AFI's 100 Years... 100 Cheers


AFI's 100 Years... 100 Cheers

"100 Years... 100 Cheers: America's Most Inspiring Movies" is a list of the most inspiring movies as determined by the American Film Institute. It is part of the AFI 100 Years... series, which has been compiling lists of the greatest movies of all time in various categories since 1998. It was unveiled on a three-hour prime time special on CBS television on June 14, 2006.

The announcement of the series was made on November 16, 2005, and a ballot of 300 films was released to a jury of over 1,500 cinematography leaders.

The List

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Among the over 300 films on the original ballot:
* Tom Hanks and Henry Fonda are the two most represented actors, in eight nominated films each. Gary Cooper and Sidney Poitier each star in seven nominated films.
* Jimmy Stewart played the main role in two out of the top five films ("It's a Wonderful Life" and "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington"). He also starred in "The Spirit of St. Louis" (#69).
* Jean Arthur, with four nominated films, is the most represented actress.
* Frank Capra and Steven Spielberg each have directed six nominees.
* Over one-third of the films are biographical in nature.
* Twelve of the films were released in 1939, more than any other year; five of the 100 eventually selected were from that year.

External links

* [http://www.afi.com/docs/tvevents/pdf/cheers100.pdf Complete list] (pdf)
* [http://www.afi.com/Docs/about/press/2005/100cheers.pdf Press release announcing the show] (pdf)
* [http://www.afi.com/Docs/tvevents/pdf/cheers300.pdf List of the 300 nominated films] (pdf)


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