100 Years...100 Movies

10th Anniversary Edition

The Nominees

The American Film Institute (AFI)

The American Film Institute in Los Angeles, California, in 2007 honored and updated its "definitive selection of the 100 greatest American movies of all time" from 1998, as determined by more than 1,500 leaders from the American film community.

Read this site's Commentary on AFI's 100 Greatest American Movies (original)
The original 400 Greatest American Films (nominees)

The 400 Nominated Films were feature-length fictional movies produced between 1912 and 1996 with newly-eligible films from 1996 to 2006. There were 43 newly eligible films (released from 1996 to 2006) in this revised list of 400 nominated films.

Judgment Criteria for Selection:

  • Feature-length: Narrative format typically over 60 minutes in length.
  • American film: English language, with significant creative and/or financial production elements from the United States.
  • Critical Recognition: Formal commendation in print, television, and digital media.
  • Major Award Winner: Recognition from competitive events including awards from peer groups, critics, guilds and major film festivals.
  • Popularity Over Time: This includes success at the box office, television and cable airings, and DVD/VHS sales and rentals.
  • Historical Significance: A film's mark on the history of the moving image through visionary narrative devices, technical innovation or other groundbreaking achievements.
  • Cultural Impact: A film's mark on American society in matters of style and substance.

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