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Damn I knew I’d forget something this week, well last night on television (I can’t remember which channel) AFI announced their top-10 genre film lists. ThoughI missed the program, I decided I’d look up the results and post the AFI’s picks for your convienence


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)

Thoughts: I think most of us could’ve already guessed this list was going to be dominated by Disney films as Disney has pretty much ruled animation throughout the dawn of man. I’m not sure I like the addition of Shrek and Finding Nemo due to personal taste. I’d probably lean more towards either another Pixar film like The Incredibles or a couple other 80s/90s Disney films; The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, or Mulan… But I suppose Nemo and Shrek have been pretty popular so if it’s what the people want then it’s all good.


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)

Thoughts: I like how broad this list which includes a handful of my favorites. Though as much as I like Field of Dreams I don’t know the 6th best fantasy film of all time? That’s pushing it, I’d more likely to give a spot to Rob Reiner’s The Princess Bride a film that’s certainly lived on and made it’s impact in the world of children’s fantasy. I’d also say LOTR is a little too high. Sure I loved it, I saw it about three times in theaters, but I don’t think enough time has passed for it to earn such a high spot. You got to give it more time to seep into the minds and hearts of moviegoers, at least give it a few more years.


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)

Thoughts: Everything here seems to be in order, I haven’t really seen a handful of these films so I wouldn’t be one to judge. I’m glad to see one my favorites, if not favorite film Pulp Fiction up there. I never really considered it a gangster film, but come to think of it, I’d say it makes sense.


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)

Thoughts: I’d say this is done pretty well as I love all of these films and I’m glad to see that the original Star Wars beats out Empire as it’s always been my favorite. It’s also funny to think that a movie called Terminator 2: Judgment Day would become as highly respected film as it is today, but I ain’t complaining… Remember when Arnold took that shotgun out of a box of flowers to fight Robert Patrick? That was awesome!


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)

Thoughts: I still don’t see what’s so great about Shane, it’s really not one the stronger performances I’ve seen from Alan Ladd and I just hate that kid. Though I did like Jack Palance. I’ve only seen six of these films thus far (Butch and the Kid is probably my favorite) but this is respectful. I just wish someone would make a really sweet western these days, they just don’t make em like they used to. The 90s had a couple nice entries such as Unforgiven or the fun action packed Tombstone but this decade hasn’t impressed me much.


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)

Thoughts: I’m itching to watch my copy of Pride of the Yankees that I bought last summer, but since no one ever wants to watch it perhaps I’ll half to end up watching it myself one of these days. This is list for the most part is fine, I mean it basically has all my favorites. If Jerry Maguire is considered a sports movie than so is Field of Dreams if you ask me, but I guess they’re trying to be a little more broad with their selections. Also I’m not sure if I’d consider “pool” a sport, it’s really more of just a game. Sure you have to have skill but you could say the same thing about foosball. I’ve never even heard of Breaking Away but it sounds interesting.


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)

Thoughts: I wonder if you’d consider Psycho a mystery? Perhaps it would be considered more of “Thriller” but they are trying to find out what happened to the central character. Seems to me to be just as much of a mystery as any of these other films. You find out who the killer is in Rear Windowfairly early in the film, not much of mystery there. I just think it’s weird to see these lists and see a classic like Psycho absent. Perhaps if they’d done a thriller or horror list I’d be okay.


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)

Thoughts: I’m disappointed to see no Breakfast at Tiffany’s but with so many great romantic comedies to choose from I reckon this was one of the hardest lists to do. I understand there’s been a lot of wonderful vintage romantic comedies but this list somehow seems somewhat uneven to me. I like Sleepless in Seattle okay but I’d hardly declare it one of the best romantic comedies of all time. Then again I’ve only seen four of these movies.


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)

Thoughts: Getting a little too narrow here but hey these are all memorable films. I’m all about 12 Angry Men it’s funny that the top three of these don’t spend the majority of the film in a courtroom. (12 Angry Men is entirely in the deliberating room) but that’s what you get for deciding on including this sub genre. Nothing immediately comes to mind regarding anything this list might have severely overlooked though I am a big fan of My Cousin Vinny, but that’s no drama. I look forward to seeing Otto Preminger’s Anatomy of a Murder some time in the future.


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)

Thoughts: Definitely got to get around to seeing more of these, if I could only set aside some days to watch four hour long moves then I’d be set for life. Chicka click click booyah!

Something I don’t understand about this list is where’s Horror? Where’s the respect for iconic films like Frankenstein, Dracula and The Exorcist? A genre just as important as “Courtroom Drama” or “Sports” which are more of sub-genres. I think a category for just “Film Noir” and even just plain “Drama” (You know for like Citizen Kane) would of worked because this seems like kind of a stretch to put together another list. Anyways I still look forward to seeing some of the films I have yet viewed. This list reminds me of the films I love and what I still need to see, so keep em coming AFI if you make it I will come, Otteni out…


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