AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars

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In 1999 AFI continued their "100 Years" series with "100 Years...100 Stars." This list sought to identify the top 25 greatest American actors and the 25 greatest American actresses of all time. The criteria was that the performer (or team of performers) must have made their screen debut prior to 1950 or whose death made a complete body of work.

This list was designed for those who wish to familiarize themselves with the best films of those 50 stars. Using imdb rankings, I have identified the five most highly regarded films for each performer (excluding TV as well as cameos or other very small parts). I have also excluded duplicates, so for example the five films for Fred Astaire include collaborations with Ginger Rogers that do not appear in her five films.

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    Casablanca

    1942, in 36 top lists Check
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    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    1948, in 24 top lists Check
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    The Maltese Falcon

    1941, in 25 top lists Check
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    The Big Sleep

    1946, in 21 top lists Check
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    To Have and Have Not

    1944, in 15 top lists Check
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    North by Northwest

    1959, in 26 top lists Check
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    Notorious

    1946, in 22 top lists Check
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    Bringing Up Baby

    1938, in 21 top lists Check
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    His Girl Friday

    1940, in 19 top lists Check
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    The Philadelphia Story

    1940, in 19 top lists Check
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    It's a Wonderful Life

    1946, in 29 top lists Check
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    Rear Window

    1954, in 29 top lists Check
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    Vertigo

    1958, in 42 top lists Check
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    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

    1939, in 15 top lists Check
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    Rope

    1948, in 10 top lists Check
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    The Godfather

    1972, in 39 top lists Check
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    Apocalypse Now

    1979, in 36 top lists Check
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    On the Waterfront

    1954, in 28 top lists Check
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    A Streetcar Named Desire

    1951, in 15 top lists Check
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    Viva Zapata!

    1952, in 2 top lists Check
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    Top Hat

    1935, in 14 top lists Check
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    Swing Time

    1936, in 13 top lists Check
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    The Gay Divorcee

    1934, in 5 top lists Check
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    Shall We Dance

    1937, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Band Wagon

    1953, in 14 top lists Check
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    12 Angry Men

    1957, in 28 top lists Check
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    C'era una volta il West

    1968 — a.k.a. Once Upon a Time in the West, in 25 top lists Check
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    The Grapes of Wrath

    1940, in 21 top lists Check
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    The Ox-Bow Incident

    1942, in 12 top lists Check
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    The Lady Eve

    1941, in 18 top lists Check
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    It Happened One Night

    1934, in 27 top lists Check
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    Gone with the Wind

    1939, in 30 top lists Check
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    Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

    1925, in 6 top lists Check
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    Mutiny on the Bounty

    1935, in 6 top lists Check
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    The Merry Widow

    1925, in 4 top lists Check
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    White Heat

    1949, in 17 top lists Check
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    Angels with Dirty Faces

    1938, in 6 top lists Check
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    One, Two, Three

    1961, in 4 top lists Check
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    The Public Enemy

    1931, in 12 top lists Check
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    The Roaring Twenties

    1939, in 7 top lists Check
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    Judgment at Nuremberg

    1961, in 7 top lists Check
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    Inherit the Wind

    1960, in 5 top lists Check
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    Fury

    1936, in 10 top lists Check
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    Libeled Lady

    1936, in 2 top lists Check
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    Captains Courageous

    1937, in 6 top lists Check
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    City Lights

    1931, in 31 top lists Check
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    Modern Times

    1936, in 29 top lists Check
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    The Great Dictator

    1940, in 26 top lists Check
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    The Kid

    1921, in 14 top lists Check
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    The Gold Rush

    1925, in 28 top lists Check
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Last updated on Jan 9, 2013; source