The top ten was voted by a jury of movie industry professionals. A similar panel voted 24, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, GREY'S ANATOMY, DEADWOOD, HOUSE, Lost, RESCUE ME, SLEEPER CELL, SOMETIMES IN APRIL and VERONICA MARS as the top TV shows of 2005.
The teams behind each film and TV programme will be honoured at an awards ceremony on 13 January (06).
AFI chief executive JEAN PICKER FIRSTENBERG says, "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."