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T he G reatest F ilms can't be measured scientifically because greatness is extremely subjective. The artistic greatness of films (and other works of art) can never be rated or quantified, although critics, reviewers, and fans still make ten best lists, hundred best lists, all-time greatest lists, favorites lists, awards lists, and generate results of polls. Over a long period of time, it has been found that the English-language films found here in this selection of 100 Greatest Films repeatedly appear on all-time best film lists and are often noted in the collective responses of film viewers. Arguably, there is reasonable consensus by most film historians, critics and reviewers that these selections are among cinema's most critically-acclaimed, significant "must-see" films (of predominantly Hollywood-American production). These 100 choices were limited to English-language, theatrically-distributed, narrative feature films.
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LOS ANGELES, June 20, 2007 — AFI presents another episode in its widely acclaimed series of CBS television specials — AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies, which launched AFI's on-going celebration of the cinema centennial. Each special honors a different aspect of excellence in American film. In 2006 we celebrated AFI's 100 Years...100 Cheers, America's Most Inspiring Movies. Honoring the 10th anniversary of this award-winning series, a jury of 1,500 film artists, critics and historians determined that CITIZEN KANE remains the greatest movie of all time. RAGING BULL and VERTIGO cracked the top 10, while THE LORD OF THE RINGS: FELLOWSHIP OF THE RINGS, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, THE SIXTH SENSE and TITANIC are among films to make it on the list for the first time.
CASABLANCA, THE GODFATHER, GONE WITH THE WIND AND LAWRENCE OF ARABIA complete the top five movies; five Spielberg films make the top 100; James Stewart, Katharine Hepburn, Robert De Niro and Robert Duvall among the most represented actors. List is the centerpiece of AFI's historic celebration of the first 100 years of American movies. LOS ANGELES, June, 1998 — The American Film Institute (AFI) tonight announced the 100 greatest American movies of all time, as selected by a blue-ribbon panel of leaders from across the film community. Voted the number one movie was CITIZEN KANE, Orson Welles' 1941 classic, which he directed, produced, wrote and starred in at the age of 25.