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I'm no critic... I just now what I like and I know what's entertaining.

In 1998 the American Film Institute released their picks for the top 100 American films.  Granted all the films they picked were historic and ground-breaking.  But with films like "Gone With the Wind" and "My Fair Lady" not all of then are entertaining.  Here are some of the essential movies that were on the list.  If you don't have at least half of these in your collection you are dead to me.

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#1 Citizen Kane BUY IT: DVD VHS

It truly is the greatest film in history.  Inspired by William Randolph Hearst and parodied by Charles Montgomery Burns, Orson Welles starred and directed in this 1941 film.  Everyone must see this movie and take my advice and add it to your collection.
#7 The Graduate DVD VHS

Dustin Hoffman is superb playing a boy just out of college that lacks guidance.  This movie is a must for all adolescence.  It also has probably the greatest movie soundtrack with historic songs from Simon and Garfunkel.  Not to mention Anne Bancroft's portrayal of Mrs. Robinson.
#10 Singin' In the Rain VHS VHS

I know what you're think... Dumb Musical... but this movie is really good.  It is a very humorous look at the transition of silent films to "talkies."  Fact: They add milk to rain in movies to make it show up better... "Singin' In the Milk???"
#14 Some Like It Hot DVD VHS

This Marilyn Monroe film is extremely funny.  Taking place in the Prohibition era it chronicles two witnesses from the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.
#15 Star Wars Star Wars Trilogy

What could I possibly say about the Star Wars trilogy that all of you don't know...  If you like it and don't own it, get it here... It's a great price.
#20 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest DVD VHS  

When I first watched this movie I knew little about it besides the Simpson's' episode where Homer goes to the Insane asylum.  I was blown away by the magnificent acting from the star studded cast in their earliest roles.  Check it out and do yourself a favor and but it.
#26 Dr. Strangelove I love it so much.  I do not know where to begin.  I was blown away by this film.  It is just a purely funny film with great acting, writing and directing.  It does not get much better than this movie.
#44 The Birth Of A Nation VHS

This movie is not recommended for the faint of heart.  It is considered one of the most controversial movies in history.  Thought of as extremely racist it's the "Gone With the Wind" for the guys out there.  So if your women makes you watch "Gone With the Wind:, make her watch "The Birth Of A Nation."
#47 Taxi Driver VHS DVD

Robert DeNiro...Martin Scorcese... need I say more.  Great, Great Movie... check it out.  Lots of blood = lots of fun! "You talking to me?"
#65 The Silence of the Lambs DVD VHS

Once again if you haven't seen it... GO SEE IT!!!  Don't just rent it but buy it too.

If you want the complete list of the American Film Institutes Top 100 movies go to http://www.afi.com/tv/movies.asp