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December 11, 2011 3:44 PM
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AFI Announces Their Top Ten Films of 2011

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The American Film Institute has announced their list of the 10 best films of the year.

Among the honorees were expected Oscar favorites like Alexander Payne's "The Descendants," Steven Spielberg's "War Horse" and Martin Scorsese's "Hugo."

David Fincher's "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" - which just started screening - also managed to sneak in, as did Terrance Malick's divisive "The Tree of Life."

Perhaps most surprising were the inclusions of popular comedy "Bridesmaids" and Clint Eastwood's "J.Edgar," which received somewhat poor reviews.

Not included were "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" (though one suspects it didn't screen in time), "Young Adult," "The Ides of March," "Martha Marcy May Marlene," "Beginners," "The Adventures of Tintin," "Drive" or "Contagion." Note that like "The King's Speech" last year, Oscar frontrunner "The Artist" was not eligible because it's not an American production (it will receive a special award at the ceremony, however, as will the "Harry Potter" series). That also kept out "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," "Shame" and "We Need To Talk About Kevin."

Full list below.


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  • J. Hughey | December 12, 2011 2:45 PMReply

    Can't believe they picked Bridesmaids, J. Edgar, and The Help over Drive. What's up with that?

  • Max | December 13, 2011 1:57 AM

    FOR REAL! I was wondering the exact same thing.

  • Soso coments | December 12, 2011 10:46 AMReply

    i mean sould not so

  • soso coments | December 12, 2011 10:44 AMReply

    i think the help so be one of the top ten AFI list but i agree with you on Bride maids and J. Edgar i think Drive should made the lists.

  • Danielle | December 12, 2011 4:14 AMReply

    This is a pretty depressing and uninspiring list :/

  • Guin | December 12, 2011 7:44 PM

    Agreed 100%. I'm actually surprised how underwhelming, to the point of disappointing, this list is. Sheez...AFI went all corporate on us.

  • That sucks | December 11, 2011 9:14 PMReply

    So they chose Bridesmaids and J Edgar and The Help over The Artist? WHAT THE HELL

  • that sucks | December 11, 2011 9:15 PM

    Oh, wait no I know now that it isn't eligible. But still BRIDESMAIDS AND J EDGAR?

  • jingmei | December 11, 2011 8:11 PMReply

    Then we realized what are the American films are of this year.

  • dblum | December 11, 2011 7:44 PMReply

    Possibly the worst. least adventursome list the AFI has come up with yet. The Help?? War Horse?? Where's Beginners, Rampart, Source Code, Young Adult, Drive. Even the last Harry Potter is preferable to many of the picks. Admittedly it was not a great year for American movies but shesshhh This looks like a list designed to keep the big studios happy.

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  • beachlazy | December 11, 2011 5:27 PMReply

    Really? The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo? A remake of an already good movie. No, no, no. Nothing personal David Fincher, you are great but, please no remakes. Ugh.

    Midnight In Paris? Que? This was an flight movie at best.

    The Help? No.

    Haven't seen J Edgar or Hugo or War Horse or Tree Of Life (everybody warned me off).
    From a punters point of view it looks like a lot of name directors getting another pat on the back.

    It's all a little depressing. Fortunately TV is proving more entertaining.

  • Gregg | December 11, 2011 8:23 PM

    It's considered a remake of 2009 Män som hatar kvinnor.

  • absidd | December 11, 2011 7:42 PM

    Who told you its is a remake? Its an adaptation for god's sake!

  • Delilah | December 11, 2011 5:01 PMReply

    This list leaves a lot to be desired. J Edgar & The Descendants don't belong on any top ten list.
    Do they have any criteria, or are they just interested in keeping Eastwood & Clooney happy?
    Super Eight, Source Code, and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy should definitely make a "ten best" list. All of them well written, well acted, well directed. Excellent actually. I also wonder if MI 4 isn't more deserving than J. Edgar. What about Limitless, Drive, and Crazy, Stupid Love.?

  • willie | December 12, 2011 8:00 AM

    Crazy Stupid Love is falling through the cracks!

  • Mike | December 11, 2011 4:43 PMReply

    I like Bridemaids, but to name it as one of the 10 best this year is undeserving. The Ides of March and Martha Marcy May Marlene are better choices. I don’t know if they’ve seen Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close yet or not, but bottom line is it’s a better choice than the overrated The Help.

    This kind of list is more like trying to mirror what Oscar would choose come January instead of really picking out 10 best films this year. :(

  • Mark Rabinowitz | December 11, 2011 4:26 PMReply

    I'm not saying it had anything to do with its inclusion, but J. Edgar did have its world premiere at AFI Fest.....

  • sandy | December 11, 2011 4:59 PM

    That's the 1st thing I thought of too!