The AFI announced Thursday that it’s asked its brain trust of actors, directors, screenwriters, historians, critics and more to look anew at which movies, including a spate of relatively recent releases such as the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Shrek and Spider-Man 2, should be declared among the greatest American-made movies.
The new list, to be called “100 Years…100 Movies—10th Anniversary Edition,” will be unveiled in June on a CBS TV special.
Per the AFI, all rankings previously assigned in the original “100 Years…100 Movies” list will be up for grabs.
The newbies, released from 1996 to 2005, include Oscar winners such as Titanic, American Beauty and Crash; blockbusters such as The Matrix, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban; indie-minded films such as Sideways, Rushmore and Memento; and all three Lord of the Rings movies.
Franchise films, such as Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (but not its two sequels), Shrek (but not Shrek 2) and Spider-Man 2 (but not Spider-Man), are also on the ballot. None of the new Star Wars movies is.