What are the 100 best American movies ever made? It's a hard question to answer.

So naturally, we tried.

This is my own personal list, informed by more than 25 years as a movie critic. I've seen them all: the good, the bad and the great — and these, the 100 greatest of all time. In my opinion.

I have limited the list to American movies — films that were shot for an American studio or distributor with a generally American cast and crew, led by a director who, at the time, called America home. Almost all of these films were also shot on American soil, though a couple were filmed on location elsewhere.

And before you ask, no, "The Shawshank Redemption" is not on the list. It's a very good movie. But one of the 100 best? Not to me.

— Daniel Neman


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