AFI’s Top 10 of 2000

Y2K may be over, but those year-end top film picks lists are certainly not.

The latest to voice its opinion about the year in movies is the highbrow and nonprofit American Film Institute, which unveiled its Top 10 film selections Tuesday.

AFI’s new Top 10 list is part of the institution’s new AFI 2000 initiative, which seeks to recognize, preserve and honor the best American films annually.

Traffic‘ Similar to this year, the organization plans to roll out its annual Top 10 list a month before the Oscar nominations. Here’s the AFI’s Top 10 list for 2000 (in alphabetical order … AFI doesn’t rank the Top 10). Explanations for their selection are available at the organization official Web site

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

Because the AFI list considers only American films, widely praised hits of last year such as “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “Billy Elliot” and “Yi Yi (A One and a Two)” do not qualify for the honor.

But Ang Lee‘s martial arts flick did make another of AFI’s lists, “AFI Moments of Significance,” for bringing the global world of film together.

Here’s a rundown of the five events AFI deemed as important this year.

The AOL-Time Warner merger. The Federal Trade Commission hearings about the marketing of violent entertainment to children under 17. “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” that “brings the world together.” The Directors Guild of America report that found a drop in diversity. The digital revolution continuum and its effects on film production, exhibition, marketing, distribution and copyrights.