The Fans' Top 100 American Films
As many of you know, last month the AFI recalculated their Top 100 American films of all time. They compiled the data by circulating a shortlist of 400 films to “1,500 leaders from across the American film community - screenwriters, directors, actors, producers, cinematographers, editors, executives, film historians and critics.”
With a few exceptions the list was remarkably similar to the list of 1997. So it was a bit of a let down. We didn’t see something like “Blue Velvet” invade the list for instance, or a cult classic like “Evil Dead”. In fact, genre films were largely absent.
So I decided to conduct an experiment - recreate AFI’s list but cull the information from film bloggers, cinephiles, fanboys/girls, who are equally informed as the 1500 leaders surveyed by the AFI, but represent a completely different demographic. Therefore, the question will be answered – what are the fans’ top 100? Do scholars, historians and industry people think differently than fans?
I will keep the parameters the very close to the AFI’s guidelines with the exception of the shortlist. Four hundred films are too short of a shortlist to pick from. This is why the list was pretty much the same as ten years ago. And, who choose the top 400 anyway? Though the shortlist is available for reference and a reminder, voters are not obliged to stick to this.
Thus a ‘shadow list’ of the Top 100 American films will be compiled as chosen by the fans of the world.
How will it compare to the AFI list?
Eligibility to vote is on the honour system, but I would preferably like to hear from cinephiles or fans who will have seen the majority of the films on the list.
So here are the rules:
1)Voting is first-come-first-serve. Just download the ballot and email it back to me – firstname.lastname@example.org
2)Voting will stop at 1500 entries or after 6 weeks, whichever comes first
3)You can only vote once
4)For demographic comparisons, please include your age and country of origin on the form.
Here’s the voting procedure:
1) Each person votes for up to 100 movies aided by using the official ballot attached below. There is NO need to rank the films.
2) You may include as many films as you want that are not on the 400 short list just as long as your total doesn’t exceed 100. These are called ‘write-in’ candidates. Write-ins must be feature-length American movies released in the United States before January 1, 2007
3) Ballots with votes for more than 100 movies – including write-in candidates- will not be counted.
4) Rank your five greatest American movies in order (#1 being your choice for the greatest American film of all time). This ranking system will be used for tie-breaking purposes only.
Click HERE to download the voting ballot. And email them back to me at email@example.com
HERE's the AFI Website, with all their lists.