American Film Institute's top genre films

The American Film Institute Tuesday announced its top-10 lists of the finest flicks in 10 genres, including mystery, Westerns, sports tales and courtroom dramas.

The winners were chosen by actors, filmmakers, critics and others in Hollywood from ballots that included 50 nominees in each genre.

Here are the lists (with a few comments). Let the debate begin.

ANIMATION This has to include some of the classics, but it looks like they didn't discriminate between animated and computer-animated. That said, the new school of CGI-animated films is way under-represented here.

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. Weird choice.

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. "Pulp Fiction" beats "Scarface"? They've got to be kidding.

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 Seriously, where is "Cool Runnings"? "Slap Shot"?

1. "Raging Bull," 1980.

2. "Rocky," 1976.

3. "The Pride of the Yankees," 1942.

4. "Hoosiers," 1986.

5. "Bull Durham," 1988. I'm OK with the two baseball movies on this list (especially this one), but what about "Major League" or "The Bad News Bears"?

6. "The Hustler," 1961.

7. "Caddyshack," 1980.

8. "Breaking Away," 1979. Good to see cycling represented in the top sports movies. This one is way underrated.

9. "National Velvet," 1944. Haven't seen this, but it is a horse racing film, and I can't believe it's better than "Seabiscuit."

10. "Jerry Maguire," 1996.

MYSTERY Hitchcock rightfully dominates this category.

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. Wha? A Charlie Chaplin silent film is the best romantic comedy of all time?

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. Cult classic alert. Entirely too hip of a choice from the stodgy AFI.

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. A true epic that clocks in at well over three hours, this is my favorite call on the epic list.

10. "The Ten Commandments," 1956.

Oh, it's a rerun.

*snort*

If the 50's and 60's were so great, why aren't movies still being made that way?

Hey! We're selling stuff to old people here....

If we make them all that way nobody will think they were special.

Maybe the most laughably ignorant statement I've ever read

Couldn't you say the same thing for any era relating to any part of society? Nothing is made the way it used to be made, does that make this year the best year in the history of civilization?. In the case of movies, they're mostly made worse than they were in the 50s and 60s. When you start watching movies made before 1992, you'll see what I mean.

I was dissapointed

I could breakdown the lists but why bother. But several movies on the Science Fiction list the Western list and the Animation list are more than questionable.

National Velvet IS better than Seabicuit...

A young Elizabeth Taylor plays a girl with a horse she knows can win yet girls are not allowed to be jockeys. She disguises herself as a male jockey and finds her horse contending for the biggest race of the year. Tragedy occurs when she is thrown and badly hurt and it is discovered that the best jockey of the season was a girl.

Elizabeth's acting was memorable enough to launch a storied career and the story was one of the best girl-horse movies ever, IN MY OPINION.

Movie Lists

Apparently, there hasn't been a single good movie made since the 90's. What constututes "good" anyway? I've seen movies I hated the first time I viewed them, only to have them grow on me as time went on. Where is "Jaws" on this list? I suppose it would have to be in the sports catagory for fishing. Where is "Brokeback Mountain?" Surely Brokeback should be on the Western list. I don't believe any movie list could be considered legitimate if "Ace Ventura Pet Detective" were not included.