AFI Top 100 by IMDb Plot

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Can you name the film in AFI's Top 100 films (10th anniversary) from their IMDb plot description?

Updated Apr 23, 2015

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A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.
A meek hobbit of the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring and the dark lord Sauron.
Fictional romantic tale of a rich girl and poor boy who meet on the ill-fated voyage of the 'unsinkable' ship.
The Tramp goes to the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and more.
Following the Normandy Landings, a group of US soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.
Mankind finds a mysterious, obviously artificial, artifact buried on the moon and, with the intelligent computer HAL, sets off on a quest.
A performer and gambler travels to New York City to raise the $25,000 he needs to marry his fiancée, only to become entangled with a beautiful aspiring dancer.
An emotionally self-destructive boxer's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring, destroys his life outside it.
Musical about two youngsters from rival NYC gangs who fall in love.
A weary gunfighter attempts to settle down with a homestead family, but a smoldering settler/rancher conflict forces him to act.
A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal giant gorilla who takes a shine to their female blonde star.
A group of 50's high schoolers come of age in a bleak, isolated, atrophied West Texas town that is slowly dying, both economically and culturally.
[Title Character], while not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny, eludes him.
[Title Character] is the survivor of Nazi concentration camps, who has found a reason to live in Nathan, a sparkling if unsteady American Jew obsessed with the Holocaust
A young recruit in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.
A couple of high school grads spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college.
A young FBI cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims.
In Poland during World War II, Oskar [Title Character] gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.
When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.
Over the course of a few hectic days, numerous interrelated individuals prepare for a political convention as secrets and lies are surfaced and revealed.
American classic in which a manipulative woman and a roguish man carry on a turbulent love affair in the American south during the Civil War and Reconstruction.
The Tramp struggles to help a blind flower girl he has fallen in love with.
The staff of a Korean War field hospital use humor and hijinks to keep their sanity in the face of the horror of war.
An African American detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racist southern town.
Fred C. Dobbs and Bob Curtin, both down on their luck in Tampico, Mexico in 1925, meet up with a grizzled prospector named Howard and decide to join with him in search for gold.**
Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man.
A young woman steals $40,000 from her employer's client, and subsequently encounters a young motel proprietor too long under the domination of his mother.
Dorothy Gale is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a quest to see the Wizard who can help her return home.
A spoiled heiress, running away from her family, is helped by a man who's actually a reporter looking for a story. But then he falls for her...
A small time boxer gets a once in a lifetime chance to fight the heavyweight champ in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.
A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.
As a Civil War veteran spends years searching for a young niece captured by Indians, his motivation becomes increasingly questionable.
The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from her husband and baby, is interwoven with tales of [title] from throughout history.
Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the US government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.
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The slave [Title Character] leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman empire.
Deckard, a [Title], has to track down and terminate 4 replicants who hijacked a ship in space and have returned to earth seeking their maker.
Set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War II: An American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.
Recent college [title] Benjamin Braddock is trapped into an affair with Mrs. Robinson, who happens to be the wife of his father's business partner and her daughter Elaine.**
A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity.
A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue.
A TV network cynically exploits a deranged ex-TV anchor's ravings and revelations about the media for their own profit.
A cowboy toy is profoundly threatened and jealous when a fancy spaceman toy supplants him as top toy in a boy's room.
An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed.
The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.
A group of Earth children help a stranded alien botanist return home.
The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on his crime syndicate.**
Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her
Rufus T. Firefly is named president/dictator of bankrupt Freedonia and declares war on neighboring Sylvania over the love of wealthy Mrs. Teasdale.
Epic rumination on a flamboyant and controversial British military figure and his conflicted loyalties during wartime service.
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.
A somewhat romanticized account of the career of the notoriously violent bank robbing couple and their gang.
A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.
A married farmer falls under the spell of a slatternly woman from the city, who tries to convince him to drown his wife.
An in-depth examination of the way that the Vietnam war affects the lives of people in a small industrial town in the USA.
Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance.
When Union spies steal an engineer's beloved locomotive, he pursues it singlehandedly and straight through enemy lines.
Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditsy [Title Character]
Henry Hill and his friends work their way up through the mob hierarchy.
Luke Skywalker leaves his home planet, teams up with other rebels, and tries to save Princess Leia from the evil clutches of Darth Vader.
A mentally unstable Vietnam war veteran works as nighttime [title] in a city whose perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge to violently lash out.**
A boy who communicates with spirits that don't know they're dead seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.
A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the US Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn't back down.
After settling his differences with a Japanese POW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors.**
A poor Midwest family is forced off of their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression.
When a rich woman's ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself.
A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a [Title].
An insurance rep lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator's suspicions.
When two musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.
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A director of escapist films goes on the road as a hobo to learn about Life...which gives him a rude awakening.
Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his kids against prejudice.
A private detective investigating an adultery case stumbles on to a scheme of murder that has something to do with water.
A dissenting juror in a murder trial slowly manages to convince the others that the case is not as obviously clear as it seemed in court.
An insane general starts a process to nuclear holocaust that a war room of politicians and generals frantically try to stop.
When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist and grizzled fisherman set out to stop it.
A sly business manager and two wacky friends of two opera singers help them achieve success while humiliating their stuffy and snobbish enemies.
A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive.
Two counterculture bikers travel from Los Angeles to New Orleans in search of America.
In Africa during WWI, a gin-swilling riverboat owner/captain is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship.
An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the 'traditional' American West is disappearing around them.
During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade Green Beret who has set himself up as a God among a local tribe. **
An ingenue insinuates herself in to the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends.
An unemployed actor with a reputation for being difficult disguises himself as a woman to get a role in a soap opera.
A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them.
A naive male prostitute and his sickly friend struggle to survive on the streets of New York City.
Upon arrival at a mental institution, a brash rebel rallies the patients together to take on the oppressive Nurse Ratched, a woman more a dictator than a nurse.
Three WWII veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed.
A film of the life of the renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer and singer George M. Cohan.
A bitter aging couple with the help of alcohol, use a young couple to fuel anguish and emotional pain towards each other.
The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman.
Two Western bank/train robbers flee to Bolivia when the law gets too close.
A marshal, personally compelled to face a returning deadly enemy, finds that his own town refuses to help him.
On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.
In future Britain, charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government.**
An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.
Mild mannered zoology professor Dr. David Huxley is excited by the news that an intercostal clavicle bone has been found to complete his brontosaurus skeleton
[Title Character], pursued by a jealous queen, hides with the Dwarfs; the queen feeds her a poison apple, but Prince Charming awakens her with a kiss.
A wheelchair bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.
A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.
Reporters Woodward and Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Nixon's resignation.

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