Films that should not have won Best Picture

These are films that won Best Picture but should not have for various reasons.
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1.
The Broadway Melody (1929)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A pair of sisters from the vaudeville circuit try to make it big time on Broadway, but matters of the heart complicate the attempt. (100 mins.)
Director: Harry Beaumont
“ If I have to hear the words "gee that's swell" In a movie again... ” - lord-naseby
 
2.
Cimarron (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A newspaper editor settles in an Oklahoma boom town with his reluctant wife at the end of the nineteenth century. (123 mins.)
“ It was just boring as all else. ” - lord-naseby
 
3.
Cavalcade (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A cavalcade of English life from New Year's Eve 1899 until 1933 seen through the eyes of well-to-do Londoners Jane and Robert Marryot... (112 mins.)
Director: Frank Lloyd
“ It was an interesting film but "I am a Fugitive from A Chain Gang" was far better. ” - lord-naseby
 
4.
The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
This biography follows the ups and downs of Florenz Ziegfeld, famed producer of extravagant stage revues. (176 mins.)
“ Visually stunning for the time but another William Powell film from that year called "My Man Godfrey" was far better (and un-nominated) ” - lord-naseby
 
5.
How Green Was My Valley (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
At the turn of the century in a Welsh mining village, the Morgans, he stern, she gentle, raise coal-mining sons and hope their youngest will find a better life. (118 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ It was good but you know, Citizen Kane is much better. ” - lord-naseby
 
6.
Going My Way (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Youthful Father Chuck O'Malley led a colorful life of sports, song, and romance before joining the Roman Catholic clergy... (126 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
“ A nice film with a good performance by Bing Crosby, but Gaslight was better. ” - lord-naseby
 
7.
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Three World War II veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed. (172 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
“ This is one of the earlier examples of Oscar politics. check the year, 1946. This film came out when WWII was barely over. It is about GIs returning from war. Draw your own conclusions. It's a good film but It's a Wonderful Life has aged much better. ” - lord-naseby
 
8.
Gentleman's Agreement (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A reporter pretends to be Jewish in order to cover a story on anti-Semitism, and personally discovers the true depths of bigotry and hatred. (118 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
“ It's good but Miracle on 34th street just has charm and quality that this film cannot match. ” - lord-naseby
 
9.
Hamlet (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Prince Hamlet struggles over whether or not he should kill his uncle, whom he suspects has murdered his father, the former king. (155 mins.)
“ An excellent performance by Olivier is all that saves this film for me. Maybe I just can't appreciate Shakespeare. But I still think that The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is far superior. ” - lord-naseby
 
10.
An American in Paris (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Three friends struggle to find work in Paris. Things become more complicated when two of them fall in love with the same woman. (113 mins.)
“ Another example of the Academy giving it to a flashy movie instead of a good one. The visuals in this film are amazing. A Streetcar named Desire is one of the best films ever. ” - lord-naseby
 
11.
The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The dramatic lives of trapeze artists, a clown, and an elephant trainer are told against a background of circus spectacle. (152 mins.)
“ Again, visually good but lacking any other qualities (aside from Jimmy Stewart). Singing in the Rain was a fantastic film that should have been nominated at least. ” - lord-naseby
 
12.
Marty (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A middle-aged butcher and a school teacher who have given up on the idea of love meet at a dance and fall for each other. (90 mins.)
Director: Delbert Mann
“ Of the 1955 nominees this one was the best. I'm glad it won. but if I ruled the universe The Night of the Hunter would have gotten it instead. ” - lord-naseby
 
13.
Around the World in Eighty Days (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A Victorian Englishman bets that with the new steamships and railways he can do what the title says. (175 mins.)
“ This is a film that you get bored watching and then you look at the clock and realize you still have 2 1/2 hours left to go. The King and I has excellent visuals AND great performances which makes its long running time go faster. ” - lord-naseby
 
14.
Gigi (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Weary of the conventions of Parisian society, a rich playboy and a youthful courtesan-in-training enjoy a platonic friendship, but it may not stay platonic for long. (115 mins.)
“ This one was a bit creepy actually. The opening song is sung by a 40 year old man who is singing "Thank heaven for little girls" Fine then, creepy now. The Defiant Ones with Poitier and Curtis was far better. ” - lord-naseby
 
15.
The Apartment (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue. (125 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ This is another one that of the nominees, I'm glad this one got it. But an Un-nominated Psycho is still much better. ” - lord-naseby
 
16.
Tom Jones (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In eighteenth century England, "first cousins" Tom Jones and Master Blifil grew up together in privilege in the western countryside... (128 mins.)
Director: Tony Richardson
“ This is a movie where the titular character just bones every woman he meets and searches for his true family. That's it. That's the whole movie. Mostly the former. An un-nominated "The Great Escape" is far superior. ” - lord-naseby
 
17.
My Fair Lady (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A misogynistic and snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society. (170 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
“ This was during the age of the Best Picture musicals. Dr. Strangelove should have won instead. ” - lord-naseby
 
18.
Oliver! (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A young boy runs away from an orphanage and meets a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor. (153 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed
“ A very fun film that I enjoyed watching. Best Picture material? Nope. Not even close. Particularly when matched with a masterpiece like The Lion in Winter. ” - lord-naseby
 
19.
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.)
“ Yes, this is an excellent film and is a worthy runner-up to the true deserving film, Anne of A Thousand Days. ” - lord-naseby
 
20.
Rocky (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer, gets a supremely rare chance to fight the heavy-weight champion, Apollo Creed, in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect. (120 mins.)
“ In a different year, this one would have deserved it and no one could debate it. In a year with powerhouses such as Taxi Driver, All the President's Men, and Network, it pales in comparison. ” - lord-naseby
 
21.
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Ted Kramer's wife leaves her husband, allowing for a lost bond to be rediscovered between Ted and his son, Billy. But a heated custody battle ensues over the divorced couple's son, deepening the wounds left by the separation. (105 mins.)
Director: Robert Benton
“ A quality film with outstanding performances. when matched up with Apocalypse Now, it will lose every time. ” - lord-naseby
 
22.
Ordinary People (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The accidental death of the older son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among the bitter mother, the good-natured father, and the guilt-ridden younger son. (124 mins.)
Director: Robert Redford
“ Like Kramer, Ordinary People is an excellent film with excellent performances. Matched against Raging Bull it shouldn't have won. ” - lord-naseby
 
23.
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
“ It was a good film with a very iconic score. But On Golden Pond had the charm and powerhouse performances by Hepburn and Fonda. ” - lord-naseby
 
24.
Gandhi (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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.)
“ Of the 1982 nominees this one easily deserved it and Ben Kingsley's performances is one of the best I have ever seen...ever. Blade Runner is just a mite better. ” - lord-naseby
 
25.
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
“ I know a lot of people who really like this movie a lot. Most of them haven't seen The Killing Fields though. ” - lord-naseby
 
26.
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
“ This movie is as boring as you can imagine. it is just a flat film. It took away many Oscars from The Color Purple which is much better. (o-11!? Come on!) ” - lord-naseby
 
27.
The Last Emperor (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The story of the final Emperor of China. (163 mins.)
“ Once again the Academy went for visuals as opposed to heart and overall quality. I do feel that O'Toole should have gotten a nomination for this one. That was an oversight. I just enjoy Hope and Glory more. ” - lord-naseby
 
28.
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years. (99 mins.)
Director: Bruce Beresford
“ This film has a lot of heart and charm and it is backed by some stellar performances. But again, matched up against My Left Foot, Dead Poets Society, and an un-nominated Do the Right Thing, it doesn't do as well. ” - lord-naseby
 
29.
Dances with Wolves (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Lt. John Dunbar, exiled to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military. (181 mins.)
Director: Kevin Costner
“ An outstanding film to be sure. Scorsese's Goodfellas was better. ” - lord-naseby
 
30.
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
“ Now this one is a close call and I am rather flexible on this one. I'll leave it up to you to decide if this, Pulp Fiction, or The shawshank Redemption should have won this year. I don't want to hear anyone denying that Tom Hanks deserved his Oscar for this one though. ” - lord-naseby
 
31.
The English Patient (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair. (162 mins.)
“ It was a flat movie to me. a few good performances but Fargo blows past this one. ” - lord-naseby
 
32.
Titanic (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic. (194 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ Argue if you want, but Good Will Hunting has performances to match the ones in here AND it has a good screenplay (something this film totally lacks). This one had visuals so it won. ” - lord-naseby
 
33.
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays. (123 mins.)
Director: John Madden
“ I will devote the rest of my life to letting the world know that this film winning is the biggest mistake the Oscars have ever made. It would by like My Big fat Greek wedding beating out Schindler's List for best Picture. it's the same thing. A nice Rom-com beating out a powerful film that lets you understand what humans are capable of doing and how we can avoid it. Plus, Private Ryan is a better film all around. It always will be. ” - lord-naseby
 
34.
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
“ Only 7 years after it came out, the American Film Institute ranked The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring as one of the best films ever made. No such luck for A Beautiful Mind. However, Russel Crowe is excellent in this and this is a fine runner-up ” - lord-naseby
 
35.
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
“ The Pianist is better. The Lord of the Rings is better. However, if you ignore those two films this one is still excellent with some really good performances and an outstanding score. ” - lord-naseby
 
36.
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A Mumbai teen reflects on his upbringing in the slums when he is accused of cheating on the Indian Version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" (120 mins.)
“ This film is absolutely amazing. I just prefer The Dark Knight that's all. ” - lord-naseby