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AFI names ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,’ ‘Breaking Bad’ and more as top movies and TV shows of 2011

“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”: one of the year’s best, according to the American Film Institute. (Sony Pictures Releasing)

The American Film Institute issued its lists of the 10 best movies and TV shows this afternoon. As usual, the selections are unranked, eclectic and open to debate.

Here’s the rundown.

The AFI’s top 10 movies of 2011, in alphabetical order, are:


●“The Descendants

●“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

●“The Help


●“J. Edgar

●“Midnight in Paris


●“The Tree of Life

●“War Horse

The AFI’s top TV shows of 2011, in alphabetical order, are:

●“Breaking Bad”

●“Boardwalk Empire”

●“Curb Your Enthusiasm”

●“Game of Thrones”

●“The Good Wife”




●“Modern Family”

●“Parks and Recreation

Both “The Artist” and the Harry Potter franchise were given AFI Special Awards; neither “The Artist” nor “Deathly Hallows Part 2” made the list of top 10 films because they technically don’t meet a key criterion for inclusion: They did not feature significant creative and production elements from the United States. (“The Artist” is a French film, and all the “Harry Potter” movies were made in England.)

On the whole, both of these lists feature the expected, critically acclaimed titles. What was, arguably, overlooked?

On the film side, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” (which, presumably, not enough of AFI’s voters have seen yet), “Drive,” “The Adventures of Tintin,” “50/50,” “Shame” and “My Week With Marilyn” were among the high-profile, award-worthy pictures left off the list.

And on the TV side, “Glee,” “Friday Night Lights” and “Walking Dead” (which made AFI’s list last year) were also notable omissions.

Do you agree with AFI’s picks? Was something snubbed that should have been included? Post a comment to weigh in.

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