The Greatest Best Picture Winners

Here are my picks for the best Best Picture winners. I base my choices on its impact in the world of cinema, critical acclaim, popularity over time, and my personal opinion.

NOTE: The films in the middle of my list I don't love or hate. Therefore I have little to say about them, other than they were 'good.'
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1.
The Godfather (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (175 mins.)
“ My pick for the greatest Best Picture winner.

-Should have won: good choice ” - yoyoshi14
 
2.
Casablanca (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
In Casablanca in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate encounters a former lover, with unforeseen complications. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ Everything about Casablanca is timeless.

-Should have won: good choice ” - yoyoshi14
 
3.
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
“ I rank My Fair Lady this high because it's my favorite movie of all-time. That aside, My Fair Lady is the last great cinematic musical, with classic songs and musical numbers, and a great cast.

-Should have won: *Dr. Strangelove

*I say this based only on popular consensus. Although Kubrick is one of my top 3 favorite directors, and Dr. Strangelove is my favorite film of his, but My Fair Lady is my favorite movie of all-time so I can't argue with the Academy's decision. ” - yoyoshi14
 
4.
Annie Hall (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall. (93 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ I am a HUGE Star Wars fan, but I am one of the few fans who does not feel bitter with Annie Hall's Best Picture win. Annie Hall is a comedic and honest play on relationships. I rank Annie Hall so high because it's my favorite film from my favorite director, Woody Allen.

-Should have won: *Star Wars

*Base on popular consensus. I, however, agree with the Academy's decision. ” - yoyoshi14
 
5.
Gone with the Wind (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods. (238 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
“ The best film in a year considered by many as the greatest year of cinema. The other nominees included classics such as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Ninotchka, Stagecoach, and The Wizard of Oz.

-Should have won: good choice. ” - yoyoshi14
 
6.
Schindler's List (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans. (195 mins.)
“ Clearly the best film of 1993.

-Should have won: good choice ” - yoyoshi14
 
7.
West Side Story (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy. (152 mins.)
“ The musicals of the 1950's and 1960's are why I love movies! Nothing cheers me up more than a great musical number, and West Side Story is full of them.

-Should have won: good choice ” - yoyoshi14
 
8.
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks. (216 mins.)
Director: David Lean
“ It's hard to argue with the Academy's decision. Lawrence of Arabia is the epitome of 'epic movie.'

-Should have won: good choice ” - yoyoshi14
 
9.
All About Eve (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
An ingenue insinuates herself into the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends. (138 mins.)
“ Holds the record for the most Oscar nominations for a single film (14 nominations). I don't have a problem with this pick because All About Eve was certainly one of the top two films of 1950, and one of the best films of all time.

-Should have won: The Third Man (not nominated) or Sunset Boulevard ” - yoyoshi14
 
10.
No Country for Old Men (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande. (122 mins.)
“ No Country was one of only a handful of movies, in recent years, that totally captivated and blew me away. Even upon multiple viewing I still felt the same appreciation and satisfaction I felt after the first viewing. 2007 was a great year for films.

-Should have won: good choice, or There Will Be Blood ” - yoyoshi14
 
11.
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate. (202 mins.)
“ The best sequel ever made! However, given a choice to watch Part II or Chinatown, I have to go with Polanski.

-Should have won: Chinatown ” - yoyoshi14
 
12.
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it. (161 mins.)
Director: David Lean
“ This is probably my favorite David Lean movie. The only reason I don't have it ranked higher than Lawrence of Arabia is because Lawrence of Arabia had more of an impact on cinema. The Academy chose a great film with The Bride on the River Kwai, but my favorite film of 1957 is Funny Face (because it appeals more to my personal taste).

-Should have won: good choice ” - yoyoshi14
 
13.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
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
“ I know it's cliche to say "I love everything" about this film, but that statement is true regarding The Silence of the Lambs. There is noting I can find wrong with this film. I love everything about it.

-Should have won: good choice ” - yoyoshi14
 
14.
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
“ Amadeus is historically inaccurate, but powerfully entertaining nonetheless. One of my favorite Best Picture winners, particularly because of the amazing restoration of Mozart music.

-Should have won: good choice ” - yoyoshi14
 
15.
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
“ Although the ending is tragic, every time I watch Cuckoo's Nest I feel good inside. It's great seeing a group of people, who are nuts, band together and make the best of their bad situation. Cuckoo's Nest was the best amongst a strong field of competitors (Barry Lyndon, Dog Day Afternoon, Jaws, Nashville).

-Should have won: Any of the films nominated would have been a good choice. ” - yoyoshi14
 
16.
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
“ Watching The Deer Hunter is always a very spiritual/transcendent experience. Throughout the film you go on a journey to the spiritual heights of the mountains, to the lower depth of hell in the Vietnam War.

Should have won: good choice ” - yoyoshi14
 
17.
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.)
“ A dark, depressing take on the buddy film. It's always rough watching Joe Buck and "Ratso" Rizzo struggling to survive in the lower depths of society. In the end, however, the relationship between the two is very touching and profound.

-Should have won: good choice ” - yoyoshi14
 
18.
On the Waterfront (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses. (108 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
“ Few actors can carry a film like Marlon Brando. His portrayal of Terry Malloy remains one of my favorite performances of all-time.

-Should have won: good choice ” - yoyoshi14
 
19.
The Hurt Locker (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work. (131 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
“ I don't really have much to say about The Hurt Locker other than I loved it, and I can't really explain why. I just enjoyed it a lot when I first saw it, and enjoyed it just as much, if not more, upon multiple viewings.

-Should have won: good choice ” - yoyoshi14
 
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 heavy-weight champion Apollo Creed in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect. (120 mins.)
“ Rocky's fight with Apollo Creed is probably one of the most up-lifting and inspiring moments in film. I get goosebumps all over my body everytime I hear Bill Conti's iconic score. If Rocky won Best Picture any other year I wouldn't have a problem.

-Should have won: TAXI DRIVER!!!, Network, All the President's Men ” - yoyoshi14
 
21.
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
“ Jack Lemon delivers a tour de force performance. What makes this film so good is its simplicity and great story.

-Should have won: good choice ” - yoyoshi14
 
22.
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An African American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town. (109 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
“ Sidney Poitier delivers one of cinema's most famous quotes: "They call me Mister Tibbs!" What starts out as a simple story quickly turns into to a complex murder mystery, and look on how racism affects a small Southern town.

-Should have won: The Graduate ” - yoyoshi14
 
23.
It Happened One Night (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A spoiled heiress running away from her family is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story. (105 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
“ Even after 77 years It Happened One Night remains a timeless romantic comedy. Clark Gable is charming as usual in his only Oscar winning performance. This was the first of three movies to sweep the Oscars.

-Should have won: good choice ” - yoyoshi14
 
24.
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
“ The film where Martin Scorsese finally got his Oscar. Though The Departed may not be considered one of Scorsese's best films, it's still a fine piece of work, and certainly deserving of it's Best Picture win.

-Should have won: good choice ” - yoyoshi14
 
25.
Unforgiven (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 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
“ One of the only American Westerns to have the edginess of a Sergio Leone "Spaghetti Western."

-Should have won: good choice ” - yoyoshi14
 
26.
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
“ Great performances all around, particularly Charles Laughton's performance as the ruthless Captain Bligh. Mutiny on the Bounty is a compelling film that even modern audiences will enjoy.

-Should have won: good choice ” - yoyoshi14
 
27.
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
“ Shakespeare in Love's win remains one of the most controversial wins in Oscar history, beating out Steven Spielberg's grand-masterpiece Saving Private Ryan. Although I agree with the masses that Saving Private Ryan should have won, I still love this film.

-Should have won: Saving Private Ryan. ” - yoyoshi14
 
28.
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
“ Ben-Hur may be hard for most audiences to sit through (a running time of nearly 4 hours), however, your patience will be rewarded. If anything, at least skip to the chariot race scene. It's one of the most spectacular moments captured on film.

-Should have won: Some Like It Hot (not nominated) or North by Northwest (not nominated) ” - yoyoshi14
 
29.
The King's Speech (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it. (118 mins.)
Director: Tom Hooper
“ The King's Speech is one of the few British period pieces that isn't a complete drag. Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush have great on-screen chemistry. Their performances make this movie shine (not pun intended).

-Should have won: good choice ” - yoyoshi14
 
30.
Patton (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The World War II phase of the career of the controversial American general, George S. Patton. (172 mins.)
“ George C. Scott's performance alone makes this film worth watching. One of the best biopics ever!

-Should have won: good choice ” - yoyoshi14
 
31.
American Beauty (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend. (122 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ I was truly inspired the first time I watched American Beauty. The next few viewings, not so much. Still, American Beauty is among my all-time favorites.

-Should have won: good choice ” - yoyoshi14
 
32.
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.)
“ A fine film amongst a field of strong competition. Rebecca was up against classics such as The Grapes of Wrath, The Philadelphia Story, and The Great Dictator. This was Hitchcock's only film to win Best Picture.

-Should have won: The Grapes of Wrath ” - yoyoshi14
 
33.
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.)
“ When's the last time you heard someone say "Hey let's watch Gandhi?" If by chance someone does, watch it, it's great!

-Should have won: E.T. -The Extra Terrestrial or Blade Runner (not nominated) ” - yoyoshi14
 
34.
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.)
“ I happen to think The English Patient is a pretty good movie; however, the length and painfully slow pacing make it a burden to watch (for some).

-Should have won: Fargo ” - yoyoshi14
 
35.
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.)
“ The Last Emperor wasn't a bad film per se. Actually, it was rather good. And like all of Bertolucci's other films it's aesthetic is very rich and beautiful. The problem with this film is it's too obscure for mainstream audiences.

-Should have won: good choice ” - yoyoshi14
 
36.
Oliver! (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Young Oliver Twist runs away from an orphanage and meets a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor. (153 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed
“ Oliver! is a fun movie I enjoyed as a kid. Best Picture? I have this higher than is probably should be, but only for it's nostalgic factor.

Should have won: 2001: A Space Odyssey (not nominated) ” - yoyoshi14
 
37.
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
“ Marty's a fun movie. Sharp dialogue and a fantastic performance by Ernest Borgnine, but to overlook a James Dean classic is a shame.

-Should have won: Rebel Without a Cause (not nominated) or Night of the Hunter (not nominated) ” - yoyoshi14
 
38.
The Artist (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions. (100 mins.)
“ It was great to see someone bring back the aesthetic of old Hollywood. I enjoyed this film as a novelty, rather than a piece that I felt deeply compelled by.

-Should have won: Hugo or The Descendants ” - yoyoshi14
 
39.
Rain Man (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country. (133 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
“ Still pretty relevant to modern audiences. Dustin Hoffman gives a great performance. Rain Man is a solid winner.

-Should have won: good choice ” - yoyoshi14
 
40.
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional. (132 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ To sum up this film in one word: Heartbreaking. And I mean that in the good and profound sense.

-Should have won: good choice ” - yoyoshi14
 
41.
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.)
“ For a cop movie The French Connection was surprisingly smart and layered, thanks to the wonderful direction of William Friedkin. Also, The French Connection was the first Rated-R film to win Best Picture.

-Should have won: A Clockwork Orange or The Last Picture Show ” - yoyoshi14
 
42.
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
“ Entertaining and fun, like the Ocean's 11 movies, only better.

-Should have won: The Exorcist, Mean Streets (not nominated), Cries and Whispers ” - yoyoshi14
 
43.
The Lost Weekend (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The desperate life of a chronic alcoholic is followed through a four-day drinking bout. (101 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ A movie with a powerful message about the effects of alcoholism.

-Should have won: good choice ” - yoyoshi14
 
44.
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
“ A solid Best Picture winner.

-Should have won: good choice ” - yoyoshi14
 
45.
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. (170 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
“ A great depiction of what it was like for WWI soldiers to return home.

-Should have won: Notorious (not nominated), It's A Wonderful Life, The Big Sleep (not nominated) ” - yoyoshi14
 
46.
Titanic (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 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
“ Seeing Titanic on the big screen was definitely a great experience for me, but that magic didn't translate to my television set.

-Should have won: L.A. Confidential, As Good As it Gets, Good Will Hunting ” - yoyoshi14
 
47.
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. (154 mins.)
“ Hamlet is Lawrence Olivier being Lawrence Olivier. FANTASTIC! Hamlet is a film full of great performance, but it's not necessarily the most captivating movie watching experiences. I have to disagree with the Academy's decision on this pick because Powell and Pressburger's The Red Shoes is one of the most visually beautiful things I've ever seen on film (along with a great story).

-Should have won: The Red Shoes, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre ” - yoyoshi14
 
48.
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I. (136 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
“ One of the great films of the early sound era of cinema.

-Should have won: good choice ” - yoyoshi14
 
49.
From Here to Eternity (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In Hawaii in 1941, 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
“ A good war movie with the most iconic make out session on the beach.

-Should have won: Shane or Roman Holiday ” - yoyoshi14
 
50.
All the King's Men (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The rise and fall of a corrupt politician, who makes his friends richer and retains power by dint of a populist appeal. (110 mins.)
Director: Robert Rossen
“ I thought this film was great, but I'm not in love with it.

-Should have won: good choice ” - yoyoshi14
 
51.
Platoon (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A young recruit in Viet Nam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man. (120 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ A realistic portrayal of Oliver Stone's own experiences in Vietnam. Worth the watch.

-Should have won: Hannah and Her Sisters ” - yoyoshi14
 
52.
A Man for All Seasons (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The story of Thomas More, who stood up to King Henry VIII when the King rejected the Roman Catholic Church to obtain a divorce and remarriage. (120 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
“ Intriguing story, solid acting, glacial pacing.

-Should have won: Persona (not nominated) or Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? ” - yoyoshi14
 
53.
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
“ Probably won for it's controversial story about at Jewish reporter going undercover to research anti-Semitism.

-Should have won: Black Narcissus (not nominated) or Great Expectations ” - yoyoshi14
 
54.
Wings (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Two young men, one rich, one middle class, who are in love with the same woman, become fighter pilots in World War I. (144 mins.)
“ The original Best Picture. Surprisingly, this film still holds up pretty well.

-Should have won: Metropolis (not nominated) or Sunrise (won Unique and Artistic Picture) ” - yoyoshi14
 
55.
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
“ Frank Capra, Jimmy Stewart, Jean Arthur, feel good story? Frank Capra uses the same damn formula in all his movies. That aside, You Can't Take It with You is a solid feel good movie.

Should have won: Grand Illusion ” - yoyoshi14
 
56.
The Sound of Music (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower. (174 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
“ Personally, I hate this movie (I like how Christopher Plummer refers to it as "The Sound of Mucus"). I can't stand any movie with Julie Andrews. Still, I can't deny that The Sound of Music is one of the most beloved musicals of all-time.

-Should have won: Doctor Zhivago ” - yoyoshi14
 
57.
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
“ The movie was fresh for its time, but to modern audiences Kramer vs. Kramer is just a typical divorce drama. Also, when compared to the likes of Apocalypse Now it is totally eclipsed.

-Should have won: Apocalypse Now or Manhattan (not nominated) ” - yoyoshi14
 
58.
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
“ Grand Hotel is the only film to win Best Picture without being nominated for any other Academy Awards.

-Should have won: Scarface: The Shame of a Nation ” - yoyoshi14
 
59.
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
“ There's nothing really special about this movie other than Albert Finney's performance.

-Should have won: 8 1/2 (not nominated) ” - yoyoshi14
 
60.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring. (201 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ What a miserable way to cap off the trilogy. Return of the King was nothing more than a butchered adaptation with lots of spectacle and rehashed jokes. At least the extended version redeemed this film, somewhat. Although, I do have to admit the Battle of the Pelennor Fields scene was EPIC!

-Should have won: Lost in Translation or Mystic River ” - yoyoshi14
 
61.
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
“ This film has endured the test of time...for the wrong reasons. How Green Was My Valley will forever be known as the film that won over Citizen Kane.

-Should have won: Citizen Kane or The Maltese Falcon. ” - yoyoshi14
 
62.
Around the World in 80 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 circumnavigate the globe in eighty days. (175 mins.)
“ A great popcorn flick but not a Best Picture caliber film.

-Should have won: Giant or The Ten Commandments ” - yoyoshi14
 
63.
Forrest Gump (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
JFK, LBJ, Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75. (142 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ To me, Forrest Gump is just a really polished Hallmark movie with some silly references to important events in American history and a few memorable lines.

-Should have won: Pulp Fiction or The Shawshank Redemption ” - yoyoshi14
 
64.
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
“ Inspired films such as Avatar and Pocahontas.

-Should have won: Goodfellas ” - yoyoshi14
 
65.
Braveheart (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, Sir William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England. (178 mins.)
Director: Mel Gibson
“ In a year of weak nominees, Braveheart was the best of the bunch.

-Should have won: Toy Story (not nominated), Casino (not nominated), The Usual Suspects (not nominated) ” - yoyoshi14
 
66.
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
“ Although Chicago is a nice throwback to the great musicals of the 50's and 60's, it was by far the weakest film amongst the Best Picture nominees of 2002.

-Should have won: The Pianist ” - yoyoshi14
 
67.
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.)
“ If only Audrey Hepburn reprised the role of Gigi. Leslie Caron wasn't bad, she just didn't deliver a tour de force performance. Overall, Gigi is an alright musical with great costumes.

-Should have won: Vertigo (not nominated) or Touch of Evil (not nominated) ” - yoyoshi14
 
68.
Gladiator (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
When a Roman General is betrayed, and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge. (155 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Gladiator, for me, was very contrived, but entertaining nonetheless.

-Should have won: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Traffic, In the Mood for Love (not nominated). ” - yoyoshi14
 
69.
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
“ Not bad, but forgettable.

-Should have won: Sullivan's Travels (not nominated), The Magnificent Ambersons, To Be or Not to Be (not nominated) ” - yoyoshi14
 
70.
Going My Way (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Father Charles O'Mailey, a young priest at a financially failing Church in a tough neighborhood, gains support and inspires his superior. (126 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
“ Sweet and light-hearted. Enough said.

-Should have won: The Double Indemnity ” - yoyoshi14
 
71.
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
“ Raging Bull is an iconic masterpiece. Ordinary People is just an ordinary movie.

-Should have won: Raging Bull ” - yoyoshi14
 
72.
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
“ Protagonist with mental illness = Oscar.

-Should have won: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring or Mulholland Drive (not nominated) ” - yoyoshi14
 
73.
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.)
“ Slumdog Millionaire is the live-action equivalent to a Disney fairytale, only more gritty; not film I can take seriously (just watch the closing credits).

-Should have won: Milk ” - yoyoshi14
 
74.
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
“ The excessive length, pushing 3 hours, and the slow pacing hurt this film. Watch this film if you love cinematography.

-Should have won: Brazil (not nominated) or The Color Purple ” - yoyoshi14
 
75.
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
“ The only thing timeless about this film is its score.

-Should have won: Raiders of the Lost Ark or Reds ” - yoyoshi14
 
76.
The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The biopic of the famous French muckraking writer and his involvement in fighting the injustice of the Dreyfuss Affair. (116 mins.)
“ Just another outdated 1930's Best Picture winner.

-Should have won: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves ” - yoyoshi14
 
77.
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
“ Cavalcade was a great and ambitious film...80 years ago.

Should have won: King Kong (not nominated) ” - yoyoshi14
 
78.
The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The ups and downs of Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., famed producer of extravagant stage revues, are portrayed. (176 mins.)
“ Normally I don't have a problem with movies being long, in fact, most movies aren't long enough. In the case of The Great Ziegfeld, it was way too long!

-Should have won: Modern Times (not nominated) ” - yoyoshi14
 
79.
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.)
“ Cimarron is just too outdated for my liking.

-Should have won: City Lights (not nominated) ” - yoyoshi14
 
80.
The Broadway Melody (1929)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 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
“ Well, someone had to win.

-Should have won: ??? ” - yoyoshi14
 
81.
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.)
“ I love movies based in Paris. I love musicals and I love musicals with Gene Kelly. An American in Paris should have been a winning combination, but I don't know what went wrong. Mediocre musicals numbers, decent costumes and set design. Overall, boring.

-Should have won: A Streetcar Named Desire ” - yoyoshi14
 
82.
Crash (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption. (112 mins.)
Director: Paul Haggis
“ Crash and burn! There are far better films about racism that aren't as preachy as this travesty.

-Should have won: Brokeback Mountain or Munich ” - yoyoshi14
 
83.
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.)
“ I would rather stare at the ceiling for 2 1/2 hours than to watch this again. It boggles my mind how Singin' in the Rain, the greatest musical ever, didn't receive a Best Picture nod.

-Should have won: Singin' in the Rain (not nominated) or High Noon. ” - yoyoshi14
 
84.
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
“ Considered by many to be the worst Best Picture winner, and I agree.

-Should have won: Born on the Fourth of July ” - yoyoshi14