Films That Should Have Won, or Be Nominated for Best Picture (1927- Present)

Sometimes the academy doesn't make the best decisions ever. THIS IS BASED ON OPINION. So if you don't see a movie you like, or you see a movie you hate well, sorry.
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1.
The Jazz Singer (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The son of a Jewish Cantor must defy the traditions of his religious father in order to pursue his dream of becoming a jazz singer. (88 mins.)
Director: Alan Crosland
“ Nominated -

Ok, Ok, maybe not THAT great of a movie but it's still pretty good. Not to mention this film was groundbreaking at the time because it was the first feature-length film with synchronized sound. ” - WallaceFRCorrice
 
2.
Hell's Angels (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Brothers Monte and Ray leave Oxford to join the Royal Flying Corps. Ray loves Helen; Helen enjoys an affair with Monte; before they leave on their mission over Germany they find her in still another man's arms. (127 mins.)
Director: Howard Hughes
“ Nominated -

Howard Hughes's World War I aviation epic was a great movie. The acting is superb and the dogfights are incredible, even to this day. ” - WallaceFRCorrice
 
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.)
“ Nominated -

Audiences were stunned by the special effects in "King Kong" back in 1933, and it completely changed film forever. Now, "King Kong" is considered to be a classic film, and is loved by many monster movie fans and critics alike. ” - WallaceFRCorrice
 
4.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Snow White, pursued by a jealous queen, hides with the Dwarfs; the queen soon learns of this and prepares to feed her a poison apple. (83 mins.)
“ Nominated -

Walt Disney's first animated film made history. It was the first full-length animated film made in the United States, (not the first animated film ever made, there were 6 others made before this film) the first animated film to be nominated for an Academy Award, (Best Original Score). But no nomination for Best Picture, tsk tsk. ” - WallaceFRCorrice
 
5.
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
“ Winner -

Okay, the Academy must have been wasted, high, ignorant, and really screwed up to make "How Green Was My Valley" win Best Picture. Now Don't get me wrong, I love John Ford and I think his films are terrific. But I simply disagree that "valley" is better than "Citizen Kane". I mean, come on! "Citizen Kane" is considered to be the Greatest Movie of all Time. Hands Down. ” - WallaceFRCorrice
 
6.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. (130 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
“ Winner -

"It's a Wonderful Life" is considered to be one of the most inspirational movies of all time. It is #11 in AFI's 100 years...100 Movies list and #1 in AFI's 100 Cheers list. Though considered a flop back in 1946, "It's a Wonderful Life" Is now considered to be one of the greatest movies of all time. ” - WallaceFRCorrice
 
7.
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A rebellious young man with a troubled past comes to a new town, finding friends and enemies. (111 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
“ Nominated -

James Dean's amazing and emotional performance of a troubled teenager is pretty much what made this movie great. Hell, James Dean should wave won a Best Actor award for his preformance. ” - WallaceFRCorrice
 
8.
The Searchers (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from an Indian tribe. (119 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ Winner -

Now THIS is a John Ford movie that deserves to win Best Picture, let alone at least be nominated. The greatest Western film ever made. and not to mention John Wayne's performance is classic. This is a movie that should not be missed and is easily one of the greatest films of all time. ” - WallaceFRCorrice
 
9.
The Seventh Seal (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague. (96 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ Nominated -

"The Seventh Seal" is a dark, gripping saga of a knight trying to survive the Black Death during the 12th Century. The film is now considered to be a classic of world cinema and is considered to be one of the world's greatest films ever made. ” - WallaceFRCorrice
 
10.
Paths of Glory (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses the soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them. (88 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Nominated -

Stanley Kubrick's "Paths of Glory" is considered a classic war film by many critics, as well as being praised for showing the harsh reality of war. This was the film that made Stanley Kubrick famous, and launched his directing career. ” - WallaceFRCorrice
 
11.
Vertigo (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her. (128 mins.)
“ Nominated -

"Vertigo" was not even nominated for Best Picture, which is a shame. It is now considered to be Alfred Hitchcock's greatest film, and is considered one of the greatest mystery movies of all time. ” - WallaceFRCorrice
 
12.
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.)
“ Nominated -

Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" is considered his most iconic film, but was very controversial when released in 1960, which is maybe why the film wasn't nominated for Best Picture. "Psycho" was named the greatest thriller of all time by the AFI. And the famous "shower scene" is still iconic even to this day. ” - WallaceFRCorrice
 
13.
Goldfinger (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Investigating a gold magnate's smuggling, James Bond uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve. (110 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
“ Nominated -

James Bond's most famous movie is often considered by critics to be a classic, and is also one of the greatest spy films ever. ” - WallaceFRCorrice
 
14.
Bullitt (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An all guts, no glory San Francisco cop becomes determined to find the underworld kingpin that killed the witness in his protection. (114 mins.)
Director: Peter Yates
“ Nominated -

Let's not forget Steve McQueen in his most famous role in "Bullitt". A very great movie, the famous car chase sequence is still exciting to this day. ” - WallaceFRCorrice
 
15.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest. (149 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Winner -

Stanley Kubrick's sci-fi epic was widely ignored upon release and was given mostly negative reviews, but the film was praised for it's special effects. (for which it won an Oscar) Now, "2001" is considered to be one of the greatest movies of all time, and was named the #1 greatest sci-fi movie by the AFI. However,the Best Picture award was given to "Oliver!", which is a fine movie but it's not the best of the year. ” - WallaceFRCorrice
 
16.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
After an encounter with U.F.O.s, a line worker feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen. (137 mins.)
“ Nominated -

Steven Spielberg's film that made him popular, is ranked as one of the greatest sci-fi films ever made. It was good enough to be even ranked with "Star Wars". ” - WallaceFRCorrice
 
17.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe. (153 mins.)
Director: Francis Coppola
“ Winner -

Kramer vs. Who? Francis Ford Coppola's war epic is considered to be a classic, and many critics praised Marlon Brando's performance in the film. The film had more classic moments than any other film in 1979. It's one of Coppola's masterpiece. ” - WallaceFRCorrice
 
18.
Raging Bull (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 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
“ Winner -

Martin Scorsese's "Raging Bull" is considered to be by many critics, one of the greatest movies of all time. It was named the 4th greatest movie of all time in 2007 by the AFI, they also named "Raging Bull" the #1 greatest sports movie of all time. Instead the Best Picture award went to "Ordinary People". ” - WallaceFRCorrice
 
19.
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
After the rebels have been brutally overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker takes advanced Jedi training with Master Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader as part of his plan to capture Luke. (124 mins.)
Director: Irvin Kershner
“ Nominated -

George Lucas made another Star Wars movie, and it was surprisingly better than the first one. It's a shame that this movie wasn't nominated because it is really, really good! ” - WallaceFRCorrice
 
20.
Blade Runner (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Winner -

Ridley Scott made this groundbreaking, amazing, classic film in 1982 but it was somehow ignored by the Academy. "Blade Runner" is now considered to be a classic film, and was named the 6th greatest sci-fi film by AFI, and the #1 greatest sci-fi film of all time by IGN.com. Most people would go to "Gladiator" saying it's Ridley's best film, when I say, it's "Blade Runner". ” - WallaceFRCorrice
 
21.
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After rescuing Han Solo from the palace of Jabba the Hutt, the rebels attempt to destroy the second Death Star, while Luke struggles to make Vader return from the dark side of the Force. (131 mins.)
“ Nominated -

The third (or sixth) film of the Star Wars saga, "Return of the Jedi" was one of the best films of the year. Great storyline, action, visual effects, and a great soundtrack. The film has gotten critical praise when it first came out in 1983. Sure, it's not the best Star Wars movie, but it's still really good! ” - WallaceFRCorrice
 
22.
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
“ Winner -

Oliver Stone made "Born on the Forth of July" as a part of his Vietnam War trilogy, (the other two films being "Platoon" and "Heaven and Earth" This is a film in my opinion, better than "Driving Miss Daisy". ” - WallaceFRCorrice
 
23.
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A gentle man, with scissors for hands, is brought into a new community after living in isolation. (105 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ Nominated -

Tim Burton has claimed "Edward Scissorhands" to be his most favorite work, along with Danny Elfman, the film's composer. The film has gotten favorable reviews by critics, and many say it's one of Tim Burton's finest work. ” - WallaceFRCorrice
 
24.
Goodfellas (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Henry Hill and his friends work their way up through the mob hierarchy. (146 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Winner -

Francis Ford Coppola has "The Godfather", Quentin Taratino has "Pulp Fiction", Martin Scorsese has "Goodfellas". This film is a legendary gangster film that has received critical praise and was named the 2nd greatest gangster movie of all time by the AFI. However the Best Picture award, instead went to "Dances With Wolves" ” - WallaceFRCorrice
 
25.
Toy Story (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy's room. (81 mins.)
Director: John Lasseter
“ Nominated -

John Lasseter directed "Toy Story" back in 1995 and the movie is a classic to this day. The movie was groundbreaking due to the fact that it was the very first feature length CGI film. ” - WallaceFRCorrice
 
26.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action. (169 mins.)
“ Winner -

"Saving Private Ryan" is one of those rare films that becomes an instant classic. Steven Spielberg has really outdone himself with this movie. From the opening scene of the violent D-Day, to the quest of finding Private Ryan, even till the very end of the movie, it's all great. This is a movie that shows compassion, friendship, and the horrors of war. Not to mention the film had a superb cast and director. Unfortunately the film didn't win Best Picture, instead it was shockingly/surprisingly given to "Shakespeare in Love" Come on!! I mean, "Shakespeare" wasn't a bad movie, it was actually pretty good. But let me say something, it is NOT better than "Saving Private Ryan" No offense to those who like "Shakespeare in Love". Sorry, but it's just my opinion. ” - WallaceFRCorrice
 
27.
The Matrix (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers. (136 mins.)
“ Nominated -

"The Matrix" has become a classic over the past few years, and was a critical and box-office success. It also became a huge hit for The Wachowski Bros. "The Matrix" won 4 Academy Awards, including best visual effects. But sadly the film wasn't nominated for Best Picture. ” - WallaceFRCorrice
 
28.
Fight Club (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soap maker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more. (139 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ Nominated -

"Fight Club" has not only a HUGE cult following, It has gotten critical praise as the years passed for being one of the best movies of all time. It is certainly a film like no other. ” - WallaceFRCorrice
 
29.
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become "real" so that he can regain the love of his human mother. (146 mins.)
“ Nominated -

Say what you want about this movie, I think it's great. Also, I think that Steven Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick did a great job on the movie. The visuals in the film are great, Haley Joel Osment did a good job acting, and the soundtrack by John Williams is superb. ” - WallaceFRCorrice
 
30.
WALL·E (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind. (98 mins.)
Director: Andrew Stanton
“ Nominated -

"WALL-E" is another film that has received much critical praise from critics around the world, and has even won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. But what's this? No Best Picture Nomination? ” - WallaceFRCorrice
 
31.
The Dark Knight (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the caped crusader must come to terms with one of the greatest psychological tests of his ability to fight injustice. (152 mins.)
“ Nominated -

Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" was more darker, shocking, and edgier than any of the Tim Burton movies. Many critics said it was one of the best movies of the year. But there was no Best Picture nomination, it's a shame. ” - WallaceFRCorrice
 
32.
The Social Network (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business. (120 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ Winner -

"The Social Network" is basically the story of how Facebook was made, and it was possibly the best movie of the year. The film has received widespread critical acclaim and has been called the best movie of the year by many. ” - WallaceFRCorrice