54. The Lost Weekend (1945)

One of only two films to win both Best Picture and top prize at the Cannes Film Festival (the other being Marty). The Lost Weekend was a powerful "message" movie for its time, but Billy Wilder made much better pictures; its major legacy is that it was the first film to use the "drunk walking by neon signs" motif.

Up Against: Anchors Aweigh, The Bells of St. Mary's, Mildred Pierce, Spellbound
Should Have Lost to: N/A

 

53. Grand Hotel (1932)

The first (and to this date, only) movie to have won Best Picture without a nomination in any other category, which is odd considering the film's all-star cast of Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, and John Barrymore. It's been called the original Ocean's Eleven, and yeah, that sounds about right.  

Up Against: Arrowsmith, Bad Girl, The Champ, Five Star Final, One Hour with You, Shanghai Express, The Smiling Lieutenant
Should Have Lost to: Shanghai Express

 

52. Terms of Endearment (1983)

A good movie, but honestly not all that different from How Do You Know, which bombed in 2010. James L. Brooks would give anything for it to be the 1980s again. Be glad it's not.

Up Against: The Big Chill, The Dresser, The Right Stuff, Tender Mercies
Should Have Lost to: The Big Chill

 

51. Mrs. Miniver (1942)

Despite winning Best Picture, it's a pretty anonymous film. When was the last time you ever heard someone say, "Let's watch Mrs. Miniver!" One factoid of note: star Greer Garson's speech ran so long (over five minutes) that the Academy added the forty-five-second limit shortly thereafter.

Up Against: 49th Parallel, Kings Row, The Magnificent Ambersons, The Pied Piper, The Pride of the Yankees, Random Harvest, Talk of the Town, Wake Island, Yankee Doodle Dandy
Should Have Lost to: The Magnificent Ambersons

 

50. American Beauty (1999)

In high school, you thought this was the deepest film ever. But American Beauty's cliched suburban anomie hasn't aged very well. Alan Ball's work improved with Six Feet Under and True Blood.

Up Against: The Cider House Rules, The Green Mile, The Insider, The Sixth Sense
Should Have Lost to: The Insider

 

49. Midnight Cowboy (1969)

The best thing about Midnight Cowboy: the Muppets' Rizzo, named after Dustin Hoffman's street rat.

Up Against: Anne of the Thousand Days, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Hello Dolly!, Z
Should Have Lost to: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

 

48. How Green Was My Valley (1941)

Right in the middle of list because while it's a good movie, it somehow beat out maybe the world's greatest movie, Citizen Kane, as well as the film-noir classic, The Maltese Falcon, both of which are far superior.

Up Against: Blossoms in the Dust, Citizen Kane, Here Comes Mr. Jordan, Hold Back the Dawn, Little Foxes, The Maltese Falcon, One Foot in Heaven, Sergeant York, Suspicion
Should Have Lost to: Citizen Kane

 

47. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

This film's anti-war message was so compelling that the Nazis banned it from being shown in Germany in the 1930s. If it hadn't been any good, Hitler wouldn't have bothered trying to censor it.

Up Against: The Big House, Disraeli, The Divorcee, The Love Parade
Should Have Lost to: N/A

 

46. Wings (1928)

Remarkably, Wings holds up pretty well for an eighty-year-old film. The scenes between the male and female leads tend to go on too long, sure, but the "dogfight" scenes more than make it up for it.

Up Against: The Racket, Seventh Heaven
Should Have Lost to: N/A

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Commentarium (239 Comments)

Feb 23 11 - 1:59am
Jerry

I'm sorry, but "The Sting" should have lost to "The Exorcist" & anybody really knowing anything about what is landmark & revolutionary in film vs. a safe piece of entertaining fluff would see that. I was really shocked to see that the jackass writing this article didn't catch that.

Feb 23 11 - 4:04pm
GeeBee

Hogwash. "The Exorcist" was the epitomy of B-movie schlock.

Feb 23 11 - 6:23pm
BS

What? Because it is a horror film, it must be B-movie schlock??? That's a bunch a crap. You're out of your mind. "The Exorcist" is a way better film, better acted, more interesting . . . a technically and spiritually brilliant film. By the way, the word is "epitome," not "epitomy" and "The Sting" encompasses little more than a 2 bit crowd pleaser. "The Exorcist" is one of the most immitated movies of all time . . . Please educate yourself and lay off the 50's generation of prejudices towards anything that requires some imagination.

Feb 23 11 - 8:11pm
gordon

Maybe it's because I'm just not a huge horror movie fan, but if anything it's American Graffiti I would rank higher than The Sting that year.

Feb 23 11 - 9:09pm
GeeBee

@BS
BS. There was nothing groundbreaking about "Exorcist", other than it being somewhat "daring" in irritating the superstitious. And "epitome" and "epitomy" are the same word (also spelled "epitomie" and "pitomie", per the OED). And it's "imitated" if we're going to get into a pissing contest about spelling.
@Gordon
You know I rather think I agree with you. The soundtrack clinches it. I can only take so much ragtime music at one sitting. Also, come to think of it, that scene with the police car and the steel cable cries out for a "Mythbusters" trial.

Feb 23 11 - 10:06pm
GeeBee

Ignore the Mythbusters thing. They did it (busted!) years ago.

Feb 23 11 - 10:55pm
Glumberglots

I have to agree with you. The Exorcist is a way better movie than The Sting or American Graffiti and I don't get how ANYBODY could say that it wasn't groundbreaking. F-in joke! Reading the thread I checked and the word is: epitome. You're talking about soundtracks and Tubular Bells most certainly made charts back then too and is one really cool piece of music!

Mar 02 11 - 7:19pm
Joe

Honestly speaking, The Sting is probably one of my favorite movies of all time. I dont like horror movies but even i know that the Exorcist didnt deserve it. The only horror movie that should have won is Psycho.

Mar 06 12 - 5:48pm
Tom J. A.

The Sting is brilliant but I agree that The Excorcist does just edge past the line set by The Sting. By the way, love how the writer said 'And people actually thought Avatar should have won'!

Jun 05 12 - 8:36pm
zack

i know this comment doesnt belong in the replies but i want people to see it....

I like this list besides for where forrest gump is... I believe tom hanks gave his greatest performance to date and although the lines are cheesy they are also unforgettable and will go down in movie history as a classic (so will pulp fiction but not as much). That movie deserves more recognition but other than that great list

Feb 23 11 - 2:03am
S

I really need to see the Godfather movies.

Feb 15 12 - 11:43pm
Tyler

You haven't seen them? Come out from under your rock and go get them now!

Feb 23 11 - 2:25am
omgwtfbbq

"Rocky" should have lost to "Network." Hands down.

Feb 23 11 - 11:08am
tm

Speaking as someone who didn't see Network until relatively recently... man does that movie have a lot of bloviating. The script is like, "You know what? Who needs subtext? Let's just put it in the text--that way everyone will get it!"

Feb 23 11 - 2:55am
NotFromHere

What...exactly....is your problem with Dances with Wolves?

Feb 23 11 - 4:05pm
GeeBee

It is compulsory to knock "Dances with Wolves" because Kevin Costner is officially Not Cool. Do try to keep up. And go and rent "Mr Brooks" and enjoy Mr Costner's work.

Feb 24 11 - 12:33am
NotFromHere

Ahhh yes...thanks for catching me up on that...so embarrassing to have fallen behind the times.

Feb 24 11 - 11:46pm
Ummmm

The problem with Dances with Wolves is that it's a poor film, especially compared to Goodfellas. It is self-glorifying (both on the part of Costner and in its ridiculous revisionism) to say the least. And it completely fails at what it is trying to accomplish. In attempting to raise the profile of a Native American tribe while indicting US policy towards Native Americans (a worthy goal), it still manages to make the true hera the white guy. The Natives never rise above the level of "noble savage." It's childish.

Feb 25 11 - 3:30am
Ferus

It's been a long while since I've sat down to watch it but Dances with wolves can't be all that bad. After all, James Cameron took the same basic concept, painted the Indians blue, set it in space, and made one of the highest grossing films of all time.

Feb 26 11 - 2:59pm
Bob

Some movies are embarasing to sit through; this one actually made me squirm in my seat. This sameless whitewash of the American rape of the west after the civil war is disgusting. I actually liked Costner before this horrid piece of garbage. However, we have to remember that the Oscars are mostly abut money, so no surprise here.

Mar 01 12 - 1:31am
audi04

I loved Dances With Wolves, it is one of my favorite movies and I saw it in the theater three times. Every time I see this epic I'm reminded of how wonderful it is. Perhaps you are correct Bob, it is about the money. Domestic box office for DWW was $185,000,000+ and Goodfellas was $46,000,000+ so I'm guessing I'm not the only one that loved this film.

Mar 09 12 - 12:36pm
ZZ

Ferus, the film you are referring to Cameron took from was Pocahontas, the names were changed to protect the innocent.

Mar 20 12 - 6:23am
cam

For best results, imagine 'The Last Samuri' winning an Oscar. They are basically the same movie.

Feb 23 11 - 2:59am
really

More or less agree, but you ranked the Hurt Locker and Godfather part II (NOT better than the original) way too high.

Feb 23 11 - 3:19am
er

Godfather II is the most overrated movie to frequently be named best movie of all time.

Feb 24 11 - 5:45pm
For real

This movie is just a way for men to live vicariously through characters they see as "real men" and thus it constantly gets fellated as the best movie ever. Chinatown is leaps and bounds better than the violence-driven blood fantasy that is the Godfather movies.

May 27 11 - 3:25am
vesey

Emphatically agree with your observations on "Chinatown" and the curious love affair with the Godfather "ain't gangsters fun" films.

Feb 23 11 - 3:33am
Ahem...

Gauging a movie's cultural import by its quotability? That's a tad glib, even for Nerve. No Country was the right winner.

Feb 23 11 - 11:09am
mmm

That is glib. But I think they're right... No Country was well-made but pretty surface. Coens don't always have much to say about the world. There Will Be Blood is more serious.

Feb 23 11 - 4:03pm
agreed

Additionally, most people quote "I drink your milkshake" because it was a silly line they heard on the internet. Not really the highest standard of merit.

Feb 23 11 - 4:06pm
GeeBee

I liked both equally.

Feb 24 11 - 11:49pm
Ummmm

If that is the standard, then what you really mean is that you like the screenplay for There Will Be Blood better. Which is fine. But that is only one component. I found the ending of TWBB was too much of a punchline. NCFOM was bleak, but powerful. It's a close race, and both films are exceptional.

Oct 29 11 - 10:03am
Endré

Yup, both films were great, but I personally preferred NCFOM; especially the way it manages to capture the feel of the book, which deals with fate, death etc in such sparse prose, is nothing short of amazing.

Feb 12 12 - 9:55am
Friend-o

No Country for Old Men was anything but surface. It was a philosophic masterpiece that shook you to the core if you were paying attention. The coen brothers planned it, filmed it, and cut it in such a way....that it literally sucked you into the minds of the characters....and arguably, the mind of God. TWBB was very good...but NCFOM was more stylistic and profound.

Mar 19 12 - 9:43pm
Steve B

Loved NCFOM. Agree There Will Be Blood turns itself into a joke with bizarre ending--in fact the director has said he considers the film a comedy. If so it's an more complete failure

Mar 20 12 - 6:26am
cam

I never thought anyone could film a Cormac McCarthy novel and still have it feel like a Cormac McCarthy novel. Then the Coen's made No Country.

Mar 20 12 - 8:41pm
Tom Bell

I totally agree with everyone's reasoning in the arguement that NCFOM, it really is anything but surface, there is a lot more going on, it just doesn't spell it out for the viewer. You have to look for it, but it is there, undoubtedly. I loved TWBB, but more or less what you see is what you get, yes it was beautiful and artsy but its all there at teh surface level, a man consumed by greed in many senses of the word, it is his single motivation in his life.

Aug 16 12 - 3:29am
T

No Country For Old Men has beautiful subtext to it. Every repeat viewing I've seen of it I've caught something new to appreciate about it. Not only that but upon living my life and coming across new obstacles I've learned more about what the characters were really speaking of in the story. In short it's a beautifully shot, acted, and layered film. One of the best ever made. There Will Be Blood is incredible don't get me wrong, but NCFOM definitely deserved the win.

Feb 23 11 - 3:38am
EK

The Godfather II is ranked too high for what it was.

Feb 23 11 - 3:54am
huh

1939 was a good year in movies.

Feb 23 11 - 5:18am
why

No love for She Done Him Wrong?

Feb 23 11 - 5:20am
also

Shakespeare in Love and Driving Miss Daisy should have been lower. Especially Shakespeare in Love. Quite possibly worse than Crash.

Feb 23 11 - 1:29pm
ester

No, sir. Nothing's worse than "Crash."

Feb 23 11 - 8:06pm
gordon

I'm no Crash fan, but it actually doesn't deserve to be ranked below some of the 1930s & 40s non-entities.

Feb 24 11 - 11:50pm
Ummmm

Crash is dreadful. I do think Driving Miss Daisy is worse. Million Dollar Baby was ok, but there were several better films that year.

Feb 24 11 - 11:50pm
Ummmm

Meant to add that Million Dollar Baby should have specifically lost to Sideways.

Mar 02 11 - 7:22pm
Joe

Maybe it is just me, but I never understood how Marty won best picture. Yes, I know there was nothing in that year, but then, dont rank it so high. Around the World in 80 Days was made a year after that and that was a way better film than Marty.

Feb 23 11 - 5:20am
butters

Re: The Apartment being the last B&W film to win. Wasn't Schindler's List in B&W?

Feb 23 11 - 11:09am
b&w

mostly. it has that coda in color.

Feb 23 11 - 5:42am
aa

the deer hunter would have been better if it had all been set in vietnam? sorry, but you have clearly completely missed the point of the film

Apr 21 11 - 9:53am
itsjoeg

couldn't agree more.

Aug 12 11 - 7:38pm
agreed

thank you so much, that line alone lost this list all its credibility.

Oct 22 11 - 7:12pm
double agreed

yup.

Jul 08 12 - 9:55am
Joe

Agreed. When I read that comment, the list lost credibility for me as well.

Aug 02 12 - 12:21am
Stroke

I thought the point of The Deer Hunter was to show how the Vietnam War affected three men from small-town America (which, forgive me for saying this, but sounds like a reboot of The Best Years of Our Lives). How can that be done if the entire film takes place in Vietnam? The scenes in Vietnam were much better, but there are clearly 3 acts to this film, and the Vietnam act was the 2nd one. It only works if the 1st and 3rd act take place in their town.

Feb 23 11 - 5:55am
Lawrence

Milk should have beaten Slumdog..

Feb 23 11 - 11:13am
Boyle sucks

Agreed! Danny Boyle must edit his movies with a chainsaw... they're actively abrasive to watch.

Jul 07 11 - 5:01pm
Cap

Danny Boyle didn't edit Slumdog. I only bring that up because I wonder how it is that he (or directors in general) can develop a certain "look" to his movies in which much of the effect was developed in the editing room. Does he stand over the editor's shoulder and give instructions? Anybody wanna venture an answer?

Jan 04 12 - 5:39am
dark knight/nolan

slumdog is one of the most overrated self-indulgent films I've watched (and Im Indian). The Dark Knight (which wasn't even nominated) should have clearly won. All slumdog did was take the disney romance we've heard for 70 years and rip off a forrest gump framing device (at least forrest gump made fun of it). The plot is absurd and unbelievably corny and obnoxiously far-fetched. And the guy who wrote this article can blow me: Ben Hur and Forrest Gump are two of my favorite movies.

Jan 23 12 - 12:27pm
blahblah

Slumdog Millionaire was designed to be this melodramatic, especially after reading the book (His love interest is a hooker). It just sucked, if only for the dance scene. (I mean, really?)

Feb 23 11 - 8:57am
kt

"The Canine Mutiny"? That should have one on the title alone!

Apr 15 12 - 3:00am
71hD

Sounds like a bad post-apoc film.

Feb 23 11 - 10:16am
Rob

Er, French Connection beating A Clockwork Orange was forgiveable? Good call on There Will Be Blood, though; even if the rationale is bogus.

Feb 23 11 - 8:13pm
gordon

Both were very good films. And, yeah, I'd have to say Clockwork Orange was better. But I'm also inclined to forgive in this case.

Apr 21 11 - 9:55am
itsjoeg

A Clockwork Orange was gritty...and that's about it. Just because something is controversial doesnt mean it should win... French Connection won rightfully.

Feb 23 11 - 11:13am
il

Interesting list.
And now I'd like to read a woman's rankings. Sometimes there's a pretty clear boyish "Oh my god you GOTTA love this movie" skew to this one.

Feb 23 11 - 2:33pm
NG

Yeah, fair enough.

Feb 23 11 - 6:35pm
Walker

So . . . and men have a right to their opinions chick!

Feb 23 11 - 8:48pm
rachel

All I could think while reading the "should have lost to" was that it had to be a man writing this and I hadn't even read the byline. Not that there's anything wrong with that, and I do agree in many cases that the films should have lost, but I disagree on what films they should have lost to. It would be interesting to see this from a female perspective.

Feb 23 11 - 11:06pm
Galen

I have to agree. I guessed it was a man midway through, but knew for sure when the Godfather placed twice in the top 10. I'd love to compare this to a woman's perspective.

Feb 23 11 - 11:21pm
Walls ablind

Really showing an extremely misandrous mentality, which is typical of people claiming to be educated in this day and age instead of showing they actually know what stereotyping and sexism actually is.

Feb 23 11 - 11:31pm
AT

Walls ablind and your comments show nothing but utmost thoughtfulness. I was also annoyed at how "male" this list was. Yawn. Glad you had time to list 82 movies, boy.

Feb 23 11 - 11:35pm
rachel

Yeah, yeah. Stereotypes come from somewhere, sad but true. It's not sexist to make an observation, especially when it turns out to be correct. If I thought something was wrong with a man liking these or that a woman couldn't possibly, then maybe I'd have to reevaluate. As it is, knowing that men in my experience tend to prefer something, isn't inherently sexist. I'd say straight men like breasts, that doesn't mean that they all do, or that I don't as well, but I'm still usually going to be correct.

Feb 23 11 - 11:50pm
Jesse

Wow! Point proven walls ablind. Assholes! Think ab

Feb 23 11 - 11:18am
GPS

Agree that 1968's 'Oliver!' was a worthy winner - but how much higher up this list would '2001: A Space Odyssey' have been if it had been given the nomination and Best Picture win it deserved?

Feb 23 11 - 8:16pm
gordon

Oliver is definitely the least bad selection from the actual nominees that year.

Feb 23 11 - 11:54pm
woodsyallen

You're point might be more effective if you had used an image from the right "Oliver!".

Feb 24 11 - 7:21am
Avid

Woodsy... I'm glad someone else noticed that as well.

Feb 23 11 - 11:47am
TB

Thanks for putting this together! It's easy to nitpick choices, much more impressive to put all that together.

Feb 23 11 - 12:36pm
lalaland

I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang should have won the Oscar in 1933.

Feb 23 11 - 12:49pm
The Jackass

It's the most wonderfully literal movie title of all-time.

Feb 24 11 - 1:16am
Alexandra

Oh thank god someone beat me to saying the same thing. I saw that and my jaw dropped. How on earth could you think 42nd Street over I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang?

Feb 25 11 - 4:23am
Jimmy (fart)

Wait so what was he?

Feb 23 11 - 1:13pm
explainerguy

in regards to Patton and '70, have you seen Five Easy Pieces? It's a much better piece of filmmaking.

Feb 23 11 - 1:30pm
ester

Concur! Especially if you're going to use quotability as a criterion.

Feb 23 11 - 2:37pm
lalaland

Really? Why not MASH?

Mar 01 11 - 1:30pm
MD

I loved MASH when I was younger but rewatched it recently and found it insufferably smug and not a little bit sexist.

Mar 01 11 - 5:38pm
lalaland

I also formed my opinion about MASH when I was a kid. The film is terribly sexist when it's trying to be anti-authoritarian; the shower scene was a memorable low point. In a weird way, I took away a warning from that film about what you're potentially up against if you're a woman who's interested in any realm that's male-dominated (politics, art, science, etc.).

Feb 23 11 - 1:17pm
Bobby

How the hell The Hurt Locker managed to beat Inglourious Basterds or District 9 is completely beyond me.

Feb 23 11 - 4:05pm
you mean

The Oscars made a safe and uninspired decision? Call the media--the world needs to know!

Feb 23 11 - 6:40pm
Walker

"District 9" I can see, maybe . . . "Inglorious Basterds" is terrible, so no. It shouldn't have even been nominated.

Feb 23 11 - 7:49pm
Samuel J Tilden

I agree. I was surprised at how quite bad "Inglorious Basterds" was.

Feb 23 11 - 11:44pm
Glumberglots

I'm not a fan of his writing anymore(Quentin) He just has gotten to0 full of himself and thinking that whatever smack he decides for his characters to talk about is automatically engrossing. Most of that movie was listening to dumb conversations about nothing.

Feb 25 11 - 4:25am
Jimmy (fart)

You all suck. Inglourious Bastards was a great and original film, in its own referential way. I agree Tarantino risks losing his head up his own arse with his dialogue, but IG struck a wonderful balance.

Feb 25 11 - 11:48pm
SalSparrow

IG didn't strike a "wonderful balance", it was bloated with directionless dialogue and unnecessary self indulgent violence. It was like a 13 year old having a wet dream while dozing off in history class. I'm still shocked to see how far everyone is up Tarantino's a$$ that they think it's such an amazing movie. Avatar was a more worthy Best Picture nominee.

Feb 27 11 - 5:17pm
JOe

Talk about ego. From the final scene — Private Ryan Howard, “I think this just might be my masterpiece." And then it immediately smash-cuts to “Written and Directed by Quentin Tarantino”

Apr 21 11 - 10:05am
itsjoeg

IB was a fun movie, but nothing more... with an evil best supporting actor (aren't most best supportings evil, besides cuba?) it's bound to be liked... but, come on... Hurt Locker was intense, with prize-worthy acting, and directed amazingly. District 9 would have been an amazing upset, and I can't argue against it as a valid choice... either would be great choices.

Mar 06 12 - 5:55pm
Tom J. A.

In response to SalSparrow, Avatar is the worst film to ever have come out of the film industry. Period.

Mar 20 12 - 6:32am
cam

I think he was being sarcastic about Avatar being good. District 9 over the Hurt Locker. I found Hurt Locker to be dry to the point of being dull. District 9 was at least different, bold and exciting. even if it did bash you over the head with Aparthied allegory.

Feb 23 11 - 3:56pm
Bo

Very nice list. Great discussion starter.

Feb 23 11 - 4:40pm
Mel Gibson

Some reordering needs to be done for sure, but the greatest win for the oscars is that Avatar did not win (although Inglorious Bastards should have taken the honor, brilliant brilliant film). Try watching Avatar in not in 3D, you won't get through the first 5 minutes.

Feb 25 11 - 7:13pm
girlJ

You are so right in your last statement. That's exactly what happened to me, so I still haven't seen the film.

Jun 17 12 - 10:39pm
jack

Im not saying that Avatar is a great film, but it was way better than IB. I liked pulp fiction, but IB was terrible compared to pulp fiction. I couldn't even tell what the hell was going on in IB. I completely forgot about what happened in IB the day after I saw it.

Feb 23 11 - 5:14pm
LAP

Totally think Avatar deserved a nod here. Why? The guy waited 15 years to invent new technology to film it. People hated the film, but it is a replay on an archetype that we know and love. The Hurt Locker was good, but it is hardly one of the best war movies I've seen. It is not a coincidence that the winner is James Cameron's ex-wife.

Feb 24 11 - 11:53pm
Ummmm

Yes, it's a replay (even a rehash) of an archetype we know and that has been made to death. It was Pocahontas in space. And boring as hell.

Feb 27 11 - 5:20pm
JOe

Agreed. I took the whole family to see it and we all decided that the success of the movie was all about the incredible visuals and would suck on a small screen. The plot and the ending were very obvious.

Apr 21 11 - 10:07am
itsjoeg

Film was visually stunning... movie sucked. I hear all these Pocahontas relations.... but there was a movie with mythical people in a jungle already... FERN GULLY.

May 27 11 - 3:39am
vesey

by the time Avatar rolled around i think i was just burnt out on "white guilt" flicks. did'nt see it but heard it was very well made............

Mar 06 12 - 5:57pm
Tom J. A.

I agree that Avatar was the definition of bad film. James Cameron had his head so far up his a** for Titanic (the most overrated film ever) that he thought he could give us that pile of drivel and get away with it.

Mar 20 12 - 6:35am
Cam

I've never said wow so many times as I did when I watched Avatar. In IMAX. In 3D. I would not like to watch it again.

Feb 23 11 - 5:34pm
Samuel J Tilden

"Crash" was a terrific film and deserved its victory. The sniping from "critics" shows how little they are actually concerned about content.
"My Fair Lady" and "Gigi" are stiff and boring, despite the music. "Chicago" is dreadful" and "Gladiator" is not even mediocre.

Feb 25 11 - 4:27am
Jimmy (fart)

Crash was garbage. Everything is subjective, except for that.

Apr 21 11 - 10:15am
itsjoeg

Brokeback Mountain: one of the most overrated movies of all time. just because it was addressing homosexuality in a country setting doesn't make it AMAZING, it makes it interesting at best.
Capote: Not worthy of a nomination besides acting.
Good Night, and Good Luck.: Very good movie, but Oscar worthy?
Munich: to quote knocked up "eric bana is BADASS" ...

basically...
If you don't like Crash, cool, I get it, but at least offer up a reasonable OTHER choice or shut up. It was a shitty year for film...period.

Movies that should have been nominated:
Syriana
The Constant Gardener
Memoirs of a Geisha
Walk the Line
...Cinderella Man?

Simple fact: March of the Penguins was the best movie that year.

May 20 12 - 12:18pm
chad

agree that march of the Penguins was the best movie that year. however, the Oscar will never go to a documentary no matter how well done it was.

Feb 23 11 - 5:42pm
Really!?

It Happened One Night deserved to win over The Thin Man? There are other poor choices in this list, but they pale in comparison to that. The Thin Man should a) have one and b) be in the top 10 of this list...
It happened one night is garbage even without comparison.

Feb 23 11 - 9:32pm
JT

I wholeheartedly agree. The Thin Man is that good!

Feb 23 11 - 11:14pm
huh

I actually think they are both very good in different ways. It Happened One Night is incredibly watchable and is a benchmark of romantic comedies/screwball. The Thin Man is also great.

Feb 23 11 - 7:12pm
Michael

This guy really likes the 70s and hates the past 25 years.

Feb 23 11 - 7:31pm
A-Cake

Glad to see The Apartment crack the top 20. One my favorites. Still feels fresh, though it was made half a century ago.

Feb 23 11 - 11:12pm
PeterSmith

Such a beautiful movie. "Did you hear what I said, Ms. Kubelik?"

Feb 24 11 - 12:35am
NotFromHere

Absolutely beautiful. Damn ex-girlfriend lost my copy.

Feb 23 11 - 7:44pm
Arco

If Mr. Karp is going to harp on movies for not being historically accurate, probably should not have suggested Munich for Best Picture (a complete fabrication.) Also disagree on Platoon. While it was not nominated and is not from the same year, Full Metal Jacket is a superior Vietnam war movie from that era.

Feb 23 11 - 8:04pm
gordon

eh. Platoon was overrated but Full Metal Jacket gets its rep far more from the training camp scenes than Vietnam--sort of the opposite of Deer Hunter. Apocalypse Now is the real classic that was underappreciated at the time.

May 27 11 - 3:43am
vesey

There must have been two Apocalypse Now films, because the one i saw was beyond a doubt one of the 10 worst films ever made.............

Feb 23 11 - 8:02pm
RobinG

Disagree about American Beauty, I'd put it higher up but that's just me. It's too bad the movie has been mocked so much because it still moves me to this day.

Feb 23 11 - 8:09pm
BrosephofArimathea

Nice compilation, but the commentary and "Should Have Lost To" are just another person's opinions, so they do not have a lot of depth (everyone has an opinion). What would be more interesting would be to have each year have its own poll. Still shallow, but more interesting.

Feb 23 11 - 8:54pm
beth hawkins

i just do not fully understand the phenomenal that was the slumdog movie. most oscar nominated movies are over hyped not so fascinating movies.

Feb 23 11 - 10:54pm
Saad

Um, Crash should have lost to Brokeback Mountain. Duh!

Feb 23 11 - 11:11pm
anonymouse

i don't believe that you have actually seen every movie on this list and consider your opinions invalid.

Feb 24 11 - 12:19am
Frenchie

I have seen about 75 of these and I went in wanting to be a hater. But it's actually a pretty well done list. Not easy to pulloff.

Feb 24 11 - 12:03am
Anon

The list started high and mighty and snarky, and then it became high and mighty while kissing ass. If you spent more than a lunch break writing this list, you should probably get back to doing something more constructive.

Feb 24 11 - 12:11am
rg

I love "The Apartment," but it's a sin that "Psycho" wasn't nominated that year (and that it didn't win).

Feb 25 11 - 4:35pm
Jack Foley

No joke. "The Apartment" is great, but it's no "Psycho".

The only person who was shafted at the Oscars more than Hitchcock was Scorsese.

Feb 24 11 - 12:51am
scla

THANK YOU, finally someone else who sees Crash for what is it. Absolutely horrible. Not only the worst Oscar winner, but one of the worst films I've ever seen. It made a joke out of racism - and set in LA no less, an insult to the real history of such a city.

May 27 11 - 3:47am
vesey

Gladiator is right up there with Crash for terrible oscar films, might even have an edge. both are such odd choices there must have been false ballots cast ............

Feb 24 11 - 2:52am
so what?

you're a cinema critic?
you decide what's best for all here to watch?
well, I'm blacklisting this self-indulgent piece of crap you call a blog.

Feb 24 11 - 11:53am
steve

Um... do you understand how the internet works?

May 27 11 - 3:49am
vesey

see what happens when sean penn gets angry, steve !!!! sean(so what) penn will get over it.................

Feb 24 11 - 5:10am
Alexandra

In the Heat of the Night shouldn't have lost to anything? Really? I'm sure I'm one of maybe five people who have actually seen In the Heat of the Night. It's a fine film, but that's all you can say about it.

And it was nominated against The Graduate AND Bonnie and Clyde. And yet you think In the Heat of the Night? I genuinely don't understand how it can even be argued it's the best film from that year. The other two are among the best films of all TIME, not just 1967.

Feb 24 11 - 9:08am
Samuel J Tilden

I'm sure quite a few more rthan five people have seen "IN The Heat of the Night." Actually, "The Graduate" hasn't stood the test of time very well.

Feb 24 11 - 11:56pm
Ummmm

In the Heat of the Night is great. The Graduate holds up just fine. You both fail.

Feb 25 11 - 4:30am
Jimmy (fart)

THEY CALL ME MISTER TIBBS

May 27 11 - 3:58am
vesey

Actually all three are very dated and seem distant and even a bit silly when watched now. At least "heat" had a couple of great performances by Poitier and Steiger...........I've never understood what people found so profound in "the graduate" and "bonny and clyde" was just another ego flick that glorified violence by sleazy crooks and then tried to make us care about them like they were somehow victims instead of the crud they really were..........

Feb 24 11 - 6:28am
Rick Blaine

Great list, except that what Peter Jackson did to Return of the King was a crime. He should be in jail. The praise from critics only proves that shockingly few people read books.

Feb 25 11 - 4:30am
Jimmy (fart)

(dismissive wank)

Feb 26 11 - 12:09am
SalSparrow

oh great another "the book was better!" preacher. The list judges the movies not the books, and it judges quality not whether or not it's faithful to the source material. If you like the book better then read the book don't whine about the movie.

Feb 26 12 - 6:06am
Wolf

I agree, Rick. I didn't think any of the "...Rings" movies deserved a Best Picture nod. My objections are on pure film-related grounds, not anything to do with their relation to the books. I was particularly bored by the third film. But hey..... that's just me.

Feb 24 11 - 7:34am
Avid

I dispute the claim that My Fair Lady is the "greatest cinematic musical of all time." What about Singin' in the Rain? Considered by many to be the greatest movie musical, and unfortunately snubbed during its time due to unfavorable comparisons with Gene Kelly's earlier work in an American in Paris (which, in my opinion, is only really worth watching for the dream ballet sequence).

I don't mean to say that My Fair Lady isn't good. It's excellent! Just maybe not the best movie musical.

Feb 24 11 - 10:27am
lalaland

Oooh, you're right about that. My Fair Lady can't hold a candle to Singin' in the Rain.

Feb 24 11 - 1:43pm
Sergio Fabrizio

The only explanation for the win by "Chicago" is that folks were hoping it would herald a return to big movie musicals. It didn't. "The Pianist" and "The Hours" are cinematic masterpieces. "Chicago" is definitely not.

Feb 24 11 - 3:51pm
Flabbergasted

This article is a joke. Little to no insight with hackneyed choices. And Hurt Locker was unrealistic garbage. No way was that better than UP or INGOURIOUS BASTERDS.

Feb 24 11 - 4:04pm
Sergio Fabrizio

"Inglorious Basterds," despite Christophe Waltz's performance, was simply terrible. Scenes that went on and on and....why? I find Tarantino to be generally over-rated, but this was the worst example of that.

Feb 26 11 - 12:21am
SalSparrow

they're hackneyed for a reason. Plus Inglorious Basterds, as already been stated, is overrated crap that thinks it's so cool having long winded empty dialogue that lead to nowhere while hiding a completely 1 dimensional b-movie story.

Feb 24 11 - 5:19pm
MeBitch

I am sorry but the Hurt Locker really? It wanted to be a good movie it had the potential to be a good movie and then failed. It was like the whole movie you were waiting for something to happen and it never did. Just sad!

Feb 24 11 - 5:32pm
Looking Back

You know, looking back at some of the bloated but boring epics that would routinely win Best Picture even when they weren't good, you have to figure that the Oscar often went to the film that employed the most people, and perhaps had the most Academy voters.

Feb 24 11 - 6:50pm
z

I agree with a bunch, but the best thing about Midnight Cowboy was that the muppet was named after it is just ridiculous...

Feb 24 11 - 11:57pm
Ummmm

Yeah, Midnight Cowboy is a great film.

Feb 25 11 - 9:08am
completely

agreed.

Feb 28 11 - 7:27pm
GeeBee

Hey! Hey! I'm walkin' here!

Feb 25 11 - 12:36am
Steve L.

I don't need read this whole thing to know it's bupkis. "Around the World in 80 Days, "Greatest Show on Earth," "Cimarron," and"The Broadway Melody" are the three worst Best Picture winners. While I like "Crash," I would allow it to be in the bottom quarter, but it is certainly not the worst.

Feb 25 11 - 12:37am
Steve L.

Those are the FOUR worst Best Picture winners.

Feb 25 11 - 3:39am
Ferus

A list of films given an arbitrary ranking based on a subjective award and compared to other nominees based on the authors subjective opinion.

Does this article have any purpose other than to arouse pointless debate over artistic opinion?

When you watch a film it speaks to you on a personal level that others often are unable to understand due to our varied personal life experiences. It is impossible to ever create a definitive list of "Best" film, especially when taking comparisons from various points in time across the cultural and generational gaps in society.

So why other getting worked up over it?

Feb 25 11 - 5:46am
KCN

"I'm not sure which is more impressive: how much better the movie is than the book..."

Uh... have you read the book? I can't imagine anyone who has ever opened that book would think the movie even compares.

Feb 25 11 - 4:39pm
Davey K

No hardcore arguments here, just an observation. The author slants heavily toward mafia movies and organized crime movies. Maybe should have been some kind of subtitle that says "as noted by someone who loves crime movies."

Feb 25 11 - 7:22pm
Alexis

By the second page I was thinking "Who the fuck wrote this?!"

Feb 25 11 - 10:03pm
Jesse

While One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest could possibly be my favorite movie ever, it doesn't come close to matching the masterpiece and nuance of Kesey's original.

Feb 27 11 - 6:50pm
Ryan

I really don't think Gandhi should have won. While it has one of the best performances ever on screen, the whole film itself was a little slow. I really think that a best picture winner should be something that was powerful at the time and what will you remember in 20 years. Well E.T. came out that same year and which one is most memorable. AFI's top 100 took Gandhi off their list and E.T. is still on it.

Feb 27 11 - 7:22pm
Ryan

I also don't understand the hatred for Braveheart

Mar 01 11 - 1:37pm
MD

Agreed on Gandhi - great performance, fatally turgid film.

May 27 11 - 4:06am
vesey

as i watched ET i just could'nt get the idea out of my mind that i was really watching another boy and his dog movie with an alien instead of the dog.....very distracting !!!

Feb 28 11 - 12:13am
Kelly

No slight to Pulp Fiction, but it was Shawshank that should have beaten Gump in '94.

Apr 15 12 - 10:25pm
Kon

Pulp Fiction is one of the best films ever. Forest Gump and Shawshank are boring compared to the masterpiece that is Pulp Fiction

Feb 28 11 - 2:20am
lewarcher

I believe there's a typo in #5, unless 'The Canine Mutiny' is the darker sequel to the Shaggy Dog series...

Feb 28 11 - 9:31am
Reginald

Sure, The academy really should have hopped in a time machine and traveled a decade into the future to see what becomes of Mel Gibson. That would have decided to the fate of Braveheart 10 years prior for sure. Was this list written by a retard?

Mar 04 12 - 10:10pm
gg

Ha! But apparently The Pianist by Polanski should have won an Oscar. Ok then...

Hollywood's anger at Mel but acceptance of Polanski is bewildering.

Mar 01 11 - 5:10pm
Publius

Did the author of this article just pull movie titles out of a hat?

Mar 02 11 - 7:24pm
Joe

Maybe it is just me, but I never understood how Marty won best picture. Yes, I know there was nothing in that year, but then, dont rank it so high. Around the World in 80 Days was made a year after that and that was a way better film than Marty.

Mar 02 11 - 8:57pm
chrisfiore

No film rates higher than Casablanca. It's a Wonderful Life should have won a best picture award but didn't. Lost Horizon should have but didn't. A Star is Born (Judy Garland, James Mason version) should have but didn't. But no film rates higher than Casablanca, and it is nearly 70 years old...

May 27 11 - 4:22am
vesey

Although i enjoyed Casablanca i found it only slightly better than ordinary. I think what has happened over the years is that Casablanca has become like the stone that has grown increasing amounts of moss on it to the point that people don't realize there is just an ordinary stone under it all. The almost robot like praise of Casablanca over the years has had the same effect and people don't see that it is in fact just a slightly better than average film.......Have you ever been in an art museum and watched fat old society ladies saying how great a piece of canvas with paint splattered all over it and spending thousands of dollars to buy it out of fear of being uncool ?? Well ,Casablanca's obligatory praise has become the film industries version of the piece of canvas with the incoherent colors splattered all over it............

Mar 05 11 - 2:11am
Rob

The Insider is one big talky mess. Anyone who could sit through that movie more than once is probably a bore as a human being.

Mar 07 11 - 1:37pm
PG

Do not agree with your placement of The Hurt Locker.Good film yes,oscar wordy no.Any of the other films more deserving.Should defanetly not be rated above gone with the wind

Aug 19 11 - 10:47pm
Adam

I agree that Gone With the Wind should have been ahead of The Hurt Locker but The Hurt Locker still should have won in its year.

Mar 07 11 - 2:34pm
Evan

It Happened One Night not only won five Oscars but the biggest five of its day, a feat that's been accomplished only a couple of times since.

Gone With the Wind won eight Oscars. Really, you should check lots of your facts.

As for the rankings, you nicely call out some overrated films but you rank Gone with the Wind criminally low. And as much as I like Munich, I have to question anyone who doesn't even mention Brokeback Mountain.

Mar 07 11 - 7:54pm
Kristin

You are so right about Crash. I thought it was really bad. It was like a 2 hour after-school special

Mar 11 11 - 3:57am
Ben

Oh, stopped reading when you said Gosford Park was not only a good movie but should have won best picture. Did you see a different version from me? I usually like movies to be entertaining. Good call on Chicago though. Although 9 out of 10 moms will agree that Chicago was a fun movie with catchy tunes.

Apr 02 11 - 10:39pm
AJ

Disagree with some parts. Crash should've lost to Brokeback Mountain. American Beauty is actually one of the most well deserved wins. Network should've won instead of Rocky.

Apr 13 11 - 1:25pm
andrew1291

Brokeback Mountain is the worst movie ever made you faggot asshole.

May 28 11 - 6:49pm
Madison

Sounds like you're the asshole, you homophobic piece of shit.

Apr 13 11 - 1:24pm
andrew1291

this list is bullshit. braveheart is a better than apollo 13

Apr 28 11 - 2:41pm
kochisek2

Last year we took this matter into our own hands and created the 20/20 Awards, where we annually revisit and re-evaluate the Academy Awards with the advantage of 20 years of hindsight. Last year we awarded the Best Picture Award to CRIMES & MISDEMEANORS over DRIVING MISS DAISY, and this year we just awarded the Best Picture to GOODFELLAS over DANCES WITH WOLVES. For more info: http://www.2020awards.org.

May 19 11 - 5:23pm
julian.

I disagree with a lot of these, personally, but then I fucking love Forrest Gump, and it is hard to do one of these type of lists for all people.

May 26 11 - 11:34pm
PaulZ

I'm sorry, but Annie Hall should've lost to Star Wars.

Sep 28 11 - 11:40pm
Him Himself

I'm sorry, but Star Wars blows, you fan boy fuck face.

May 01 12 - 1:38am
Guyyo

No.. You blow balls. Annie hall is an unfunny obnoxious piece of crap. Woody Allen can blow me

Jun 05 11 - 8:37am
Carolina

Glad to see Casablanca, All about Eve and The Apartment so high on the list. Three of my top 5 favourite movies! Good list :)

Jun 09 11 - 9:11pm
Arron

Disagree with most of this list must admit Top 4 should be high on the list but can't believe you have ranked Braveheart low just because of Gibson's recent troubles, Gladiator marked so low and Amadeus so highly as it failed to entertain anyone bar total and utter music lovers and those who knew about Mozart's life.

Jun 12 11 - 10:27am
Essy

You're the garteset! JMHO

Jun 18 11 - 9:51am
Trick

Titanic definitely should have lost to L.A. Confidential

Jul 20 11 - 3:16pm
Dr O' Boogie

2001: A Space Odyssy should've won in '68, even though not nominated.

Jul 21 11 - 10:09pm
Elida

I wtaned to spend a minute to thank you for this.

Jul 21 11 - 10:34pm
Diandra

Super excited to see more of this kind of stuff olnnie.

Jul 23 11 - 9:43am
Sagi

God, I feel like I sohlud be takin notes! Great work

Aug 03 11 - 12:03am
Michael

I though Chicago, Crash, and Shakespeare In Love should've been higher, and Gone With The Wind should've been right up there with Casblanca and The Godfather, probably at number one. I thought the list overall was good though.

Aug 09 11 - 6:04pm
Josh

Braveheart is an excellent film and should be in the top 30 Oscar winners. Just because Mel Gibson has gone to the dark side doesnt mean his film changed.

I also think The Sound of Music is much better than My Fair Lady. Why, Audrey Hepburn, despite giving a great performance, had all of her songs dubbed.

Aug 19 11 - 10:45pm
Adam

Braveheart was good but I thought that Apollo 13 was much better and more gripping. Plus I love Ron Howard.

Aug 19 11 - 10:49pm
Adam

I totally agree with Shakespeare in love. Its a good film but the first twenty minutes of Saving Private Ryan are much better then the entire film of Shakespeare in Love.

Aug 29 11 - 12:49am
David

The first 30 minutes of Ryan are good, but the rest of the film is sadly a major let down - The Thin red Line is a much better film.

Aug 29 11 - 10:46pm
Adam

Well both of those films are better than Shakespeare in love.

Sep 09 11 - 1:11pm
Tony

For all your talk about movies needing to be "still fresh" or "more relevant, even today", your picks start to get way off the mark as the list moves towards #1.

- You praise Annie Hall, but don't talk about how Star Wars should have won? Has there ever been a more important, more relevant, more fresh movie in Hollywood's history? You dinged other movies for "nobody says 'Hey, let's go watch such-and-such'". Who picks Annie Hall over Star Wars?

- The French Connection is a great movie, to be sure. But it's not A Clockwork Orange.

- Getting sentimental and politically correct by siding with The Hurt Locker, are we? Inglorious Basterds should have won, by far & away.

- You'll be hard pressed to find a majority that would agree that any movie other than The Shawshank Redemption should have won that year. Pulp Fiction is great to be sure. And they certainly both should have won over Forrest Gump (so at least you were correct that Forrest wasn't #1 that year).

- Rain Man not the best that year? I very nearly stopped reading your list early on.

- L.A. Confidential was nowhere near As Good As It Gets or Good Will Hunting.

- I like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest as much as anyone. But Jaws was clearly slighted. It made Star Wars possible (from a movie-going perspective).

- I still contend that all 3 LOTR movies should have won. Nothing else that came out in 2001, 2002, or 2003 even comes close to "the new Holy Trilogy".

I'd have liked this list more if you'd have included movies that should have won in their respective years that didn't get nominated in the first place. One example would have been 1980 - Empire Strikes Back was slighted for sure.

My idea for a good 15-20 years has been that the Oscars should be awarded a full year later. That way there's time for movies to sink into the public consciousness. How many times does Shakespeare in Love win if we wait a year? Never.

Sep 24 11 - 11:31pm
Him Himself

While I agree with most of these, there is no way that The Deer Hunter should have won, despite it being a lousy year for movies in general, that movie is absolute garbage, despite the strong performances.

All About Eve is one of those movies I just never really cared for, but again I also didn't like Sunset Blvd. This was kind of a weak year for the Oscars too.

A Clockwork Orange definitely should have beaten The French Connection. A lot of people will point to the awesome car chase in FC, but I think the chase in Bullitt is vastly superior.

While I don't hate Rebecca, I do feel that The Philadelphia Story, The Grapes of Wrath and The Great Dictator are much better movies.

And last but not least, the last few years have been pretty disappointing. Both The Hurt Locker and Slumdog Millionaire were pretty weak, they should've lost to Inglourious Basterds and The Dark Knight, (I know it wasn't nominated, but still) respectively.

Oct 18 11 - 2:56am
Mokey

It's a shame movies that should of won sometimes don't even get nominated. "City Lights" in 1931, "I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang" in 1932, "King Kong" in 1933, "Out Of The Past" in 1947, "Night Of The Hunter" in 1955, "Psycho" in 1960, "The Birds" in 1963 and "True Grit" in 1969 were all the best pictures of their respectful years.

Nov 06 11 - 9:47pm
Zach

Sigh...I hate when fans of the The Godfather franchise make lists like this...
And, btw, I'm surprised that you weren't willing to ignore the historical inaccuracies of several films, while you do not even mention those found in The Hurt Locker, a film that only beat out An Education, Precious, and Inglorious Basterds so that the Academy could further express its acceptance of women and the films they make.

Nov 23 11 - 9:26pm
88

This article is obviously written by a jew

Nov 29 11 - 11:37pm
Nicholas

So where would "The King's Speech" rank on you list?

Dec 01 11 - 8:22pm
Diana

This list is so wrong! Enough said...

Dec 28 11 - 8:13pm
Ben

"The Hurt Locker"

should have lost to: "Inglorious Bastards"

"How Green Was My Valley"

should have lost to: "Citizen Kane"

"Rocky"

should have lost to: "Taxi Driver"

"Chariots of Fire"

should have lost to: "Raiders of the Lost Ark"

"Dances with Wolves"

should have lost to: "Goodfellas"

"Annie Hall"

should have lost to: "Star Wars"

No, "Forrest Gump" is not "too silly" for the Best Picture award. It's a great movie that was unfortunately up against "Shawshank Redemption" and "Pulp Fiction." That was a great year for movies.

The year "Titanic" won, "As Good As it Gets" was the next best film.

"The King's Speech" and "The Social Network" was a toss up.

"Munich" was good but "Crash" was better. I don't know what you have against "Crash."

"Chicago" was great but it was a toss-up between that "Gangs of New York" and "The Pianist."

The Oscars can't please everyone but I think they do a pretty good job except for the politics that go on in selecting them.

Jan 07 12 - 2:33pm
steven

Crash sucks balls. As good as it gets is completely overrated and the only reason that it is liked is because everybody just loves Jack Nicholson. That movie isn't even the best movie about OCD, The Aviator is much better.

Apr 15 12 - 10:54pm
Kon

As Good As it gets was funny as Hell it was a lot better than Titanic. Pulp Fiction should have beat Forest Gump

Jan 14 12 - 10:59pm
Rob

How the fuck did the hurt locker make position 23? A totally unrealistic piece of fucking garbage. It was like Seinfeld in Iraq: there was no plot, no point, just a bunch of stuff that happened. If "The Hurt Locker" was actually "Green Zone" then it would deserve to win, except it didn't. What a total sack of crap. Should have lost to: Avatar, The Blind Side, District 9, An Education, Inglourious Basterds, Precious, A Serious Man, Up, Up in the Air

Mar 04 12 - 9:47pm
gg

Munich is an awful awful film. Sex scene interspersed with people getting shot? Oh, ok then.

Mar 04 12 - 9:49pm
gg

Also The Godfather is a terrific book, and I think better than the movie.

Mar 19 12 - 10:46am
bemibet

Even Richard Attenborough has said that "E.T." should have won best picture over "Gandhi"!

Mar 19 12 - 9:56pm
Steve B

I'd have put Million Dollar Baby near the bottom. A movie that purports to be about boxing, yet features a central plot twist that shows no understanding of the sport (or the law) whatever? Why not just have Swank's opponent pull out a gun and shoot her? Then have Eastwood visit her in the hospital and rasp, "Well, you lost, kid..."

Mar 20 12 - 8:27pm
Tom Bell

You're a real piece of shit for picking "There Will be Blood" over "No Country for Old Men" and obviously don't understand what that film is all about.

Mar 27 12 - 1:52pm
Joe Dougherty

Just an interesting observation on an error you made. The photo you included with "The Godfather, Part II" isn't from the movie. That image is from the final scene of "The Godfather." Richard S. Castellano (Clemenza), who is kissing Al Pacino's (Michael's) hand in that image did not appear in the sequel.

Apr 15 12 - 11:04pm
Kon

Pulp Fiction is the most perfectly balanced film ever and I think it is the best. Forrest and Shawshank are both boring films compared to Pulp Fiction. Pulp Fiction was exceptional in every single way

Apr 21 12 - 7:25am
Ralph

I think Ghandi deserved 1 oscar for best actor and should have been nominated for the rest losing to E.T which still feels fresh

May 08 12 - 3:58pm
AP

About Amadeus being the only one to inspire a Fall Out Boy song...
...they have a song called "Of All the Gin Joints in the World" (you know, from Casablanca) and many other film inspired titles, which could be best picture winners.
Don't ask why I know this...

May 23 12 - 5:50pm
Straight

I believe Rocky was just the safe choice between Taxi Driver and Network. Personally, I think Taxi Driver should have won, but Network would also be a much better choice than Rocky.

Jun 03 12 - 6:49pm
zack

i believe this comment is so low no one will read it but ill still post this anyways....

I like this list besides for where forrest gump is... I believe tom hanks gave his greatest performance to date and although the lines are cheesy they are also unforgettable and will go down in movie history as a classic (so will pulp fiction but not as much). That movie deserves more recognition but other than that great list

Jun 26 12 - 11:15pm
Stephen Earnest

The Godfather: Part 2 should have lost to Chinatown. The best of the Best Picture winners so far are Kramer vs. Kramer, The French Connection, Patton, Amadeus, and The Artist.

Aug 19 12 - 12:05am
joe

wow... your opinion is pretty bad

Aug 30 12 - 7:15pm
maximus

seriously... really bad

Jul 18 12 - 2:17pm
DanielVin

aaaaahhhh....the opinion of the top maker dude...is stupid in some cases....to think that the French Connection was better than A Clockwork Orange? to think that Braveheart or Gladiator where bad films? he has a bad critirea of the movies...he doesnt know a s'hit

Aug 02 12 - 12:35am
Deep Throat

If you think Gone With the Wind is so great, then why is it so far down the list? Personally, I feel it is over-indulgent and should have lost to Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, but I would think that you would rank it much higher if you think it is worthy of all those accolades. Furthermore, In the Heat of the Night is not good. It is too typical, and the acting is not great. It is exactly what one would expect from a film that exploits a southern racist town (that is, there are no surprises, which are good to have in a film), and the pacing is dreadful. The only redeeming quality is "They call me Mister Tibbs!". Should have lost to The Graduate.

Aug 18 12 - 6:35pm
jack

its funny how the same retard who wrote this article said that forrest gump was too silly to be taken seriously but also gave slumdog millionaire such high praise. Now I don't hate slumdog, but the script is way more contrived and ridiculous than forrest gump. And forrest gump pulled it off because it was a comedy-drama and knew how ridiculous it was

Aug 22 12 - 1:19pm
Shawn S.

This article lost all credit when you didn't even mention why Annie Hall, a film no one gives two shits about, is better than Star Wars, a groundbreaking film.

Makes me wonder just how bad you screwed up the other years.

Aug 23 12 - 3:23pm
Dillon

Good call on There Will Be Blood. I loved No Country though. The Silence of the Lambs is ranked a bit high I feel.

Aug 29 12 - 2:12pm
Dan

The picture you chose from The Godfather Part II is from the end of The Godfather.