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Frankly, Times readers, you do give a damn about your favorite movies and actors.

That assessment, inspired by the climax of Gone With the Wind, is the best way to describe the response to our survey about the greatest films and actors of the past century. The survey was based on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movies" project outlined in a February article.

The AFI polled nearly 1,500 motion picture industry leaders, asking them to select the top 100 films released between 1896 and Dec. 31, 1996. The results will be made public during a three-hour CBS special on June 16.

The Times asked readers what 100 films they consider to be the best American screen works of that period. Additionally, we asked them to vote on the top movie stars of that time span.

The results _ including top vote-getters Gone With the Wind, Katharine Hepburn and James Stewart _ appear on this page.

A total of 236 letters, faxes and e-mails were received. Most entrants went beyond the official request to merely list 10 beloved films and performers of the past century. The most common excuse was that they simply couldn't stop. Eleven replies, including two adult care centers who that used the survey as a recreational tool, included rankings of their 100 favorite films.

And, this wasn't only a Tampa Bay sampling of opinions. Movie fans in Texas, Ohio and Wisconsin learned of the survey from friends or our Internet site and sent their choices.

Reading and tabulating the responses was a rewarding detour into nostalgia, without many surprises at the top of the rankings. A total of 511 movies were mentioned by readers, including many that weren't nominated by the AFI. Votes were so widely spread that numerous ties emerged, so we have simply listed the second 50 films in alphabetical order.

Readers even got a head start on movie classics of the millennium. James Cameron's Titanic was ineligible because it was released in 1997, yet received enough votes that it would have placed No. 22.

Maybe next century, Jack and Rose will replace Scarlett and Rhett atop the list.

The top 100

Your first 50 favorite flicks

1. Gone With The Wind

2. Casablanca

3. The Wizard of Oz

4. The Godfather

5. Citizen Kane

6. The Sound of Music

7. Schindler's List

8. It's a Wonderful Life (tie)

8. Psycho (tie)

10. Star Wars

11. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (tie)

11. Birth of a Nation (tie)

13. To Kill a Mockingbird

14. Singin' in the Rain

15. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

16. Jaws

17. 2001: A Space Odyssey

18. High Noon (tie)

18. Ben-Hur (tie)

20. From Here to Eternity

21. Lawrence of Arabia

22. The Silence of the Lambs

23. The Grapes of Wrath (tie)

23. Dr. Strangelove (tie)

25. E.T.: The Extraterrestrial

26. Forrest Gump

27. My Fair Lady

28. The Godfather, Part II

29. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

30. Dr. Zhivago

31. The Searchers

32. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

33. Lost Horizon (tie)

33. The African Queen (tie)

35. Some Like It Hot

36. Out of Africa

37. Dead Poets Society

38. Stalag 17

39. The Sting

40. All Quiet on the Western Front

41. The Graduate

42. Toy Story (tie)

42. Pulp Fiction (tie)

44. Vertigo

45. The Gold Rush

46. The Bridge on the River Kwai

47. Midnight Cowboy

48. Planet of the Apes (tie)

49. Gandhi (tie)

50. M+A+S+H

The next best 50, listed in alphabetical order.

Alien, All About Eve, Amadeus, An American in Paris, Annie Hall, Apocalypse Now, Bambi, Beauty and the Beast, The Best Years of Our Lives, Braveheart, Cabaret, City Lights, The Color Purple, Dances With Wolves, The Deer Hunter, Duck Soup, Easy Rider, Fantasia, Frankenstein, The Fugitive, Funny Girl, Giant, Goldfinger, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, How Green Was My Valley, It Happened One Night, Jurassic Park, The Manchurian Candidate, Miracle on 34th Street, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, A Night at the Opera, North by Northwest, Now Voyager, On Golden Pond, On the Waterfront, Patton, The Quiet Man, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Raging Bull, Rear Window, Red River, The Shawshank Redemption, South Pacific, Spartacus, Spellbound, Stagecoach, The Ten Commandments, Taxi Driver, West Side Story, Wuthering Heights

Favorite male actors

1. Jimmy Stewart

2. Humphrey Bogart

3. John Wayne

4. Gary Cooper

5. Marlon Brando

6. Gregory Peck

7. Dustin Hoffman

8. Jack Nicholson

9. Spencer Tracy (tie)

9. Henry Fonda (tie)

9. Robert Redford (tie)

12. Charlton Heston (tie)

12. Robert De Niro (tie)

14. Tom Hanks

15. Clark Gable

16. Paul Newman

17. Cary Grant

18. Burt Lancaster (tie)

18. Jack Lemmon (tie)

20. Anthony Hopkins

Favorite female actors

1. Katharine Hepburn

2. Bette Davis

3. Ingrid Bergman

4. Meryl Streep

5. Jodie Foster

6. Elizabeth Taylor

7. Audrey Hepburn

8. Joan Crawford

9. Judy Garland (tie)

9. Susan Hayward (tie)

11. Doris Day

12. Sally Field

13. Marilyn Monroe

14. Maureen O'Hara (tie)

14. Barbra Streisand (tie)

14. Julie Andrews (tie)

15. Shirley Temple (tie)

15. Greer Garson (tie)

17. Jane Fonda

18. Sigourney Weaver

19. Deborah Kerr

20. Anne Bancroft (tie)

20. Emma Thompson (tie)

Readers' comments

Winners, if only in our hearts

These films were selected as personal favorites, although not nominated by the American Film Institute. (An asterisk indicates that a reader picked the film as the best ever.)

+ Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

+ Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes

+ The Prisoner of Zenda

+ The Horse Soldiers

Baby Doll


Desert Song

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

The Outlaw Josey Wales


Love is a Many-Splendored Thing

Harold and Maude

Lethal Weapon



The Spy Who Loved Me

The Little Kidnappers

Ghost Breakers

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

Captains Courageous

The Great Escape

Carmen Jones

Crossing Delancey

The Robe

Meet John Doe

Friendly Persuasion

Mr. Holland's Opus

Zorba the Greek

Searching for Bobby Fischer

Cat Ballou

What you had to say

"Most of the stars (I listed) are from a bygone era, reflecting that times are different. We have too much information about our current actors, making them seem less glamorous than the unavailable, therefore more mysterious, stars of the '40s and '50s."

_ Dorothy P. Johnson, St. Petersburg

"I just looked at my list of favorite stars and realized that six of them are dead."

_ Viola K. Enos, St. Petersburg

"Are you aware that in compiling a list of 400 nominees, the American Film Institute left off Roman Holiday in favor of Ferris Bueller's Day Off? It's hard for me to figure out what bubble gum classics like Back to the Future and Batman are doing here."

_ Anonymous

"No American film about adolescence made in the '80s should be on this list. They are nothing but preposterous fantasies patronizing the profitable youth market. Hollywood lost its maturity in the '80s."

_ Frederick Whittle, Clearwater

"More attention should be paid to the marvelous music being done for films. Much of it is superior to standard classical overtures that are trotted out and beat to death on a regular basis. I would stack up John Williams against Giuseppe Verdi any day."

_ Sarah Lerda, Dade City

"It would be a shame if audiences in the years to come couldn't see a pristine print of Gone with the Wind, or Ran. More power to the AFI's preservation efforts!"

_ Maggie D. Hall, Dunedin

"My seven roommates and I were wondering why The Goonies was not on the list. It is a classic of the movies made in the '80s and should be represented."

_ Julie Anne Sherman, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg

"I know my heart, rather than my head, influenced some choices, but the appeal of films is often the appeal of the