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AFI 100 Years 100 Passions list

selection criteria: Feature-Length Fiction Film (more than 60 minutes in length in narrative format); 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).
Statistically speaking, in terms of decades with most movies in top 100, the situation is as follows:
1st 1950-59 with 21 seats
(THE AFRICAN QUEEN, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, A PLACE IN THE SUN, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, THE QUIET MAN, ROMAN HOLIDAY, FROM HERE TO ETERNITY, A STAR IS BORN, SABRINA, TO CATCH A THIEF, PICNIC, MARTY, LOVE IS A MANY-SPLENDORED THING, LADY AND THE TRAMP, THE KING AND I, AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER, VERTIGO, GIGI, PORGY AND BESS, PILLOW TALK);
2nd 1930-39 with 15 seats
(MOROCCO, CITY LIGHTS, KING KONG, IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT, ANNA KARENINA, SWING TIME, CAMILLE, THE AWFUL TRUTH, BRINGING UP BABY, GONE WITH THE WIND, WUTHERING HEIGHTS, DARK VICTORY, NINOTCHKA, JEZEBEL, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME);
3rd 1960-69 with 14 seats
(THE APARTMENT, WEST SIDE STORY, SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS, BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S, MY FAIR LADY, DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, THE GRADUATE, TWO FOR THE ROAD, GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER, BONNIE AND CLYDE, BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, FUNNY GIRL);
4th: 1940-49 with 13 seats
(THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, THE LADY EVE, CASABLANCA, NOW, VOYAGER, RANDOM HARVEST, WOMAN OF THE YEAR, TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT, DOUBLE INDEMNITY, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE, NOTORIOUS, THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR);
4th 1980-89 with 13 seats
(ON GOLDEN POND, REDS, BODY HEAT, AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN, OUT OF AFRICA, WITNESS, MOONSTRUCK, ROXANNE, THE PRINCESS BRIDE, DIRTY DANCING, THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING, WORKING GIRL, WHEN HARRY MET SALLY);
6th 1990-99 with 11 seats
(GHOST, PRETTY WOMAN, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE, SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, THE ENGLISH PATIENT, JERRY MAGUIRE, TITANIC, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE);
7th 1970-79 with 10 seats
(LOVE STORY, HAROLD AND MAUDE, LAST TANGO IN PARIS, WHAT'S UP, DOC?, THE WAY WE WERE, ANNIE HALL, THE GOODBYE GIRL, COMING HOME, GREASE, MANHATTAN);
8th 1920-29 with 3 seats
(WAY DOWN EAST, THE SHEIK, SUNRISE);
Most celebrated (passion) actor/actress:
Cary Grant - 6 movies (AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER, THE AWFUL TRUTH, BRINGING UP BABY, NOTORIOUS, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, TO CATCH A THIEF);
Katharine Hepburns - 6 movies (THE AFRICAN QUEENGUESS, WHO'S COMING TO DINNER, ON GOLDEN POND, BRINGING UP BABY, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, WOMAN OF THE YEAR);
Humphrey Bogart - 5 movies (CASABLANCA, THE AFRICAN QUEEN, DARK VICTORY, SABRINA, TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT);
Audrey Hepburns - 5 movies (TWO FOR THE ROAD, ROMAN HOLIDAY, SABRINA, BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S, MY FAIR LADY);




100 PASSIONS chart of seats per decades
100 PASSIONS chart of seats per decades



No. 1 is CASABLANCA (1942) starred by Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine, Ingrid Bergman as Ilsa Lund; directed by Michael Curtiz, screenplay by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, Howard Koch; produced by Hal B. Wallis, Jack L. Warner; music by Max Steiner; cinematography by Arthur Edeson; film editing by Owen Marks CASABLANCA (1942) picture
AFI's 100 PASSIONS NO.1 - CASABLANCA (1942)




No. 2 is GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) starred by Vivien Leigh as Scarlett, Clark Gable as Rhett Butler, Olivia de Havilland as Melanie Hamilton, Leslie Howard as Ashley Wilkes; directed by Victor Fleming; screenplay by Sidney Howard; based on the Novel by Margaret Mitchell; produced by David O. Selznick; music by Max Steiner; cinematography by Ernest Haller; film editing by Hal C. Kern GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) picture
AFI's 100 PASSIONS NO.2 - GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)





No. 3 is WEST SIDE STORY (1961) starred by Natalie Wood as Maria, Richard Beymer as Tony, Russ Tamblyn as Riff, Rita Moreno as Anita, George Chakiris as Bernardo; directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise; screenplay by Ernest Lehman; based on the book of musical play by Arthur Laurents; produced by Robert Wise; music by Leonard Bernstein; cinematography by Daniel L. Fapp; film editing by Thomas Stanford WEST SIDE STORY (1961) picture
AFI's 100 PASSIONS NO.3 - WEST SIDE STORY (1961)





No. 4 is ROMAN HOLIDAY (1953) starred by Gregory Peck as Joe Bradley, Audrey Hepburn as Princess Ann; directed by William Wyler; screenplay by Ian McLellan Hunter, John Dighton; based on the story by Dalton Trumbo, Ian McLellan Hunter; produced by William Wyler; music by Georges Auric; cinematography by Henri Alekan, Franz Planer; film editing by Robert Swink ROMAN HOLIDAY (1953) picture
AFI's 100 PASSIONS NO.4 - ROMAN HOLIDAY (1953)





No. 5 is AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER (1957) starred by Cary Grant as Nickie Ferrante, Deborah Kerr as Terry McKay; directed by Leo McCarey; screenplay by Delmer Daves, Leo McCarey; story by Leo McCarey, Mildred Cram; produced by Jerry Wald; music by Hugo Friedhofer; cinematography by Milton R. Krasner; film editing by James B. Clark AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER (1957) picture
AFI's 100 PASSIONS NO.5 - AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER (1957)
 
AFI 100 Years 100 Passions List and also America's Greatest Love Stories 400 Nominated Films (pdf format)

NO

MOVIE (FILM)

YEAR

STARRED

DIRECTED

T

1

Casablanca

1942

Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman

Michael Curtiz

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2

Gone With The Wind

1939

Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Olivia de Havilland, Leslie Howard

Victor Fleming

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3

West Side Story

1961

Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris

Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise

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4

Roman Holiday

1953

Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn

William Wyler

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5

An Affair To Remember

1957

Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr

Leo McCarey

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6

The Way We Were

1973

Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford

Sydney Pollack

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7

Doctor Zhivago

1965

Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin

David Lean

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8

It's A Wonderful Life

1946

James Stewart, Donna Reed

Frank Capra

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9

Love Story

1970

Ali MacGraw, Ryan O'Neal

Arthur Hiller

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10

City Lights

1931

Charles Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill

Charles Chaplin

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11

Annie Hall

1977

Woody Allen, Diane Keaton

Woody Allen

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12

My Fair Lady

1964

Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison

George Cukor

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13

Out Of Africa

1985

Meryl Streep, Robert Redford

Sydney Pollack

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14

The African Queen

1951

Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn

John Huston

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15

Wuthering Heights

1939

Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier

William Wyler

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16

Singin' In The Rain

1952

Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds

Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly

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17

Moonstruck

1987

Cher, Nicolas Cage

Norman Jewison

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18

Vertigo

1958

James Stewart, Kim Novak

Alfred Hitchcock

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19

Ghost

1990

Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore

Jerry Zucker

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20

From Here To Eternity

1953

Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Frank Sinatra

Fred Zinnemann

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21

Pretty Woman

1990

Richard Gere, Julia Roberts

Garry Marshall

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22

On Golden Pond

1981

Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda

Mark Rydell

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23

Now, Voyager

1942

Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

Irving Rapper

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24

King Kong

1933

Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot

Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack

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25

When Harry Met Sally

1989

Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan

Rob Reiner

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26

The Lady Eve

1941

Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda

Preston Sturges

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27

The Sound Of Music

1965

Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer

Robert Wise

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28

The Shop Around The Corner

1940

Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart

Ernst Lubitsch

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29

An Officer And A Gentleman

1982

Richard Gere, Debra Winger

Taylor Hackford

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30

Swing Time

1936

Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers

George Stevens

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31

The King And I

1956

Yul Brynner, Deborah Kerr, Rita Moreno

Walter Lang

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32

Dark Victory

1939

Bette Davis, George Brent, Humphrey Bogart

Edmund Goulding

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33

Camille

1937

Greta Garbo, Robert Taylor, Lionel Barrymore

George Cukor

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34

Beauty And The Beast

1991

Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson

Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

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35

Gigi

1958

Leslie Caron, Louis Jourdan, Maurice Chevalier

Vincente Minnelli

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36

Random Harvest

1942

Ronald Colman, Greer Garson

Mervyn LeRoy

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37

Titanic

1997

Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet

James Cameron

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38

It Happened One Night

1934

Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert

Frank Capra

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39

An American In Paris

1951

Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron

Vincente Minnelli

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40

Ninotchka

1939

Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas

Ernst Lubitsch

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41

Funny Girl

1968

Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif

William Wyler

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42

Anna Karenina

1935

Greta Garbo, Fredric March

Clarence Brown

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43

A Star Is Born

1954

Judy Garland, James Mason, Jack Carson

George Cukor

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44

The Philadelphia Story

1940

Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Stewart

George Cukor

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45

Sleepless In Seattle

1993

Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan

Nora Ephron

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46

To Catch A Thief

1955

Cary Grant, Grace Kelly

Alfred Hitchcock

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47

Splendor In The Grass

1961

Natalie Wood, Warren Beatty

Elia Kazan

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48

Last Tango In Paris

1972

Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider

Bernardo Bertolucci

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49

The Postman Always Rings Twice

1946

Lana Turner, John Garfield

Bob Rafelson

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50

Shakespeare In Love

1998

Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes

John Madden

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51

Bringing Up Baby

1938

Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant

Howard Hawks

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52

The Graduate

1967

Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross

Mike Nichols

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53

A Place In The Sun

1951

Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor

George Stevens

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54

Sabrina

1954

Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden

Billy Wilder

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55

Reds

1981

Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson

Warren Beatty

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56

The English Patient

1996

Ralph Fiennes, Kristin Scott Thomas, Juliette Binoche

Anthony Minghella

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57

Two For The Road

1967

Audrey Hepburn, Albert Finney

Stanley Donen

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58

Guess Who's Coming To Dinner

1967

Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier

Stanley Kramer

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59

Picnic

1955

William Holden, Kim Novak

Joshua Logan

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60

To Have And Have Not

1944

Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall

Howard Hawks

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61

Breakfast At Tiffany's

1961

Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard

Blake Edwards

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62

The Apartment

1960

Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine

Billy Wilder

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63

Sunrise

1927

George O'Brien, Janet Gaynor

F.W. Murnau

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64

Marty

1955

Ernest Borgnine, Betsy Blair

Delbert Mann

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65

Bonnie And Clyde

1967

Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway

Arthur Penn

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66

Manhattan

1979

Woody Allen, Diane Keaton

Woody Allen

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67

A Streetcar Named Desire

1951

Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando

Elia Kazan

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68

What's Up, Doc?

1972

Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal

Peter Bogdanovich

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69

Harold And Maude

1971

Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort

Hal Ashby

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70

Sense And Sensibility

1995

Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman

Ang Lee

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71

Way Down East

1920

Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess

D.W. Griffith

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72

Roxanne

1987

Steve Martin, Daryl Hannah

Fred Schepisi

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73

The Ghost And Mrs. Muir

1947

Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison

Joseph L. Mankiewicz

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74

Woman Of The Year

1942

Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn

George Stevens

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75

The American President

1995

Michael Douglas, Annette Bening

Rob Reiner

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76

The Quiet Man

1952

John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara

John Ford

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77

The Awful Truth

1937

Cary Grant, Irene Dunne

Leo McCarey

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78

Coming Home

1978

Jane Fonda, Jon Voight

Hal Ashby

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79

Jezebel

1939

Bette Davis, Henry Fonda

William Wyler

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80

The Sheik

1921

Rudolph Valentino, Agnes Ayres

George Melford

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81

The Goodbye Girl

1977

Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason

Herbert Ross

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82

Witness

1985

Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis

Peter Weir

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83

Morocco

1930

Gary Cooper, Marlene Dietrich

Josef von Sternberg

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84

Double Indemnity

1944

Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck

Billy Wilder

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85

Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing

1955

William Holden, Jennifer Jones

Henry King

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86

Notorious

1946

Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman

Alfred Hitchcock

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87

The Unbearable Lightness Of Being

1988

Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche

Philip Kaufman

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88

The Princess Bride

1987

Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright

Rob Reiner

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89

Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?

1966

Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton

Mike Nichols

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90

The Bridges Of Madison County

1995

Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep

Clint Eastwood

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91

Working Girl

1988

Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver

Mike Nichols

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92

Porgy And Bess

1959

Sidney Poitier, Dorothy Dandridge

Otto Preminger

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93

Dirty Dancing

1987

Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey

Emile Ardolino

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94

Body Heat

1981

William Hurt, Kathleen Turner

Lawrence Kasdan

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95

Lady And The Tramp

1955

Barbara Luddy, Larry Roberts, Peggy Lee

Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson

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96

Barefoot In The Park

1967

Robert Redford, Jane Fonda

Gene Saks

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97

Grease

1978

John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John

Randal Kleiser

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98

The Hunchback Of Notre Dame

1939

Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Hara

William Dieterle

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99

Pillow Talk

1959

Rock Hudson, Doris Day

Michael Gordon

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100

Jerry Maguire

1996

Tom Cruise, Renée Zellweger, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Cameron Crowe

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You've Got Mail

1998

Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan

Nora Ephron

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A Walk In The Clouds

1995

Keanu Reeves, Aitana Sanchez-Gijon, Anthony Quinn

Alfonso Arau

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Avatar

2009

Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver

James Cameron

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The Thorn Birds

1983

Richard Chamberlain, Rachel Ward, Christopher Plummer, Barbara Stanwyck

Daryl Duke

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