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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 that are considered the most thrilling. Thrills encompass many genres, including courtroom dramas, disasters, epics, horror, musicals, film-noir, sci-fi, sports , suspense, war and westerns.

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  1. 1 -

    Psycho

    1960, in 38 top lists Check
  2. 2 -

    Jaws

    1975, in 27 top lists Check
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    The Exorcist

    1973, in 24 top lists Check
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    North by Northwest

    1959, in 25 top lists Check
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    The Silence of the Lambs

    1991, in 33 top lists Check
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    Alien

    1979, in 27 top lists Check
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    The Birds

    1963, in 18 top lists Check
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    The French Connection

    1971, in 19 top lists Check
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    Rosemary's Baby

    1968, in 21 top lists Check
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    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    1981, in 26 top lists Check
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    The Godfather

    1972, in 38 top lists Check
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    King Kong

    1933 — a.k.a. The Eighth Wonder, in 28 top lists Check
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    Bonnie and Clyde

    1967, in 27 top lists Check
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    Rear Window

    1954, in 29 top lists Check
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    Deliverance

    1972, in 14 top lists Check
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    Chinatown

    1974, in 28 top lists Check
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    The Manchurian Candidate

    1962, in 15 top lists Check
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    Vertigo

    1958, in 43 top lists Check
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    The Great Escape

    1963, in 14 top lists Check
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    High Noon

    1952, in 18 top lists Check
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    A Clockwork Orange

    1971, in 33 top lists Check
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    Taxi Driver

    1976, in 32 top lists Check
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    Lawrence of Arabia

    1962, in 40 top lists Check
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    Double Indemnity

    1944, in 31 top lists Check
  25. 25 -

    Titanic

    1997, in 23 top lists Check
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    The Maltese Falcon

    1941, in 26 top lists Check
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    Star Wars

    1977 — a.k.a. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, in 36 top lists Check
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    Fatal Attraction

    1987, in 11 top lists Check
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    The Shining

    1980, in 25 top lists Check
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    The Deer Hunter

    1978, in 25 top lists Check
  31. 31 -

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    1977, in 22 top lists Check
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    Strangers on a Train

    1951, in 15 top lists Check
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    The Fugitive

    1993, in 7 top lists Check
  34. 34 -

    The Night of the Hunter

    1955, in 29 top lists Check
  35. 35 -

    Jurassic Park

    1993, in 20 top lists Check
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    Bullitt

    1968, in 7 top lists Check
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    Casablanca

    1942, in 36 top lists Check
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    Notorious

    1946, in 22 top lists Check
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    Die Hard

    1988, in 16 top lists Check
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    2001: A Space Odyssey

    1968, in 42 top lists Check
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    Dirty Harry

    1971, in 14 top lists Check
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    The Terminator

    1984, in 20 top lists Check
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    The Wizard of Oz

    1939, in 31 top lists Check
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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    1982, in 28 top lists Check
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    Saving Private Ryan

    1998, in 27 top lists Check
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    Carrie

    1976, in 8 top lists Check
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    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    1956 — a.k.a. Sleep No More, in 18 top lists Check
  48. 48 -

    Dial M for Murder

    1954, in 8 top lists Check
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    Ben-Hur

    1959, in 23 top lists Check
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    Marathon Man

    1976, in 4 top lists Check
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