AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills Nominees

The shortlist for the American Film Institute's list of the greatest American film thrillers. The list is downloadable from the AFI's website.

By "Blood Sport (1987)" I think they intended the "T.J. Hooker: Blood Sport" movie (1986); but, much as I love William Shatner, I'd rather watch Jean Claude van Damme's "Bloodsport" (1988) -- a classic of the "martial artist enters a ridiculous underground fighting tournament" genre -- and the date is close enough to make it plausible.

Ratings by Sam.

Title Year Rating
Cheat, The 1915
Intolerance 1916
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1920
Mark of Zorro, The 1920
Way Down East 1920
Sheik, The 1921
Robin Hood 1922
Covered Wagon, The 1923
Safety Last! 1923 8
Thief of Bagdad, The 1924
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ 1925
Big Parade, The 1925
Eagle, The 1925
Lost World, The 1925
Phantom of the Opera, The 1925
Black Pirate, The 1926
Don Juan 1926
Cat and the Canary, The 1927
General, The 1927 9
Wings 1927
Speedy 1928
Steamboat Bill, Jr. 1928
Wind, The 1928
Iron Mask, The 1929
All Quiet on the Western Front 1930
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1931
Dracula 1931 7
Frankenstein 1931 8
Little Caesar 1931 6
Public Enemy, The 1931
Freaks 1932 8
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang 1932
Most Dangerous Game, The 1932 5
Mummy, The 1932
Scarface 1932 9
Tarzan the Ape Man 1932 7
Invisible Man, The 1933 8
Island of Lost Souls 1933
King Kong 1933 8
Count of Monte Cristo, The 1934
Lost Patrol, The 1934
Bride of Frankenstein 1935 9
Captain Blood 1935
Last Days of Pompeii, The 1935
Lives of a Bengal Lancer, The 1935
Charge of the Light Brigade, The 1936
Fury 1936
San Francisco 1936
Hurricane, The 1937
Prisoner of Zenda, The 1937
Adventures of Robin Hood, The 1938 5
Test Pilot 1938
Beau Geste 1939
Gunga Din 1939 6
Hound of the Baskervilles, The 1939
Hunchback of Notre Dame, The 1939
Man in the Iron Mask, The 1939
Three Musketeers, The 1939
Union Pacific 1939
Wizard of Oz, The 1939 7
Foreign Correspondent 1940
Mark of Zorro, The 1940
Pinocchio 1940 7
Rebecca 1940
Sea Hawk, The 1940
Thief of Bagdad, The 1940 5
Maltese Falcon, The 1941 7
Man Hunt 1941
Sergeant York 1941
Suspicion 1941
Wolf Man, The 1941 7
Casablanca 1942 10
Cat People 1942 7
Saboteur 1942
Air Force 1943
Bataan 1943
Destination Tokyo 1943
Edge of Darkness 1943
Shadow of a Doubt 1943
Double Indemnity 1944 9
Gaslight 1944
Laura 1944
Lodger, The 1944
Murder, My Sweet 1944
National Velvet 1944
Suspect, The 1944
Uninvited, The 1944
And Then There Were None 1945 7
Body Snatcher, The 1945
Detour 1945 7
House on 92nd Street, The 1945
Picture of Dorian Gray, The 1945
Spellbound 1945
Woman in the Window, The 1945
Big Sleep, The 1946 8
Killers, The 1946
Notorious 1946 8
Postman Always Rings Twice, The 1946
Spiral Staircase, The 1946
Boomerang! 1947
Brute Force 1947
Kiss of Death 1947
Lady from Shanghai, The 1947
Out of the Past 1947 9
T-Men 1947
Big Clock, The 1948 7
Call Northside 777 1948
Rope 1948
Sorry, Wrong Number 1948
They Live by Night 1948
Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The 1948 8
Battleground 1949
Champion 1949
Gun Crazy 1949 9
Mighty Joe Young 1949
Reckless Moment, The 1949
Sands of Iwo Jima 1949
Third Man, The 1949 7
Twelve O'Clock High 1949
White Heat 1949 8
Asphalt Jungle, The 1950
D.O.A. 1950
Kim 1950
King Solomon's Mines 1950
Panic in the Streets 1950
African Queen, The 1951 8
Day the Earth Stood Still, The 1951 7
Fourteen Hours 1951
Red Badge of Courage, The 1951
Steel Helmet, The 1951
Strangers on a Train 1951
Thing From Another World, The 1951 7
Don't Bother to Knock 1952
High Noon 1952 8
Ivanhoe 1952
Scaramouche 1952
Big Heat, The 1953
Hitch-Hiker, The 1953
House of Wax 1953
Pickup on South Street 1953 9
War of the Worlds, The 1953
Creature from the Black Lagoon 1954
Dial M for Murder 1954
High and the Mighty, The 1954
Rear Window 1954 9
Suddenly 1954
Them! 1954
20000 Leagues Under the Sea 1954
Blackboard Jungle 1955
It Came from Beneath the Sea 1955
Kiss Me Deadly 1955 8
Night of the Hunter, The 1955 8
Rebel Without a Cause 1955
To Hell and Back 1955
Attack 1956
Bad Seed, The 1956
Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1956 8
Killing, The 1956 7
Moby Dick 1956
Ten Commandments, The 1956
Wrong Man, The 1956
Bridge on the River Kwai, The 1957 7
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957
Incredible Shrinking Man, The 1957 6
12 Angry Men 1957 9
Witness for the Prosecution 1957 9
Blob, The 1958
Defiant Ones, The 1958
Fly, The 1958
Run Silent Run Deep 1958
7th Voyage of Sinbad, The 1958 5
Touch of Evil 1958 7
Vertigo 1958 8
Anatomy of a Murder 1959 9
Ben-Hur 1959 4
House on Haunted Hill 1959 8
North by Northwest 1959 9
Ride Lonesome 1959 7
Tingler, The 1959
Magnificent Seven, The 1960 6
Psycho 1960 7
Spartacus 1960
Guns of Navarone, The 1961
Hustler, The 1961
Pit and the Pendulum 1961
Cape Fear 1962
Carnival of Souls 1962
Lawrence of Arabia 1962 7
Longest Day, The 1962
Manchurian Candidate, The 1962 9
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? 1962
Birds, The 1963 7
Charade 1963 9
From Russia with Love 1963 7
Great Escape, The 1963 7
Shock Corridor 1963
Fail-Safe 1964
Goldfinger 1964 7
Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte 1964
Seven Days in May 1964
Topkapi 1964
Train, The 1964
Seconds 1966
Bonnie and Clyde 1967 6
Cool Hand Luke 1967 9
Dirty Dozen, The 1967
Point Blank 1967
Wait Until Dark 1967
Bullitt 1968
Night of the Living Dead 1968
Planet of the Apes 1968 8
Rosemary's Baby 1968 8
Targets 1968 7
Thomas Crown Affair, The 1968
2001: A Space Odyssey 1968
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969 8
On Her Majesty's Secret Service 1969
True Grit 1969
Wild Bunch, The 1969 7
Honeymoon Killers, The 1970
Andromeda Strain, The 1971
A Clockwork Orange 1971
Dirty Harry 1971 7
French Connection, The 1971
Klute 1971
Omega Man, The 1971
Play Misty for Me 1971
Shaft 1971
Straw Dogs 1971 8
Deliverance 1972 8
Getaway, The 1972 4
Godfather, The 1972 9
Last House on the Left, The 1972
Poseidon Adventure, The 1972
Sleuth 1972
Coffy 1973
Enter the Dragon 1973 7
Exorcist, The 1973
Last of Sheila, The 1973
Mean Streets 1973
Serpico 1973
Soylent Green 1973 8
Westworld 1973
Airport 1975 1974
Chinatown 1974 9
Death Wish 1974
Earthquake 1974
Parallax View, The 1974 7
Taking of Pelham One Two Three, The 1974 7
Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The 1974
Towering Inferno, The 1974
Death Race 2000 1975
Dog Day Afternoon 1975 6
Jaws 1975 9
Rollerball 1975 5
Stepford Wives, The 1975
Three Days of the Condor 1975
All the President's Men 1976 7
Assault on Precinct 13 1976 7
Carrie 1976 8
Marathon Man 1976 7
Omen, The 1976 7
Rocky 1976 8
Taxi Driver 1976 8
Black Sunday 1977
Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 5
Hills Have Eyes, The 1977
Smokey and the Bandit 1977 6
Spy Who Loved Me, The 1977
Star Wars 1977 7
Boys from Brazil, The 1978
Capricorn One 1978
Deer Hunter, The 1978
Fury, The 1978
Halloween 1978
Midnight Express 1978
Alien 1979 8
Black Stallion, The 1979
China Syndrome, The 1979 6
Escape from Alcatraz 1979
Onion Field, The 1979
When a Stranger Calls 1979
Big Red One, The 1980
Dressed to Kill 1980
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back 1980 7
Friday the 13th 1980 3
Raging Bull 1980
Shining, The 1980 8
Superman II 1980
Body Heat 1981
Escape from New York 1981
Evil Dead, The 1981 6
Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 7
Blade Runner 1982 6
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982 7
First Blood 1982 5
48 Hrs. 1982
Poltergeist 1982
Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan 1982
Return of the Jedi 1983 7
Right Stuff, The 1983
Silkwood 1983
Under Fire 1983
WarGames 1983 5
Blood Simple. 1984 8
Ghost Busters 1984 6
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1984 7
Karate Kid, The 1984
Nightmare On Elm Street, A 1984 8
Romancing the Stone 1984
A Soldier's Story 1984
Terminator, The 1984 7
Back to the Future 1985 7
Code of Silence 1985
Jagged Edge 1985
Runaway Train 1985
To Live and Die in L.A. 1985
Witness 1985
Aliens 1986 8
Blue Velvet 1986
Fly, The 1986
F/X 1986
Hoosiers 1986 6
Manhunter 1986
Platoon 1986 8
Top Gun 1986 6
Fatal Attraction 1987
Full Metal Jacket 1987 9
House of Games 1987
Lethal Weapon 1987 6
Near Dark 1987
No Way Out 1987
Predator 1987 7
RoboCop 1987 5
Stepfather, The 1987
Untouchables, The 1987 7
Bloodsport 1988 7
Die Hard 1988 8
Batman 1989 7
Do the Right Thing 1989 9
Glory 1989
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 1989 9
Licence to Kill 1989
Sea of Love 1989
Hunt for Red October, The 1990 7
Jacob's Ladder 1990
Misery 1990 8
Backdraft 1991
JFK 1991 5
New Jack City 1991
Silence of the Lambs, The 1991 9
Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 9
Thelma & Louise 1991
Basic Instinct 1992
Dracula 1992
Candyman 1992
Last of the Mohicans, The 1992
Mariachi, El 1992 6
One False Move 1992
Patriot Games 1992 5
Red Rock West 1992
Reservoir Dogs 1992 8
Under Siege 1992 7
Unforgiven 1992 9
Cliffhanger 1993
Fugitive, The 1993 8
In the Line of Fire 1993
Jurassic Park 1993 8
True Romance 1993
Last Seduction, The 1994
Natural Born Killers 1994
Pulp Fiction 1994 8
Speed 1994 8
Apollo 13 1995 8
Braveheart 1995 8
Copycat 1995
Heat 1995 6
Se7en 1995 7
Usual Suspects, The 1995 8
Fargo 1996 8
Independence Day 1996 6
Mission: Impossible 1996 4
Scream 1996 6
Twister 1996
Air Force One 1997 5
Contact 1997
Face/Off 1997 4
Game, The 1997 5
L.A. Confidential 1997 7
Titanic 1997 7
Tomorrow Never Dies 1997 4
Out of Sight 1998 8
Pi 1998 6
Saving Private Ryan 1998 8
Blair Witch Project, The 1999
Matrix, The 1999 7
Sixth Sense, The 1999 7
Sleepy Hollow 1999 7
Talented Mr. Ripley, The 1999
Tumbleweeds 1999