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Genre Movies X: The Epic Conclusion

An epic, as defined by the AFI, is a large-scale film “set in a cinematic interpretation of the past” whose “scope defies and demands–either in the mode in which they are presented or their range across time.”  Like some of the AFI’s other definitions, this one doesn’t really narrow things down much–there are historic epics, epic westerns, war epics, “sword and sandal” flicks.

It’s been a long and perilous journey, kids, but I now present to you my final Genre Movie Top 10…Top 10 Epics:

1. Braveheart

2. Once Upon a Time in the West

3. Excalibur

4. Gladiator

5. Tora! Tora! Tora!

6. Apocalypse Now

7. Seven Samurai

8. Bridge Over the River Kwai

9. Saving Private Ryan

10. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly


Genre Movies IX: Curse of the Romantic Comedy

The AFI defines a romantic comedy as a film “in which the development of a romance leads to comical situations.”

Here are my picks for the Top 10 Romantic Comedies (and, to be honest, before putting this list together, I had no idea how many romantic comedies I’d actually seen):

1. The Lady Eve

2. Love, Actually

3. 10 Things I Hate About You

4. Sabrina (1954)

5. Romancing the Stone

6. Tootsie

7. Beautiful Girls

8. There’s Something About Mary

9. The Philadelphia Story

10. Keeping the Faith

Genre Movies VIII: Season of the Courtroom Drama

A “courtroom drama”, according to the AFI, is a film in which “a system of justice plays a critical role in the film’s narrative.”  Now, let’s be honest, this is a damned specific genre (as opposed to the ridiculously nebulous “fantasy” genre).  I actually had to do a little research to remind myself of the movies that I’ve seen that involve “a system of justice.”

So–believe it or not–these are my Top 10 Courtroom Dramas:

1. A Few Good Men

2. Primal Fear

3. To Kill a Mockingbird

4. Runaway Jury

5. 12 Angry Men

6. The Exorcism of Emily Rose

7. A Man for All Seasons

8. The Client

9. Inherit the Wind

10. JFK

Genre Movies VII: Fantasy Goes to Hell

The AFI defines a fantasy film as one “where live-action characters inhabit imagined settings and/or experience situations that transcend the rules of the natural world.”

This is a pretty open-ended definition, in my opinion.  To me, it means that the movies on this list are not just those technically defined as “fantasy”, but those considered “horror” movies also seem to fit (and, to be honest, “comic book” movies like Superman, Spider-Man, and X-Men).

Anyway…here are my picks for the Top 10 Fantasy Films:

1. Evil Dead

2. Big Trouble in Little China

3. Hellboy

4. Willow

5. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

6. Labyrinth

7. Ghostbusters

8. The Mummy (1999)

9. An American Werewolf in London

10. Clash of the Titans

Genre Movies VI: Sports Take Manhattan

According to the AFI, a sports movie has “protagonists who play athletics or other games of competition.”

Here are my picks for the Top 10 Sports Films:

1. Slap Shot

2. Rocky

3. The Bad News Bears (1976)

4. Victory

5. Caddyshack

6. Horse Feathers

7. Major League

8. Kingpin

9. Happy Gilmore

10. The Sandlot

Genre Movies V: The Quest For Mysteries

The AFI’s definition of a mystery is any film that “revolves around the solution of a crime.”  Admittedly, this is a pretty broad definition, and allows a certain degree of latitude–for example, a lot of movies that are classified as “thrillers” revolve around a mystery that needs to be solved.

Here are my picks for the Top 10 Mysteries:

1. Chinatown

2. Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

3. The Maltese Falcon

4. Seven

5. Zodiac

6. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

7. Fargo

8. Silence of the Lambs

9. The Thin Man

10. Memento

Genre Movies IV: Animated With A Vengeance

According to the AFI, a film whose “images are primarily created by computer or hand and characters are voiced by actors” is classified as an animated film.

While I was putting this list together, I kept coming back to Disney movies.  Don’t get me wrong, I like Disney movies, but I’m sure there are other animated films out there worthy of being on this list.

 Anyway, without further ado, here are my picks for the 10 Best Animated Films:

1. The Lion King

2. The Simpsons Movie

3. Transformers: The Movie (1986)

4. Watership Down

5. Toy Story

6. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

7. The Jungle Book

8. The Incredibles

9. Robin Hood (1973)

10. Aladdin