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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 2020, of the fifty stars listed, only two are still alive: one man (Sidney Poitier) 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 The Women
1. Humphrey Bogart 1. Katharine Hepburn
2. Cary Grant 2. Bette Davis
3. Jimmy Stewart 3. Audrey Hepburn
4. Marlon Brando 4. Ingrid Bergman
5. Fred Astaire 5.Greta Garbo
6. Henry Fonda 6. Marilyn Monroe
7. Clark Gable 7. Elizabeth Taylor
8. James Cagney 8. Judy Garland
9. Spencer Tracy 9. Marlene Dietrich
10. Charlie Chaplin 10. Joan Crawford
11. Gary Cooper 11. Barbara Stanwyck
12. Gregory Peck 12. Claudette Colbert
13. John Wayne 13. Grace Kelly
14. Laurence Olivier 14. Ginger Rogers
15. Gene Kelly 15. Mae West
16. Orson Welles 16. Vivien Leigh
17. Kirk Douglas 17. Lillian Gish
18. James Dean 18. Shirley Temple
19. Burt Lancaster 19. Rita Hayworth
20. Marx Brothers 20. Lauren Bacall
21. Buster Keaton 21. Sophia Loren
22. Sidney Poitier 22. Jean Harlow
23. Robert Mitchum 23. Carole Lombard
24. Edward G. Robinson 24. Mary Pickford
25. William Holden 25. Ava Gardner

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