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Just watched this AFI special tonight on CBS, the film institute has these specials every year and many classics stay on the list, while many change in rank and some even fall off and new films make their way in. Well anyway this was the first year I've watched and I must say I was impressed as Morgan Freeman did a fabulous job hosting and the clips and comments from directors, and stars was interesting to hear as told was the impact and culture impact that many of the pictures had made. For the most part I agree with most of the list I felt nearly 90 percent or better were deserving of making the top 100 list. It was so good to see Jack Nicholson classics like "Easy Rider", "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", and "Chinatown" make the list. While thrillers like "Psycho" and "Silence of the Lambs" make the list because they always strike fear. And Brando and De Niro both had classics of theirs included in the list like "Raging Bull", "Taxi Driver", and "On the Waterfront" and "A Streetcar named Desire" and the highly respected "The Godfather". Yet legendary films like "Star Wars", "The Wizard of Oz", "Gone With The Wind", and "Singin in The Rain" remain top 20 hits of remembrance. "Citzen Kane"(1941) remains number one so I guess I need to see it someday! Really a good list of classics that stand the test of time and good work from the very respected AFI.
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This was like one of those 100 Greatest lists, except with a different title and countdown, this was an essential list counting down 100 great movie in an edited edition of the last list, 10 years ago, this was the anniversary edition. Hosted by Morgan Freeman and with contributions by Tim Allen, Halle Berry, Peter Bogdanovich, Jeff Bridges, Mel Brooks, Cher, Billy Crystal, Richard Dreyfuss, Clint Eastwood, Laurence Fishburne, Jane Fonda, Peter Fonda, Harrison Ford, Jodie Foster, William Friedkin, Charlton Heston, Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Hopper, Samuel L. Jackson, Norman Jewison, Sir Ben Kinglsey, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, George Lucas, Shirley MacLaine, Malcolm McDowell, Eva Mendes, Liza Minnelli, Peter O'Toole, Sydney Pollack, Debbie Reynolds, Julia Roberts, Martin Scorcese, Martin Sheen, M. Night Shyamalan, Kevin Spacey, Steven Spielberg, Ben Stiller, Sharon Stone, Robin Williams, Sidney Lumet (archive), Jack Lemmon (archive), Sally Field, Anne Bancroft (archive), Carl Weathers, Eva Marie Saint, Anjelica Huston, Cameron Crowe, Billy Wilder (archive), Robert Towne (writer of Chinatown and Mission: Impossible), Arthur C. Clarke (writer of 2001: A Space Odyssey), Janet Leigh (archive), Stanley Donen (co-director of Singin' in the Rain) and many more. The movies included Ben-Hur, Toy Story, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Blade Runner, Pulp Fiction, The French Connection, GoodFellas, Sophie's Choice, Swing Time, The Sixth Sense, Bringing Up Baby, 12 Angry Men, Platoon, A Night at the Opera, Easy Rider, Titanic, Spartacus, The Apartment, The Wild Bunch, Modern Times, All the President's Men, Forrest Gump, In the Heat of the Night, The Silence of the Lambs, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Shawshank Redemption, Saving Private Ryan, A Clockwork Orange, Tootsie, Unforgiven, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The African Queen, Network, Cabaret, American Graffiti, Duck Soup, The Gold Rush, Rocky, Jaws, North by Northwest, MASH, The Deer Hunter, Taxi Driver, West Side Story, The Lord of the Rings, Intolerance, Rear Window, A Streetcar Named Desire, It Happened One Night, Shane, The Philadelphia Story, Midnight Cowboy, Bonnie and Clyde, King Kong, The Sound of Music, Dr. Strangelove, The Treasure of Sierra Madre, The Best Years of Our Lives, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Annie Hall, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, One Flew over the Cuckoo's; The Godfather, Part II, The Maltese Falcon, Apocalypse Now, Double Indemnity, All about Eve, High Noon, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, To Kill a Mockingbird, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Grapes of Wrath, Some Like It Hot, Chinatown, It's a Wonderful Life, On the Waterfront, The Graduate, Sunset Boulevard, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Psycho, Star Wars, The Searchers, City Lights, The Wizard of Oz, Vertigo, Schindler's List, Lawrence of Arabia, Gone with the Wind, Singin' in the Rain, Raging Bull, Casablanca, The Godfather, and same as 10 years ago, number one was Citizen Kane. Very good!
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I can't say the same for the actual list which may have been worse than
the one put together back in 1997. There were a number of great films
that didn't make the list, too many movies that didn't belong and
plenty of great movies that were ranked way too low.
Right off the bat you've got Toy Story, the Lord of the Rings (2001) and The Sixth Sense as if they were among the 100 greatest films in history? 23 films that made the list last time didn't make this one such as Patton, All Quiet On the Western Front, Amadeus, Dr. Zhivago, Giant, and Dances With Wolves. Then there are just classic films that didn't make either such as Dog Day Afternoon, Scarface, The Lost Weekend, Rain Man, etc.
They have got Pulp Fiction at #94, The French Connection at #93, Goodfellas at #92, and Platoon at #86. All these films should be in the top 50. Probably the biggest injustice is One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest at #33 when it should be in the top 5. Then you've got The Godfather Part II at #32? At least a top 10 film. There were numerous films that were way too low for my taste such as The Deer Hunter, A Clockwork Orange, Taxi Driver, and Apocalypse Now.
Then you've got your bloated big money makers that have no business being on this list. Titanic the perfect example at #83, Lord of the Rings at #50, and Forrest Gump at #76.
I personally would put The Godfather at #1 but I'm okay with Citizen Kane which claimed the top spot once again.
Overall, a decent list with some problems. The show itself was pretty well done and it was nice to see some older movies included. Although it probably would have been better as a two night 6 hour event rather than one night because every movie profile was so short, some were only about 20 seconds. Then they spent 10 minutes talking about Citizen Kane.
One thumbs up I will give to this list is the fact that Fargo didn't make an appearance.
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