AFI’s Top 10 genre films: ‘Empire’ Strikes Out

Movies, Sci-Fi & Fantasy



Can somebody please explain how Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope makes the American Film Institute’s top-10 lists of the best genre films, but Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back gets left out in the cold like a Tauntaun in the wastes of Hoth?

The original Star Wars movie (1977) ranked second only to 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) on the science fiction list. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) was third.

The rest of the list, counting down from fourth place to tenth: A Clockwork Orange (1971), The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951), Blade Runner (1982), Alien (1979), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) and Back to the Future (1985).Empire received mixed reviews when it came out in 1980, but down the years it has almost universally been hailed as the best of the trilogy and a rare example of a sequel outclassing its predecessor.

As of this writing, Nerdvana readers clearly favor Empire, as reflected in the poll at right.

I knew there was a reason I liked you.


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