What are some of the greatest American movies of all time?


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The top 100 American films of all time, according to the American Film Institute, include the overall top pick "Citizen Kane," "Gone with the Wind," "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "The Bridge on the River Kwai" and "It's a Wonderful Life." "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre," "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" also appear on the list of great American films.

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What are some of the greatest American movies of all time?
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The American Film Institute compiled the list of the 100 greatest American films with the input of 1,500 experts in the film community. Charlie Chaplin was the most celebrated actor/director, appearing a total of three times with his films "The Gold Rush," appearing at number 74 on the list; "Modern Times," appearing at number 81; and "City Lights," appearing at number 76. Steven Spielberg made five appearances on the list, with his films "Schindler's List," appearing at number 9; "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" appearing at number 25, "Jaws," appearing at number 48, "Raiders of the Lost Ark," appearing at number 60 and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" appearing at number 64. Woody Allen makes only one appearance, with his 1977 film "Annie Hall," appearing at number 31 on the list.

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