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Cinema & Media Studies: Best Films of All Time - Lists

American Film Institute - The 100 Greatest American Movies

How many have you seen?

This list from the American Film Institute (AFI) is a list of the greatest 100 American films of all time. This is the 10th Anniversary list, which appeared 10 years after the AFI released an original list in 1997, and this list appeared as part of an AFI program that was broadcast on CBS in 2007.

  1. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941)
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  2. The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)
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  3. Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942)
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  4. Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese, 1980)
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  5. Singin' in the Rain (Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly, 1952)
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  6. Gone With the Wind (Victor Fleming & George Cukor, 1939)
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  7. Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean, 1962)
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  8. Schindler's List (Steven Spielberg, 1993)
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  9. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)
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  10. The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming & George Cukor, 1939)
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  11. City Lights (Charlie Chaplin, 1931)
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  12. The Searchers (John Ford, 1956)
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  13. Star Wars (George Lucas, 1977)
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  14. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)
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  15. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
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  16. Sunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder, 1950)
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  17. The Graduate (Mike NIchols, 1967)
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  18. The General (Buster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman, 1927)
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  19. On the Waterfront (Elia Kazan, 1954)
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  20. It's a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946)
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  21. Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974)
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  22. Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959)
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  23. The Grapes of Wrath (John Ford, 1940)
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  24. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Steven Spielberg, 1982)
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  25. To Kill a Mockingbird (Robert Mulligan, 1962)
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  26. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Frank Capra, 1939)
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  27. High Noon (Fred Zinneman, 1952)
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  28. All About Eve (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1950)
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  29. Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, 1944)
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  30. Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979)
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  31. The Maltese Falcon (John Huston, 1941)
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  32. The Godfather, Part II (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974) 
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  33. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Milos Forman, 1975)
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  34. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (William Cottrell & David Hand, 1937)
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  35. Annie Hall (Woody Allen, 1977)
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  36. The Bridge on the River Kwai (David Lean, 1957)
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  37. The Best Years of Our Lives (William Wyler, 1946)
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  38. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (John Huston, 1948)
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  39. Dr. Strangelove (Stanley Kubrick, 1964)
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  40. The Sound of Music (Robert Wise, 1965)
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  41. King Kong (Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1933)
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  42. Bonnie and Clyde (Arthur Penn, 1967)
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  43. Midnight Cowboy (John Schlesinger, 1969)
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  44. The Philadelphia Story (George Cukor, 1940)
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  45. Shane (George Stevens, 1953)
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  46. It Happened One Night (Frank Capra, 1934)
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  47. A Streetcar Named Desire (Elia Kazan, 1951)
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  48. Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)
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  49. Intolerance (D.W. Griffith, 1916)
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  50. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Peter Jackson, 2001)
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  51. West Side Story (Jerome Robbins & Robert Wise, 1961)
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  52. Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976)
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  53. The Deer Hunter (Michael Cimino, 1978)
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  54. M*A*S*H (Robert Altman, 1970)
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  55. North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock, 1959)
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  56. Jaws (Steven Spielberg, 1975)
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  57. Rocky (John G. Avildsen, 1976)
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  58. The Gold Rush (Charlie Chaplin, 1925)
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  59. Nashville (Robert Altman, 1975)
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  60. Duck Soup (Leo McCarey, 1933)
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  61. Sullivan's Travels (Preston Sturges, 1941)
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  62. American Graffiti (George Lucas, 1973)
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  63. Network (Sidney Lumet, 1976)
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  64. The African Queen (John Huston, 1951)
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  65. Cabaret (Bob Fosse, 1972)
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  66. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg, 1981)
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  67. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Mike Nichols, 1966)
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  68. Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood, 1992)
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  69. Tootsie (Sydney Pollack, 1982)
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  70. A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick, 1971)
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  71. Saving Private Ryan (Steven Spielberg, 1998)
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  72. The Shawshank Redemption (Frank Darabont, 1994)
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  73. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (George Roy Hill, 1969)
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  74. The Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme, 1991)
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  75. In the Heat of the Night (Norman Jewison, 1967)
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  76. Forrest Gump (Robert Zemeckis, 1994)
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  77. All the President's Men (Alan J. Pakula, 1976)
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  78. Modern Times (Charlie Chaplin, 1936)
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  79. The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah, 1969)
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  80. The Apartment (Billy Wilder, 1960)
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  81. Spartacus (Stanley Kubrick, 1960)
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  82. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (F.W. Murnau, 1927)
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  83. Titanic (James Cameron, 1997)
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  84. Easy Rider (Dennis Hopper, 1969)
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  85. A Night at the Opera (Sam Wood & Edmund Goulding, 1935)
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  86. Platoon (Oliver Stone, 1986)
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  87. 12 Angry Men (Sydney Lumet, 1957)
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  88. Bringing Up Baby (Howard Hawks, 1938)
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  89. The Sixth Sense (M. Night Shyamalan, 1999)
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  90. Swing Time (George Stevens, 1936)
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  91. Sophie's Choice (Alan J. Pakula, 1982)
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  92. Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese, 1990)
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  93. The French Connection (William Friedkin, 1971)
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  94. Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994)
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  95. The Last Picture Show (Peter Bogdanovich, 1971)
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  96. Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1989)
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  97. Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982)
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  98. Yankee Doodle Dandy (Michael Curtiz, 1942)
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  99. Toy Story (John Lasseter, 1995)
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  100. Ben-Hur (William Wyler, 1959)
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British Film Institute - The 50 Greatest Films of All Time

This list from the British Film Institute is one of the most respected lists of the greatest films of all time. Because of tied scores, this Top 50 is actually a list of 51 films.

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  1. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)
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  2. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941)
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  3. Tokyo Story (Ozu Yasujiro, 1953) 
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  4. La Règle du Jeu (Jean Renoir, 1939) 
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  5. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (F.W. Murnau, 1927) 
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  6. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968) 
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  7. The Searchers (John Ford, 1956) 
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  8. Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1929) 
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  9. The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Dreyer, 1927) 
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  10. 8 1/2 (Federico Fellini, 1963) 
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  11. Battleship Potemkin (Sergei Eisenstein, 1925)
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  12. L'Atalante (Jean Vigo, 1934) 
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  13. Breathless (Jean-Luc Godard, 1960) 
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  14. Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979) 
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  15. Late Spring (Ozu Yasujiro, 1949) 
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  16. Au hasard Balthasar (Robert Bresson, 1966) 
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  17. Seven Samurai (Kurosawa Akira, 1954) 
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  18. Persona (Ingmar Bergman, 1966) 
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  19. Mirror (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1974) 
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  20. Singin' in the Rain (Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly, 1951) 
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  21. L'avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960) 
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  22. Le Mépris (Jean-Luc Godard, 1963) 
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  23. The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972) 
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  24. Ordet (Carl Dreyer, 1955) 
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  25. In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, 2000) 
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  26. Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1966) 
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  27. Mulholland Dr. (David Lynch, 2001) 
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  28. Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979) 
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  29. Shoah (Claude Lantzmann,  1985) 
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  30. The Godfather, Part II (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974) 
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  31. Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976) 
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  32. Bicycle Thieves (Vitorio De Sica, 1948) 
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  33. The General (Buster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman, 1925) 
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  34. Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927) 
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  35. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960) 
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  36. Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce... (Chantal Akerman, 1975) 
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  37. Sátántangó (Bela Tarr, 1994) 
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  38. The 400 Blows (François Truffaut, 1959) 
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  39. La dolce vita (Federico Fellini, 1960)
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  40. Journey to Italy (Roberto Rossellini, 1954) 
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  41. Pather Panchali (Satyajit Ray, 1955) 
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  42. Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959) 
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  43. Gertrud (Carl Dreyer, 1964) 
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  44. Pierrot le fou (Jean-Luc Godard, 1965) 
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  45. Play Time (Jacques Tati, 1967) 
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  46. Close-Up (Abbas Kiarostami, 1990) 
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  47. The Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo, 1966) 
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  48. Histoire(s) du cinéma (Jean-Luc Godard, 1998) 
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  49. City Lights (Charlie Chaplin, 1931) 
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  50. Ugetsu monogatari (Mizoguchi Kenji, 1953) 
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  51. actually a tie for #50 - La Jetée (Chris Marker, 1962) 
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Image credits, top bar, left to right.
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[2] Praefcke, Andreas. (October 2008) Pantages Theatre, Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, Box office. Wikimedia Commons.
[3] Bariscale, Floyd B. (21 March 2009). Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 225. The movie palace, designed by S. Charles Lee, Broadway, downtown L.A. Big Orange Landmarks. Flickr.
[4] Rose, Adam. (26 February 2017). "146033_0116 The Oscars: The 89th Oscars broadcast..." Walt Disney Television. Flickr.
[5] Kahle, Alexander. (July 1941). Promotional still for the 1941 film Citizen Kane: Orson Welles with Dorothy Comingore. RKO Radio Pictures, July 1941. Wikimedia Commons.