AFI Top 100 Films by Year

This is the AFI Top 100 Films by year, not rank, based upon the AFI’s 2007 update which eliminated a number of films from the original 1998 list. Years with more than one entry are bolded and Oscar winners have an asterisk. The year links go to posts that show the Oscar winners and Jeopardy! clues on that year’s movies.

  • 1916 — INTOLERANCE
  • 1925 — THE GOLD RUSH
  • 1927 — THE GENERAL
    SUNRISE
  • 1931 — CITY LIGHTS
  • 1933 — KING KONG
    DUCK SOUP
  • 1934 — IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT *
  • 1935 — A NIGHT AT THE OPERA
  • 1936 — MODERN TIMES
    SWING TIME
  • 1937 — SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS
  • 1938 — BRINGING UP BABY
  • 1939 — GONE WITH THE WIND *
    THE WIZARD OF OZ
    MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
  • 1940 — THE GRAPES OF WRATH
    THE PHILADELPHIA STORY
  • 1941 — CITIZEN KANE
    THE MALTESE FALCON
    SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS
  • 1942 — CASABLANCA *
    YANKEE DOODLE DANDY
  • 1944 — DOUBLE INDEMNITY
  • 1946 — THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES *
    IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
  • 1948 — THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE
  • 1950 — ALL ABOUT EVE *
    SUNSET BLVD.
  • 1951 — A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
    THE AFRICAN QUEEN
  • 1952 — SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN
    HIGH NOON
  • 1953 — SHANE
  • 1954 — ON THE WATERFRONT *
    REAR WINDOW
  • 1956 — THE SEARCHERS
  • 1957 — THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI *
    12 ANGRY MEN
  • 1958 — VERTIGO
  • 1959 — BEN-HUR *
    NORTH BY NORTHWEST
    SOME LIKE IT HOT
  • 1960 — THE APARTMENT *
    PSYCHO
    SPARTACUS
  • 1961 — WEST SIDE STORY *
  • 1962 — LAWRENCE OF ARABIA *
    TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
  • 1964 — DR. STRANGELOVE
  • 1965 — THE SOUND OF MUSIC *
  • 1966 — WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?
  • 1967 — IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT *
    BONNIE AND CLYDE
    THE GRADUATE
  • 1968 — 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
  • 1969 — MIDNIGHT COWBOY *
    BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID
    THE WILD BUNCH
    EASY RIDER
  • 1970 — M*A*S*H
  • 1971 — THE FRENCH CONNECTION *
    A CLOCKWORK ORANGE
    THE LAST PICTURE SHOW
  • 1972 — THE GODFATHER *
    CABARET
  • 1973 — AMERICAN GRAFFITI
  • 1974 — THE GODFATHER PART II *
    CHINATOWN
  • 1975 — ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST *
    JAWS
    NASHVILLE
  • 1976 — ROCKY *
    TAXI DRIVER
    NETWORK
    ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN
  • 1977 — ANNIE HALL *
    STAR WARS
  • 1978 — THE DEER HUNTER *
  • 1979 — APOCALYPSE NOW
  • 1980 — RAGING BULL
  • 1981 — RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
  • 1982 — E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL
    TOOTSIE
    SOPHIE’S CHOICE
    BLADE RUNNER
  • 1986 — PLATOON
  • 1989 — DO THE RIGHT THING
  • 1990 — GOODFELLAS
  • 1991 — THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS *
  • 1992 — UNFORGIVEN *
  • 1993 — SCHINDLER’S LIST *
  • 1994 — FORREST GUMP *
    PULP FICTION

    THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION
  • 1995 — TOY STORY
  • 1997 — TITANIC *
  • 1998 — SAVING PRIVATE RYAN
  • 1999 — THE SIXTH SENSE
  • 2001 — THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING

More Notes:

5 silent films, 1916, 25, 27 (2), 31

2 entries: 1927, 33, 36, 40, 42, 46, 50, 51, 52, 54, 57, 62, 72, 77
3 entries: 1939, 41, 59, 60, 67, 71, 75, 94
4 entries: 1969, 76, 82

Years with no entries by decade (from 30s to 90s):
1930, 32, 1943, 45, 47, 49, 1955, 1963, 1983, 84, 85, 87, 88, 1996, 99

Some of these years were represented in the 1998 AFI list. The AFI Top 100 Films Facts and Trivia post has more information on the differences, including a table with the names of the films that were removed.

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