American Film Institute’s Top 400 Films

The American Film Institute’s list of 400 films nominated for their various lists was my starting point in my own personal film education.

1912: *** Richard III

1915: ***** Birth of a Nation

1915: *** The Cheat

1916: ***** Intolerance

1917: **** Poor Little Rich Girl

1920: *** Within Our Gates

1921: ***** The Kid

1921: *** The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

1923: *** Safety Last

1924: **** The Thief of Bagdad

1925: **** The Phantom of the Opera

1925: ** Greed

1925: ***** The Gold Rush

1925: *** The Big Parade

1926: **** Ben-Hur

1926: ***** The General

1927: ***** Wings

1927: **** Sunrise

1927: **** The Jazz Singer

1928: *** The Wind

1928: ***The Crowd

1929: ** The Broadway Melody

1930: ** Morocco

1930: ***** All Quiet on the Western Front

1931: *** Cimarron

1931: ***** City Lights

1931: **** Frankenstein

1931: *** Little Caesar

1931: **** The Public Enemy

1932: ** Freaks

1932: ** Grand Hotel

1932: *** I am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

1932: **** Scar Face: The Shame of a Nation

1932: **** Trouble in Paradise

1933: ** Cavalcade

1933: ***** Duck Soup

1933: ***** 42nd Street

1933: ***** King Kong

1933: *** She Done Him Wrong

1933: **** Sons of the Desert

1934: ***** It Happened One Night

1934: **** The Scarlet Empress

1934: ***** The Thin Man

1935: *** David Copperfield

1935: ***** The Little Colonel

1935: *** Mutiny on the Bounty

1935: ***** A Night at the Opera

1935: ***** Top Hat

1936: **** Dodsworth

1936: **** Fury

1936: **** The Great Ziegfeld

1936: ***** Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

1936: **** Modern Times

1936: ***** My Man Godfrey

1936: ***** Swingtime

1937: ***** The Awful Truth

1937: ***** Camille

1937: ** The Life of Emile Zola

1937: **** Lost Horizon

1937: ***** Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

1937: **** A Star is Born

1938: ***** Boys Town

1938: ***** Bringing Up Baby

1938: ***** You Can’t Take it With You

1938: **** The Adventures of Robin Hood

1939: **** Babes in Arms

1939: *** Beau Geste

1939: *** Destry Rides Again

1939: ***** Gone With the Wind

1939: ***** Goodbye, Mr. Chips

1939: *** Gunga Din

1939: ***** Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

1939: *** Ninotchka

1939: ***** Only Angels Have Wings

1939: ** Stagecoach

1939: ***** The Wizard of Oz

1939: **** Wuthering Heights

1939: ***** Young Mr. Lincoln

1940: **** The Bank Dick

1940: ***** Fantasia

1940: **** The Grapes of Wrath

1940: **** His Girl Friday

1940: ***** The Mark of Zorro

1940: ***** The Philadelphia Story

1940: **** Pinocchio

1940: **** Rebecca

1941: **** Citizen Kane

1941: * How Green Was My Valley

1941: ***** The Lady Eve

1941: **** The Little Foxes

1941: ***** The Maltese Falcon

1941: *** Sergeant York

1942: ***** Sullivan’s Travels

1942: ***** Bambi

1942: ***** Casablanca

1942: *** Cat People

1942: * The Magnificent Ambersons

1942: **** Mrs. Miniver

1942: ***** Now, Voyager

1942: **** The Pride of the Yankees

1942: **** Road to Morocco

1942: *** To Be or Not to Be

1942: **** Woman of the Year

1942: **** Yankee Doodle Dandy

1943: ** Bataan

1943: **** Cabin in the Sky

1943: ** The Ox-Bow Incident

1943: **** Shadow of a Doubt

1944: *** Double Indemnity

1944: **** Going My Way

1944: **** Hail the Conquering Hero

1944: ***** Laura

1944: ***** Meet Me in St. Louis

1944: ***** The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek

1944: **** Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo

1944: *** To Have and Have Not

1945: *** The Lost Weekend

1946: ***** The Best Years of Our Lives

1946: *** The Big Sleep

1946: ** Gilda

1946: *** It’s a Wonderful Life

1946: *** My Darling Clementine

1946: **** Notorious

1946: **** The Yearling

1947: **** Gentlemen’s Agreement

1947: **** Miracle on 34th Street

1947: ** Out of the Past

1948: ** Force of Evil

1948: ** Red River

1948: *** Treasure of the Sierra Madre

1949: **** Adam’s Rib

1949: * All the King’s Men

1949: **** The Heiress

1949: *** Intruder in the Dust

1949: **** A Letter to Three Wives

1949: *** Sands of Iwo Jima

1949: ** The Third Man

1949: *** Twelve O’clock High

1949: *** White Heat

1950: **** All About Eve

1950: ***** Cinderella

1950: ** Gun Crazy

1950: ** The Gunfighter

1950: **** Sunset Boulevard

1950: ** Winchester ’73

1951: ***** The African Queen

1951: ***** An American in Paris

1951: **** The Day the Earth Stood Still

1951: **** A Place in the Sun

1951: *** Strangers on a Train

1951: **** A Streetcar Named Desire

1952: **** The Greatest Show on Earth

1952: *** High Noon

1952: **** The Quiet Man

1952: ***** Singin’ in the Rain

1953: **** The Band Wagon

1953: **** From Here to Eternity

1953: ***** Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

1953: ** Shane

1953: **** Stalag 17

1953: **** War of the Worlds

1954: *** The Caine Mutiny

1954: *** Carmen Jones

1954: ***** On the Waterfront

1954: **** Rear Window

1954: *** Salt of the Earth

1954: **** A Star is Born

1954: **** 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

1955: *** The Blackboard Jungle

1955: **** East of Eden

1955: ***** Lady and the Tramp

1955: **** Marty

1955: **** Mister Roberts

1955: *** The Night of the Hunter

1955: ***** Oklahoma

1955: ***** Rebel Without a Cause

1955: ***** The Seven Year Itch

1956: **** Around the World in 80 Days

1956: **** Giant

1956: *** Invasion of the Body Snatchers

1956: *** The Searchers

1956: ***** The Ten Commandments

1957: *** An Affair to Remember

1957: **** The Bridge on the River Kwai

1957: **** Paths of Glory

1957: ***** Twelve Angry Men

1958: ***** The Defiant Ones

1958: **** Gigi

1958: *** Run Silent, Run Deep

1958: ** Touch of Evil

1958: **** Vertigo

1959: *** Anatomy of a Murder

1959: ***** Ben-Hur

1959: ***** The Diary of Anne Frank

1959: *** Imitation of Life

1959: **** North by Northwest

1959: **** On the Beach

1959: ***** Pillow Talk

1959: **** Shadows

1959: ***** Some Like it Hot

1960: ***** The Apartment

1960: **** Elmer Gantry

1960: ***** Psycho

1960: ***** Spartacus

1961: **** Breakfast at Tiffany’s

1961: *** El Cid

1961: *** The Hustler

1961: ***** Judgment at Nuremberg

1961: ***** One Hundred and One Dalmatians

1961: **** Raisin in the Sun

1961: **** Splendor in the Grass

1961: ***** West Side Story

1962: ***** Days of Wine and Roses

1962: **** Lawrence of Arabia

1962: **** The Longest Day

1962: ***** The Manchurian Candidate

1962: ***** To Kill a Mockingbird

1962: **** What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

1963: *** The Birds

1963: ***** Cleopatra

1963: ***** From Russia With Love

1963: *** Hud

1963: **** It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

1963: *** Tom Jones

1963: **** The Pink Panther

1964: ***** The Americanization of Emily

1964: **** Dr. Strangelove

1964: **** Goldfinger

1964: ***** Mary Poppins

1964: ***** My Fair Lady

1965: *** Cat Ballou

1965: **** Doctor Zhivago

1965: ***** The Sound of Music

1966: **** Fantastic Voyage

1966: **** The Man for All Seasons

1966: **** Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

1967: ***** Barefoot in the Park

1967: **** Bonnie and Clyde

1967: **** Cool Hand Luke

1967: ***** The Graduate

1967: ***** Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

1967: **** In Cold Blood

1967: **** In the Heat of the Night

1967: ***** The Jungle Book

1967: **** Two for the Road

1968: **** The Producers

1968: ** Bullitt

1968: ***** Funny Girl

1968: *** Night of the Living Dead

1968: **** Oliver

1968: ***** Planet of the Apes

1968: *** Rosemary’s Baby

1968: **** 2001: A Space Odyssey

1969: ***** Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

1969: **** Easy Rider

1969: ** Medium Cool

1969: **** Midnight Cowboy

1969: *** The Wild Bunch

1970: **** Five Easy Pieces

1970: **** Little Big Man

1970: ***** Love Story

1970: **** M*A*S*H

1970: ** Patton

1971: ** A Clockwork Orange

1971: **** Dirty Harry

1971: ***** Fiddler on the Roof

1971: *** The French Connection

1971: ***** The Last Picture Show

1971: *** McCabe and Mrs. Miller

1972: **** Cabaret

1972: **** Deliverance

1972: *** The Godfather

1972: ***** Sounder

1973: **** American Graffiti

1973: * Badlands

1973: **** The Exorcist

1973: **** Last Tango in Paris

1973: *** Mean Streets

1973: ***** The Sting

1973: ***** The Way We Were

1974: ***** Blazing Saddles

1974: *** Chinatown

1974: **** The Conversation

1974: **** The Godfather Part II

1975: **** Dog Day Afternoon

1975: **** Jaws

1975: **** The Man Who Would be King

1975: *** Nashville

1975: ***** One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

1975: ** Rocky Horror Picture Show

1976: ***** All the President’s Men

1976: **** Carrie

1976: **** Network

1976: *** The Outlaw Josey Wales

1976: *** Rocky

1976: ***** Taxi Driver

1977: ***** Annie Hall

1977: **** The Goodbye Girl

1977: **** Saturday Night Fever

1977: ***** Star Wars

1977: **** Close Encounters of the Third Kind

1978: ***** Coming Home

1978: *** Days of Heaven

1978: ***** The Deer Hunter

1978: ***** Grease

1978: ***** National Lampoon’s Animal House

1979: *** Alien

1979: **** All That Jazz

1979: **** Apocalypse Now

1979: ***** Breaking Away

1979: ***** Kramer vs. Kramer

1979: **** Manhattan

1980: *** Atlantic City

1980: ***** The Empire Strikes Back

1980: **** Melvin and Howard

1980: ***** Ordinary People

1980: **** Raging Bull

1980: ***** Return of the Secaucus 7

1981: **** Chariots of Fire

1981: ***** On Golden Pond

1981: ***** Raiders of the Lost Ark

1981: **** Reds

1982: *** Blade Runner

1982: ***** E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

1982: **** Fast Times at Ridgemont High

1982: ***** Gandhi

1982: **** Missing

1982: ***** Sophie’s Choice

1982: ***** Tootsie

1983: ***** The Big Chill

1983: *** Local Hero

1983: *** El Norte

1983: ***** Return of the Jedi

1983: *** The Right Stuff

1983: **** Risky Business

1983: ***** Terms of Endearment

1984: **** Amadeus

1984: ***** Beverly Hills Cop

1984: ***** Ghostbusters

1984: ***** The Killing Fields

1984: **** Stranger than Paradise

1985: ***** Back to the Future

1985: ** Brazil

1985: *** The Color Purple

1985: ***** Out of Africa

1985: ***** Witness

1986: *** Blue Velvet

1986: ***** Children of a Lesser God

1986: ***** Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

1986: ***** Hannah and Her Sisters

1986: *** Platoon

1987: **** Broadcast News

1987: *** Fatal Attraction

1987: **** The Last Emperor

1987: *** Lethal Weapon

1987: **** Moonstruck

1987: **** The Untouchables

1988: ***** Big

1988: **** Dangerous Liaisons

1988: **** Die Hard

1988: **** The Last Temptation of Christ

1988: ***** Rain Man

1989: **** Batman

1989: *** Born on the Fourth of July

1989: **** Dead Poets Society

1989: **** Do the Right Thing

1989: ***** Driving Miss Daisy

1989: *** Field of Dreams

1989: ** Glory

1989: ***** Sex, Lies, and Videotape

1990: *** Dances With Wolves

1990: **** Goodfellas

1990: ***** Pretty Woman

1991: ***** Beauty and the Beast

1991: *** Rambling Rose

1991: ***** Silence of the Lambs

1991: *** Terminator 2: Judgment Day

1991: **** Thelma and Louise

1992: **** The Player

1992: *** Unforgiven

1993: ***** The Fugitive

1993: ***** The Joy Luck Club

1993: *** Jurassic Park

1993: ***** Philadelphia

1993: ***** Schindler’s List

1993: ***** Sleepless in Seattle

1994: ***** Forrest Gump

1994: ***** The Lion King

1994: **** Pulp Fiction

1994: ***** The Shawshank Redemption

1995: ***** Apollo 13

1995: *** Babe

1995: *** Braveheart

1995: **** Casino

1995: **** Leaving Las Vegas

1995: ***** Sense and Sensibility

1995: ***** Toy Story

1996: **** The English Patient

1996: **** Fargo

1996: ***** Jerry Maguire

 

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