20 February 2008


The first of the AFI 100 Years... series of cinematic milestones, AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies from a poll of more than 1,500 artists and leaders in the is a list of the 100 best American movies, as determined by the American Film Institutefilm industry. The list was unveiled in 1998
These 4 movies are selected as top four on the list.

Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane
is a 1941 classic American dramatic film, the first feature film directed by Orson Welles who also co-authored the screenplay. It was released by RKO Pictures. The story - often considered to be a veiled portrayal of the life of William Randolph Hearst - traces the life and career of Charles Foster Kane, a man whose career in the publishing world is born of idealistic social service, but gradually evolves into a ruthless pursuit of power. Narrated principally through flashbacks, the story is revealed through the research of a newspaper reporter seeking to solve the mystery of the newspaper magnate's dying word, "Rosebud".

Citizen Kane is often cited as being one of the most innovative works in the history of film. In 1997, the American Film Institute placed it at number one in its list of the 100 greatest U.S. movies of all time. In a recent poll of film critics and directors conducted by the British Film Institute, Citizen Kane was ranked the number one best film of all time by both groups.

Watch this small clip on Citizen Kane:


city of (1942) is an Oscar-winning romance film set in the Vichy-controlled MoroccanCasablanca during World War II. The film was directed by Michael Curtiz and stars Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine and Ingrid Bergman as Ilsa Lund. It focuses on Rick's conflict between, in the words of one character, love and virtue: he must choose between his love for Ilsa and doing the right thing, helping her and her Resistance leader husband escape from Casablanca to continue his fight against the Nazis.

The characters, quotations, and music have become iconic, and Casablanca has grown in popularity as time has gone by. It now consistently ranks near the top of lists of the greatest films of all time.

Watch this small clip on Casablanca:

The Godfather

The Godfather is an Academy Award-winning 1972 crime film based on the novel of the same name by Mario Puzo and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, with a screenplay by Puzo, Coppola, and an uncredited Robert Towne[1]. The film stars Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton and James Caan. The story spans ten years from 1945 to 1955 and chronicles the Corleone crime family.

The Godfather
along with the other films in the trilogy, had a strong impact on the public at large. Don Vito's line, "
I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse" was voted as the second most memorable line in cinema history in a 2005 poll, called AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes by the American Film Institute.

Two sequels followed The Godfather, The Godfather Part II in 1974 and The Godfather Part III in 1990.

Watch this small video clip on The Godfather:

Gone With The Wind

Gone with the Wind is a 1939 film adapted from Margaret Mitchell's 1936 novel of the same name and directed by Victor Fleming. The epic film which was set in the American South in and around the time of the Civil War, starred Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Leslie Howard and Olivia de Havilland. It told a story of the Civil War and its aftermath from a white Southern point of view.

It was awarded eight Academy Awards, a record that would stand for years. It has been named by the American Film Institute as number four among the top 100 American films of all time. It has sold more tickets than any other film in history. It is considered as the prototype of a Hollywood blockbuster. Today it is considered one of the most popular and greatest films of all time, and one of the most enduring symbols of the golden age of Hollywood.

Watch this small clip on Gone With The Wind:


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