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Encyclopedia > AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills

The 100 most heart-pounding American films as described by the AFI on the evening of June 12, 2001.

  1. Psycho (1960)
  2. Jaws (1975)
  3. The Exorcist (1973)
  4. North by Northwest (1959)
  5. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
  6. Alien (1979)
  7. The Birds (1963)
  8. The French Connection (1971)
  9. Rosemary's Baby (1968)
  10. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  11. The Godfather (1972)
  12. King Kong (1933)
  13. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
  14. Rear Window (1954)
  15. Deliverance (1972)
  16. Chinatown (1974)
  17. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
  18. Vertigo (1958)
  19. The Great Escape (1963)
  20. High Noon (1952)
  21. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
  22. Taxi Driver (1976)
  23. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  24. Double Indemnity (1944)
  25. Titanic (1997)
  26. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
  27. Star Wars (1977)
  28. Fatal Attraction (1987)
  29. The Shining (1980)
  30. The Deer Hunter (1978)
  31. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
  32. Strangers on a Train (1951)
  33. The Fugitive (1993)
  34. The Night of the Hunter (1955)
  35. Jurassic Park (1993)
  36. Bullitt (1968)
  37. Casablanca (1942)
  38. Notorious (1946)
  39. Die Hard (1988)
  40. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  41. Dirty Harry (1971)
  42. The Terminator (1984)
  43. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  44. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
  45. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
  46. Carrie (1976)
  47. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
  48. Dial M for Murder (1954)
  49. Ben-Hur (1959)
  50. Marathon Man (1976)
  51. Raging Bull (1980)
  52. Rocky (1976)
  53. Pulp Fiction (1994)
  54. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
  55. Wait Until Dark (1967)
  56. Frankenstein (1931)
  57. All the President's Men (1976)
  58. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
  59. Planet of the Apes (1968)
  60. The Sixth Sense (1999)
  61. Cape Fear (1962)
  62. Spartacus (1960)
  63. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
  64. Touch of Evil (1958)
  65. The Dirty Dozen (1967)
  66. The Matrix (1999)
  67. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
  68. Halloween (1979)
  69. The Wild Bunch (1969)
  70. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
  71. Goldfinger (1964)
  72. Platoon (1986)
  73. Laura (1944)
  74. Blade Runner (1982)
  75. The Third Man (1949)
  76. Thelma & Louise (1991)
  77. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
  78. Gaslight (1944)
  79. The Magnificent Seven (1960)
  80. Rebecca (1940)
  81. The Omen (1976)
  82. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
  83. The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
  84. Poltergeist (1982)
  85. Dracula (1931)
  86. The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
  87. The Thing From Another World (1951)
  88. 12 Angry Men (1957)
  89. The Guns of Navarone (1961)
  90. The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
  91. Braveheart (1995)
  92. Body Heat (1981)
  93. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
  94. The China Syndrome (1979)
  95. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
  96. Blue Velvet (1986)
  97. Safety Last (1923)
  98. Blood Simple (1984)
  99. Speed (1994)
  100. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
This article is about the novel and the movies based on it. ... Jaws (1975) is an American film, based upon a bestselling novel by Peter Benchley, which tells the story of a resort towns sheriff who tries to protect beachgoers from the predations of a huge great white shark by closing the beach, only to be overruled by the town council. ... The Exorcist is an influential and successful 1973 horror film, adapted by William Peter Blatty from his 1971 novel of the same name. ... North By Northwest is a 1959 MGM thriller by Alfred Hitchcock and is generally considered one of his best works. ... Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins in the film version The Silence of the Lambs is a novel by Thomas Harris, his second to feature sociopath psychiatrist and cannibal Dr. Hannibal Lecter. ... Alien (1979), directed by Ridley Scott, is an extremely popular and influential science fiction/horror film that spawned several sequels and imitators. ... The Birds (1963) is a horror film by Alfred Hitchcock, based on a short story by Daphne Du Maurier. ... This page is about the film. ... Spoiler warning: Rosemarys Baby is the title of a 1967 horror novel by Ira Levin, in which a young religious woman and her husband move into a New York City, New York apartment next door to enthusiastic, oversolicitous neighbors. ... Raiders of the Lost Ark is a feature film released by Paramount Pictures in 1981. ... The Godfather is a novel written by Mario Puzo about a fictitious Italian Mafia family. ... King Kong is a classic 1933 Hollywood horror/adventure film from RKO about a gigantic prehistoric gorilla, brought from a remote island to New York City to be exhibited as a natural wonder, that escapes to cause mass destruction. ... Bonnie and Clyde (1967) is a film about Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, who roamed the United States Southwest robbing banks during the Great Depression. ... Rear Window (1954) is a motion picture directed by Alfred Hitchcock, based on Cornell Woolrich´s short story It Had to Be Murder (1942). ... Deliverance Deliverance is a 1970 novel by American author James Dickey that was made by Warner Bros. ... Chinatown is a 1974 film directed by Roman Polanski and written by Robert Towne, starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, and John Huston. ... The Manchurian Candidate is a 1959 novel by Richard Condon. ... Vertigo is a 1958 suspense film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. ... Steve McQueen in The Great Escape The Great Escape (1963; director: John Sturges) is a famous World War II film, based on a true story about Allied POWs with a record for escaping from POW camps. ... High Noon is a 1952 western film which tells the story of a town sheriff, who has just married a pacifist Quaker woman. ... A Clockwork Orange is a dystopian 1962 novel by Anthony Burgess, and forms the basis for the 1971 film adaptation by Stanley Kubrick. ... Taxi Driver is a 1976 American motion picture drama directed by Martin Scorsese. ... Categories: Movie stubs | 1962 films | British films | AFI 100 Movies | AFI 100 Thrills | Biographical films | Drama films | War films | Best Picture Oscar | Best Actor Oscar Nominee (film) | Best Supporting Actor Oscar Nominee (film) | United States National Film Registry ... Double Indemnity is a 1944 film noir that tells the story of an insurance investigator who finds himself entwined in a plot to kill a womans husband. ... Titanic is a 1997 dramatic movie released by Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox. ... Poster of the 1941 Warner Brothers film version, directed by John Huston The Maltese Falcon is a detective novel by Dashiell Hammett, made into a quintessential film noir movie. ... For the missile defense program, see Strategic Defense Initiative. ... Fatal Attraction is a 1987 horror/slasher film which tells the story of a married man who has an affair, only to discover that the woman with whom he had the affair is not ready to let it end. ... The Shining can refer to: the Stephen King book: see The Shining (book) the Stanley Kubrick film based on the book: see The Shining (film) the ABC mini-series scripted by Stephen King: The Shining (mini-series) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that... The Deer Hunter is a 1978 film which tells the story of how the Vietnam War affects the people in the industrial town of Clairton, Pennsylvania just south of Pittsburgh along the Monongahela River (although it was actually filmed in Cleveland and Mingo Junction, Ohio). ... Released on November 16, 1977, Close Encounters of the Third Kind is a science-fiction movie about UFOs, written and directed by Steven Spielberg. ... Strangers on a Train is a film released in 1951 by Warner Bros. ... The Fugitive is a 1993 feature film, based on the television series The Fugitive, starring Harrison Ford as Dr. Richard Kimble, and Tommy Lee Jones as Lieutenant Samuel Gerard. ... The Night of the Hunter is a 1955 movie directed by Charles Laughton and starring Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, James Gleason, Evelyn Varden, Peter Graves, Don Beddoe, Billy Chapin, Sally Jane Bruce and Gloria Castillo. ... A mosquito in amber Jurassic Park is a novel written by Michael Crichton and published in 1990, which was later adapted as a movie directed by Steven Spielberg. ... Bullitt was a 1968 film starring Steve McQueen as Detective Frank Bullitt. ... Casablanca is a 1942 movie set during World War II in the Vichy-controlled Moroccan city of Casablanca. ... Notorious was a 1946 thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock. ... Die Hard is an action film released in 1988, written by Jeb Stuart and Steven E. de Sousa, starring Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, Alan Rickman, William Atherton, directed by John McTiernan. ... A movie poster from the original release of 2001 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) is an immensely popular and influential science fiction film and book; the film directed by Stanley Kubrick and the book written by Arthur C. Clarke. ... Film box cover for Dirty Harry For the 1953 nuclear test nicknamed Dirty Harry, see Upshot-Knothole Harry [1] Dirty Harry is a 1971 film directed by Don Siegel and starring Clint Eastwood as the eponymous Harry Callahan, a San Francisco detective tracking Scorpio, a serial killer. ... The Terminator was a 1984 sci-fi action film which became the break-through role for former body-builder Arnold Schwarzenegger. ... The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. ... Film poster for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (20th anniversary) E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 science fiction film that tells the story of the young boy Elliott who befriends an alien being trapped on Earth and trying to find his way home. ... Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 film directed by Steven Spielberg dealing with the World War II Battle of Normandy. ... Carrie (1974) was Stephen Kings first published novel. ... Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a 1956 science fiction/horror film which tells the story of ordinary small town people whose bodies are taken over by aliens. ... Dial M for Murder (1954) is a U.S. film directed by Alfred Hitchcock starring Grace Kelly and Ray Milland as a married couple. ... Ben-Hur is a 1959 film directed by William Wyler and is, today, the best-known version of the film based on the 1880 book by Lew Wallace, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. ... Marathon Man is a thriller novel by William Goldman. ... Robert De Niro in Raging Bull The Raging Bull is also a revolver. ... Rocky DVD cover Rocky is a motion picture released in 1976 starring Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa and Carl Weathers as Apollo Creed. ... Pulp Fiction is a 1994 film directed by Quentin Tarantino and written by Tarantino and Roger Avary. ... Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a 1969 Western film which tells the story of two lighthearted outlaws who seem more inclined to trade quips than shots. ... Wait Until Dark is a 1966 film which tells the story of a blind woman terrorized by two criminals searching for drugs in her apartment. ... Frankenstein is a 1931 horror film based on the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. ... All the Presidents Men is a 1974 non-fiction book by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the two journalists investigating the Watergate scandal for the Washington Post. ... Le Pont de la Rivière Kwai (The Bridge over the River Kwai) is a novel by Pierre Boulle, published in 1954, that won Frances Prix Ste Beuve. ... Planet of the Apes is a 1968 science fiction film in which an astronaut finds himself 2,000+ years in the future stranded on an earth-like planet, in which humans are enslaved by apes. ... For the 1970s television series, see The Sixth Sense (TV series). ... Cape Fear is a 1962 film which tells the story of an attorney whose family is stalked by a criminal whom the attorney helped to send to jail. ... Spartacus is a 1960 film directed by Stanley Kubrick. ... What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? is a 1962 Warner Bros. ... Touch of Evil (1958), was one of the last and one of the greatest examples of film noir ever made. ... Movie poster of The Dirty Dozen The Dirty Dozen is a 1967 fictional war movie directed by Robert Aldrich from the novel by E.M. Nathanson. ... The Matrix is a film first released in the USA on March 31, 1999, written and directed by the Wachowski brothers (Andy and Larry). ... The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is a 1948 John Huston film in which two down-and-outers (Humphrey Bogart and Tim Holt) in Mexico (bothering director John Huston for money in fun opening cameo) hook up with an old-timer (Walter Huston, the directors father) to prospect for... Michael Myers, unstoppable psycho-killer The Halloween films are a series of horror movies, of which the first film is considered one of the most important and influential of the genre. ... This article is about the movie. ... Dog Day Afternoon is a 1975 film which tells the story of a man named Sonny Wortzik (played by Al Pacino) who holds employees of a bank hostage during a failed bank robbery in Brooklyn, New York. ... This page is for the James Bond novel and film; see Goldfinger (band) for the band, Ernö Goldfinger for the architect. ... Platoon is a 1986 Vietnam war film, written and directed by Oliver Stone and starring Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Charlie Sheen and Forest Whitaker. ... Laura is a 1944 film noir which tells the story of a police detective, investigating a womans murder, who falls in love with her portrait. ... Blade Runner is a cyberpunk science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott and released in 1982, depicting a dark, dystopic vision of Los Angeles in November 2019. ... The Third Man (1949) is a film noir directed by Carol Reed. ... Thelma and Louise is a road movie from 1991 conceived and written by Callie Khouri, co-produced and directed by Ridley Scott, and starring Geena Davis as Thelma, Susan Sarandon as Louise, and Harvey Keitel as a sympathetic detective trying to solve crimes that the two women find it easier... Terminator 2: Judgment Day (commonly abbreviated T2) is a 1991 movie directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, and Robert Patrick. ... Gaslight is the title of at least two films based on the Patrick Hamilton play Angel Street, in which a man marries a woman and tries to convince her she is crazy so that he can steal the jewels stored in her attic. ... The Magnificent Seven is one of the English language titles for the Akira Kurosawa film Shichinin no samurai (1954), also called The Seven Samurai. ... Rebecca is the New Testament spelling of Rebekah (see Romans 9:10). ... DVD cover for The Omen The Omen is a 1976 horror film directed by Richard Donner and starring Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner, Harvey Stephens, Billie Whitelaw, Patrick Troughton, and Leo McKern. ... Film poster for The Day the Earth Stood Still The Day the Earth Stood Still is a 1951 science fiction film which tells the story of a humanoid spaceman who comes to Earth to convince its leaders to learn how to live in peace. ... Lon Chaney in The Phantom of the Opera The 1925 film version of The Phantom of the Opera, starring Lon Chaney, Sr. ... The Poltergeist movies are a trilogy of horror films produced in the 1980s. ... This DVD cover for the film shows Lugosi in the role which would type-cast him for the rest of his career. ... DVD cover for the 1945 film version showing Hurd Hatfield (centre) as Gray, Donna Reed (left) as Gladys Hallward, Angela Lansbury (right) as Sibyl Vane and George Sanders (background) as Lord Henry Wotton The Picture of Dorian Gray is a novel by Oscar Wilde first published in 1890. ... The Thing From Another World is a 1951 science fiction film which tells the story of scientists at a remote Arctic outpost who fights an alien being. ... 12 Angry Men is a 1957 film which tells the story of one lone juror who holds out against the other eleven members of the jury; he is not convinced that the defendant, a young Hispanic man, is guilty of murder. ... The Guns of Navarone is a 1957 novel of World War II by UK thriller writer Alistair MacLean that was made into a US film in 1961. ... The Poseidon Adventure was a 1972 adventure movie based on a novel by Paul Gallico. ... Braveheart is an American motion picture released in 1995 that was very loosely based on the life of William Wallace, a major Scottish hero. ... Body Heat is a 1981 film noir written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan. ... A young zombie and her victim Night of the Living Dead (1968) is a seminal horror film directed by George A. Romero which was to transfigure the horror-movie genre. ... The China Syndrome is a 1979 thriller film which tells the story of a reporter and cameramen who discover safety coverups at a nuclear power plant. ... Full Metal Jacket (1987) is a film by Stanley Kubrick based on the novel The Short-Timers by Gustav Hasford. ... Blue Velvet is a 1986 film directed and written by David Lynch. ... Safety Last is a 1923 comedy silent film in which a young store clerk convinces his boss to pay $1000 for anyone who will climb the face of the store building. ... Blood Simple is a neo noir film, the debut of Joel and Ethan Coen, writers and directors of Fargo, The Man Who Wasnt There, and Raising Arizona, among others. ... Movie poster for Speed Speed is a 1994 film directed by Jan de Bont, starring Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock (her breakout role), and Dennis Hopper. ... The Adventures of Robin Hood is a 1938 film based upon the Robin Hood legend. ...

 
 

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