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The American Film Institute's Top Ten Films
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American Film Institute's Top Ten Films

The American Film Institute records the year's most outstanding achievements in film, and honors the creative ensembles for each of the honorees at the annual AFI AWARDS.

2010

The Black Swan
Directed by David Aronfsky
DVD X5693

The Fighter
Directed by David O. Russell
DVD X5642

Inception
Directed by Christopher Nolan
DVD X5023

The Kids Are All Right
Directed by Lisa Cholodenko
DVD X5007

127 Hours
Directed by Danny Boyle

The Social Network
Directed by David Fincher
DVD X5104

The Town
Directed by Ben Affleck

Toy Story 3
Directed by Lee Unkrich

True Grit
Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen
DVD X5992

Winter's Bone
Directed by Debra Granik
DVD X4794

2009

Coraline
Directed by Henry Selick
DVD X1874

The Hangover
Directed by Todd Phillips
DVD X4226

Coraline
Directed by Henry Selick
DVD X1874

The Hurt Locker
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow
DVD X2522

The Messenger
Directed by Oren Moverman
DVD X3393

Precious
Directed by Lee Daniels
DVD X2729

A Serious Man
Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen
DVD X2662

A Single Man
Directed by Tom Ford
DVD X3884

Sugar
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck
DVD X2298

Up
Directed by Pete Docter
DVD X2415

Up in the Air
Directed by Jason Reitman
DVD X2730

2008

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Directed by David Fincher
DVD X1876

The Dark Knight
Directed by Christopher Nolan
DVD X749

Frost/Nixon
Directed by Ron Howard
DVD X1744

Frozen River
Directed by Courtney Hunt
DVD X1126

Gran Torino
Directed by Clint Eastwood
DVD X1622

Iron Man
Directed by Jon Favreau
DVD X3071

Milk
Directed by Gus Van Sant
DVD X1378

Wall-E
Directed by Andrew Stanton
DVD X614

Wendy and Lucy
Directed by Kelly Reichardt
DVD X1628

The Wrestler
Directed by Darren Aronofsky
DVD X1644

2007

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
Directed by Sidney Lumet
DVD X1474

Into the Wild
Directed by Sean Penn
DVD 9477

Juno
Directed by Jason Reitman
DVD 9602

Knocked Up
Directed by Judd Apatow

Michael Clayton
Directed by Tony Gilroy
DVD 9291

No Country for Old Men
Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen
DVD 9439

Ratatouille
Directed by Brad Bird and Jan Pinkava
DVD 8743

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Le scaphandre et le papillon)
Directed by Julian Schnabel
DVD 9852

The Savages
Directed by Tamara Jenkins

There Will Be Blood
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
DVD 9844

2006

Babel (1992)
Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu
DVD 7293

Borat
Directed by Larry Charles
DVD 7632

Dreamgirls
Directed by Bill Condon
DVD 7816

Half Nelson
Directed by Ryan Fleck

Happy Feet
Directed by George Miller and others

Inside Man
Directed by Spike Lee
DVD X6045

Letters From Iwo Jima
Directed by Clint Eastwood
DVD 7533

Little Miss Sunshine
Directed by Jonathan Dayton
DVD 7165

The Devil Wears Prada
Directed by David Frankel
DVD 7488

United 93
Directed by Paul Greengrass
DVD 6134

2005

A History of Violence
Directed by David Cronenberg
DVD 5245

Brokeback Mountain
Directed by Ang Lee
DVD 5386

Capote
Directed by Ang Lee
DVD 5329

Crash
Directed by Paul Haggis
DVD 4298

Good Night, and Good Luck
Directed by George Clooney
DVD 5223

King Kong
Directed by Peter Jackson
DVD 5347

Munich
Directed by Steven Spielberg
DVD 5564

Syriana
Directed by Stephen Gaghan
DVD 5765

The 40 Year Old Virgin
Directed by Judd Apatow

The Squid and the Whale
Directed by Noah Baumbach
DVD 5326

2004

The Aviator
Directed by Martin Scorsese
DVD 3996

Collateral
Directed by Michael Mann
DVD 3780

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Directed by Michel Gondry
DVD 3314

Friday Night Lights
Directed by Peter Berg and Josh Pate
DVD 3314

The Incredibles
Directed by Brad Bird
DVD 3662

Kinsey
Directed by Bill Condon
DVD 4039

Maria Full of Grace
Directed by Joshua Marston
DVD 3282

Million Dollar Baby
Directed by Clint Eastwood
DVD 4170

Sideways
Directed by Alexander Payne
DVD 3763

Spider-Man 2
Directed by Sam Raimi
DVD 9335

2003

American Splendor
Directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini
DVD 2333

Finding Nemo
Directed by Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
DVD 2354

The Human Stain
Directed by Robert Benton

In America
Directed by Jim Sheridan
DVD 2683

The Last Samurai
Directed by Edward Zwick
DVD X2844

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Directed by Peter Jackson
DVD 2773

Lost in Translation
Directed by Sofia Coppola
DVD 2289

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Directed by Peter Weir
DVD 4633

Monster
Directed by Patty Jenkins
DVD 2752

Mystic River
Directed by Clint Eastwood
DVD 7143

2002

About a Boy
Directed by Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz

About Schmidt
Directed by Alexander Payne
DVD X1772

Adaptation
Directed by Spike Jonze
DVD 1647

Antwone Fisher
Directed by Denzel Washington
DVD 7459

Chicago
Directed by Rob Marshall
DVD 1850

Frida
Directed by Julie Taymor
DVD 1712

Gangs of New York
Directed by Martin Scorsese
DVD 1641

The Hours
Directed by Stephen Daldry
DVD 1717

Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Directed by Peter Jackson
DVD 1843

The Quiet American
Directed by Phillip Noyce
DVD 1795

2001

A Beautiful Mind
Directed by Ron Howard
DVD 1230

Black Hawk Down
Directed by Ridley Scott
DVD 1199

In the Bedroom
Directed by Todd Field
DVD X1722

The Man Who Wasn't There
Directed by Joel Coen
DVD 2063

Memento
Directed by Christopher Nolan
DVD 1046

Monster's Ball
Directed by Marc Forster
DVD 1218

Moulin Rouge!
Directed by Baz Luhrmann
DVD 976

Mulholland Dr.
Directed by David Lynch
DVD 1349

Shrek
Directed by Andrew Adamson
DVD 7872

2000

Almost Famous
Directed by Cameron Crowe
DVD 1106

Before Night Falls
Directed by Julian Schnabel
DVD 1071

Erin Brockovich
Directed by Steven Soderbergh
DVD 1075

Gladiator
Directed by Ridley Scott
DVD 399

High Fidelity
Directed by Stephen Frears
DVD 399

Requiem for a Dream
Directed by Darren Aronofsky
DVD 2924

Wonder Boys
Directed by Curtis Hanson

You Can Count on Me
Directed by Kenneth Lonergan
DVD 5500


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