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

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  2. 2
    Cary Grant

    North by Northwest, Bringing Up Baby, The Philadelphia Story

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  3. 3
    James Stewart

    It's a Wonderful Life, Vertigo, Rear Window

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  4. 4
    Marlon Brando

    The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, Superman

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  5. 5
    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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  7. 7
    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

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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 ...

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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

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