Most Popular American Film Institute Movies and TV Shows
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1. Citizen Kane (1941)
PG | 119 min | Drama, Mystery
Following the death of publishing tycoon Charles Foster Kane, reporters scramble to uncover the meaning of his final utterance; 'Rosebud'.
Votes: 378,787 | Gross: $1.59M
2. Some Like It Hot (1959)
Not Rated | 121 min | Comedy, Music, Romance
When two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.
Votes: 231,313 | Gross: $25.00M
3. The Apartment (1960)
Not Rated | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue.
Votes: 153,027 | Gross: $18.60M
4. My Fair Lady (1964)
G | 170 min | Drama, Family, Musical
Snobbish phonetics Professor Henry Higgins agrees to a wager that he can make flower girl Eliza Doolittle presentable in high society.
Votes: 82,824 | Gross: $72.00M
5. The Third Man (1949)
Not Rated | 93 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller
Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime.
Votes: 151,230 | Gross: $0.45M
6. Fantasia (1940)
G | 125 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy
A collection of animated interpretations of great works of Western classical music.
Directors: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe Jr., Norman Ferguson, David Hand, Jim Handley, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Leopold Stokowski, Deems Taylor, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Corey Burton
Votes: 84,710 | Gross: $76.41M
7. AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: America's Greatest Movies (1998 TV Movie)
138 min | Documentary
The American Film Institute commemorates the first century of American films with this awesome made-for-TV special highlighting the greatest 100 American movies as determined by leaders in ... See full summary »
8. The Recordist (2007)
23 min | Short, Sci-Fi
When Charlie Hall encounters an eccentric older woman named Avis Dauphin her life is turned upside down. Avis is convinced that Charlie is an alien life form sent to Earth to record a ... See full summary »
9. Marrying God (2006)
19 min | Drama
In a seedy Hollywood motel where her mother works as a maid, a little girl must find the courage to confront the harsh reality of life when she discovers that nothing is quite what it seems... See full summary »
10. AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition (2007 TV Movie)
130 min | Documentary
This special is a recounting of the top 100 movies of all time, updated from the list of 10 years ago aired in the first AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies.
11. AFI's 10 Top 10: America's 10 Greatest Films in 10 Classic Genres (2008 TV Special)
132 min | Reality-TV
AFI'S 10 TOP 10, a new chapter in AFIs Award-winning AFI's 100 Years... series, counts down the 10 greatest films from 10 classic American film genres, including animation, fantasy, science... See full synopsis »
12. How to Live Your Life Correctly (2018)
20 min | Short, Drama
A psychologically-damaged teenager, who is undergoing an existential crisis, begins a love affair with her rebellious hospital roommate in the hopes that it will lead to a breakthrough.
13. AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes: America's Greatest Quips, Comebacks and Catchphrases (2005 TV Special)
180 min | Documentary, History
The American Film Institute reviews some of the most memorable, evocative and influential dialogue in motion picture history.
15. The Mexican Dream (2003)
28 min | Short, Comedy
The Mexican Dream, is a Tragic comedy about the longings and delusions that lure so many illegal immigrants to this country. It's a fractured story about a naive, impulsive, but above all ... See full summary »
16. Santa Croce (2007)
TV-PG | 23 min | Drama
The remains of a small town girl's dissipated faith are put to the ultimate test when a Virgin Mary statue begins bleeding from the eyes in Santa Croce, California.
18. The Fare (2016)
Not Rated | 25 min | Short, Drama
A young man transports undocumented migrants into the United States. Thinking himself as a "taxi" service, he is forced to confront the harsh realities of human trafficking when one of the passengers is a twelve-year old girl.
19. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Billy Wilder (1986 TV Special)
Legendary filmmaker Billy Wilder becomes the 14th recipient of The American Film Institute Life Achievement Award as clips from a number of his classic films are unreeled: "The Major and ... See full summary »
20. AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains (2003 TV Special)
TV-14 | Documentary
The American Film Institute celebrates 100 years of film by recognizing the top 50 film heroes and top 50 film villains of all time.
21. Henry and Marvin (2001)
22 min | Short, Drama, Comedy
Henry, one of seven clients living in a large group home, finds himself with a new room mate. His name is Marvin. Henry manipulates Marvin with positive reinforcement techniques used by the... See full summary »
23. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Steven Spielberg (1995 TV Special)
A biography of producer/director Steven Spielberg, showing clips from many of his films and interviews with actors and crew members he has worked with.
25. Out of Place (I) (2019)
Unaware of them being neighbors, an aspiring Chinese pianist Hui, and Chamo, a Mexican house painter, go through a day that challenges their identities, only to meet at a moment of change.
26. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to George Lucas (2005 TV Special)
TV-PG | 120 min
The American Film Institute awards George Lucas with their highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award.
27. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Alfred Hitchcock (1979 TV Special)
100 min | Documentary
On March 7, 1979, Alfred Hitchcock becomes the seventh recipient of the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award.
28. AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars: America's Greatest Screen Legends (1999 TV Special)
135 min | Documentary
The spectacular CBS special! Shirley Temple Black hosts the festivities as 50 of today's top stars count down the 50 greatest screen legends of all time. Features Clint Eastwood, Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Kevin Spacey and many others.
29. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Ford (1973 TV Special)
75 min | Documentary
Shortly before his death in 1973, John Ford was given the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award by the AFI while friends and co-workers shared reminiscences.
30. AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: In Search of (1998 TV Special)
60 min | Documentary
Episode 4 of 10-part controversial series profiling the "hundred greatest movies" chosen by the American Film Institute in 1998. Companion piece to three-hour CBS special, this series ... See full summary »
31. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to William Wyler (1976 TV Special)
120 min | Documentary
In 1976, William Wyler became the fourth recipient of the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award, following John Ford, James Cagney and Orson Welles. The winner of three Best ... See full summary »
32. AFI's 100 Years... 100 Songs: America's Greatest Music in the Movies (2004 TV Movie)
180 min | Documentary, Music
The top 100 songs of the past 100 years chosen by the American Film Institute are presented by host-actor John Travolta.
33. My Backyard Was a Mountain (2005)
TV-G | 24 min | Short, Drama, Family
Ten-year-old Adan lives a carefree life in the rural town of Palmarejo, Puerto Rico, in the late 1950's, surrounded by his friends, his caring mother, Lilliam, and his beloved pet goat, ... See full summary »
37. Tumbling After (1997)
Drama, Romance, Short
He's had it with her manipulative games and mistrust. She's had it with his mood swings and refusal to even try to communicate. Love doesn't always conquer all. So you break up...but then ... See full summary »
38. Envying Alice (2004)
113 min | Drama
Envying Alice follows four, twenty-something friends in their search for acceptance, happiness and fulfillment with love and life. Filled with comedic highs and dramatic lows, Envying Alice... See full summary »
39. But Seriously, Folks (2006)
25 min | Short, Comedy, Drama
Shelly edits sitcom laugh tracks for a living, but while at work she daydreams of sharing her life's frustrations on a comedy stage. There she explains to a strange audience that she is the... See full summary »