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afi lists AFI’s Top 25 American Male Screen Legends

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Top 25 Male Screen Legends list. In 1999 the American Film Institute recognized the 50 greatest American screen legends -25 men and 25 women. Criteria was as an actor or a team of actors with a significant screen presence in American feature-length films 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. The list was selected by leaders from the American film community, including artists, historians, critics and other cultural leaders, who chose from a list of 250 nominees in each gender. The lists were presented by 50 Hollywood stars.

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Humphrey Bogart Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon The African Queen

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Cary Grant North by Northwest, Bringing Up Baby The Philadelphia Story

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James Stewart It's a Wonderful Life, Vertigo Rear Window

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Marlon Brando The Godfather, Apocalypse Now Superman

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Fred Astaire The Towering Inferno, Top Hat Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town

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Henry Fonda Once Upon a Time in the West, 12 Angry Men The Longest Day

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Clark Gable Gone with the Wind, It Happened One Night Mutiny on the Bounty

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James Cagney Mutiny on the Bounty, White Heat Yankee Doodle Dandy

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Spencer Tracy Amélie, It's a Mad Mad

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Charlie Chaplin City Lights, Modern Times The Gold Rush

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Gary Cooper High Noon, Cinema Paradiso The Pride of the Yankees

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Gregory Peck To Kill a Mockingbird, Cape Fear The Omen

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John Wayne The Searchers, The Longest Day Stagecoach

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Laurence Olivier Spartacus, Rebecca Clash of the Titans

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Gene Kelly Singin' in the Rain, An American in Paris On the Town

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Orson Welles Citizen Kane, The Third Man The Muppet Movie

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Kirk Douglas Spartacus, Paths of Glory 20

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James Dean Rebel Without a Cause, Giant East of Eden

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Burt Lancaster Field of Dreams, From Here to Eternity Judgment at Nuremberg

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The Marx Brothers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list AFI’s Top 25 American Male Screen Legends
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Buster Keaton Sunset Boulevard, It's a Mad Mad

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Sidney Poitier In the Heat of the Night, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner The Greatest Story Ever Told

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Robert Mitchum Cape Fear, Scrooged The Night of the Hunter

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Edward G. Robinson The Ten Commandments, Double Indemnity Soylent Green

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William Holden The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Wild Bunch Sunset Boulevard