America's 100 Greatest Movies
AFI's 100 YEARS...100 MOVIES


The 400 Nominees

The American Film Institute (AFI)






The American Film Institute in Los Angeles, California in 1998 commemorated the extraordinary first 100 years of American movies by selecting 400 candidate films for voting consideration, in preparation for a "definitive selection of the 100 greatest American movies of all time, as determined by more than 1,500 leaders from the American film community."

See the 100 Greatest American Movies of All Time
See also AFI's 100 Greatest American Films - 10th Anniversary Edition

Note: The films that are marked with a yellow star are the films that "The Greatest Films" site has selected as the 100 Greatest Films.


Facts About the 400 Nominees for the Top 100 Greatest American Movies:

  • All chosen films were feature-length fictional movies produced between 1912 and 1996 "with the goal of amassing a capsule of the first 100 years of American cinema, across decades and across genres." Write-in votes for unlisted films were also permitted.
  • The 1950s was the most represented decade on the list, with 20 films in the top 100.
  • And 70 of the films on the top 100 list were from 1950 and after.
  • 14 films on the top 100 list were made after 1980.
  • More than half of the films (56) in the top 100 list were made between 1950 and 1979 (a three decade period), thereby ignoring cinema's early years and some of the modern era.

Each Decade's Summary: (Nominees and Winners):

See this site's Commentary on AFI's 100 Greatest American Movies.


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