Review: Vertigo (1958)

Vertigo_1958_trailer_embrace“The Greatest Film of All Time.” It certainly seems like an arbitrary title, but if nothing else it gives film aficionados something to discuss. And that’s what Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo is now being called for many reasons. Rather than join the debate, I wish to take a few moments to acknowledge what makes the film itself special.

On the surface, shall we say the first viewing, Vertigo is thoroughly enjoyable as a psychological thriller and mystery. The title sequence is haunting with an eye staring back at us from behind the credits and as an audience we are quickly thrown into the action, watching the opening chase scene unfold. In only a few moments one man is dead and the other John “Scottie” Ferguson (James Stewart) now has debilitating vertigo that takes him off the police force. We never learn why they were chasing a man on the rooftops. It doesn’t really matter. It’s a time later with his friend Midge (Barbara Bel Geddes) that we first see Scottie after the harrowing events. She obviously cares deeply for him, and he sees her simply as a good friend so we can undoubtedly expect her to be in the film more.

Then, rather mysteriously, an old school acquaintance named Elster (Tom Helmore) calls up Ferguson, hoping to get him to shadow his wife. It has nothing to do with infidelity, but fear, because the worried husband believes that something is wrong with his wife Madeleine. She disappears for hours at a time and is barely conscious half the time. He would describe her as possessed and Scottie is noticeably skeptical. But he relents and agrees to tail her sending himself spinning headlong into a mystery that will become his obsession.

Vertigo_1958_trailer_NovakHe gets to know Madeleine by following her, all throughout the streets of San Francisco, and much like Rear Window, this part of the film becomes a repetition of scenes followed by the reactions of Stewart. Hitchcock’s background in silents is seemingly at work here as he lets the images and score of Bernard Hermann take center stage along with Stewart’s expressions. We end up all over, from a flower stand to a cemetery, an art museum, and an old hotel. Madeleine goes from place to place like a solemn specter and we watch in expectation. Something must happen.

In an instant, she leaps into the water near the Golden Gate to commit suicide and that’s when Scottie swoops in to rescue her. He can’t lose her now because by this point he’s entranced by the icy blond who he only knows from a distance. And so their relationship progresses if you can call it that. They wander together and Madeleine shares her nightmares with Scottie.

The two of them head to San Juan Bautista and that’s when the nightmares become a reality for both of them. It’s devastating to Scottie, and the second phase of the film begins. He’s inconsolable and madly in love with this girl he cannot have. She’s hardly real. But then wandering the streets listlessly he spies Judy Barton, who coincidentally looks strikingly like Madeleine.

So he does the only thing that he can think of, meet her and try to turn into the girl he so desires. His obsessions are the only things that drive him, that and the haunting memories. Finally, he figures out the mystery, but the swirling cycle continues as he goes back to San Juan Bautista. A cruel twist of deja vu rears it’s ugly head once more.

Vertigo_1958_trailer_Kim_Novak_at_Golden_Gate_Bridge_Fort_PointHitchcock always was one for visual showmanship and it reveals itself whether it’s the parallel symbolism that Scottie notes in the painting of Carlotta Valdes or the out-of-body dream sequence that he suffers through. There’s also the dizzying zoom creating the so-called Vertigo Effect whenever Stewart looks down from a great height. These are obvious visual flourishes, but it’s almost more interesting to watch our main characters walk the streets of San Francisco, especially since there are so many real landmarks to work with (ie. Golden Gate, Mission San Juan Bautista, Muir Woods National Monument, and the Coit Tower among others). There’s something mesmerizing and trance-like about all these scenes that’s difficult to discount. It pulls us in as an audience. We want to see more. Bernard Hermann’s score is, of course, noteworthy and at its core, there is a constant disconcerting quality. It is strangely majestic and beautiful, but it pounds away menacingly. And it spirals in and out with the same sounds, the same crescendos. You think you would get sick of it, but strangely enough, you don’t. It enraptures us.

Vertigo_1958_trailer_embrace_2Then there are the players. Kim Novak has the dual role as Madeleine and Judy. She carries out both with the needed precision. Elster’s wife is elegantly beautiful, aloof and ethereal in a way that makes her the obvious fantasy of Stewart’s character. When she casts a sidelong glance or stares up at Stewart there is a faraway quality in her eyes. The clothes. The hair. How she talks. Even how she carries herself. She is spellbinding, otherworldly, and almost unattainable in all ways. Then there’s Judy, the epitome of a Midwestern girl. Pretty but not elegant. Smart but not cultured. But she falls for Ferguson as he falls for an impossible ideal.

Vertigo_1958_trailer_Stewart_on_a_laddderJames Stewart is an important piece in this film because it’s his character’s obsession that drives the plot. His instabilities, his desires, his anguish, his vertigo. It has been said that Stewart himself is a stand-in for Hitchcock and the own inner workings of the director’s being. His obsession and lusts. That may be true but something else that could be inferred is that Stewart is really a stand-in for all of us. After all, there was no greater every man than him, but there also is a universal quality to the baggage weighing on his being. Stewart’s every man is certainly being subverted, or could it be he is becoming a more accurate depiction of everyone? It’s a scary thought but what is buried inside of us? What are our own fantasies, obsessions, and lusts that lurk under the surface? Let me put it a different way.

For Stewart, he has three prominent women in his life. There’s the fantasy in Madeleine, the perfect ideal, who will ultimately ruin his life because intimacy with her is impossible. There’s Judy who has a passionate love for him, but it seems complicated in so many ways. She’s trying to measure up to his standards. The ideals and fantasies he has created poison what they could have. Then, there’s Midge who is practical, funny, and also completely devoted to Scottie. If his head were on straight he would go right to her because he would undoubtedly find the most satisfaction in that relationship, but his obsessions have undermined that.

There was an alternate ending of the film which showed Scottie with Midge once more, listening on the radio about Elster’s capture. The ending that was kept is more powerful, not because Elster got away scotch free, but because we don’t see Midge again. She all but disappears by the end of the film and with her goes all that could have been decent and good about reality for Scottie. He gets so caught up in fantasy and that tears his life apart. He’s literally spiraling in a web of never-ending hellish obsession.  Who knows what becomes of him? We can only guess.

5/5 Stars

AFI Musicals

# FILM YEAR STUDIO
1 SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN 1952 MGM
2 WEST SIDE STORY 1961 United Artists
3 WIZARD OF OZ, THE 1939 MGM
4 SOUND OF MUSIC, THE 1965 Twentieth Century-Fox
5 CABARET 1972 Allied Artists
6 MARY POPPINS 1964 Disney
7 STAR IS BORN, A 1954 Warner Bros.
8 MY FAIR LADY 1964 Warner Bros.
9 AMERICAN IN PARIS, AN 1951 MGM
10 MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS 1944 MGM
11 KING AND I, THE 1956 Twentieth Century-Fox
12 CHICAGO 2002 Miramax
13 42ND STREET 1933 Warner Bros.
14 ALL THAT JAZZ 1979 Twentieth Century-Fox
15 TOP HAT 1935 RKO
16 FUNNY GIRL 1968 Columbia
17 BAND WAGON, THE 1953 MGM
18 YANKEE DOODLE DANDY 1942 Warner Bros.
19 ON THE TOWN 1949 MGM
20 GREASE 1978 Paramount
21 SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS 1954 MGM
22 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 1991 Disney
23 GUYS AND DOLLS 1955 MGM
24 SHOW BOAT 1936 Universal
25 MOULIN ROUGE! 2001 Twentieth Century Fox

AFI Scores

# FILM YEAR STUDIO COMPOSER
1 STAR WARS 1977 Twentieth Century Fox John Williams
2 GONE WITH THE WIND 1939 Selznick/MGM Max Steiner
3 LAWRENCE OF ARABIA 1962 Columbia Maurice Jarre
4 PSYCHO 1960 Paramount Bernard Herrmann
5 THE GODFATHER 1972 Paramount Nino Rota
6 JAWS 1975 Universal John Williams
7 LAURA 1944 Twentieth Century Fox David Raksin
8 THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN 1960 United Artists Elmer Bernstein
9 CHINATOWN 1974 Paramount Jerry Goldsmith
10 HIGH NOON 1952 United Artists Dimitri Tiomkin
11 THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD 1938 Warner Bros. Erich Wolfgang Korngold
12 VERTIGO 1958 Paramount Bernard Herrmann
13 KING KONG 1933 RKO Max Steiner
14 E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL 1982 Universal John Williams
15 OUT OF AFRICA 1985 Universal John Barry
16 SUNSET BLVD. 1950 Paramount Franz Waxman
17 TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD 1962 Universal Elmer Bernstein
18 PLANET OF THE APES 1968 Twentieth Century Fox Jerry Goldsmith
19 A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE 1951 Warner Bros. Alex North
20 THE PINK PANTHER 1964 United Artists Henry Mancini
21 BEN-HUR 1959 MGM Miklos Rozsa
22 ON THE WATERFRONT 1954 Columbia Leonard Bernstein
23 THE MISSION 1986 Warner Bros. Ennio Morricone
24 ON GOLDEN POND 1981 Universal Dave Grusin
25 HOW THE WEST WAS WON 1962 MGM, Cinerama Releasing Alfred Newman

AFI Cheers

# MOVIE YEAR
1 IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE 1946
2 TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD 1962
3 SCHINDLER’S LIST 1993
4 ROCKY 1976
5 MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON 1939
6 E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL 1982
7 THE GRAPES OF WRATH 1940
8 BREAKING AWAY 1979
9 MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET 1947
10 SAVING PRIVATE RYAN 1998
11 THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES 1946
12 APOLLO 13 1995
13 HOOSIERS 1986
14 THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI 1957
15 THE MIRACLE WORKER 1962
16 NORMA RAE 1979
17 ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST 1975
18 THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK 1959
19 THE RIGHT STUFF 1983
20 PHILADELPHIA 1993
21 IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT 1967
22 THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES 1942
23 THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION 1994
24 NATIONAL VELVET 1944
25 SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS 1941
26 THE WIZARD OF OZ 1939
27 HIGH NOON 1952
28 FIELD OF DREAMS 1989
29 GANDHI 1982
30 LAWRENCE OF ARABIA 1962
31 GLORY 1989
32 CASABLANCA 1942
33 CITY LIGHTS 1931
34 ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN 1976
35 GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER 1967
36 ON THE WATERFRONT 1954
37 FORREST GUMP 1994
38 PINOCCHIO 1940
39 STAR WARS 1977
40 MRS. MINIVER 1942
41 THE SOUND OF MUSIC 1965
42 12 ANGRY MEN 1957
43 GONE WITH THE WIND 1939
44 SPARTACUS 1960
45 ON GOLDEN POND 1981
46 LILIES OF THE FIELD 1963
47 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY 1968
48 THE AFRICAN QUEEN 1951
49 MEET JOHN DOE 1941
50 SEABISCUIT 2003
51 THE COLOR PURPLE 1985
52 DEAD POET’S SOCIETY 1989
53 SHANE 1953
54 RUDY 1993
55 THE DEFIANT ONES 1958
56 BEN-HUR 1959
57 SERGEANT YORK 1941
58 CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND 1977
59 DANCES WITH WOLVES 1990
60 THE KILLING FIELDS 1984
61 SOUNDER 1972
62 BRAVEHEART 1995
63 RAIN MAN 1988
64 THE BLACK STALLION 1979
65 A RAISIN IN THE SUN 1961
66 SILKWOOD 1983
67 THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL 1951
68 AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN 1982
69 THE SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS 1957
70 COAL MINER’S DAUGHTER 1980
71 COOL HAND LUKE 1967
72 DARK VICTORY 1939
73 ERIN BROCKOVICH 2000
74 GUNGA DIN 1939
75 THE VERDICT 1982
76 BIRDMAN OF ALCATRAZ 1962
77 DRIVING MISS DAISY 1989
78 THELMA & LOUISE 1991
79 THE TEN COMMANDMENTS 1956
80 BABE 1995
81 BOYS TOWN 1938
82 FIDDLER ON THE ROOF 1971
83 MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN 1936
84 SERPICO 1973
85 WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT 1993
86 STAND AND DELIVER 1988
87 WORKING GIRL 1988
88 YANKEE DOODLE DANDY 1942
89 HAROLD AND MAUDE 1972
90 HOTEL RWANDA 2004
91 THE PAPER CHASE 1973
92 FAME 1980
93 A BEAUTIFUL MIND 2001
94 CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS 1937
95 PLACES IN THE HEART 1984
96 SEARCHING FOR BOBBY FISCHER 1993
97 MADAME CURIE 1943
98 THE KARATE KID 1984
99 RAY 2004
100 CHARIOTS OF FIRE 1981

AFI Top 10s

ANIMATION
1 SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937)
2 PINOCCHIO (1940)
3 BAMBI (1942)
4 LION KING, THE (1994)
5 FANTASIA (1942)
6 TOY STORY (1995)
7 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991)
8 SHREK (2001)
9 CINDERELLA (1950)
10 FINDING NEMO (2003)
FANTASY
1 WIZARD OF OZ, THE (1939)
2 LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (2001)
3 IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1947)
4 KING KONG (1933)
5 MIRACLE ON 34th STREET (1947)
6 FIELD OF DREAMS (1989)
7 HARVEY (1950)
8 GROUNDHOG DAY (1993)
9 THIEF OF BAGDAD, THE (1924)
10 BIG (1988)
GANGSTER
1 GODFATHER, THE (1972)
2 GOODFELLAS (1990)
3 GODFATHER PART II, THE (1974)
4 WHITE HEAT (1949)
5 BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967)
6 SCARFACE: THE SHAME OF A NATION (1932)
7 PULP FICTION (1994)
8 PUBLIC ENEMY, THE (1931)
9 LITTLE CAESAR (1931)
10 SCARFACE (1983)
SCIENCE FICTION
1 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)
2 STAR WARS: EPISODE IV- A NEW HOPE (1977)
3 E.T. – THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL (1982)
4 CLOCKWORK ORANGE, A (1971)
5 DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, THE (1951)
6 BLADE RUNNER (1982)
7 ALIEN (1979)
8 TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY (1991)
9 INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956)
10 BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985)
WESTERN
1 SEARCHERS, THE (1956)
2 HIGH NOON (1952)
3 SHANE (1953)
4 UNFORGIVEN (1992)
5 RED RIVER (1948)
6 WILD BUNCH, THE (1969)
7 BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969)
8 MCCABE & MRS. MILLER (1971)
9 STAGECOACH (1939)
10 CAT BALLOU (1965)
SPORTS
1 RAGING BULL (1980)
2 ROCKY (1977)
3 PRIDE OF THE YANKEES, THE (1943)
4 HOOSIERS (1986)
5 BULL DURHAM (1988)
6 HUSTLER, THE (1961)
7 CADDYSHACK (1980)
8 BREAKING AWAY (1979)
9 NATIONAL VELVET (1945)
10 JERRY MAGUIRE (1996)
MYSTERY
1 VERTIGO (1958)
2 CHINATOWN (1974)
3 REAR WINDOW (1954)
4 LAURA (1944)
5 THIRD MAN, THE (1950)
6 MALTESE FALCON, THE (1941)
7 NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)
8 BLUE VELVET (1986)
9 DIAL M FOR MURDER (1954)
10 USUAL SUSPECTS, THE (1995)
ROMANTIC COMEDY
1 CITY LIGHTS (1931)
2 ANNIE HALL (1977)
3 IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934)
4 ROMAN HOLIDAY (1953)
5 PHILADELPHIA STORY, THE (1941)
6 WHEN HARRY MET SALLY… (1989)
7 ADAM’S RIB (1949)
8 MOONSTRUCK (1987)
9 HAROLD AND MAUDE (1971)
10 SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE (1993)
COURTROOM DRAMA
1 TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1963)
2 12 ANGRY MEN (1957)
3 KRAMER VS. KRAMER (1979)
4 VERDICT, THE (1982)
5 FEW GOOD MEN, A (1992)
6 WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION (1958)
7 ANATOMY OF A MURDER (1959)
8 IN COLD BLOOD (1967)
9 CRY IN THE DARK, A (1988)
10 JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG (1961)
EPIC
1 LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)
2 BEN-HUR (1959)
3 SCHINDLER’S LIST (1993)
4 GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)
5 SPARTACUS (1960)
6 TITANIC (1997)
7 ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1930)
8 SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998)
9 REDS (1981)
10 TEN COMMANDMENTS, THE (1956)

AFI Quotes

# FILM YEAR STUDIO
1 Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn. GONE WITH THE WIND 1939
2 I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse. THE GODFATHER 1972
3 You don’t understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I could’ve been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am. ON THE WATERFRONT 1954
4 Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore. THE WIZARD OF OZ 1939
5 Here’s looking at you, kid. CASABLANCA 1942
6 Go ahead, make my day. SUDDEN IMPACT 1983
7 All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up. SUNSET BLVD. 1950
8 May the Force be with you. STAR WARS 1977
9 Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night. ALL ABOUT EVE 1950
10 You talking to me? TAXI DRIVER 1976
11 What we’ve got here is failure to communicate. COOL HAND LUKE 1967
12 I love the smell of napalm in the morning. APOCALYPSE NOW 1979
13 Love means never having to say you’re sorry. LOVE STORY 1970
14 The stuff that dreams are made of. THE MALTESE FALCON 1941
15 E.T. phone home. E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL 1982
16 They call me Mister Tibbs! IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT 1967
17 Rosebud. CITIZEN KANE 1941
18 Made it, Ma! Top of the world! WHITE HEAT 1949
19 I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore! NETWORK 1976
20 Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. CASABLANCA 1942
21 A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti. THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS 1991
22 Bond. James Bond. DR. NO 1962
23 There’s no place like home. THE WIZARD OF OZ 1939
24 I am big! It’s the pictures that got small. SUNSET BLVD. 1950
25 Show me the money! JERRY MAGUIRE 1996
26 Why don’t you come up sometime and see me? SHE DONE HIM WRONG 1933
27 I’m walking here! I’m walking here! MIDNIGHT COWBOY 1969
28 Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By.’ CASABLANCA 1942
29 You can’t handle the truth! A FEW GOOD MEN 1992
30 I want to be alone. GRAND HOTEL 1932
31 After all, tomorrow is another day! GONE WITH THE WIND 1939
32 Round up the usual suspects. CASABLANCA 1942
33 I’ll have what she’s having. WHEN HARRY MET SALLY 1989
34 You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow. TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT 1944
35 You’re gonna need a bigger boat. JAWS 1975
36 Badges? We ain’t got no badges! We don’t need no badges! I don’t have to show you any stinking badges! THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE 1948
37 I’ll be back. THE TERMINATOR 1984
38 Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES 1942
39 If you build it, he will come. FIELD OF DREAMS 1989
40 My mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get. FORREST GUMP 1994
41 We rob banks. BONNIE AND CLYDE 1967
42 Plastics. THE GRADUATE 1967
43 We’ll always have Paris. CASABLANCA 1942
44 I see dead people. THE SIXTH SENSE 1999
45 Stella! Hey, Stella! A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE 1951
46 Oh, Jerry, don’t let’s ask for the moon. We have the stars. NOW, VOYAGER 1942
47 Shane. Shane. Come back! SHANE 1953
48 Well, nobody’s perfect. SOME LIKE IT HOT 1959
49 It’s alive! It’s alive! FRANKENSTEIN 1931
50 Houston, we have a problem. APOLLO 13 1995
51 You’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk? DIRTY HARRY 1971
52 You had me at “hello.” JERRY MAGUIRE 1996
53 One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don’t know. ANIMAL CRACKERS 1930
54 There’s no crying in baseball! A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN 1992
55 La-dee-da, la-dee-da. ANNIE HALL 1977
56 A boy’s best friend is his mother. PSYCHO 1960
57 Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. WALL STREET 1987
58 Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer. THE GODFATHER II 1974
59 As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again. GONE WITH THE WIND 1939
60 Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into! SONS OF THE DESERT 1933
61 Say “hello” to my little friend! SCARFACE 1983
62 What a dump. BEYOND THE FOREST 1949
63 Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me. Aren’t you? THE GRADUATE 1967
64 Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room! DR. STRANGELOVE 1964
65 Elementary, my dear Watson. THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES 1939
66 Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape. PLANET OF THE APES 1968
67 Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine. CASABLANCA 1942
68 Here’s Johnny! THE SHINING 1980
69 They’re here! POLTERGEIST 1982
70 Is it safe? MARATHON MAN 1976
71 Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain’t heard nothin’ yet! THE JAZZ SINGER 1927
72 No wire hangers, ever! MOMMIE DEAREST 1981
73 Mother of mercy, is this the end of Rico? LITTLE CAESAR 1930
74 Forget it, Jake, it’s Chinatown. CHINATOWN 1974
75 I have always depended on the kindness of strangers. A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE 1951
76 Hasta la vista, baby. TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY 1991
77 Soylent Green is people! SOYLENT GREEN 1973
78 Open the pod bay doors, HAL. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY 1968
79 Striker: Surely you can’t be serious.
Rumack: I am serious…and don’t call me Shirley.
AIRPLANE! 1980
80 Yo, Adrian! ROCKY 1976
81 Hello, gorgeous. FUNNY GIRL 1968
82 Toga! Toga! LAMPOON’S ANIMAL HOUSE 1978
83 Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make. DRACULA 1931
84 Oh, no, it wasn’t the airplanes. It was Beauty killed the Beast. KING KONG 1933
85 My precious. THE LORD OF THE RINGS: TWO TOWERS 2002
86 Attica! Attica! DOG DAY AFTERNOON 1975
87 Sawyer, you’re going out a youngster, but you’ve got to come back a star! 42ND STREET 1933
88 Listen to me, mister. You’re my knight in shining armor. Don’t you forget it. You’re going to get back on that horse, and I’m going to be right behind you, holding on tight, and away we’re gonna go, go, go! ON GOLDEN POND 1981
89 Tell ’em to go out there with all they got and win just one for the Gipper. KNUTE ROCKNE ALL AMERICAN 1940
90 A martini. Shaken, not stirred. GOLDFINGER 1964
91 Who’s on first. THE NAUGHTY NINETIES 1945
92 Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper, now, about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a mirac…It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole! CADDYSHACK 1980
93 Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death! AUNTIE MAME 1958
94 I feel the need – the need for speed! TOP GUN 1986
95 Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary. DEAD POETS SOCIETY 1989
96 Snap out of it! MOONSTRUCK 1987
97 My mother thanks you. My father thanks you. My sister thanks you. And I thank you. YANKEE DOODLE DANDY 1942
98 Nobody puts Baby in a corner. DIRTY DANCING 1987
99 I’ll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too! WIZARD OF OZ, THE 1939
100 I’m the king of the world! TITANIC 1997

AFI Songs

# SONG MOVIE YEAR
1 Over the Rainbow
PERFORMER Judy Garland
MUSIC/LYRICS Harold Arlen/E. Y. Harburg
WIZARD OF OZ, THE 1939
2 As Time Goes By
PERFORMER Dooley Wilson
MUSIC/LYRICS Herman Hupfeld
CASABLANCA 1942
3 Singin’ in the Rain
PERFORMER Gene Kelly
MUSIC/LYRICS Nacio Herb Brown/Arthur Freed
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN 1952
4 Moon River
PERFORMER Audrey Hepburn
MUSIC/LYRICS Henry Mancini/Johnny Mercer
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S 1961
5 White Christmas
PERFORMER Bing Crosby
MUSIC/LYRICS Irving Berlin
HOLIDAY INN 1942
6 Mrs. Robinson
PERFORMERS Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel
MUSIC/LYRICS Paul Simon
GRADUATE, THE 1967
7 When You Wish Upon A Star
PERFORMER Cliff Edwards
MUSIC/LYRICS Leigh Harline/Ned Washington
PINOCCHIO 1940
8 Way We Were, The
PERFORMER Barbra Streisand
MUSIC/LYRICS Marvin Hamlisch/Alan and Marilyn Bergman
THE WAY WE WERE 1973
9 Stayin’ Alive
PERFORMER The Bee Gees
MUSIC/LYRICS Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb
SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER 1977
10 Sound of Music, The
PERFORMER Julie Andrews
MUSIC/LYRICS Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein II
SOUND OF MUSIC, THE 1965
11 Man That Got Away, The
PERFORMER Judy Garland MUSIC/LYRICS Harold Arlen/Ira Gershwin
STAR IS BORN, A 1954
12 Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend
PERFORMER Marilyn Monroe
MUSIC/LYRICS Jule Styne/Leo Robin
GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES 1953
13 People
PERFORMER Barbra Streisand
MUSIC/LYRICS Jule Styne/Bob Merrill
FUNNY GIRL 1968
14 My Heart Will Go On
PERFORMER Céline Dion
MUSIC/LYRICS James Horner/Will Jennings
TITANIC 1997
15 Cheek to Cheek
PERFORMERS Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers
MUSIC/LYRICS Irving Berlin
TOP HAT 1935
16 Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star is Born)
PERFORMER Barbra Streisand
MUSIC/LYRICS Barbra Streisand/Paul Williams
STAR IS BORN, A 1976
17 I Could Have Danced All Night
PERFORMER Audrey Hepburn (voiced by Marni Nixon)
MUSIC/LYRICS Frederick Loewe/Alan Jay Lerner
MY FAIR LADY 1964
18 Cabaret
PERFORMER Liza Minnelli
MUSIC/LYRICS John Kander/Fred Ebb
CABARET 1972
19 Some Day My Prince Will Come
PERFORMER Adriana Caselotti
MUSIC/LYRICS Frank Churchill/Larry Morey
SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS 1937
20 Somewhere
PERFORMERS Natalie Wood (voiced by Marni Nixon), Richard Beymer (voiced by Jimmy Bryant)
MUSIC/LYRICS Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim
WEST SIDE STORY 1961
21 Jailhouse Rock
PERFORMER Elvis Presley
MUSIC/LYRICS Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller
JAILHOUSE ROCK 1957
22 Everybody’s Talkin’
PERFORMER Harry Nilsson
MUSIC/LYRICS Fred Neil
MIDNIGHT COWBOY 1969
23 Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head
PERFORMER B. J. Thomas
MUSIC/LYRICS Burt Bacharach/Hal David
BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID 1969
24 Ol’ Man River
PERFORMER Paul Robeson
MUSIC/LYRICS Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II
SHOW BOAT 1936
25 High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin)
PERFORMER Tex Ritter
MUSIC/LYRICS Dimitri Tiomkin/Ned Washington
HIGH NOON 1952
26 Trolley Song, The
PERFORMER Judy Garland
MUSIC/LYRICS Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane
MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS 1944
27 Unchained Melody
PERFORMER The Righteous Brothers
MUSIC/LYRICS Alex North, Hy Zaret
GHOST 1990
28 Some Enchanted Evening
PERFORMER Rossano Brazzi (voiced by Giorgio Tozzi)
MUSIC/LYRICS Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein II
SOUTH PACIFIC 1958
29 Born To Be Wild
PERFORMER Steppenwolf
MUSIC/LYRICS Mars Bonfire
EASY RIDER 1969
30 Stormy Weather
PERFORMER Lena Horne
MUSIC/LYRICS Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler
STORMY WEATHER 1943
31 Theme from New York, New York
PERFORMER Liza Minnelli
MUSIC/LYRICS John Kander/Fred Ebb
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 1977
32 I Got Rhythm
PERFORMER Gene Kelly
MUSIC/LYRICS George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin
AMERICAN IN PARIS, AN 1951
33 Aquarius
PERFORMERS Ren Woods, Ensemble
MUSIC/LYRICS Galt MacDermot/Gerome Ragni, James Rado
HAIR 1979
34 Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off
PERFORMERS Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers
MUSIC/LYRICS George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin
SHALL WE DANCE 1937
35 America
PERFORMERS Rita Moreno, George Chakiris, Ensemble
MUSIC/LYRICS Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim
WEST SIDE STORY 1961
36 Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
PERFORMERS Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Ensemble
MUSIC/LYRICS Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman
MARY POPPINS 1964
37 Swinging on a Star
PERFORMER Bing Crosby
MUSIC/LYRICS James Van Heusen/Johnny Burke
GOING MY WAY 1944
38 Theme from Shaft
PERFORMERS Isaac Hayes, Chorus
MUSIC/LYRICS Isaac Hayes
SHAFT 1971
39 Days of Wine and Roses
PERFORMER Chorus
MUSIC/LYRICS Henry Mancini/Johnny Mercer
DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES 1962
40 Fight the Power
PERFORMER Public Enemy
MUSIC/LYRICS Carlton Ridenhour, Hank Shocklee, Eric Sadler, Keith Shocklee
DO THE RIGHT THING 1989
41 New York, New York
PERFORMERS Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Jules Munshin
MUSIC/LYRICS Leonard Bernstein/Betty Comden, Adolph Green
ON THE TOWN 1949
42 Luck Be A Lady
PERFORMERS Marlon Brando, Ensemble
MUSIC/LYRICS Frank Loesser
GUYS AND DOLLS 1955
43 Way You Look Tonight, The
PERFORMER Fred Astaire
MUSIC/LYRICS Jerome Kern/Dorothy Fields
SWING TIME 1936
44 Wind Beneath My Wings
PERFORMER Bette Midler
MUSIC/LYRICS Larry Henley, Jeff Silbar
BEACHES 1988
45 That’s Entertainment
PERFORMERS Fred Astaire, Nanette Fabray, Jack Buchanan, Oscar Levant
MUSIC/LYRICS Arthur Schwartz/Howard Dietz
BAND WAGON, THE 1953
46 Don’t Rain On My Parade
PERFORMER Barbra Streisand
MUSIC/LYRICS Jule Styne/ Bob Merrill
FUNNY GIRL 1968
47 Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah
PERFORMER James Baskett
MUSIC/LYRICS Allie Wrubel/Ray Gilbert
SONG OF THE SOUTH 1947
48 Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)
PERFORMER Doris Day
MUSIC/LYRICS Ray Evans, Jay Livingston
MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, THE 1956
49 Make ‘Em Laugh
PERFORMER Donald OÕConnor
MUSIC/LYRICS Nacio Herb Brown/Arthur Freed
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN 1952
50 Rock Around the Clock
PERFORMERS Bill Haley and the Comets
MUSIC/LYRICS Bill Haley and the Comets
BLACKBOARD JUNGLE 1955
51 Fame
PERFORMER Irene Cara
MUSIC/LYRICS Michael Gore/Dean Pitchford
FAME 1980
52 Summertime
PERFORMER Diahann Carroll (voiced by Loulie Jean Norman)
MUSIC/LYRICS George Gershwin/DuBose Heyward
PORGY AND BESS 1959
53 Goldfinger
PERFORMER Shirley Bassey
MUSIC/LYRICS John Barry/Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley
GOLDFINGER 1964
54 Shall We Dance
PERFORMERS Deborah Kerr (voiced by Marni Nixon), Yul Brynner
MUSIC/LYRICS Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein II
KING AND I, THE 1956
55 Flashdance…What a Feeling
PERFORMER Irene Cara
MUSIC/LYRICS Giorgio Moroder/Keith Forsey, Irene Cara
FLASHDANCE 1983
56 Thank Heaven for Little Girls
PERFORMER Maurice Chevalier
MUSIC/LYRICS Frederick Loewe/Alan Jay Lerner
GIGI 1958
57 Windmills of Your Mind, The
PERFORMER Noel Harrison
MUSIC/LYRICS Michel Legrand/Alan and Marilyn Bergman
THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR, THE 1968
58 Gonna Fly Now
PERFORMERS DeEtta Little, Nelson Pigford
MUSIC/LYRICS Bill Conti/Carol Connors, Ayn Robbins
ROCKY 1976
59 Tonight
PERFORMERS Natalie Wood (voiced by Marni Nixon), Richard Beymer (voiced by Jimmy Bryant)
MUSIC/LYRICS Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim
WEST SIDE STORY 1961
60 It Had to Be You
PERFORMERS Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick, Jr.
MUSIC/LYRICS Isham Jones/Gus Kahn
WHEN HARRY MET SALLY 1989
61 Get Happy
PERFORMER Judy Garland
MUSIC/LYRICS Harold Arlen/Ted Koehler
SUMMER STOCK 1950
62 Beauty and the Beast
PERFORMER Angela Lansbury
MUSIC/LYRICS Alan Menken/Howard Ashman
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 1991
63 Thanks for the Memory
PERFORMERS Bob Hope, Shirley Ross
MUSIC/LYRICS Ralph Rainger/Leo Robin
BIG BROADCAST OF 1938, THE 1938
64 My Favorite Things
PERFORMER Julie Andrews
MUSIC/LYRICS Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein II
SOUND OF MUSIC, THE 1965
65 I Will Always Love You
PERFORMER Whitney Houston
MUSIC/LYRICS Dolly Parton
BODYGUARD, THE 1992
66 Suicide is Painless
PERFORMER Johnny Mandel
MUSIC/LYRICS Johnny Mandel/Mike Altman
M*A*S*H 1970
67 Nobody Does it Better
PERFORMER Carly Simon
MUSIC/LYRICS Marvin Hamlisch/Carole Bayer Sager
SPY WHO LOVED ME, THE 1977
68 Streets of Philadelphia
PERFORMER Bruce Springsteen
MUSIC/LYRICS Bruce Springsteen
PHILADELPHIA 1993
69 On the Good Ship Lollipop
PERFORMER Shirley Temple
MUSIC/LYRICS Richard A. Whiting/Sidney Clare
BRIGHT EYES 1934
70 Summer Nights
PERFORMERS John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Ensemble
MUSIC/LYRICS Jim Jacobs, Warren Casey
GREASE 1978
71 Yankee Doodle Boy, The
PERFORMER James Cagney
MUSIC/LYRICS George M. Cohan
YANKEE DOODLE DANDY 1942
72 Good Morning
PERFORMERS Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald OÕConnor
MUSIC/LYRICS Nacio Herb Brown/Arthur Freed
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN 1952
73 Isn’t it Romantic?
PERFORMERS Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald
MUSIC/LYRICS Richard Rodgers/Lorenz Hart
LOVE ME TONIGHT 1932
74 Rainbow Connection
PERFORMER Kermit the Frog (voiced by Jim Henson)
MUSIC/LYRICS Paul Williams, Kenny Ascher
MUPPET MOVIE, THE 1979
75 Up Where We Belong
PERFORMERS Joe Cocker, Jennifer Warnes
MUSIC/LYRICS Jack Nitzsche, Buffy Sainte-Marie/Will Jennings
OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN, AN 1982
76 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
PERFORMER Judy Garland
MUSIC/LYRICS Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane
MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS 1944
77 Shadow of Your Smile, The
PERFORMER Chorus
MUSIC/LYRICS Johnny Mandel/Paul Francis Webster
SANDPIPER, THE 1965
78 9 To 5
PERFORMER Dolly Parton
MUSIC/LYRICS Dolly Parton
9 TO 5 1980
79 Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)
PERFORMER Christopher Cross
MUSIC/LYRICS Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, Christopher Cross, Peter Allen
ARTHUR 1981
80 Springtime for Hitler
PERFORMER Ensemble
MUSIC/LYRICS Mel Brooks
PRODUCERS, THE 1968
81 I’m Easy
PERFORMER Keith Carradine
MUSIC/LYRICS Keith Carradine
NASHVILLE 1975
82 Ding Dong the Witch is Dead
PERFORMER Ensemble
MUSIC/LYRICS Harold Arlen/E. Y. Harburg
WIZARD OF OZ, THE 1939
83 Rose, The
PERFORMER Bette Midler
MUSIC/LYRICS Amanda McBroom
ROSE, THE 1979
84 Put the Blame on Mame
PERFORMER Rita Hayworth (voiced by Anita Ellis)
MUSIC/LYRICS Doris Fisher, Allan Roberts
GILDA 1946
85 Come What May
PERFORMERS Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor
MUSIC/LYRICS David Baerwald
MOULIN ROUGE! 2001
86 (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life
PERFORMERS Bill Medley, Jennifer Warnes
MUSIC/LYRICS Frank Previte, John DeNicola, Donald Markowitz/Frank Previte
DIRTY DANCING 1987
87 Buttons and Bows
PERFORMER Bob Hope
MUSIC/LYRICS Jay Livingston/Ray Evans
PALEFACE, THE 1948
88 Do Re Mi
PERFORMERS Julie Andrews, Ensemble
MUSIC/LYRICS Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein II
SOUND OF MUSIC, THE 1965
89 Puttin’ on the Ritz
PERFORMERS Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle
MUSIC/LYRICS Irving Berlin
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN 1974
90 Seems Like Old Times
PERFORMER Diane Keaton
MUSIC/LYRICS Carmen Lombardo/John Jacob Loeb
ANNIE HALL 1977
91 Let the River Run
PERFORMER Carly Simon
MUSIC/LYRICS Carly Simon
WORKING GIRL 1988
92 Long Ago and Far Away
PERFORMERS Gene Kelly, Rita Hayworth (voiced by Martha Mears)
MUSIC/LYRICS Jerome Kern/Ira Gershwin
COVER GIRL 1944
93 Lose Yourself
PERFORMER Eminem
MUSIC/LYRICS Eminem, Jeff Bass, Luis Resto/Eminem
8 MILE 2002
94 Ain’t Too Proud to Beg
PERFORMER The Temptations
MUSIC/LYRICS Eddie Holland, Norman Whitfield
BIG CHILL, THE 1983
95 (We’re Off on the) Road to Morocco
PERFORMERS Bing Crosby, Bob Hope
MUSIC/LYRICS Jimmy Van Heusen/Johnny Burke
ROAD TO MOROCCO 1942
96 Footloose
PERFORMER Kenny Loggins
MUSIC/LYRICS Kenny Loggins, Dean Pitchford
FOOTLOOSE 1984
97 42nd Street
PERFORMERS Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, Ensemble
MUSIC/LYRICS Harry Warren/Al Dubin
42nd STREET 1933
98 All That Jazz
PERFORMERS Catherine Zeta-Jones, RenŽe Zellweger
MUSIC/LYRICS John Kander/Fred Ebb
CHICAGO 2002
99 Hakuna Matata
PERFORMERS Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Jason Weaver, Joseph Williams
MUSIC/LYRICS Elton John/Tim Rice
LION KING, THE 1994
100 Old Time Rock and Roll
PERFORMERS Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band (lip-synched by Tom Cruise)
MUSIC/LYRICS George Jackson, Tom Jones III
RISKY BUSINESS 1983

AFI Heroes and Villains

# HEROES VILLAINS
1 Atticus Finch
(in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD)
Dr. Hannibal Lecter
(in THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS)
2 Indiana Jones
(in RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK)
Norman Bates
(in PSYCHO)
3 James Bond
(in DR. NO)
Darth Vader
(in THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK)
4 Rick Blaine
(in CASABLANCA)
The Wicked Witch of the West
(in THE WIZARD OF OZ)
5 Will Kane
(in HIGH NOON)
Nurse Ratched
(in ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST)
6 Clarice Starling
(in THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS)
Mr. Potter
(in IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE)
7 Rocky Balboa
(in ROCKY)
Alex Forrest
(in FATAL ATTRACTION)
8 Ellen Ripley
(in ALIENS)
Phyllis Dietrichson
(in DOUBLE INDEMNITY)
9 George Bailey
(in IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE)
Regan MacNeil
(in THE EXORCIST)
10 T. E. Lawrence
(in LAWRENCE OF ARABIA)
The Queen
(in SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS)
11 Jefferson Smith
(in MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON)
Michael Corleone
(in THE GODFATHER: PART II)
12 Tom Joad
(in THE GRAPES OF WRATH)
Alex De Large
(in CLOCKWORK ORANGE)
13 Oskar Schindler
(in SCHINDLER’S LIST)
HAL 9000
(in 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY)
14 Han Solo
(in STAR WARS)
The Alien
(in ALIEN)
15 Norma Rae Webster
(in NORMA RAE)
Amon Goeth
(in SCHINDLER’S LIST)
16 Shane
(in SHANE)
Noah Cross
(in CHINATOWN)
17 Harry Callahan
(in DIRTY HARRY)
Annie Wilkes
(in MISERY)
18 Robin Hood
(in THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD)
The Shark
(in JAWS)
19 Virgil Tibbs
(in IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT)
Captain Bligh
(in MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY)
20 Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid
(in BUTCH CASSIDY & THE SUNDANCE KID)
Man
(in BAMBI)
21 Mahatma Gandhi
(in GANDHI)
Mrs. John Iselin
(in THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE)
22 Spartacus
(in SPARTACUS)
Terminator
(in THE TERMINATOR)
23 Terry Malloy
(in ON THE WATERFRONT)
Eve Harrington
(in ALL ABOUT EVE)
24 Thelma Dickerson & Louise Sawyer
(in THELMA & LOUISE)
Gordon Gekko
(in WALL STREET)
25 Lou Gehrig
(in THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES)
Jack Torrance
(in THE SHINING)
26 Superman
(in SUPERMAN)
Cody Jarrett
(in WHITE HEAT)
27 Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstein
(in ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN)
Martians
(in THE WAR OF THE WORLDS)
28 Juror #8
(in 12 ANGRY MEN)
Max Cady
(in CAPE FEAR)
29 General George Patton
(in PATTON)
Reverend Harry Powell
(in THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER)
30 Luke Jackson
(in COOL HAND LUKE)
Travis Bickle
(in TAXI DRIVER)
31 Erin Brockovich
(in ERIN BROCKOVICH)
Mrs. Danvers
(in REBECCA)
32 Philip Marlowe
(in THE BIG SLEEP)
Clyde Barrow & Bonnie Parker
(in BONNIE AND CLYDE)
33 Marge Gunderson
(in FARGO)
Count Dracula
(in DRACULA)
34 Tarzan
(in TARZAN THE APE MAN)
Dr. Szell
(in MARATHON MAN)
35 Alvin York
(in SERGEANT YORK)
J.J. Hunsecker
(in SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS)
36 Rooster Cogburn
(in TRUE GRIT)
Frank Booth
(in BLUE VELVET)
37 Obi-Wan Kenobi
(in STAR WARS)
Harry Lime
(in THE THIRD MAN)
38 The Tramp
(in CITY LIGHTS)
Caesar Enrico Bandello
(in LITTLE CAESAR)
39 Lassie
(in LASSIE COME HOME)
Cruella De Vil
(in ONE HUNDRED AND ONE DALMATIONS)
40 Frank Serpico
(in SERPICO)
Freddy Krueger
(in A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET)
41 Arthur Chipping
(in GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS)
Joan Crawford
(in MOMMIE DEAREST)
42 Father Edward
(in BOYS TOWN)
Tom Powers
(in THE PUBLIC ENEMY)
43 Moses
(in THE TEN COMMANDMENTS)
Regina Giddens
(in THE LITTLE FOXES)
44 Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle
(in THE FRENCH CONNECTION)
Baby Jane Hudson
(in WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE)
45 Zorro
(in THE MARK OF ZORRO)
The Joker
(in BATMAN)
46 Batman
(in BATMAN)
Hans Gruber
(in DIE HARD)
47 Karen Silkwood
(in SILKWOOD)
Tony Camonte
(in SCARFACE)
48 Terminator
(in TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY)
Verbal Kint
(in THE USUAL SUSPECTS)
49 Andrew Beckett
(in PHILADELPHIA)
Auric Goldfinger
(in GOLDFINGER)
50 General Maximus Decimus Meridus
(in GLADIATOR)
Alonzo Harris
(in TRAINING DAY)

AFI Passions

# MOVIE YEAR
1 CASABLANCA 1942
2 GONE WITH THE WIND 1939
3 WEST SIDE STORY 1961
4 ROMAN HOLIDAY 1953
5 AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER 1957
6 THE WAY WE WERE 1973
7 DOCTOR ZHIVAGO 1965
8 IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE 1946
9 LOVE STORY 1970
10 CITY LIGHTS 1931
11 ANNIE HALL 1977
12 MY FAIR LADY 1964
13 OUT OF AFRICA 1985
14 THE AFRICAN QUEEN 1951
15 WUTHERING HEIGHTS 1939
16 SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN 1952
17 MOONSTRUCK 1987
18 VERTIGO 1958
19 GHOST 1990
20 FROM HERE TO ETERNITY 1953
21 PRETTY WOMAN 1990
22 ON GOLDEN POND 1981
23 NOW, VOYAGER 1942
24 KING KONG 1933
25 WHEN HARRY MET SALLY… 1989
26 THE LADY EVE 1941
27 THE SOUND OF MUSIC 1965
28 THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER 1940
29 AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN 1982
30 SWING TIME 1936
31 THE KING AND I 1956
32 DARK VICTORY 1939
33 CAMILLE 1937
34 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 1991
35 GIGI 1958
36 RANDOM HARVEST 1942
37 TITANIC 1997
38 IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT 1934
39 AN AMERICAN IN PARIS 1951
40 NINOTCHKA 1939
41 FUNNY GIRL 1968
42 ANNA KARENINA 1935
43 A STAR IS BORN 1954
44 THE PHILADELPHIA STORY 1940
45 SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE 1993
46 TO CATCH A THIEF 1955
47 SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS 1961
48 LAST TANGO IN PARIS 1972
49 THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE 1946
50 SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE 1998
51 BRINGING UP BABY 1938
52 THE GRADUATE 1967
53 A PLACE IN THE SUN 1951
54 SABRINA 1954
55 REDS 1981
56 THE ENGLISH PATIENT 1996
57 TWO FOR THE ROAD 1967
58 GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER 1967
59 PICNIC 1955
60 TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT 1944
61 BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S 1961
62 THE APARTMENT 1960
63 SUNRISE 1927
64 MARTY 1955
65 BONNIE AND CLYDE 1967
66 MANHATTAN 1979
67 A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE 1951
68 WHAT’S UP, DOC? 1972
69 HAROLD AND MAUDE 1971
70 SENSE AND SENSIBILITY 1995
71 WAY DOWN EAST 1920
72 ROXANNE 1987
73 THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR 1947
74 WOMAN OF THE YEAR 1942
75 THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT 1995
76 THE QUIET MAN 1952
77 THE AWFUL TRUTH 1937
78 COMING HOME 1978
79 JEZEBEL 1939
80 THE SHEIK 1921
81 THE GOODBYE GIRL 1977
82 WITNESS 1985
83 MOROCCO 1930
84 DOUBLE INDEMNITY 1944
85 LOVE IS A MANY-SPLENDORED THING 1955
86 NOTORIOUS 1946
87 THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING 1988
88 THE PRINCESS BRIDE 1987
89 WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? 1966
90 THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY 1995
91 WORKING GIRL 1988
92 PORGY AND BESS 1959
93 DIRTY DANCING 1987
94 BODY HEAT 1981
95 LADY AND THE TRAMP 1955
96 BAREFOOT IN THE PARK 1967
97 GREASE 1978
98 THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME 1939
99 PILLOW TALK 1959
100 JERRY MAGUIRE 1996

AFI Thrills

# MOVIE YEAR
1 PSYCHO 1960
2 JAWS 1975
3 THE EXORCIST 1973
4 NORTH BY NORTHWEST 1959
5 THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS 1991
6 ALIEN 1979
7 THE BIRDS 1963
8 THE FRENCH CONNECTION 1971
9 ROSEMARY’S BABY 1968
10 RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK 1981
11 THE GODFATHER 1972
12 KING KONG 1933
13 BONNIE AND CLYDE 1967
14 REAR WINDOW 1954
15 DELIVERANCE 1972
16 CHINATOWN 1974
17 THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE 1962
18 VERTIGO 1958
19 THE GREAT ESCAPE 1963
20 HIGH NOON 1952
21 A CLOCKWORK ORANGE 1971
22 TAXI DRIVER 1976
23 LAWRENCE OF ARABIA 1962
24 DOUBLE INDEMNITY 1944
25 TITANIC 1997
26 THE MALTESE FALCON 1941
27 STAR WARS 1977
28 FATAL ATTRACTION 1987
29 THE SHINING 1980
30 THE DEER HUNTER 1978
31 CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND 1977
32 STRANGERS ON A TRAIN 1951
33 THE FUGITIVE 1993
34 THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER 1955
35 JURASSIC PARK 1993
36 BULLITT 1968
37 CASABLANCA 1942
38 NOTORIOUS 1946
39 DIE HARD 1988
40 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY 1968
41 DIRTY HARRY 1971
42 THE TERMINATOR 1984
43 THE WIZARD OF OZ 1939
44 E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL 1982
45 SAVING PRIVATE RYAN 1998
46 CARRIE 1976
47 INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS 1956
48 DIAL M FOR MURDER 1954
49 BEN-HUR 1959
50 MARATHON MAN 1976
51 RAGING BULL 1980
52 ROCKY 1976
53 PULP FICTION 1994
54 BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID 1969
55 WAIT UNTIL DARK 1967
56 FRANKENSTEIN 1931
57 ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN 1976
58 THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI 1957
59 PLANET OF THE APES 1968
60 THE SIXTH SENSE 1999
61 CAPE FEAR 1962
62 SPARTACUS 1960
63 WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? 1962
64 TOUCH OF EVIL 1958
65 THE DIRTY DOZEN 1967
66 THE MATRIX 1999
67 THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE 1948
68 HALLOWEEN 1978
69 THE WILD BUNCH 1969
70 DOG DAY AFTERNOON 1975
71 GOLDFINGER 1964
72 PLATOON 1986
73 LAURA 1944
74 BLADE RUNNER 1982
75 THE THIRD MAN 1949
76 THELMA & LOUISE 1991
77 TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY 1991
78 GASLIGHT 1944
79 THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN 1960
80 REBECCA 1940
81 THE OMEN 1976
82 THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL 1951
83 THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA 1925
84 POLTERGEIST 1982
85 DRACULA 1931
86 THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY 1945
87 THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD 1951
88 12 ANGRY MEN 1957
89 THE GUNS OF NAVARONE 1961
90 THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE 1972
91 BRAVEHEART 1995
92 BODY HEAT 1981
93 NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD 1968
94 THE CHINA SYNDROME 1979
95 FULL METAL JACKET 1987
96 BLUE VELVET 1986
97 SAFETY LAST 1923
98 BLOOD SIMPLE 1984
99 SPEED 1994
100 THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD 1938