The best movies that were never nominated for an Oscarby Jonathan | created - 29 Apr 2011 | updated - 16 Feb 2013 | Public
These movies were never nominated even for a single Oscar. However they are much better than a lot of the great Oscar classics. A list of 50 movies that were ignored by the Academy
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1. Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
R | 229 min | Crime, Drama
A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.
Votes: 249,354 | Gross: $5.32M
3. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
After a simple jewelry heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.
Votes: 751,652 | Gross: $2.83M
4. My Own Private Idaho (1991)
R | 104 min | Drama
Two best friends living on the streets of Portland as hustlers embark on a journey of self discovery and find their relationship stumbling along the way.
Votes: 40,929 | Gross: $6.40M
5. The Name of the Rose (1986)
R | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An intellectually nonconformist friar investigates a series of mysterious deaths in an isolated abbey.
Votes: 88,618 | Gross: $7.15M
6. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
R | 178 min | Western
A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery.
Votes: 563,676 | Gross: $6.10M
8. The Seventh Seal (1957)
Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Fantasy
A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague.
9. 1900 (1976)
Unrated | 317 min | Crime, Drama, History
The epic tale of a class struggle in twentieth century Italy, as seen through the eyes of two childhood friends on opposing sides.
11. Family Plot (1976)
PG | 120 min | Comedy, Thriller
A phony psychic/con artist and her taxi driver/private investigator boyfriend encounter a pair of serial kidnappers while trailing a missing heir in California.
12. Léon: The Professional (1994)
R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade.
Votes: 827,809 | Gross: $19.50M
14. The Shining (1980)
R | 146 min | Drama, Horror
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.
Votes: 697,868 | Gross: $44.02M
15. Rocco and His Brothers (1960)
Not Rated | 177 min | Crime, Drama, Sport
Having recently been uprooted to Milan, Rocco and his four brothers each look for a new way in life when a prostitute comes between Rocco and his brother Simone.
16. Don't Look Now (1973)
R | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
A married couple grieving the recent death of their young daughter are in Venice when they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom is psychic and brings a warning from beyond.
17. The Night of the Hunter (1955)
Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery.
18. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)
R | 116 min | Action, Crime, Drama
An African American mafia hit man who models himself after the samurai of old finds himself targeted for death by the mob.
Votes: 75,779 | Gross: $3.31M
19. Cookie's Fortune (1999)
PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Drama
Conflict arises in the small town of Holly Springs when an old woman's death causes a variety of reactions among family and friends.
Votes: 11,614 | Gross: $10.92M
20. Intervista (1987)
105 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Cinecitta, the huge movie studio outside Rome, is 50 years old and Fellini is interviewed by a Japanese TV crew about the films he has made there over the years as he begins production on ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,958 | Gross: $0.11M
21. Rio Bravo (1959)
Not Rated | 141 min | Action, Drama, Western
A small-town sheriff in the American West enlists the help of a cripple, a drunk, and a young gunfighter in his efforts to hold in jail the brother of the local bad guy.
Votes: 47,187 | Gross: $12.54M
22. My Mother's Courage (1995)
89 min | Drama, War
The deportation of 4000 Jews from Budapest to Auschwitz in July 1944, as told by George Tabori, and how the narrator's mother escaped it, owing to coincidence, courage and some help from ... See full summary »
23. Miller's Crossing (1990)
R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Tom Regan, an advisor to a Prohibition-era crime boss, tries to keep the peace between warring mobs but gets caught in divided loyalties.
Votes: 111,738 | Gross: $5.08M
24. La belle noiseuse (1991)
Unrated | 238 min | Drama
The former famous painter Frenhofer revisits an abandoned project using the girlfriend of a young visiting artist. Questions about truth, life, and artistic limits are explored.
Votes: 5,235 | Gross: $0.41M
25. The Last Wave (1977)
PG | 106 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
A Sydney lawyer defends five Aborigines in a ritualized taboo murder and in the process learns disturbing things about himself and premonitions.
26. Paths of Glory (1957)
Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, War
After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses the soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them.
27. Heat (1995)
R | 170 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist, while both sides attempt to find balance between their personal and professional lives.
Votes: 479,823 | Gross: $67.44M
28. Dead Man (1995)
R | 121 min | Drama, Fantasy, Western
On the run after murdering a man, accountant William Blake encounters a strange North American man named Nobody who prepares him for his journey into the spiritual world.
Votes: 78,709 | Gross: $1.04M
29. New York, New York (1977)
PG | 155 min | Drama, Music, Musical
An egotistical saxophonist and a young singer meet on V-J Day and embark upon a strained and rocky romance, even as their careers begin a long, up-hill climb.
Votes: 15,050 | Gross: $13.80M
30. How to Steal a Million (1966)
Not Rated | 123 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance
Romantic comedy about a woman who must steal a statue from a Paris museum to help conceal her father's art forgeries, and the man who helps her.
32. Gallipoli (1981)
PG | 110 min | Adventure, Drama, History
Two Australian sprinters face the brutal realities of war when they are sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during World War I.
Votes: 32,122 | Gross: $5.73M
33. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
PG-13 | 164 min | Western
A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad.
Votes: 244,792 | Gross: $5.32M
34. Koyaanisqatsi (1982)
Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Music
A collection of expertly photographed phenomena with no conventional plot. The footage focuses on nature, humanity and the relationship between them.
Votes: 29,513 | Gross: $1.72M
35. Train of Life (1998)
R | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, War
In 1941, the inhabitants of a small Jewish village in Central Europe organize a fake deportation train so that they can escape the Nazis and flee to Palestine.
Votes: 7,830 | Gross: $0.15M
38. White Hunter Black Heart (1990)
PG | 112 min | Adventure, Drama
A thinly fictionalized account of a legendary movie director, whose desire to hunt down an animal turns into a grim situation with his movie crew in Africa.
Votes: 9,433 | Gross: $2.32M
40. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
R | 159 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A New York City doctor, who is married to an art curator, pushes himself on a harrowing and dangerous night-long odyssey of sexual and moral discovery after his wife admits that she once almost cheated on him.
Votes: 251,431 | Gross: $55.69M
41. State of Grace (1990)
R | 134 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A New York cop is recruited to return to his hometown and infiltrate the mob ran by his best friend's brother.
Votes: 18,065 | Gross: $1.91M
44. Marnie (1964)
PG | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Mark marries Marnie although she is a habitual thief and has serious psychological problems, and tries to help her confront and resolve them.
Votes: 37,483 | Gross: $7.00M
46. The AristoCats (1970)
G | 78 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
With the help of a smooth talking tomcat, a family of Parisian felines set to inherit a fortune from their owner try to make it back home after a jealous butler kidnaps them and leaves them in the country.
Votes: 74,415 | Gross: $55.68M
48. The Great Train Robbery (1978)
PG | 110 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama
In Victorian England, a master criminal makes elaborate plans to steal a shipment of gold from a moving train.
Votes: 12,902 | Gross: $13.03M
49. Blood Simple. (1984)
R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A rich but jealous man hires a private investigator to kill his cheating wife and her new man. But, when blood is involved, nothing is simple.
Votes: 73,854 | Gross: $2.15M
50. To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)
R | 116 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A fearless Secret Service agent will stop at nothing to bring down the counterfeiter who killed his partner.
Votes: 23,695 | Gross: $17.31M