AFI's top films by genre

The AFI (American Film Institute) have made a list of the top ten films in ten genres. I’ve listed the top three in each genre but the rest can be found here.

Shrek came 8th in animation and (from next term’s films) Pulp Fiction came 7th in gangster and Schindler’s List came 3rd in epic.

Strangely there only seem to be 3 films from the last decade in the list (2 animations and a fantasy) :?


  1. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
  2. Pinocchio (1940)
  3. Bambi (1942)


  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)


  1. The Godfather (1972)
  2. Goodfellas (1990)
  3. The Godfather Part II (1974)


  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  2. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
  3. ET the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)


  1. The Searchers (1956)
  2. High Noon (1952)
  3. Shane (1953)


  1. Raging Bull (1980)
  2. Rocky (1976)
  3. The Pride of the Yankees (1942)


  1. Vertigo (1958)
  2. Chinatown (1974)
  3. Rear Window (1954)


  1. City Lights (1931)
  2. Annie Hall (1977)
  3. It Happened One Night (1934)


  1. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
  2. 12 Angry Men (1957)
  3. Kramer vs Kramer (1979)


  1. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  2. Ben-Hur (1959)
  3. Schindler’s List (1993)

And where’s Die Hard? :shock:

There’s no action genre sadly and even I would find it a stretch to put it as one of the top 10 sports movies or romantic comedies.

I would have put it under Gangster. Or Epic.

That would be a good guideline for us to show good old films rather than IMDB.

I think it’s reasonable not to assess a film’s true greatness until ten years after its release so that its influence and lasting qualities can be better judged. This could explain the AFI’s reluctance to include films from the past decade.