
  70. A Clockwork Orange
  71. Saving Private Ryan
  72. The Shawshank Redemption
  73. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  74. The Silence of the Lambs
  75. In the Heat of the Night
  76. Forrest Gump
  77. All the President’s Men
  78. Modern Times
  79. The Wild Bunch
  80. The Apartment
  81. Spartacus
  82. Sunrise
  83. Titanic
  84. Easy Rider
  85. A Night at the Opera
  86. Platoon
  87. 12 Angry Men
  88. Bringing up Baby
  89. The Sixth Sense
  90. Swing Time
  91. Sophie’s Choice
  92. Goodfellas
  93. The French Connection
  94. Pulp Fiction
  95. The Last Picture Show
  96. Do the Right Thing
  97. Blade Runner
  98. Yankee Doodle Dandy
  99. Toy Story
  100. Ben-Hur
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5 thoughts on “AFI 100

  1. I’m amazed that there are only 4 films on this list that I haven’t seen. Intolerance, Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, Sunrise, and Swing Time. I don’t really agree with every film on this list but it’s a good place to start.

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