I just wanted to post once more before we take off on this Herculean horse race of a goal and look at the criteria that the AFI publishes about its lists. For the Top 100, they listed seven major criteria.
- Feature-length: Narrative format typically over 60 minutes long.
- American film: English language, with significant creative and/or financial production from the United States.
- Critical Recognition: Formal commendation in print, television, and digital media.
- Major Award Winner: Recognition from competitive events including awards from peer groups, critics, guilds, and major film festivals.
- Popularity Over Time: This includes success at the box office, television and cable airings, and DVD/VHS sales and rentals.
- Historical Significance: A film's mark on the history of the moving image through visionary narrative devices, technical innovation or other groundbreaking achievements.
- Cultural Impact: A film's mark on American society in matters of style and substance.