Best Heroes in Film

List of Fictional Characters that stand the test of time for heroism which were either given Oscars or nominated for them
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1.
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
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Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his kids against prejudice. (129 mins.)
Director: Robert Mulligan
“ Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) Best Actor Oscar Winner ” - stewiec85
 
2.
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
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An African American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town. (109 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
“ Police Chief Gillespie (Rod Steiger) Best Actor Oscar Winner ” - stewiec85
 
3.
Forrest Gump (1994)
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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
“ Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) Best Actor Oscar Winner
Lt. Dan (Gary Sinise) Best Supporting Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
4.
Philadelphia (1993)
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When a man with AIDS is fired by his law firm because of his condition, he hires a homophobic small time lawyer as the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit. (125 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
“ Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks) Best Actor Oscar Winner ” - stewiec85
 
5.
Dances with Wolves (1990)
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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
“ Lt. Dunbar (Kevin Costner) Best Actor Oscar Nominee
Kicking Bird (Graham Greene) Best Supporting Actor Oscar Nominee
Stands With A Fist (Mary McDonnell) Best Supporting Actress Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
6.
The Contender (2000)
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Senator Laine Hanson is a contender for US Vice President, but information and disinformation about her past surfaces that threatens to de-rail her confirmation. (126 mins.)
Director: Rod Lurie
“ Laine Hanson (Joan Allen) Best Actress Oscar Nominee
President Jackson Evans (Jeff Bridges) Best Supporting Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
7.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
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Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker. (158 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara) Best Actress Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
8.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
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In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6. (127 mins.)
Director: Tomas Alfredson
“ George Smiley (Gary Oldman) Best Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
9.
The Visitor (2007)
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A college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment. (104 mins.)
Director: Tom McCarthy
“ Walter (Richard Jenkins) Best Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
10.
Witness (1985)
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A young Amish boy is sole witness to a murder; policeman John Book goes into hiding in Amish country to protect him until the trial. (112 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
“ John Book (Harrison Ford) Best Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
11.
The Untouchables (1987)
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Federal Agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop Al Capone; because of rampant corruption, he assembles a small, hand-picked team. (119 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ Jim Malone (Sean Connery) Best Supporting Actor Oscar Winner ” - stewiec85
 
12.
Eastern Promises (2007)
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A Russian teenager living in London who dies during childbirth leaves clues to a midwife in her journal that could tie her child to a rape involving a violent Russian mob family. (100 mins.)
“ Nikolai (Viggo Mortensen) Best Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
13.
...and justice for all. (1979)
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A lawyer is forced to defend a guilty judge, while defending other innocent clients, and trying to find punishment for the guilty and provide justice for the innocent. (119 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
“ Arthur Kirkland (Al Pacino) Best Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
14.
The Quiet American (2002)
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An older British reporter vies with a young U.S. doctor for the affections of a beautiful Vietnamese woman. (101 mins.)
Director: Phillip Noyce
“ Thomas Fowler (Michael Caine) Best Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
15.
Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
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In 1935, when his train is stopped by deep snow, detective Hercule Poirot is called on to solve a murder that occurred in his car the night before. (128 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ Hercule Poirot (Albert Finney) Best Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
16.
The Green Mile (1999)
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The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift. (189 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan) Best Supporting Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
17.
Platoon (1986)
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A young recruit in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man. (120 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ Sgt. Elias (Willem Dafoe) Best Supporting Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
18.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
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Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate "Captain" Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor's daughter, from Jack's former pirate allies, who are now undead. (143 mins.)
Director: Gore Verbinski
“ Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) Best Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
19.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
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A meek Hobbit and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the One Ring and the Dark Lord Sauron. (178 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ Gandalf (Ian McKellan) Best Supporting Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
20.
Michael Clayton (2007)
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A law firm brings in its "fixer" to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multi-billion dollar class action suit. (119 mins.)
Director: Tony Gilroy
“ Michael Clayton (George Clooney) Best Actor Oscar Nominee
Arthur Edens (Tom Wilkinson) Best Supporting Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
21.
Biutiful (2010)
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This is the story of Uxbal, a man living in this world, but able to see his death, which guides his every move. (148 mins.)
“ Uxbal (Javier Bardem) Best Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
22.
Syriana (2005)
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A politically-charged epic about the state of the oil industry in the hands of those personally involved and affected by it. (128 mins.)
Director: Stephen Gaghan
“ Bob Barnes (George Clooney) Best Supporting Actor Oscar Winner ” - stewiec85
 
23.
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
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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
“ Ted Kramer (Dustin Hoffman) Best Actor Oscar Winner ” - stewiec85
 
24.
Rocky (1976)
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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.)
“ Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) Best Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
25.
Network (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor's ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit. (121 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ Howard Beale (Peter Finch) Best Actor Oscar Winner ” - stewiec85
 
26.
Sling Blade (1996)
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Karl Childers, a simple man hospitalized since his childhood murder of his mother and her lover, is released to start a new life in a small town. (135 mins.)
“ Karl Childers (Billy Bob Thornton) Best Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
27.
The Constant Gardener (2005)
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A widower is determined to get to the bottom of a potentially explosive secret involving his wife's murder, big business, and corporate corruption. (129 mins.)
“ Tessa Quayle (Rachel Weisz) Best Supporting Actress Oscar Winner ” - stewiec85
 
28.
The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)
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A young Australian reporter tries to navigate the political turmoil of Indonesia during the rule of President Sukarno with the help of a diminutive photographer. (115 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
“ Billy Kwan (Linda Hunt) Best Supporting Actress Oscar Winner ” - stewiec85
 
29.
The French Connection (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection. (104 mins.)
“ Detective Popeye Doyle (Gene Hackman) Best Actor Oscar Winner
Detective Buddy Russo (Roy Scheider) Best Supporting Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
30.
Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
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In prerevolutionary Russia, a Jewish peasant contends with marrying off three of his daughters while growing antisemitic sentiment threatens his village. (181 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
“ Tevye (Topol) Best Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
31.
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
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In 1948, an American court in occupied Germany tries four Nazi judges for war crimes. (186 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kramer
“ Hans Rolfe (Maximillian Schell) Best Actor Oscar Winner
Chief Judge Dan Haywood (Spencer Tracy) Best Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
32.
Glory (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Robert Gould Shaw leads the US Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both his own Union army and the Confederates. (122 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
“ Private Trip (Denzel Washington) Best Supporting Actor Oscar Winner ” - stewiec85
 
33.
The Fugitive (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Dr. Richard Kimble, unjustly accused of murdering his wife, must find the real killer while being the target of a nationwide manhunt. (130 mins.)
Director: Andrew Davis
“ Samuel Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones) Best Supporting Actor Oscar Winner ” - stewiec85
 
34.
Unforgiven (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man. (131 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ William Munny (Clint Eastwood) Best Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
35.
Mona Lisa (1986)
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George has just been released from prison, and manages to get a job driving a call girl from customer to customer. Initially they don't get on; he doesn't fit in with the high class customers Simone services. Will they ever get on? (104 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
“ George (Bob Hoskins) Best Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
36.
Blood Diamond (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A fisherman, a smuggler, and a syndicate of businessmen match wits over the possession of a priceless diamond. (143 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
“ Danny Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio) Best Actor Oscar Nominee
Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou) Best Supporting Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
37.
Traffic (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A conservative judge is appointed by the President to spearhead America's escalating war against drugs, only to discover that his teenage daughter is a crack addict. Two DEA agents protect an informant. A jailed drug baron's wife attempts to carry on the family business. (147 mins.)
“ Javier Rodriguez (Benicio Del Toro) Best Supporting Actor Oscar Winner ” - stewiec85
 
38.
Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Luis Molina and Valentin Arregui are cell mates in a South American prison. Luis, a trans individual... (120 mins.)
Director: Hector Babenco
“ Luis Molina (William Hurt) Best Actor Oscar Winner ” - stewiec85
 
39.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. (142 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding (Morgan Freeman) Best Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
40.
Life Is Beautiful (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp. (116 mins.)
Director: Roberto Benigni
“ Guido Orefice (Roberto Benigni) Best Actor Oscar Winner ” - stewiec85
 
41.
Cold Mountain (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In the waning days of the American Civil War, a wounded soldier embarks on a perilous journey back home to Cold Mountain, North Carolina to reunite with his sweetheart. (154 mins.)
“ Inman (Jude Law) Best Actor Oscar Nominee
Ruby Thewes (Renee Zellweger) Best Supporting Actress Oscar Winner ” - stewiec85
 
42.
Crash (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption. (112 mins.)
Director: Paul Haggis
“ Officer John Ryan (Matt Dillon) Best Supporting Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
43.
Captains Courageous (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Harvey Cheyne is a spoiled brat used to having his own way. When a prank goes wrong onboard an ocean liner Harvey ends up overboard and nearly drowns... (117 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
“ Manuel (Spencer Tracy) Best Actor Oscar Winner ” - stewiec85
 
44.
Inherit the Wind (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Based on a real-life case in 1925, two great lawyers argue the case for and against a science teacher accused of the crime of teaching evolution. (128 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kramer
“ Henry Drummond (Spencer Tracy) Best Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
45.
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
When deaf mute Singer moves to a small city to be near his only friend confined in a hospital, he grows attached to his landlady's sensitive 16-year-old daughter. (123 mins.)
“ John Singer (Alan Arkin) Best Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
46.
Jagged Edge (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
San Francisco heiress Page Forrester is brutally murdered in her remote beach house. Her husband Jack... (108 mins.)
“ Sam Ransom (Robert Loggia) Best Supporting Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
47.
On the Waterfront (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses. (108 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
“ Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) Best Actor Oscar Winner ” - stewiec85
 
48.
The World According to Garp (1982)
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Based on the John Irving novel, this film chronicles the life of T S Garp, and his mother, Jenny. Whilst Garp sees himself as a "serious" writer... (136 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
“ Jenny Fields (Glenn Close) Best Supporting Actress Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
49.
Collateral (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles. (120 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
“ Max (Jamie Foxx) Best Supporting Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
50.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
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A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims. (118 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
“ Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) Best Actress Oscar Winner ” - stewiec85
 
51.
The Accused (1988)
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After a young woman suffers a brutal rape in a bar one night, a prosecutor assists in bringing the perpetrators to justice, including the ones who encouraged and cheered on the attack. (111 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Kaplan
“ Sarah Tobias (Jodie Foster) Best Actress Oscar Winner ” - stewiec85
 
52.
Fargo (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson. (98 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand) Best Actress Oscar Winner ” - stewiec85
 
53.
True Grit (2010)
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A tough U.S. Marshal helps a stubborn teenager track down her father's murderer. (110 mins.)
“ Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) Best Actor Oscar Nominee
Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) Best Supporting Actress Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
54.
True Grit (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A drunken, hard-nosed U.S. Marshal and a Texas Ranger help a stubborn teenager track down her father's murderer in Indian territory. (128 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
“ Rooster Cogburn (John Wayne) Best Actor Oscar Winner ” - stewiec85
 
55.
In the Valley of Elah (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A retired military investigator works with a police detective to uncover the truth behind his son's disappearance following his return from a tour of duty in Iraq. (121 mins.)
Director: Paul Haggis
“ Hank Deerfield (Tommy Lee Jones) Best Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
56.
North Country (2005)
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A fictionalized account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the United States -- Jenson vs. Eveleth Mines, where a woman who endured a range of abuse while working as a miner filed and won the landmark 1984 lawsuit. (126 mins.)
Director: Niki Caro
“ Josey Aimes (Charlize Theron) Best Actress Oscar Nominee
Glory (Frances McDormand) Best Supporting Actress Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
57.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients. (133 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
“ R.P. McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) Best Actor Oscar Winner ” - stewiec85
 
58.
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
“ Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles) Best Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
59.
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
“ Father Chuck O'Malley (Bing Crosby) Best Actor Oscar Winner ” - stewiec85
 
60.
A Dry White Season (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Ben du Toit is a schoolteacher who always has considered himself a man of caring and justice, at least on the individual level... (97 mins.)
Director: Euzhan Palcy
“ Ian McKenzie (Marlon Brando) Best Supporting Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
61.
The Client (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A young boy who witnessed the suicide of a mafia lawyer hires an attorney to protect him when the district attorney tries to use him to take down a mob family. (119 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
“ Regina 'Reggie' Love (Susan Surandon) Best Actress Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
62.
Training Day (2001)
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On his first day on the job as a Los Angeles narcotics officer, a rookie cop goes on a 24-hour training course with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears. (122 mins.)
Director: Antoine Fuqua
“ Jake Hoyt (Ethan Hawke) Best Supporting Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
63.
Jackie Brown (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A middle-aged woman finds herself in the middle of a huge conflict that will either make her a profit or cost her life. (154 mins.)
“ Max Cherry (Robert Forster) Best Supporting Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
64.
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
“ Jordan 'Bick' Benedict Jr. (Rock Hudson) Best Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
65.
The Hustler (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An up-and-coming pool player plays a long-time champion in a single high-stakes match. (134 mins.)
Director: Robert Rossen
“ Eddie Felson (Paul Newman) Best Actor Oscar Nominee
Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason) Best Supporting Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
66.
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A man refuses to conform to life in a rural prison. (126 mins.)
“ Luke (Paul Newman) Best Actor Oscar Nominee
Dragline (George Kennedy) Best Supporting Actor Oscar Winner ” - stewiec85
 
67.
Absence of Malice (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
When a prosecutor leaks a false story that a liquor warehouse owner is involved in the murder of an union head, the man's life begins to unravel. (116 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
“ Michael Colin Gallagher (Paul Newman) Best Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
68.
The Verdict (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A lawyer sees the chance to salvage his career and self-respect by taking a medical malpractice case to trial rather than settling. (129 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ Frank Galvin (Paul Newman) Best Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
69.
Norma Rae (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A young single mother and textile worker agrees to help unionize her mill despite the problems and dangers involved. (114 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
“ Norma Rae (Sally Field) Best Actress Oscar Winner ” - stewiec85
 
70.
The Great White Hope (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A black champion boxer and his white female companion struggle to survive while the white boxing establishment looks for ways to knock him down. (103 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
“ Jack Jefferson (James Earl Jones) Best Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
71.
Sounder (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The oldest son of a loving and strong family of black sharecroppers comes of age in the Depression-era South after his father is imprisoned for stealing food. (105 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
“ Nathan Lee Morgan (Paul Winfield) Best Actor Oscar Nominee
Rebecca Morgan (Cicely Tyson) Best Actress Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
72.
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
British agent Alec Leamas refuses to come in from the cold war during the 1960s, choosing to face another mission, which may prove to be his final one. (112 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
“ Alec Leamas (Richard Burton) Best Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
73.
The Boys from Brazil (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A Nazi hunter in Paraguay discovers a sinister and bizarre plot to rekindle the Third Reich. (125 mins.)
“ Ezra Lieberman (Laurence Olivier) Best Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
74.
From Here to Eternity (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In 1941 Hawaii, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit's team, while his captain's wife and second in command are falling in love. (118 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
“ First Sergeant Milton Warden (Burt Lancaster) Best Actor Oscar Nominee
Private Robert E. Lee 'Prew' Prewitt (Montgomery Clift) Best Actor Oscar Nominee
Private Angelo Maggio (Frank Sinatra) Best Supporting Actor Oscar Winner ” - stewiec85
 
75.
Stalag 17 (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
When two escaping American World War II prisoners are killed, the German POW camp barracks black marketeer, J.J. Sefton, is suspected of being an informer. (120 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ J.J. Sefton (William Holden) Best Actor Oscar Winner ” - stewiec85
 
76.
Ben-Hur (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge. (212 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
“ Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston) Best Actor Oscar Winner ” - stewiec85
 
77.
Starman (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An alien takes the form of a young widow's husband and asks her to drive him from Wisconsin to Arizona. The government tries to stop them. (115 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ Starman (Jeff Bridges) Best Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
78.
The Help (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis. (146 mins.)
Director: Tate Taylor
“ Abileen Clark (Viola Davis) Best Actress Oscar Nominee
Minny Jackson (Octavia Spencer) Best Supporting Actress Oscar Winner ” - stewiec85
 
79.
Pelle the Conqueror (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The end of the 19th century. A boat filled with Swedish emigrants comes to the Danish island of Bornholm... (157 mins.)
Director: Bille August
“ Lassefar (Max Von Sydow) Best Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
80.
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
“ John Merrick (John Hurt) Best Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
81.
Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Embarrassed by his large nose, a romantic poet/soldier romances his cousin by proxy. (137 mins.)
“ Cyrano De Bergerac (Gerard Depardieu) Best Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
82.
Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The charismatic swordsman-poet helps another woo the woman he loves in this straightforward version of the play. (112 mins.)
Director: Michael Gordon
“ Cyrano De Bergerac (Jose Ferrer) Best Actor Oscar Winner ” - stewiec85
 
83.
The Deer Hunter (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam war impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania. (183 mins.)
Director: Michael Cimino
“ Michael (Robert De Niro) Best Actor Oscar Nominee
Nick (Christopher Walken) Best Supporting Actor Oscar Winner ” - stewiec85
 
84.
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
“ Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) Best Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
85.
The Sting (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Chicago in September 1936, a young con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker. (129 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
“ Johnny Hooker (Robert Redford) Best Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
86.
The Departed (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston. (151 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Dignam (Mark Wahlberg) Best Supporting Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
87.
Charly (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An intellectually disabled man undergoes an experiment that gives him the intelligence of a genius. (103 mins.)
Director: Ralph Nelson
“ Charly Gordon (Cliff Robertson) Best Actor Oscar Winner ” - stewiec85
 
88.
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
“ Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt) Best Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
89.
The Crying Game (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A British soldier is kidnapped by IRA terrorists. He befriends one of his captors, who is drawn into the soldier's world. (112 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
“ Fergus (Stephen Rhea) Best Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
90.
Mississippi Burning (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Two FBI agents with wildly different styles arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists. (128 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
“ Agent Rupert Anderson (Gene Hackman) Best Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
91.
Aliens (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The planet from Alien has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, the rescue team has impressive firepower, but will it be enough? (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) Best Actress Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
92.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn't back down. (129 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
“ Jefferson Smith (James Stewart) Best Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
93.
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A poor Midwest family is forced off of their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression. (129 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ Tom Joad (Henry Fonda) Best Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
94.
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
“ George Bailey (James Stewart) Best Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
95.
Casablanca (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
In Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) Best Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
96.
The Color Purple (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A black Southern woman (Whoopi Goldberg) struggles to find her identity after suffering years of abuse from her father and others over 40 years. (154 mins.)
“ Celie (Whoopi Goldberg) Best Actress Oscar Nominee
Sofia (Oprah Winfrey) Best Supporting Actress Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
97.
The Defiant Ones (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Two escaped convicts chained together, white and black, must learn to get along in order to elude capture. (96 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kramer
“ Noah Cullen (Sidney Poitier) Best Actor Oscar Nominee
John 'Joker' Jackson (Tony Curtis) Best Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
98.
Ragtime (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A young black pianist becomes embroiled in the lives of an upper-class white family set among the racial tensions, infidelity, violence, and other nostalgic events in early 1900s New York City. (155 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
“ Coalhouse Walker (Howard Rollins Jr.) Best Supporting Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
99.
Thelma & Louise (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An Arkansas waitress and a housewife shoot a rapist and take off in a '66 Thunderbird. (130 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Thelma Dickinson (Geena Davis) Best Actress Oscar Nominee
Louise Sawyer (Susan Surandon) Best Actress Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
100.
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader. (121 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
“ Ben 'Obi-Wan' Kenobi (Alec Guiness) Best Supporting Actor Oscar Nominee ” - stewiec85