AFI's 10 Top 10 honors the ten greatest American films in ten classic film genres. Presented by the American Film Institute (AFI), the lists were unveiled on a television special broadcast by CBS on June 17, 2008. In the special, various actors and directors, among them Clint Eastwood, Quentin Tarantino, Kirk Douglas, Harrison Ford, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Roman Polanski, and Jane Fonda, discussed their admiration for and personal contributions to the films cited.
The entire list of 500 nominated films is available on the American Film Institute website.
To date, this is the final program in AFI's countdown specials.
AFI defines "animated" as a genre in which the film's images are primarily created by computer or hand and the characters are voiced by actors. All but one are Disney properties; two of these nine are collaborative works with Pixar.
AFI defines "courtroom drama" as a genre of film in which a system of justice plays a critical role in the film's narrative.
AFI defines "epic" as a genre of large-scale films set in a cinematic interpretation of the past.
AFI defines "fantasy" as a genre in which live-action characters inhabit imagined settings and/or experience situations that transcend the rules of the natural world.
AFI defines the "gangster film" as a genre that centers on organized crime or maverick criminals in a modern setting.
AFI defines "mystery" as a genre that revolves around the solution of a crime.
AFI defines "romantic comedy" as a genre in which the development of a romance leads to comic situations.
AFI defines "science fiction" as a genre that marries a scientific or technological premise with imaginative speculation.
AFI defines "sports" as a genre of films with protagonists who play athletics or other games of competition.
AFI 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.
Source: AFI Crowns Top 10 Films in 10 Classic Film Genres - ComingSoon.net