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AFI’s 10 Greatest Films in Classic Genres. Do you agree?

June 19, 2008

raging-bull.jpgThe American Film Institute unveiled its list of the “10 Greatest Films in 10 Classic Genres” in a three-hour CBS Television Network special this week. A jury of 1,500 film artists, critics and historians named the following films as the very best in their genres but do you agree?:

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (Science Fiction) – CITY LIGHTSsnow-white.jpg (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) - THE WIZARD OF OZ (Fantasy).

For a full list of the honorees in each category go to the AFI Web site.


I did not agree at all with the westerns. I can’t believe they can have a top 10 list of westerns and not include The Outlaw Josey Wales. That movie should easily be in the top 3 and they didn’t even have it in the top 10. HOGWASH!! Most of the westerns they did have on the list were old movies when they had white people playing the Indians, which was a joke also. But then I also think that John Wayne was over-rated as an actor.


This is what happens, Mr. & Mrs. Reader, when film industry insiders decide these things instead of moviegoers.

Oh…okay…apparently critics were involved too. That speaks for itself.

I noticed that “historians” were also involved. What’s that got to do with anything?

In my personal view, it boils down to (of all the few thousand movies I’ve seen) which motion pictures are memorable to me…for whatever reason.

Every moviegoer, I’m sure, has his or her own favorites. I think that this ought to be added to the presidential election ballot in November as a write-in item.

Yes, Mr. & Mrs. Reader, of course I’m kidding.

OK Jack


A few comments: 1) No real problem with animation, 2) Affair to Remember belongs in Romanic Comedy, 3) Recent 3:10 From Yuma, Man Who Shot Liberty Valence, Last Challenge belong in Westerns, 4) Seabiscut belongs in best Sports Movie, 5) How can any mystery leave out Hound of the Baskerville with Basil Rathbone, Fantasy must include Robin Hood with Errol Flynn and Ivanhoe with Robert Taylor, 6) Gangster must include American Ganster 7) Best epic should be Gone With the Wind but Glaiator belongs before Sparticus, Ben Hur, and Ten Commandments.


Larry, if you really think American Gangster belongs near the top of the Gangster film category then obviously you don’t know what you’re talking about. Actually it seems that in your post that you’re just naming recent movies (AG, 310). The Godfathers (I+II) and Goodfellas are in a league of their own and are 3 of the best films ever made. Pulp Fiction and Scarface are not too far behind. White Heat is tremendously entertaining but i’m not sure if they’re worthy of #4-5 but defnitely top 10 worthy. Donnie Brasco is the most underrated gangster film and belongs in the top 10. Rounding out my top 10 are Casino, Carlito’s Way, and The Departed (which was MUCH better then American Gangster and is the best modern day gangster flick).

Posted by Adam | Report as abusive

Shrek? Really? No way, that makes no sense. Not a funny movie, not good animation. This is really a sad movie to include on the top 10 list of animation. there a lot more from disney, pixar, warner bros that should be included before something as dreadful of shrek. sure, it made TONS of money, but so did Home Alone.


I agreed with most, but was disappointed to see Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid left out of westerns.

Posted by Elaine | Report as abusive

Where is Double Indemnity and The Awful Truth?

They invoke their own taste and make it law?

Rubbish – it’s about personal taste.

Their taste is not anyone else’s. Period!

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