Academy Awards: Leading actors (From the best to the worst)

The best actors according to the Academy.
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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.)
“ Marlon Brando got a second award for portraying a mafia boss during his most difficult moments. He rejected the award and won eternity ” - cafg-0
 
2.
Raging Bull (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An emotionally self-destructive boxer's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside it. (129 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Robert De Niro as Jake La Motta, a boxer who fights in and out of the ring. His performance is just perfect en every second. ” - cafg-0
 
3.
There Will Be Blood (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business. (158 mins.)
“ Daniel Day-Lewis in a powerful role as a greedy man in a modern masterpiece. He is the best lactor of his generation ” - cafg-0
 
4.
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
“ Jack Nicholson in one of his best performances as a criminal that pretends to be insane and faces an evil nurse ” - cafg-0
 
5.
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.)
“ Gene Hackman won his first oscar for his role as a police officer struggling in the streets. One of the toughest actors at his best ” - cafg-0
 
6.
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
“ Brando got his first Oscar after 4 consecutive nominatios. His character of a loser who looks for redemption is magnificent ” - cafg-0
 
7.
Mystic River (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
With a childhood tragedy that overshadowed their lives, three men are reunited by circumstance when one has a family tragedy. (138 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ Sean Penn finally got a long-waited award for this Clint Eastwood film as a man that wants revenge after the murer of his daughter ” - cafg-0
 
8.
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 was the first actor who rejected the award for his flawless performance as the almost-legendary american general ” - cafg-0
 
9.
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice. (129 mins.)
Director: Robert Mulligan
“ Gregory Peck had to wait almost two decades to recieve the award and he got it for his role as Atticus, an admirable lawyer in a racist town ” - cafg-0
 
10.
Lincoln (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
As the Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves. (150 mins.)
“ Daniel Day-Lewis and his third win for playing the beloved american president during the end of the civil war. ” - cafg-0
 
11.
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
“ Alec Guiness in one of his great performances as an English man taken prisoner by japaneses during the second world war ” - cafg-0
 
12.
Capote (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In 1959, Truman Capote learns of the murder of a Kansas family and decides to write a book about the case. While researching for his novel In Cold Blood, Capote forms a relationship with one of the killers, Perry Smith, who is on death row. (114 mins.)
Director: Bennett Miller
“ Philip Seymour-Hoffman is just perfect as the iconic writer during his research for In Cold blood ” - cafg-0
 
13.
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
“ Dustin Hoffman at his best as a single father facing the problems of taking care his small son ” - cafg-0
 
14.
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
“ Anthony Hopkins as Hanibal is just mesmerazing every minute that he is on the screen. I still think he was more a supporting actor than a leading one ” - cafg-0
 
15.
Philadelphia (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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. (125 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
“ Tom Hanks in his best role as a lawyer who gest fire for being homsexual and HIV possitive ” - cafg-0
 
16.
The Last Command (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A former Imperial Russian general and cousin of the Czar ends up in Hollywood as an extra in a movie directed by a former revolutionary. (88 mins.)
“ Emil Jannings was the first winner in the first ceremony for two movies, one of them is completely lost (The way of all flesh), and in this silent film he is great as a Russian general who becomes an extra in Hollywood ” - cafg-0
 
17.
My Left Foot (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot. (103 mins.)
Director: Jim Sheridan
“ Daniel Day-Lewis and his first win, portrays perfectly an irish man who fights against his own body to get recognition ” - cafg-0
 
18.
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.)
“ Ben Kingsley at the begining of his great career won all the praises for playing with conviction the adamirable Mahatma ” - cafg-0
 
19.
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A depressed uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies. (137 mins.)
“ Casey Afleck as a depressed man facing the hard facts of life is just great, one moving performance to be remembered ” - cafg-0
 
20.
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
“ Ray Milland won his Oscar in his only nod for portraying an alcoholic writer in this classic directed by Billy Wilder ” - cafg-0
 
21.
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.)
“ Laurence Olivier is the only actor until today to get an Oscar for a Shakesperian role. ” - cafg-0
 
22.
The Revenant (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. (156 mins.)
“ Leonardo Di Caprio in a strong role as a man struggling to survive against nature and men ” - cafg-0
 
23.
Elmer Gantry (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A fast-talking traveling salesman with a charming, loquacious manner convinces a sincere evangelist that he can be an effective preacher for her cause. (146 mins.)
Director: Richard Brooks
“ Burt Lancaster in one of his best roles as an spiritual leader full of sins and lust ” - cafg-0
 
24.
The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
King Henry VIII marries five more times after his divorce from his first wife Catherine of Aragon. (97 mins.)
Director: Alexander Korda
“ Charles Laughton as the English monarch who married several times and broke-up with the Pope. A legendary performance. ” - cafg-0
 
25.
High Noon (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A marshall, personally compelled to face a returning deadly enemy, finds that his own town refuses to help him. (85 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
“ Gary Cooper and his scecond win in this classic western, but Kirk Douglas in The bad and the beautiful was way better ” - cafg-0
 
26.
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
“ Kevin Spacey and his second Oscar this time in the leading category for his role as Lester in this dramedy, but Russell Crowe was just amazing in The insider ” - cafg-0
 
27.
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
“ Colin Firth as the king George VI, during his most difficult times trying to overcome a language disorder ” - cafg-0
 
28.
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
“ Peter Finch was the firs actor to get the award after his death months before the ceremony, his iconic scene shouting on the screen in this masterpiece is why he got the Oscar ” - cafg-0
 
29.
Milk (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official. (128 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
“ Sean Penn as the gay activist Harvey Milk is quite good, but Mickey Rourke gave the performance of his life in The wrestler ” - cafg-0
 
30.
Tender Mercies (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A broken-down, middle-aged country singer gets a new wife, reaches out to his long-lost daughter, and tries to put his troubled life back together. (92 mins.)
Director: Bruce Beresford
“ Robert Duvall got his reward for playing acountry singer asking a second chance in life ” - cafg-0
 
31.
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The life of the renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer, and singer George M. Cohan. (126 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ James Cagney in this biopic dances and sings, very different from his ganster films. He was the best option in a weak year for the category ” - cafg-0
 
32.
Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A gay man and a political prisoner are together in a prison. The gay man narrates the stories of two fake movies and his own life. (120 mins.)
Director: Hector Babenco
“ William Hurt was the first actor to win for a gay role in this film about two men taken as prisoners by a dictartoship in South America ” - cafg-0
 
33.
The Last King of Scotland (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Based on the events of the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin's regime as seen by his personal physician during the 1970's. (123 mins.)
Director: Kevin Macdonald
“ Forrest Whitaker as the implacable african dictator got all the awards during that year ” - cafg-0
 
34.
Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Ben Sanderson, a Hollywood screenwriter who lost everything because of his alcoholism, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There, he meets and forms an uneasy friendship and non-interference pact with prostitute Sera. (111 mins.)
Director: Mike Figgis
“ Nicolas Cage in his best work as an alcoholic looking for death. Sean Penn in DEad Man walking is just perfect and should have won ” - cafg-0
 
35.
On Golden Pond (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Norman is a curmudgeon with an estranged relationship with his daughter Chelsea. At Golden Pond, he and his wife nevertheless agree to care for Billy, the son of Chelsea's new boyfriend, and a most unexpected relationship blooms. (109 mins.)
Director: Mark Rydell
“ Henry Fondo finally got the Oscar after 50 years dedicated to the industry, a very sentimental award but a fair one ” - cafg-0
 
36.
Shine (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Pianist David Helfgott, driven by his father and teachers, has a breakdown. Years later he returns to the piano, to popular if not critical acclaim. (105 mins.)
Director: Scott Hicks
“ Geoffrey Rush was the obvious winner of 1996, his work is quite good, but he's only in half of the film. ” - cafg-0
 
37.
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Three World War II veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed. (172 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
“ Fredric March and his second win for this wonderful film about life after the second world war in the USA. ” - cafg-0
 
38.
Coming Home (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A woman whose husband is fighting in Vietnam falls in love with another man who suffered a paralyzing combat injury there. (127 mins.)
Director: Hal Ashby
“ Jon Voight in his best role as a Viet Nam veteran who falls in love with a married woman ” - cafg-0
 
39.
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
“ Broderick Crawford in the role of his lifetime as a corrupt politician, his best competition was Kirk Douglas for Champion ” - cafg-0
 
40.
The Informer (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In 1922, an Irish rebel informs on his friend, then feels doom closing in. (91 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ Victor McLaghlen was the surprise winner for this John Ford film, after all he won over 3 actors of the best picture of that year: Mutiny on the Bounty ” - cafg-0
 
41.
Reversal of Fortune (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Wealthy Sunny von Bülow lies brain-dead, husband Claus guilty of attempted murder; but he says he's innocent and hires Alan Dershowitz for his appeal. (111 mins.)
“ It's a shame that the great Jeremy Irons only has got a single one nod, when he has been better in other films. His work here is very good in a weak year, maybe Gerard Deperdieu was a little bit better in Cyrano Da Bergerac ” - cafg-0
 
42.
Wall Street (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A young and impatient stockbroker is willing to do anything to get to the top, including trading on illegal inside information taken through a ruthless and greedy corporate raider who takes the youth under his wing. (126 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ Michael Douglas as the evil man behind a corrupt economy business was very good. But he got the award only because of his another solid role in 1987: Fatal atraction ” - cafg-0
 
43.
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
“ Ernest Borgnine was the winner for his solid performance as the butcher who has to deal with friends and family in his searching for the right girl. James Dean (East of Eden) and Frank Sinatra (The man with the golden arm) gave better performances that year ” - cafg-0
 
44.
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is diagnosed with the disease. (117 mins.)
“ Matthew portrays in a great way an homophobic electrician who fights for his life after being diagnosed HIV+, maybe Leo DiCaprio was a better option for The wolf of Wall Street ” - cafg-0
 
45.
The Color of Money (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Fast Eddie Felson teaches a cocky but immensely talented protégé the ropes of pool hustling, which in turn inspires him to make an unlikely comeback. (119 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Newman got the Oscar after several nominations for repraising his role of The Hustler (1961). A sentimental award but very correct ” - cafg-0
 
46.
Crazy Heart (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A faded country music musician is forced to reassess his dysfunctional life during a doomed romance that also inspires him. (112 mins.)
Director: Scott Cooper
“ Jeff Bridges finally became an Oscar winner after 38 years of his first nomination, but the performance of Colin Firth in A single man was superior ” - cafg-0
 
47.
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
“ Clark Gable was a very tough guy during the 30's but he showed that he could be romantic and funny too. ” - cafg-0
 
48.
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
When a rich woman's ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself. (112 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
“ James Stewar got his only Oscar for his role in this great screwball, but this was only because he had lost the year before for his magnificent role in Mr. Smith goes to Washington. Henry Fonda in the grapes of wrath was just perfect ” - cafg-0
 
49.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Dr. Jekyll faces horrible consequences when he lets his dark side run wild with a potion that transforms him into the animalistic Mr. Hyde. (98 mins.)
“ Fredric March as the tormented man divided into two gave a solid performance, at least he was better than his fellow winner Wallace Beery ” - cafg-0
 
50.
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
“ F. Murray Abraham as Salieri is very good, sorry that his career didn´t become as good as the award, Albert Finney in Under the volcano gave the best male performance among the nominees ” - cafg-0
 
51.
Lilies of the Field (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A traveling handyman becomes the answer to the prayers of nuns who wish to build a chapel in the desert. (94 mins.)
Director: Ralph Nelson
“ Sidney Poitier became the first black actor to win in this category for a nice performance, but the british actors Albert Finney (Tom Jones) and Richard Harris (This sporting life) were superior ” - cafg-0
 
52.
Ray (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The story of the life and career of the legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles, from his humble beginnings in the South, where he went blind at age seven, to his meteoric rise to stardom during the 1950s and 1960s. (152 mins.)
Director: Taylor Hackford
“ Jamie Foxx as the legendary blind singer Ray Charles, won over Leo Di Caprio (The avaitor). I think it was because of his other good work in that year: Collateral ” - cafg-0
 
53.
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
“ After losing two years before for his magnificent role in The pawnbroker, Rod Steiger got the award for this poignant film about racism, the other nominees were better options: Dustin Hoffman (Graduate), Paul Newman (Cool hand Luke) and Warren Beatty (Bonnie and Clyde) ” - cafg-0
 
54.
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
“ Dustin Hoffman and his second Oscar for playing a man with autism, he won because it wasn´t a very good year in the category ” - cafg-0
 
55.
Training Day (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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
“ Dnezel Washington and his second win (first in this category) as the bad cop in this Ok film. The favorite was Russell Crowe (A beautiful mind), maybe he didn't because of Gladiator won the previous year. ” - cafg-0
 
56.
The African Queen (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In Africa during World War I, a gin-swilling riverboat captain is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship. (105 mins.)
Director: John Huston
“ The great Humphrey Bogart got the award for this classic romantic/adventure film directed by his friend John Huston, this was a sentimental award because he really deserved the award years before for films like Casablanca o Treausre of the Sierra Madre. Marlon Brando (A streetcar named desire) gave one of the most iconic performances of the history ” - cafg-0
 
57.
Forrest Gump (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
While not intelligent, Forrest Gump has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny Curran, eludes him. (142 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ Tom Hanks with his second consecutive award in this very corny tale, his performance is only good, the other 4 nominees would have been better choices: Nigel Hawthorne (Madness of king George), Morgan Freeman (Shawshank redemtion), Paul Newman (Nobody's fool) and John Travolta (Pulp fiction) ” - cafg-0
 
58.
Save the Tiger (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A disillusioned aging decent man and once proud WWII veteran is dealing with midlife crisis as well as a tough moral dilemma. If he wants his small near-bankrupt clothing company to survive, he has two days to let go of his shaken morals. (100 mins.)
“ Jack Lemmon was one of the best american actors ever, but his win for this film is not so fair, because of 2 other competitors: Al Pacino (Serpico) and Marlon Brando (Last tango in Paris) ” - cafg-0
 
59.
The Pianist (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II. (150 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ Adrien Brody with his best performance in a very good film, but he only won because of the other 4 actors divided the vote: Daniel Day-Lewis (Gangs of New York), Jack Nicholson (About Schmidt), Michael Caine (The quiet american) and Nicolas Cage (Adaptation) ” - cafg-0
 
60.
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
“ Paul Scotfield as Thomas Moore got the award and the seven-time nominee Richard Burton (Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf?), lost one more time. Whata shame! ” - cafg-0
 
61.
Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The charismatic swordsman-poet helps another woo the woman he loves in this straightforward version of the play. (112 mins.)
Director: Michael Gordon
“ José Ferrer became the firs latin actor to win an Oscar, for repraising his role as the corageous french soldier in love with his cousin Roxanne. Maybe the best among the nominees, only William Holden (Sunset Boulevard) was a real competition ” - cafg-0
 
62.
Boys Town (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Against all odds Father Flanagan starts "Boys' Town" after hearing a convict's story. Whitey Marsh comes there... (96 mins.)
Director: Norman Taurog
“ Spencer Tracy and his second consecutive win as a catholic priest. James Cagney in Angels with dirty faces was great and deserved more the recognition ” - cafg-0
 
63.
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.)
“ Jean Dujardin won for this tribute to old Hollywood a good performance, George Clooney was so much better in The descendants ” - cafg-0
 
64.
Stalag 17 (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 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
“ William Holden was saved by Billy Wilder year before in Sunset Boulevard and under his direction he became a winner for this solid film, sorry that Monty Clift never would win an Oscar, that year he did a fantastic job in From here to eternity ” - cafg-0
 
65.
A Double Life (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Anthony John is an actor whose life is strongly influenced by the characters he plays. When he's playing comedy... (104 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
“ Ronald Colman finally won the award for palying an actor who becomes Othello on and off the stage, it was a sentimental award in a weak year for the category, except for John Garfield in Body and soul ” - cafg-0
 
66.
A Free Soul (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An alcoholic lawyer who successfully defended a notorious gambler on a murder charge objects when his free-spirited daughter becomes romantically involved with him. (93 mins.)
Director: Clarence Brown
“ The legendary Lionel Barrymore and his Oscar for playing and alcoholic man tha was very similar to other of his roles, he was quite good, he was the best in a very weak year for the Academy in general ” - cafg-0
 
67.
Watch on the Rhine (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A German-born engineer, his American wife and their children travel from Mexico to the United States to visit his brother but their plans are complicated by a Romanian count. (114 mins.)
Director: Herman Shumlin
“ Paul Lukas and his sole nomination, won the award for this war film, he is good in it, but Humprhey Bogart in Casablanca is just perfect ” - cafg-0
 
68.
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
“ Cliff Robertson did a solid job in this small film, but his competitor was extraordinary: Peter O'Toole (The lion in winter) ” - cafg-0
 
69.
As Good as It Gets (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A single mother/waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is assaulted in a robbery. (139 mins.)
Director: James L. Brooks
“ Jack Nicholson won for the third time, his role is interesting but Robert Duvall in The Apostole was just magnificent ” - cafg-0
 
70.
Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An aged teacher and former headmaster of a boarding school recalls his career and his personal life over the decades. (114 mins.)
Director: Sam Wood
“ Robert Donat played in a very correct way a british teacher in this nice film, his competitor were superior, specially the perfect James Stewart in Mr. Smith goes to Washington ” - cafg-0
 
71.
Sergeant York (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A hillbilly sharpshooter drafted in WW1 despite his claim to be a pacifist, who ends up becoming a war hero. (134 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
“ Gary Cooper won his first Oscar for this biopic/ propaganda film, he did a very decent job, but obviously Orson Welles was a better option for his masterpiece Citizen Kane ” - cafg-0
 
72.
The Theory of Everything (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife. (123 mins.)
Director: James Marsh
“ Eddie Redmayne as the famous Stephen Hawkings robbed the award form Michael Keaton (Birdman) ” - cafg-0
 
73.
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
“ Charlton Heston was a big star during the 50's and 60's, but he never was a great actor, this is a solid performance directed by a great director (William Wyler), his collegues Jack Lemmon (Some like it hot) and James Stewart (Anatomy of a murder) are so much better in their respective roles ” - cafg-0
 
74.
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
“ Russell Crowe of his 3 nods, deserved the awar for the other 2 and not for this peplum, the other 4 actors were better: Javier Bardem (Before night falls), Geoffrey Rush (Shine), Ed Harris (Pollock) and Tom Hanks (Cast away) ” - cafg-0
 
75.
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In 1948, an American court in occupied Germany tries four Nazi judges for war crimes. (186 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kramer
“ Maximillian Schell got the award for playing what it seems a supporting role in this all-star cast, verty strong performance but Paul Newman was perfect in The hustler ” - cafg-0
 
76.
The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The biography of the pioneering French microbiologist who helped revolutionize agriculture and medicine. (86 mins.)
“ Paul Muni was on of the best actors of his generation, and won the Oscar for his solid work in this conventional biopic, the other 4 nominees gave better perfromances:Walter Huston (Dodsworth), William Powell (My man godfrey), Gary Cooper (Mr. Deeds goes to town) and Spencer Tracy (San Francisco) ” - cafg-0
 
77.
The Champ (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Alcoholic ex-boxer struggles to provide a good living for his son. (86 mins.)
“ Wallace Beery had to share his award with Fredric March, this is a mediocre film, his acting is good, but not enough. ” - cafg-0
 
78.
The King and I (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A widow accepts a job as a live-in governess to the King of Siam's children. (133 mins.)
Director: Walter Lang
“ Yul Brynner as the king of Siam in this beloved musical is just Ok, Kirk Douglas (in his last unseccsesful nod) in Lust for life was superior ” - cafg-0
 
79.
The Goodbye Girl (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
After being dumped by her live-in boyfriend, an unemployed dancer and her 10-year-old daughter are reluctantly forced to live with a struggling off-Broadway actor. (111 mins.)
Director: Herbert Ross
“ Richard Dreyfuss as a struggling stage actor became the youngest winner in this category at that time, It was terrible considering that 2 of his competitors were great actors that never recieved an Oscar: Richard Burton (Equus) and Marcello Mastroianni (A special day) ” - cafg-0
 
80.
Cat Ballou (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A woman seeking revenge for her murdered father hires a famous gunman, but he's very different from what she expects. (97 mins.)
“ Lee Marvin as twin brothers in this western comedy is very funny and nothing more, Rod Steiger in The pawnbroker gave the male performance of 1965 ” - cafg-0
 
81.
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
“ Almost at the end of his long career, John Wayne got the recognition for this nice western (the remake is better), it was a sentimental choice , the stars of Midnight cowboy were his closer competitors: Hoffman and Voight ” - cafg-0
 
82.
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
“ Rex Harrison playing the pygmalion part in this classic musical is quite good but far from great, Anthony Quinn (Zorba, the greek) and Peter Sellers (Dr. Strangelove) gave more interesting performances ” - cafg-0
 
83.
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
“ Spencer TRacy and his first win for this good film, but his performance in just OK, two other actors were better: Fredric March (A star is born) and Paul Muni (The life of Emile Zola) ” - cafg-0
 
84.
Harry and Tonto (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
When his apartment building is torn down, a retired lifelong New Yorker goes on a cross country odyssey with his beloved cat Tonto. (115 mins.)
Director: Paul Mazursky
“ Art Carney got his award for this almost TV-film as an old man dealing with his son, a bad choice sonsidering 3 of the other nominees: Al Pacino (The godfather II), Jack Nicholson (Chinatown) and Dustin Hoffman (Lenny) ” - cafg-0
 
85.
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
“ Bing Crosby was a fantastic singer and sometimes a good actor, his award for this film is tailored but feels so dated now, Charles Boyer in Gaslight was very superior ” - cafg-0
 
86.
Separate Tables (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The stories of several people are told as they stay at a seaside hotel in Bournemouth which features dining at "Separate Tables." (100 mins.)
Director: Delbert Mann
“ David Niven and all his british charm got the award for this all-star casting film, but 3 new actors of that moment were better choices: Tony Curtis (The defiant ones), Paul Newman (Cat on a hot tin roof) and Sidney Poitier (The defiant ones) ” - cafg-0
 
87.
Scent of a Woman (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A prep school student needing money agrees to "babysit" a blind man, but the job is not at all what he anticipated. (156 mins.)
Director: Martin Brest
“ One of the greatest actors of the 70's won for on of his worst performances as a blind man in this remake, Clint Eastwoon (unforgiven) or Denzel Washington (Malcolm X) were very superior ” - cafg-0
 
88.
Disraeli (1929)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Prime Minister of Great Britain Benjamin Disraeli outwits the subterfuge of the Russians and chicanery at home in order to secure the purchase of the Suez Canal. (90 mins.)
Director: Alfred E. Green
“ George Arliss a very popular stage actor won for his role as the british prime minister, this is a bad film, boring, the performance feels so old-fashioned, Wallace Beery (The big house) or Maurice Chavallier (The love parade) were better choices. ” - cafg-0
 
89.
In Old Arizona (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A charming, happy-go-lucky bandit in old Arizona plays cat-and-mouse with the sheriff trying to catch him while he romances a local beauty. (95 mins.)
Director: Irving Cummings
“ Walter Baxter won for this very dated film, maybe he won because of the lack of competiors, most of the films of that period are considered lost ” - cafg-0
 
90.
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
“ Roberto Benigni in this film directed by himself so overrated, he is not an actor, any of the other 4 actors were superior, specially Ian McKellan (Gods and monsters) ” - cafg-0