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Summertime Pastime: American Film Institute Top 10 Picks

June 25, 2008

[editor’s note: look for future Top 10 lists—ice cream spots, biking trails, road races, etc.-- in upcoming issues of Campus Journal]

If you’ve already seen Hollywood’s summer blockbusters and can’t face two months of television reruns, why not check out the American Film Institute’s top rated movies. Established in 1967, the AFI is an independent non-profit organization created by the National Endowment for the Arts. So, don’t think of it as wasting time watching a movie; think of it as part of your cultural education.

The AFI recently announced their top picks in each genre (animation, courtroom drama, epic, fantasy, gangster, mystery, romantic comedy, science fiction, sports and western). Several of the films are crossovers from their 2007 top 10 all-time picks, which include:



 

Top-10 all-time films:

1) Citizen Kane

2) Casablanca

3) The Godfather

4) Gone With The Wind

5) Lawrence Of Arabia

6) The Wizard Of Oz

7) The Graduate

8) On The Waterfront

9) Schindler's List

10) Singin' In The Rain

 

By genre, the AFI’s top 10 films are:

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Animation
 
  1. Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs
  2. Pinocchio
  3. Bambi
  4. The Lion King
  5. Fantasia
  6. Toy Story
  7. Beauty And The Beast
  8. Shrek
  9. Cinderella
  10. Finding Nemo
 
Courtroom Drama
 
  1. To Kill A Mockingbird
  2. 12 Angry Men
  3. Kramer Vs. Kramer
  4. The Verdict
  5. A Few Good Men
  6. Witness For The Prosecution
  7. Anatomy Of A Murder
  8. In Cold Blood
  9. A Cry In The Dark
  10. Judgment At Nuremberg
 
Epic
 
  1. Lawrence Of Arabia
  2. Ben-Hur
  3. Schindler's List
  4. Gone With The Wind
  5. Spartacus
  6. Titanic
  7. All Quiet On The Western Front
  8. Saving Private Ryan
  9. Reds
  10. The Ten Commandments
 
Fantasy
 
  1. The Wizard Of Oz
  2. The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
  3. It's A Wonderful Life
  4. King Kong (1933)
  5. Miracle On 34th Street
  6. Field Of Dreams
  7. Harvey 1950
  8. Groundhog Day
  9. The Thief Of Bagdad
  10. Big
 
Gangster Films
 
  1. The Godfather
  2. Goodfellas
  3. The Godfather Part I
  4. White Heat
  5. Bonnie And Clyde
  6. Scarface: The Shame Of A Nation (1932)
  7. Pulp Fiction
  8. The Public Enemy
  9. Little Caesar
  10. Scarface (1983)
 
Mystery
 
  1. Vertigo
  2. Chinatown
  3. Rear Window
  4. Laura
  5. The Third Man
  6. The Maltese Falcon
  7. North By Northwest
  8. Blue Velvet
  9. Dial M For Murder
  10. The Usual Suspects
 
Romantic
 
  1. City Lights
  2. Annie Hall
  3. It Happened One Night
  4. Roman Holiday
  5. The Philadelphia Story
  6. When Harry Met Sally
  7. Adam's Rib
  8. Moonstruck
  9. Harold And Maude
  10. Sleepless In Seattle
 
Science Fiction
  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  2. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
  3. E.T. - The Extra Terrestrial
  4. A Clockwork Orange
  5. The Day The Earth Stood Still
  6. Blade Runner
  7. Alien
  8. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  9. Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956)
  10. Back To The Future
 
Sports
 
  1. Raging Bull
  2. Rocky
  3. The Pride Of The Yankees
  4. Hoosiers
  5. Bull Durham
  6. The Hustler
  7. Caddyshack
  8. Breaking Away
  9. National Velvet
  10. Jerry Maguire
 
Western
 
  1. The Searchers
  2. High Noon
  3. Shane
  4. Unforgiven
  5. Red River
  6. The Wild Bunch
  7. Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid
  8. Mccabe & Mrs. Miller
  9. Stagecoach
  10. Cat Ballou
 
 

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