Back in 1998, the American Film Institute (AFI) asked the film community to nominate and vote on what the Top 100 Greatest American Movies of All Time should be, and the ranking was announced in a CBS television special, recognizing these amazing cinematic achievements with some classic films. You can view that list here.
Then in 2007, the American Film Institute thought they should update their list, and completed a 10th Anniversary Edition of the Top 100 Greatest American Movies of All Time, which also aired in a CBS television special. This updated list kept a lot of its original films like The Wizard of Oz (1939), Casablanca (1942), Some Like it Hot (1959), The Godfather (1972), Star Wars (1977), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), and Jaws (1975) among many others. Nothing has taken the number one spot away from Citizen Kane (1941). There were many new additions to the list that replaced others, like Dances with Wolves (1990), though not necessarily recent films.
Other cinematic treasures from the past found their way onto the updated collection, such as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers classic, Swing Time (1936), Marx Brothers’ A Night at the Opera (1935), and jury classic 12 Angry Men (1957). Toy Story (1995) and Titanic (1997) found themselves spots here, but interestingly, only one film that was released between 1998 and 2007 was lucky enough to be added to the list, and that was The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring from 2001. You can view that list here.
It is now 2017, so this begs the question (at least from devout cinema aficionados and audiences), will there be a 20th Anniversary AFI Top 100 Greatest American Films of All Time list? It has been ten years, and a great many films come out during that time, let alone a year. It is quite a prestigious honor to be included in this list however, so the films really must be something spectacular to be included, as well as be contenders to actually replace a classic that is already listed.
Some worthy more recent contenders for a 20th Anniversary list might be The King’s Speech (2010), Les Misérables (2012), Toy Story 3 (2010), Up (2009), and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), along with some classics from the past to get their shine: Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), The Music Man (1962), and Beauty and the Beast (1991) for instance. But then, what do you take off the list? There has been no news on a 20th Anniversary List yet, of course we might have to wait until this summer in June as that is when the other two lists were announced on CBS.
Don’t you think it’s about time to have another list? It is the 20th Anniversary this year after all. What do you think should be included in that list? Sound off in the comments below!