American Film Institute's Top 10 Films of the Year

The American Film Institute selected the 10 films that “best advanced the art of the moving image; enhanced the rich cultural heritage of America's art form; inspired audiences and artists alike; and/or made a mark on American society in matter of style or substance.” The AFI is a national arts organization that works to promote and preserve the art of the moving image.

AFI Top 10 Films of 2005

  • Brokeback Mountain
  • Capote
  • Crash
  • The 40 Year-Old Virgin
  • Good Night, and Good Luck.
  • A History of Violence
  • King Kong
  • Munich
  • The Squid and the Whale
  • Syriana

AFI Top 10 Films of 2004

  • The Aviator
  • Collateral
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Friday Night Lights
  • The Incredibles
  • Kinsey
  • Maria Full of Grace
  • Million Dollar Baby
  • Sideways
  • Spider-Man 2

AFI Top 10 Films of 2003

  • American Splendor
  • Finding Nemo
  • The Human Stain
  • In America
  • The Last Samurai
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • Lost in Translation
  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  • Monster
  • Mystic River

AFI Top 10 Films of 2002

  • About a Boy
  • About Schmidt
  • Adaptation
  • Antwone Fisher
  • Chicago
  • Frida
  • Gangs of New York
  • The Hours
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • The Quiet American

AFI Top 10 Films of 2001

  • A Beautiful Mind
  • Black Hawk Down
  • In the Bedroom
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Man Who Wasn’t There
  • Memento
  • Monster’s Ball
  • Moulin Rouge
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Shrek

AFI Top 10 Films of 2000

  • Almost Famous
  • Before Night Falls
  • Best in Show
  • Erin Brockovich
  • Gladiator
  • High Fidelity
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • Traffic
  • Wonder Boys
  • You Can Count on Me

Historical Yearly Box Office Grosses and Attendance Movies Top 10 DVD Sales, 2007

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