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Stream 5 of AFI's Greatest American Films for Free


American Film Institute's 100 Years...100 Movies is a list of the "100 greatest American films of all time." I found five of those films on Kanopy, the video streaming service available to New York Public Library cardholders age 13 or older. 

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11. CITY LIGHTS (1931)
In City Lights, Charlie Chaplin achieved new levels of grace with this silent tale of a lovable vagrant falling for a young blind woman who mistakes him for a millionaire. 



18. THE GENERAL (1927)
Consistently ranked among the greatest films ever made, Buster Keaton's The General continues to inspire awe and laughter with every viewing.



49. INTOLERANCE (1916)
D.W. Griffith's epic intercuts between four separate stories about man's inhumanity to man, taking place in Babylon, Judea, France, and California.



58. THE GOLD RUSH (1925)
Charlie Chaplin's comedic masterwork features such timeless gags as the dance of the dinner rolls and the meal of boiled shoe leather.



78. MODERN TIMES (1936)
Charlie Chaplin's last outing as the Little Tramp puts the character to work as a giddily inept factory employee who becomes smitten with a gorgeous gamine.



Film thumbnails and summaries were sourced from Kanopy. Summaries were edited for length.


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I can't get any of your links to Kanopy to work so that I can sign on and check out streaming films. Each time I get: "This page has a redirect loop" ERR_TOO_MANY_REDIRECTS I've followed Chrome's directions on clearing cookies, allowing cookies, etc. but just keep getting that message. Hoping you may have directions for accessing the site. I am a NYPL card holder and user.


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