The AFI Crowns Top 10 Films in 10 Classic Genres

The American Film Institute (AFI) Tuesday revealed the 10 greatest movies in 10 classic American film genres in AFI's 10 TOP 10, a three-hour special television event on the CBS Television Network.

A jury of 1,500 film artists, critics and historians named the following films as the very best in the following genres: 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (Science Fiction), CITY LIGHTS (Romantic Comedy), THE GODFATHER (Gangster), LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (Epic), RAGING BULL (Sports), THE SEARCHERS (Western), SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (Animation), TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (Courtroom Drama), VERTIGO (Mystery) and THE WIZARD OF OZ (Fantasy).

AFI's 10 TOP 10 enlisted hosts for each genre including: Jessica Alba for Romantic Comedy; Sean Astin for Fantasy; Gabriel Byrne for Mystery; Kirk Douglas for Epic; Clint Eastwood for Westerns; Cuba Gooding, Jr. for Sports; Jennifer Love Hewitt for Animation; Quentin Tarantino for Gangster; Sigourney Weaver for Sci-Fi; and James Woods for Courtroom Drama.

AFI's 10 TOP 10 honorees are:

ANIMATION

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)

FANTASY

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)

GANGSTER

1. THE GODFATHER (1972)2. GOODFELLAS (1990)3. THE GODFATHER PART II (1974)4. WHITE HEAT (1949)5. BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967)6. SCARFACE: THE SHAME OF A NATION (1932)7. PULP FICTION (1994)8. THE PUBLIC ENEMY (1931)9. LITTLE CAESAR (1930)10. SCARFACE (1983)

SCIENCE FICTION

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)

WESTERN

1. THE SEARCHERS (1956)2. HIGH NOON (1952)3. SHANE (1953)4. UNFORGIVEN (1992)5. RED RIVER (1948)6. THE WILD BUNCH (1969)7. BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969)8. McCABE & MRS. MILLER (1971)9. STAGECOACH (1939)10. CAT BALLOU (1965)

SPORTS

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)

MYSTERY

1. VERTIGO (1958)2. CHINATOWN (1974)3. REAR WINDOW (1954)4. LAURA (1944)5. THE THIRD MAN (1949)6. THE MALTESE FALCON (1941)7. NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)8. BLUE VELVET (1986)9. DIAL M FOR MURDER (1954)10. THE USUAL SUSPECTS (1995)

ROMANTIC COMEDY

1. CITY LIGHTS (1931)2. ANNIE HALL (1977)3. IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934)4. ROMAN HOLIDAY (1953)5. THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940)6. WHEN HARRY MET SALLY ... (1989)7. ADAM'S RIB (1949)8. MOONSTRUCK (1987)9. HAROLD AND MAUDE (1971)10. SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE (1993)

COURTROOM DRAMA

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)

EPIC

1. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)2. BEN-HUR (1959)3. SCHINDLER'S LIST (1993)4. GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)5. SPARTACUS (1960)6. TITANIC (1997)7. ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1930)8. SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998)9. REDS (1981)10. THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (1956)

Interesting facts about the list include:

--The earliest entry on the list is THE THIEF OF BAGDAD (Fantasy) from 1924; with the most recent being FINDING NEMO (Animated) from 2003.

--Alfred Hitchcock is the most represented director with four films; Steven Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick follow with three entries each.

--James Stewart is the most represented actor with six entries; Tom Hanks is next with four; Warren Beatty, Robert De Niro, Gene Hackman, James Earl Jones, Paul Newman, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino and John Wayne all have three films each.

--Diane Keaton is the most represented actress with four films on the list; Grace Kelly and Talia Shire each have three entries.

To compile the final list, AFI distributed a ballot with 500 nominated movies (50 per genre) to a jury of more than 1,500 leaders from the creative community, including film artists (directors, screenwriters, actors, editors, cinematographers), critics and historians.

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