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AFI's Ten Top Ten
America's 10 Greatest Films in 10 Classic Genres
AFI's Top Ten Genres
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.
AFI defines “romantic comedy” as a genre in which the development of a romance leads to comic situations.
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.
AFI defines “sports” as a genre of films with protagonists who play athletics or other games of competition.
AFI defines “mystery” as a genre that revolves around the solution of a crime.
AFI defines “fantasy” as a genre where live-action characters inhabit imagined settings and/or experience situations that transcend the rules of the natural world.
AFI defines “science fiction” as a genre that marries a scientific or technological premise with imaginative speculation.
AFI defines the “gangster film” as a genre that centers on organized crime or maverick criminals in a twentieth century setting.
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.
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