Greatest Movie Essay

The American Film Institute (AFI) has created a list of what they consider the best movies ever made.  That list is below.  Write an essay arguing one of the following points:

1 Choose a film on the list and argue that AFI was wrong - it should not have been included.

2 Choose a film on the list and agree with AFI that it is indeed one of the greatest movies ever.

3 Choose a film that is not on the list and argue that AFI was wrong to leave it off.

Make sure that you follow the instructions for writing an essay.  

 

The List

 

2001

The Lord of the Rings

1999

The Sixth Sense

1998

Saving Private Ryan

1997

Titanic

1996

Fargo

1995

Toy Story

1994

Forrest Gump

1994

Pulp Fiction

1994

The Shawshank Redemption

1993

Schindler's List

1992

Unforgiven

1991

The Silence of the Lambs

1990

Dances with Wolves

1990

Goodfellas

1989

Do the Right Thing

1986

Platoon

1984

Amadeus

1982

Blade Runner

1982

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

1982

Sophie's Choice

1982

Tootsie

1981

Raiders of the Lost Ark

1980

Raging Bull

1979

Apocalypse Now

1978

The Deer Hunter

1977

Annie Hall

1977

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

1977

Star Wars

1976

All the President's Men

1976

Network

1976

Rocky

1976

Taxi Driver

1975

Jaws

1975

Nashville

1975

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

1974

Chinatown

1974

The Godfather Part II

1973

American Graffiti

1972

Cabaret

1972

The Godfather

1971

A Clockwork Orange

1971

The French Connection

1971

The Last Picture Show

1970

MASH

1970

Patton

1969

Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid

1969

Easy Rider

1969

Midnight Cowboy

1969

The Wild Bunch

1968

2001: A Space Odyssey

1967

Bonnie and Clyde

1967

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

1967

In the Heat of the Night

1967

The Graduate

1966

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

1965

Doctor Zhivago

1965

The Sound of Music

1964

Dr. Strangelove

1964

My Fair Lady

1962

Lawrence of Arabia

1962

The Manchurian Candidate

1962

To Kill a Mockingbird

1961

West Side Story

1960

Psycho

1960

Spartacus

1960

The Apartment

1959

Ben-Hur

1959

North by Northwest

1959

Some Like It Hot

1958

Vertigo

1957

12 Angry Men

1957

The Bridge on the River Kwai

1956

Giant

1956

The Searchers

1955

Rebel Without a Cause

1954

On the Waterfront

1954

Rear Window

1953

From Here to Eternity

1953

Shane

1952

High Noon

1952

Singin' in the Rain

1951

A Place in the Sun

1951

A Streetcar Named Desire

1951

An American in Paris

1951

The African Queen

1950

All About Eve

1950

Sunset Boulevard

1949

The Third Man

1948

 Treasure of the Sierra Madre

1946

It's a Wonderful Life

1946

The Best Years of Our Lives

1944

Double Indemnity

1942

Casablanca

1942

Yankee Doodle Dandy

1941

Citizen Kane

1941

Sullivan's Travels

1941

The Maltese Falcon

1940

Fantasia

1940

The Grapes of Wrath

1940

The Philadelphia Story

1939

Gone with the Wind

1939

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

1939

Stagecoach

1939

The Wizard of Oz

1939

Wuthering Heights

1938

Bringing Up Baby

1937

Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs

1936

Modern Times

1936

Swing Time

1935

A Night at the Opera

1935

Mutiny on the Bounty

1934

It Happened One Night

1933

Duck Soup

1933

King Kong

1931

City Lights

1931

Frankenstein

1930

All Quiet on the Western Front

1927

Sunrise

1927

The General

1927

The Jazz Singer

1925

The Gold Rush

1916

Intolerance

1915

The Birth of a Nation