The 100 Greatest American Films


America’s films are among its greatest exports. Since Thomas Edison’s innovations in the medium in the 1890s, the United States has consistently been a powerhouse in the development of cinema – from the massively popular entertainments of Hollywood to independent and avant-garde film. In recognition of the astounding influence of the US on what remains the most popular art-form worldwide, BBC Culture has polled 62 international film critics to determine the 100 greatest American films of all time.

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RetrospectRealm2017d ago

Dumb list. Citizen Kane was highly influential and revolutionary, but it is not the greatest American film of all time. These lists should partially be decided on how entertaining they are and how much people actually like them. Ask anybody what they're favorite film is and nobody will say "Citizen Kane" without saying it was influential and revolutionary.

Empire had the best list back in 2008. The top 5 were like:

1. The Godfather
2. Raiders Of The Lost Ark
3. Empire Strikes Back
4. The Shawshank Redemption
5. Jaws

Then the rest of the top 10 had the likes of Singin' In The Rain, GoodFellas, Pulp Fiction, Fight Club, etc. It was a great list.

WizzroSupreme2016d ago

If it should be based on quality than future influence, then I'd say that even Raiders of the Lost Ark doesn't hold a candle to Last Crusade in terms of a film and even Shawshank, bless its soul, is one good prison film among many. And The Empire Strikes Back just relies on that one big spoiler we all know by heart now.

RetrospectRealm2016d ago (Edited 2016d ago )

That's literally what I said. That's why I said Citizen Kane shouldn't be number 1... because they only put it there because it was influential...

And sorry to inform you, but Raiders Of The Lost Ark is considered the best Indiana Jones films 99.9% of the time. Not to be a dick, but saying Empire relies only on the one big moment is kind of juvenile. It's so much more. I wish you could see it the way everybody else does.

Thank god you didn't talk down about The Godfather or Jaws though.