American Film Institute— Top 100 Films

Here is an interesting list of top films.   See which ones you have seen.  I’ve seen 94 of them.

Which of these American Film Institute top 100 films in 100 years have you seen?

The Wizard of Oz
1,211,228 votes
Forrest Gump
1,145,828 votes
Snow White
983,258 votes
Toy Story
869,696 votes
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
767,760 votes
758,760 votes
The Sound Of Music
603,418 votes
The Sixth Sense
593,295 votes
Raiders of the Lost Ark
548,867 votes
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
543,564 votes
509,065 votes
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
432,953 votes
The Silence Of The Lambs
431,881 votes
Saving Private Ryan
413,792 votes
The Shawshank Redemption
379,693 vote
376,359 votes
It’s a Wonderful Life
344,463 votes
Pulp Fiction
343,781 votes
Schindler’s List
301,729 votes
Gone with the Wind
299,926 votes
West Side Story
296,635 votes
King Kong
296,078 votes
The Godfather
286,126 votes
280,701 votes
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
247,791 votes
229,387 votes
Singing In The Rain
211,599 votes
A Clockwork Orange
208,647 votes
203,893 votes
2001: A Space Odyssey
203,375 votes
The Godfather Part II
201,679 votes
198,615 votes
The Graduate
197,925 votes
187,998 votes
Apocalypse Now
177,057 votes
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
165,365 votes
American Graffiti
165,281 votes
161,724 votes
Taxi Driver
146,094 votes
Some Like It Hot
145,925 votes
Bonnie and Clyde
143,783 votes
137,937 votes
134,372 votes
Dr. Strangelove
134,236 votes
130,681 votes
The Bridge over the River Kwai
127,161 votes
North by Northwest
117,366 votes
The Grapes of Wrath
115,599 votes
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
114,412 votes
The African Queen
113,973 votes
Easy Rider
111,164 votes
Lawrence of Arabia
110,018 votes
The Deer Hunter
105,946 votes
All the President’s Men
104,792 votes
93,416 votes
91,192 votes
The French Connection
86,877 votes
High Noon
82,398 votes
Sophie’s Choice
73,593 votes
The Last Picture Show
53,408 votes
To Kill a Mockingbird
337,639 votes
207,564 votes
Blade Runner
188,545 votes
Citizen Kane
154,742 votes
Twelve Angry Men
151,565 votes
Rear Window
151,090 votes
A Streetcar Named Desire
115,079 votes
The Philadelphia Story
107,004 votes
The Maltese Falcon
101,368 votes
Annie Hall
97,740 votes
Raging Bull
86,704 votes
Midnight Cowboy
83,076 votes
In the Heat of the Night
75,311 votes
73,976 votes
All About Eve
69,919 votes
Bringing Up Baby
69,020 votes
On the Waterfront
68,021 votes
63,514 votes
It Happened One Night
60,501 votes
Yankee Doodle Dandy
59,347 votes
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
56,386 votes
A Night at the Opera
52,505 votes
The Best Years of Our Lives
31,685 votes
The General
28,328 votes
26,218 votes

  • Eric Sawyer

    As I got further and further down the list, I found less that I recognize. I also found one that I’d thought I’d watched but only watched it the other day and that was ‘The French Connection’. The part where he chases the train in his car, is probably one of the longest car scenes in the history of the movie making industry. (Well, certainly one of the longest I’ve ever seen.)
    We get a lot of the older movies popping up on the telly and one I enjoyed the other day starred a young Kathryn Hepburn. I was stunned. I’m still stunned. I mean they were actually acting as opposed to grunting out cheesy one-liners.
    Thanks for the nostalgia, careful now you don’t want you blog to go the way of all flesh. :)

  • Mac Sandlin

    I’ve seen 86 of them. I like seeing that there’s a nice mix of genres in this list. I had to wonder though, where are the Cohen brothers?

  • Jerry

    All of them!!!! Not a bad film in the bunch if not enough Westerns.

  • ben witherington

    My shortcoming is that I was not really fond of Mafia movies and avoided things like Goodfellas.


  • ben witherington

    Mac the Cohen brothers are hugely behind these films. Oh Brother Where Art Thou may be about no. 250.


  • crystal

    Only just over half … 55 :)

  • John W Brandkamp

    I’ve seen almost all of these films. Saddened that more scifis didn’t make it. But these are all great films nonetheless.

  • Oscar

    Didn’t see Pulp Fiction, The Philadelphia Story, Annie Hall and All The President’s Men.

    Of those I’ll probably pass on All The President’s Men and Annie Hall. Since I lived through the Nixon era I don’t need to see the whole Woodward Bernstein thing and after Woody Allen started to do serious stuff I just couldn’t take his navel gazing.

  • Dan S

    I’ve seen 89 from this list and I’ve seen 15 of the 23 films that have been removed since 2007. The thing to note about the AFI list is that it is not just about whether the film is “good.” Merit is given to a film is if it is popular or influential. By that criteria alone, “Avatar” should appear on this list in the next decade for its impact on the use of 3-D in filmmaking. That still won’t make the film “great.”

    For me the fact that the complete garbage of “Titanic” is now on this list instead of “Doctor Zhivago,” “The Third Man,” or “The Manchurian Candidate,” which were all on the list in 1998, shows that this list has little credibility.

    Mac, the Coens were on the list in 1998 with “Fargo” and then removed in 2007.

  • ben witherington

    Thanks Dan;

    I am with you about the three movies you mention. They should be included. As for Titantic…. well I trust that your heart will go on despite its inclusion :) What I find rather amazing is the lack of a Charlie Chaplain or a Marx Bros. movie. Those movies have been seen by zillions of people over the years, and as comedy goes, several of them are classics.


  • Lyn

    I’ve seen between 60 and 65 of these listed.

  • Matt

    There are actually three Chaplin (The Gold Rush, Modern Times, and City Lights) and two Marx Bros. (Duck Soup and A Night at the Opera) on the list.

  • MK

    I’ve seen 99. (The Jessamine County Public Library has or has had all of them.) There are actually three Chaplin (The Gold Rush, Modern Times, and City Lights) and two Marx Bros. (Duck Soup and A Night at the Opera) on the list.

  • Michael W. Kruse

    I saw all the films on the original list. And when they updated it, I watched any new additions I hadn’t seen before. It’s actually a pretty good list.