AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars

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In 1999, the American Film Institute revealed their list of the top 50 greatest screen legends in American film history, part of the AFI's 100 Years... Series, naming it AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars. This included 25 male and 25 female actors that were appearing on film in/before 1950, who had a significant screen presence in American feature-length (40 min) films.

It aired as a television special in 1999, presented by Shirley Temple (who also had an entry on the list) and a variety of famous movie stars that were popular at the time.

As of 2016, of the fifty stars listed, only three are still alive: two men (Sidney Poitier and Kirk Douglas) and one woman (Sophia Loren).

The top stars of their respective sexes, Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn, both starred in the classic adventure film The African Queen, for which Bogart won his only Oscar.

(The 500 nominated screen legends.)

The Men:

  1. Humphrey Bogart
  2. Cary Grant
  3. Jimmy Stewart
  4. Marlon Brando
  5. Fred Astaire
  6. Henry Fonda
  7. Clark Gable
  8. James Cagney
  9. Spencer Tracy
  10. Charlie Chaplin
  11. Gary Cooper
  12. Gregory Peck
  13. John Wayne
  14. Laurence Olivier
  15. Gene Kelly
  16. Orson Welles
  17. Kirk Douglas
  18. James Dean
  19. Burt Lancaster
  20. Marx Brothers
  21. Buster Keaton
  22. Sidney Poitier
  23. Robert Mitchum
  24. Edward G. Robinson
  25. William Holden

The Women:

  1. Katharine Hepburn
  2. Bette Davis
  3. Audrey Hepburn
  4. Ingrid Bergman
  5. Greta Garbo
  6. Marilyn Monroe
  7. Elizabeth Taylor
  8. Judy Garland
  9. Marlene Dietrich
  10. Joan Crawford
  11. Barbara Stanwyck
  12. Claudette Colbert
  13. Grace Kelly
  14. Ginger Rogers
  15. Mae West
  16. Vivien Leigh
  17. Lillian Gish
  18. Shirley Temple
  19. Rita Hayworth
  20. Lauren Bacall
  21. Sophia Loren
  22. Jean Harlow
  23. Carole Lombard
  24. Mary Pickford
  25. Ava Gardner
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