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AFI name top 10 films of 2005

Eric Bana (right) in Munich

Story by Jack Foley

THREE political thrillers have been included in the American Film Institute’s 10 best films of 2005.

Munich, Steven Spielberg’s account of Israel’s retaliation for the killing of 11 of its athletes at the 1972 Olympics, joined Syriana and Goodnight, and Good Luck on the prestigious shortlist.

The other two both involve George Clooney. He stars in Syriana, a thriller about the oil industry and its involvement in the Middle East, and directs and co-stars in Goodnight, and Good Luck, his black and white account of Ed Murrow’s battle with the McCarthy Committee in America.

Peter Jackson’s epic King Kong also featured in the list, which was rounded off with Brokeback Mountain, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Crash, A History of Violence, The Squid and The Whale and Capote.

The annual list is compiled by a jury of film professionals, while a similar list is also assembled for the 10 TV programmes.

This year’s winners included Lost, 24 and Battlestar Galactica.

Commenting on this year’s winners, Jean Picker Firstenberg, chief executive of the AFI, said: “AFI is proud to honour these 20 collaborative teams. As the institute recognises and celebrates excellence across the century, they will be part of the record that documents America’s enduring cultural legacy.”