American Film Institute selects 11, not 10, best movies of the year


The American Film Institute, perhaps best known by the general public for their 1997 and 2007 lists of the 100 Best American movies, released on Monday their annual list of their favorite movies of the year. But for the first time since voting on the top films began in 2000, the voting body has selected 11 films, not 10. Take that people who think this was a weak year for the movies. Here’s the full list, in alphabetical order:

  • American Sniper
  • Birdman
  • Boyhood
  • Foxcatcher
  • The Imitation Game
  • Interstellar
  • Into the Woods
  • Nightcrawler
  • Selma
  • Unbroken
  • Whiplash

We can argue until the cows come home about what’s been left out, but for a group that slants to mostly studio pictures and excludes foreign films, not a bad list.

This year’s jury included critics such as Mark Harris, Leonard Maltin, Claudia Puig, Lisa Kennedy and Peter Travers, as well as cinematographer Matthew Libatique and assorted film scholars and industry professionals.

AFI also announced their list of the best American TV shows of 2014 this time limiting the list to just 10. The TV jury, which included critics James Poniewozik and Maureen Ryan, actress Phylicia Rashad and Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, spread the wealth pretty thoroughly between cable, streaming and network shows. View the whole list below:

  • The Americans
  • Fargo
  • Game of Thrones
  • How to Get Away With Murder
  • Jane the Virgin
  • The Knick
  • Mad Men
  • Orange is the New Black
  • Silicon Valley
  • Transparent

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