AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars

AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars is the American Film Institute's list ranking the top 25 male and 25 female greatest screen legends of American film history and is the second list of the AFI 100 Years... series. The list was unveiled on June 15, 1999, through a CBS special hosted by Shirley Temple (who is herself honored on the female legends list), with 50 then-current actors making the presentations.[1]

AFI 100 Years... series
1998100 Movies
1999100 Stars
2000100 Laughs
2001100 Thrills
2002100 Passions
2003100 Heroes & Villains
2004100 Songs
2005100 Movie Quotes
200525 Scores
2006100 Cheers
200625 Musicals
2007100 Movies (Updated)
2008AFI's 10 Top 10

AFI defines an "American screen legend" as "an actor or a team of actors with a significant screen presence in American feature-length films [films of 40 minutes or more] whose screen debut occurred in or before 1950, or whose screen debut occurred after 1950 but whose death has marked a completed body of work." In other words, the list generally honors actors recognized for their contributions to classical Hollywood cinema.[1] Jurors selected the final lists from 250 male and 250 female nominees.[2]

The top stars of their respective gender are Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn, who starred together in the classic adventure 1951 film The African Queen, for which Bogart won his only Academy Award.

As of October 2021, Sidney Poitier (94) and Sophia Loren (87) are the only surviving honorees.[1] Katharine Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Kirk Douglas, Marlon Brando, Lauren Bacall, Shirley Temple, and Elizabeth Taylor were all still living when the list was unveiled, but have since died.

List of 50 greatest screen legends: Top 25 Male and Top 25 Female starsEdit

No. Male legends Female legends
1 Humphrey Bogart

(1899–1957)

  Known for:

The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Casablanca (1942)

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

The African Queen (1951)

Nominated for three Academy Awards, won for The African Queen.

Katharine Hepburn

(1907–2003)

  Known for:

Morning Glory (1933)

The African Queen (1951)

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)

On Golden Pond (1981)

Nominated for 12 Academy Awards, won for Morning Glory, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, The Lion in Winter (1968), and On Golden Pond.

2 Cary Grant

(1904–1986)

  Known for:

Bringing Up Baby (1938)

The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Notorious (1946)

North by Northwest (1959)

Nominated for two Academy Awards, earned Academy Honorary Award in 1970

Bette Davis

(1908–1989)

  Known for:

Dangerous (1935)

Jezebel (1938)

All About Eve (1950)

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

Nominated for 11 Academy Awards, won for Dangerous, and Jezebel.

3 James Stewart

(1908–1997)

  Known for:

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

The Philadelphia Story (1940)

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Vertigo (1958).

Nominated for five Academy Awards, won for The Philadelphia Story.

Audrey Hepburn

(1929–1993)

  Known for:

Roman Holiday (1953)

Sabrina (1954)

Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

My Fair Lady (1964)

Nominated for five Academy Awards, won for Roman Holiday.

4 Marlon Brando

(1924–2004)

  Known for:

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

On the Waterfront (1954)

The Godfather (1972)

Last Tango in Paris (1972)

Nominated for eight Academy Awards, won for On the Waterfront and The Godfather.

Ingrid Bergman

(1915–1982)

  Known for:

Casablanca (1942)

Gaslight (1944)

Notorious (1946)

Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

Nominated for seven Academy Awards, won for Gaslight, Anastasia (1956), and Murder on the Orient Express.

5 Fred Astaire

(1899–1987)

  Known for:

Partnership with Ginger Rogers

Top Hat (1935)

Holiday Inn (1942)

Royal Wedding (1951)

The Towering Inferno (1974)

Nominated for one Academy Award, earned Academy Honorary Award award in 1949

Greta Garbo

(1905–1990)

  Known for:

Flesh and the Devil (1927)

Anna Christie (1930)

Grand Hotel (1932)

Anna Karenina (1935)

Nominated for three Academy Awards, earned Academy Honorary Award in 1955.

6 Henry Fonda

(1905–1982)

  Known for:

The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

My Darling Clementine (1946)

12 Angry Men (1957)

On Golden Pond (1981)

Nominated for four Academy Awards, won for On Golden Pond, earned Academy Honorary Award award in 1980.

Marilyn Monroe

(1926–1962)

  Known for:

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)

The Seven Year Itch (1955)

Some Like It Hot (1959)

7 Clark Gable

(1901–1960)

  Known for:

It Happened One Night (1934)

Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

Gone with the Wind (1939)

The Misfits (1961)

Nominated for three Academy Awards, won for It Happened One Night.

Elizabeth Taylor

(1932–2011)

  Known for:

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

BUtterfield 8 (1960)

Cleopatra (1963)

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

Nominated for five Academy Awards, won for BUtterfield 8 and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.

8 James Cagney

(1899–1986)

  Known for:

The Public Enemy (1931)

Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)

Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

Love Me or Leave Me (1955)

Nominated for three Academy Awards, won for Yankee Doodle Dandy

Judy Garland

(1922–1969)

  Known for:

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

A Star Is Born (1954)

Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

Nominated for two Academy Awards, earned Academy Juvenile Award in 1940

9 Spencer Tracy

(1900–1967)

  Known for:

Captains Courageous (1937)

Boys Town (1938)

Father of the Bride (1950)

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)

Nominated for nine Academy Awards, won for Captains Courageous and Boys Town

Marlene Dietrich

(1901–1992)

  Known for:

The Blue Angel (1930)

Morocco (1930)

Stage Fright (1950)

Touch of Evil (1958)

Nominated for one Academy Award

10 Charlie Chaplin

(1889–1977)

  Known for:

The Tramp character

The Kid (1921)

The Gold Rush (1925)

City Lights (1931)

Modern Times (1936)

Nominated for three Academy Awards (one for acting), won Academy Award for Original Dramatic Score for Limelight (1952), earned Academy Honorary Awards in 1929 and 1972.

Joan Crawford

(190?–1977)

  Known for:

Our Dancing Daughters (1928)

Grand Hotel (1932)

Mildred Pierce (1945)

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

Nominated for three Academy Awards, won for Mildred Pierce.

11 Gary Cooper

(1901–1961)

  Known for:

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)

Sergeant York (1941)

The Pride of the Yankees (1942)

High Noon (1952)

Nominated for five Academy Awards, won for Sergeant York and High Noon, earned Academy Honorary Award in 1961.

Barbara Stanwyck

(1907–1990)

  Known for:

Union Pacific (1939)

The Lady Eve (1941)

Double Indemnity (1944)

Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)

Nominated for four Academy Awards, earned Academy Honorary Award in 1982.

12 Gregory Peck

(1916–2003)

  Known for:

The Keys of the Kingdom (1944)

Spellbound (1945)

Roman Holiday (1953)

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Nominated for five Academy Awards, won for To Kill a Mockingbird.

Claudette Colbert

(1903–1996)

  Known for:

It Happened One Night (1934)

Cleopatra (1934)

Imitation of Life (1934),

The Palm Beach Story (1942)

Nominated for three Academy Awards, won for It Happened One Night.

13 John Wayne

(1907–1979)

  Known for:

Stagecoach (1939)

Red River (1948)

The Searchers (1956)

True Grit (1969)

Nominated for three Academy Awards, won for True Grit.

Grace Kelly

(1929–1982)

  Known for:

The Country Girl (1954)

High Noon (1952)

Dial M for Murder (1954)

Rear Window (1954)

Nominated for two Academy Awards, won for The Country Girl.

14 Laurence Olivier

(1907–1989)

  Known for:

Wuthering Heights (1939)

Rebecca (1940)

Hamlet (1948)

Marathon Man (1976)

Nominated for 11 Academy Awards (ten for acting), won for Hamlet, earned Academy Honorary Awards in 1947 and 1979.

Ginger Rogers

(1911–1995)

  Known for:

Partnership with Fred Astaire

The Gay Divorcee (1934)

Top Hat (1935)

Kitty Foyle (1940)

Monkey Business (1952)

Won Academy award for Kitty Foyle.

15 Gene Kelly

(1912–1996)

  Known for:

Anchors Aweigh (1945)

On the Town (1949)

An American in Paris (1951)

Singin' in the Rain (1952)

Nominated for one Academy Award, earned Academy Honorary Award in 1952.

Mae West

(1893–1980)

  Known for:

She Done Him Wrong (1933)

I'm No Angel (1933)

Belle of the Nineties (1934)

My Little Chickadee (1940)

16 Orson Welles

(1915–1985)

  Known for:

Citizen Kane (1941)

Macbeth (1948)

The Third Man (1949)

Touch of Evil (1958)

Nominated for three Academy Awards (one for acting), earned Academy Honorary Award in 1971.

Vivien Leigh

(1913–1967)

  Known for:

Gentlemen's Agreement (1935)

Gone with the Wind (1939)

Anna Karenina (1948)

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

Won Academy Awards for Gone with the Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire.

17 Kirk Douglas

(1916–2020)

  Known for:

Champion (1949)

The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)

Paths of Glory (1957)

Spartacus (1960)

Nominated for three Academy Awards, earned Academy Honorary Award in 1996.

Lillian Gish

(1893–1993)

  Known for:

The Birth of a Nation (1915)

Broken Blossoms (1919)

Duel in the Sun (1946)

The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Nominated for one Academy Award, earned Academy Honorary Award in 1971.

18 James Dean

(1931–1955)

  Known for:

Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

East of Eden (1955)

Giant (1956)

Nominated for two Academy Awards.

Shirley Temple

(1928–2014)

  Known for:

Bright Eyes (1934)

Curly Top (1935)

Heidi (1937)

The Little Princess (1939)

Earned Academy Juvenile Award in 1935

19 Burt Lancaster

(1913–1994)

  Known for:

From Here to Eternity (1953)

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)

Elmer Gantry (1960)

Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)

Nominated for four Academy Awards, won for Elmer Gantry.

Rita Hayworth

(1918–1987)

  Known for:

Cover Girl (1944)

Gilda (1946)

The Lady from Shanghai (1947)

Pal Joey (1957)

20 Marx Brothers

Chico (1887–1961)

Harpo (1888–1964)

Groucho (1890–1977)

  Known for:

Animal Crackers (1930)

Duck Soup (1933)

A Night at the Opera (1935)

A Day at the Races (1937)

Groucho was presented with an Academy Honorary Award in 1973 for "his brilliant creativity and for the unequalled achievements of the Marx Brothers."[3]

Lauren Bacall

(1924–2014)

  Known for:

The Big Sleep (1946)

Key Largo (1948)

How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)

The Shootist (1976)

Nominated for one Academy Award, earned Academy Honorary Award in 2009.

21 Buster Keaton

(1895–1966)

  Known for:

Sherlock Jr. (1924)

The General (1926)

The Cameraman (1928)

Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)

Earned Academy Honorary Award in 1960.

Sophia Loren

(born 1934)

  Known for:

The Millionairess (1960)

Two Women (1961)

El Cid (1961)

Marriage Italian Style (1964)

Nominated for two Academy Awards, won for Two Women, earned Academy Honorary Award in 1991.

22 Sidney Poitier

(born 1927)

  Known for:

The Defiant Ones (1958)

Lilies of the Field (1963)

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)

In the Heat of the Night (1967)

Nominated for two Academy Awards, won for Lilies of the Field, earned Academy Honorary Award in 2001.

Jean Harlow

(1911–1937)

  Known for:

Hell's Angels (1930)

Dinner at Eight (1933)

Reckless (1935)

Saratoga (1937)

23 Robert Mitchum

(1917–1997)

  Known for:

Out of the Past (1947)

The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Cape Fear (1962)

Ryan's Daughter (1970)

Nominated for one Academy Award

Carole Lombard

(1908–1942)

  Known for:

Hands Across the Table (1935)

My Man Godfrey (1936)

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)

To Be or Not to Be (1942)

Nominated for one Academy Award.

24 Edward G. Robinson

(1893–1973)

  Known for:

Little Caesar (1931)

Double Indemnity (1944)

Key Largo (1948)

The Ten Commandments (1956)

Posthumously earned Academy Honorary Award in 1973.

Mary Pickford

(1892–1979)

  Known for:

Hearts Adrift (1914)

Pollyanna (1920)

My Best Girl (1927)

Coquette (1929)

Won Academy Award for Coquette, earned Academy Honorary Award in 1976.

25 William Holden

(1918–1981)

  Known for:

Sunset Boulevard (1950)

Stalag 17 (1953)

Sabrina (1954)

Network (1976)

Nominated for three Academy Awards, won for Stalag 17.

Ava Gardner

(1922–1990)

  Known for:

The Killers (1946)

Show Boat (1951)

Mogambo (1953)

The Night of the Iguana (1964)

Nominated for one Academy Award.

NomineesEdit

The legends were chosen out of a list of 250 male and 250 female nominees. The adjoining reference gives the lists of the original selection.[4]

The actors that are part of the complete list of nominees are:

The actresses that are part of the complete list of nominees are:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars: The 50 Greatest American Screen Legends". American Film Institute. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  2. ^ List of the 500 nominated star legends (Archive)
  3. ^ "Academy Awards Acceptance Speeches - Search Results | Margaret Herrick Library | Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences". aaspeechesdb.oscars.org. Retrieved 2021-10-10.
  4. ^ List of the 500 nominated star legends Archive [1]

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