‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Makes AFI’s Top 10 Films of the Year List

     December 16, 2015


The American Film Institute has unveiled its list of the Top 10 films and TV shows of 2015, and it marks the first year-end list to include Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It’d be kind of embarrassing if the new Star Wars film didn’t make the cut, as AFI specifically pushed back its voting deadline so that members could see Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In fact, this is the first award for which Force Awakens is eligible, seeing as how no one saw the film before this past Monday.

Regardless, according to AFI, J.J. Abrams’ highly anticipated sequel is one of the 10 best movies of the year. What else made the cut? Well year-end regulars like Spotlight and Carol are included, as is Steven Spielberg’s undervalued Bridge of Spies and another commercial play, Straight Outta Compton. And Mad Max: Fury Road continues its December resurgence by making yet another critics group shortlist. Wholly absent from this list: The RevenantThe Hateful Eight, or Steve Jobs.


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On the television side of things, the brilliant The Americans made the list alongside Fargo and Game of Thrones, as well as freshman series Mr. Robot and Master of None. The final season of Mad Men, meanwhile, nabbed the AFI Special Award.

In terms of Oscar, AFI is pretty hit and miss. 2014’s list included Unbroken, Into the Woods, and Interstellar, while 2013’s Top 10 had every eventual Best Picture nominee save for Philomena and Dallas Buyers Club. I’d expect some overlap from this year’s list, but early word is that Star Wars is a long shot for a Best Picture nod—especially as commercial plays like Mad Max and Creed are gaining considerable steam.

Check out the full Top 10 for film and television below.

AFI Movies of the Year

The Big Short


Image via The Weinstein Company

Bridge of Spies


Inside Out

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian



Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Straight Outta Compton

AFI TV Programs of the Year 

The Americans

Better Call Saul




Game of Thrones


Master of None

Mr. Robot


AFI Special Award

Mad Men


Image via USA

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