Part of the AFI 100 Years... series, AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars is a list of the top 50 greatest screen legends of American cinema, 25 male and 25 female. The list was unveiled by the American Film Institute on June 15, 1999 CBS special hosted by Shirley Temple, with 50 current actors making the presentations.

As of 2012, of the fifty stars listed, only five are still alive: two men (Sidney Poitier and Kirk Douglas), and three women (Shirley Temple, Lauren Bacall, and Sophia Loren). At the time the list was first unveiled, a further two men (Marlon Brando and Gregory Peck), and two women (Katharine Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor), were also living. In the men's category, 21 of the legends were born in the United States; a further three (Cary Grant, Charlie Chaplin, and Laurence Olivier) were born in the U.K, and one in Romania (Edward G. Robinson). The women's list was slightly more varied, with sixteen legends born in the U.S., one in Belgium (Audrey Hepburn), two in Sweden (Ingrid Bergman and Greta Garbo) one in England (Elizabeth Taylor), one in Germany (Marlene Dietrich), one in France (Claudette Colbert), one in British India (Vivien Leigh), one in Italy (Sophia Loren), and one in Canada (Mary Pickford).

Criteria[edit | edit source]

The American Film Institute defined an "American screen legend" as an actor or a team of actors with a significant screen presence in American feature-length (40 min) 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.

The list[edit | edit source]

# Male Legend # Female Legend
1 Humphrey Bogart 1 Katharine Hepburn
2 Cary Grant 2 Bette Davis
3 James Stewart 3 Audrey Hepburn
4 Marlon Brando 4 Ingrid Bergman
5 Fred Astaire 5 Greta Garbo
6 Henry Fonda 6 Marilyn Monroe
7 Clark Gable 7 Elizabeth Taylor
8 James Cagney 8 Judy Garland
9 Spencer Tracy 9 Marlene Dietrich
10 Charlie Chaplin 10 Joan Crawford
11 Gary Cooper 11 Barbara Stanwyck
12 Gregory Peck 12 Claudette Colbert
13 John Wayne 13 Grace Kelly
14 Laurence Olivier 14 Ginger Rogers
15 Gene Kelly 15 Mae West
16 Orson Welles 16 Vivien Leigh
17 Kirk Douglas 17 Lillian Gish
18 James Dean 18 Shirley Temple
19 Burt Lancaster 19 Rita Hayworth

The Marx Brothers

20 Lauren Bacall
21 Buster Keaton 21 Sophia Loren
22 Sidney Poitier 22 Jean Harlow
23 Robert Mitchum 23 Carole Lombard
24 Edward G. Robinson 24 Mary Pickford
25 William Holden 25 Ava Gardener
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