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  • AMG
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    BBC Culture has polled critics worldwide to determine the best American films EVER made. Here are the results.

    While there is no real surprise at the top with Citizen Kane, further down we have a bit more of an interesting look.

    The Lion King is the only animated film on the list, at number 86.
    The Dark Knight (96) is just placed above Gone With The Wind (97).
    The Tree of Life (79) and 12 Years A Slave (99) are the most recent films to make the list.  

    The full list can be seen here: http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20150720-the-100-greatest-american-films 

    So, what do you think of the list? Agree? Surprised? How many have you seen? 
     

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    AMG
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    1. Citizen Kane 11. The Magnificent Ambersons
    2. The Godfather 12. Chinatown
    3. Vertigo 13. North By Northwest
    4. 2001: A Space Odyssey 14. Nashville
    5. The Searchers 15. The Best Years of Our Lives
    6. Sunrise 16. McCabe & Mrs Miller
    7. Singin’ In The Rain 17. The Gold Rush
    8. Psycho 18. City Lights
    9. Casablanca 19. Taxi Driver
    10. The Godfather Part II  20. Goodfellas 

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    21. Mulholland Drive 31. A Woman Under The Influence
    22. Greed 32. The Lady Eve
    23. Annie Hall 33. The Conversation
    24. The Apartment 34. The Wizard of Oz
    25. Do The Right Thing 35. Double Indemnity
    26. Killer of Sheep 36. Star Wars
    27. Barry Lyndon 37. Imitation of Life
    28. Pulp Fiction 38. Jaws
    29. Raging Bull 39. The Birth of a Nation
    30. Some Like It Hot  40. Meshes of the Afternoon

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    41. Rio Bravo 51. Touch of Evil
    42. Dr Strangelove 52. The Wild Bunch
    43. Letter from an Unknown Woman 53. Grey Gardens
    44. Sherlock Jr 54. Sunset Boulevard
    45. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 55. The Graduate
    46. It’s A Wonderful Life 56. Back to the Future
    47. Marnie 57. Crimes & Misdemeanors
    48. A Place in the Sun 58. The Shop Around The Corner
    49. Days of Heaven 59. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
    50. His Girl Friday  60. Blue Velvet

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    61. Eyes Wide Shut 71. Groundhog Day
    62. The Shining 72. The Shanghai Gesture
    63. Love Streams 73. Network
    64. Johnny Guitar 74. Forrest Gump
    65. The Right Stuff 75. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    66. Red River 76. The Empire Strikes Back
    67. Modern Times 77. Stagecoach
    68. Notorious 78. Schindler’s List
    69. Koyaanisqatsi 79. The Tree of Life
    70. The Band Wagon  80. Meet Me In St Louis

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    81. Thelma & Louise 91. ET: The Extra Terrestrial
    82. Raiders of the Lost Ark 92. The Night of the Hunter
    83. Bringing Up Baby 93. Mean Streets
    84. Deliverance 94. 25th Hour
    85. Night of the Living Dead 95. Duck Soup
    86. The Lion King 96. The Dark Knight
    87. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 97. Gone With The Wind
    88. West Side Story 98. Heaven’s Gate
    89. In A Lonely Place 99. 12 Years A Slave
    90. Apocalypse Now  100. Ace in the Hole

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    #91! E.T. Represent!
    So, from the list, I’ve seen 65,which is a pretty good start. There are definitely ones I wasn’t expecting. Koyaanisqatsi, Johhny Guitar, Greed and The Killer of Sheep are the biggest surprises for me. I also love the inclusion of Sherlock Jr, one of my personal favourites. I look forward to checking out some new films! I’ve seen 19 of the top 20, so I guess McCabe and Mrs. Miller is the best place to start.

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    I’ve seen half the list, but my some of my first impressions: 
    – More blockbusters than usual including an unusually high Back to the Future.
    – I am pleased at the inclusion (not placement) of Forrest Gump and I’m not ashamed. 
    – The last 20 years of film, especially independent film has been shunned.
    – No Fincher or Coens? Perplexing.
    – On the Waterfront and 12 Angry men, both over 50 years-old, should be here.
    – I hate Vertigo and don’t understand the love.
    – Citizen Kane is number one and no one at all is surprised.
    – Gone with a Wind above 12YAS is the list biggest joke. A cruel one.  

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    ETPhoneHome
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    ^I didn’t go into the films that really should be on the list, because there are always a good list of those. 12 Angry Men is one of my personal favourites, and I agree it should absolutely be on here. Another one that’s surprising to me are Rear Window and Psycho because Hitchcock is so well-represented otherwise. Marnie is on there, but those two aren’t? That’s a bit surprising.

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    Surprised by the Cassavetes love – both difficult films but extremely good choices.  No question Heaven’s Gate was better-respected elsewhere than the U.S.  Also surprised that Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive weren’t reversed in placement.  I see the former as more iconic Lynch. 

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    Why this kind of lists tends to ignore the recent years? They need time to figure it out if it’s worthy? If it’s that good?

    At least in here they include some, but I’ve seen others so dated that could’ve been written 20 years ago. 

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    Pavel Romanov
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    Much better than the IMdB list.

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    DamianWayne
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    It’s odd not seeing ANYTHING from PTA, the Coens, or Fincher. They can easily replace trash like West Side Story with There Will Be Blood for starters.

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    I’ve seen 86. I like lists like these because even though I’ll never completely agree with them, they make for pretty good viewing suggestions. A lot of the ones I haven’t seen I’ve been meaning to – hopefully this will get me off my ass and watching them.

    Very interesting choices, I actually really like the variety. There’s the usual great stuff that gets recognized, but then there’s some surprises. I’m glad to see some of my favorites included (Empire Strikes Back, Koyaanisqatsi, The Right Stuff, Back to the Future, The Dark Knight, Groundhog), which are generally considered classics but often aren’t on these lists.

    I’m always a little leary of the inclusion of recent films, like from the last five years, but Tree of Life and 12 Years a Slave seem like good picks. 

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    The Lion King at #86

    Would have prefered Toy Story or any of the other Pixar films to be here, but I am not complaining about one of my favourite films ever making the list. Great choice, BBC!! 

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