The 100 Best American Films of All Time?

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BBC Culture polled film critics far and wide to determine the best American movies ever made. But how does their list hold up? We tasked a few critics to answer just that.

WRSU 88.7’s Dan Corey of “The ‘D’ Train” said the list’s only redeeming quality was that it featured a few select films that previous polls have too often glossed over.

“I always thought Thelma & Louise, The Shining, and Raging Bull were great, but they shouldn’t even be near the top to me. Like, why Groundhog Day? It isn’t a bad movie, but it should in no way be above The Shawshank Redemption,” just one of the motion pictures that didn’t make the cut.

“If I wanted to see Woody Allen play himself in another one of his movies, I could have watched, well pretty much any of his other movies,” says Sara Ghassemzadeh on Annie Hall, a film she thinks should have been overthrown by Pulp Fiction in the rankings.

Robert Zemeckis’ Forrest Gump may have beat out Pulp Fiction for Best Picture at the Oscars in 1995, but Gump trails at #74 on the list, while the Oscar runner-up sits at #28.

Did your favorite film make the Top 100? Check out the BBC’s list here.

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