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AFI's Top Ten Movies of 2007

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December 17, 2007
Source: afi.com

AFI's Top 10 Movies of 2007

Yet another top 10 list for 2007, but this one comes from the American Film Institute, the organization that published that highly controversial Top 100 Movies of the Last 100 Years list. They name their own Top 10 from 2007 (in no particular order) and it's another list that's worth pointing out in a crowd of other bland top ten lists. If you haven't already noticed, I don't like the lists that follow the same exact critics' pattern and are just the same bland movies everyone assumes will win. With AFI's Top 10 list, there are the best of the best and some extra ones that deserve a spot on this list.

BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU'RE DEAD
THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY
INTO THE WILD
JUNO
KNOCKED UP
MICHAEL CLAYTON
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
RATATOUILLE
THE SAVAGES
THERE WILL BE BLOOD

I don't know why Before the Devil Knows You're Dead is on there, it's really not a great movie at all. It has no buzz anyway and I think everyone is just honoring Sidney Lumet, not actually thinking about if it's that good or not. However, it's great to see Knocked Up, Juno, Michael Clayton, and Ratatouille on there. All great movies that deserve this year-end recognition.

Here are AFI's Top 10 lists from the last six years as well:

2006: Babel, Borat, The Devil Wears Prada, Dreamgirls, Half Nelson, Happy Feet, Inside Man, Letters From Iwo Jima, Little Miss Sunshine, United 93

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

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

2003: American Splendor, Finding Nemo, The Human Stain, In America, The Last Samurai, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Lost in Translation, Master and Commander, Monster, Mystic River

2002: About a Boy, About Schmidt, Adaptation, Antwone Fisher, Chicago, Frida, Gangs of New York, The Hours, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Quiet American

2001: A Beautiful Mind, Black Hawk Down, In The Bedroom, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Man Who Wasn't There, Memento, Monster's Ball, Moulin Rouge, Mulholland Drive, Shrek

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

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  • Michael Clayton was not really that good. I think critics just have a hard-on for Clooney.
  • Charlie
    Agreed. I like Clooney but I think Michael Clayton was vastly overrated. Most of the time I believe I can understand why a movie gets a great deal of praise, but this one was just lost on me. I don't believe Before the Devil Knows You're Dead is getting a great deal of praise just because of Lumet. Despite a great many successes in the last 50 years, he has always taken a backseat to other directorswho have come and gone over the years. I think this movie makes it clear to all that he still knows how to make a hell of a movie. When I first heard about this project I figured it would be swept under the rug like his last film, 2006's Find Me Guilty (overlooked). I think this film succeeded on its own merits.
  • I think Clayton was a good acting flick but not much else. I didn't see "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead" yet, but AFI lists I don't like. Here are the years past films on the top 10 I DON'T AGREE WITH: 2006: Half Nelson, Happy Feet, Inside Man 2005: The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Syriana 2004: Friday Night Lights, Kinsey, Spider-Man 2 2003: The Human Stain, In America 2002: Antwone Fisher, Gangs of New York, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Quiet American 2001: Black Hawk Down, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Man Who Wasn't There, Memento, Mulholland Drive 2000: Before Night Falls, High Fidelity, Wonder Boys, You Can Count on Me
  • Kohn
    What about Bourne Ultimatum????
  • Richard
    Michael Clayton is one of the best movies of all time. Glad that Tilda Swinton won an Oscar. kinda wish it would have won more. But I can't complain against No Country For Old Men taking the Best director for the Coens, best picture, and best supporting actor (I thought Tom Wilkinson was great, especially the voice over thing at the beginning but again can not argue with Javier Bardem winning). But since No Country for old men was an adapted screenplay, it did leave an opening for Michael clayton. That is Best Original Screenplay for writer/director TOny Gilroy. But it went to Juno. Juno was okay. Not as good as Mike though. The movie also didnt seem to get the attention some of the  other oscar nominees got. Also, john gilroy should have won for best editing, which was just amazing. Bourne Ultimatum didnt deserve it as much. But John Gilroy wasnt even nominated. Wow. Just Wow. 

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