AFI 100 – The Ballots Compared

movies.gifBecause I can’t step away from the list and move on with my life, here are the 79 movies that were added to this year’s ballot (the 400 title master list voters selected the final 100 from) followed by the 79 movies that were kicked off. Notable delistings include Bullitt, From Russia With Love, In Cold Blood, The Last Temptation of Christ, Leaving Las Vegas, Local Hero and The Untouchables. Notable additions include Ace in the Hole, Airplane!, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Five Easy Pieces, Good Night and Good Luck, Groundhog Day, Halloween, Harold and Maude, Lost in Translation, Mildred Pierce, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Rushmore, The Shining, The Sweet Smell of Success and Three Kings. To see the whole 400 title master list check out The Blood Shot Eye. To see only what was changed from 1998, click on….

Added:
ACE IN THE HOLE (1951)
AIRPLANE! (1980)
AMERICAN BEAUTY (1999)
AS GOOD AS IT GETS (1997)
AUSTIN POWERS: INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY (1997)
THE AVIATOR (2004)
A BEAUTIFUL MIND (2001)
BEING JOHN MALKOVICH (1999)
BOOGIE NIGHTS (1997)
BOYZ IN THE HOOD (1991)
THE BREAKFAST CLUB (1985)
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (2005)
BROKEN BLOSSOMS (1919)
BULL DURHAM (1988)
CHICAGO (2002)
A CHRISTMAS STORY (1983)
CRASH (2005)
ERIN BROCKOVICH (2000)
ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND (2004)
A FACE IN THE CROWD (1957)
FINDING NEMO (2005)
FIVE EASY PIECES (1970)
THE FRESHMAN (1925)
GLADIATOR (2000)
GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK (2005)
GOOD WILL HUNTING (1997)
THE GREAT DICTATOR (1940)
THE GREAT ESCAPE (1963)
GROUNDHOG DAY (1993)
HALLOWEEN (1978)
HAROLD AND MAUDE (1971)
HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN (2004)
HOOSIERS (1986)
HOTEL RWANDA (2005)
THE HOURS (2002)
THE INSIDER (1999)
JEZEBEL (1938)
THE KING AND I (1956)
THE KING OF COMEDY (1983)
L.A. CONDIFIDENTIAL (1997)
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (2001)
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS (2002)
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING (2003)
LOST IN TRANSLATION (2003)
THE MATRIX (1999)
MEMENTO (2001)
MILDRED PIERCE (1945)
MILLION DOLLAR BABY (2004)
MYSTIC RIVER (2003)
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL (2003)
PORGY AND BESS (1959)
THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE (1946)
QUEEN CHRISTINA (1933)
RAY (2004)
REQUIEM FOR A DREAM (2000)
ROMAN HOLIDAY (1953)
RUSHMORE (1998)
SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998)
SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (1998)
SHERLOCK, JR. (1924)
THE SHINING (1980)
SHREK (2001)
SIDEWAYS (2004)
THE SIXTH SENSE (1999)
SLEEPER (1973)
SPIDER-MAN 2 (2004)
STAND BY ME (1986)
STORMY WEATHER (1943)
THE SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957)
THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY (1999)
THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD (1951)
THIS IS SPINAL TAP (1984)
THREE KINGS (1999)
TITANIC (1997)
TRAFFIC (2000)
THE USUAL SUSPECTS (1995)
WHEN HARRY MET SALLY.. (1989)
A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE (1974)
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (1974)

Kicked Off:
THE AMERICANIZATION OF EMILY (1964)
ANATOMY OF A MURDER (1959)
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (1956)
BABES IN ARMS (1939)
BAREFOOT IN THE PARK (1967)
BATAAN (1943)
BATMAN (1989)
BEVERLY HILLS COP (1984)
BOYS TOWN (1938)
THE BROADWAY MELODY (1929)
BULLITT (1968)
THE CAINE MUTINY (1954)
CARMEN JONES (1954)
CASINO (1995)
CAVALCADE (1933)
CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD (1986)
EL CID (1961)
CIMARRON (1931)
CLEOPATRA (1963)
DANGEROUS LIAISONS (1988)
DAVID COPPERFIELD (1935)
EAST OF EDEN (1955)
ELMER GANTRY (1960)
FANTASTIC VOYAGE (1966)
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (1971)
FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (1963)
THE FUGITIVE (1993)
THE GOODBYE GIRL (1977)
THE GREAT ZIEGFELD (1936)
THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH (1952)
THE GUNFIGHTER (1950)
HAIL THE CONQUERING HERO (1944)
HANNAH AND HER SISTERS (1986)
HUD (1963)
IMITATION OF LIFE (1959)
IN COLD BLOOD (1967)
INTRUDER IN THE DUST (1949)
THE JOY LUCK CLUB (1993)
JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG (1961)
THE JUNGLE BOOK (1967)
LADY AND THE TRAMP (1955)
THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST (1988)
LEAVING LAS VEGAS (1995)
LETHAL WEAPON (1987)
A LETTER TO THREE WIVES (1949)
LITTLE BIG MAN (1970)
THE LITTLE COLONEL (1935)
LOCAL HERO (1983)
THE MARK OF ZORRO (1940)
MEDIUM COOL (1969)
MELVIN AND HOWARD (1980)
MISSING (1982)
MISTER ROBERTS (1955)
EL NORTE (1983)
OKLAHOMA! (1955)
OLIVER! (1968)
ON THE BEACH (1959)
ONE HUNDRED AND ONE DALMATIANS (1961)
ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS (1939)
THE PINK PANTHER (1964)
THE PLAYER (1992)
PRETTY WOMAN (1990)
RAMBLING ROSE (1991)
RETURN OF THE JEDI (1983)
RICHARD III (1912)
RUN SILENT, RUN DEEP (1958)
SALT OF THE EARTH (1954)
SANDS OF IWO JIMA (1949)
THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH (1955)
SHADOWS (1959)
A STAR IS BORN (1937)
THIRTY SECONDS OVER TOKYO (1944)
TOM JONES (1963)
20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA (1954)
TWO FOR THE ROAD (1967)
THE UNTOUCHABLES (1987)
THE WAR OF THE WORLDS (1953)
WITHIN OUR GATES (1920)
THE YEARLING (1946)

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4 thoughts on “AFI 100 – The Ballots Compared

  1. My best guess? The deleted movies represent the lowest vote getters the first time around, the new additions represent movies that A) came out since the first list (Make it relevant, boys!) and B) movies that the AFI was criticized for leaving off the first time around.

    It appears they dredged all the Best Picture Oscar and Golden Globe winners (that are American) for the newer films that were added, but my question would be:

    HOW THE FUCK DID A HARRY POTTER MOVIE MAKE IT ON HERE?

  2. Leave it to Mr Ebert to say what is wholly obvious regarding the AFI list but easily lost in all the hubbub over this and that:

    AFI 100: ‘Kane’ still number one
    by Roger Ebert

    Welles’ “Citizen Kane” is still the greatest American film of all time. Coppola’s “The Godfather” is second. Scorsese’s “Raging Bull” and Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” have cracked the Top 10, booting out “The Graduate” (No. 7 to No. 17) and “On the Waterfront” (No. 8 to No. 19). And Ford’s “The Searchers” hurtled from No. 96 to No. 12.

    So says the American Film Institute. Its list of the Top 100 American Films, voted on by a group of 1,500 filmmakers, critics and historians, was revealed Wednesday night on a TV special hosted by Morgan Freeman, star of “The Shawshank Redemption” (No. 72).

    Lists like these cry out to be disagreed with. Seconds after an advance copy was sent to news outlets, film critic Peter Debruge e-mailed me: “Of all the issues surrounding this list, my biggest question: Where did ‘Fargo’ go?”

    What? “Fargo” not on the list? Unthinkable, considering that, well, I was going to name a title that has no business being on the list, but actually they all have a claim, even the few like “High Noon” that I personally don’t much like. It’s just that — what? No “Fargo.”

    In the aftermath of the first list, issued in 1998, I received enough complaints about missing titles to supply two or three more lists. No doubt most of those 1,500 experts are themselves dismayed by titles that did and didn’t make the cut. But such lists serve two functions: (1) The television special makes money for the American Film Institute, which is a noble and useful institution, and (2) some kid somewhere is gonna rent “Citizen Kane” and have the same kind of epiphany I had when I first saw it as a teenager.

    New films become old films so fast. “Raging Bull” came out 27 years ago. It’s older than “Casablanca” (No. 3) was when I became a film critic. According to the Motion Picture Association of America, more than 50 percent of moviegoers are under 27. They are going to find movies on this list that were made before their grandparents were born — and, if judging by the kids I saw Buster Keaton’s “The General” (No. 18) with, they might love them.

    Ah, but there’s the problem: Will they find out about them? Too many younger moviegoers are wasting their precious adolescence frying their brains with vomitoriums posing as slasher movies. A list like the AFI’s can do some good. During a Google search for “age of average moviegoer,” I came across a column by critic T.C. Candler that opened with this quote:

    “I have here a heartfelt message from a reader who urges me not to be so hard on stupid films, because they are ‘plenty smart enough for the average moviegoer.’ Yes, but one hopes being an average moviegoer is not the end of the road: that one starts as a below-average filmgoer, passes through average, and, guided by the labors of America’s hardworking film critics, arrives in triumph at above-average.”

    Candler was quoting me, and I cannot agree more. To take a hypothetical possibility, if you were to see all 100 films on the AFI list, by the end of that experience, you would no longer desire to see a Dead Teenager Movie. (Yes, there could be a great Dead Teenager Movie. Please send me a list of the 100 greatest.)

    To read over the film institute’s list is to remember spine-tingling moments in movie theaters. The ballet of space ships in “2001.” The soaking-wet dance in “Singin’ in the Rain.” The scary perfection of Astaire and Rogers, the perfect anarchy of the Marx Brothers, the anarchic warfare in “Apocalypse Now,” the warfare of obsession in “Vertigo.”

    The list will become a retail tool. AOL, Best Buy and Moviefone have scheduled promotions. You know that Netflix and Blockbusters will push it. The movie channels will feature titles from it. Some newbie will find out who James Stewart or Ingrid Bergman was.

    So in the last analysis, it doesn’t really matter what movies are on the list. What matters is the movies on the list, voted by 1,500 above-average moviegoers who don’t think “Citizen Kane” has aged one day.

  3. Roger says so well the point I was ham fistedly stabbing at in the original AFI post.

    It’s funny because arguing about the merits of the list is sort of irrelevent, but at the same time it’s kind of the point of the list in the first place. Without the debate, the list isn’t as meaningful.

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