Best Well-Played Real Life Heroes

Oscar-nominated or Oscar-Winning Roles that were of real-life people who unexpectedly became heroes
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1.
Boys Town (1938)
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Against all odds Father Flanagan starts "Boys' Town" after hearing a convict's story. Whitey Marsh comes there... (96 mins.)
Director: Norman Taurog
“ Father Flanagan (Spencer Tracy) Best Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
2.
The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936)
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The biography of the pioneering French microbiologist who helped revolutionize agriculture and medicine. (86 mins.)
“ Louis Pasteur (Paul Muni) Best Actor Winner ” - stewiec85
 
3.
Patton (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The World War II phase of the career of the controversial American general, George S. Patton. (172 mins.)
“ General George S. Patton Jr. (George C. Scott) Best Actor Winner ” - stewiec85
 
4.
The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
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The biopic of the famous French muckraking writer and his involvement in fighting the injustice of the Dreyfuss Affair. (116 mins.)
“ Capt. Alfred Dreyfus (Joseph Schildkraut) Best Supporting Actor Winner ” - stewiec85
 
5.
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The life of the renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer, and singer George M. Cohan. (126 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ George M. Cohan (James Cagney) Best Actor Winner ” - stewiec85
 
6.
A Man for All Seasons (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The story of Thomas More, who stood up to King Henry VIII when the King rejected the Roman Catholic Church to obtain a divorce and remarriage. (120 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
“ Thomas More (Paul Scofield) Best Actor Winner ” - stewiec85
 
7.
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
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The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks. (216 mins.)
Director: David Lean
“ T.E. Lawrence (Peter O'Toole) Best Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
8.
All the President's Men (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
"The Washington Post" reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon's resignation. (138 mins.)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
“ Ben Bradlee (Jason Robards) Best Supporting Actor Winner ” - stewiec85
 
9.
Gandhi (1982)
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Gandhi's character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed. (191 mins.)
“ Mohandas Gandhi (Ben Kingsley) Best Actor Winner ” - stewiec85
 
10.
Sergeant York (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A hillbilly sharpshooter drafted in WW1 despite his claim to be a pacifist, who ends up becoming a war hero. (134 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
“ Alvin C. York (Gary Cooper) Best Actor Winner ” - stewiec85
 
11.
The Miracle Worker (1962)
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The story of Anne Sullivan's struggle to teach the blind and deaf Helen Keller how to communicate. (106 mins.)
Director: Arthur Penn
“ Annie Sullivan (Anne Bancroft) Best Actress Winner ” - stewiec85
 
12.
Dead Man Walking (1995)
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A nun, while comforting a convicted killer on death row, empathizes with both the killer and his victim's families. (122 mins.)
Director: Tim Robbins
“ Sister Helen Prejean (Susan Surandon) Best Actress Winner ” - stewiec85
 
13.
The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The biopic of the famous French muckraking writer and his involvement in fighting the injustice of the Dreyfuss Affair. (116 mins.)
“ Emile Zola (Paul Muni) Best Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
14.
Silkwood (1983)
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A worker at a plutonium processing plant is purposefully contaminated, psychologically tortured and possibly murdered to prevent her from exposing worker safety violations at the plant. (131 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
“ Karen Silkwood (Meryl Streep) Best Actress Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
15.
Joan of Arc (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
In the Fifteenth Century, France is a defeated and ruined nation after the One Hundred Years War against England... (145 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
“ Joan of Arc (Ingrid Bergman) Best Actress Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
16.
Raging Bull (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An emotionally self-destructive boxer's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside it. (129 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Jake LaMotta (Robert De Niro) Best Actor Winner ” - stewiec85
 
17.
The Miracle Worker (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The story of Anne Sullivan's struggle to teach the blind and deaf Helen Keller how to communicate. (106 mins.)
Director: Arthur Penn
“ Helen Keller (Patty Duke) Best Supporting Actress Winner ” - stewiec85
 
18.
Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A surly convicted murderer held in permanent isolation redeems himself when he becomes a renowned bird expert. (147 mins.)
“ Robert Franklin Stroud (Burt Lancaster) Best Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
19.
Becket (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
King Henry II of England comes to terms with his affection for his close friend and confidant Thomas à Becket, who finds his true honor by observing God's divine will rather than the king's. (148 mins.)
Director: Peter Glenville
“ Thomas Becket (Richard Burton) Best Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
20.
Reds (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States. (195 mins.)
Director: Warren Beatty
“ Emma Goldman (Maureen Stapleton) Best Supporting Actress Winner ” - stewiec85
 
21.
The Killing Fields (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A journalist is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot's bloody "Year Zero" cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million "undesirable" civilians. (141 mins.)
Director: Roland Joffé
“ Dith Pran (Haing S. Ngor) Best Supporting Actor Winner ” - stewiec85
 
22.
Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Humble Abraham Lincoln gains the respect of his Illinois neighbors, growing in stature and respect until he is elected President in 1860 and departs for Washington. (110 mins.)
Director: John Cromwell
“ Abe Lincoln (Raymond Massey) Best Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
23.
Lust for Life (1956)
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The life of brilliant but tortured artist Vincent van Gogh. (122 mins.)
“ Vincent Van Gogh (Kirk Douglas) Best Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
24.
Viva Zapata! (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The story of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, who led a rebellion against the corrupt, oppressive dictatorship of president Porfirio Diaz in the early 20th century. (113 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
“ Emiliano Zapata (Marlon Brando) Best Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
25.
Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Biographical story of Loretta Lynn, a legendary country singer that came from poverty to worldwide fame. She rose from humble beginnings in Kentucky to superstardom and changing the sound and style of country music forever. (124 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
“ Loretta Lynn (Sissy Spacek) Best Actress Winner ” - stewiec85
 
26.
Missing (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
When an idealistic American writer disappears during the Chilean coup d'état in September 1973, his wife and father try to find him. (122 mins.)
Director: Costa-Gavras
“ Ed Horman (Jack Lemmon) Best Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
27.
Schindler's List (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans. (195 mins.)
“ Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) Best Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
28.
The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Harrowing story of a young Jewish girl who, with her family and their friends, is forced into hiding in an attic in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. (180 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
“ Mrs. Petronella Van Daan (Shelley Winters) Best Supporting Actress Winner ” - stewiec85
 
29.
Reds (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States. (195 mins.)
Director: Warren Beatty
“ John Reed (Warren Beatty) Best Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
30.
Lady Sings the Blues (1972)
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The story of the troubled life and career of the legendary Jazz singer, Billie Holiday. (144 mins.)
Director: Sidney J. Furie
“ Billie Holiday (Diana Ross) Best Actress Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
31.
My Left Foot (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot. (103 mins.)
Director: Jim Sheridan
“ Christy Brown (Daniel Day Lewis) Best Actor Winner ” - stewiec85
 
32.
The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Harrowing story of a young Jewish girl who, with her family and their friends, is forced into hiding in an attic in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. (180 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
“ Mr. Albert Dussell (Ed Flynn) Best Supportng Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
33.
Wilson (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A chronicle of the political career of US President Woodrow Wilson. (154 mins.)
Director: Henry King
“ Woodrow Wilson (Alexander Knox) Best Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
34.
The Pianist (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II. (150 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ Wladyslaw Szpilman (Adrian Brody) Best Actor Winner ” - stewiec85
 
35.
The Killing Fields (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A journalist is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot's bloody "Year Zero" cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million "undesirable" civilians. (141 mins.)
Director: Roland Joffé
“ Sydney Schanberg (Sam Waterston) Best Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
36.
Gladiator (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge. (155 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Maximus (Russell Crowe) Best Actor Winner ” - stewiec85
 
37.
Erin Brockovich (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city's water supply. (131 mins.)
“ Erin Brockovich (Julia Roberts) Best Actress Winner ” - stewiec85
 
38.
My Left Foot (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot. (103 mins.)
Director: Jim Sheridan
“ Mrs. Brown (Brenda Fricker) Best Supporting Actress Winner ” - stewiec85
 
39.
Out of Africa (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In 20th-century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter. (161 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
“ Karen Blixen (Meryl Streep) Best Actress Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
40.
Lenny (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The story of acerbic 1960s comic Lenny Bruce, whose groundbreaking, no-holds-barred style and social commentary was often deemed by the Establishment as too obscene for the public. (111 mins.)
Director: Bob Fosse
“ Lenny Bruce (Dustin Hoffman) Best Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
41.
Shine (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Pianist David Helfgott, driven by his father and teachers, has a breakdown. Years later he returns to the piano, to popular if not critical acclaim. (105 mins.)
Director: Scott Hicks
“ David Helfgott (Geoffrey Rush) Best Actor Winner ” - stewiec85
 
42.
Salvador (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An American photojournalist gets caught in a political struggle at El Salvador in 1980. (122 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ Rick Boyle (James Woods) Best Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
43.
The Hours (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The story of how the novel "Mrs. Dalloway" affects three generations of women, all of whom, in one way or another, have had to deal with suicide in their lives. (114 mins.)
Director: Stephen Daldry
“ Virginia Woolf (Nicole Kidman) Best Actress Winner ” - stewiec85
 
44.
Elizabeth (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A film of the early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch. (124 mins.)
Director: Shekhar Kapur
“ Queen Elizabeth I (Cate Blanchett) Best Actress Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
45.
Serpico (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An honest New York cop named Frank Serpico blows the whistle on rampant corruption in the force only to have his comrades turn against him. (130 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ Frank Serpico (Al Pacino) Best Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
46.
A Cry in the Dark (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A mother whose child was killed in a Dingo attack in the Australian outback fights to prove her innocence when she is accused of murder. (120 mins.)
Director: Fred Schepisi
“ Lindy Chamberlain (Meryl Streep) Best Actress Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
47.
Missing (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
When an idealistic American writer disappears during the Chilean coup d'état in September 1973, his wife and father try to find him. (122 mins.)
Director: Costa-Gavras
“ Beth Horman (Sissy Spacek) Best Actress Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
48.
Ray (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The story of the life and career of the legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles, from his humble beginnings in the South, where he went blind at age seven, to his meteoric rise to stardom during the 1950s and 1960s. (152 mins.)
Director: Taylor Hackford
“ Ray Charles (Jamie Foxx) Best Actor Winner ” - stewiec85
 
49.
Reds (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States. (195 mins.)
Director: Warren Beatty
“ Louise Bryant (Diane Keaton) Best Actress Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
50.
In the Name of the Father (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A man's coerced confession to an IRA bombing he did not commit results in the imprisonment of his father as well. An English lawyer fights to free them. (133 mins.)
Director: Jim Sheridan
“ Gerry Conlon (Daniel Day Lewis) Best Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
51.
The Right Stuff (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The story of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and their macho, seat-of-the-pants approach to the space program. (193 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
“ Chuck Yeager (Sam Shepard) Best Supporting Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
52.
Stand and Deliver (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The story of Jaime Escalante, a high school teacher who successfully inspired his dropout prone students to learn calculus. (103 mins.)
Director: Ramon Menendez
“ Jaime Escalante (Edward James Olmos) Best Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
53.
The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A partially idealized film of the controversial pornography publisher and how he became a defender of free speech for all people. (129 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
“ Larry Flynt (Woody Harrelson) Best Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
54.
Capote (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In 1959, Truman Capote learns of the murder of a Kansas family and decides to write a book about the case. While researching for his novel In Cold Blood, Capote forms a relationship with one of the killers, Perry Smith, who is on death row. (114 mins.)
Director: Bennett Miller
“ Truman Capote (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) Best Actor Winner ” - stewiec85
 
55.
Reds (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States. (195 mins.)
Director: Warren Beatty
“ Eugeine O'Neill (Jack Nicholson) Best Supporting Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
56.
Gorillas in the Mist (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The story of Dian Fossey, a scientist who came to Africa to study the vanishing mountain gorillas, and later fought to protect them. (129 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
“ Dian Fossey (Sigourney Weaver) Best Actress Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
57.
Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In 1965, an unorthodox and irreverent DJ named Adrian Cronauer begins to shake up things when he is assigned to the U.S. Armed Services radio station in Vietnam. (121 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
“ Adrian Cronaeur (Robin Williams) Best Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
58.
Awakenings (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The victims of an encephalitis epidemic many years ago have been catatonic ever since, but now a new drug offers the prospect of reviving them. (121 mins.)
Director: Penny Marshall
“ Leonard Lowe (Robert De Niro) Best Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
59.
Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for. (145 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ Ron Kovic (Tom Cruise) Best Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
60.
Mrs Brown (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Queen Victoria is deeply depressed after the death of her husband, disappearing from public. Her servant Brown... (101 mins.)
Director: John Madden
“ Queen Victoria (Judy Dench) Best Actress Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
61.
Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow looks to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy. (93 mins.)
Director: George Clooney
“ Edward R. Murrow (David Strathairn) Best Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
62.
Malcolm X (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam. (202 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
“ Malcolm X (Denzel Washington) Best Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
63.
The Queen (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
After the death of Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II struggles with her reaction to a sequence of events nobody could have predicted. (103 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
“ Queen Elizabeth II (Helen Mirren) Best Actress Winner ” - stewiec85
 
64.
Give 'em Hell, Harry! (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
One man show about the presidency of Harry S Truman. (104 mins.)
“ Harry Truman (James Whitmore) Best Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
65.
The Pride of the Yankees (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The story of the life and career of the famed baseball player, Lou Gehrig. (128 mins.)
Director: Sam Wood
“ Lou Gehrig (Gary Cooper) Best Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
66.
Amadeus (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum. (160 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
“ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce) Best Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
67.
Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A mature Queen Elizabeth endures multiple crises late in her reign including court intrigues, an assassination plot, the Spanish Armada, and romantic disappointments. (114 mins.)
Director: Shekhar Kapur
“ Queen Elizabeth I (Cate Blanchett) Best Actress Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
68.
Milk (2008)
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The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official. (128 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
“ Harvey Milk (Sean Penn) Best Actor Winner ” - stewiec85
 
69.
Invictus (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup. (134 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon) Best Supporting Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
70.
Cry Freedom (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
South African journalist Donald Woods is forced to flee the country, after attempting to investigate the death in custody of his friend, the black activist Steve Biko. (157 mins.)
“ Steve Biko (Denzel Washington) Best Supporting Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
71.
Iris (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
True story of the lifelong romance between novelist Iris Murdoch and her husband John Bayley, from their student days through her battle with Alzheimer's disease. (91 mins.)
Director: Richard Eyre
“ Iris Murdoch (Judi Dench) Best Actress Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
72.
The Aviator (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A biopic depicting the early years of legendary director and aviator Howard Hughes' career from the late 1920s to the mid-1940s. (170 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio) Best Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
73.
Midnight Express (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Billy Hayes, an American college student, is caught smuggling drugs out of Turkey and thrown into prison. (121 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
“ Max (John Hurt) Best Supporting Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
74.
The Buddy Holly Story (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The story of the life and career of the early rock and roll singer, from his meteoric rise to stardom, to his marriage and untimely death. (114 mins.)
Director: Steve Rash
“ Buddy Holly (Gary Busey) Best Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
75.
Iris (2001)
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True story of the lifelong romance between novelist Iris Murdoch and her husband John Bayley, from their student days through her battle with Alzheimer's disease. (91 mins.)
Director: Richard Eyre
“ John Bayley (Jim Broadbent) Best Supporting Actor Winner ” - stewiec85
 
76.
Before Night Falls (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Episodic look at the life of Cuban poet and novelist, Reinaldo Arenas (1943-1990), from his childhood... (133 mins.)
Director: Julian Schnabel
“ Reinaldo Arenas (Javier Bardem) Best Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
77.
Chariots of Fire (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics. (125 mins.)
Director: Hugh Hudson
“ Sam Mussabini (Ian Holm) Best Supporting Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
78.
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish. (135 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
“ Dr. John Nash (Russell Crowe) Best Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
79.
The King's Speech (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it. (118 mins.)
Director: Tom Hooper
“ King George VI (Colin Firth) Best Actor Winner ” - stewiec85
 
80.
Chaplin (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A film about the troubled and controversial life of the master comedy filmmaker Charles Chaplin. (143 mins.)
“ Charlie Chaplin (Robert Downey Jr.) Best Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
81.
Lorenzo's Oil (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A boy develops a disease so rare that nobody is working on a cure, so his father decides to learn all about it and tackle the problem himself. (129 mins.)
Director: George Miller
“ Michaela Odone (Susan Surandon) Best Actress Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
82.
Hotel Rwanda (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Paul Rusesabagina was a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda. (121 mins.)
Director: Terry George
“ Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle) Best Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
83.
Frances (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The story of Frances Farmer's meteoric rise to fame in Hollywood and the tragic turn her life took when she was blacklisted. (140 mins.)
Director: Graeme Clifford
“ Frances Farmer (Jessica Lange) Best Actress Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
84.
Music of the Heart (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Story of a schoolteacher's struggle to teach violin to inner-city Harlem kids. (124 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
“ Roberta Guaspari (Meryl Streep) Best Actress Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
85.
Quills (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In a Napoleonic era insane asylum, an inmate, the irrepressible Marquis De Sade, fights a battle of wills against a tyrannically prudish doctor. (124 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
“ The Marquis De Sade (Geoffrey Rush) Best Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
86.
The Insider (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A research chemist comes under personal and professional attack when he decides to appear in a "60 Minutes" expose on Big Tobacco. (157 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
“ Dr. Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe) Best Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
87.
Invictus (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup. (134 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) Best Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
88.
The Hurricane (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence. (146 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
“ Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter (Denzel Washington) Best Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
89.
Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The story of Preston Tucker, the maverick car designer and his ill-fated challenge to the auto industry with his revolutionary car concept. (110 mins.)
“ Abe (Martin Landau) Best Supporting Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
90.
Erin Brockovich (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city's water supply. (131 mins.)
“ Ed Masry (Albert Finney) Best Supporting Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
91.
Amistad (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In 1839, the revolt of Mende captives aboard a Spanish owned ship causes a major controversy in the United States when the ship is captured off the coast of Long Island. The courts must decide whether the Mende are slaves or legally free. (155 mins.)
“ John Quincy Adams (Anthony Hopkins) Best Supporting Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
92.
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
a struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career. (117 mins.)
“ Chris Gardner (Will Smith) Best Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
93.
The King's Speech (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it. (118 mins.)
Director: Tom Hooper
“ Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) Best Supporting Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
94.
Gods and Monsters (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The last days of Frankenstein director James Whale are explored. (105 mins.)
Director: Bill Condon
“ James Whale (Ian McKellan) Best Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
95.
What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The story of singer Tina Turner's rise to stardom and how she gained the courage to break free from her abusive husband, Ike Turner. (118 mins.)
Director: Brian Gibson
“ Tina Turner (Angela Bassett) Best Actress Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
96.
Julie & Julia (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Julia Child's story of her start in the cooking profession is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell's 2002 challenge to cook all the recipes in Child's first book. (118 mins.)
Director: Nora Ephron
“ Julia Childs (Meryl Streep) Best Actress Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
97.
Walk the Line (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. (136 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
“ Johnny Cash (Joaquin Phoenix) Best Actor Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
98.
Walk the Line (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. (136 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
“ June Carter Cash (Reese Witherspoon) Best Actress Winner ” - stewiec85
 
99.
Mrs Henderson Presents (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Laura Henderson buys an old London theater and opens it up as the Windmill, a performance hall which goes down in history for, among other things, its all-nude revues. (103 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
“ Laura Henderson (Judy Dench) Best Actress Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
100.
The Blind Side (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family. (129 mins.)
“ Leigh Ann Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) Best Actress Winner ” - stewiec85