American Film Institute AFI
Top 100 Film List - 10th Anniversary

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.

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!

New RankOriginal RankMovieYearReviewed
11Citizen Kane1941*
23The Godfather1972*
410Singin' in the Rain1952*
524Raging Bull1980*
64Gone With the Wind1939*
75Lawrence of Arabia1962*
89Schindler's List1993*
106The Wizard of Oz1939*
1176City Lights1931*
1296The Searchers1956*
1315Star Wars1977*
15222001: A Space Odyssey1968*
1612Sunset Boulevard1950*
177The Graduate1967*
18NEWThe General1927*
198On the Waterfront1954*
2011It's a Wonderful Life1946*
2214Some Like it Hot1959*
2321The Grapes of Wrath1940*
2425E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial1982*
2534To Kill a Mockingbird1962*
2629Mr. Smith Goes to Washington1939*
2733High Noon1952*
2816All About Eve1950*
2938Double Indemnity1944*
3028Apocalypse Now1979*
3123The Maltese Falcon1941*
3232The Godfather Part II1974*
3320One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest1975*
3449Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs1937*
3531Annie Hall1977*
3613The Bridge on the River Kwai1957*
3737The Best Years of Our Lives1946*
3830The Treasure of the Sierra Madre1948*
3926Dr. Strangelove1964*
4055The Sound of Music1965*
4143King Kong1933*
4227Bonnie and Clyde1967*
4336Midnight Cowboy1969*
4451The Philadelphia Story1940*
4635It Happened One Night1934*
4745A Streetcar Named Desire1951*
4842Rear Window1954*
50NEWLord of the Rings2001*
5141West Side Story1961*
5247Taxi Driver1976*
5379The Deer Hunter1978*
5540North by Northwest1959*
5874The Gold Rush1925*
6085Duck Soup1933*
61NEWSullivan's Travels1941*
6277American Graffiti1973*
6517The African Queen1951*
6660Raiders of the Lost Ark1981*
67NEWWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf1966*
7046A Clockwork Orange1971*
71NEWSaving Private Ryan1998*
72NEWThe Shawshank Redemption1994*
7350Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid1969*
7465The Silence of the Lambs1991*
75NEWIn the Heat of the Night1967*
7671Forrest Gump1994*
77NEWAll the President's Men1976*
7881Modern Times1936*
7980The Wild Bunch1969*
8093The Apartment1960*
82NEWSunrise: A Song of Two Humans1927*
8488Easy Rider1969*
85NEWA Night at the Opera1935*
87NEW12 Angry Men1957*
8897Bringing Up Baby1938*
89NEWThe Sixth Sense1999*
90NEWSwing Time1936*
91NEWSophie's Choice1982*
9370The French Connection1971*
9495Pulp Fiction1994*
95NEWThe Last Picture Show1971*
96NEWDo the Right Thing1989*
97NEWBlade Runner1982*
98100Yankee Doodle Dandy1942*
99NEWToy Story1995*

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)
Amadeus (1984)
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
The Third Man (1949)
Fantasia (1940)
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
Stagecoach (1939)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
An American in Paris (1951)
Wuthering Heights (1939)
Dances with Wolves (1990)
Giant (1956)
Fargo (1996)
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
Frankenstein (1931)
Patton (1970)
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