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AFI Picks the Best Movies of 2006

AFI Announces Their Annual Top 10 List of Feature Films

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AFI Picks the Best Movies of 2006

Sacha Baron Cohen in the movie "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan."

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Updated February 25, 2014
American Film Institute's list of the best movies of 2006 includes a couple of surprise choices, along with the most buzzed about films of the year. Happy Feet and Inside Man came from out of left field to make the list. But following last year's inclusion of The 40 Year Old Virgin (AFI was one of the few major organizations that honored the comedy), the selection of Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan wasn't quite the shocker it otherwise might have been.

In what might be potentially bad news for director Martin Scorsese, The Departed didn't make AFI's top 10 list. Last year, the American Film Institute's list of the best movies released in 2005 included all five of the films that went on to compete in the Best Picture category at the Academy Awards. If that holds true for this year, then filmmaker Martin Scorsese might be left waiting in the wings once again. It would seem bizarre to honor Scorsese with a Best Director Oscar if his film didn't earn a Best Picture nomination. Scorsese fans should start crossing their fingers now that AFI got one wrong this year.

AFI Movies of the Year - 2006 Official Selections

Babel

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

The Devil Wears Prada

Dreamgirls

Half Nelson

Happy Feet

Inside Man

Letters from Iwo Jima

Little Miss Sunshine

United 93

According to a press release issued by AFI, the organization uses the following criteria in its selection process:

  • Feature-Length Motion Picture: Narrative fiction format, over 60 minutes in length.
  • American: Motion picture with significant creative and/or production elements from the United States. The motion picture need not be presented in the English language if it is incontrovertibly American.
  • Theatrically-Released: Motion pictures originally released between January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2006, which have premiered in a commercial theater and screened for at least five consecutive days in Los Angeles or New York City.

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