Star Wars: The Force Awakens Makes AFI's Top Ten 2015 Films List

Star Wars The Force Awakens
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The American Film Institute didn't take long to consider before they added Star Wars: The Force Awakens to their list of the year's ten best films.

The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Carol, Inside Out, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, Room, Spotlight and Straight Outta Compton join the next chapter of the Star Wars franchise in the list.

On the TV side, Better Call Saul joined Mr. Robot and Game of Thrones, along with a number of other, less geeky, series.

AFI Awards "celebrate the year's most outstanding achievements in the art of the moving image — with 10 films and 10 television programs deemed culturally and artistically significant."

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan & Abrams, features a cast including actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong'o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. They will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters December 18, 2015, kicking off a new trilogy of Saga films as Episodes VIII and IX are already scheduled.