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Old 06-14-06, 07:30 PM
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"AFI's 100 Years...100 Cheers" Discussion Thread

Now this is a list. Now, on CBS (6/14). AFI's most inspirational movies. 3 hours of sheer inspiration. I mean the clips of the movies I haven't seen are giving me chills. And forget about the ones I have. Forget Bravo and their inane comedy list. This is a list and so far one hell of a special.

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# MOVIE
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


Interesting Facts about the Ballot of 300 whittled to 100

Tom Hanks and Henry Fonda are the most represented male actors on the ballot with eight inspiring movies each. Sidney Poitier, Gary Cooper and Denzel Washington each have seven movies on the ballot.

Jean Arthur is the most represented female actor on the ballot with four movies.

Frank Capra and Steven Spielberg each have six inspiring movies on the ballot, leading all directors. Capra's films are MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN ('36), YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU ('38), MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON ('39), MEET JOHN DOE ('41) IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ('46) and POCKETFUL OF MIRACLES ('61); while Spielberg directed CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND ('77), E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL ('82), THE COLOR PURPLE ('85), SCHINDLER'S LIST ('93), AMISTAD ('97) and SAVING PRIVATE RYAN ('98).

Over one third of the movies on the ballot are movies inspired by real life people and events.

1939 is the most represented year on the ballot, with 12 inspiring movies.

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I can't believe The Shawshank Redemption is only #23
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Just found the complete list of the top 100.

http://www.afi.com/tvevents/100years/cheers.aspx
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Yeah, pretty good list so far. I'm watching right now and they are about to start the top ten. Some of the ones they've already covered could, IMO, have easily been in the top five, so the top ten had better be good!
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At the risk of offending the female posters here, I can't believe Working Girl and Erin Brockovich made the cut.

*SPOILER ALERT*

And remember, the "inspirational characters" drive off a cliff to their deaths at the end of Thelma and Louise.
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Originally Posted by Robert
I can't believe The Shawshank Redemption is only #23
Totally. I expected top 10. By the time it got to 5 left, my wife and I had the five figured out, but had #1 and #3 swapped.
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I also think The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King belongs somewhere on the list.
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I can't believe Superman(1978) didn't make it at all in the top 100! I also agree with you guys about Shawshank. It should have been around 5 or 6.
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What about Scarface. That should be #1. The guy goes from an immigrant who has nothing to the top of the drug game. If thats not inspirational, then I don't know what is.
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One of the problems with these "Top *** Movies" lists is always the people they get to interview and provide commentaries about the movies. This show had some great, relevant commentators--Sidney Poitier, Sally Field, Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, Jane Fonda, Ben Kingsley, Kirk Douglas. Even Ralph Macchio was at least in one of the films on the list. But why the hell did they have Melissa Ethridge providing comments? And she was the one they used most often! I have nothing against the lady, but couldn't they have gotten someone else--someone who is actually involved in making movies?
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What exactly is inspirational about 2001?
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2001 is about transendence on many levels. It is highly inspirational. More than E.T., which somehow made it into the top 10.
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I'd guess E.T. is inspirational on a more basic level than 2001 thus being identifiable to more people.

I was surprised Braveheart was way back at 62, I thought it'd be in the top 15 at least.
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Originally Posted by GeoffreyL
What about Scarface. That should be #1. The guy goes from an immigrant who has nothing to the top of the drug game. If thats not inspirational, then I don't know what is.
Exactly. Think about all the rappers who gained inspiration from that film.
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I thought the exact same thing.
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Glad to see The Karate Kid, Rudy and Glory on the list.

I agree with the lower ratings on Braveheart and Shawshank. Those pivotal moments in the latter portions of the films should definitely secure top 10 status, imho.
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Harold and Maude is an odd choice. I think it's a great movie, but it certainly didn't inspire me whatsoever (to fall in love with an elderly woman).
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How did The Last Starfighter not make the list? I know it inspired me.
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Other notable films which did not make the Top 100:

Superman
The Natural
Papillon
Patton
Titanic
Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
Fantasia
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Dumbo

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Patton didn't make it?!?
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Nope. Neither did Hoop Dreams or Raiders of the Lost Ark.
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I'm not a big fan of most of these movies. And if there's any that I do like, it's not because I found them inspirational, or for whatever reason they made this list.
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Originally Posted by GeorgeP
Other notable films which did not make the Top 100:

...
Chariots of Fire
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Chariots was #100.
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Oh man Hoop Dreams! That should have definitely been on there!
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I was wondering why Cinderella Man didn't make it, but then I saw that movies released on January 1st of last year or later weren't eligible.

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