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AFI's 100 Greatest American Movies of All Time, 1 - 25



  1. Citizen Kane video cover

    Citizen Kane, 1941

    An all-powerful press magnate, Charles Foster Kane, dies in his fabulous Florida castle Xanadu, his last word being "Rosebud," which leads a reporter to seek the meaning behind the word and find the meaning of Kane.

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  2. The Godfather video cover

    The Godfather, 1972

    Explores the history and influence of a U.S. Mafia family. Don Corleone, the family patriarch, tries to ensure that his sons will inherit his position and power over rival Mafioso factions.

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  3. Casablanca video cover

    Casablanca, 1942

    In World War II Morocco, seething with European refugees desperate for passage to neutral Lisbon, only a world-weary and bitter nightclub owner can help his former lover and her Resistance-hero husband escape from the Nazis.

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  4. Raging Bull video cover

    Raging Bull, 1980

    Robert De Niro stars as Jake La Motta, the controversial prize fighter of the 1940's, who rose from the streets of the Bronx to the heights of his sport, only to find disillusionment and corruption as well as fame.

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  5. Singin' in the Rain video cover

    Singin' in the Rain, 1952

    A Hollywood actor who has risen from vaudville to become a silent film star must make the difficult transition to sound.

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  6. Gone with the Wind video cover

    Gone with the Wind, 1939

    Focuses on the life and loves of the beautiful and selfish Scarlett O'Hara. The story begins on the O'Hara family's Georgia plantation, Tara, in antebellum days and moves through the Civil War and Reconstruction.

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  7. Lawrence of Arabia video cover

    Lawrence of Arabia, 1962

    The story of T.E. Lawrence, the heroic and troubled man who organized the Arab nations to fight the Turks in World War I.

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  8. Schindler's List video cover

    Schindler's List, 1993

    The story of a Catholic war profiteer, Oskar Schindler, who risked his life and went bankrupt in order to save more than 1,000 Jews from certain death in concentration camps.

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  9. Vertigo video cover

    Vertigo, 1958

    A former San Francisco police detective with a fear of heights is drawn into a complex plot in which a woman he loves apparently falls to her death. He then meets her double and becomes obsessed with re-creating the image of the woman he has loved but lost.

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  10. The Wizard of Oz video cover

    The Wizard of Oz, 1939

    A little Kansas girl named Dorothy is transported to the land of Oz by a tornado. Once there, she journeys along the Yellow Brick Road with her friends the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion to ask the wizard for help with their problems.

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  11. City Lights video cover

    City Lights, 1931

    A tramp wins the love of a blind flower girl and attempts to obtain money from a millionaire to help her regain her sight.

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  12. The Searchers video cover

    The Searchers, 1956

    A Confederate war veteran tracks down the Indians who killed his brother and sister-in-law and carried off their daughter.

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  13. Star Wars video cover

    Star Wars, 1977

    Princess Leia is captured and held hostage by the evil Imperial forces in their effort to take over the galactic Empire. Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and two robots (R2-D2 and C-3PO) work together to rescue the princess and restore justice in the Empire.

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  14. Psycho video cover

    Psycho, 1960

    Horror melodrama in which a woman disappears after spending the night in an isolated motel, which adjoins an eerie Victorian mansion inhabited by a disturbed young man and his mother.

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  15. 2001: A Space Odyssey video cover

    2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968

    A science fiction film which moves from the pre-historic birth of intelligence toward the emergence of man as pure thought somewhere in the future.

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  16. Sunset Boulevard video cover

    Sunset Boulevard, 1950

    An aging, washed-up silent-movie actress nurtures the delusion that she is still a star. When a struggling young writer becomes enmeshed in her life, tragedy follows.

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  17. The Graduate video cover

    The Graduate, 1967

    A recent college graduate from an affluent family comes of age and finds himself by being led into affairs with both the wife and the daughter of his father's business partner.

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  18. The General video cover

    The General, 1927

    Buster Keaton plays the engineer hero in this true story of the locomotive, the General. During the Civil War a group of Union soldiers steal a train with Keaton's sweetheart on it.

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  19. On the Waterfront video cover

    On the Waterfront, 1954

    Ex-fighter Terry Malloy (Brando) could have been a contender, but now toils for boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb) on the gang-ridden waterfront. When his crooked brother, Charley the Gent (Rod Steiger), is brutally murdered Terry battles to crush Friendly's underworld empire.

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  20. It's a Wonderful Life video cover

    It's a Wonderful Life, 1946

    A man is saved from a suicide attempt by an angel and is then shown how important he is to the people who love him. A Christmas classic.

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  21. Chinatown video cover

    Chinatown, 1974

    Private eye Jake Gittes is hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband's extramarital affair and is swept into a web of personal and political scandals in 1930's Los Angeles.

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  22. Some Like It Hot video cover

    Some Like It Hot, 1959

    Two unemployed musicians accidentally witness the St. Valentine's Day Massacre and flee to Miami disguised as female musicians in an all-girl band.

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  23. The Grapes of Wrath video cover

    The Grapes of Wrath, 1940

    The Joads abandon their dust bowl family farm in Oklahoma during the Depression and migrate to the Promised Land of California only to discover that the promises are empty.

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  24. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial video cover

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, 1982

    A story of an alien stranded on Earth and his relationship with a young boy.

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  25. To Kill a Mockingbird video cover

    To Kill a Mockingbird, 1962

    Two children in a small southern town are thrust into an adult world of racial bigotry and hatred when their lawyer father chooses to defend a black man unjustly accused of raping a white girl.

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