- 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 timespecial on CBStelevision 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.
Among the over 300 films on the original ballot:
Tom Hanksand Henry Fondaare the two most represented actors, in eight nominated films each. Gary Cooperand Sidney Poitiereach star in seven nominated films.
Jimmy Stewartplayed 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 Capraand Steven Spielbergeach 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.
* [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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