The Alternate Oscarsby fatref350 | created - 2 months ago | updated - 2 months ago | Public
These films should have won Best Picture. Lots weren't even nominated.
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1. The Shining (1980)
R | 146 min | Drama, Horror
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future.
Votes: 822,277 | Gross: $44.02M
1980 winner - Ordinary People
2. On Golden Pond (1981)
PG | 109 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 25,954 | Gross: $119.29M
1981 winner - Chariots of Fire
3. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
PG | 115 min | Family, Sci-Fi
A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.
Votes: 347,071 | Gross: $435.11M
1982 winner - Gandhi
4. Terms of Endearment (1983)
PG | 132 min | Comedy, Drama
Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love, and her daughter's family problems.
Votes: 50,892 | Gross: $108.42M
yeah, they got this one right
5. The Killing Fields (1984)
R | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History
A journalist is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot's bloody 'Year Zero' cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million 'undesirable' civilians.
Votes: 48,467 | Gross: $34.70M
1984 winner - Amadeus
6. The Color Purple (1985)
PG-13 | 154 min | Drama
A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades.
Votes: 73,099 | Gross: $98.47M
1985 winner - Out of Africa
7. Blue Velvet (1986)
R | 120 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child.
Votes: 167,456 | Gross: $8.55M
1986 winner - Platoon
8. Empire of the Sun (1987)
PG | 153 min | Drama, History, War
A young English boy struggles to survive under Japanese occupation during World War II.
Votes: 108,302 | Gross: $22.24M
1987 - The Last Emperor
9. Running on Empty (1988)
PG-13 | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Music
The eldest son of a fugitive family comes of age and wants to live a life of his own.
Votes: 12,968 | Gross: $2.84M
1988 winner - Rain Man
10. Cinema Paradiso (1988)
R | 155 min | Drama
A filmmaker recalls his childhood when falling in love with the pictures at the cinema of his home village and forms a deep friendship with the cinema's projectionist.
Votes: 209,565 | Gross: $11.99M
1989 winner - Driving Miss Daisy
11. Avalon (1990)
PG | 128 min | Drama
A Polish-Jewish family comes to the USA at the beginning of the Twentieth Century. There, the family and their children try to make themselves a better future in the so-called promised land.
Votes: 5,412 | Gross: $15.74M
1990 winner - Dances with Wolves
12. Barton Fink (1991)
R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller
A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood.
Votes: 106,649 | Gross: $6.15M
1991 winner - The Silence of the Lambs
13. The Crying Game (1992)
R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
A British soldier kidnapped by IRA terrorists soon befriends one of his captors, who then becomes drawn into the soldier's world.
Votes: 48,320 | Gross: $62.55M
1992 winner - Unforgiven
14. Fearless (1993)
R | 122 min | Drama, Thriller
A man's personality is dramatically changed after surviving a major airline crash.
Votes: 20,174 | Gross: $7.00M
1993 winner - Schindler's List
15. Ed Wood (1994)
R | 127 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
Ambitious but troubled movie director Edward D. Wood Jr. tries his best to fulfill his dreams, despite his lack of talent.
Votes: 159,675 | Gross: $5.89M
1994 winner - Forrest Gump
16. Unstrung Heroes (1995)
PG | 93 min | Comedy, Drama
Steven Lidz, unhappy with his home life since his mother got sick, goes and lives with his two crazy Uncles. There he changes and gets closer to his Uncles, but his parents want him home ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,906 | Gross: $7.93M
1995 winner - Braveheart
17. Fargo (1996)
R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.
Votes: 576,444 | Gross: $24.61M
1996 winner - The English Patient
18. L.A. Confidential (1997)
R | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
As corruption grows in 1950s Los Angeles, three policemen -- one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy -- investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice.
Votes: 504,381 | Gross: $64.62M
1997 winner - Titanic
19. Pleasantville (1998)
PG-13 | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Two 1990s teenage siblings find themselves in a 1950s sitcom, where their influence begins to profoundly change that complacent world.
Votes: 116,505 | Gross: $40.57M
1998 winner - Shakespeare in Love
20. The Straight Story (1999)
G | 112 min | Biography, Drama
An old man makes a long journey by lawnmower to mend his relationship with an ill brother.
Votes: 76,334 | Gross: $6.20M
1999 winner - American Beauty
21. Malena (2000)
R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Amidst the war climate, a teenage boy discovering himself becomes love-stricken by Malèna, a sensual woman living in a small, narrow-minded Italian town.
Votes: 82,731 | Gross: $3.43M
2000 winner - Gladiator
22. The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)
R | 116 min | Crime, Drama
A laconic, chain-smoking barber blackmails his wife's boss and lover for money to invest in dry cleaning, but his plan goes terribly wrong.
Votes: 98,900 | Gross: $7.49M
2001 winner - A Beautiful Mind
23. About Schmidt (2002)
R | 125 min | Comedy, Drama
A man upon retirement, embarks on a journey to his estranged daughter's wedding, only to discover more about himself and life than he ever expected.
Votes: 118,778 | Gross: $65.02M
2002 winner - Chicago
24. Big Fish (2003)
PG-13 | 125 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
A frustrated son tries to determine the fact from fiction in his dying father's life.
Votes: 396,601 | Gross: $66.26M
2003 winner - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
25. Dear Frankie (2004)
PG-13 | 105 min | Drama, Romance
After having responded to her son's numerous letters in the guise of his father, a woman hires a stranger to pose as his dad when meeting him.
Votes: 20,578 | Gross: $1.34M
2004 winner - Million Dollar Baby
26. Everything Is Illuminated (2005)
PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama
A young Jewish American man endeavors to find the woman who saved his grandfather during World War II in a Ukrainian village, that was ultimately razed by the Nazis, with the help of an eccentric local.
Votes: 55,428 | Gross: $1.71M
2005 winner - Crash
27. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama
A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus.
Votes: 417,793 | Gross: $59.89M
2006 winner - The Departed
28. I'm Not There (2007)
R | 135 min | Biography, Drama, Music
Ruminations on the life of Bob Dylan, where six characters embody a different aspect of the musician's life and work.
Votes: 54,688 | Gross: $4.02M
2007 winner - No Country for Old Men
29. Synecdoche, New York (2008)
R | 124 min | Comedy, Drama
A theatre director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he creates a life-size replica of New York City inside a warehouse as part of his new play.
Votes: 75,073 | Gross: $3.08M
2008 winner - Slumdog Millionaire
30. Pirate Radio (2009)
R | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
A band of rogue DJs that captivated Britain, playing the music that defined a generation and standing up to a government that wanted classical music, and nothing else, on the airwaves.
Votes: 104,018 | Gross: $7.99M
2009 winner - The Hurt Locker
31. True Grit (2010)
PG-13 | 110 min | Drama, Western
A stubborn teenager enlists the help of a tough U.S. Marshal to track down her father's murderer.
Votes: 291,504 | Gross: $171.24M
2010 winner - The King's Speech
32. The Tree of Life (2011)
PG-13 | 139 min | Drama, Fantasy
The story of a family in Waco, Texas in 1956. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents' conflicting teachings.
Votes: 159,369 | Gross: $13.30M
2011 winner - The Artist
33. Seven Psychopaths (2012)
R | 110 min | Comedy, Crime
A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu.
Votes: 228,277 | Gross: $15.02M
2012 winner - Argo
34. Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.
Votes: 127,636 | Gross: $13.24M
2013 winner - 12 Years a Slave
35. Pride (I) (2014)
R | 119 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
U.K. gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984.
2014 winner - Birdman
36. Youth (I) (2015)
R | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
A retired orchestra conductor is on vacation with his daughter and his film director best friend in the Alps when he receives an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to perform for Prince Philip's birthday.
Votes: 66,462 | Gross: $2.70M
2015 winner - Spotlight
37. Nocturnal Animals (2016)
R | 116 min | Drama, Thriller
A wealthy art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband's novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a symbolic revenge tale.
Votes: 215,017 | Gross: $10.64M
2016 winner - Moonlight
38. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
R | 115 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter's murder when they fail to catch the culprit.
Votes: 371,326 | Gross: $54.51M
2017 winner - The Shape of Water
39. Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Music
Votes: 396,552 | Gross: $216.43M
2018 winner - Green Book