Part of the AFI 100 Years… series, AFI's 100 Years…100 Thrills is a list of the top 100 most exciting, action-packed, suspenseful or frightening movies in American cinema. The list was unveiled by the American Film Institute on June 12, 2001, during a CBS special hosted by Harrison Ford.
Nine Alfred Hitchcock films made the list, making him the most represented director.
|AFI 100 Years... series|
|2003||100 Heroes & Villains|
|2005||100 Movie Quotes|
|2007||100 Movies (Updated)|
|2008||AFI's 10 Top 10|
|3.||The Exorcist||William Friedkin||1973|
|4.||North by Northwest||Alfred Hitchcock||1959|
|5.||The Silence of the Lambs||Jonathan Demme||1991|
|7.||The Birds||Alfred Hitchcock||1963|
|8.||The French Connection||William Friedkin||1971|
|9.||Rosemary's Baby||Roman Polanski||1968|
|10.||Raiders of the Lost Ark||Steven Spielberg||1981|
|11.||The Godfather||Francis Ford Coppola||1972|
|12.||King Kong||Merian C. Cooper||1933|
|13.||Bonnie and Clyde||Arthur Penn||1967|
|14.||Rear Window||Alfred Hitchcock||1954|
|17.||The Manchurian Candidate||John Frankenheimer||1962|
|19.||The Great Escape||John Sturges||1963|
|20.||High Noon||Fred Zinnemann||1952|
|21.||A Clockwork Orange||Stanley Kubrick||1971|
|22.||Taxi Driver||Martin Scorsese||1976|
|23.||Lawrence of Arabia||David Lean||1962|
|24.||Double Indemnity||Billy Wilder||1944|
|26.||The Maltese Falcon||John Huston||1941|
|27.||Star Wars||George Lucas||1977|
|28.||Fatal Attraction||Adrian Lyne||1987|
|29.||The Shining||Stanley Kubrick||1980|
|30.||The Deer Hunter||Michael Cimino||1978|
|31.||Close Encounters of the Third Kind||Steven Spielberg||1977|
|32.||Strangers on a Train||Alfred Hitchcock||1951|
|33.||The Fugitive||Andrew Davis||1993|
|34.||The Night of the Hunter||Charles Laughton||1955|
|35.||Jurassic Park||Steven Spielberg||1993|
|39.||Die Hard||John McTiernan||1988|
|40.||2001: A Space Odyssey||Stanley Kubrick||1968|
|41.||Dirty Harry||Don Siegel||1971|
|42.||The Terminator||James Cameron||1984|
|43.||The Wizard of Oz||Victor Fleming||1939|
|44.||E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial||Steven Spielberg||1982|
|45.||Saving Private Ryan||Steven Spielberg||1998|
|46.||Carrie||Brian De Palma||1976|
|47.||Invasion of the Body Snatchers||Don Siegel||1956|
|48.||Dial M for Murder||Alfred Hitchcock||1954|
|50.||Marathon Man||John Schlesinger||1976|
|51.||Raging Bull||Martin Scorsese||1980|
|52.||Rocky||John G. Avildsen||1976|
|53.||Pulp Fiction||Quentin Tarantino||1994|
|54.||Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid||George Roy Hill||1969|
|55.||Wait Until Dark||Terence Young||1967|
|57.||All the President's Men||Alan J. Pakula||1976|
|58.||The Bridge on the River Kwai||David Lean||1957|
|59.||Planet of the Apes||Franklin J. Schaffner||1968|
|60.||The Sixth Sense||M. Night Shyamalan||1999|
|61.||Cape Fear||J. Lee Thompson||1962|
|63.||What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?||Robert Aldrich||1962|
|64.||Touch of Evil||Orson Welles||1958|
|65.||The Dirty Dozen||Robert Aldrich||1967|
|66.||The Matrix||The Wachowskis||1999|
|67.||The Treasure of the Sierra Madre||John Huston||1948|
|69.||The Wild Bunch||Sam Peckinpah||1969|
|70.||Dog Day Afternoon||Sidney Lumet||1975|
|74.||Blade Runner||Ridley Scott||1982|
|75.||The Third Man||Carol Reed||1949|
|76.||Thelma & Louise||Ridley Scott||1991|
|77.||Terminator 2: Judgment Day||James Cameron||1991|
|79.||The Magnificent Seven||John Sturges||1960|
|81.||The Omen||Richard Donner||1976|
|82.||The Day the Earth Stood Still||Robert Wise||1951|
|83.||The Phantom of the Opera||Rupert Julian||1925|
|86.||The Picture of Dorian Gray||Albert Lewin||1945|
|87.||The Thing from Another World||Christian Nyby||1951|
|88.||12 Angry Men||Sidney Lumet||1957|
|89.||The Guns of Navarone||J. Lee Thompson||1961|
|90.||The Poseidon Adventure||Ronald Neame||1972|
|92.||Body Heat||Lawrence Kasdan||1981|
|93.||Night of the Living Dead||George A. Romero||1968|
|94.||The China Syndrome||James Bridges||1979|
|95.||Full Metal Jacket||Stanley Kubrick||1987|
|96.||Blue Velvet||David Lynch||1986|
|97.||Safety Last!||Fred C. Newmeyer
|98.||Blood Simple||Joel Coen
|99.||Speed||Jan de Bont||1994|
|100.||The Adventures of Robin Hood||Michael Curtiz||1938|
Part of the AFI 100 Years… series, AFI's 100 Years…100 Passions is a list of the top 100 greatest love stories in American cinema. The list was unveiled by the American Film Institute on June 11, 2002, in a CBS television special hosted by American film and TV actress Candice Bergen.
Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn are tied for the most films in the list, with six each. They co-starred in two of them - Bringing Up Baby and The Philadelphia Story. Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart each have five movies on the list. They co-starred in Sabrina.AFI 100 Years... series
The AFI's 100 Years… series is a series of lists and accompanying CBS television specials from 1998 through 2008 in which the American Film Institute celebrated 100 years of the greatest films in American cinema. The list is intended to ignite interest in classical Hollywood cinema.Attack (1956 film)
Attack, also known as Attack!, is a 1956 American war film. It was directed by Robert Aldrich and starred Jack Palance, Eddie Albert, Lee Marvin, William Smithers, Robert Strauss, Richard Jaeckel, Buddy Ebsen and Peter van Eyck. The cinematographer was Joseph Biroc.
"A cynical and grim account of war", the film is set in the latter stages of World War II and tells the story of a front-line combat unit led by a cowardly captain clearly out of his depth, as well as a tougher subordinate and an executive officer who both threaten to do away with him. As the official trailer put it: "Not every gun is pointed at the enemy!"
The film won the 1956 Italian Film Critics Award.Blood Simple
Blood Simple is a 1984 American neo-noir crime film written, edited, produced, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It was the directorial debut of the Coens and the first major film of cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld, who later became a noted director, as well as the feature-film debut of Joel Coen's wife Frances McDormand, who subsequently starred in many of his features.
The film's title derives from the Dashiell Hammett novel Red Harvest (1929), in which the term "blood simple" describes the addled, fearful mindset of people after prolonged immersion in violent situations.In 2001, a director's cut was released. It ranked number 98 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Thrills. The film also placed 73rd on Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments.Boomerang (1947 film)
Boomerang! is a 1947 American crime film noir based on the true story of a vagrant who was accused of murder, only to be found not guilty through the efforts of the prosecutor. It stars Dana Andrews, Lee J. Cobb, Karl Malden, Arthur Kennedy and Jane Wyatt.
The film was directed by Elia Kazan, based on a story (written by Fulton Oursler, credited as "Anthony Abbot") in Reader's Digest and was shot largely in Stamford, Connecticut after Kazan was denied permission to film in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where the actual events occurred. This semidocumentary also contains voice-overs by Reed Hadley. The film was entered into the 1947 Cannes Film Festival.Call Northside 777
Call Northside 777 is a 1948 reality-based film noir directed by Henry Hathaway and starring James Stewart. The picture parallels a true story of a Chicago reporter who proved that a man in prison for murder was wrongly convicted 11 years before. The names of the real wrongly convicted men were Majczek and Marcinkiewicz for the murder of Chicago Traffic Police Officer William D. Lundy.
Stewart stars as the persistent journalist and Richard Conte plays the imprisoned Frank Wiecek. Wiecek is based on Joseph Majczek, who was wrongly convicted of the murder of a Chicago policeman in 1932, one of the worst years of organized crime during Prohibition.Carrie (1976 film)
Carrie is a 1976 American supernatural horror film directed by Brian De Palma from a screenplay written by Lawrence D. Cohen adapted from Stephen King's 1974 epistolary novel of the same name. The film stars Sissy Spacek as Carrie White, a seventeen-year-old diffident teenager who is the butt of practical jokes at high school. One day she discovers her possession of telekinetic powers and puts her powers to use when she is humiliated with pranks. The film also featured Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, Nancy Allen, William Katt, Betty Buckley, and John Travolta in supporting roles.
The film was based on King's first novel by the same name. De Palma was intrigued by the story and pushed for the studio to direct it while Spacek was encouraged by her husband to audition. It is the first of more than 100 film and television productions adapted from, or based on, the published works of King.
Carrie was theatrically released on November 3, 1976 by United Artists. The film became a critical and commercial success, grossing over $33.8 million against its $1.8 million budget. It received two nominations at the 49th Academy Awards: Best Actress (for Spacek) and Best Supporting Actress (for Laurie).
It is widely cited by critics and audience members alike as the best adaption of the novel amongst the numerous films and television shows based on the character, as well as one of the best films based on King's publications. The film has had a significant influence on popular culture. Several publications have regarded it as one of the greatest horror films of all time. In 2008, Carrie was ranked 86th on Empire's list of The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time. It was ranked 15th on Entertainment Weekly's list of the 50 Best High School Movies, 46th on the American Film Institute list AFI's 100 Years...100 Thrills. The film's prom scene has had a major influence on popular culture and has been discussed, analysed and parodied numerous times and was ranked 8th on Bravo 's The 100 Scariest Moments in Cinematic History (2004).Copycat (film)
Copycat is a 1995 American psychological thriller directed by Jon Amiel and starring Sigourney Weaver, Holly Hunter and Dermot Mulroney. The score was composed by Christopher Young.Death Race 2000
Death Race 2000 is a 1975 American action film directed by Paul Bartel, and starring David Carradine, Simone Griffeth and Sylvester Stallone. The film takes place in a dystopian American society in the year 2000, where the murderous Transcontinental Road Race has become a form of national entertainment. The screenplay is based on the short story "The Racer" by Ib Melchior.Destination Tokyo
Destination Tokyo is a 1943 black and white American submarine war film. It was directed by Delmer Daves in his directorial debut, and the screenplay was written by Daves and Albert Maltz, based on an original story by former submariner Steve Fisher. The film stars Cary Grant and John Garfield and features Dane Clark, Robert Hutton, and Warner Anderson, along with John Ridgely, Alan Hale Sr., and William Prince. Production began on June 21, 1943 and continued through September 4 of that year. The film premiered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on December 15, 1943 as a benefit for crippled children, and was released generally in the U.S. on December 31, 1943.
Destination Tokyo has been called "the granddaddy of submarine films like Run Silent, Run Deep (1958), Das Boot (1981), and U-571 (2000)".Don't Bother to Knock
Don't Bother to Knock is a 1952 American film noir thriller starring Richard Widmark and Marilyn Monroe and directed by Roy Ward Baker.
The screenplay was written by Daniel Taradash, based on the novel Mischief by Charlotte Armstrong, published in 1951.
Monroe is featured as a disturbed babysitter watching a child at the same New York hotel where a pilot, played by Widmark, is staying. Her strange behavior makes him increasingly aware that she is the last person with whom the parents should have entrusted their daughter.Don Juan (1926 film)
Don Juan is a 1926 American romantic Adventure film directed by Alan Crosland. It is the first feature-length film to utilize the Vitaphone sound-on-disc sound system with a synchronized musical score and sound effects, though it has no spoken dialogue. The film is inspired by Lord Byron's 1821 epic poem of the same name. The screenplay was written by Bess Meredyth with intertitles by Maude Fulton and Walter Anthony.Don Juan stars John Barrymore as the hand-kissing womanizer. The film has the most kisses in film history, with Barrymore kissing (all together) Mary Astor and Estelle Taylor 127 times.Full Metal Jacket
Full Metal Jacket is a 1987 war film directed, co-written, and produced by Stanley Kubrick and starring Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Vincent D'Onofrio and Adam Baldwin. The screenplay by Kubrick, Michael Herr, and Gustav Hasford was based on Hasford's novel The Short-Timers (1979). The storyline follows a platoon of U.S. Marines through their training, primarily focusing on two privates, Joker and Pyle, who struggle to get through boot camp under their abusive drill instructor, Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, and the experiences of two of the platoon's Marines in the Tet Offensive during the Vietnam War. The film's title refers to the full metal jacket bullet used by soldiers. The film was released in the United States on June 26, 1987. It was the last of Kubrick's films to be released during his lifetime.
Full Metal Jacket received critical acclaim and an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for Kubrick, Herr, and Hasford. In 2001, the American Film Institute placed it at No. 95 in their "AFI's 100 Years...100 Thrills" poll.New Jack City
New Jack City is a 1991 American action gangster film based upon an original story and screenplay by Thomas Lee Wright, and directed by Mario Van Peebles in his directorial debut, who also co-stars in the film. The film stars Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Allen Payne, Chris Rock, Mario Van Peebles and Judd Nelson. The film was released in the United States on March 8, 1991.Wesley Snipes plays Nino Brown, a rising drug-lord in New York City during the crack epidemic. Ice-T plays Scotty Appleton, a detective who vows to stop Nino's criminal activity by going undercover to work for Nino's gang.Strangers on a Train (film)
Strangers on a Train is a 1951 American psychological thriller film noir produced and directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and based on the 1950 novel Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith. It was shot in the autumn of 1950 and released by Warner Bros. on June 30, 1951. The film stars Farley Granger, Ruth Roman, and Robert Walker, and features Leo G. Carroll, the director's daughter Pat Hitchcock, and Laura Elliott. It is number 32 on AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills.
The story concerns two strangers who meet on a train, a young tennis player and a charming psychopath. The psychopath suggests that because they each want to "get rid" of someone, they should "exchange" murders, and that way neither will be caught. The psychopath commits the first murder, then tries to force the tennis player to complete the bargain.The Big Clock (film)
The Big Clock is a 1948 film noir directed by John Farrow and adapted by renowned novelist-screenwriter Jonathan Latimer from the novel of the same name by Kenneth Fearing.
The black-and-white film is set in New York City and stars Ray Milland, Charles Laughton, and Maureen O'Sullivan. Elsa Lanchester and Harry Morgan, in an early film role, also appear. Noel Neill has an uncredited part as an elevator operator very early in the film.The Black Pirate
The Black Pirate is a 1926 silent adventure film shot entirely in two-color Technicolor about an adventurer and a "company" of pirates. It stars Douglas Fairbanks, Donald Crisp, Sam De Grasse, and Billie Dove.The Cheat (1915 film)
The Cheat is a 1915 American silent drama film directed by Cecil B. DeMille, starring Fannie Ward, Sessue Hayakawa, and Jack Dean (1874-1950), Ward's real-life husband.
In 1993, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.The Eagle (1925 film)
The Eagle is a 1925 American silent film directed by Clarence Brown and starring Rudolph Valentino, Vilma Bánky, and Louise Dresser. Based on the novel Dubrovsky by Alexander Pushkin, the film is about a lieutenant in the Russian army who catches the eye of Czarina Catherine II. After he rejects her advances and flees, she puts out a warrant for his arrest, dead or alive. When he learns that his father has been persecuted and killed, he dons a black mask and becomes an outlaw. Prints currently exist in the film holdings of EmGee Film Library and in private film collections. Black Eagle does not exist in the novel and was inspired by the performance of Douglas Fairbanks as Zorro in The Mark of Zorro.