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ANIMATION

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.

SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1938)

Cast: Adriana Caselotti, Harry Stockwell, Lucille LaVerne

Producer: Walt Disney

Writer: Ted Sears

Genre: Musical

Production Company: Walt Disney Productions, Ltd.

Composer: Frank Churchill

PINOCCHIO (1940)

Cast: Dickie Jones, Cliff Edwards, Christian Rub

Writer: Aurie Battaglia

Genre: Fantasy

Production Company: Walt Disney Productions

Composer: Paul J. Smith

BAMBI (1942)

Cast: Peter Behn, Hardie Albright, Ann Gillis

Writer: Larry Morey

Genre: Children's works

Production Company: Walt Disney Productions

Composer: Frank Churchill

THE LION KING (1994)

Cast: Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones

Directors: Roger Allers

Producer: Don Hahn

Writer: Irene Mecchi

Editor: Ivan Bilancio

Genre: Adventure

Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures

Composer: Hans Zimmer

FANTASIA (1942)

Cast: Leopold Stokowski, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Deems Taylor

Directors: Norman Ferguson

Producer: Walt Disney

Writer: William Peed

Genre: Musical

Production Company: Walt Disney Productions

Composer: Edward Plumb

TOY STORY (1995)

Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

Directors: John Lasseter

Producer: Ralph Guggenheim

Writer: Joss Whedon

Editor: Robert Gordon

Genre: Comedy

Production Company: Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures

Composer: Randy Newman

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991)

Cast: Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White

Directors: Gary Trousdale

Producer: Don Hahn

Editor: John Carnochan

Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures , Silver Screen Partners IV

SHREK (2001)

Cast: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz

Directors: Andrew Adamson

Producer: Aron Warner

Writer: Ted Elliott

Editor: Sim Evan-Jones

Genre: Comedy

Production Company: PDI/DreamWorks Pictures

CINDERELLA (1950)

Cast: Ilene Woods, Helene Stanley, Eleanor Audley

Directors: Clyde Geronimi

Producer: Ben Sharpsteen

Editor: Donald Halliday

Genre: Children's works

Production Company: Walt Disney Productions

Composer: Oliver Wallace

FINDING NEMO (2003)

Cast: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould

Directors: Andrew Stanton

Producer: Graham Walters

Writer: Andrew Stanton

Editor: David Ian Salter

Cinematographer: Sharon Calahan

Genre: Comedy-drama

Production Company: Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures

Composer: Thomas Newman

ROMANTIC COMEDY

AFI defines “romantic comedy” as a genre in which the development of a romance leads to comic situations.

CITY LIGHTS (1931)

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Florence Lee

Directors: Charles Chaplin

Writer: Charles Chaplin

Editor: Charles Chaplin

Cinematographer: Mark Marklatt

Genre: Comedy-drama

Production Company: Charles Chaplin Productions

Composer: Charles Chaplin

ANNIE HALL (1977)

Cast: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts

Directors: Woody Allen

Producer: Charles H. Joffe

Writer: Woody Allen

Editor: Ralph Rosenblum , A.C.E.

Cinematographer: Gordon Willis , A.S.C.

Genre: Romantic comedy

Production Company: United Artists Corp.

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934)

Cast: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly

Directors: Frank Capra

Producer: Harry Cohn

Writer: Robert Riskin

Editor: Gene Havlick

Cinematographer: Joseph Walker

Genre: Screwball comedy

Production Company: Columbia Pictures Corp.

Composer: Louis Silvers

ROMAN HOLIDAY (1953)

Cast: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert

Directors: William Wyler

Producer: William Wyler

Writer: Ian McLellan Hunter

Editor: Robert Swink

Cinematographer: Frank F. Planer

Genre: Romantic comedy

Production Company: Paramount Pictures Corp.

Composer: Georges Auric

THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1941)

Cast: Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart

Directors: George Cukor

Producer: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Writer: Donald Ogden Stewart

Editor: Frank Sullivan

Cinematographer: Joseph Ruttenberg

Genre: Romantic comedy

Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.

Composer: Franz Waxman

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY... (1989)

Cast: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher

Directors: Rob Reiner

Producer: Rob Reiner

Writer: Nora Ephron

Editor: Robert Leighton

Cinematographer: Barry Sonnenfeld

Genre: Romantic comedy

Production Company: Castle Rock Entertainment, Nelson Entertainment

ADAM'S RIB (1949)

Cast: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Holliday

Directors: George Cukor

Producer: Lawrence Weingarten

Writer: Ruth Gordon

Editor: George Boemler

Cinematographer: George Folsey

Genre: Comedy

Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.

Composer: Miklos Rozsa

MOONSTRUCK (1987)

Cast: Cher, Nicolas Cage, Vincent Gardenia

Directors: Norman Jewison

Producer: Patrick Palmer

Writer: John Patrick Shanley

Editor: Lou Lombardo

Cinematographer: David Watkin

Genre: Romantic comedy

Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc., Star Partners, Ltd.

HAROLD AND MAUDE (1971)

Cast: Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort, Vivian Pickles

Directors: Hal Ashby

Producer: Mildred Lewis

Writer: Colin Higgins

Editor: William A. Sawyer

Cinematographer: John Alonzo

Genre: Romantic comedy, Satire

Production Company: Paramount Pictures Corp., Mildred Lewis & Colin Higgins Productions, Inc.

SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE (1993)

Cast: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Bill Pullman

Directors: Nora Ephron

Producer: Gary Foster

Writer: Nora Ephron

Editor: Robert Reitano

Cinematographer: Sven Nykvist

Genre: Romantic comedy

Production Company: TriStar Pictures

WESTERN

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.

THE SEARCHERS (1956)

Cast: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles

Directors: John Ford

Producer: Merian C. Cooper

Writer: Frank S. Nugent

Editor: Jack Murray

Cinematographer: Winton Hoch

Genre: Western

Production Company: C. V. Whitney Pictures, Inc.

Composer: Max Steiner

HIGH NOON (1952)

Cast: Gary Cooper, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges

Directors: Fred Zinnemann

Writer: Carl Foreman

Editor: Elmo Williams

Cinematographer: Floyd Crosby

Genre: Western

Production Company: Stanley Kramer Productions, Inc.

Composer: Dimitri Tiomkin

SHANE (1953)

Cast: Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin

Directors: George Stevens

Producer: George Stevens

Writer: A. B. Guthrie Jr.

Editor: William Hornbeck

Cinematographer: Loyal Griggs

Genre: Western

Production Company: Paramount Pictures Corp.

Composer: Victor Young

UNFORGIVEN (1992)

Cast: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman

Directors: Clint Eastwood

Producer: Clint Eastwood

Writer: David Webb Peoples

Editor: Joel Cox

Cinematographer: Jack N. Green

Genre: Western

Production Company: The Malpaso Company

Composer: Lennie Niehaus

RED RIVER (1948)

Cast: John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Joanne Dru

Directors: Howard Hawks

Producer: Charles K. Feldman

Writer: Borden Chase

Editor: Christian Nyby

Cinematographer: Russell Harlan

Genre: Western

Production Company: Monterey Productions, Inc.

Composer: Dimitri Tiomkin

THE WILD BUNCH (1969)

Cast: William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan [1909-1973]

Directors: Sam Peckinpah

Producer: Phil Feldman

Writer: Walon Green

Editor: Lou Lombardo

Cinematographer: Lucien Ballard

Genre: Western

Production Company: Phil Feldman Productions, Inc., Warner Bros.--Seven Arts, Inc.

Composer: Jerry Fielding

BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969)

Cast: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross

Directors: George Roy Hill

Producer: John Foreman

Writer: William Goldman

Editor: Richard C. Meyer

Cinematographer: Conrad Hall

Genre: Comedy-drama, Western

Production Company: Campanile Productions, Inc.

Composer: Burt Bacharach

MCCABE & MRS. MILLER (1971)

Cast: Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Rene Auberjonois

Directors: Robert Altman

Producer: David Foster

Writer: Brian Daly

Editor: Lou Lombardo

Cinematographer: Vilmos Zsigmond

Genre: Western

Production Company: Lion's Head, David Foster Productions

STAGECOACH (1939)

Cast: Claire Trevor, John Wayne, Andy Devine

Directors: John Ford

Writer: Dudley Nichols

Editor: Otho Lovering

Cinematographer: Bert Glennon

Genre: Western

Production Company: Walter Wanger Productions, Inc.

Composer: Boris Morros

CAT BALLOU (1965)

Cast: Jane Fonda, Lee Marvin, Michael Callan

Directors: Elliot Silverstein

Producer: Harold Hecht

Writer: Frank Pierson

Editor: Charles Nelson

Cinematographer: Jack Marta

Genre: Comedy, Satire, Western

Production Company: Harold Hecht Corp.

Composer: De Vol

SPORTS

AFI defines “sports” as a genre of films with protagonists who play athletics or other games of competition

RAGING BULL (1980)

Cast: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci

Directors: Martin Scorsese

Producer: Irwin Winkler

Writer: Paul Schrader

Editor: Thelma Schoonmaker

Cinematographer: Michael Chapman

Genre: Biography

Production Company: Chartoff-Winkler Productions, Inc.

Composer: Pietro Mascagni

ROCKY (1976)

Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young

Directors: John G. Avildsen

Producer: Irwin Winkler

Writer: Sylvester Stallone

Editor: Richard Halsey

Cinematographer: James Crabe

Genre: Drama

Production Company: Chartoff-Winkler Productions, Inc.

Composer: Bill Conti

THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES (1943)

Cast: Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright, Babe Ruth

Directors: Sam Wood

Producer: Samuel Goldwyn

Writer: Jo Swerling

Editor: Daniel Mandell

Cinematographer: Rudolph Maté

Genre: Biography

Production Company: Samuel Goldwyn Productions, Inc.

Composer: Leigh Harline

HOOSIERS (1986)

Cast: Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Hopper

Directors: David Anspaugh

Producer: Carter De Haven

Writer: Angelo Pizzo

Editor: C. Timothy O'Meara

Cinematographer: Fred Murphy

Genre: Drama

Production Company: Hemdale Film Corporation

Composer: Jerry Goldsmith

BULL DURHAM (1988)

Cast: Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins

Directors: Ron Shelton

Producer: Thom Mount

Writer: Ron Shelton

Editor: Robert Leighton

Cinematographer: Robert Byrne

Genre: Comedy

Production Company: Mount Company

Composer: Michael Convertino

THE HUSTLER (1961)

Cast: Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie

Directors: Robert Rossen

Producer: Robert Rossen

Writer: Sidney Carroll

Editor: Dede Allen

Cinematographer: Eugen Schüfftan

Genre: Drama

Production Company: Rossen Enterprises

Composer: Kenyon Hopkins

CADDYSHACK (1980)

Cast: Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight

Directors: Harold Ramis

Producer: Jon Peters

Writer: Brian Doyle-Murray

Editor: William Carruth

Cinematographer: Stevan Larner

Genre: Comedy

Production Company: Orion Pictures Company

Composer: Johnny Mandel

BREAKING AWAY (1979)

Cast: Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern

Directors: Peter Yates

Producer: Peter Yates

Writer: Steve Tesich

Editor: Cynthia Scheider

Cinematographer: Matthew F. Leonetti

Genre: Comedy-drama

Production Company: Twentieth Century-Fox

NATIONAL VELVET (1945)

Cast: Mickey Rooney, Donald Crisp, Elizabeth Taylor

Directors: Clarence Brown

Producer: Pandro S. Berman

Writer: Theodore Reeves

Editor: Robert J. Kern

Cinematographer: Leonard Smith

Genre: Drama

Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.

Composer: Herbert Stothart

JERRY MAGUIRE (1996)

Cast: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Renée Zellweger

Directors: Cameron Crowe

Producer: James L. Brooks

Writer: Cameron Crowe

Editor: Joe Hutshing

Cinematographer: Janusz Kaminski

Genre: Comedy-drama, Romance

Production Company: TriStar Pictures

Composer: Nancy Wilson

MYSTERY

AFI defines “mystery” as a genre that revolves around the solution of a crime.

VERTIGO (1958)

Cast: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes

Directors: Alfred Hitchcock

Producer: Alfred Hitchcock

Writer: Alec Coppel

Editor: George Tomasini

Cinematographer: Robert Burks

Genre: Romance

Production Company: Alfred J. Hitchcock Productions, Inc., Paramount Pictures Corp.

Composer: Bernard Herrmann

CHINATOWN (1974)

Cast: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston

Directors: Roman Polanski

Producer: Robert Evans

Writer: Robert Towne

Editor: Sam O'Steen

Cinematographer: John Alonzo

Genre: Mystery, Romance

Production Company: Long Road Productions, Inc.

Composer: Jerry Goldsmith

REAR WINDOW (1954)

Cast: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey

Directors: Alfred Hitchcock

Producer: Alfred Hitchcock

Writer: John Michael Hayes

Editor: George Tomasini

Cinematographer: Robert Burks

Genre: Mystery

Production Company: Patron, Inc., Paramount Pictures Corp.

Composer: Franz Waxman

LAURA (1944)

Cast: Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb

Directors: Otto Preminger

Producer: Otto Preminger

Writer: Jay Dratler

Editor: Louis Loeffler

Cinematographer: Lucien Ballard

Genre: Film noir

Production Company: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.

Composer: David Raksin

THE THIRD MAN (1950)

Cast: Joseph Cotten, Valli, Orson Welles

Directors: Carol Reed

Producer: Carol Reed

Writer: Graham Greene

Editor: Oswald Hafenrichter

Cinematographer: Robert Krasker

Genre: Adventure

Production Company: London Film Productions, Ltd.

THE MALTESE FALCON (1941)

Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George

Directors: John Huston

Producer: Hal B. Wallis

Writer: John Huston

Editor: Thomas Richards

Cinematographer: Arthur Edeson

Genre: Drama

Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.

Composer: Adolph Deutsch

NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)

Cast: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason

Directors: Alfred Hitchcock

Producer: Alfred Hitchcock

Writer: Ernest Lehman

Editor: George Tomasini

Cinematographer: Robert Burks

Genre: Drama

Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.

Composer: Bernard Herrmann

BLUE VELVET (1986)

Cast: Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper

Directors: David Lynch

Producer: Fred Caruso

Writer: David Lynch

Editor: Duwayne Dunham

Cinematographer: Frederick Elmes

Genre: Drama

Production Company: Blue Velvet Productions

Composer: Angelo Badalamenti

DIAL M FOR MURDER (1954)

Cast: Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings

Directors: Alfred Hitchcock

Producer: Alfred Hitchcock

Writer: Frederick Knott

Editor: Rudi Fehr

Cinematographer: Robert Burks

Genre: Drama

Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.

Composer: Dimitri Tiomkin

THE USUAL SUSPECTS (1995)

Cast: Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio Del Toro

Directors: Bryan Singer

Producer: Bryan Singer

Writer: Christopher McQuarrie

Editor: John Ottman

Cinematographer: Newton Thomas Sigel

Genre: Drama

Production Company: Blue Parrot

Composer: John Ottman

FANTASY

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.

THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)

Cast: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger

Directors: Victor Fleming

Producer: Mervyn LeRoy

Writer: Noel Langley

Editor: Blanche Sewell

Cinematographer: Harold Rosson

Genre: Fantasy, Musical

Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (2001)

Cast: Alan Howard, Noel Appleby, Sean Astin

Directors: Peter Jackson

Producer: Barrie M. Osborne

Writer: Fran Walsh

Editor: John Gilbert

Cinematographer: Andrew Lesnie

Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Production Company: New Line Cinema , Wingnut Films

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1947)

Cast: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

Directors: Frank Capra

Producer: Frank Capra

Writer: Frances Goodrich

Editor: William Hornbeck

Cinematographer: Victor Milner

Genre: Comedy-drama, Fantasy

Production Company: Liberty Films, Inc.

KING KONG (1933)

Cast: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot

Directors: Merian C. Cooper

Producer: David O. Selznick

Writer: James Ashmore Creelman

Editor: Ted Cheesman

Cinematographer: Vernon L. Walker

Genre: Adventure, Horror

Production Company: RKO Radio Pictures, inc.

Composer: Max Steiner

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (1947)

Cast: Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn

Directors: George Seaton

Producer: William Perlberg

Writer: George Seaton

Editor: Robert Simpson

Cinematographer: Charles G. Clarke

Genre: Comedy-drama

Production Company: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.

Composer: Cyril J. Mockridge

FIELD OF DREAMS (1989)

Cast: Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones

Directors: Phil Alden Robinson

Producer: Lawrence Gordon

Editor: Ian Crafford

Cinematographer: John Lindley

Genre: Drama, Fantasy

Production Company: Gordon Company

Composer: James Horner

HARVEY (1950)

Cast: Wallace Ford, William Lynn, Victoria Horne

Directors: Henry Koster

Producer: John Beck

Writer: Mary Chase

Editor: Ralph Dawson

Cinematographer: William Daniels

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy

Production Company: Universal-International Pictures Co., Inc.

Composer: Frank Skinner

GROUNDHOG DAY (1993)

Cast: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott

Directors: Harold Ramis

Producer: Trevor Albert

Writer: Danny Rubin

Editor: Pembroke J. Herring

Cinematographer: John Bailey

Genre: Comedy-drama, Fantasy, Romance

Production Company: Columbia Pictures

Composer: George Fenton

THE THIEF OF BAGDAD (1924)

Cast: Douglas Fairbanks, Snitz Edwards, Charles Belcher

Directors: Raoul Walsh

Editor: William Nolan

Genre: Fantasy

Production Company: Douglas Fairbanks Pictures Corp.

Composer: Mortimer Wilson

BIG (1988)

Cast: Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia

Directors: Penny Marshall

Producer: James L. Brooks

Writer: Gary Ross

Editor: Barry Malkin

Cinematographer: Barry Sonnenfeld

Genre: Comedy-drama, Romance

Production Company: Gracie Films

Composer: Howard Shore

SCI-FI

AFI defines “science fiction” as a genre that marries a scientific or technological premise with imaginative speculation.

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)

Cast: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester

Directors: Stanley Kubrick

Producer: Stanley Kubrick

Writer: Stanley Kubrick

Editor: Ray Lovejoy

Cinematographer: Geoffrey Unsworth

Genre: Science fiction

Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.

STAR WARS (1977)

Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

Directors: George Lucas

Producer: Gary Kurtz

Writer: George Lucas

Editor: Paul Hirsch

Cinematographer: Gilbert Taylor

Genre: Adventure, Science fiction

Production Company: Lucasfilm, Ltd.

Composer: John Williams

E.T.: THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982)

Cast: Dee Wallace, Peter Coyote, Robert MacNaughton

Directors: Steven Spielberg

Producer: Steven Spielberg

Writer: Melissa Mathison

Editor: Carol Littleton

Cinematographer: Allen Daviau

Genre: Fantasy, Science fiction

Production Company: Universal Pictures , Amblin' Entertainment

Composer: John Williams [composer]

A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971)

Cast: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates

Directors: Stanley Kubrick

Producer: Stanley Kubrick

Writer: Stanley Kubrick

Editor: Bill Butler

Genre: Drama, Fantasy

Production Company: Polaris Productions, Inc., Hawks Films Limited

THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (1951)

Cast: Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe

Directors: Robert Wise

Producer: Julian Blaustein

Writer: Edmund H. North

Editor: William Reynolds

Cinematographer: Leo Tover

Genre: Science fiction

Production Company: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.

Composer: Bernard Herrmann

BLADE RUNNER (1982)

Cast: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young

Directors: Ridley Scott

Producer: Michael Deeley

Writer: Hampton Fancher

Editor: Marsha Nakashima

Cinematographer: Jordan Cronenweth

Genre: Science fiction

Production Company: The Ladd Company, Sir Run Run Shaw

ALIEN (1979)

Cast: Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright

Directors: Ridley Scott

Producer: Gordon Carroll

Writer: Dan O'Bannon

Editor: Terry Rawlings

Cinematographer: Derek Vanlint

Genre: Science fiction

Production Company: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.

Composer: Jerry Goldsmith

TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY (1991)

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick

Directors: James Cameron

Producer: Gale Anne Hurd

Writer: James Cameron

Editor: Conrad Buff

Cinematographer: Adam Greenberg

Genre: Adventure, Science fiction

Production Company: Carolco, Pacific Western , Lightstorm Entertainment

Composer: Brad Fiedel

INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956)

Cast: Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Larry Gates

Directors: Don Siegel

Producer: Walter Wanger

Writer: Daniel Mainwaring

Editor: Robert S. Eisen

Cinematographer: Ellsworth Fredericks

Genre: Horror, Science fiction

Production Company: Walter Wanger Pictures, Inc.

Composer: Carmen Dragon

BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985)

Cast: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

Directors: Robert Zemeckis

Producer: Bob Gale

Writer: Robert Zemeckis

Editor: Arthur Schmidt

Cinematographer: Dean Cundey

Genre: Comedy, Science fiction

Production Company: Universal Pictures , Amblin Entertainment

Composer: Alan Silvestri

GANGSTER

AFI defines the “gangster film” as a genre that centers on organized crime or maverick criminals in a twentieth century setting.

THE GODFATHER (1972)

Cast: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan

Directors: Francis Ford Coppola

Producer: Albert S. Ruddy

Writer: Mario Puzo

Editor: William Reynolds

Cinematographer: Gordon Willis

Genre: Drama

Production Company: Paramount Pictures Corp., Alfran Productions, Inc.

Composer: Nino Rota

GOODFELLAS (1990)

Cast: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci

Directors: Martin Scorsese

Producer: Irwin Winkler

Writer: Nicholas Pileggi

Editor: Thelma Schoonmaker

Cinematographer: Michael Ballhaus

Genre: Drama

Production Company: Irwin Winkler Productions, Warner Bros. Pictures

THE GODFATHER PART II (1974)

Cast: Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton

Directors: Francis Ford Coppola

Producer: Francis Ford Coppola

Writer: Francis Ford Coppola

Editor: Richard Marks

Cinematographer: Gordon Willis

Genre: Drama

Production Company: The Coppola Company

Composer: Nino Rota

WHITE HEAT (1949)

Cast: James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien

Directors: Raoul Walsh

Producer: Louis F. Edelman

Writer: Ivan Goff

Editor: Owen Marks

Cinematographer: Sid Hickox

Genre: Drama

Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.

Composer: Max Steiner

BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967)

Cast: Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard

Directors: Arthur Penn

Producer: Warren Beatty

Writer: David Newman

Editor: Dede Allen

Cinematographer: Burnett Guffey

Genre: Biography, Drama

Production Company: Tatira-Hiller Productions

Composer: Charles Strouse

SCARFACE (1932)

Cast: Paul Muni, Ann Dvorak, Karen Morley

Directors: Howard Hawks

Writer: Ben Hecht

Editor: Edward Curtiss

Cinematographer: Lee Garmes

Genre: Drama

Production Company: The Caddo Co., Inc.

Composer: Adolph Tandler

PULP FICTION (1994)

Cast: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman

Directors: Quentin Tarantino

Producer: Lawrence Bender

Writer: Quentin Tarantino

Editor: Sally Menke

Cinematographer: Andrzej Sekula

Genre: Comedy-drama

Production Company: A Band Apart , Jersey Films

THE PUBLIC ENEMY (1931)

Cast: James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods

Directors: William A. Wellman

Writer: Kubec Glasmon

Editor: Edward M. McDermott

Cinematographer: Dev Jennings

Genre: Drama

Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.

LITTLE CAESAR (1931)

Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Glenda Farrell

Directors: Mervyn LeRoy

Writer: Francis Edwards Faragoh

Editor: Ray Curtiss

Cinematographer: Tony Gaudio

Genre: Drama

Production Company: First National Pictures, Inc.

SCARFACE (1983)

Cast: Al Pacino, Steven Bauer, Michelle Pfeiffer

Directors: Brian De Palma

Producer: Louis A. Stroller

Writer: Oliver Stone

Editor: Jerry Greenberg

Cinematographer: John Alonzo

Genre: Drama

Production Company: Universal Pictures

Composer: Giorgio Moroder

COURTROOM DRAMA

AFI defines “courtroom drama” as a genre of film in which a system of justice plays a critical role in the film’s narrative.

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962)

Cast: Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton

Directors: Robert Mulligan

Producer: Alan J. Pakula

Writer: Horton Foote

Editor: Aaron Stell

Cinematographer: Russell Harlan

Genre: Drama

Production Company: Pakula-Mulligan Productions, Inc., Brentwood Productions, Inc.

Composer: Elmer Bernstein

12 ANGRY MEN (1957)

Cast: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Ed Begley

Directors: Sidney Lumet

Producer: Reginald Rose

Writer: Reginald Rose

Editor: Carl Lerner

Cinematographer: Boris Kaufman

Genre: Drama

Production Company: Orion-Nova Productions

Composer: Kenyon Hopkins

KRAMER VS. KRAMER (1979)

Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Jane Alexander

Directors: Robert Benton

Producer: Stanley R. Jaffe

Writer: Robert Benton

Editor: Jerry Greenberg

Cinematographer: Nestor Almendros

Genre: Drama

Production Company: Columbia Pictures

THE VERDICT (1982)

Cast: Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling, Jack Warden

Directors: Sidney Lumet

Producer: Richard D. Zanuck

Writer: David Mamet

Editor: Peter Frank

Cinematographer: Andrzej Bartkowiak

Genre: Drama

Production Company: Zanuck/Brown Productions, Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation

Composer: Johnny Mandel

A FEW GOOD MEN (1992)

Cast: Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore

Directors: Rob Reiner

Producer: David Brown

Writer: Aaron Sorkin

Editor: Robert Leighton

Cinematographer: Robert Richardson

Genre: Drama

Production Company: Castle Rock Entertainment

Composer: Marc Shaiman

WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION (1958)

Cast: Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton

Directors: Billy Wilder

Producer: Arthur Hornblow

Writer: Billy Wilder

Editor: Daniel Mandell

Cinematographer: Russell Harlan

Genre: Drama, Mystery

Production Company: Edward Small Productions, Inc., Theme Pictures, Inc.

Composer: Matty Malneck

ANATOMY OF A MURDER (1959)

Cast: James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara

Directors: Otto Preminger

Producer: Otto Preminger

Writer: Wendell Mayes

Editor: Louis Loeffler

Cinematographer: Sam Leavitt

Genre: Drama

Production Company: Carlyle Productions, Inc.

Composer: Duke Ellington

IN COLD BLOOD (1967)

Cast: Robert Blake, Scott Wilson, John Forsythe

Directors: Richard Brooks

Producer: Richard Brooks

Writer: Richard Brooks

Editor: Peter Zinner

Cinematographer: Conrad Hall

Genre: Drama

Production Company: Pax Enterprises

Composer: Quincy Jones

A CRY IN THE DARK (1988)

Cast: Meryl Streep, Sam Neill, Bruce Myles

Directors: Fred Schepisi

Producer: Verity Lambert

Writer: Robert Caswell

Editor: Jill Bilcock

Cinematographer: Ian Baker

Genre: Drama

Production Company: Cannon Entertainment Inc., Cinema Verity , Evil Angels Films Pty. Ltd.

Composer: Bruce Smeaton

JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG (1961)

Cast: Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark

Directors: Stanley Kramer

Producer: Stanley Kramer

Writer: Abby Mann

Editor: Frederic Knudtson

Cinematographer: Ernest Laszlo

Genre: Drama

Production Company: Roxlom Films

Composer: Ernest Gold

EPIC

AFI defines “epic” as a genre of large-scale films set in a cinematic interpretation of the past.

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)

Cast: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn

Directors: David Lean

Producer: Sam Spiegel

Writer: Robert Bolt

Editor: Anne V. Coates

Cinematographer: F. A. Young

Genre: Adventure, Biography

Production Company: Horizon Pictures (G.B.), Ltd.

Composer: Maurice Jarre

BEN-HUR (1959)

Cast: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet

Directors: William Wyler

Producer: Sam Zimbalist

Writer: Karl Tunberg

Editor: Ralph E. Winters

Cinematographer: Robert L. Surtees

Genre: Epic

Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.

Composer: Miklos Rozsa

SCHINDLER'S LIST (1993)

Cast: Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes

Directors: Steven Spielberg

Producer: Steven Spielberg

Writer: Steve Zaillian

Editor: Michael Kahn

Cinematographer: Janusz Kaminski

Genre: Drama

Production Company: Amblin Entertainment

Composer: John Williams [composer]

GONE WITH THE WIND (1940)

Cast: Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil, Vivien Leigh

Directors: Victor Fleming

Producer: David O. Selznick

Writer: Sidney Howard

Cinematographer: Lee Garmes

Genre: Romance

Production Company: Selznick International Pictures, Inc.

Composer: Max Steiner

SPARTACUS (1960)

Cast: Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons

Directors: Stanley Kubrick

Producer: Kirk Douglas

Writer: Dalton Trumbo

Editor: Robert Lawrence

Cinematographer: Russell Metty

Genre: Epic

Production Company: Universal-International Pictures Co., Inc., Bryna Productions, Inc.

Composer: Alex North

TITANIC (1997)

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane

Directors: James Cameron

Producer: James Cameron

Writer: James Cameron

Editor: Conrad Buff

Cinematographer: Russell Carpenter

Genre: Drama, Romance

Production Company: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., Lightstorm Entertainment , Paramount Pictures Corp.

Composer: James Horner

ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1930)

Cast: Louis Wolheim, Lew Ayres, John Wray

Directors: Lewis Milestone

Producer: Carl Laemmle Jr.

Writer: George Abbott

Editor: Edgar Adams

Cinematographer: Arthur Edeson

Genre: Drama

Production Company: Universal Pictures Corp.

SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998)

Cast: Tom Hanks, Edward Burns, Tom Sizemore

Directors: Steven Spielberg

Producer: Steven Spielberg

Writer: Robert Rodat

Editor: Michael Kahn

Cinematographer: Janusz Kaminski

Genre: Drama

Production Company: Amblin Entertainment , Mutual Film Company

Composer: John Williams [composer]

REDS (1981)

Cast: Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Edward Herrmann

Directors: Warren Beatty

Producer: Warren Beatty

Writer: Warren Beatty

Editor: Dede Allen

Cinematographer: Vittorio Storaro

Genre: Biography, Drama, Epic, Romance

Production Company: Paramount Pictures , J. R. S. Productions

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (1956)

Cast: Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter

Directors: Cecil B. DeMille

Producer: Cecil B. DeMille

Writer: Jesse Lasky Jr.

Editor: Anne Bauchens

Cinematographer: Loyal Griggs

Genre: Epic

Production Company: Paramount Pictures Corp.

Composer: Elmer Bernstein

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ANIMATION

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.

1. SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1938)

Cast: Adriana Caselotti, Harry Stockwell, Lucille LaVerne

Producer: Walt Disney

Writer: Ted Sears

Production Company: Walt Disney Productions, Ltd.

2. PINOCCHIO (1940)

Cast: Dickie Jones, Cliff Edwards, Christian Rub

Writer: Aurie Battaglia

Production Company: Walt Disney Productions

3. BAMBI (1942)

Cast: Peter Behn, Hardie Albright, Ann Gillis

Writer: Larry Morey

Production Company: Walt Disney Productions

4. THE LION KING (1994)

Cast: Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones

Directors: Roger Allers

Producer: Don Hahn

Writer: Irene Mecchi

Editor: Ivan Bilancio

Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures

5. FANTASIA (1942)

Cast: Leopold Stokowski, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Deems Taylor

Directors: Norman Ferguson

Producer: Walt Disney

Writer: William Peed

Production Company: Walt Disney Productions

6. TOY STORY (1995)

Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

Directors: John Lasseter

Producer: Ralph Guggenheim

Writer: Joss Whedon

Editor: Robert Gordon

Production Company: Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures

7. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991)

Cast: Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White

Directors: Gary Trousdale

Producer: Don Hahn

Editor: John Carnochan

Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures , Silver Screen Partners IV

8. SHREK (2001)

Cast: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz

Directors: Andrew Adamson

Producer: Aron Warner

Writer: Ted Elliott

Editor: Sim Evan-Jones

Production Company: PDI/DreamWorks Pictures

9. CINDERELLA (1950)

Cast: Ilene Woods, Helene Stanley, Eleanor Audley

Directors: Clyde Geronimi

Producer: Ben Sharpsteen

Editor: Donald Halliday

Production Company: Walt Disney Productions

10. FINDING NEMO (2003)

Cast: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould

Directors: Andrew Stanton

Producer: Graham Walters

Writer: Andrew Stanton

Editor: David Ian Salter

Cinematographer: Sharon Calahan

Production Company: Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures

ROMANTIC COMEDY

AFI defines “romantic comedy” as a genre in which the development of a romance leads to comic situations.

1. CITY LIGHTS (1931)

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Florence Lee

Directors: Charles Chaplin

Writer: Charles Chaplin

Editor: Charles Chaplin

Cinematographer: Mark Marklatt

Production Company: Charles Chaplin Productions

2. ANNIE HALL (1977)

Cast: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts

Directors: Woody Allen

Producer: Charles H. Joffe

Writer: Woody Allen

Editor: Ralph Rosenblum , A.C.E.

Cinematographer: Gordon Willis , A.S.C.

Production Company: United Artists Corp.

3. IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934)

Cast: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly

Directors: Frank Capra

Producer: Harry Cohn

Writer: Robert Riskin

Editor: Gene Havlick

Cinematographer: Joseph Walker

Production Company: Columbia Pictures Corp.

4. ROMAN HOLIDAY (1953)

Cast: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert

Directors: William Wyler

Producer: William Wyler

Writer: Ian McLellan Hunter

Editor: Robert Swink

Cinematographer: Frank F. Planer

Production Company: Paramount Pictures Corp.

5. THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1941)

Cast: Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart

Directors: George Cukor

Producer: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Writer: Donald Ogden Stewart

Editor: Frank Sullivan

Cinematographer: Joseph Ruttenberg

Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.

6. WHEN HARRY MET SALLY... (1989)

Cast: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher

Directors: Rob Reiner

Producer: Rob Reiner

Writer: Nora Ephron

Editor: Robert Leighton

Cinematographer: Barry Sonnenfeld

Production Company: Castle Rock Entertainment, Nelson Entertainment

7. ADAM'S RIB (1949)

Cast: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Holliday

Directors: George Cukor

Producer: Lawrence Weingarten

Writer: Ruth Gordon

Editor: George Boemler

Cinematographer: George Folsey

Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.

8. MOONSTRUCK (1987)

Cast: Cher, Nicolas Cage, Vincent Gardenia

Directors: Norman Jewison

Producer: Patrick Palmer

Writer: John Patrick Shanley

Editor: Lou Lombardo

Cinematographer: David Watkin

Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc., Star Partners, Ltd.

9. HAROLD AND MAUDE (1971)

Cast: Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort, Vivian Pickles

Directors: Hal Ashby

Producer: Mildred Lewis

Writer: Colin Higgins

Editor: William A. Sawyer

Cinematographer: John Alonzo

Production Company: Paramount Pictures Corp., Mildred Lewis & Colin Higgins Productions, Inc.

10. SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE (1993)

Cast: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Bill Pullman

Directors: Nora Ephron

Producer: Gary Foster

Writer: Nora Ephron

Editor: Robert Reitano

Cinematographer: Sven Nykvist

Production Company: TriStar Pictures

WESTERN

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.

1. THE SEARCHERS (1956)

Cast: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles

Directors: John Ford

Producer: Merian C. Cooper

Writer: Frank S. Nugent

Editor: Jack Murray

Cinematographer: Winton Hoch

Production Company: C. V. Whitney Pictures, Inc.

2. HIGH NOON (1952)

Cast: Gary Cooper, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges

Directors: Fred Zinnemann

Writer: Carl Foreman

Editor: Elmo Williams

Cinematographer: Floyd Crosby

Production Company: Stanley Kramer Productions, Inc.

3. SHANE (1953)

Cast: Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin

Directors: George Stevens

Producer: George Stevens

Writer: A. B. Guthrie Jr.

Editor: William Hornbeck

Cinematographer: Loyal Griggs

Production Company: Paramount Pictures Corp.

4. UNFORGIVEN (1992)

Cast: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman

Directors: Clint Eastwood

Producer: Clint Eastwood

Writer: David Webb Peoples

Editor: Joel Cox

Cinematographer: Jack N. Green

Production Company: The Malpaso Company

5. RED RIVER (1948)

Cast: John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Joanne Dru

Directors: Howard Hawks

Producer: Charles K. Feldman

Writer: Borden Chase

Editor: Christian Nyby

Cinematographer: Russell Harlan

Production Company: Monterey Productions, Inc.

6. THE WILD BUNCH (1969)

Cast: William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan [1909-1973]

Directors: Sam Peckinpah

Producer: Phil Feldman

Writer: Walon Green

Editor: Lou Lombardo

Cinematographer: Lucien Ballard

Production Company: Phil Feldman Productions, Inc., Warner Bros.--Seven Arts, Inc.

7. BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969)

Cast: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross

Directors: George Roy Hill

Producer: John Foreman

Writer: William Goldman

Editor: Richard C. Meyer

Cinematographer: Conrad Hall

Production Company: Campanile Productions, Inc.

8. MCCABE & MRS. MILLER (1971)

Cast: Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Rene Auberjonois

Directors: Robert Altman

Producer: David Foster

Writer: Brian Daly

Editor: Lou Lombardo

Cinematographer: Vilmos Zsigmond

Production Company: Lion's Head, David Foster Productions

9. STAGECOACH (1939)

Cast: Claire Trevor, John Wayne, Andy Devine

Directors: John Ford

Writer: Dudley Nichols

Editor: Otho Lovering

Cinematographer: Bert Glennon

Production Company: Walter Wanger Productions, Inc.

10. CAT BALLOU (1965)

Cast: Jane Fonda, Lee Marvin, Michael Callan

Directors: Elliot Silverstein

Producer: Harold Hecht

Writer: Frank Pierson

Editor: Charles Nelson

Cinematographer: Jack Marta

Production Company: Harold Hecht Corp.

SPORTS

AFI defines “sports” as a genre of films with protagonists who play athletics or other games of competition

1. RAGING BULL (1980)

Cast: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci

Directors: Martin Scorsese

Producer: Irwin Winkler

Writer: Paul Schrader

Editor: Thelma Schoonmaker

Cinematographer: Michael Chapman

Production Company: Chartoff-Winkler Productions, Inc.

2. ROCKY (1976)

Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young

Directors: John G. Avildsen

Producer: Irwin Winkler

Writer: Sylvester Stallone

Editor: Richard Halsey

Cinematographer: James Crabe

Production Company: Chartoff-Winkler Productions, Inc.

3. THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES (1943)

Cast: Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright, Babe Ruth

Directors: Sam Wood

Producer: Samuel Goldwyn

Writer: Jo Swerling

Editor: Daniel Mandell

Cinematographer: Rudolph Maté

Production Company: Samuel Goldwyn Productions, Inc.

4. HOOSIERS (1986)

Cast: Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Hopper

Directors: David Anspaugh

Producer: Carter De Haven

Writer: Angelo Pizzo

Editor: C. Timothy O'Meara

Cinematographer: Fred Murphy

Production Company: Hemdale Film Corporation

5. BULL DURHAM (1988)

Cast: Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins

Directors: Ron Shelton

Producer: Thom Mount

Writer: Ron Shelton

Editor: Robert Leighton

Cinematographer: Robert Byrne

Production Company: Mount Company

6. THE HUSTLER (1961)

Cast: Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie

Directors: Robert Rossen

Producer: Robert Rossen

Writer: Sidney Carroll

Editor: Dede Allen

Cinematographer: Eugen Schüfftan

Production Company: Rossen Enterprises

7. CADDYSHACK (1980)

Cast: Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight

Directors: Harold Ramis

Producer: Jon Peters

Writer: Brian Doyle-Murray

Editor: William Carruth

Cinematographer: Stevan Larner

Production Company: Orion Pictures Company

8. BREAKING AWAY (1979)

Cast: Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern

Directors: Peter Yates

Producer: Peter Yates

Writer: Steve Tesich

Editor: Cynthia Scheider

Cinematographer: Matthew F. Leonetti

Production Company: Twentieth Century-Fox

9. NATIONAL VELVET (1945)

Cast: Mickey Rooney, Donald Crisp, Elizabeth Taylor

Directors: Clarence Brown

Producer: Pandro S. Berman

Writer: Theodore Reeves

Editor: Robert J. Kern

Cinematographer: Leonard Smith

Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.

10. JERRY MAGUIRE (1996)

Cast: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Renée Zellweger

Directors: Cameron Crowe

Producer: James L. Brooks

Writer: Cameron Crowe

Editor: Joe Hutshing

Cinematographer: Janusz Kaminski

Production Company: TriStar Pictures

MYSTERY

AFI defines “mystery” as a genre that revolves around the solution of a crime.

1. VERTIGO (1958)

Cast: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes

Directors: Alfred Hitchcock

Producer: Alfred Hitchcock

Writer: Alec Coppel

Editor: George Tomasini

Cinematographer: Robert Burks

Production Company: Alfred J. Hitchcock Productions, Inc., Paramount Pictures Corp.

2. CHINATOWN (1974)

Cast: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston

Directors: Roman Polanski

Producer: Robert Evans

Writer: Robert Towne

Editor: Sam O'Steen

Cinematographer: John Alonzo

Production Company: Long Road Productions, Inc.

3. REAR WINDOW (1954)

Cast: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey

Directors: Alfred Hitchcock

Producer: Alfred Hitchcock

Writer: John Michael Hayes

Editor: George Tomasini

Cinematographer: Robert Burks

Production Company: Patron, Inc., Paramount Pictures Corp.

4. LAURA (1944)

Cast: Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb

Directors: Otto Preminger

Producer: Otto Preminger

Writer: Jay Dratler

Editor: Louis Loeffler

Cinematographer: Lucien Ballard

Production Company: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.

5. THE THIRD MAN (1950)

Cast: Joseph Cotten, Valli, Orson Welles

Directors: Carol Reed

Producer: Carol Reed

Writer: Graham Greene

Editor: Oswald Hafenrichter

Cinematographer: Robert Krasker

Production Company: London Film Productions, Ltd.

6. THE MALTESE FALCON (1941)

Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George

Directors: John Huston

Producer: Hal B. Wallis

Writer: John Huston

Editor: Thomas Richards

Cinematographer: Arthur Edeson

Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.

7. NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)

Cast: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason

Directors: Alfred Hitchcock

Producer: Alfred Hitchcock

Writer: Ernest Lehman

Editor: George Tomasini

Cinematographer: Robert Burks

Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.

8. BLUE VELVET (1986)

Cast: Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper

Directors: David Lynch

Producer: Fred Caruso

Writer: David Lynch

Editor: Duwayne Dunham

Cinematographer: Frederick Elmes

Production Company: Blue Velvet Productions

9. DIAL M FOR MURDER (1954)

Cast: Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings

Directors: Alfred Hitchcock

Producer: Alfred Hitchcock

Writer: Frederick Knott

Editor: Rudi Fehr

Cinematographer: Robert Burks

Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.

10. THE USUAL SUSPECTS (1995)

Cast: Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio Del Toro

Directors: Bryan Singer

Producer: Bryan Singer

Writer: Christopher McQuarrie

Editor: John Ottman

Cinematographer: Newton Thomas Sigel

Production Company: Blue Parrot

FANTASY

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.

1. THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)

Cast: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger

Directors: Victor Fleming

Producer: Mervyn LeRoy

Writer: Noel Langley

Editor: Blanche Sewell

Cinematographer: Harold Rosson

Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.

2. THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (2001)

Cast: Alan Howard, Noel Appleby, Sean Astin

Directors: Peter Jackson

Producer: Barrie M. Osborne

Writer: Fran Walsh

Editor: John Gilbert

Cinematographer: Andrew Lesnie

Production Company: New Line Cinema , Wingnut Films

3. IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1947)

Cast: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

Directors: Frank Capra

Producer: Frank Capra

Writer: Frances Goodrich

Editor: William Hornbeck

Cinematographer: Victor Milner

Production Company: Liberty Films, Inc.

4. KING KONG (1933)

Cast: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot

Directors: Merian C. Cooper

Producer: David O. Selznick

Writer: James Ashmore Creelman

Editor: Ted Cheesman

Cinematographer: Vernon L. Walker

Production Company: RKO Radio Pictures, inc.

5. MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (1947)

Cast: Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn

Directors: George Seaton

Producer: William Perlberg

Writer: George Seaton

Editor: Robert Simpson

Cinematographer: Charles G. Clarke

Production Company: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.

6. FIELD OF DREAMS (1989)

Cast: Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones

Directors: Phil Alden Robinson

Producer: Lawrence Gordon

Editor: Ian Crafford

Cinematographer: John Lindley

Production Company: Gordon Company

7. HARVEY (1950)

Cast: Wallace Ford, William Lynn, Victoria Horne

Directors: Henry Koster

Producer: John Beck

Writer: Mary Chase

Editor: Ralph Dawson

Cinematographer: William Daniels

Production Company: Universal-International Pictures Co., Inc.

8. GROUNDHOG DAY (1993)

Cast: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott

Directors: Harold Ramis

Producer: Trevor Albert

Writer: Danny Rubin

Editor: Pembroke J. Herring

Cinematographer: John Bailey

Production Company: Columbia Pictures

9. THE THIEF OF BAGDAD (1924)

Cast: Douglas Fairbanks, Snitz Edwards, Charles Belcher

Directors: Raoul Walsh

Editor: William Nolan

Production Company: Douglas Fairbanks Pictures Corp.

10. BIG (1988)

Cast: Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia

Directors: Penny Marshall

Producer: James L. Brooks

Writer: Gary Ross

Editor: Barry Malkin

Cinematographer: Barry Sonnenfeld

Production Company: Gracie Films

SCI-FI

AFI defines “science fiction” as a genre that marries a scientific or technological premise with imaginative speculation.

1. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)

Cast: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester

Directors: Stanley Kubrick

Producer: Stanley Kubrick

Writer: Stanley Kubrick

Editor: Ray Lovejoy

Cinematographer: Geoffrey Unsworth

Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.

2. STAR WARS (1977)

Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

Directors: George Lucas

Producer: Gary Kurtz

Writer: George Lucas

Editor: Paul Hirsch

Cinematographer: Gilbert Taylor

Production Company: Lucasfilm, Ltd.

3. E.T.: THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982)

Cast: Dee Wallace, Peter Coyote, Robert MacNaughton

Directors: Steven Spielberg

Producer: Steven Spielberg

Writer: Melissa Mathison

Editor: Carol Littleton

Cinematographer: Allen Daviau

Production Company: Universal Pictures , Amblin' Entertainment

4. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971)

Cast: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates

Directors: Stanley Kubrick

Producer: Stanley Kubrick

Writer: Stanley Kubrick

Editor: Bill Butler

Production Company: Polaris Productions, Inc., Hawks Films Limited

5. THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (1951)

Cast: Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe

Directors: Robert Wise

Producer: Julian Blaustein

Writer: Edmund H. North

Editor: William Reynolds

Cinematographer: Leo Tover

Production Company: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.

6. BLADE RUNNER (1982)

Cast: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young

Directors: Ridley Scott

Producer: Michael Deeley

Writer: Hampton Fancher

Editor: Marsha Nakashima

Cinematographer: Jordan Cronenweth

Production Company: The Ladd Company, Sir Run Run Shaw

7. ALIEN (1979)

Cast: Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright

Directors: Ridley Scott

Producer: Gordon Carroll

Writer: Dan O'Bannon

Editor: Terry Rawlings

Cinematographer: Derek Vanlint

Production Company: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.

8. TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY (1991)

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick

Directors: James Cameron

Producer: Gale Anne Hurd

Writer: James Cameron

Editor: Conrad Buff

Cinematographer: Adam Greenberg

Production Company: Carolco, Pacific Western , Lightstorm Entertainment

9. INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956)

Cast: Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Larry Gates

Directors: Don Siegel

Producer: Walter Wanger

Writer: Daniel Mainwaring

Editor: Robert S. Eisen

Cinematographer: Ellsworth Fredericks

Production Company: Walter Wanger Pictures, Inc.

10. BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985)

Cast: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

Directors: Robert Zemeckis

Producer: Bob Gale

Writer: Robert Zemeckis

Editor: Arthur Schmidt

Cinematographer: Dean Cundey

Production Company: Universal Pictures , Amblin Entertainment

GANGSTER

AFI defines the “gangster film” as a genre that centers on organized crime or maverick criminals in a twentieth century setting.

1. THE GODFATHER (1972)

Cast: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan

Directors: Francis Ford Coppola

Producer: Albert S. Ruddy

Writer: Mario Puzo

Editor: William Reynolds

Cinematographer: Gordon Willis

Production Company: Paramount Pictures Corp., Alfran Productions, Inc.

2. GOODFELLAS (1990)

Cast: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci

Directors: Martin Scorsese

Producer: Irwin Winkler

Writer: Nicholas Pileggi

Editor: Thelma Schoonmaker

Cinematographer: Michael Ballhaus

Production Company: Irwin Winkler Productions, Warner Bros. Pictures

3. THE GODFATHER PART II (1974)

Cast: Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton

Directors: Francis Ford Coppola

Producer: Francis Ford Coppola

Writer: Francis Ford Coppola

Editor: Richard Marks

Cinematographer: Gordon Willis

Production Company: The Coppola Company

4. WHITE HEAT (1949)

Cast: James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien

Directors: Raoul Walsh

Producer: Louis F. Edelman

Writer: Ivan Goff

Editor: Owen Marks

Cinematographer: Sid Hickox

Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.

5. BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967)

Cast: Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard

Directors: Arthur Penn

Producer: Warren Beatty

Writer: David Newman

Editor: Dede Allen

Cinematographer: Burnett Guffey

Production Company: Tatira-Hiller Productions

6. SCARFACE (1932)

Cast: Paul Muni, Ann Dvorak, Karen Morley

Directors: Howard Hawks

Writer: Ben Hecht

Editor: Edward Curtiss

Cinematographer: Lee Garmes

Production Company: The Caddo Co., Inc.

7. PULP FICTION (1994)

Cast: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman

Directors: Quentin Tarantino

Producer: Lawrence Bender

Writer: Quentin Tarantino

Editor: Sally Menke

Cinematographer: Andrzej Sekula

Production Company: A Band Apart , Jersey Films

8. THE PUBLIC ENEMY (1931)

Cast: James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods

Directors: William A. Wellman

Writer: Kubec Glasmon

Editor: Edward M. McDermott

Cinematographer: Dev Jennings

Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.

9. LITTLE CAESAR (1931)

Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Glenda Farrell

Directors: Mervyn LeRoy

Writer: Francis Edwards Faragoh

Editor: Ray Curtiss

Cinematographer: Tony Gaudio

Production Company: First National Pictures, Inc.

10. SCARFACE (1983)

Cast: Al Pacino, Steven Bauer, Michelle Pfeiffer

Directors: Brian De Palma

Producer: Louis A. Stroller

Writer: Oliver Stone

Editor: Jerry Greenberg

Cinematographer: John Alonzo

Production Company: Universal Pictures

COURTROOM DRAMA

AFI defines “courtroom drama” as a genre of film in which a system of justice plays a critical role in the film’s narrative.

1. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962)

Cast: Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton

Directors: Robert Mulligan

Producer: Alan J. Pakula

Writer: Horton Foote

Editor: Aaron Stell

Cinematographer: Russell Harlan

Production Company: Pakula-Mulligan Productions, Inc., Brentwood Productions, Inc.

2. 12 ANGRY MEN (1957)

Cast: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Ed Begley

Directors: Sidney Lumet

Producer: Reginald Rose

Writer: Reginald Rose

Editor: Carl Lerner

Cinematographer: Boris Kaufman

Production Company: Orion-Nova Productions

3. KRAMER VS. KRAMER (1979)

Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Jane Alexander

Directors: Robert Benton

Producer: Stanley R. Jaffe

Writer: Robert Benton

Editor: Jerry Greenberg

Cinematographer: Nestor Almendros

Production Company: Columbia Pictures

4. THE VERDICT (1982)

Cast: Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling, Jack Warden

Directors: Sidney Lumet

Producer: Richard D. Zanuck

Writer: David Mamet

Editor: Peter Frank

Cinematographer: Andrzej Bartkowiak

Production Company: Zanuck/Brown Productions, Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation

5. A FEW GOOD MEN (1992)

Cast: Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore

Directors: Rob Reiner

Producer: David Brown

Writer: Aaron Sorkin

Editor: Robert Leighton

Cinematographer: Robert Richardson

Production Company: Castle Rock Entertainment

6. WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION (1958)

Cast: Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton

Directors: Billy Wilder

Producer: Arthur Hornblow

Writer: Billy Wilder

Editor: Daniel Mandell

Cinematographer: Russell Harlan

Production Company: Edward Small Productions, Inc., Theme Pictures, Inc.

7. ANATOMY OF A MURDER (1959)

Cast: James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara

Directors: Otto Preminger

Producer: Otto Preminger

Writer: Wendell Mayes

Editor: Louis Loeffler

Cinematographer: Sam Leavitt

Production Company: Carlyle Productions, Inc.

8. IN COLD BLOOD (1967)

Cast: Robert Blake, Scott Wilson, John Forsythe

Directors: Richard Brooks

Producer: Richard Brooks

Writer: Richard Brooks

Editor: Peter Zinner

Cinematographer: Conrad Hall

Production Company: Pax Enterprises

9. A CRY IN THE DARK (1988)

Cast: Meryl Streep, Sam Neill, Bruce Myles

Directors: Fred Schepisi

Producer: Verity Lambert

Writer: Robert Caswell

Editor: Jill Bilcock

Cinematographer: Ian Baker

Production Company: Cannon Entertainment Inc., Cinema Verity , Evil Angels Films Pty. Ltd.

10. JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG (1961)

Cast: Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark

Directors: Stanley Kramer

Producer: Stanley Kramer

Writer: Abby Mann

Editor: Frederic Knudtson

Cinematographer: Ernest Laszlo

Production Company: Roxlom Films

EPIC

AFI defines “epic” as a genre of large-scale films set in a cinematic interpretation of the past.

1. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)

Cast: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn

Directors: David Lean

Producer: Sam Spiegel

Writer: Robert Bolt

Editor: Anne V. Coates

Cinematographer: F. A. Young

Production Company: Horizon Pictures (G.B.), Ltd.

2. BEN-HUR (1959)

Cast: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet

Directors: William Wyler

Producer: Sam Zimbalist

Writer: Karl Tunberg

Editor: Ralph E. Winters

Cinematographer: Robert L. Surtees

Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.

3. SCHINDLER'S LIST (1993)

Cast: Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes

Directors: Steven Spielberg

Producer: Steven Spielberg

Writer: Steve Zaillian

Editor: Michael Kahn

Cinematographer: Janusz Kaminski

Production Company: Amblin Entertainment

4. GONE WITH THE WIND (1940)

Cast: Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil, Vivien Leigh

Directors: Victor Fleming

Producer: David O. Selznick

Writer: Sidney Howard

Cinematographer: Lee Garmes

Production Company: Selznick International Pictures, Inc.

5. SPARTACUS (1960)

Cast: Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons

Directors: Stanley Kubrick

Producer: Kirk Douglas

Writer: Dalton Trumbo

Editor: Robert Lawrence

Cinematographer: Russell Metty

Production Company: Universal-International Pictures Co., Inc., Bryna Productions, Inc.

6. TITANIC (1997)

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane

Directors: James Cameron

Producer: James Cameron

Writer: James Cameron

Editor: Conrad Buff

Cinematographer: Russell Carpenter

Production Company: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., Lightstorm Entertainment , Paramount Pictures Corp.

7. ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1930)

Cast: Louis Wolheim, Lew Ayres, John Wray

Directors: Lewis Milestone

Producer: Carl Laemmle Jr.

Writer: George Abbott

Editor: Edgar Adams

Cinematographer: Arthur Edeson

Production Company: Universal Pictures Corp.

8. SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998)

Cast: Tom Hanks, Edward Burns, Tom Sizemore

Directors: Steven Spielberg

Producer: Steven Spielberg

Writer: Robert Rodat

Editor: Michael Kahn

Cinematographer: Janusz Kaminski

Production Company: Amblin Entertainment , Mutual Film Company

9. REDS (1981)

Cast: Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Edward Herrmann

Directors: Warren Beatty

Producer: Warren Beatty

Writer: Warren Beatty

Editor: Dede Allen

Cinematographer: Vittorio Storaro

Production Company: Paramount Pictures , J. R. S. Productions

10. THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (1956)

Cast: Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter

Directors: Cecil B. DeMille

Producer: Cecil B. DeMille

Writer: Jesse Lasky Jr.

Editor: Anne Bauchens

Cinematographer: Loyal Griggs

Production Company: Paramount Pictures Corp.

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