'The Hangover,' 'Up,' and 'Coraline' make AFI top 10

Leave it to the American Film Institute to come out with the most entertaining top-10 list so far. The group, which is known for putting crowd-pleasing comedies next to more prestigious dramas, did the same this year with its list of the 10 best of the year. Their 10 is below:

The Hangover
The Hurt Locker
The Messenger
A Serious Man
A Single Man
Up in the Air

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  • Cole9219

    First: YAYY first commenter!!!
    Secondly: Good for them!

  • Brady

    “Sugar” was SO good! Glad to see it get some recognition!

  • meg

    go hangover!

    loved that movie. also love the nod to the messenger.

    but, i loved many more films more than a serious man. oh well.

  • Peter

    Go Meryl!! Go Precious!! Go UP!! :D

  • Whatever

    I’m glad Coraline, the Hangover and Up, three movies I saw and loved last summer made the list.

  • sirius kinema

    Where is INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS on this list?

    • Ty

      not on the list!

    • Brian

      Maybe because a portion of it was subtitled.

      • asd

        well you haven’t seen Sugar then, most of it was in Spanish.

    • Megan

      Agreed! This movie should be here!!

  • GoMe!

    Happy for Precious! Sad that 500 Days of Summer didn’t make it. I’d put that film second behind Precious. And…the Hangover was good…but there were better comedies that came out this year. Overall, very nice list!

    • Ditto

      I agree!! 500 Days of Summer is definitely one of the year’s best. Fingers crossed for a Golden Globe nom and possibly more!

    • invaliduser

      i agree, i loved 500 days of summer. i wish more people went to go see it. i predict it will be appreciated more in a few years. much like eternal sunshine.

      • Linda L

        I did not know anything about 500 Days of Summer until you mentioned it in some post. I was so disappointed that it is not out on DVD yet. Can’t wait to see it.

      • invaliduser

        out 12/22 on dvd

      • S.O.

        So far for me it’s simply the best movie I’ve seen this year. At the time it was in theaters, a lot of critics said it was one of the best this year. Now, its no where on anyone’s list for best of the year.

  • Jacob

    Great for A Serious Man and A Single Man. Don’t confuse the two.

    • fancypants

      A few years ago, both The Good Sheperd and The Good German were released at the same time. But they weren’t serious awards contenders.

  • Devin

    Star Trek was the best movie of the year.

    • plushpuppy

      Im not sure if you are serious or joking

  • invaliduser

    it will interesting this year to see 10 movies nominated for best picture at the oscars. maybe the academy did this to include some blockbusters and comedies.
    the messenger
    the hurt locker
    500 days of summer
    star trek
    a single man
    up in the air

    • nunnya

      I loved 500 Days of Summer. I haven’t seen all the movies on this list yet, but I enjoyed it more than the ones on here that I have.

  • Kelsey

    Good list overall. I can’t help but think that maybe The Hangover got in on popularity more than anything, but no complaints.

    • Ambient Lite

      Such a great movie – not just because it was funny, but it was really well done. I’m happy for director Todd Phillips and the cast, and I’m glad to see it included.

  • Jay

    Why is Avatar not included on the list?

    • Tina

      most likely due to the plot, or so I hear

    • Chris

      They should bump The Hangover and put Avatar on the list.

  • Ambient Lite

    I wonder why Where the Wild Things Are is being consistently shut out. It’s a breath of fresh air, gorgeous film, really different for the genre, so much better than the stream monotony that Pixar and Disney has been churning out. It was better than Up by a long shot.

    • LittleKidLover

      No, I would say Up should be on the list. It was easily one of the best films of the year.

      • Ambient Lite

        Up was good. Where The Wild Things Are was just way better.
        BTW, I’m sure you don’t mean for your moniker to sound creepy, but it kinda does.

      • Andrea

        “LittleKidLover” is likely a reference to The Office.

    • Clayton

      It hasn’t been completely shut out. For what it’s worth, the NBR recognized it.

  • Cunegonde

    Obviously each one has a version of their top 10 of the year — to search for your fave film in every critics’ list is understandable but to insist that your fave should be in every list is misguided — no critics’ association think alike. Glad that “Sugar”, “Coraline”, Precious” and “The Hurt Locker” got deserved nods. I have not seen the other films in the list yet so I cannot just hail just because they are in every list. But great and interesting list as always.

  • Colin

    his moniker is actually from “The Office” when Michael Scott registers for a dating website. He says that he wants people to know that he hopes to have a family, so he chooses the screenname “LittleKidLover”

    • Ambient Lite

      Ohhh…damn, I’ve seen every episode and I didn’t get the joke. For shame. My bad.

    • Ambient Lite

      I think it didn’t register right away because we were talking about kids movies too. heh

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