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Top American Films (#1-100)

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 2001: A Space Odyssey1 1968 Stanley Kubrick 1
2 The Godfather 1972 Francis Ford Coppola 2
3 Casablanca 1942 Michael Curtiz 3
4 Citizen Kane 1941 Orson Welles 4
5 Psycho 1960 Alfred Hitchcock 5
6 Star Wars 1977 George Lucas 6
7 The Wizard of Oz 1939 Victor Fleming 7
8 Singin' in the Rain 1952 Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly 8
9 Some Like It Hot 1959 Billy Wilder 9
10 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb1 1964 Stanley Kubrick 10
11 Pulp Fiction 1994 Quentin Tarantino 11
12 Blade Runner1 2 1982 Ridley Scott 12
13 Apocalypse Now 1979 Francis Ford Coppola 13
14 Vertigo 1958 Alfred Hitchcock 14
15 Annie Hall 1977 Woody Allen 15
16 Taxi Driver 1976 Martin Scorsese 17
17 Chinatown 1974 Roman Polanski 18
18 It's a Wonderful Life 1946 Frank Capra 19
19 The Godfather: Part II 1974 Francis Ford Coppola 20
20 Gone with the Wind 1939 Victor Fleming 21
21 Goodfellas 1990 Martin Scorsese 22
22 A Clockwork Orange1 1971 Stanley Kubrick 23
23 Jaws 1975 Steven Spielberg 24
24 Raging Bull 1980 Martin Scorsese 25
25 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982 Steven Spielberg 26
26 Alien1 1979 Ridley Scott 27
27 Sunset Blvd. 1950 Billy Wilder 28
28 Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 Steven Spielberg 31
29 The Searchers 1956 John Ford 32
30 The Silence of the Lambs 1991 Jonathan Demme 33
31 Schindler's List 1993 Steven Spielberg 34
32 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring3 2001 Peter Jackson 35
33 North by Northwest 1959 Alfred Hitchcock 36
34 One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975 Milos Forman 37
35 The Matrix 1999 Lana and Lily Wachowski 39
36 Rear Window 1954 Alfred Hitchcock 40
37 Double Indemnity 1944 Billy Wilder 41
38 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King3 2003 Peter Jackson 42
39 The Empire Strikes Back 1980 Irvin Kershner 43
40 All about Eve 1950 Joseph L. Mankiewicz 44
41 The Graduate 1967 Mike Nichols 45
42 The Shining1 1980 Stanley Kubrick 46
43 Toy Story 1995 John Lasseter 47
44 King Kong 1933 Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack 49
45 The Night of the Hunter 1955 Charles Laughton 50
46 The General 1926 Clyde Bruckman and Buster Keaton 51
47 On the Waterfront 1954 Elia Kazan 52
48 The Wild Bunch 1969 Sam Peckinpah 53
49 Bonnie and Clyde 1967 Arthur Penn 55
50 Back to the Future 1985 Robert Zemeckis 56
51 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers3 2002 Peter Jackson 57
52 The Shawshank Redemption 1994 Frank Darabont 58
53 The Maltese Falcon 1941 John Huston 59
54 City Lights 1931 Charles Chaplin 60
55 Once Upon a Time in the West4 5 6 1968 Sergio Leone 62
56 Touch of Evil 1958 Orson Welles 63
57 Bringing Up Baby 1938 Howard Hawks 64
58 The Apartment 1960 Billy Wilder 65
59 Fargo1 1996 Joel Coen 67
60 Fight Club7 1999 David Fincher 68
61 To Kill a Mockingbird 1962 Robert Mulligan 70
62 Blue Velvet 1986 David Lynch 72
63 The Exorcist 1973 William Friedkin 74
64 Aliens1 1986 James Cameron 77
65 Terminator 2: Judgment Day8 1991 James Cameron 78
66 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2004 Michel Gondry 79
67 His Girl Friday 1940 Howard Hawks 80
68 Reservoir Dogs 1992 Quentin Tarantino 81
69 Duck Soup 1933 Leo McCarey 82
70 The Bridge on the River Kwai1 1957 David Lean 83
71 This Is Spinal Tap 1984 Rob Reiner 85
72 It Happened One Night 1934 Frank Capra 87
73 Modern Times 1936 Charles Chaplin 88
74 Unforgiven 1992 Clint Eastwood 90
75 Saving Private Ryan 1998 Steven Spielberg 91
76 Sunrise 1927 F.W. Murnau 92
77 Night of the Living Dead 1968 George A. Romero 93
78 The Usual Suspects7 1995 Bryan Singer 94
79 Rosemary's Baby 1968 Roman Polanski 97
80 Groundhog Day 1993 Harold Ramis 98
81 West Side Story 1961 Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise 101
82 Do the Right Thing 1989 Spike Lee 102
83 12 Angry Men 1957 Sidney Lumet 103
84 Die Hard 1988 John McTiernan 104
85 The Big Lebowski1 1998 Joel Coen 105
86 The Terminator1 1984 James Cameron 106
87 Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 Steven Spielberg 107
88 Nashville 1975 Robert Altman 108
89 Rocky 1976 John G. Avildsen 109
90 The Princess Bride 1987 Rob Reiner 110
91 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937 David Hand 111
92 Memento 2000 Christopher Nolan 112
93 American Beauty 1999 Sam Mendes 113
94 Seven 1995 David Fincher 114
95 The Deer Hunter1 1978 Michael Cimino 115
96 Notorious 1946 Alfred Hitchcock 118
97 Forrest Gump 1994 Robert Zemeckis 120
98 The Sound of Music 1965 Robert Wise 121
99 L.A. Confidential 1997 Curtis Hanson 122
100 High Noon 1952 Fred Zinnemann 123

1 Joint production with the United Kingdom.
2 Joint production with Hong Kong.
3 Joint production with New Zealand.
4 Joint production with Spain.
5 Joint production with Mexico.
6 Joint production with Italy.
7 Joint production with (West) Germany.
8 Joint production with France.
9 Joint production with Japan.
10 Joint production with Taiwan.
11 Joint production with the People's Republic of China.
12 Joint production with Australia.
13 Joint production with Canada.
14 Joint production with Ireland.
15 Joint production with Switzerland.
16 Joint production with Austria.
17 Joint production with Hungary.
18 Joint production with the Czech Republic.
19 Joint production with the Bahamas.
20 Joint production with Belgium.
21 Joint production with Finland.
22 Joint production with Israel.
23 Joint production with the Netherlands.
24 Joint production with Denmark.
25 Joint production with Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.
26 Joint production with South Africa.
27 Joint production with India.
28 Joint production with Poland.
29 Joint production with Cuba.
30 Joint production with Brazil.
31 Joint production with Argentina, Chile, and Peru.
32 Joint production with Greece.
33 Joint production with Luxembourg and Russia.
34 Joint production with the United Arab Emirates.
35 Joint production with Morocco.
36 Joint production with Yugoslavia.
37 Joint production with Indonesia.

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