Spotlight: AFI’s 100 Years Top 100 Movies List

A few months ago, I was glancing at the 1998 AFI’s list of Top 100 films in the last 100 years. Slowly, but surely, I have been crossing the films I have seen off that list and now I figured I would simply just add the list to the blog and track my progress.

Starting off, I have only crossed off the films that I have seen in my lifetime that I can vividly remember and recall facts from. I clarify this because there are many films that I have seen but remember very little about. For example, “Dances With Wolves” I have seen many different portions of, mostly on television, but have never actually sat down and watched the film from start to finish. Therefore, I have not counted it.

This is on no way a timed challenge, it is simply a way to track my eventual progress as I watch these historic films. Feel free to let me know what you have seen or not seen off this list.

1998 LIST

1.     Citizen Kane 1941
2.     Casablanca 1942
3.     The Godfather 1972
4.     Gone with the Wind     1939
5.     Lawrence of Arabia     1962
6.     The Wizard of Oz 1939
7.     The Graduate 1967
8.     On the Waterfront 1954
9.     Schindler’s List 1993
10.     Singin’ in the Rain 1952
11.     It’s a Wonderful Life 1946
12.     Sunset Blvd. 1950
13.     The Bridge on the River Kwai     1957
14.     Some Like It Hot 1959
15.     Star Wars 1977
16.     All About Eve     1950
17.     The African Queen     1951
18.     Psycho 1960
19.     Chinatown     1974
20.     One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 1975
21.     The Grapes of Wrath     1940
22.     2001: A Space Odyssey     1968
23.     The Maltese Falcon     1941
24.     Raging Bull     1980
25.     E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982
26.     Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 1964
27.     Bonnie and Clyde 1967
28.     Apocalypse Now 1979
29.     Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1939
30.     The Treasure of the Sierra Madre     1948
31.     Annie Hall 1977
32.     The Godfather Part II 1974
33.     High Noon 1952
34.     To Kill a Mockingbird     1962
35.     It Happened One Night 1934
36.     Midnight Cowboy     1969
37.     The Best Years of Our Lives     1946
38.     Double Indemnity 1944
39.     Doctor Zhivago     1965
40.     North by Northwest 1959
41.     West Side Story 1961
42.     Rear Window 1954
43.     King Kong 1933
44.     The Birth of a Nation 1915
45.     A Streetcar Named Desire 1951
46.     A Clockwork Orange     1971
47.     Taxi Driver 1976
48.     Jaws 1975
49.     Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs     1937
50.     Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid     1969
51.     The Philadelphia Story     1940
52.     From Here to Eternity     1953
53.     Amadeus     1984
54.     All Quiet on the Western Front     1930
55.     The Sound of Music     1965
56.     MASH     1970
57.     The Third Man     1949
58.     Fantasia     1940
59.     Rebel Without a Cause 1955
60.     Raiders of the Lost Ark     1981
61.     Vertigo 1958
62.     Tootsie     1982
63.     Stagecoach     1939
64.     Close Encounters of the Third Kind     1977
65.     The Silence of the Lambs 1991
66.     Network     1976
67.     The Manchurian Candidate     1962
68.     An American in Paris     1951
69.     Shane     1953
70.     The French Connection     1971
71.     Forrest Gump 1994
72.     Ben-Hur     1959
73.     Wuthering Heights     1939
74.     The Gold Rush 1925
75.     Dances with Wolves     1990
76.     City Lights     1931
77.     American Graffiti     1973
78.     Rocky     1976
79.     The Deer Hunter 1978
80.     The Wild Bunch     1969
81.     Modern Times     1936
82.     Giant     1956
83.     Platoon     1986
84.     Fargo 1996
85.     Duck Soup     1933
86.     Mutiny on the Bounty     1935
87.     Frankenstein 1931
88.     Easy Rider     1969
89.     Patton     1970
90.     The Jazz Singer     1927
91.     My Fair Lady     1964
92.     A Place in the Sun     1951
93.     The Apartment     1960
94.     Goodfellas     1990
95.     Pulp Fiction 1994
96.     The Searchers 1956
97.     Bringing Up Baby 1938
98.     Unforgiven     1992
99.     Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner     1967
100.     Yankee Doodle Dandy     1942

54 of 100 Left to See


2008 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 Boulevard (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.    MASH (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 (1974)
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: A Song of Two Humans (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)

45 of 100 Left to See

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