American Film Institute AFI
The American Film Institute is a group formed in 1967 which cares for and promotes movies. This group cares for vintage films and helps to promote high quality filmmaking. As the twentieth century came to an end, they decided to have their members vote on the top 100 movies created up until that point. That was in 1998.
Top 100 Film List - 10th Anniversary
Of course there was an immense amount of discussion once this list came out. How could movie X deserve to be on the list? Who in their right mind would not have movie Y at the top of the list? The discussion was nearly as interesting as the list itself.
In 2007, the 10th Anniversary of the Top 100 list was released. While many things stayed the same - Citizen Kane still holds the #1 spot - many other things changed. Doctor Zhivago vanished. Toy Story got added on. All told, 23 movies (nearly a quarter of the list!) got booted off. That of course then means that a full 23 items on this list are brand new. One of them, The General with Buster Keaton, launched right up to #18. So a movie that hadn't even been considered worthy of inclusion before was now in the top 20.
Here are the movies of the 10th Anniversary list, with my reviews!
Total Reviewed: 100
I have several favorites on this list. I adore Casablanca. I grew up with Star Wars so that's a classic. I'm a film noir fan so The Maltese Falcon is also high on my list.
The Booted Movies:
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
The Birth of a Nation (1915)
From Here to Eternity (1953)
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
The Third Man (1949)
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
An American in Paris (1951)
Wuthering Heights (1939)
Dances with Wolves (1990)
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
The Jazz Singer (1927)
My Fair Lady (1964)
A Place in the Sun (1951)
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
Some of these ended up having "similar substitutions". I imagine Birth of a Nation got taken off because it was EXTREMELY racist. For all its "groundbreaking" traits, the racism was just pervasive. Instead, we now get "Intolerance" which is a similar era and status. And while we lost "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" about 60s racism, we now have "In the Heat of the Night" which is the same issue, just more strongly portrayed.
We lost Jazz Singer, which featured black face, but we gained Swing Time, which shows black face in a more respectful manner.
We lost Fantasia, but we gained Toy Story. Both are groundbreaking animation, but Toy Story doesn't suffer the fate of having a racist centaur :).
Original AFI Top 100
AFI Top 100 Film Listing
Male vs Female Actors in the AFI Top 100
The Bechdel Test in the AFI Top 100
10th Anniversary of the AFI Top 100
AFI Top 100 Film Listing 10th Anniversary
Male vs Female Actors in the AFI Top 100 10th Anniversary
The Bechdel Test in the AFI Top 100 10th Anniversary