Every Best Picture Winner from Best to Worst

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So the Oscar nominations for 2021 came out and, thanks to the pandemic, I’ve only seen about four of them. But I’ve been slowly trying to watch every nominee, or at least the best picture nominees. Despite me believing that the Academy Awards don’t matter and are used to sell a film more than it is to really reward the best films that came out the year before, I have a love-hate relationship with it. Hate in the sense that I think only 20% of the best picture winners deserved their wins and the other 80% are wrong. But also love in the sense that because I love film, I feel obligated to at least give every nominee a try. So, after a super long binge-watch, I’ve decided to rank every Oscar winning film from best to worst. All this is super personal and these movies ranked are some of my personal favorites and my personal demons that I want to destroy. Beside each movie listed I’ll sum up my thoughts on it in a quick, sarcastic, and honest way. This is my personal list of the best to the worst the Oscars have given use over the past 92 years.

  1. The Godfather (1972)- Do I need to say why it’s great?
  2. The Godfather Part II (1974)- Do I need to say why it’s great? Part II.
  3. The Sound of Music (1965)- Music, beautiful scenery, and Nazis. Fun!
  4. Schindler’s List (1993)- The seriousness of the Holocaust. Glad it’s in black and white.
  5. Amadeus (1984)- Mozart and mystery.
  6. Parasite (2019)- I can’t and won’t spoil this one.
  7. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)- Long take: the movie.
  8. Ben-Hur (1959)- Chariot races are messy and bloody.
  9. All About Eve (1950)- Backstage drama is fun.
  10. All Quiet on the Western Front (1929-1930)- Best anti-war movie ever.
  11. No Country for Old Men (2007)- But what does that dream mean?
  12. The Sting (1973)- Twists for days.
  13. In the Heat of the Night (1967)- Buddy cop movie about racism. It’s more fun than it sounds.
  14. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)- That damn bridge!
  15. The Lost Weekend (1945)- Alcoholism is bad.
  16. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)- F@$K Nurse Ratched!
  17. On the Warterfront (1954)- Who to trust? Who to turn to?
  18. An American in Paris (1951)- Ballet and French art at its finest.
  19. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)- The costs of war at home.
  20. The Apartment (1960)- Funny until it isn’t.
  21. The Departed (2006)- Martin Scorsese tossed an Oscar. Still a good movie though.
  22. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)- Scary good.
  23. Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)- Charles Laughton can do no wrong!
  24. It Happened One Night (1934)- I don’t know why, but I find this movie funny.
  25. Chicago (2002)- Murder, jazz, and dancing. Yes please.
  26. Rocky (1976)- The Italian Stallion punches his way to an Oscar.
  27. Titanic (1997)- Yes. It’s great. Shut up.
  28. Casablanca (1943)- Less romance, more bromance!
  29. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)- An epic in the desert.
  30. Unforgiven (1992)- A bleak, depressing western. Perfect for me.
  31. Forrest Gump (1994)- Fun, but more depressing then I remember it being.
  32. 12 Years a Slave (2013)- Hard to watch, but needs to be seen.
  33. The Artist (2011)- I’ve grown to like it. But Hugo did it better.
  34. The Shape of Water (2017)- Fishman saves the girl.
  35. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)- Didn’t need 12 endings, but still good.
  36. The French Connection (1971)- Coolest car chase in a movie.
  37. Midnight Cowboy (1969)- Cowboy sex-worker: the movie
  38. Grand Hotel (1931-1932)- Too many stars to count.
  39. How Green Was My Valley (1941)- Better than Citizen Kane? No, but still good.
  40. Wings (1927-1928)- War, women, and flying.
  41. Hamlet (1948)- Shakespeare done right.
  42. West Side Story (1961)- A dated Shakespeare inspired musical.
  43. Platoon (1986)- Vietnam is sad and angry.
  44. A Man for All Seasons (1966)- Shakespeare-ish.
  45. Patton (1970)- Man slaps soldier. Mischief ensues.
  46. Gentlemen’s Agreement (1947)- Anti-Semitism and romance don’t mix well.
  47. Rain Man (1988)- Depressing, yet quotable.
  48. Argo (2012)- Good the first time, but forgettable on the rewatch.
  49. Million Dollar Baby (2004)- Clint Eastwood’s endless fascination with the bleakness of humanity.
  50. Gandhi (1982)- Long, but pretty informative if you’re too lazy to read up on him.
  51. Ordinary People (1980)- Won over Raging Bull. That’s all I’ll say.
  52. You Can’t Take It With You (1938)- Frank Capra at his cheesiest.
  53. Annie Hall (1977)- Uh… let’s move on now.
  54. Moonlight (2016)- Pretty good. Still bitter over La La Land. Sorry.
  55. The Hurt Locker (2009)- I’d hate to have his job.
  56. From Here to Eternity (1953)- Apparently everyone in the navy is drunk and lovestruck constantly. Also, Pearl Harbor happens.
  57. The Last Emperor (1987)- He’s the last emperor. That sums it up.
  58. Marty (1955)- A comedy I don’t find funny.
  59. The Life of Emile Zola (1937)- I forgot I saw this.
  60. Braveheart (1995)- So violent that it got boring really fast.
  61. Cavalcade (1932-1933)- Another movie I forgot I saw.
  62. Spotlight (2015)- Painfully average.
  63. Gigi (1958)- Creepy.
  64. Gladiator (2000)- A movie about people fighting to the death should not be this boring.
  65. Tom Jones (1963)- British, long, dull. Not my favorite.
  66. All the Kings Men (1949)- I almost fell asleep. Almost.
  67. The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)- The circus sucks!
  68. Rebecca (1940)- Alfred Hitchcock’s only movie to win. But not for director. Sad.
  69. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)- Does not hold up anymore.
  70. American Beauty (1999)- Boy, this aged poorly.
  71. Chariots of Fire (1981)- Only the music is memorable.
  72. The Deer Hunter (1978)- Beautiful but too goddamn long.
  73. Oliver! (1968)- Bad music, bad adaptation, bad everything.
  74. My Fair Lady (1964)- Looks and sounds fake as hell.
  75. Around the World in 80 Days (1956)- Super long travel log.
  76. Mrs. Miniver (1942)- Boring war propaganda.
  77. The Great Ziegfeld (1936)- Not based on a true story in any way.
  78. Out of Africa (1985)- I don’t have many adjectives for boring.
  79. Going My Way (1944)- Bing Crosby sucks!
  80. A Beautiful Mind (2001)- Ron Howard sucks!
  81. Green Book (2018)- Safest Oscar pick ever.
  82. Shakespeare in Love (1998)- Really Oscars? Really!?
  83. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)- Another safe pick, but super sappy.
  84. Cimarron (1930-1931)- An epic of its time. Now no one knows of its existence.
  85. The Broadway Melody (1928-1929)- Not a real movie.
  86. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)- All That Jazz is my favorite movie. You do the math.
  87. Dances with Wolves (1990)- Kevin Costner really sucks!
  88. Gone with the Wind (1939)- Long, boring, racist, and has the worst leading lady ever.
  89. The English Patient (1996)- Words cannot express how dull this is!
  90. Terms of Endearment (1983)- Couldn’t even finish it.
  91. The King’s Speech (2010)- Literally any movie from 2010 should have won over this.
  92. Crash (2005)- Do I really need to say why this is the worst Oscar winner ever?

Published by moviesfor20somethings

A movie reviewer who loves movies old and new. Just trying to get my opinion out there for 20 somethings.

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