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Let's Go To The Memes-ies

I don't do memes. Most memes are like root canal to me - something you do because you have to...or because you'll offend if you don't. But I stole this one from my buddy Rex, and, well, I like it. But then, I've always been a sucker for those "best-of" type lists.

Below are the greatest 100 American films of the 20th century according to the AFI. Bold the ones you have seen, strikethrough the ones you saw and hated, italicize those you've seen part of and put a star next to the ones you love.



1. CITIZEN KANE (1941)

2. CASABLANCA (1942)*

3. THE GODFATHER (1972)*

4. GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)*

5. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)

6. THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)*

7. THE GRADUATE (1967)

8. ON THE WATERFRONT (1954)

9. SCHINDLER'S LIST (1993)

10. SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (1952)*

11. IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)*

12. SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950)*

13. THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (1957)

14. SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959)

15. STAR WARS (1977)

16. ALL ABOUT EVE (1950)*

17. THE AFRICAN QUEEN (1951)*

18. PSYCHO (1960)*

19. CHINATOWN (1974)

20. ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST (1975)*

21. THE GRAPES OF WRATH (1940)

22. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)

23. THE MALTESE FALCON (1941)*

24. RAGING BULL (1980)

25. E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982)

26. DR. STRANGELOVE (1964)

27. BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967)*

28. APOCALYPSE NOW (1979)

29. MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939)

30. THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (1948)*

31. ANNIE HALL (1977)

32. THE GODFATHER PART II (1974)*

33. HIGH NOON (1952)

34. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962)*

35. IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934)

36. MIDNIGHT COWBOY (1969)

37. THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946)

38. DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944)*

39. DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965)

40. NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)*

41. WEST SIDE STORY (1961)*

42. REAR WINDOW (1954)*

43. KING KONG (1933)*

44. THE BIRTH OF A NATION (1915)

45. A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (1951)*

46. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971)

47. TAXI DRIVER (1976)

48. JAWS (1975)*

49. SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937)

50. BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969)*

51. THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940)*

52. FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953)

53. AMADEUS (1984)

54. ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1930)

55. THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965)*

56. M*A*S*H (1970)

57. THE THIRD MAN (1949)

58. FANTASIA (1940)*

59. REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (1955)*

60. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981)*

61. VERTIGO (1958)*

62. TOOTSIE (1982)

63. STAGECOACH (1939)

64. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977)

65. THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)

66. NETWORK (1976)

67. THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962)*

68. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (1951)

69. SHANE (1953)

70. THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971)

71. FORREST GUMP (1994)

72. BEN-HUR (1959)

73. WUTHERING HEIGHTS (1939)

74. THE GOLD RUSH (1925)

75. DANCES WITH WOLVES (1990)

76. CITY LIGHTS (1931)

77. AMERICAN GRAFFITI (1973)

78. ROCKY (1976)

79. THE DEER HUNTER (1978)

80. THE WILD BUNCH (1969)

81. MODERN TIMES (1936)

82. GIANT (1956)

83. PLATOON (1986)

84. FARGO (1996)

85. DUCK SOUP (1933)*

86. MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY (1935)

87. FRANKENSTEIN (1931)

88. EASY RIDER (1969)

89. PATTON (1970)

90. THE JAZZ SINGER (1927)

91. MY FAIR LADY (1964)

92. A PLACE IN THE SUN (1951)

93. THE APARTMENT (1960)

94. GOODFELLAS (1990)

95. PULP FICTION (1994)

96. THE SEARCHERS (1956)*

97. BRINGING UP BABY (1938)

98. UNFORGIVEN (1992)

99. GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER (1967)

100. YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (1942)*



I'd just like to say what a travesty it is that there is only one Tracy/Hepburn on here and it's NOT Woman of the Year. Or Adam's Rib. Or Pat and Mike. Or anything besides Guess Who's Coming To Dinner. It was okay as movies go, but it doesn't belong on this list. One truly brilliant scene from Tracy and some watered-down race conflict do not a classic make.

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hb_princess
Nov. 18th, 2006 05:31 am (UTC)
Well, to be fair, I saw Dr. Zhivago a very long time ago. I am assuming I hated it because all I can remember about it is the theme song. And Geraldine Chaplin's hat.

(I'm not trying to be funny, either. That's LITERALLY all I can remember.)

I should probably give it a second chance, huh? :)
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hb_princess
Nov. 23rd, 2006 06:10 am (UTC)
NERD ALERT! NERD ALERT!

Hee. ;)

And you're a pilot, so...I'm guessing you're a Han Solo girl?
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voodoochild9
Nov. 19th, 2006 06:46 pm (UTC)
Wow. I've seen...almost none of those movies. *feels young* :-/
hb_princess
Nov. 23rd, 2006 06:09 am (UTC)
Well...that's okay. You ARE young. :)
padawansguide
Dec. 4th, 2006 02:11 am (UTC)
Hope you don't mind that I friended you - I love your fanfic - and in skimming the beatlesecrets comm, I totally agreed with some of your comments (particularly those on Imagine!). :-)
hb_princess
Dec. 5th, 2006 05:10 pm (UTC)
I don't mind at all, I'm flattered. I'll friend you back. :)

"Imagine." Heh. Thanks! It's always refreshing to meet a hardcore John fan who doesn't subscribe to the Martin Luther Lennon nonsense. It's SUCH a disservice to the real John (IMO), and I tend to get a little...vehement about it. ;)
padawansguide
Dec. 5th, 2006 06:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

LOL! Martin Luther Lennon - I like that!

I think when someone dies young (and in this case was taken away by a murderer), they become a martyr or a saint in some sense - and their personality gets a good white washing. Maybe it's because I'm little cynical - or maybe it's because I think John was a lot cynical, which makes me doubt that he'd like seeing people worship at his alter. I don't think he wanted to be a religion. (IMO!) If that makes sense. :-)

But yeah - I was cheering on your Imagine comments and totally agreed with you, especially the one about him not exactly getting rid of his estates and cars and whatnot! A refreshing opinion! :-)

Oh, and I don't care how cliche it is - I love that John/Paul photoshoot. :-)

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