AFI’s 100 Movies … ten years later

Not to get all indignant on these kinds of lists, but last night CBS aired yet another American Film Institute tribute to the 100 greatest movies of all-time. Now we love these sort of lists, partly due to their idiocy, partly due to how easy they get a conversation about the movies rolling. While it’s easy to debate the placement of some movies on a countdown and become upset about it, it’s another thing to purposely have a second go-round for this list specifically to inlcude films from the past ten years and then not actually include any of those movies!

I fail to believe that in the past ten years only The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Saving Private Ryan and Titanic would be including in the discussion for the greatest movies of all time. And so, there’s my indignation.

The new list looks remarkable similar to the old list, revealing that the median voting age of the 1,500 voters is somewhere in the neighborhood of 76. That’s just a guess, but how else can you explain the over abundance of movies from the 1930’s, 40’s, and 50’s. I’m not saying those movies are not without their merit, it’s just that how is it that films from the 70’s weren’t reevaluated slightly higher on this list? How else to explain the lack of flicks from the 80’s and consquently the 90’s as well.

Let’s let the conversation ball start rolling. Which movies should be higher? Which movies should not be on the list? Any suggestions for which flicks should be included? How come they don’t love genre flicks or comedy? Is Raging Bull really a better or more culturally significant movie than Star Wars?

The top ten here, but head over here for the complete list.

  1. Citizen Kane
  2. The Godfather
  3. Casablanca
  4. Raging Bull
  5. Singin’ In the Rain
  6. Gone With the Wind
  7. Lawrence of Arabia
  8. Schindler’s List
  9. Vertigo
  10. The Wizard of Oz

One final note: Isn’t it about time we retire Citizen Kane from these sort of lists? We get it. It’s a revered movie by everyone who votes for these things, but c’mon people! Just for comparison take a look at the IMDB’s list of their Top 250 as voted on by the average person. Remarkably different. But I think the IMDB list is more atuned to an actual Top 100.

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