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AFI Releases Top 10 Lists for Genre Classics

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By Jarrod Sarafin     June 18, 2008
Source: AFI Press Release


Where is Dave going in 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY(1968).
© MGM
The American Film Institute (AFI) has once again updated their Top 10 Lists of all the major movie categories and sent them to media outlets. You can check them out below. What do you think? Agree? No? Share your thoughts.

The American Film Institute (AFI) tonight revealed the 10 greatest movies in 10 classic American film genres in AFI's 10 TOP 10, a three-hour special television event on the CBS Television Network. A jury of 1,500 film artists, critics and historians named the following films as the very best in the following genres: 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (Science Fiction), CITY LIGHTS (Romantic Comedy), THE GODFATHER (Gangster), LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (Epic), RAGING BULL (Sports), THE SEARCHERS (Western), SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (Animation), TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (Courtroom Drama), VERTIGO (Mystery) and THE WIZARD OF OZ (Fantasy).

AFI's 10 TOP 10 enlisted hosts for each genre including: Jessica Alba for Romantic Comedy; Sean Astin for Fantasy; Gabriel Byrne for Mystery; Kirk Douglas for Epic; Clint Eastwood for Westerns; Cuba Gooding, Jr. for Sports; Jennifer Love Hewitt for Animation; Quentin Tarantino for Gangster; Sigourney Weaver for Sci-Fi; and James Woods for Courtroom Drama.

"This year's celebration of the art form is ten times the fun for movie lovers," said AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale. "And another chapter in our mandate to drive audiences to discover and rediscover the classics of American film."

AFI's 10 TOP 10 honorees are:

ANIMATION

1 SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS 1937
2 PINOCCHIO 1940
3 BAMBI 1942
4 THE LION KING 1994
5 FANTASIA 1940
6 TOY STORY 1995
7 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 1991
8 SHREK 2001
9 CINDERELLA 1950
10 FINDING NEMO 2003

FANTASY

1 THE WIZARD OF OZ 1939
2 THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING 2001
3 IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE 1946
4 KING KONG 1933
5 MIRACLE ON 34th STREET 1947
6 FIELD OF DREAMS 1989
7 HARVEY 1950
8 GROUNDHOG DAY 1993
9 THE THIEF OF BAGDAD 1924
10 BIG 1988

GANGSTER

1 THE GODFATHER 1972
2 GOODFELLAS 1990
3 THE GODFATHER PART II 1974
4 WHITE HEAT 1949
5 BONNIE AND CLYDE 1967
6 SCARFACE: THE SHAME OF A NATION 1932
7 PULP FICTION 1994
8 THE PUBLIC ENEMY 1931
9 LITTLE CAESAR 1930
10 SCARFACE 1983

SCIENCE FICTION

1 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY 1968
2 STAR WARS: EPISODE IV - A NEW HOPE 1977
3 E.T. - THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL 1982
4 A CLOCKWORK ORANGE 1971
5 THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL 1951
6 BLADE RUNNER 1982
7 ALIEN 1979
8 TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY 1991
9 INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS 1956
10 BACK TO THE FUTURE 1985

WESTERN

1 THE SEARCHERS 1956
2 HIGH NOON 1952
3 SHANE 1953
4 UNFORGIVEN 1992
5 RED RIVER 1948
6 THE WILD BUNCH 1969
7 BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID 1969
8 McCABE & MRS. MILLER 1971
9 STAGECOACH 1939
10 CAT BALLOU 1965

SPORTS

1 RAGING BULL 1980
2 ROCKY 1976
3 THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES 1942
4 HOOSIERS 1986
5 BULL DURHAM 1988
6 THE HUSTLER 1961
7 CADDYSHACK 1980
8 BREAKING AWAY 1979
9 NATIONAL VELVET 1944
10 JERRY MAGUIRE 1996

MYSTERY

1 VERTIGO 1958
2 CHINATOWN 1974
3 REAR WINDOW 1954
4 LAURA 1944
5 THE THIRD MAN 1949
6 THE MALTESE FALCON 1941
7 NORTH BY NORTHWEST 1959
8 BLUE VELVET 1986
9 DIAL M FOR MURDER 1954
10 THE USUAL SUSPECTS 1995

ROMANTIC COMEDY

1 CITY LIGHTS 1931
2 ANNIE HALL 1977
3 IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT 1934
4 ROMAN HOLIDAY 1953
5 THE PHILADELPHIA STORY 1940
6 WHEN HARRY MET SALLY ... 1989
7 ADAM'S RIB 1949
8 MOONSTRUCK 1987
9 HAROLD AND MAUDE 1971
10 SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE 1993

COURTROOM DRAMA

1 TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD 1962
2 12 ANGRY MEN 1957
3 KRAMER VS. KRAMER 1979
4 THE VERDICT 1982
5 A FEW GOOD MEN 1992
6 WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION 1957
7 ANATOMY OF A MURDER 1959
8 IN COLD BLOOD 1967
9 A CRY IN THE DARK 1988
10 JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG 1961

EPIC

1 LAWRENCE OF ARABIA 1962
2 BEN-HUR 1959
3 SCHINDLER'S LIST 1993
4 GONE WITH THE WIND 1939
5 SPARTACUS 1960
6 TITANIC 1997
7 ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT 1930
8 SAVING PRIVATE RYAN 1998
9 REDS 1981
10 THE TEN COMMANDMENTS 1956

Interesting facts about the list include:

-- The earliest entry on the list is THE THIEF OF BAGDAD (Fantasy) from 1924; with the most recent being FINDING NEMO (Animated) from 2003.

-- Alfred Hitchcock is the most represented director with 4 films; Steven Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick follow with 3 entries each.

-- James Stewart is the most represented actor with 6 entries; Tom Hanks is next with 4; Warren Beatty, Robert De Niro, Gene Hackman, James Earl Jones, Paul Newman, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino and John Wayne all have 3 films each.

-- Diane Keaton is the most represented actress with 4 films on the list; Grace Kelly and Talia Shire each have 3 entries.

To compile the final list, AFI distributed a ballot with 500 nominated movies (50 per genre) to a jury of over 1,500 leaders from the creative community, including film artists (directors, screenwriters, actors, editors, cinematographers), critics and historians.

AFI asks jurors to consider the following criteria in their selection process:

FEATURE-LENGTH FICTION FILMS
Narrative format, typically over 60 minutes in length.

AMERICAN FILM

English-language film with significant creative and/or production elements from the United States. Additionally, only films released before January 1, 2008 will be considered.

GENRE:

ANIMATED

AFI defines "animated" as a genre in which the film's images are primarily created by computer or hand and the characters are voiced by actors.

FANTASY

AFI defines "fantasy" as a genre where live-action characters inhabit imagined settings and/or experience situations that transcend the rules of the natural world.

GANGSTER

AFI defines the "gangster film" as a genre that centers on organized crime or maverick criminals in a twentieth century setting.

SCIENCE FICTION

AFI defines "science fiction" as a genre that marries a scientific or technological premise with imaginative speculation.

WESTERN

AFI defines "western" as a genre of films set in the American West that embodies the spirit, the struggle and the demise of the new frontier.

SPORTS

AFI defines "sports" as a genre of films with protagonists who play athletics or other games of competition.

MYSTERY

AFI defines "mystery" as a genre that revolves around the solution of a crime.

ROMANTIC COMEDY

AFI defines "romantic comedy" as a genre in which the development of a romance leads to comic situations.

COURTROOM DRAMA

AFI defines "courtroom drama" as a genre of film in which a system of justice plays a critical role in the film's narrative.

EPIC

AFI defines "epic" as a genre of large-scale films set in a cinematic interpretation of the past. Their scope defies and demands-either in the mode in which they are presented or their range across time.

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

Including success at the box office, television and cable airing, and DVD/VHS sales and rentals.

HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE

A film's mark on the history of moving images through visionary narrative devices, technical innovation, or other ground breaking achievements.

CULTURAL IMPACT
A film's mark on American society in matters of style and substance.

AFI allows one write-in vote per genre.

At the conclusion of AFI's 10 TOP 10 special at 11:00 p.m. EDT, AFI will premiere a companion web site at http://www.AFI.com that will feature over 400 video clips about all 100 movies within the 10 genres. The site will also feature movie trailers and interview clips, AFI Catalog entries, movie stills and posters. Users can also download all of AFI's popular movie lists, and can comment about their favorite movies on the site. The site will also feature a new edition of 'AFI's 10 TOP 10 Movie Quiz' that tests players' knowledge of the movies from the 10 genres.

The primetime special was executive produced and directed by Gary Smith; executive produced for AFI by former AFI Board Chair Emeritus Frederick S. Pierce; and produced by Dann Netter. SFM Entertainment LLC is the distributor of the program. Sponsors of the series have included Pepsi, Best Buy, Breyers, ConAgra, Procter & Gamble, Anheuser-Busch, Colgate-Palmolive, Sony and all major motion picture companies.

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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laforcer69@yahoo.com_home 6/18/2008 12:23:29 AM
As odd as it seems, I am on board with all of these selections that AFI has picked although I got a little lost during the romantic comedy part of the special but fell right back into place when they got to the epic part of the special...Anyways, good list in my opinion... P.S. I wish they had made two different categories for Animation, that of 2-D/Cel Animation and that of 3-D/ Computer and then the Stop Motion could fall into any of those two categories depending on how much of one of the other two was used or involved in the animations creation...And then maybe not and it's fine just the way it is...
wrrlykam 6/18/2008 1:45:42 AM
One genre missing. The top 10 movies 'so bad you have to see them'. Ed Wood's 'Plan 9' gets an automatic entry but I'd nomonate 'Dinosaurus! (1960)'. Bad/cheesey dialog delivered in the way only 60's B movie actors could. Effects that were done without the benefit of a shoestring budget. Fantastic sunday afternoon viewing.
twomcs 6/18/2008 4:23:26 AM
How about "As Good As It Gets" for romantic comedy and "Tombstone" for western?
wessmith1966 6/18/2008 5:20:33 AM
I know it's subjective, not to mention tough to put these lists together, but how can you not have Rudy on the list of sports movies or Superman on the list of fantasy movies. The list of movies snubbed could go one and on and on depending on who's making it.
hanso 6/18/2008 5:30:31 AM
This list is crap I tell ya crap!!! Hanso's Top 10 Genre films 1 through 10 = The Dark Knight.
Wiseguy 6/18/2008 5:35:49 AM
MATRIX, how the fuck do you not put the Matrix as one of the best sci/fi films ever.<BR itxtvisited="1" /><BR itxtvisited="1" />None of Eastwoods spaghetti westerns. At least The Good The Bad and The Ugly IMO should be there. Fucking classic.<BR itxtvisited="1" /><BR itxtvisited="1" />I guess with only the top ten in each category there are a lot of good films that just don't make it if barely. But The Matrix has to be top ten.
Wiseguy 6/18/2008 5:47:59 AM
hanso, glad to see you're alive and kicking. After last night I thought you might do something harmful to yourself.<BR itxtvisited="1" />That's the way to close out a series. You stomp ona mother fucker. You put your foot on their throat and keep applying pressure.<BR itxtvisited="1" />That's what we call here shitting on a mother fucker.<BR itxtvisited="1" />That was the equivalent of Kimbo Slice bitch slapping Elton John in the octagon.<BR itxtvisited="1" />That was record beat down by the Celtics.<BR itxtvisited="1" />Lakers=too many europeans=too many softees=no heart
hanso 6/18/2008 5:55:42 AM
I hate u and all your little leprachaun friends.
snallygaster 6/18/2008 6:13:24 AM
I'm not going to nitpick over individual selections, but they missed a major genre: HORROR!!! Despite the fact that the genre has been there since the days of silent movies and is still going strong today (and yes, I'm looking at you WESTERN), and it covers a very broad range of films (unlike the much more narrowly-defined GANGSTER genre, for instance), but it's still the Rodney Dangerfield of movie genres.
Wiseguy 6/18/2008 6:20:37 AM
snally you're right, I missed it myself until you said it. Here are some of my faves Exorcist Halloween Event Horizon Nightmare on Elm Street Friday the 13th Child's Play Hellraiser Descent
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