AFI’s 100 Years … 100 Movies List (2007 Edition)


I have officially watched and reviewed every movie on the AFI’s 100 Years … 100 Movies List (2007 Edition)!  Here are the movies with my links to the reviews.

1 Citizen Kane 1941 *****
2 The Godfather 1972 ****
3 Casablanca 1942 *****
4 Raging Bull 1980 ***
5 Singin’ in the Rain 1952 ****
6 Gone with the Wind 1939 ***
7 Lawrence of Arabia 1962 ****
8 Schindler’s List 1993 ****
9 Vertigo 1958 ****
10 The Wizard of Oz 1939 *****
11 City Lights 1931 ****
12 The Searchers 1956 **
13 Star Wars 1977 ****1/2
14 Psycho 1960 ****
15 2001: A Space Odyssey 1968 *****
16 Sunset Boulevard 1950 *****
17 The Graduate 1967 ***
18 The General 1926 ***
19 On the Waterfront 1954 ****1/2
20 It’s a Wonderful Life 1946 *****
21 Chinatown 1974 ***
22 Some Like It Hot 1959 ****
23 The Grapes of Wrath 1940 ****1/2
24 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982 ****
25 To Kill a Mockingbird 1962 ***1/2
26 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1939 ****1/2
27 High Noon 1952 ****
28 All About Eve 1950 ****
29 Double Indemnity 1944 ****
30 Apocalypse Now 1979 ****
31 The Maltese Falcon 1941 ****1/2
32 The Godfather Part II 1974 ***
33 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 1975 ****1/2
34 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937 ****1/2
35 Annie Hall 1977
36 The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957 ****1/2
37 The Best Years of Our Lives 1946 *****
38 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 1948 ****1/2
39 Dr. Strangelove 1964 *****
40 The Sound of Music 1965 ****1/2
41 King Kong 1933 ****
42 Bonnie and Clyde 1967 ***
43 Midnight Cowboy 1969 ***
44 The Philadelphia Story 1940 ****
45 Shane 1953 ***1/2
46 It Happened One Night 1934 ****
47 A Streetcar Named Desire 1951 ****
48 Rear Window 1954 ****1/2
49 Intolerance 1916 **
50 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001 ****1/2
51 West Side Story 1961 ****
52 Taxi Driver 1976 ***
53 The Deer Hunter 1978 **
54 M*A*S*H 1970 **
55 North by Northwest 1959 ***
56 Jaws 1975 *****
57 Rocky 1976 ****
58 The Gold Rush 1925 ***
59 Nashville 1975 ****
60 Duck Soup 1933 *****
61 Sullivan’s Travels 1941 ****
62 American Graffiti 1973 ***1/2
63 Cabaret 1972 ***1/2
64 Network 1976 ****
65 The African Queen 1951 ****1/2
66 Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 *****
67 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 1966 ****
68 Unforgiven 1992 ***1/2
69 Tootsie 1982 ***
70 A Clockwork Orange 1971 ***
71 Saving Private Ryan 1998 ***1/2
72 The Shawshank Redemption 1994 ****
73 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969 ***1/2
74 The Silence of the Lambs 1991 **1/2
75 In the Heat of the Night 1967 ****
76 Forrest Gump 1994 ***1/2
77 All the President’s Men 1976 ****
78 Modern Times 1936 *****
79 The Wild Bunch 1969 ***
80 The Apartment 1960 ****
81 Spartacus 1960 ***1/2
82 Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans 1927 ***
83 Titanic 1997 ***1/2
84 Easy Rider 1969 ***1/2
85 A Night at the Opera 1935 *****
86 Platoon 1986 ***
87 12 Angry Men 1957 ****
88 Bringing Up Baby 1938 *****
89 The Sixth Sense 1999 ***
90 Swing Time 1936 **1/2
91 Sophie’s Choice 1982 ****
92 Goodfellas 1990 ***1/2
93 The French Connection 1971 ***1/2
94 Pulp Fiction 1994 ***1/2
95 The Last Picture Show 1971 ****
96 Do the Right Thing 1989 *****
97 Blade Runner 1982 ***1/2
98 Yankee Doodle Dandy 1942 ***1/2
99 Toy Story 1995 *****
100 Ben-Hur 1959 ***1/2

Classic Movie Review: Lawrence of Arabia (1962)


Title: Lawrence of Arabia
Release Date: 10 December 1962
Director: David Lean
Production Company: Horizon Pictures
Summary/Review:

Who was T.E. Lawrence and why was he worthy of an extraordinarily-long biopic crafted by David Lean (Brief Encounter, Bridge on the River Kwai)? Lawrence (Peter O’Toole) is an enigmatic British Army lieutenant during the First World War whose eccentricities make him a poor fit for the rigid military hierarchy. He’s assigned as an advisor to the Arab troops under Prince Faisail (the very English Alec Guinness who nevertheless looks a lot like the real person) who are revolting against the rule of the Ottoman Empire. Lawrence uses this opportunity to try to unite fractious tribes in a Pan-Arab cause and make daring strikes against the Ottomans.  He’s also not above burnishing his own legend.

I’m sure that smarter people than me have written about the problems of casting white actors as Arabs and the “white savior’ narrative in this story so I won’t get into that.  But I will also point out that this film is actually critical of Lawrence, and even more so of his superiors who nakedly betray the cause of Arab independence.  This movie also does a good job of relating Lawrence’s deteriorating mental health as he is shattered by the trauma of war.

There are a lot of great supporting actors in this film.  Among them is Omar Sharif (an actual Arabic actor) who plays a tribal leader Sherif Ali ibn el Kharish.  Initially, Ali is an antagonist to Lawrence but over the course of the film he becomes the voice of conscience as Lawrence goes off the deep end. Anthony Quinn plays a leader of a rival tribe and Jack Hawkins plays Lawrence’s put-upon superior officer.  This is one of these movies that I will need to see on a big screen.  It’s full of Lean’s trademark wide shots of desert landscapes, sunrises/sunsets, and troops riding camels and horses.  All in all it’s a gorgeous yet complicated film!

Rating: ****