American Film Institute Changes Top 100 List

You might be familiar with the AFI Top 100 list. Every year they publish a top 100 list of movies as well as produce a TV show that goes over the list. The best thing about it though is that it can be a great way to get arguments started among movie fans. This year, there will be more arguments then ever.

The List Gets Broken

There are a couple of downsides to a list like that. The list can be skewed. Skewed in favor of older movies because people think they have to be on the list, newer movies that may not age well or any number of ways. That’s a problem with any big list like a top 100. The biggest problem in my view is popularity over quality. Big movies can take up more of the list than they really deserve, simply because more people have seen them. Movies from lesser known categories can be overlooked altogether, no matter how good they are.

Not this year.

AFI is changing things up. Instead of one big list of movies they’re releasing 10 lists of 10 movies. The 10 lists will be the best 10 movies in 10 different categories. If my math isn’t mistaken that’s 1,000,000 10,000 1,000 100 movies. (I forgot to carry the 1)

You can check out the full list of nominees at the 10 Top 10 page of the American Film Instituteweb site. It does require a registration, but I think the AFI has bigger plans than spamming or phishing.

To find out if your favorite movie, or even category, made the cut check out the TV show this June. It airs Tuesday, June 17 at 8:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT on the CBS.


I’d like to thank Hannah Kang for pointing this out to me. Thanks Hannah.