AFI’s Stupid Lists: No Love for Horror

The wankers at the American Film Institute just released their lists of top ten films by “genre” (full lists after the jump). Everyone loves to quibble with lists, and there’s plenty weird with theirs. First off, “Animation” is a medium, not a genre. That’s like calling comic books a genre, or TV a genre. But whatever. Also, Shrek on anyone’s top ten is always a bad sign–still, they give Blue Velvet its due and give Groundhog Day some props). What I thought was really odd was that AFI finds room to recognize a “Sports” genre (and on that end, are Raging Bull and Caddyshack really sports movies?), and even a “Courtroom Drama” genre, but doesn’t make a list of the great horror films. Why?

Here’s our list of the great American horror films. We’re sure we’re forgetting a bunch. This blog has been a slapdash affair lately.

1. Night of the Living Dead (the original)

2. Psycho (clearly, not Van Sant’s remake)

3. Alien

4. The Shining

5. Dawn of the Dead (the original)

6. Rosemary’s Baby

7. Re-animator

8. The Thing (John Carpenter)

9. Evil Dead 2

10. Texas Chainsaw Massacre (the original)

AFI’s (Completely Unnecessary) Lists:

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

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

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

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 And Mrs. Miller, 1971

9. Stagecoach, 1939

10. Cat Ballou, 1965

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 The Nation, 1932

7. Pulp Fiction ,1994

8. The Public Enemy, 1931

9. Little Caesar, 1931

10. Scarface, 1983

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 Comedies

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

1 thought on “AFI’s Stupid Lists: No Love for Horror”

  1. i’ve always sort of felt the AFI was the Academy Awards of film institutes…meaning little outside of the realm of mass public acceptance. They both celebrate the Hollywood bastardization of the art of cinema and pander to crowd pleasers. I guess I just don’t feel like I can take an organization seriously that supposes to be the defining authority on American Film yet includes films such as Jerry McGuire and Sleepless in Seattle in any sort of top 10 of anything.

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