AFI’s Top 25 American Male Screen Legends Film Actors

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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  1. 1
    Humphrey Bogart

    Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, The African Queen

  2. 2
    Cary Grant

    North by Northwest, Bringing Up Baby, The Philadelphia Story

  3. 3
    James Stewart

    It's a Wonderful Life, Vertigo, Rear Window

  4. 4
    Marlon Brando

    The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, Superman

  5. 5
    Fred Astaire

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

  6. 6
    Henry Fonda

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

  7. 7
    Clark Gable

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

  8. 8
    James Cagney

    Mutiny on the Bounty, White Heat, Yankee Doodle Dandy

  9. 9
    Spencer Tracy

    Amélie, It's a Mad, Mad

  10. 10
    Charlie Chaplin

    City Lights, Modern Times, The Gold Rush

  11. 11
    Gary Cooper

    High Noon, Cinema Paradiso, The Pride of the Yankees

  12. 12
    Gregory Peck

    To Kill a Mockingbird, Cape Fear, The Omen

  13. 13
    John Wayne

    The Searchers, The Longest Day, Stagecoach

  14. 14
    Laurence Olivier

    Spartacus, Rebecca, Clash of the Titans

  15. 15
    Gene Kelly

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

  16. 16
    Orson Welles

    Citizen Kane, The Third Man, The Muppet Movie

  17. 17
    Kirk Douglas

    Spartacus, Paths of Glory, 20

  18. 18
    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

  20. 20
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    The Marx Brothers

  21. 21
    Buster Keaton

    Sunset Boulevard, It's a Mad, Mad

  22. 22
    Sidney Poitier

    In the Heat of the Night, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, The Greatest Story ...

  23. 23
    Robert Mitchum

    Cape Fear, Scrooged, The Night of the Hunter

  24. 24
    Edward G. Robinson

    The Ten Commandments, Double Indemnity, Soylent Green

  25. 25
    William Holden

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

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