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Star Wars, Jaws, and more make BBC's list of the 100 greatest American films

07.21.2015

Lists which compile the greatest films of all-time are a dime a dozen and, as every one's opinion varies, are usually up for debate; however a recent list from the BBC which compiles the 100 greatest American films is definitely worth a look, if only to bitch about which of your favourite films didn't make the cut.

The BBC polled sixty-two international film critics who each submitted a list of their top ten films. The film in the top spot was awarded ten points while the film in the tenth spot received one point, after which the points were tallied up and used to produce the following list. As to what defined an "American film," the only stipulation was that the film had received its funding from a US source.

25. DO THE RIGHT THING (Spike Lee, 1989)
24. THE APARTMENT (Billy Wilder, 1960)
23. ANNIE HALL (Woody Allen, 1977)
22. GREED (Erich von Stroheim, 1924)
21. MULHOLLAND DRIVE (David Lynch, 2001)
20. GOODFELLAS (Martin Scorsese, 1990)
19. TAXI DRIVER (Martin Scorsese, 1976)
18. CITY LIGHTS (Charlie Chaplin, 1931)
17. THE GOLD RUSH (Charlie Chaplin, 1925)
16. MCCABE & MRS MILLER (Robert Altman, 1971)
15. THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (William Wyler, 1946)
14. NASHVILLE (Robert Altman, 1975)
13. NORTH BY NORTHWEST (Alfred Hitchcock, 1959)
12. CHINATOWN (Roman Polanski, 1974)
11. THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS (Orson Welles, 1942)
10. THE GODFATHER PART II (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)
9. CASABLANCA (Michael Curtiz, 1942)
8. PSYCHO (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)
7. SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, 1952)
6. SUNRISE (FW Murnau, 1927)
5. THE SEARCHERS (John Ford, 1956)
4. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
3. VERTIGO (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)
2. THE GODFATHER (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)
1. CITIZEN KANE (Orson Welles, 1941)

You can check BBC's full list here, which includes such films as STAR WARS, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, THE DARK KNIGHT, and more.

Which omitted film(s) do you feel deserve a place on this list and which of the included films do not?

Extra Tidbit: How many out of the hundred have you seen? I'm ashamed to admit my count came in at 47. You're not spending enough time on the couch watching movies Kevin, get it together!
Source: BBC

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12:19PM on 07/22/2015
Omitted: Silence of the Lambs
Omitted: Silence of the Lambs
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10:41AM on 07/22/2015
love the inclusion of Eyes Wide Shut.very underrated film
love the inclusion of Eyes Wide Shut.very underrated film
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10:09AM on 07/22/2015

I've seen 64.

65 if you count 2001 with the musical sequences fast-forwarded (which I don't). It was funny though. I know so many titles on here that I had to double-check that I HADN'T seen In a Lonely Place, Notorious, or Barry Lyndon.

Surprised to see Eyes Wide Shut on here. At spot 61 no less. I get that this was compiled based on an average, so titles that might have been on one critic's list weren't on another's. Aside from a few glaring omissions (Where are the Coen brothers? Is Sidney Lumet really
65 if you count 2001 with the musical sequences fast-forwarded (which I don't). It was funny though. I know so many titles on here that I had to double-check that I HADN'T seen In a Lonely Place, Notorious, or Barry Lyndon.

Surprised to see Eyes Wide Shut on here. At spot 61 no less. I get that this was compiled based on an average, so titles that might have been on one critic's list weren't on another's. Aside from a few glaring omissions (Where are the Coen brothers? Is Sidney Lumet really only getting Network?) it's a decent list. As with all these lists, I think there's some good viewing on here. Deosn't matter if it's exactly right, or we agree 100%.
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9:45AM on 07/22/2015

A lot of oldies...

Only got 37....
Only got 37....
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12:27AM on 07/22/2015

I honestly don't get what people are complaining over

If you look at any of the major lists (The Sight & Sound polls, They Shoot Pictures Don't They, etc.) -- not of what your favorite, or the most popular films are -- but of what are generally considered to objectively be the greatest films ever made than this is pretty representative. It's not perfect, but it's a heck of a lot closer to the general critical consensus than the silly AFI lists.

I have seen 79 of them:

100. Ace in the Hole (Billy Wilder, 1951)
99. 12 Years a Slave (Steve
If you look at any of the major lists (The Sight & Sound polls, They Shoot Pictures Don't They, etc.) -- not of what your favorite, or the most popular films are -- but of what are generally considered to objectively be the greatest films ever made than this is pretty representative. It's not perfect, but it's a heck of a lot closer to the general critical consensus than the silly AFI lists.

I have seen 79 of them:

100. Ace in the Hole (Billy Wilder, 1951)
99. 12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen, 2013) (SEEN - 1)
98. Heaven’s Gate (Michael Cimino, 1980) (SEEN - 2)
97. Gone With the Wind (Victor Fleming, 1939) (SEEN - 3)
96. The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan, 2008) (SEEN - 4)
95. Duck Soup (Leo McCarey, 1933) (SEEN - 5)
94. 25th Hour (Spike Lee, 2002) (SEEN - 6)
93. Mean Streets (Martin Scorsese, 1973) (SEEN - 7)
92. The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton, 1955) (SEEN - 8)
91. ET: The Extra-Terrestrial (Steven Spielberg, 1982) (SEEN - 9)
90. Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979) (SEEN - 10)
89. In a Lonely Place (Nicholas Ray, 1950)
88. West Side Story (Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, 1961) (SEEN - 11)
87. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004) (SEEN - 12)
86. The Lion King (Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, 1994) (SEEN - 13)
85. Night of the Living Dead (George A Romero, 1968)
84. Deliverance (John Boorman, 1972)
83. Bringing Up Baby (Howard Hawks, 1938) (SEEN - 14)
82. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg, 1981) (SEEN - 15)
81. Thelma & Louise (Ridley Scott, 1991) (SEEN - 16)
80. Meet Me in St Louis (Vincente Minnelli, 1944)
79. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2011) (SEEN - 17)
78. Schindler’s List (Steven Spielberg, 1993) (SEEN - 18)
77. Stagecoach (John Ford, 1939) (SEEN - 19)
76. The Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner, 1980) (SEEN - 20)
75. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Steven Spielberg, 1977) (SEEN - 21)
74. Forrest Gump (Robert Zemeckis, 1994) (SEEN - 22)
73. Network (Sidney Lumet, 1976) (SEEN - 23)
72. The Shanghai Gesture (Josef von Sternberg, 1941)
71. Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis, 1993) (SEEN - 24)
70. The Band Wagon (Vincente Minnelli, 1953)
69. Koyaanisqatsi (Godfrey Reggio, 1982) (SEEN - 25)
68. Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock, 1946) (SEEN - 26)
67. Modern Times (Charlie Chaplin, 1936) (SEEN - 27)
66. Red River (Howard Hawks, 1948) (SEEN - 28)
65. The Right Stuff (Philip Kaufman, 1983) (SEEN - 29)
64. Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray, 1954) (SEEN - 30)
63. Love Streams (John Cassavetes, 1984)
62. The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, 1980) (SEEN - 31)
61. Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick, 1999) ((SEEN - 32)
60. Blue Velvet (David Lynch, 1986) (SEEN - 33)
59. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Miloš Forman, 1975) (SEEN - 34)
58. The Shop Around the Corner (Ernst Lubitsch, 1940)
57. Crimes and Misdemeanors (Woody Allen, 1989) (SEEN - 35)
56. Back to the Future (Robert Zemeckis, 1985) (SEEN - 36)
55. The Graduate (Mike Nichols, 1967) (SEEN - 37)
54. Sunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder, 1950) (SEEN - 38)
53. Grey Gardens (Albert and David Maysles, Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer, 1975)
52. The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah, 1969) (SEEN - 39)
51. Touch of Evil (Orson Welles, 1958) (SEEN - 40)
50. His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks, 1940) (SEEN - 41)
49. Days of Heaven (Terrence Malick, 1978) (SEEN - 42)
48. A Place in the Sun (George Stevens, 1951)
47. Marnie (Alfred Hitchcock, 1964)
46. It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946) (SEEN - 43)
45. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (John Ford, 1962) (SEEN - 44)
44. Sherlock Jr (Buster Keaton, 1924) (SEEN - 45)
43. Letter from an Unknown Woman (Max Ophüls, 1948)
42. Dr Strangelove (Stanley Kubrick, 1964) (SEEN - 46)
41. Rio Bravo (Howard Hawks, 1959) (SEEN - 47)
40. Meshes of the Afternoon (Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid, 1943) (SEEN - 48)
39. The Birth of a Nation (DW Griffith, 1915)
38. Jaws (Steven Spielberg, 1975) (SEEN - 49)
37. Imitation of Life (Douglas Sirk, 1959)
36. Star Wars (George Lucas, 1977) (SEEN - 50)
35. Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, 1944) (SEEN - 51)
34. The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939) (SEEN - 52)
33. The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974) (SEEN - 53)
32. The Lady Eve (Preston Sturges, 1941) (SEEN - 54)
31. A Woman Under the Influence (John Cassavetes, 1974)
30. Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959) (SEEN - 55)
29. Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese, 1980) (SEEN - 56)
28. Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994) (SEEN - 57)
27. Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick, 1975) (SEEN - 58)
26. Killer of Sheep (Charles Burnett, 1978)
25. Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1989) (SEEN - 59)
24. The Apartment (Billy Wilder, 1960) (SEEN - 60)
23. Annie Hall (Woody Allen, 1977) (SEEN - 61)
22. Greed (Erich von Stroheim, 1924)
21. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001) (SEEN - 62)
20. Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese, 1990) (SEEN - 63)
19. Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976) (SEEN - 64)
18. City Lights (Charlie Chaplin, 1931) (SEEN - 65)
17. The Gold Rush (Charlie Chaplin, 1925)
16. McCabe & Mrs Miller (Robert Altman, 1971)
15. The Best Years of Our Lives (William Wyler, 1946)
14. Nashville (Robert Altman, 1975) (SEEN - 66)
13. North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock, 1959) (SEEN - 67)
12. Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974) (SEEN - 68)
11. The Magnificent Ambersons (Orson Welles, 1942) (SEEN - 69)
10. The Godfather Part II (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974) (SEEN - 70)
9. Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942) (SEEN - 71)
8. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960) (SEEN - 72)
7. Singin’ in the Rain (Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, 1952) (SEEN - 73)
6. Sunrise (FW Murnau, 1927) (SEEN - 74)
5. The Searchers (John Ford, 1956) (SEEN - 75)
4. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968) (SEEN - 76)
3. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958) (SEEN - 77)
2. The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972) (SEEN - 78)
1. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941) (SEEN - 79)
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10:48PM on 07/21/2015

Birth Of A Nation?

I understand the historical significance of the movie, but one of the top 100? huh?
I understand the historical significance of the movie, but one of the top 100? huh?
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6:16AM on 07/22/2015
Where do you think it is on the list? I don't see it.
Where do you think it is on the list? I don't see it.
9:42AM on 07/22/2015
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10:45PM on 07/21/2015
No Rocky IV?
No Rocky IV?
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10:14PM on 07/21/2015
I thought Casablanca would at least be within top five.
I thought Casablanca would at least be within top five.
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9:36PM on 07/21/2015

Let's be real here

This list is stupid because of how much greatness they left off and how much old ,boring,overrated movies they put on the list..I love that they put 25th Hour on here though cause that movie is amazing and underrated.
This list is stupid because of how much greatness they left off and how much old ,boring,overrated movies they put on the list..I love that they put 25th Hour on here though cause that movie is amazing and underrated.
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9:51PM on 07/21/2015
Truly, truly amazing film. Criminally underrated and definitely in my top 10 of all time. The scene in the tunnel. The silence of it. Nothing but the echoed flutter of pigeons. Best scene I think I've ever seen.
Truly, truly amazing film. Criminally underrated and definitely in my top 10 of all time. The scene in the tunnel. The silence of it. Nothing but the echoed flutter of pigeons. Best scene I think I've ever seen.
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9:15PM on 07/21/2015

I've only seen 46.

-1/10: TREE OF LIFE.
-2/10: MULHOLLAND DRIVE.
-3/10: GODFATHER II; 2001.
-4/10: A PLACE IN THE SUN.
-5/10: WEST SIDE STORY; CHINATOWN.
-6/10: MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS; EYES WIDE SHUT; GOODFELLAS; NORTH BY NORTHWEST; CASABLANCA; CITIZEN KANE.
-7/10: GONE WITH THE WIND; APOCALYPSE NOW; SCHINDLER'S LIST; GROUNDHOG DAY; BLUE VELVET; CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS; IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE; DR. STRANGELOVE; DO THE RIGHT THING; VERTIGO; GODFATHER.
-8/10: MEAN STREETS; ETERNAL SUNSHINE; THE SHINING; SUNSET
-1/10: TREE OF LIFE.
-2/10: MULHOLLAND DRIVE.
-3/10: GODFATHER II; 2001.
-4/10: A PLACE IN THE SUN.
-5/10: WEST SIDE STORY; CHINATOWN.
-6/10: MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS; EYES WIDE SHUT; GOODFELLAS; NORTH BY NORTHWEST; CASABLANCA; CITIZEN KANE.
-7/10: GONE WITH THE WIND; APOCALYPSE NOW; SCHINDLER'S LIST; GROUNDHOG DAY; BLUE VELVET; CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS; IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE; DR. STRANGELOVE; DO THE RIGHT THING; VERTIGO; GODFATHER.
-8/10: MEAN STREETS; ETERNAL SUNSHINE; THE SHINING; SUNSET BOULEVARD; WIZARD OF OZ; TAXI DRIVER; PSYCHO.
-9/10: 12 YEARS A SLAVE; DARK KNIGHT; E.T.; FORREST GUMP; BACK TO THE FUTURE; THE GRADUATE; RAGING BULL; PULP FICTION; THE APARTMENT; GOLD RUSH.
-10/10: THE LION KING; CUCKOO'S NEST; JAWS; SINGIN' IN THE RAIN.
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9:09PM on 07/21/2015
Not really consistent with my views of film, but whatever, who does ever agrees with these kinds of things?
Not really consistent with my views of film, but whatever, who does ever agrees with these kinds of things?
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8:35PM on 07/21/2015
Any list is polarizing, but I have to question any critic that considers the 25th hour one of the greatest american films ever. I think even Spike lee might have issue with that.
Any list is polarizing, but I have to question any critic that considers the 25th hour one of the greatest american films ever. I think even Spike lee might have issue with that.
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8:34PM on 07/21/2015
Saving Private Ryan, Braveheart, Gladiator, Rocky, Casino, Terminator 2, and The Shawshank Redemption should all be on the list. And no Coen Bros. or Paul Thomas Anderson films? SMH.
Saving Private Ryan, Braveheart, Gladiator, Rocky, Casino, Terminator 2, and The Shawshank Redemption should all be on the list. And no Coen Bros. or Paul Thomas Anderson films? SMH.
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9:44AM on 07/22/2015
I missed they omited Coens and Anderson. BOTH Andersons if I'm not mistaken.
I missed they omited Coens and Anderson. BOTH Andersons if I'm not mistaken.
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