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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 WellesProtestant Christian
2. Casablanca (1942)Michael CurtizJewish
3. The Godfather (1972)Francis Ford CoppolaCatholic (non-practicing)
4. Gone With the Wind (1939)Victor FlemingChristianity
5. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)David LeanQuaker
6. The Wizard of Oz (1939)Victor FlemingChristianity
7. The Graduate (1967)Mike NicholsJewish
8. On the Waterfront (1954)Elia KazanGreek Orthodox (lapsed);
Communist
9. Schindler's List (1993)Steven SpielbergJudaism
10. Singin' In the Rain (1952)Stanley Donen
Gene Kelly
Reform Judaism (lapsed)
Catholic
11. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)Frank CapraCatholic; Christian Science
12. Sunset Boulevard (1950)Billy WilderJewish
13. The Bridge On the River Kwai (1957)David LeanQuaker
14. Some Like It Hot (1959)Billy WilderJewish
15. Star Wars (1977)George LucasBuddhist Methodist
16. All About Eve (1950)Joseph L. MankiewiczJewish parents; atheist father
17. The African Queen (1951)John HustonEpiscopalian (lapsed)
18. Psycho (1960)Alfred HitchcockCatholic
19. Chinatown (1974)Roman PolanskiJewish Catholic (lapsed)
20. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)Milos FormanJewish father; Protestant mother
21. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)John FordCatholic
22. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)Stanley KubrickJewish
23. The Maltese Falcon (1941)John HustonEpiscopalian (lapsed)
24. Raging Bull (1980)Martin ScorseseCatholic (lapsed former seminarian)
25. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)Steven SpielbergJudaism
26. Dr. Strangelove (1964)Stanley KubrickJewish
27. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)Arthur Penn
28. Apocalypse Now (1979)Francis Ford CoppolaCatholic (non-practicing)
29. Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939)Frank CapraCatholic; Christian Science
30. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)John HustonEpiscopalian (lapsed)
31. Annie Hall (1977)Woody AllenJewish (raised Orthodox); agnostic
32. The Godfather, Part II (1974)Francis Ford CoppolaCatholic (non-practicing)
33. High Noon (1952)Fred ZinnemannJewish
34. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)Robert MulliganCatholic
35. It Happened One Night (1934)Frank CapraCatholic; Christian Science
36. Midnight Cowboy (1969)John SchlesingerJewish
37. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)William WylerJewish
38. Double Indemnity (1944)Billy WilderJewish
39. Doctor Zhivago (1965)David LeanQuaker
40. North By Northwest (1959)Alfred HitchcockCatholic
41. West Side Story (1961)Robert Wise
Jerome Robbins
 
Jewish
42. Rear Window (1954)Alfred HitchcockCatholic
43. King Kong (1933)Merian C. CooperProtestant
44. The Birth of a Nation (1915)D. W. GriffithMethodist
45. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)Elia KazanGreek Orthodox (lapsed);
Communist
46. A Clockwork Orange (1971)Stanley KubrickJewish
47. Taxi Driver (1976)Martin ScorseseCatholic (lapsed former seminarian)
48. Jaws (1975)Steven SpielbergJudaism
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 CukorJewish
52. From Here To Eternity (1953)Fred ZinnemannJewish
53. Amadeus (1984)Milos FormanJewish father; Protestant mother
54. All Quiet On the Western Front (1930)Lewis MilestoneJewish
55. The Sound of Music (1965)Robert Wise 
56. M*A*S*H (1970)Robert AltmanCatholic (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 SpielbergJudaism
61. Vertigo (1958)Alfred HitchcockCatholic
62. Tootsie (1982)Sydney PollackJewish
63. Stagecoach (1939)John FordCatholic
64. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)Steven SpielbergJudaism
65. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)Jonathan Demme
66. Network (1976)Sidney LumetJewish
67. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)John FrankenheimerJewish
68. An American In Paris (1951)Vincente MinnelliCatholic
69. Shane (1953)George Stevens 
70. The French Connection (1971)William FriedkinJewish
71. Forrest Gump (1994)Robert ZemeckisJewish
72. Ben-Hur (1959)William WylerJewish
73. Wuthering Heights (1939)William WylerJewish
74. The Gold Rush (1925)Charlie ChaplinAnglican; agnostic
75. Dances With Wolves (1990)Kevin CostnerBaptist
76. City Lights (1931)Charlie ChaplinAnglican; agnostic
77. American Graffiti (1973)George LucasBuddhist Methodist
78. Rocky (1976)John Avildsen 
79. The Deer Hunter (1978)Michael CiminoCatholic
80. The Wild Bunch (1969)Sam PeckinpahProtestant
81. Modern Times (1936)Charlie ChaplinAnglican; agnostic
82. Giant (1956)George Stevens 
83. Platoon (1986)Oliver StoneJewish father; Catholic mother;
raised Episcopalian;
Tibetan Buddhism (convert)
84. Fargo (1996)Joel CoenJewish
85. Duck Soup (1933)Leo McCareyCatholic
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 CukorJewish
92. A Place In the Sun (1951)George Stevens 
93. The Apartment (1960)Billy WilderJewish
94. Goodfellas (1990)Martin ScorseseCatholic (lapsed former seminarian)
95. Pulp Fiction (1994)Quentin Tarantino 
96. The Searchers (1956)John FordCatholic
97. Bringing Up Baby (1938)Howard HawksChristian Science
98. Unforgiven (1992)Clint Eastwoodraised Protestant; agnostic
99. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)Stanley KramerJewish
100. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)Michael CurtizJewish

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
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Producers of AFI's 100 Greatest American Movies
Movie Rank, Title, Year
Producer(s)
Religious Affiliation
of Producer(s)
1. Citizen Kane (1941)Orson WellesProtestant Christian
2. Casablanca (1942)Hal B. Wallis 
3. The Godfather (1972)Albert S. Ruddy 
4. Gone With the Wind (1939)David O. SelznickJewish
5. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)Sam Spiegel 
6. The Wizard of Oz (1939)Mervyn LeRoyJewish
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 CapraCatholic; 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 WilderJewish
15. Star Wars (1977)Gary KurtzLatter-day Saint
16. All About Eve (1950)Darryl F. ZanuckMethodist
17. The African Queen (1951)Sam Spiegel
John Woolf
 
18. Psycho (1960)Alfred HitchcockCatholic
19. Chinatown (1974)Robert EvansJewish
20. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)Michael Douglas
Saul Zaentz
half-Jewish
?
21. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)Darryl F. ZanuckMethodist
22. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)Stanley KubrickJewish
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 KubrickJewish
27. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)Warren BeattyBaptist (lapsed)
28. Apocalypse Now (1979)Francis Ford CoppolaCatholic (non-practicing)
29. Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939)Frank CapraCatholic; 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 CoppolaCatholic (non-practicing)
33. High Noon (1952)Stanley KramerJewish
34. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)Alan J. PakulaJewish
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 GoldwynJewish
38. Double Indemnity (1944)Buddy G. DeSylva
Joseph Sistrom
 
39. Doctor Zhivago (1965)Carlo Ponti
David Lean
?
Quaker
40. North By Northwest (1959)Alfred HitchcockCatholic
41. West Side Story (1961)Robert Wise 
42. Rear Window (1954)Alfred HitchcockCatholic
43. King Kong (1933)Merian C. Cooper
Ernest B. Schoedsack
Protestant
?
44. The Birth of a Nation (1915)D. W. GriffithMethodist
45. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)Charles K. Feldman 
46. A Clockwork Orange (1971)Stanley KubrickJewish
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 DisneyCongregationalist
50. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)John Foreman 
51. The Philadelphia Story (1940)Joseph L. MankiewiczJewish 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 PremingerJewish
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 HitchcockCatholic
62. Tootsie (1982)Sydney Pollack
Dick Richards
Jewish
?
63. Stagecoach (1939)John FordCatholic
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 GoldwynJewish
74. The Gold Rush (1925)Charlie ChaplinAnglican; agnostic
75. Dances With Wolves (1990)Kevin Costner
Jim Wilson
Baptist
?
76. City Lights (1931)Charlie ChaplinAnglican; 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 ChaplinAnglican; agnostic
82. Giant (1956)Henry Ginsberg
George Stevens
 
83. Platoon (1986)Arnold Kopelson 
84. Fargo (1996)Ethan CoenJewish
85. Duck Soup (1933)Leo McCareyCatholic
86. Mutiny On the Bounty (1935)Irving ThalbergJewish
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. WarnerJewish
92. A Place In the Sun (1951)George Stevens 
93. The Apartment (1960)Billy WilderJewish
94. Goodfellas (1990)Irwin Winkler 
95. Pulp Fiction (1994)Lawrence Bender 
96. The Searchers (1956)C.V. Whitney 
97. Bringing Up Baby (1938)Howard HawksChristian Science
98. Unforgiven (1992)Clint Eastwoodraised Protestant; agnostic
99. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)Stanley KramerJewish
100. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)William Cagney
Hal B. Wallis
Jack L. Warner
?
?
Jewish

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