Favorite Movies by Year --WMK

WMK's five nominees for Best Movie; from 1935 on, followed by rest of Top Ten. [Note: 1945 has Top Eleven due to a tie for tenth place.]
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1.
Min and Bill (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Min, the owner of a dockside hotel, is forced to make difficult decisions about the future of Nancy, the young woman she took in as an infant. (69 mins.)
Director: George Hill
“ Other Nominees: All Quiet on the Western Front, Cimarron, The Public Enemy, M ” - williamkromer
 
2.
Grand Hotel (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A group of very different individuals staying at a luxurious hotel in Berlin deal with each of their respective dramas. (112 mins.)
Director: Edmund Goulding
“ Other Nominees: Frankenstein, The Bitter Tea of General Yen, Shanghai Express, Red Dust ” - williamkromer
 
3.
King Kong (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal giant gorilla who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition. (100 mins.)
“ Other Nominees: Cavalcade, 42nd Street, The Invisible Man, Footlight Parade ” - williamkromer
 
4.
Dinner at Eight (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Affluent Millicent and Oliver Jordan throw a dinner for a handful of wealthy and/or well-born acquaintances, each of whom has much to reveal. (111 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
“ Other Nominees: The Thin Man, Imitation of Life, Of Human Bondage, Marie Galante ” - williamkromer
 
5.
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Midshipman Roger Byam joins Captain Bligh and Fletcher Christian aboard HMS Bounty for a voyage to Tahiti... (132 mins.)
Director: Frank Lloyd
“ Other Nominees: Lives of a Bengal Lancer, David Copperfield, Bride of Frankenstein, Things to Come // The 39 Steps, Les Liserables, The Informer, Alice Adams, Dangerous ” - williamkromer
 
6.
San Francisco (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A Barbary Coast saloonkeeper and a Nob Hill impresario are rivals for the affections of a beautiful singer, both personally and professionally in 1906 San Francisco. (115 mins.)
“ Other Nominees: Dodsworth, Fury, Anthony Adverse, The Great Ziegfeld // These Three, Theodora Goes Wild, The Petrified Forest, Come and Get It, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town ” - williamkromer
 
7.
The Good Earth (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The story of a farmer in China: a story of humility and bravery. His father gives Wang Lung a freed slave as wife... (138 mins.)
Director: Sidney Franklin
“ Other Nominees: Lost Horizon, The Hurricane, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Dead End // In Old Chicago, The Awful Truth, The Edge of the World, Stage Door, Stella Dallas ” - williamkromer
 
8.
You Can't Take It with You (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A man from a family of rich snobs becomes engaged to a woman from a good-natured but decidedly eccentric family. (126 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
“ Other Nominees: Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Lady Vanishes, Jezebel, The Citadel // Algiers, Angels With Dirty Faces, The Sisters, Bringing Up Baby, Drums ” - williamkromer
 
9.
Gone with the Wind (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A manipulative Southern belle carries on a turbulent affair with a blockade runner during the American Civil War. (238 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
“ Other Nominees: The Women, The Rains Came, Drums Along the Mohawk, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington // Stagecoach, The Wizard of Oz, On Borrowed Time, Goodbye Mr. Chips, Destry Rides Again ” - williamkromer
 
10.
Rebecca (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband's dead first wife. (130 mins.)
“ Other Nominees: The Grapes of Wrath, The Letter, The Great Dictator, The Philadelphia Story // Kitty Foyle, Fantasia, Pinocchio, Foreign Correspondent, The Stars Look Down ” - williamkromer
 
11.
Citizen Kane (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance. (119 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
“ Other Nominees: How Green Was My Valley, The Maltese Falcon, Dumbo, The Little Foxes // Sullivan's Travels, Meet John Doe, High Sierra, Suspicion, The Lady Eve ” - williamkromer
 
12.
Mrs. Miniver (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A British family struggles to survive the first months of World War II. (134 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
“ Other Nominees: Reap the Wild Wind, Random Harvest, Bambi, Kings Row // Holiday Inn, The Magnificent Ambersons, The Cat People, To Be or Not To Be, Saboteur ” - williamkromer
 
13.
Lassie Come Home (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
After her destitute family is forced to sell her, a collie named Lassie escapes from her new owner and begins the long trek from Scotland to her Yorkshire home. (89 mins.)
Director: Fred M. Wilcox
“ Other Nominees: The Ox-Bow Incident, Casablanca, Shadow of a Doubt, The Human Comedy // Watch on the Rhine, In Which We Serve, So Proudly We Hail, Madame Curie, Song of Bernadette ” - williamkromer
 
14.
Laura (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he is investigating. (88 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
“ Other Nominees: Meet Me in St. Louis, The Story of Dr. Wassell, Arsenic and Old Lace, Mr. Skeffington // Our Hearts Were Young and Gay, Dragon Seed, White Cliffs of Dover, Since You Went Away, Double Indemnity, Tomorrow the World ” - williamkromer
 
15.
State Fair (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Farm family Frake, with discontented daughter Margy, head for the Iowa State Fair. On the first day... (100 mins.)
Director: Walter Lang
“ SOther Nominees: National Velvet, Leave Her to Heaven, The House on 92nd Street, A Thousand and One Nights // The Picture of Dorian Gray, Mildred Pierce, Sudan, The Keys of the Kingdom, And Then There Were None ” - williamkromer
 
16.
The Spiral Staircase (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In 1916, a shadowy serial killer is targeting women with "afflictions"; one night during a thunderstorm, the mute Helen feels menaced. (83 mins.)
Director: Robert Siodmak
“ Other Nominees: The Jolson Story, Duel in the Sun, The Yearling, The Best Years of Our Lives // Gilda, The Harvey Girls, My Darling Clementine, The Razor's Edge, Notorious ” - williamkromer
 
17.
Green Dolphin Street (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Sophie loved Edmund, but he left town when her parents forced her to marry wealthy Octavius. Years later... (141 mins.)
Director: Victor Saville
“ Other Nominees: The Red House, The Egg and I, Life With Father, Black Narcissus // The Paradine Case, Great Expectations, Out of the Past, The Foxes of Harrow, Nora Prentiss ” - williamkromer
 
18.
Wake of the Red Witch (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
During the 1860s in the South Pacific, Capt. Ralls, skipper of the Red Witch, has a series of adventures involving sunken gold bullion, pearls, natives, an unscrupulous ship owner and a giant octopus. (106 mins.)
Director: Edward Ludwig
“ Other Nominees: The Snake Pit, Key Largo, Sorry Wrong Number, Good Sam // Sitting Pretty, Johnny Belinda, I Remember Mama, Sleep My Love, Red River ” - williamkromer
 
19.
Intruder in the Dust (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In 1940s Mississippi two teenage boys and an elderly woman combine forces to prevent a miscarriage of justice and clear a black man of a murder charge. (87 mins.)
Director: Clarence Brown
“ Other Nominees: All the King's Men, Streets of Laredo, Pinky, A Letter to Three Wives // The Fallen Idol, Edward My Son, Mighty Joe Young, Sands of Iwo Jima, The Stratton Story ” - williamkromer
 
20.
Born Yesterday (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A tycoon hires a tutor to teach his lover proper etiquette. (103 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
“ Other Nominees: Harvey, King Solomon's Mines, The Third Man, Riding High // Cheaper by the Dozen, Three Secrets, Sunset Boulevard, Rocketship X-M, Ticket to Tomahawk ” - williamkromer
 
21.
The Thing from Another World (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Scientists and American Air Force officials fend off a blood-thirsty alien organism while at a remote arctic outpost. (87 mins.)
Director: Christian Nyby
“ Other Nominees: When Worlds Collide, The Lemon Drop Kid, Fourteen Hours, Strangers on a Train // Show Boat, The African Queen, The Day the Earth Stood Still, That's My Boy, Quo Vadis ” - williamkromer
 
22.
High Noon (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A marshall, personally compelled to face a returning deadly enemy, finds that his own town refuses to help him. (85 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
“ Other Nominees: The Greatest Show on Earth, Singin' in the Rain, The Bad and the Beautiful, Sudden Fear // Snows of Kilimanjaro, The Narrow Margin, Diplomatic Courier, With a Song in My Heart, Bend of the River ” - williamkromer
 
23.
Titanic (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An unhappy married couple deal with their problems on board the ill-fated ship. (98 mins.)
Director: Jean Negulesco
“ Other Nominees: Shane, The Robe, Niagara, Stalag 17 // War of the Worlds, Lili, From Here to Eternity, It Came from Outer Space, Destination Gobi ” - williamkromer
 
24.
The High and the Mighty (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
When a commercial airliner develops engine problems on a trans-Pacific flight and the pilot loses his nerve, it is up to the washed-up co-pilot Dan Roman to bring the plane in safely. (147 mins.)
“ Other Nominees: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Caine Mutiny, Rear Window, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea // The Naked Jungle, Witness to Murder, Track of the Cat, Elephant Walk, Carmen Jones ” - williamkromer
 
25.
Picnic (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Emotions are ignited amongst the complacent townsfolk when a handsome drifter arrives in a small Kansas community on the morning of the Labour Day picnic. (115 mins.)
Director: Joshua Logan
“ Other Nominees: East of Eden, Trial, Oklahoma, Pete Kelly's Blues // Night of the Hunter, Mr. Roberts, Battle Cry, The Desperate Hours, The Blackboard Jungle ” - williamkromer
 
26.
Giant (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates. (201 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
“ Other Nominees: Friendly Persuasion, The Bad Seed, The Ten Commandments, The King and I // The Searchers, The Ladykillers, The Man Who Knew Too Much, The Eddy Duchin Story, Around the World in Eighty Days ” - williamkromer
 
27.
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A veteran British barrister must defend his client in a murder trial that has surprise after surprise. (116 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ Other Nominees: Raintree County, The Pajama Game, Three Faces of Eve, Bridge on the River Kwai // Peyton Place, A Face in the Crowd, Don't Go Near the Water, The Sun Also Rises, Sayonara ” - williamkromer
 
28.
Auntie Mame (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An orphan goes to live with his free-spirited aunt. Conflict ensues when the executor of his father's estate objects to the aunt's lifestyle. (143 mins.)
Director: Morton DaCosta
“ Other Nominees: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Long Hot Summer, The Last Hurrah, South Pacific // Some Came Running, Inn of the Sixth Happiness, Vertigo, The Goddess, Touch of Evil ” - williamkromer
 
29.
North by Northwest (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive. (136 mins.)
“ Other Nominees: Some Like It Hot, On the Beach, Ben Hur, Anatomy of a Murder // Imitation of Life, Diary of Anne Frank, Rio Bravo, Pillow Talk, Journey to the Center of the Earth ” - williamkromer
 
30.
Psycho (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. (109 mins.)
“ Other Nominees: The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, The Apartment, Elmer Gantry, Ice Palace // Inherit the Wind, Pollyanna, The World of Suzie Wong, Carry On Nurse, Portrait in Black ” - williamkromer
 
31.
Splendor in the Grass (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A fragile Kansas girl's love for a handsome young man from the town's most powerful family drives her to heartbreak and madness. (124 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
“ Other Nominees: Fanny, Guns of Navarone, Judgment at Nuremburg, Pocketful of Miracles // The Children's Hour, Lover Come Back, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Summer and Smoke, West Side Story ” - williamkromer
 
32.
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice. (129 mins.)
Director: Robert Mulligan
“ Other Nominees: The Manchurian Candidate, The Music Man, Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Sweet Bird of Youth // Gypsy, Advise and Consent, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane, Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation, Counterfeit Traitor ” - williamkromer
 
33.
Tom Jones (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The romantic and chivalrous adventures of adopted bastard Tom Jones in 18th century England. (128 mins.)
Director: Tony Richardson
“ Other Nominees: The Prize, Irma La Douce, Toys in the Attic, America America // Hud, The Birds, Dr. No, Charade, The Victors ” - williamkromer
 
34.
Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An aging, reclusive Southern belle, plagued by a horrifying family secret, descends into madness after the arrival of a lost relative. (133 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
“ Other Nominees: My Fair Lady, The Pink Panther, Seven Days in May, The Best Man // Marriage -- Italian Style, Dear Heart, Night of the Iguana, The Chalk Garden, Mary Poppins ” - williamkromer
 
35.
Ship of Fools (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A varied group of passengers boarding a ship bound for post-war Germany represents a microcosm of 1930s society. (149 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kramer
“ Other Nominees: The Sound of Music, Dr. Zhivago, Shenandoah, Mirage // Operation Crossbow, The Yellow Rolls Royce, In Harm's Way, Lord Jim, A Thousand Clowns ” - williamkromer
 
36.
The Group (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
It's 1933, and eight young women are friends and members of the upper-class group at a private girl's school... (150 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ Other Nominees: Hawaii, The Wrong Box, The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming, The Bible // A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Fantastic Voyage, The Sand Pebbles, Georgy Girl, The Blue Max ” - williamkromer
 
37.
The Graduate (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter. (106 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
“ Other Nominees: Thoroughly Modern Millie, Hotel, Bonnie and Clyde, Camelot // Dr. Dolittle, In the Heat of the Night, Barefoot in the Park, To Sir With Love, Far from the Madding Crowd ” - williamkromer
 
38.
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A young couple move into an apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life. (137 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ Other Nominees: Planet of the Apes, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Oliver, Funny Girl // Rachel Rachel, Isadora, Ice Station Zebra, Shoes of the Fisherman, The Odd Couple ” - williamkromer
 
39.
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A naive hustler travels from Texas to New York to seek personal fortune but, in the process, finds himself a new friend. (113 mins.)
“ Other Nominees: Hello Dolly, Z, Cactus Flower, Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice // The Damned, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Topaz, The Happy Ending, They Shoot Horses Don't They ” - williamkromer
 
40.
Ryan's Daughter (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Set in the wake of the 1916 Easter Rising, a married woman in a small Irish village has an affair with a troubled British officer. (206 mins.)
Director: David Lean
“ Other Nominees: M*A*S*H, Women in Love, Catch-22, Little Big Man // Lovers and Other Strangers, Five Easy Pieces, Viva Max, Scrooge, Airport ” - williamkromer
 
41.
Summer of '42 (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
During his summer vacation on Nantucket Island in 1942, a youth eagerly awaiting his first sexual encounter finds himself developing an innocent love for a young woman awaiting news on her soldier husband's fate in WWII. (103 mins.)
Director: Robert Mulligan
“ Other Nominees: The Last Picture Show, Fiddler on the Roof, Red Sky at Morning, The Andromeda Strain // Fortune and Men's Eyes, Sometimes a Great Notion, A Clockwork Orange, Plaza Suite, The Omega Man ” - williamkromer
 
42.
Cabaret (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them. (124 mins.)
Director: Bob Fosse
“ Other Nominees: The Poseidon Adventure, Sounder, Slaughterhouse-Five, The Other // What's Up Doc, The Godfather, The Emigrants, A Separate Peace, Culpepper Cattle Company ” - williamkromer
 
43.
Paper Moon (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
During the Great Depression, a con man finds himself saddled with a young girl who may or may not be his daughter, and the two forge an unlikely partnership. (102 mins.)
“ Other Nominees: The Exorcist, The Paper Chase, The Sting, The Last of Sheila // Lost Horizon, Day of the Dolphin, Papillon, Day of the Jackal, American Graffiti ” - williamkromer
 
44.
Chinatown (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption and murder. (130 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ Other Nominees: Murder on the Orient Express, The Towering Inferno, Young Frankenstein, The Front Page // Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, Benji, Earthquake, The Great Gatsby, Sugarland Express ” - williamkromer
 
45.
The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Two British soldiers in India decide to resign from the Army and set themselves up as deities in Kafiristan--a land where no white man has set foot since Alexander. (129 mins.)
Director: John Huston
“ Other Nominees: Nashville, Day of the Locust, Jaws, Barry Lyndon // Farewell My Lovely, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Sunshine Boys, Mandingo, Hearts of the West ” - williamkromer
 
46.
The Omen (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Mysterious deaths surround an American ambassador. Could the child that he is raising actually be the Antichrist? The Devil's own son? (111 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
“ Other Nominees: Voyage of the Damned, The Seven Percent Solution, Rocky, Bound for Glory // Network, The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea, The Ritz, Ode to Billy Joe, Murder by Death ” - williamkromer
 
47.
Equus (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A psychiatrist attempts to uncover a troubled stable boy's disturbing obsession with horses. (137 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ Other Nominees: Star wars, Julia, Sorceror, Close Encounters of the Third Kind // The Goodbye Girl, Saturday Night Fever, One on One, The Other Side of Midnight, High Anxiety ” - williamkromer
 
48.
Same Time, Next Year (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A man and woman meet by chance at a romantic inn over dinner. Although both are married to others, they... (119 mins.)
Director: Robert Mulligan
“ Other Nominees: The Deer Hunter, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Foul Play, The Boys from Brazil // Midnight Express, Death on the Nile, Capricorn One, Superman, Eyes of Laura Mars ” - williamkromer
 
49.
Alien (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as distress call, their landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform. Continuing their journey back to Earth with the attacked crew having recovered and the critter deceased, they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Other Nominees: Yanks, Being There, Breaking Away, The Black Stallion // La Cage Aux Folles, The Rose, Norma Rae, Kramer vs. Kramer, The In-Laws ” - williamkromer
 
50.
The Elephant Man (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous facade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity. (124 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
“ Other Nominees: Ordinary People, My Bodyguard, Fame, Altered States // The Mirror Crack'd, Tess, Coal Miner's Daughter, Flash Gordon, The Changeling ” - williamkromer
 
51.
Body Heat (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman convinces her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband. (113 mins.)
Director: Lawrence Kasdan
“ Other Nominees: Ragtime, Chariots of Fire, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Excalibur // Arthur, Atlantic City, Gallipoli, On Golden Pond, Outland ” - williamkromer
 
52.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world. (115 mins.)
“ Other Nominees: The World According to Garp, Sophie's Choice, Poltergeist, Victor/Victoria // Frances, Deathtrap, My Favorite Year, Gandhi, Annie ” - williamkromer
 
53.
Terms of Endearment (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love and her daughter's family problems. (132 mins.)
Director: James L. Brooks
“ Other Nominees: The Year of Living Dangerously, The Big Chill, A Christmas Story, Zelig // Return of the Jedi, Yentl, All the Right Moves, Tender Mercies, Gorky Park ” - williamkromer
 
54.
The Natural (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An unknown comes out of seemingly nowhere to become a legendary player with almost divine talent. (138 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
“ Other Nominees: The Cotton Club, Once Upon a Time in America, A Passage to India, Racing with the Moon // Places in the Heart, Amadeus, Birdy, Iceman, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom ” - williamkromer
 
55.
The Color Purple (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades. (154 mins.)
“ Other Nominees: Purple Rose of Cairo, Back to the Future, A Private Function, Kiss of the Spider Woman // Cocoon, Year of the Dragon, White Nights, Sweet Dreams, The Trip to Bountiful ” - williamkromer
 
56.
Hoosiers (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A coach with a checkered past and a local drunk train a small town high school basketball team to become a top contender for the championship. (114 mins.)
Director: David Anspaugh
“ Other Nominees: The Mission, Peggy Sue Got Married, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Crimes of the Heart // Desert Bloom, Ruthless People, Big Trouble in Little China, Stand by Me, A Room with a View ” - williamkromer
 
57.
Empire of the Sun (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A young English boy struggles to survive under Japanese occupation during World War II. (153 mins.)
“ Other Nominees: Hope and Glory, Moonstruck, Radio Days, The Untouchables // The Last Emperor, Square Dance, The Big Easy, Fatal Attraction, Good Morning Vietnam ” - williamkromer
 
58.
Beaches (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A privileged rich debutante and a cynical struggling entertainer share a turbulent, but strong childhood friendship over the years. (123 mins.)
Director: Garry Marshall
“ Other Nominees: Dangerous Liaisons, Tucker: The Man and His Dream, The Milagro Beanfield War, Eight Men Out // Mississippi Burning, Everybody's All-American, Rain Man, Stealing Home, Who Framed Roger Rabbit ” - williamkromer
 
59.
Steel Magnolias (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A young beautician, newly arrived in a small Louisiana town, finds work at the local salon, where a small group of women share a close bond of friendship and welcome her into the fold. (117 mins.)
Director: Herbert Ross
“ Other Nominees: Driving Miss Daisy, Field of Dreams, Dead Poets Society, Glory // Enemies: A Love Story, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Cinema Paradiso, Fat Man and Little Boy, The Fabulous Baker Boys ” - williamkromer
 
60.
Avalon (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A Polish-Jewish family comes to the USA at the beginning of the Twentieth Century. There, the family and their children try to make themselves a better future in the so-called promised land. (128 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
“ Other Nominees: Dick Tracy, Dances with Wolves, The Grifters, Mr. and Mrs. Bridge // Postcards from the Edge, Havana, The Two Jakes, Mountains of the Moon, The Godfather Part III ” - williamkromer
 
61.
JFK (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A New Orleans DA discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story. (189 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ Other Nominees: Rambling Rose, For the Boys, Bugsy, Fried Green Tomatoes // City Slickers, The Prince of Tides, The Long Walk Home, Billy Bathgate, My Own Private Idaho ” - williamkromer
 
62.
A River Runs Through It (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The story about two sons of a stern minister -- one reserved, one rebellious -- growing up in rural Montana while devoted to fly fishing. (123 mins.)
Director: Robert Redford
“ Other Nominees: Far and Away, A Few Good Men, Indochine, The Crying Came // Used People, Howard's End, Chaplin, Leap of Faith, Unforgiven ” - williamkromer
 
63.
Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Young lovers Hero and Claudio, soon to wed, conspire to get verbal sparring partners and confirmed singles Benedick and Beatrice to wed as well. (111 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
“ Other Nominees: Schindler's List, The Joy Luck Club, King of the Hill, Mrs. Doubtfire // What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Heaven and Earth, A Bronx Tale, Jurassic Park, Dave ” - williamkromer
 
64.
Forrest Gump (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Forrest Gump, while not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny Curran, eludes him. (142 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ Other Nominees: Bullets Over Broadway, Legends of the Fall, The Shadow, The Shawshank Redemption // The War, Ed Wood, The Hudsucker Proxy, The Mask, Quiz Show ” - williamkromer
 
65.
Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An African American man is hired to find a woman and gets mixed up in a murderous political scandal. (102 mins.)
Director: Carl Franklin
“ Other Nominees: Home for the Holidays, Babe, Sense and Sensibility, Mr. Holland's Opus // The Usual Suspects, Powder, Rob Roy, Casino, Braveheart ” - williamkromer
 
66.
Lone Star (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
When the skeleton of his murdered predecessor is found, Sheriff Sam Deeds unearths many other long-buried secrets in his Texas border town. (135 mins.)
Director: John Sayles
“ Other Nominees: Sleepers, Evita, The English Patient, Fargo // A Time to Kill, The Birdcage, The Evening Star, The Phantom, Independence Day ” - williamkromer
 
67.
L.A. Confidential (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice. (138 mins.)
Director: Curtis Hanson
“ Other Nominees: Titanic, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, In and Out, Seven Years in Tibet // Boogie Nights, Air Force One, Rosewood, Contact, Amistad ” - williamkromer
 
68.
Pleasantville (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Two 1990s teenage siblings find themselves in a 1950s sitcom where their influence begins to profoundly change that complacent world. (124 mins.)
Director: Gary Ross
“ Other Nominees: Gods and Monsters, Dancer Texas Pop. 81, Shakespeare in Love, Saving Private Ryan // Simon Birch, Dark City, Life is Beautiful, The Truman Show, Out of Sight ” - williamkromer
 
69.
The Sixth Sense (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A boy who communicates with spirits that don't know they're dead seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist. (107 mins.)
“ Other Nominees: Tea with Mussolini, The Cider House Rules, The Talented Mr. Ripley, October Sky // Angela's Ashes, The Insider, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, American Beauty, The Red Violin ” - williamkromer
 
70.
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them. (107 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ Other Nominees: Sunshine, Billy Elliot, My Dog Skip, All the Pretty Horses // Erin Brockovich, Mission to Mars, Chocolat, Gladiator, Wonder Boys ” - williamkromer
 
71.
Gosford Park (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The lives of upstairs guests and downstairs servants at a party in 1932 in a country house in England as they investigate a murder involving one of them. (131 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
“ Othe Nominees: A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, Pearl Harbor, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Majestic // The Shipping News, The Royal Tenenbaums, A Beautiful Mind, The Man Who wasn't There, The Deep End ” - williamkromer
 
72.
Chicago (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago. (113 mins.)
Director: Rob Marshall
“ Other Nominees: Road to Perdition, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, The Quiet American, Nicholas Nickleby // The Pianist, The Cat's Meow, Gangs of New York, The Rookie, Signs ” - williamkromer
 
73.
Seabiscuit (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
True story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation. (140 mins.)
Director: Gary Ross
“ Other Nominees: Cold Mountain, Big Fish, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Mystic River // The Cooler, In America, Northfork, Holes, Something's Gotta Give ” - williamkromer
 
74.
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
“ Other Nominees: Ray, Kinsey, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, De-Lovely // The Passion of the Christ, Finding Neverland, Friday Night Lights, Sideways, A Home at the End of the World ” - williamkromer
 
75.
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys, and their lives over the years. (134 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
“ Other Nominees: Crash, Cinderella Man, Batman Begins, Mrs. Henderson Presents // Walk the Line, A History of Violence, Junebug, The New World, Munich ” - williamkromer
 
76.
The Illusionist (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a magician uses his abilities to secure the love of a woman far above his social standing. (110 mins.)
Director: Neil Burger
“ Other Nominees: Glory Road, Hollywoodland, The Painted Veil, Blood Diamond // Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, The Good Shepherd, The Black Dahlia, The Good German, Little Children ” - williamkromer
 
77.
Atonement (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a thirteen-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit. (123 mins.)
Director: Joe Wright
“ Other Nominees: Zodiac, No Country for Old Men, La Vie en Rose, There Will Be Blood // The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, Eastern Promises, Rendition, In the Valley of Elah ” - williamkromer
 
78.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences. (166 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ Other Nominees: Changeling, Milk, Brideshead Revisited, Slumdog Millionaire // Australia, Valkyrie, Cadillac Records, Burn After Reading, Appaloosa ” - williamkromer
 
79.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same. (153 mins.)
“ Other Nominees: Invictus, Avatar, Public Enemies, Julie and Julia // Brothers, 2012, Sherlock Holmes, District 9, Star Trek ” - williamkromer
 
80.
Shutter Island (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In 1954, a U.S. marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane. (138 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Other Nominees: The King's Speech, Hereafter, The Social Network, True Grit // Black Swan, Conviction, The Fighter, Red, Secretariat ” - williamkromer
 
81.
Midnight in Paris (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight. (94 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ Other Nominees: The Help, Hugo, War Horse, Water For Elephants // The Artist, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Tree of Life, J. Edgar, Captain America: The First Avenger ” - williamkromer
 
82.
Bernie (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
In small-town Texas, an affable mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when she starts to become controlling, he goes to great lengths to separate himself from her grasp. (99 mins.)
“ Other Nominees: Django Unchained, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Prometheus // Looper, Skyfall, Cloud Atlas, The Master, Argo ” - williamkromer
 
83.
Nebraska (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize. (115 mins.)
Director: Alexander Payne
“ Other Nominees: 12 Years a Slave, Blue Jasmine, Saving Mr. Banks, The Butler // August: Osage County, 42, The Great Gatsby, Mud, Fruitvale Station ” - williamkromer
 
84.
Boyhood (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The life of Mason, from early childhood to his arrival at college. (165 mins.)
“ Other Nominees: The Imitation Game, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Gone Girl, Selma // Big Eyes, A Most Violent Year, The Theory of Everything, Foxcatcher, Nightcrawler ” - williamkromer
 
85.
Trumbo (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood's top screenwriter, until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. (124 mins.)
Director: Jay Roach
“ Other Nominees: My All-American, Spotlight, Brooklyn, Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens // McFarland U>S.A., In the Heart of the Sea, The Hateful Eight, The Martian, Ex Machina ” - williamkromer