AFI's 100 YEARS...100 PASSIONS

AFI's 100 GREATEST LOVE STORIES OF ALL TIME

AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions is a list of the 100 greatest love stories of all time.

Regardless of genre, in these films, a romantic bond between two or more characters, whose actions and/or intentions provide the heart of the film's narrative. These movies possess a "passion" which has enriched America's film and cultural heritage while continuing to inspire contemporary artists and audiences.

The AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions television special, hosted by Candice Bergen, originally aired on June 11, 2002.

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MOVIE

YEAR

1

CASABLANCA

1942

2

GONE WITH THE WIND

1939

3

WEST SIDE STORY

1961

4

ROMAN HOLIDAY

1953

5

AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER

1957

6

THE WAY WE WERE

1973

7

DOCTOR ZHIVAGO

1965

8

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE

1946

9

LOVE STORY

1970

10

CITY LIGHTS

1931

11

ANNIE HALL

1977

12

MY FAIR LADY

1964

13

OUT OF AFRICA

1985

14

THE AFRICAN QUEEN

1951

15

WUTHERING HEIGHTS

1939

16

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN

1952

17

MOONSTRUCK

1987

18

VERTIGO

1958

19

GHOST

1990

20

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY

1953

21

PRETTY WOMAN

1990

22

ON GOLDEN POND

1981

23

NOW, VOYAGER

1942

24

KING KONG

1933

25

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY...

1989

26

THE LADY EVE

1941

27

THE SOUND OF MUSIC

1965

28

THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER

1940

29

AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN

1982

30

SWING TIME

1936

31

THE KING AND I

1956

32

DARK VICTORY

1939

33

CAMILLE

1937

34

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

1991

35

GIGI

1958

36

RANDOM HARVEST

1942

37

TITANIC

1997

38

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT

1934

39

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS

1951

40

NINOTCHKA

1939

41

FUNNY GIRL

1968

42

ANNA KARENINA

1935

43

A STAR IS BORN

1954

44

THE PHILADELPHIA STORY

1940

45

SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE

1993

46

TO CATCH A THIEF

1955

47

SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS

1961

48

LAST TANGO IN PARIS

1972

49

THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE

1946

50

SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

1998

51

BRINGING UP BABY

1938

52

THE GRADUATE

1967

53

A PLACE IN THE SUN

1951

54

SABRINA

1954

55

REDS

1981

56

THE ENGLISH PATIENT

1996

57

TWO FOR THE ROAD

1967

58

GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER

1967

59

PICNIC

1955

60

TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT

1944

61

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S

1961

62

THE APARTMENT

1960

63

SUNRISE

1927

64

MARTY

1955

65

BONNIE AND CLYDE

1967

66

MANHATTAN

1979

67

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

1951

68

WHAT'S UP, DOC?

1972

69

HAROLD AND MAUDE

1971

70

SENSE AND SENSIBILITY

1995

71

WAY DOWN EAST

1920

72

ROXANNE

1987

73

THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR

1947

74

WOMAN OF THE YEAR

1942

75

THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT

1995

76

THE QUIET MAN

1952

77

THE AWFUL TRUTH

1937

78

COMING HOME

1978

79

JEZEBEL

1939

80

THE SHEIK

1921

81

THE GOODBYE GIRL

1977

82

WITNESS

1985

83

MOROCCO

1930

84

DOUBLE INDEMNITY

1944

85

LOVE IS A MANY-SPLENDORED THING

1955

86

NOTORIOUS

1946

87

THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING

1988

88

THE PRINCESS BRIDE

1987

89

WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?

1966

90

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY

1995

91

WORKING GIRL

1988

92

PORGY AND BESS

1959

93

DIRTY DANCING

1987

94

BODY HEAT

1981

95

LADY AND THE TRAMP

1955

96

BAREFOOT IN THE PARK

1967

97

GREASE

1978

98

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME

1939

99

PILLOW TALK

1959

100

JERRY MAGUIRE

1996

SELECTION CRITERIA

The jurors were asked to consider the following criteria while making their selections:

  • Feature-Length Fiction Film: The film must be in narrative format, typically more than 60 minutes in length.
  • American Film: The film must be in the English language with significant creative and/or financial production elements from the United States.
  • Love Story: Regardless of genre, a romantic bond between two or more characters, whose actions and/or intentions provide the heart of the film's narrative.
  • Legacy: Films whose "passion" have enriched America's film and cultural heritage while continuing to inspire contemporary artists and audiences.

The final list of passionate films produced some interesting facts:
  • Cary Grant is the most celebrated actor, starring in the following six films in the top 100: AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER, THE AWFUL TRUTH, BRINGING UP BABY, NOTORIOUS, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, TO CATCH A THIEF. Humphrey Bogart is next with THE AFRICAN QUEEN, CASABLANCA,
    DARK VICTORY, SABRINA, TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT.
  • Hepburns make up 11% of America's Greatest Love Stories. Katharine stars in GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER, ON GOLDEN POND, BRINGING UP BABY, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, WOMAN OF THE YEAR, THE AFRICAN QUEEN, while Audrey graces TWO FOR THE ROAD, ROMAN HOLIDAY, SABRINA, BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S, MY FAIR LADY.
  • Marni Nixon's singing voice sang for Eliza Doolittle in MY FAIR LADY, Maria in WEST SIDE STORY, Terry McKay in AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER and Anna in
    THE KIND AND I. Marni accompanies her voice while playing Sister Sophia in THE SOUND OF MUSIC.
  • William Wyler (ROMAN HOLIDAY, FUNNY GIRL, JEZEBEL, WUTHERING HEIGHTS) and George Cukor (A STAR IS BORN, MY FAIR LADY, CAMILLE, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY) were the most represented directors. Mike Nichols,
    Rob Reiner, George Stevens and Billy Wilder helmed three love stories respectively.
  • Seven of AFI's top 10 greatest love stories feature couples that do not end up together in the end.
  • The AFI countdown contains approximately 187 fights and 260 kissing scenes, proving that lovers quarrel, but more often than not, they make up.


The special is the fifth installment in AFI's centennial celebration of American cinema, following the four critically-acclaimed Network specials — AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies, AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars, AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs and AFI's 100 Years...100 Thrills — which, each year, spark a national discussion of America's film history among movie lovers across the nation. The last four AFI specials were watched by an average of more than 11 million people.

Saturn, Blockbuster, Warner Home Video, Capital One, Johnson & Johnson, Southwest Airlines, Pepsi, Anheuser-Busch, Regal Cinemas and AOL are sponsors of this year's program.

Multi Emmy Award-winner Gary Smith (THE TONY AWARDS) is the executive producer and director of AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions for Smith-Hemion Productions. Former AFI Board Chair Frederick S. Pierce is the executive producer for AFI. Dann Netter (THE MARY TYLER MOORE REUNION, 50 YEARS OF TELEVISION), Fred A. Rappoport ("THE KENNEDY CENTER'S 25th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION, THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME 25th ANNIVERSARY) and Bob Gazzale, AFI President & CEO (AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, A TRIBUTE TO BARBRA STREISAND), are the producers, with Gazzale also serving as writer. Multiple Emmy Award-winner Candice Bergen (MURPHY BROWN, MISS CONGENIALITY) hosted the special. SFM Entertainment LLC is the distributor of the program.


AFI's 100 YEARS...100 PASSIONS (2002)
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