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Citizen Kane as US Greatest Film

June 22, 2007

AFI 100 Years 100 MoviesCitizen Kane
American Film Institute, AFI, named Citzen Kane as top one in 100 Greatest American Movies of All Time. The list of top 10 in this category is

  1. Citizen Kane (1941)
  2. The Godfather (1972)
  3. Casablanca (1942)
  4. Raging Bull (1980)
  5. Singin’ In The Rain (1952)
  6. Gone With The Wind (1939)
  7. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  8. Schindler’s List (1993)
  9. Vertigo (1958)
  10. Wizard of Oz (1939 – pictured)

😳 I haven’t seen #1, 4 & 5. I have wishlisted Citizen Kane for a while, but somehow this DVD is rarely listed in any sales. Check out DVDBeaver’s comparison between Warner R1 and Universal R2.

The list (10th Anniversary Edition) is part of the campaign “AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies”, which has given several top 100 movies based on different aspects. You can download the list in its official site (with registration), which includes the ranking in 1997’s voting, and you can check in the movies that you have seen. Too bad that they didn’t include the release in the list. I assume that #41 King Kong isn’t the one by Peter Jackson.

There are lots of old movies in this list. I only saw 46 out of 100. 😐

In IMDB Top 250, which is based on users’ ranking, the top 10 movies are: ([#] indicates the ranking in AFI’s list)

  1. The Godfather (1972) [2]
  2. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) [72]
  3. The Godfather: Part II (1974) [32]
  4. Buono, il brutto, il cattivo, Il (1966)*
  5. Pulp Fiction (1994) [94]
  6. Schindler’s List (1993) [8]
  7. Casablanca (1942) [3]
  8. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  9. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) **
  10. Shichinin no samurai (1954)*

* Foreign movies, #4 is The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and #10 is Seven Samurai
** In AFI’s list, it’s The Fellowship of the Rings as #50

Related News: Citizen Kane ‘greatest US film’ (BBC, 6/21/2007)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. wildlx permalink
    June 23, 2007 3:29 am

    If you want to see a good Orson Wells movie try “The lady from Shanghai” or “Touch of Evil”. The only interest IMO of Citizen Kane is the use of depth of field, but then you have also “The Best Years of Our Lives”.
    Raging Bull is not that interesting. Singing in the Rain is a good movie.
    But the AFI list is very bad. There are excellent movies that aren’t included and those 10 would not be my top 10.

  2. June 23, 2007 8:01 am

    I have seen “Touch of Evil” and quite enjoyed the DVD. I also like Orson Wells’s “The Third Man”, which isn’t in AFI’s list.

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