The American Film Institute has given the following definitions for the top 10 genres:
  • "Animation": A genre in which the film's images are primarily created by computer or hand and the characters are voiced by actors.

  • "Romantic Comedy": A genre in which the development of a romance leads to comic situations.

  • "Western": A genre set in the American West that embodies the spirit, the struggle and the demise of the new frontier.

  • "Sports": A genre with protagonists who play athletics or other games of competition.

  • "Mystery": A genre that revolves around the solution of a crime.

  • "Fantasy": A genre where live-action characters inhabit imagined settings and/or experience situations that transcend the rules of the natural world.

  • "Science Fiction": A genre that marries a scientific or technological premise with imaginative speculation.

  • "Gangster": A genre that centers on organized crime or maverick criminals in a twentieth century setting.

  • "Courtroom Drama": A genre in which a system of justice plays a critical role in the film's narrative.

  • "Epic": A genre set in a cinematic interpretation of the past.

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