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article imageAFI chooses Citizen Kane as the Best Movie ever

By Chris V. Thangham     Jun 24, 2007 in Entertainment
American Film Institute released its 10th anniversary edition of 100 best movies over the past 100 years and picks the movie "Citizen Kane" as the best movie. Other movies include Godfather, Casablanca, City Lights and Raging Bull.
Citizen Kane, Movie Trailer
American Film Institute (AFI) released its 10th anniversary edition of 100 top movies and this year, the movie "Citizen Kane" has topped the list as the best movie ever.
The 1941 Orson Welles classic movie is about the story of a wealthy young idealist transformed by scandal and vice into a regretful old recluse.
The top 100 were chosen from ballots sent to 1,500 filmmakers, actors, writers, critics and others in Hollywood from a list of 400 nominated movies, 43 of which were made in the decade since the first list was compiled.
Here are the top 10 movies:
• CITIZEN KANE (#1)
• THE GODFATHER (#2)
• CASABLANCA (#3)
• RAGING BULL (#4)
• SINGIN' IN THE RAIN(5)
• GONE WITH THE WIND (#6)
• LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (#7)
• SCHINDLER'S LIST (#8)
• VERTIGO (#9)
• THE WIZARD OF OZ (#10)
Seattle Times reports of those newer films, only four made the top 100, they are 2001's "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" (No. 50), 1998's "Saving Private Ryan" (No. 71), 1997's "Titanic" (No. 83) and 1999's "The Sixth Sense" (No. 89). That's shows lack of any great movies in the modern era.
Films that dropped out of the top 100 this time included many classics such as 1965's "Doctor Zhivago," which had been No. 39 on the 1998 list; 1984's "Amadeus," which had been No. 53; 1977's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," which had been No. 64; 1990's "Dances With Wolves," which had been No. 75; and 1927's "The Jazz Singer," which had been No. 90. Movies like Doctor Zhivago deserves a place in the top 100 if not top 10.
"Close Encounters" director Steven Spielberg had the most films on the list with five, while Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick and Billy Wilder each had four. James Stewart and Robert De Niro were the most-represented actors with five films apiece.
In interviews for Wednesday's special, filmmakers and others in Hollywood told AFI, they love the behind the scenes story of Citizen Kane as much as the film itself. That made the movie more fascinating for them.
It was the first movie by Orson Welles, 25 years old at that time, it was considered a revolutionary movie compared to the other movies that were shown during that era.
"No one disputes it's a great American film," Gazzale said, "but what you hear from the great artists of our day is the love they have for this ideal of a young maverick making a movie like this, that a 25-year-old Orson Welles changed the fabric of cinema, and that that ideal still holds today."
The whole list is available at the AFI but requires a membership to see the list.
There are lots of great movies in the list, but do you agree with their choice "Citizen Kane", which is an excellent movie. But there are too many good movies, it is difficult to compare them, each is good in their own way.
If you have to choose the best movie so far, which one you would choose?
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