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Through the collective judgment of 1,500 leaders from across the American film community - screenwriters, directors, actors, producers, cinematographers, editors, executives, film historians and critics -, AFI has identified 100 movies which set the standard and mark the excellence of the first century of American cinema. The first version of the list only contained films that were made in the first 100 years of American cinema (1896-1996). However, this list is the updated version.

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    Citizen Kane

    1941, in 33 top lists Check
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    The Godfather

    1972, in 36 top lists Check
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    Casablanca

    1942, in 32 top lists Check
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    Raging Bull

    1980, in 29 top lists Check
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    Singin' in the Rain

    1952, in 30 top lists Check
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    Gone with the Wind

    1939, in 26 top lists Check
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    Lawrence of Arabia

    1962, in 38 top lists Check
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    Schindler's List

    1993, in 30 top lists Check
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    Vertigo

    1958, in 38 top lists Check
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    The Wizard of Oz

    1939, in 30 top lists Check
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    City Lights

    1931, in 26 top lists Check
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    The Searchers

    1956, in 23 top lists Check
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    Star Wars

    1977, in 33 top lists Check
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    Psycho

    1960, in 31 top lists Check
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    2001: A Space Odyssey

    1968, in 36 top lists Check
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    Sunset Blvd.

    1950 — a.k.a. Sunset Boulevard, in 31 top lists Check
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    The Graduate

    1967, in 24 top lists Check
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    The General

    1926, in 28 top lists Check
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    On the Waterfront

    1954, in 30 top lists Check
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    It's a Wonderful Life

    1946, in 25 top lists Check
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    Chinatown

    1974, in 26 top lists Check
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    Some Like It Hot

    1959, in 27 top lists Check
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    The Grapes of Wrath

    1940, in 20 top lists Check
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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    1982, in 25 top lists Check
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    To Kill a Mockingbird

    1962, in 17 top lists Check
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    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

    1939, in 15 top lists Check
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    High Noon

    1952, in 19 top lists Check
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    All About Eve

    1950, in 22 top lists Check
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    Double Indemnity

    1944, in 29 top lists Check
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    Apocalypse Now

    1979, in 33 top lists Check
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    The Maltese Falcon

    1941, in 24 top lists Check
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    The Godfather: Part II

    1974, in 28 top lists Check
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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    1975, in 31 top lists Check
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    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    1937, in 21 top lists Check
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    Annie Hall

    1977, in 32 top lists Check
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    The Bridge on the River Kwai

    1957, in 29 top lists Check
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    The Best Years of Our Lives

    1946, in 25 top lists Check
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    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    1948, in 25 top lists Check
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    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop...

    1964, in 31 top lists Check
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    The Sound of Music

    1965, in 19 top lists Check
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    King Kong

    1933 — a.k.a. The Eighth Wonder, in 26 top lists Check
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    Bonnie and Clyde

    1967, in 23 top lists Check
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    Midnight Cowboy

    1969, in 18 top lists Check
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    The Philadelphia Story

    1940, in 16 top lists Check
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    Shane

    1953, in 17 top lists Check
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    It Happened One Night

    1934, in 25 top lists Check
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    A Streetcar Named Desire

    1951, in 14 top lists Check
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    Rear Window

    1954, in 26 top lists Check
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    Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

    1916, in 21 top lists Check
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    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    2001, in 24 top lists Check
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Last updated: Jun 5, 2009; source