The Worst Oscar Snubs In History

by explorer801 | created - 09 Apr 2012 | updated - 24 Apr 2012 | Public

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1. Mask (1985)

PG-13 | 120 min | Biography, Drama

7.2
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A teenager with a massive facial skull deformity and biker gang mother attempt to live as normal a life as possible under the circumstances.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Cher, Eric Stoltz, Sam Elliott, Estelle Getty

Votes: 22,330 | Gross: $48.23M

CHER won her Oscar 2 years later for "Moonstruck", but gave one of her finest performances as Rusty Dennis in "Mask". She won at Cannes, nominated for a Golden Globe, but somehow Oscar cut her out! For shame!

2. The House of Mirth (2000)

PG | 135 min | Romance, Drama

7.1
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78 Metascore

A woman risks losing her chance of happiness with the only man she has ever loved.

Director: Terence Davies | Stars: Gillian Anderson, Dan Aykroyd, Eleanor Bron, Terry Kinney

Votes: 6,661 | Gross: $3.04M

Gillian Anderson gave one of the best performances of the year in this film, yet Oscar overlooked her.

3. Psycho (1960)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

8.5
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97 Metascore

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.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin

Votes: 480,103 | Gross: $32.00M

Can you imagine that Anthony Perkins did not get a nomination for "Psycho"? I say THAT'S psycho!

4. The Hours (2002)

PG-13 | 110 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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80 Metascore

The story of how the novel "Mrs. Dalloway" affects three generations of women, all of whom, in one way or another, have had to deal with suicide in their lives.

Director: Stephen Daldry | Stars: Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Stephen Dillane

Votes: 109,979 | Gross: $41.68M

Nicole Kidman won the Oscar for this movie (and deservedly so), but Meryl Streep's fine performance should have been recognized alongside Kidman's.

5. Dancer in the Dark (2000)

R | 140 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

8.0
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61 Metascore

An east European girl goes to America with her young son, expecting it to be like a Hollywood film.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Peter Stormare

Votes: 86,727 | Gross: $4.18M

Bjork, yes, Bjork, gave THE performance of the year in this film & got no recognition except at Cannes. See it if you ever have the chance!

6. Vertigo (1958)

PG | 128 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

8.4
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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.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore

Votes: 285,208 | Gross: $3.20M

Can you believe that Alfred Hitchcock never won Best Director in his career? THIS is the movie he should have won for, yet he was not even nominated!

7. The Shining (1980)

R | 146 min | Drama, Horror

8.4
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63 Metascore

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers

Votes: 697,126 | Gross: $44.02M

Over-the-top? Sure. But Jack Nicholson's performance about a man going gradually mad NEEDED to be that! An Oscar nomination seemed likely, alas, no. On the same subject, "The Shining" was one of Stanley Kubrick's artistic masterpieces. Still no nomination for Best Director.

8. Reservoir Dogs (1992)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.3
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79 Metascore

After a simple jewelry heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn

Votes: 750,887 | Gross: $2.83M

Best Picture nominee? Should have been.

9. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

8.1
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69 Metascore

The Bride wakens from a four-year coma. The child she carried in her womb is gone. Now she must wreak vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her - a team she was once part of.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah, Michael Madsen

Votes: 824,308 | Gross: $70.10M

Uma Thurman's tough-as-nails, yet vulnerable performance deserved a nomination for Best Actress. Head over heels better than Rooney Mara in "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo", who received a nomination in 2012.

10. Philadelphia (1993)

PG-13 | 125 min | Drama

7.7
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66 Metascore

When a man with HIV 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.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Roberta Maxwell, Buzz Kilman

Votes: 194,135 | Gross: $77.32M

Tom Hanks stole the show in this movie, but Denzel Washington deserved a Best Supporting nomination for his tough portrayal of a homophobic lawyer who learns a thing or two from his client.

11. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

8.1
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100 Metascore

Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home in Kansas and help her friends as well.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, King Vidor | Stars: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr

Votes: 323,262 | Gross: $22.20M

Come on guys! Margaret Hamilton's Wicked Witch of the West is an icon to say the least. The lack of a Best Supporting nomination is even more wicked than she!

12. Billy Elliot (2000)

R | 110 min | Drama, Music, Romance

7.7
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74 Metascore

A talented young boy becomes torn between his unexpected love of dance and the disintegration of his family.

Director: Stephen Daldry | Stars: Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Jean Heywood, Jamie Draven

Votes: 105,986 | Gross: $22.00M

No Best Picture nomination. One of my all-time favorite movies. And Oscar loves rewarding younger actors. Where was Jamie Bell's nomination for Best Actor? He was amazing!

13. Almost Famous (2000)

R | 122 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.9
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90 Metascore

A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies them on their concert tour.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Billy Crudup, Patrick Fugit, Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand

Votes: 222,936 | Gross: $32.53M

Cameron Crowe's crowning achievement deserved a Best Director & Best Picture nomination!

14. Ghost (1990)

PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

7.0
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52 Metascore

After a young man is murdered, his spirit stays behind to warn his lover of impending danger, with the help of a reluctant psychic.

Director: Jerry Zucker | Stars: Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Goldwyn

Votes: 167,132 | Gross: $217.63M

Won Whoopi Goldberg her Oscar. Even nominated for Best Picture! But to me this is Demi Moore's best performance in her career. She oozed sorrow, frustration, hope, grief, and ultimately belief perfectly. She deserved a Best Actress nomination.

15. Blue Valentine (2010)

R | 112 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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81 Metascore

The relationship of a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods.

Director: Derek Cianfrance | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, John Doman, Faith Wladyka

Votes: 157,860 | Gross: $9.74M

Michelle Williams got nominated for this while her counterpart, Ryan Gosling was snubbed. Should have been the other way around given the option.

16. We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

R | 112 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.5
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68 Metascore

Kevin's mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly dangerous things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined.

Director: Lynne Ramsay | Stars: Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller, Jasper Newell

Votes: 111,260 | Gross: $1.74M

Both Tilda Swinton & newcomer Ezra Miller (as her son) deserved nominations for this. It's powerful stuff!

17. Atonement (2007)

R | 123 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.8
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85 Metascore

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.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Brenda Blethyn, Saoirse Ronan

Votes: 211,484 | Gross: $50.93M

Keira Knightley absolutely stole this movie but not an Oscar nomination.

18. Love Actually (2003)

R | 135 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.6
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55 Metascore

Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.

Director: Richard Curtis | Stars: Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson, Laura Linney

Votes: 356,579 | Gross: $59.70M

I'd have given this a Best Picture nomination, but at the very least, Emma Thompson was robbed a nomination for her powerhouse supporting performance of a wife betrayed.

19. House of Sand and Fog (2003)

R | 126 min | Drama

7.6
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71 Metascore

An abandoned wife is evicted from her house and starts a tragic conflict with her home's new owners.

Director: Vadim Perelman | Stars: Jennifer Connelly, Ben Kingsley, Ron Eldard, Frances Fisher

Votes: 59,434 | Gross: $13.01M

OUTSTANDING movie in every way, but Jennifer Connelly should have been nominated for her portrayal of a desperate woman bent on saving her life at any cost. At least she won 2 years previous for "A Beautiful Mind".

20. Revolutionary Road (2008)

R | 119 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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69 Metascore

A young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Christopher Fitzgerald, Jonathan Roumie

Votes: 164,972 | Gross: $22.91M

Oscar got it ALL WRONG in 2008! Kate Winslet won Best Leading Actress for "The Reader" (which was actually a supporting role if you observe). She deserved to win for "Revolutionary Road", and while we're at it Leonardo DiCaprio deserved a nomination, at the very least, as well.

21. The Truman Show (1998)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

8.1
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90 Metascore

An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a television show.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich

Votes: 758,149 | Gross: $125.62M

I am typically not a Jim Carrey fan. His career choices are normally poor & are below his talent. I do, however, feel he was robbed a Best Actor nomination for "Truman Show". It was a pitch-perfect performance, well-tamed & refined.

22. The Muppets (2011)

PG | 103 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

7.1
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75 Metascore

A Muppet fanatic with some help from his two human compatriots must regroup the Muppet gang to stop an avaricious oil mogul from taking down one of their precious life-longing treasures.

Director: James Bobin | Stars: Amy Adams, Jason Segel, Chris Cooper, Rashida Jones

Votes: 79,237 | Gross: $88.63M

According to rottentomatoes.com, "The Muppets" was the best-reviewed film of 2011. So why did it fail to earn a Best Picture nomination? Really. Why??

23. Moulin Rouge! (2001)

PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

7.6
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66 Metascore

A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets.

Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 239,995 | Gross: $57.39M

Ewan McGregor deserved a nomination for this! He sings wonderfully, he exudes love, and cries like a pro. His best performance to date.

24. Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama

7.7
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64 Metascore

A housewife who is unhappy with her life befriends an old lady in a nursing home and is enthralled by the tales she tells of people she used to know.

Director: Jon Avnet | Stars: Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson, Mary-Louise Parker

Votes: 56,917 | Gross: $82.42M

Best Picture anyone? Kathy Bates should have been nominated for Best Actress as well!

25. Steel Magnolias (1989)

PG | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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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.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, Sally Field, Julia Roberts

Votes: 37,939 | Gross: $83.76M

A sublime cast (Julia Roberts 1st nomination), yet Sally Field was snubbed for her performance as a loving, hoping, grieving mother. The cemetery scene towards the end alone should have done it for her!

26. Rosemary's Baby (1968)

R | 137 min | Drama, Horror

8.0
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96 Metascore

A young couple moves in to 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.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer

Votes: 155,892

Mia Farrow should have WON Best actress for "Rosemary's Baby". She wasn't even nominated.

27. To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995)

PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy, Drama

6.4
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Three drag queens travel cross-country until their car breaks down, leaving them stranded in a small town.

Director: Beeban Kidron | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze, John Leguizamo, Stockard Channing

Votes: 23,342 | Gross: $36.47M

A cute little movie with lots going for it. John Leguizamo should have been nominated for Supporting Actor. Oscar is not opposed to nominating drag ("Tootsie", "The Crying Game", "Some Like It Hot"). Leguizamo was perfect as a little drag queen in this.

28. Titanic (1997)

PG-13 | 194 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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75 Metascore

A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates

Votes: 877,568 | Gross: $0.69M

It won EVERY award that year, yet somehow they didn't even nominate Leonardo DiCaprio for Best Actor. I have a "sinking" feeling that was a mistake (haha).

29. Being John Malkovich (1999)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.8
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90 Metascore

A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich.

Director: Spike Jonze | Stars: John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener, John Malkovich

Votes: 273,518 | Gross: $22.86M

Possibly the most bizarre, brilliant film in years, John Malkovich should have been nominated for Supporting Actor for portraying himself.

30. The Sixth Sense (1999)

PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

8.1
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64 Metascore

A boy who communicates with spirits seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams

Votes: 780,470 | Gross: $293.51M

They nailed it by nominating Toni Collette & Haley Joel Osment, but Bruce Willis gave his most subdued, challenging performance ever in this. He should have been nominated.

31. Ed Wood (1994)

R | 127 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.9
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70 Metascore

Ambitious but troubled movie director, Edward D. Wood Jr, tries his best to fulfill his dream, despite his lack of support.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette

Votes: 150,988 | Gross: $5.89M

To me "Ed Wood" should have been nominated for Best Picture among other awards. But by not nominating Johnny Depp for Best Actor was a crime! It was his movie (though Martin Landau WON Supporting Actor for his flawless portrayal of Bela Lugosi).

32. Sideways (2004)

R | 126 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.5
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94 Metascore

Two men reaching middle age with not much to show but disappointment embark on a week-long road trip through California's wine country, just as one is about to take a trip down the aisle.

Director: Alexander Payne | Stars: Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen, Sandra Oh

Votes: 160,780 | Gross: $71.50M

Paul Giamatti? Best Actor???

33. The Others (2001)

PG-13 | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.6
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74 Metascore

A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted.

Director: Alejandro Amenábar | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Fionnula Flanagan, Alakina Mann

Votes: 295,339 | Gross: $96.52M

One of the best screenplays ever written was somehow overlooked by the Oscars.

34. Memento (2000)

R | 113 min | Mystery, Thriller

8.5
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80 Metascore

A man juggles searching for his wife's murderer and keeping his short-term memory loss from being an obstacle.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Junior

Votes: 948,350 | Gross: $25.54M

Should have been nominated for Best Picture and Director (Christopher Nolan).

35. The Color Purple (1985)

PG-13 | 154 min | Drama

7.8
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78 Metascore

A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Margaret Avery

Votes: 66,517 | Gross: $98.47M

Received TEN nominations that year, yet Steven Spielberg was forgotten for Best Director. I guess it directed itself???

36. Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)

R | 123 min | Drama, Horror

7.6
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59 Metascore

A vampire tells his epic life story: love, betrayal, loneliness, and hunger.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Antonio Banderas, Kirsten Dunst

Votes: 258,483 | Gross: $105.26M

Best Supporting Actress for Kirsten Dunst should have been a given.

37. Burlesque (I) (2010)

PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, Music, Musical

6.4
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47 Metascore

A small-town girl ventures to Los Angeles and finds her place in a neo-burlesque club run by a former dancer.

Director: Steve Antin | Stars: Cher, Christina Aguilera, Alan Cumming, Eric Dane

Votes: 66,593 | Gross: $39.44M

"You Haven't Seen the Last of Me", a song powerfully performed by Cher won the Golden Globe that year. HOW could it not have been nominated for an Oscar? It's the best part of "Burlesque" and successful enough to be released as a single on an upcoming Cher album.

38. Shame (2011)

NC-17 | 101 min | Drama

7.2
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72 Metascore

A man's carefully cultivated private life is disrupted when his sister arrives for an indefinite stay.

Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, James Badge Dale, Lucy Walters

Votes: 161,234 | Gross: $4.00M

Michael Fassbender literally bared it all, heart, soul, and flesh. It was a powerhouse performance that should have received a Best Actor nomination. It was a shoo-in. What happened here?

39. King Kong (1933)

Not Rated | 100 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

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A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.

Directors: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack | Stars: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot, Frank Reicher

Votes: 69,674 | Gross: $10.00M

As far as groundbreaking cinema goes, "King Kong" takes the prize. How did it manage to not get a Best Picture nomination in 1933??

40. Little Women (1994)

PG | 115 min | Drama, Family, Romance

7.3
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87 Metascore

The March sisters live and grow in post-Civil War America.

Director: Gillian Armstrong | Stars: Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder, Kirsten Dunst, Claire Danes

Votes: 40,209 | Gross: $50.08M

Perfect ensemble & adaptation of the classic book. It earned Winona Rider a Best Actress nomination, and she deserved it. Yet Susan Sarandon's Marmee was the glue that held the group together. She played Marmee with such grace, poise, and wisdom, where was her Supporting Actress nomination?

41. The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

R | 129 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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79 Metascore

A partially idealized and fictionalized film of the controversial pornography publisher and how he became a defender of free speech for all people.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, Edward Norton, Brett Harrelson

Votes: 76,932 | Gross: $20.19M

Brilliant movie, Woody Harrelson was nominated for Best Actor. Perhaps she was playing a version of herself. Maybe it wasn't a far stretch, but Courtney Love deserved a nomination for her fine performance as Althea Flynt. She really nailed it.