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American Film Institute latest best-of list

The American Film Institute honored 100 films in its latest best-of list.

The AFI unleashed yet another one of its AFI’s 100 Years… TV specials, this time running down the top 10 American films from 10 genres.

Having already run through 100 Laughs, 100 Thrills and 100 Passions at annual intervals for a deade, the countdown-happy AFI folks have decided to give us not one, but 10 lists in 2008—ticking off their picks for in the realms of animation, fantasy, sci-fi, gangster, sports, western, romantic comedy, courtroom drama, mystery and epic.

The AFI send out ballots with 500 nominated movies—50 for each genre—to over 1,500 filmmakers, actors, screenwriters, editors, cinematographers, critics and historians who will then judge which ones made AFI’s 10 Top 10.

AFI’s 10 Top 10, the list of lists, actually, was revealed in a CBS special Tuesday. The three-hour program was the least-watched show of the night on the big four networks, averaging an estimated 5.5 million viewers, per Nielsen Media Research.

In all, the AFI has now issued 13 best-of lists since 1998, when it unveiled its picks for the 100 top U.S. movies of the 20th century.

Two of Tom’s movies scored in the categories ‘Sports’ and ‘Courtroom drama’:


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


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

For the complete list, visit E! Online and ‘AFI goes 10 to 10‘.