CBS Goes AFI 'Top 10' Crazy

Taking a break from its reliable Top 100 lists, the AFI will provide CBS with a series of genre-specific Top 10s for a summer special.

Following in the footsteps of the variably successful "AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies" (1998), "100 Stars" (1999), "100 Laughs" (2000), "100 Thrills" (2001), "100 Passions" (2002), "100 Heroes & Villains" (2003), "100 Songs" (2004), "100 Movie Quotes" (2005), "100 Cheers" (2006) and "AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies--10th Anniversary Edition" (2007), the American Film Institute will present "AFI's 10 Top 10" sometime in June of 2008.

Rather than attempting to come up with the 100 best courtroom dramas or epic films, the AFI will generate 10 winners for each of those genres, plus the animation, fantasy, science fiction, gangster, western, sports, romantic comedy and mystery genres. Take those 100 films, throw in some clips and talking heads and it's a special!

On Thursday (Jan. 17), the AFI sent out a list of 50 candidates per genre to a jury of over 1,500 leaders from the creative community, including film artists (directors, screenwriters, actors, editors, cinematographers), critics and historians. Members of the jury must choose 10 films per genre taking into consideration a set of criteria including critical recognition, major award recognition, popularity over time, history significance and cultural impact.

In its press release, the AFI notes that a number of films are eligible in multiple genres including "Adam's Rib" (romantic comedy/courtroom), "The Godfather II" (epic/gangster) and "Field of Dreams," "Jerry Maguire" and "Bull Durham," which are all up for both sports and romantic comedy. In what world is "Field of Dreams" a romantic comedy? We aren't sure.

The newest candidates on the list are 2006 releases "Cars" (animation), "Children of Men" (sci-fi), "The Departed" (gangster), "Happy Feet" (animation) and "Letters from Iwo Jima" (epic).