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Religious Affiliation of the Directors of
the American Film Institute's
100 Years ... 100 Movies List,

The 100 Greatest American Movies


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The TV special "AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies" aired on TV in 1998. The program presented a list of films chosen by the American Film Institute as the 100 greatest American films of the last century.

Directors of AFI's 100 Greatest American Movies
Movie Rank, Title, Year
Director
Religious Affiliation
of Director
1. Citizen Kane (1941) Orson Welles Protestant Christian
2. Casablanca (1942) Michael Curtiz Jewish
3. The Godfather (1972) Francis Ford Coppola Catholic (non-practicing)
4. Gone With the Wind (1939) Victor Fleming Christianity
5. Lawrence of Arabia (1962) David Lean Quaker
6. The Wizard of Oz (1939) Victor Fleming Christianity
7. The Graduate (1967) Mike Nichols Jewish
8. On the Waterfront (1954) Elia Kazan Greek Orthodox (lapsed);
Communist
9. Schindler's List (1993) Steven Spielberg Judaism
10. Singin' In the Rain (1952) Stanley Donen
Gene Kelly
Reform Judaism (lapsed)
Catholic
11. It's a Wonderful Life (1946) Frank Capra Catholic; Christian Science
12. Sunset Boulevard (1950) Billy Wilder Jewish
13. The Bridge On the River Kwai (1957) David Lean Quaker
14. Some Like It Hot (1959) Billy Wilder Jewish
15. Star Wars (1977) George Lucas Buddhist Methodist
16. All About Eve (1950) Joseph L. Mankiewicz Jewish parents; atheist father
17. The African Queen (1951) John Huston Episcopalian (lapsed)
18. Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock Catholic
19. Chinatown (1974) Roman Polanski Jewish Catholic (lapsed)
20. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) Milos Forman Jewish father; Protestant mother
21. The Grapes of Wrath (1940) John Ford Catholic
22. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Stanley Kubrick Jewish
23. The Maltese Falcon (1941) John Huston Episcopalian (lapsed)
24. Raging Bull (1980) Martin Scorsese Catholic (lapsed former seminarian)
25. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) Steven Spielberg Judaism
26. Dr. Strangelove (1964) Stanley Kubrick Jewish
27. Bonnie and Clyde (1967) Arthur Penn
28. Apocalypse Now (1979) Francis Ford Coppola Catholic (non-practicing)
29. Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939) Frank Capra Catholic; Christian Science
30. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) John Huston Episcopalian (lapsed)
31. Annie Hall (1977) Woody Allen Jewish (raised Orthodox); agnostic
32. The Godfather, Part II (1974) Francis Ford Coppola Catholic (non-practicing)
33. High Noon (1952) Fred Zinnemann Jewish
34. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) Robert Mulligan Catholic
35. It Happened One Night (1934) Frank Capra Catholic; Christian Science
36. Midnight Cowboy (1969) John Schlesinger Jewish
37. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) William Wyler Jewish
38. Double Indemnity (1944) Billy Wilder Jewish
39. Doctor Zhivago (1965) David Lean Quaker
40. North By Northwest (1959) Alfred Hitchcock Catholic
41. West Side Story (1961) Robert Wise
Jerome Robbins
 
Jewish
42. Rear Window (1954) Alfred Hitchcock Catholic
43. King Kong (1933) Merian C. Cooper Protestant
44. The Birth of a Nation (1915) D. W. Griffith Methodist
45. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) Elia Kazan Greek Orthodox (lapsed);
Communist
46. A Clockwork Orange (1971) Stanley Kubrick Jewish
47. Taxi Driver (1976) Martin Scorsese Catholic (lapsed former seminarian)
48. Jaws (1975) Steven Spielberg Judaism
49. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) David Hand, et al.
50. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) George Roy Hill  
51. The Philadelphia Story (1940) George Cukor Jewish
52. From Here To Eternity (1953) Fred Zinnemann Jewish
53. Amadeus (1984) Milos Forman Jewish father; Protestant mother
54. All Quiet On the Western Front (1930) Lewis Milestone Jewish
55. The Sound of Music (1965) Robert Wise  
56. M*A*S*H (1970) Robert Altman Catholic (lapsed)
57. The Third Man (1949) Carol Reed
58. Fantasia (1940) Joe Grant
Dick Huemer
 
59. Rebel Without a Cause (1955) Nicholas Ray
60. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Steven Spielberg Judaism
61. Vertigo (1958) Alfred Hitchcock Catholic
62. Tootsie (1982) Sydney Pollack Jewish
63. Stagecoach (1939) John Ford Catholic
64. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) Steven Spielberg Judaism
65. The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Jonathan Demme
66. Network (1976) Sidney Lumet Jewish
67. The Manchurian Candidate (1962) John Frankenheimer Jewish
68. An American In Paris (1951) Vincente Minnelli Catholic
69. Shane (1953) George Stevens  
70. The French Connection (1971) William Friedkin Jewish
71. Forrest Gump (1994) Robert Zemeckis Jewish
72. Ben-Hur (1959) William Wyler Jewish
73. Wuthering Heights (1939) William Wyler Jewish
74. The Gold Rush (1925) Charlie Chaplin Anglican; agnostic
75. Dances With Wolves (1990) Kevin Costner Baptist
76. City Lights (1931) Charlie Chaplin Anglican; agnostic
77. American Graffiti (1973) George Lucas Buddhist Methodist
78. Rocky (1976) John Avildsen  
79. The Deer Hunter (1978) Michael Cimino Catholic
80. The Wild Bunch (1969) Sam Peckinpah Protestant
81. Modern Times (1936) Charlie Chaplin Anglican; agnostic
82. Giant (1956) George Stevens  
83. Platoon (1986) Oliver Stone Jewish father; Catholic mother;
raised Episcopalian;
Tibetan Buddhism (convert)
84. Fargo (1996) Joel Coen Jewish
85. Duck Soup (1933) Leo McCarey Catholic
86. Mutiny On the Bounty (1935) Frank Lloyd  
87. Frankenstein (1931) James Whale  
88. Easy Rider (1969) Dennis Hopper  
89. Patton (1970) Franklin Schaffner  
90. The Jazz Singer (1927) Alan Crosland  
91. My Fair Lady (1964) George Cukor Jewish
92. A Place In the Sun (1951) George Stevens  
93. The Apartment (1960) Billy Wilder Jewish
94. Goodfellas (1990) Martin Scorsese Catholic (lapsed former seminarian)
95. Pulp Fiction (1994) Quentin Tarantino  
96. The Searchers (1956) John Ford Catholic
97. Bringing Up Baby (1938) Howard Hawks Christian Science
98. Unforgiven (1992) Clint Eastwood raised Protestant; agnostic
99. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) Stanley Kramer Jewish
100. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) Michael Curtiz Jewish

Although there are 100 movies on the AFI list of the greatest American films of the last century, there are only 65 directors represented on the list because many directors have more than one film on the list. Jewish director Steven Spielberg has 5 movies on the list. Alfred Hitchcock (Catholic) and Billy Wilder (Jewish) have 4 films each. 10 directors have 3 films on the list. 8 directors have 2 films on the list. The rest of the directors have only one film on the AFI list.

Directors
Number of Movies in AFI List
Steven Spielberg
5
Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder
4
Charlie Chaplin, David Lean, Francis Ford Coppola, Frank Capra, George Stevens, John Ford, John Huston, Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, William Wyler
3
Elia Kazan, Fred Zinnemann, George Cukor, George Lucas, Michael Curtiz, Milos Forman, Robert Wise, Victor Fleming
2
Alan Crosland, Arthur Penn, Carol Reed, Clint Eastwood, D. W. Griffith, David Hand, Dennis Hopper, Dick Huemer, Frank Lloyd, Franklin Schaffner, Gene Kelly, George Roy Hill, Howard Hawks, James Whale, Jerome Robbins, Joe Grant, Joel Coen, John Avildsen, John Frankenheimer, John Schlesinger, Jonathan Demme, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Kevin Costner, Leo McCarey, Lewis Milestone, Merian C. Cooper, Michael Cimino, Mike Nichols, Nicholas Ray, Oliver Stone, Orson Welles, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Altman, Robert Mulligan, Robert Zemeckis, Roman Polanski, Sam Peckinpah, Sidney Lumet, Stanley Donen, Stanley Kramer, Sydney Pollack, Vincente Minnelli, William Friedkin, Woody Allen
1



Producers of AFI's 100 Greatest American Movies
Movie Rank, Title, Year
Producer(s)
Religious Affiliation
of Producer(s)
1. Citizen Kane (1941) Orson Welles Protestant Christian
2. Casablanca (1942) Hal B. Wallis  
3. The Godfather (1972) Albert S. Ruddy  
4. Gone With the Wind (1939) David O. Selznick Jewish
5. Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Sam Spiegel  
6. The Wizard of Oz (1939) Mervyn LeRoy Jewish
7. The Graduate (1967) Lawrence Turman  
8. On the Waterfront (1954) Sam Spiegel  
9. Schindler's List (1993) Branko Lustig
Gerald R. Molen
Steven Spielberg
?
Latter-day Saint
Judaism
10. Singin' In the Rain (1952) Arthur Freed  
11. It's a Wonderful Life (1946) Frank Capra Catholic; Christian Science
12. Sunset Boulevard (1950) Charles Brackett  
13. The Bridge On the River Kwai (1957) Sam Spiegel  
14. Some Like It Hot (1959) Billy Wilder Jewish
15. Star Wars (1977) Gary Kurtz Latter-day Saint
16. All About Eve (1950) Darryl F. Zanuck Methodist
17. The African Queen (1951) Sam Spiegel
John Woolf
 
18. Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock Catholic
19. Chinatown (1974) Robert Evans Jewish
20. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) Michael Douglas
Saul Zaentz
half-Jewish
?
21. The Grapes of Wrath (1940) Darryl F. Zanuck Methodist
22. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Stanley Kubrick Jewish
23. The Maltese Falcon (1941) Henry Blanke
Hal B. Wallis
 
24. Raging Bull (1980) Robert Chartoff
Irwin Winkler
25. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) Kathleen Kennedy
Steven Spielberg
?
Judaism
26. Dr. Strangelove (1964) Stanley Kubrick Jewish
27. Bonnie and Clyde (1967) Warren Beatty Baptist (lapsed)
28. Apocalypse Now (1979) Francis Ford Coppola Catholic (non-practicing)
29. Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939) Frank Capra Catholic; Christian Science
30. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) Henry Blanke  
31. Annie Hall (1977) Charles H. Joffe
Jack Rollins
 
32. The Godfather, Part II (1974) Francis Ford Coppola Catholic (non-practicing)
33. High Noon (1952) Stanley Kramer Jewish
34. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) Alan J. Pakula Jewish
35. It Happened One Night (1934) Frank Capra
Harry Cohn
Catholic; Christian Science
Jewish
36. Midnight Cowboy (1969) Jerome Hellman  
37. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) Samuel Goldwyn Jewish
38. Double Indemnity (1944) Buddy G. DeSylva
Joseph Sistrom
 
39. Doctor Zhivago (1965) Carlo Ponti
David Lean
?
Quaker
40. North By Northwest (1959) Alfred Hitchcock Catholic
41. West Side Story (1961) Robert Wise  
42. Rear Window (1954) Alfred Hitchcock Catholic
43. King Kong (1933) Merian C. Cooper
Ernest B. Schoedsack
Protestant
?
44. The Birth of a Nation (1915) D. W. Griffith Methodist
45. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) Charles K. Feldman  
46. A Clockwork Orange (1971) Stanley Kubrick Jewish
47. Taxi Driver (1976) Julia Phillips
Michael Phillips
 
48. Jaws (1975) David Brown
Richard D. Zanuck
 
49. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) Walt Disney Congregationalist
50. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) John Foreman  
51. The Philadelphia Story (1940) Joseph L. Mankiewicz Jewish parents; atheist father
52. From Here To Eternity (1953) Buddy Adler  
53. Amadeus (1984) Saul Zaentz  
54. All Quiet On the Western Front (1930) Carl Laemmle Jr. Jewish
55. The Sound of Music (1965) Robert Wise  
56. M*A*S*H (1970) Ingo Preminger Jewish
57. The Third Man (1949) Carol Reed
58. Fantasia (1940) Walt Disney
Ben Sharpsteen
Congregationalist
?
59. Rebel Without a Cause (1955) David Weisbart  
60. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Frank Marshall
George Lucas
?
Buddhist Methodist
61. Vertigo (1958) Alfred Hitchcock Catholic
62. Tootsie (1982) Sydney Pollack
Dick Richards
Jewish
?
63. Stagecoach (1939) John Ford Catholic
64. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) Julia Phillips
Michael Phillips
 
65. The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Ronald M. Bozman
Edward Saxon
Kenneth Utt
66. Network (1976) Howard Gottfried  
67. The Manchurian Candidate (1962) George Axelrod
John Frankenheimer
Jewish
Jewish
68. An American In Paris (1951) Arthur Freed  
69. Shane (1953) George Stevens  
70. The French Connection (1971) Philip D'Antoni  
71. Forrest Gump (1994) Wendy Finerman
Steve Starkey
Steve Tisch
 
72. Ben-Hur (1959) Sam Zimbalist  
73. Wuthering Heights (1939) Samuel Goldwyn Jewish
74. The Gold Rush (1925) Charlie Chaplin Anglican; agnostic
75. Dances With Wolves (1990) Kevin Costner
Jim Wilson
Baptist
?
76. City Lights (1931) Charlie Chaplin Anglican; agnostic
77. American Graffiti (1973) Francis Ford Coppola
Gary Kurtz
Catholic (non-practicing)
Latter-day Saint
78. Rocky (1976) Robert Chartoff
Irwin Winkler
 
79. The Deer Hunter (1978) Michael Cimino
Michael Deeley
John Peverall
Barry Spikings
Catholic
?
?
?
80. The Wild Bunch (1969) Phil Feldman  
81. Modern Times (1936) Charlie Chaplin Anglican; agnostic
82. Giant (1956) Henry Ginsberg
George Stevens
 
83. Platoon (1986) Arnold Kopelson  
84. Fargo (1996) Ethan Coen Jewish
85. Duck Soup (1933) Leo McCarey Catholic
86. Mutiny On the Bounty (1935) Irving Thalberg Jewish
87. Frankenstein (1931) Carl Laemmle Jr. Jewish
88. Easy Rider (1969) Peter Fonda ?
89. Patton (1970) Frank McCarthy  
90. The Jazz Singer (1927) Alan Crosland  
91. My Fair Lady (1964) Jack L. Warner Jewish
92. A Place In the Sun (1951) George Stevens  
93. The Apartment (1960) Billy Wilder Jewish
94. Goodfellas (1990) Irwin Winkler  
95. Pulp Fiction (1994) Lawrence Bender  
96. The Searchers (1956) C.V. Whitney  
97. Bringing Up Baby (1938) Howard Hawks Christian Science
98. Unforgiven (1992) Clint Eastwood raised Protestant; agnostic
99. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) Stanley Kramer Jewish
100. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) William Cagney
Hal B. Wallis
Jack L. Warner
?
?
Jewish

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