AFI’s 10 Top 10… NO HORROR?!?

June 25, 2008

A coupla weeks back, the American Film Institute posted the ten greatest films in ten classic genres. Here are three of those lists:

Science Fiction

2001: A Space Oddysey (number one)
Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope
E.T. — The Extra Terrestrial
A Clockwork Orange
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Blade Runner
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Back to the Future


The Wizard of Oz (number one)
The Lord of the Rings
It’s a Wonderful Life
King Kong
Miracle on 34th street
Field of Dreams
Groundhog Day (AWESOOOME!!!)
The Thief of Bagdad


Lawrence of Arabia (number one)
Schindler’s List
Gone with the Wind
All Quiet on the Western Front
Saving Private Ryan
The Ten commandments

The rest can be viewed here. That’s all well and good, but they didn’t include a list for the horror genre! How do you compile a list of the best movies of the best genres and not include Horror?!?

So here’s my list of Top Ten Horror Films…

The Exorcist (number one)
The Thing
The Sixth Sense
Bram Stoker’s Dracula
The Shining
Night of the Living Dead
The Blair Witch Project
The Ring

These are my personal choices. If you don’t agree, you are wrong.



  1. The lack of horror is frustrating, especially as they find the time to compile list of both extreme sub-genres (Courtroom dramas) and mostly irrelevant money-makers (epics). I figure since a few years back they did 100 “thrills” they’ve absolved from really tackling the genre, but they still insisted on doing rom-coms despite their 100 “passions” list. They’re certainly a strange bunch of people…

    As for your list, I can’t fully comment on your selections having not seen all of them. The Thing, the Exorcist and at least one Romero zombie flick would make my list, so good choices on that front. I’m not a huge fan of Bram Stoker’s Dracula however.

  2. Agree. Courtroom dramas? Come on. They shudda just compiled an Olsen twins top ten list while they were at it, since they were being that lousy.

  3. I’m not a big fan of the Dracula movie, mainly because they over-romanticized it. And instead of a horror movie, it turned to a love story. Very different from the book. In The Mouth of Madness (1995) is pretty cool too, basically a Lovecraft film. Same as Carpenter’s The Fog (1980) that has references to Lovecraft’s ‘The Shadow Over Innsmouth’.

    *I might have just stolen these from the internet

  4. I wonder if JAWS qualifies as a horror film.

  5. Where’s the Blob?! Or THEM?! Oh well. Hey, at least Del Toro’s making a new Lovecraft film. That be good news for horror.

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