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Ten More Years...A Hundred More Movies

shining.jpg The first poll in the American Film Institute's "100 Years...100 Movies" series took place about 10 years ago now, and Citizen Kane, Orson Welles' 1941 classic, was named the Best American Film, with Casablanca (1942), The Godfather (1972), Gone With the Wind (1939), and Lawrence of Arabia (1962) rounding out the Top Five. (See page 238 in your 2007 World Almanac for the full list.)

AFI has also created genre and detail specific lists every year or so for the past decade, from the Funniest (Some Like It Hot), to the Best Songs ("Somewhere Over the Rainbow," in The Wizard of Oz), to the Best Heroes and Villains (To Kill a Mockingbird's Atticus Finch and The Silence of the Lambs' Hannibal Lecter, respectively). But now AFI is revisiting their principal list in order to include the last decade or so of American filmmaking—and some surprising nominees are contending for the honor: Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and There's Something About Mary, to name a few.

View the 400 nominees on the official ballot, find out Clint Eastwood's and Helen Mirren's (among others') favorite films, or revisit the AFI's past winners at the links below.

AFI Official Ballot (PDF download)
Film Luminaries' Favorites
100 Years...100 Movies

Flickr photo by Dawn Endico


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