January 26, 2013

AFI's Top 100 Movies


I have an "unofficial" bucket list. It's "unofficial" because it's constantly evolving and resides only in my head. One item on my unofficial bucket list is to see all 100 movies on AFI's list of the 100 Greatest American Movies of All Time. The list was created in 1998 and updated in 2007. There were a few additions in 2007, which means a few movies had to be removed. Two of the movies removed are two of my absolute favorites, Rebel Without a Cause and Dances with Wolves. I don't care how many new movies come out. You don't take Dean and Costner off the list.


The complete list is below. The movies I've seen are marked through. Trust me, there will be some surprises. There are some I've never seen from start to finish, so until this happens, I'm not crossing them off. Like It's a Wonderful Life and Jaws... No, I have never seen It's A Wonderful Life all the way through. I know. As a Christmas loving American, I should be ashamed of myself.

Some of the movies I've crossed off will be watched again, either because I don't remember much about them or because I love them. I know some of these will be great. Others I may not like at all. I plan on living a long time, so I'm in no hurry to get through the list. This should be fun!

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 Blvd., 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. M-A-S-H, 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, 1971

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, 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

Even though I watch a lot of movies, I've only seen 18 out of 100. Clearly, I haven't watched a lot of the old classics. I do pride myself on having seen all the Godfather, Star Wars and Lord of the Rings movies though. Ladies, if you want to impress the boys, start with these.

What have you seen? What do you still want to see?

19 comments:

Lisa - respect the shoes said...

They took Dances with Wolves off the list but left Toy Story in there? Alrighty ...

simone said...

Misty, you need to get movie-watching ASAP, I cannot BELIEVE some of the movies you haven't seen???!!! What have you been doing girl?! ;)

How you have escaped "Singin' in the Rain" & "The Sound of Music", I do not know, those movies seemed to be on TV every week when I grew up, think yourself lucky!! Actually, I love "SITR".

Gone With The Wind, Sophie's Choice, The Graduate, Some Like It Hot, High Noon, West Side Story, Spartacus....all brilliant films.

Not sure how they compile these lists, the longer you look at the list, you think of films that haven't been included. I love "Toy Story" but am surprised to see it on the list.

Am surprised you haven't seen "Goodfellas" & "The Shawshank Redemption" :)

Okay, I will stop now ;) No idea how many I've seen, might have to check :)

simone said...

I've seen 44, I need to work on my list too :)

Rachel said...

Oh man, you haven't seen a lot of the really good old ones yet! I've seen 31--at the tender age of 21, I think that's not too shabby. I know I'll never see all of them, though. Silence of the Lambs is on there and I don't have the stomach for scary/gross type of movies. I actually haven't seen Jaws all the way through either. I still feel like all those people are getting eaten by the shark since I never finished the movie. I should get on that.

otin said...

I think I've seen most of them. There are a few I think are overrated, such as Dr. Strangelove, or 2001. I also fell asleep watching Citizen Kane. Thought it was terribly boring.

Kristen said...

You're doing much better than me! I've seen, ummmm, 4? Yeah. So. Needless to say I'm not much of a movie person.

Lori Vann said...

You haven't seen Raiders of the Lost Ark? That's an Indiana Jones Classic!

girlfriend...Sound of Music? Must DVR that NOW, you will fall in love!

Natalie said...

dude. let's have a movie date & watch some of these. Jaws? Awesome. Schindler's List? Awesome but long. Psycho? Classic. Pulp Fiction? Must-see. A Clockwork Orange is WEIRD but good.

Natalie said...

And Tootsie is one of my favorite Dustin Hoffman movies ever.

Mrs. Beer said...

Yes you got a lot of watching to do! Shawshank Redemption is one of my faves... This is a fun bucket list. Way better than jumping out of a plane.

MiMi said...

Ahahaha, I watched M A S H and you didn't!! Neener neener.
That's all I got.

Mommy Boots (formerly KarmaPearl) said...

I remember when the list came out originally, I made it my goal to see all 100 movies... I've seen 33/100. I'd still love to try and get all these movies seen.

Ginger said...

Schindlers List, Shawshank Redemption and Raiders of the Lost Ark are MUST sees. Obviously, or they wouldn't be on the list. But Shawshank is one of my all time favs.

Ginger said...

I've seen 32 of the hundred. Also, I just rechecked the list and my movie loving friend, I'm at a loss knowing that you've not seen some of these movies. Jaws? Really?

Kelly @ turned UP to ELEVEN! said...

I love this list, I might join you in this!! There are a lot of movies i haven't seen!

Kelly @ turned UP to ELEVEN! said...

I've Seen: Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz (a bajillion times), Star Wars, It's A Wonderful Life, ET, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Snow White (animated, is that the same thing?), The Sound of Music (obsessed), Lord of the Rings: Fellowship, Jaws, Rocy, Raiders of the Lost Arch, Shawshank Redemption, Silence of the Lambs, Forrest Gump, Titanic (never want to watch it ever again), Sixth Sense, Goodfellas (total favorite), Pulp Fiction, Blade Runner (need to watch all the way through), Toy Story, Seems like I'm OK but like you want to watch some of these again, and the others :)

Christina said...

This is awesome. I'm totally going to do this too! I can't believe how many I haven't seen! I seriously can't believe you haven't seen It's A Wonderful Life though. You love Christmas movies!

Peace Love Applesauce- Terri said...

I've actually seen a crap ton of those. Jason is a huge movie buff and about all our teenage dating years consisted of was watching old VHS movies. lol

Karen Peterson said...

I've seen 42 of them. Can you believe I've never seen the Godfather movies?

But then, I can't believe you've never seen Raiders of the Lost Ark!