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The 100 Greatest Films

Filmsite.org

Writer Tim Dirks established his filmsite.org in 1996 and posted his top 100 list sometime thereafter. His site, which provides in-depth synopses for the essential American films, remains an invaluable tool for all writers and enthusiasts of film.

  • The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938, Michael Curtiz)
  • The African Queen (1951, John Huston)
  • All About Eve (1950, Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
  • All Quiet on the Western Front (1930, Lewis Milestone)
  • An American in Paris (1951, Vincente Minnelli)
  • Annie Hall (1977, Woody Allen)
  • Apocalypse Now (1979, Francis Ford Coppola)
  • Ben-Hur (1959, William Wyler)
  • The Best Years of Our Lives (1946, William Wyler)
  • The Big Parade (1925, King Vidor)
  • The Big Sleep (1946, Howard Hawks)
  • The Birth of a Nation (1915, D.W. Griffith)
  • Blade Runner (1982, Ridley Scott)
  • Bonnie and Clyde (1967, Arthur Penn)
  • Bride of Frankenstein (1935, James Whale)
  • The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957, David Lean)
  • Brief Encounter (1945, David Lean)
  • Bringing Up Baby (1938, Howard Hawks)
  • Broken Blossoms (1919, D.W. Griffith)
  • Casablanca (1942, Michael Curtiz)
  • Chinatown (1974, Roman Polanski)
  • Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  • City Lights (1931, Charles Chaplin)
  • Double Indemnity (1944, Billy Wilder)
  • Dr. Strangelove (1964, Stanley Kubrick)
  • Duck Soup (1933, Leo McCarey)
  • E.T. (1982, Steven Speilberg)
  • Easy Rider (1969, Dennis Hopper)
  • Fantasia (1940, Ben Sharpsteen)
  • 42nd Street (1933, Lloyd Bacon)
  • The General (1927, Buster Keaton)
  • The Godfather Parts I and II (1972, 74, Francis Ford Coppola)
  • The Gold Rush (1925, Charles Chaplin)
  • Gone with the Wind (1939, Victor Fleming)
  • The Graduate (1967, Mike Nichols)
  • The Grapes of Wrath (1940, John Ford)
  • Greed (1925, Erich Von Stroheim)
  • High Noon (1952, Fred Zinnemann)
  • His Girl Friday (1940, Howard Hawks)
  • Intolerance (1916, D.W. Griffith)
  • It Happened One Night (1934, Frank Capra)
  • It's a Wonderful Life (1946, Frank Capra)
  • Jaws (1975, Steven Spielberg)
  • The Jazz Singer (1927, Alan Crosland)
  • King Kong (1933, Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack)
  • The Lady Eve (1941, Preston Sturges)
  • Lawrence of Arabia (1962, David Lean)
  • Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948, Max Ophuls)
  • Little Caesar (1930, Mervyn LeRoy)
  • The Magnificent Ambersons (1942, Orson Welles)
  • The Maltese Falcon (1941, John Huston)
  • Meet Me in St. Louis (1944, Vincente Minnelli)
  • Midnight Cowboy (1969, John Schlesinger)
  • Modern Times (1936, Charles Chaplin)
  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939, Frank Capra)
  • My Darling Clementine (1946, John Ford)
  • Nashville (1975, Robert Altman)
  • A Night at the Opera (1935, Sam Wood)
  • The Night of the Hunter (1955, Charles Laughton)
  • Ninotchka (1939, Ernst Lubitsch)
  • North By Northwest (1959, Alfred Hitchcock)
  • Notorious (1946, Alfred Hitchcock)
  • On the Waterfront (1954, Elia Kazan)
  • One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975, Milos Forman)
  • Out of the Past (1947, Jacques Tourneur)
  • Paths of Glory (1957, Stanley Kubrick)
  • The Philadelphia Story (1940, George Cukor)
  • Psycho (1960, Alfred Hitchcock)
  • The Public Enemy (1931, William Wellman)
  • The Quiet Man (1952, John Ford)
  • Raging Bull (1980, Martin Scorsese)
  • Rear Window (1954, Alfred Hitchcock)
  • Rebecca (1940, Alfred Hitchcock)
  • Red River (1948, Howard Hawks)
  • Roman Holiday (1953, William Wyler)
  • Schindler's List (1993, Steven Spielberg)
  • The Searchers (1956, John Ford)
  • Shane (1953, George Stevens)
  • Singin' in the Rain (1952, Stanely Donen & Gene Kelly)
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937, Walt Disney production)
  • Some Like It Hot (1959, Billy Wilder)
  • Stagecoach (1939, John Ford)
  • A Star Is Born (1954, George Cukor)
  • Star Wars (1977, George Lucas)
  • A Streetcar Named Desire (1951, Elia Kazan)
  • Sunrise (1927, F.W. Murnau)
  • Sunset Boulevard (1950, Billy Wilder)
  • Taxi Driver (1976, Martin Scorsese)
  • The Third Man (1949, Carol Reed)
  • The 39 Steps (1935, Alfred Hitchcock)
  • Top Hat (1935, Mark Sandrich)
  • Touch of Evil (1958, Orson Welles)
  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948, John Huston)
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)
  • Vertigo (1958, Alfred Hitchcock)
  • Way Down East (1920, D.W. Griffith)
  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966, Mike Nichols)
  • The Wild Bunch (1969, Sam Peckinpah)
  • The Wizard of Oz (1939, Victor Fleming)
  • Wuthering Heights (1939, William Wyler)

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