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AFI Names Top Genre Films

The American Film Institute has named the top 10 genre films in three categories (Science-Fiction, Animated, and Fantasy):

Top 10 Science-Fiction Films

  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)


Top 10 Animated Films

  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)

Top 10 Fantasy Films

  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)

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4 Comments on AFI Names Top Genre Films

  1. Groundhog Day? BIG?!?!

    I would pray Crom to smite these fools, but Crom does not listen.

  2. Luke Shea // June 19, 2008 at 4:26 pm //

    Groundhog day is great! But any animation best list that leaves off The Incredibles and includes Shrek is dead to me.

  3. Matte Lozenge // June 19, 2008 at 8:35 pm //

    Close Encounters is about 5 tons of kickass better than E.T.

    The Matrix vs. Terminator 2. C’mon folks, that’s a smackdown!

    Animated films — waay to much Disney. Let’s face it, after WWII Disney was just repeating a formula. Remove and replace with Miyazaki and Pixar.

  4. The Little Mermaid belongs in the animation section instead of Beauty and the Beast. In my opinion, that is the movie that restarted Disney’s traditional animation franchise. Without its success you would not have Beauty and the Beast, or The Lion King on the list.

    I think Groundhog Day is a terrific and still under appreciated film. The rest of the fantasy list is quirky, to say the least.

    Where is The Matrix? It had revolutionary effects and spawned a huge discussion of philosophy and science both within the genre and without.

    The problem with the lists is does one include the movie that started the genre (Snow White) or technique (Toy Story) or the movies that restarted or reinvigorated the genre (The Little Mermaid) or technique (Shrek) or the best example of the form (Incredibles)? What about films that revolutionized a form or technique (Like The Voyages of Sinbad or Jason and the Argonauts)? Where do you put Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

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