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AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars

The American Film Institute's AFI 100 Years... series includes AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars ranking their selections for the top 25 male and 25 female greatest screen legends of American film history. On June 15, 1999, a CBS special hosted by Shirley Temple unveiled the list with fifty current actors making the presentations.

AFI defined an "American screen legend" as an actor or a team of actors during the Classical Hollywood cinema era with a significant screen presence in American feature-length (40 min or more) films whose screen debut occurred in or before 1950, or whose screen debut occurred after 1950 but whose death has marked a completed body of work, i.e., actors recognized for their contributions to classical Hollywood American cinema.

The top stars of their respective gender are Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. They starred together in the classic adventure 1951 film The African Queen, for which Bogart won his only Academy Award. Sidney Poitier and Sophia Loren are the list's only living honorees.[1]

List of 50 greatest screen legends: Top 25 Male and Top 25 Female stars

No Male legends Female legends
1 Humphrey Bogart
Humphrey Bogart 1940.jpg Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn promo pic.jpg
2 Cary Grant
Grant, Cary (Suspicion) 01 Crisco edit.jpg Bette Davis
Bette Davis - portrait.jpg
3 James Stewart
Annex - Stewart, James (Call Northside 777) 01.jpg Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn 1959.jpg
4 Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando in The Men.jpg Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman, Gaslight 1944.jpg
5 Fred Astaire
Astaire, Fred - Never Get Rich.jpg Greta Garbo
Greta Garbo - 1939.jpg
6 Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda, 1940.jpg Marilyn Monroe
Monroe 1953 publicity.jpg
7 Clark Gable
Clark Gable - publicity.JPG Elizabeth Taylor
Studio publicity Elizabeth Taylor.jpg
8 James Cagney
James cagney promo photo.jpg Judy Garland
Judy Garland The Harvey Girls MGM Publicity still.jpeg
9 Spencer Tracy
Spencer tracy state of the union.jpg Marlene Dietrich
Marlene Dietrich in No Highway (1951) (Cropped).png
10 Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin portrait.jpg Joan Crawford
Joan Crawford - 1936 - Hurrell.JPG
11 Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper (1952).jpg Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck - early still.JPG
12 Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck 1948.jpg Claudette Colbert
Claudette colbert.jpg
13 John Wayne
John Wayne 1940.jpg Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly MGM photo.jpg
14 Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier - Rebecca.jpg Ginger Rogers
Ginger Rogers - Tender Comrade.jpg
15 Gene Kelly
Gene kelly.jpg Mae West
Mae West LAT.jpg
16 Orson Welles
Orson Welles 1937.jpg Vivien Leigh
Vivien Leigh Scarlet.jpg
17 Kirk Douglas
Kirk douglas photo signed.JPG Lillian Gish
Lillian Gish-edit1.jpg
18 James Dean
James Dean - publicity - early.JPG Shirley Temple
Shirley Temple 1949.jpg
19 Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster - publicity 1947.JPG Rita Hayworth
Rita Hayworth-publicity.JPG
20 Marx Brothers
Chico (1887-1961)
Harpo (1888-1964)
Groucho (1890-1977)
Marx Brothers 1931.jpg Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall 1945 (cropped).jpg
21 Buster Keaton
Busterkeaton edit.jpg Sophia Loren
(born 1934)
Sophia Loren - 1959.jpg
22 Sidney Poitier
(born 1927)
Sidney Poitier 1968.jpg Jean Harlow
23 Robert Mitchum
Robert Mitchum 1949 (no signature).jpg Carole Lombard
Carole Lombard - Paramount.JPG
24 Edward G. Robinson
Edward G. Robinson 1948.jpg Mary Pickford
Mary Pickford cph.3c17995u.jpg
25 William Holden
Holden-portrait.jpg Ava Gardner
Ava Gardner Show Boat 1951.jpg


  1. ^ "AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars: The 50 Greatest American Screen Legends". American Film Institute. Retrieved 2019.

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