"AFI's 10 TOP 10," A NEW
ENTERTAINMENT SPECIAL HONORING AMERICA'S GREATEST ANIMATED, FANTASY,
GANGSTER, SCI-FI, WESTERN, SPORTS, MYSTERY, ROMANTIC COMEDY, COURTROOM
DRAMA AND EPIC FILMS, TO BE BROADCAST IN JUNE 2008 ON THE CBS TELEVISION
10 TOP 10, a new chapter in its Emmy Award-winning "AFI's 100
Years..." series, will count down the top 10 films from 10 classic
American film genres, including animation, fantasy, science fiction,
gangster, western, sports, romantic comedy, courtroom drama, mystery and
epic films. The new entertainment special will be broadcast in June
2008 on the CBS Television Network.
10 TOP 10 turns a page in the institute's ongoing celebration of the
American cinema centennial with a more diverse version of AFI's
highly anticipated annual countdown special. Celebrating film genres that
have never been honored before, AFI will create 10 new lists within the
format previously designed for a top 100.
100 Years..." series has included "AFI's 100 Years... 100
Movies" (1998), "100 Stars" (1999), "100 Laughs"
(2000), "100 Thrills" (2001), "100 Passions" (2002),
"100 Heroes & Villains" (2003), "100 Songs"
(2004), "100 Movie Quotes" (2005), "100 Cheers" (2006)
and "AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies—10th Anniversary Edition"
the Jury Process
AFI distributed a ballot with 500 nominated movies (50 per genre) to a
jury of over 1,500 leaders from the creative community, including film
artists (directors, screenwriters, actors, editors, cinematographers),
critics and historians.
year, the jury will be asked to choose up to 10 movies per genre from a
comprehensive list, including entries such as: Animated: PINOCCHIO (1941)
and SHREK (2001); Fantasy: KING KONG (1933) and THE LORD OF THE RINGS
(2001); Sci-Fi: WAR OF THE WORDS (1953) and THE MATRIX (1999); Gangster:
SCARFACE (1932) and THE DEPARTED (2006); Westerns: THE SEARCHERS (1956)
and UNFORGIVEN (1992); Sports: THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES (1942) and
SEABISCUIT (2003); Romantic Comedy: IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934) and MY
BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING (1997); Courtroom Drama: WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION
(1957) and A FEW GOOD MEN (1992); Mystery: SHERLOCK HOLMES (1939) and THE
USUAL SUSPECTS (1995); and Epics: BEN-HUR (1959) and BRAVEHEART (1995).
asks jurors to consider the following criteria in their selection process:
format, typically over 60 minutes in length.
film with significant creative and/or production elements from the
. Additionally, only films released before January 1, 2008 will be
defines "animated" as a genre in which the film's images are
primarily created by computer or hand and the characters are voiced by
defines "fantasy" as a genre where live-action characters
inhabit imagined settings and/or experience situations that transcend the
rules of the natural world.
defines the "gangster film" as a genre that centers on organized
crime or maverick criminals in a 20th century setting.
defines "science fiction" as a genre that marries a scientific
or technological premise with imaginative speculation.
defines "western" as a genre of films set in the American West
that embodies the spirit, the struggle and the demise of the new frontier.
defines "sports" as a genre of films with protagonists who play
athletics or other games of competition.
defines "mystery" as a genre that revolves around the solution
of a crime.
defines "romantic comedy" as a genre in which the development of
a romance leads to comic situations.
defines "courtroom drama" as a genre of film in which a system
of justice plays a critical role in the film's narrative.
defines "epic" as a genre of large-scale films set in a
cinematic interpretation of the past. Their scope defies and
demands—either in the mode in which they are presented or their range
commendation in print, television and digital media.
from competitive events including awards from peer groups, critics, guilds
and major film festivals.
success at the box office, television and cable airing, and DVD/VHS sales
film's mark on the history of the moving images through visionary
narrative devices, technical innovation, or other ground breaking
film's mark on American society in matters of style and substance.
allows one write-in vote per genre.
Facts About the Ballot