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Every Best Picture Oscar Winner Ranked Best To Worst

by The Playlist Staff
February 25, 2014 3:48 PM
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70. "The Sound Of Music" (1965)
While our childish hearts may twirl on the mountainside with Julie Andrews, our sober grown-up heads do tell us that the beloved Robert Wise musical is really so much cheese. The story of a singing nun who renounces her nunship to mother a family of moppets, wed their stupidly handsome father (Christopher Plummer) and evade Nazis, we take a Plummer-esque stance on it now: kind of embarrassed by our involvement.

69. "Gigi" (1958)
A sickly and overstuffed Technicolor Lerner/Loewe musical, significantly inferior to some of Vincente Minnelli's other song-and-dance classics, and mostly lacking in memorable tunes (beyond Maurice Chevalier's creepy-even-then "Thank Heaven For Little Girls"). Looks great, but feels like eating an entire wedding cake.

68. "How Green Was My Valley" (1941)
Best remembered now as the film that beat "Citizen Kane" (and as a favorite of Frasier Crane), this sturdy family saga set in a Welsh mining town is decent, but curiously unmemorable. John Ford's favorite of his own films, but if you were going to give only one of his movies Best Picture, why would it be this one?

67. “Gentleman’s Agreement” (1947)
Two years after the end of the war and the discovery of the extent of the Holocaust’s atrocities, this serious-minded, well-intentioned story of a journalist “going undercover” as Jewish to expose anti-semitic sentiments must’ve seemed timely. Now it seems tame and rather preachy, with Gregory Peck on stiffer-than-usual good-guy form, though strong support from John Garfield and Celeste Holm does enliven things.

66. "Tom Jones" (1963)
Reflecting as much the mores of the time it was made as the time in which it was set, Tony Richardson’s romping, undisciplined version of Henry Fielding’s novel is best watched now for Albert Finney’s performance as the titular 18th century playboy, because there’s little other substance to it.

65. "Chicago" (2002)
Rob Marshall
’s starry adaptation of the 1975 broadway hit may have been the first musical to win Best Picture since “Oliver!” but still feels like an odd, slight choice over the same year’s “The Pianist.” The glittery, dress-uppy vibe of the Jazz Age setting and musical numbers memorably described by one critic as “calisthenic” don’t help with the insubstantiality either.

64. "Braveheart" (1995)
Mel Gibson
’s full-throated historical epic may seem blusterous and self-aggrandizing in retrospect, but props are due to it for some truly thrilling battle scenes and an overall impressive scope. It’s Hollywoodized bunkum, of course, but of the entertaining, “they’ll never take...our FREEDOM” variety.

63. "Grand Hotel" (1932)
Before ‘The Grand Budapest’ there was simply ‘Grand,’ a lavish, nearly as star-crammed precursor to Wes Anderson’s latest. The glorious Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery and Barrymores John and Lionel make it a ‘30s all-star team up, but the portmanteau format it popularized (stories either not at all or barely connected) remains unsatisfying to this day.

62. "Oliver!" (1968)
The Carol Reed version of the Lionel Bart musical based on the Charles Dickens book is a perfectly decent adaptation of the material, and Mark Lester as Oliver is preternaturally angel-faced, but it feels pretty slight, especially compared with David Lean’s brilliant non-musical version from 1948, and also with the more textured efforts in Reed’s own catalogue.

61. "Kramer Vs. Kramer" (1979)
Reasonably well-acted and intermittently powerful divorce drama which hasn't dated well in the last 35 years, now feels decent, but unremarkable. The men's-rights-ish gender dynamics, with Meryl Streep demonized and Dustin Hoffman sanctified, feel especially troubling these days.

60. "All The King's Men" (1949)
Detailing the rise to prominence and the fall into corruption of a Southern politician, and based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, by a long mile this version is more successful than the turgid Steve Zaillian/Sean Penn one. Broderick Crawford is terrific as the compromised would-be man of the people but the moralism of the slow descent to hell is pretty depressing stuff.

59. "The Best Years Of Our Lives" (1946)
A wildly popular account, at the time, of the difficulties civilian life posed for three servicemen returning from WWII, the William Wyler drama certainly bears nothing but the best intentions. But to a modern eye it’s a bit overlong, and sags in between some of the more affecting scenes, like this one, of Fredric March returning home to Myrna Loy and family.

58. "The King's Speech" (2010)
Tom Hooper
's stirring tale of the king with the speech impediment and the therapist who helped him find his voice is pretty much the middle-of-the-road personified, and is hampered a bit by Hooper's distracting visual style. But it is remarkably satisfying as a crowd-pleaser, and there's no denying the quality of Colin Firth's central turn.

57. "Chariots Of Fire" (1981)
An unlikely underdog that saw its filmmakers pronounce "the British are coming!" when it took the Oscar, "Chariots Of Fire" remains an atypically effective cheer-from-your-seat kind of sports movie. A bit fusty, yes. Formally uninventive, yes. But as the Vangelis score soars, it's hard not to see why it proved such a surprise crowd-pleaser 30+ years ago.

56. "The Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King" (2003)
Peter Jackson
's Tolkien trilogy is a crowing cinematic achievement, but it was the third and least of them that won Best Picture (though it's still leaps and bounds above 'The Hobbit' films so far). 'Return Of The King' matches the spectacular action and impeccable craft of the first two, but lacks the tight focus of the first or the more emotional qualities of the second. And of course, it goes on foreeeeveeeeeeeer.

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  • Ellsworth | July 21, 2014 1:24 AMReply

    I love how 'My Fair Lady' is 29 on this list - such a bad film. I guess everyone has an opinion but I would have thought a 'critical list' would have been more, well, informed and insightful

  • Kristina | June 1, 2014 2:39 AMReply

    Gone With the Wind is the longest best picture winner...not Ben-Hur...just saying

  • Dr. Obvious | May 30, 2014 9:28 AMReply

    Overall, a solid job with the list. But to put Grand Hotel as #67 is such a miss, its like ranking Michael Jordan the 67th best basketball player ever.
    Plus, personally Lawrence of Arabia has great scenery / camera work, but the movie is too long and boring for the development of the plot. Shouldn't be in the top 20.

  • aloha | March 17, 2014 7:44 PMReply

    I don't agree with a lot of this, but that is the point. Lists can be a conversational version of a drinking game, and should be taken no more seriously.
    The only real piece of ignorance I found was having Bridge Over the River Kwai described as a "...near-definitive look at Japanese POW camps." Maybe it is for PC reasons, or economic ones (big Japanese market), but there has never been a movie that has come close to depicting the inhumanity and degradation faced by Japanese POW's. This movie is the Holocaust as musical.

  • unfazed. | March 13, 2014 5:38 PMReply

    Whoa, that was a lot of white men.

  • Vince | March 13, 2014 11:01 AMReply

    Forgot to mention that that awful Soap Opera CAVALCADE (Winner for 1933) was chosen over ... the original KING KONG, folks !!!!

  • Ralph | March 12, 2014 7:43 PMReply

    For the love of humanity, it's a list....all of this is subjective geeze!! I could see if FF Coppola or Woody read this and were "outraged" about their place....all you other over emoting trolls chill the F out and/or make your own F'in list.

  • Paulina | March 12, 2014 9:47 AMReply

    All these "lists" suck big time. I just skipped to the last page to see the first five. Let me guess... Playlist staff all dudes who loved the Godfather movies, boy was I right. Now let's make another list: Stupid articles that want to drive internet traffic, ranked worst to the best...

  • clickaway | March 8, 2014 12:04 AMReply

    Let's be honest here, folks. This has zero to do with discussing movies. This is all about driving traffic to the website and getting people to click away. Godfather II as the second greatest movie? Seriously? The "staff" offers no criteria for ranking their picks. It's just "let's make up a list and see what kind of comments we can get going because we need more advertising." Final point: Schindler's LIst is woefully overrated at No. 6. Spielberg sanitized that story so dramatically--the shower scene with the women was unconscionable. Billy Wilder tried to make the movie, but Spielberg wouldn't give up the rights. Sad.

  • Dr. Jane Foxx, PhD. | March 6, 2014 7:03 AMReply

    I recently purchased your 2014 Movie Guide, and have the following comments to make:
    Of the first twenty films I searched for, half of them were nowhere to be found, and the others were dismissed by your "expert" editors as being too long.
    Obviously, what is needed are some women on your staff in order to get some fair and just opinions. I paid eleven dollars for this diarrhea of stilted words from all those constipated male minds. Needless to say, I am grossly disappointed.

    Kindly return the cost of this overrated illegitimacy to Dr. Jane Foxx, PhD. 416 Alberta Drive,
    Commercial Point, OH 43116.

    Thank you, JF

  • MS | March 16, 2014 2:05 AM

    Anyone who tells the world they are a not worth listening to. People confident in their opinions and possessing the proper amount of self-esteem don't need to advertise their credentials. Your annoying feminism speaks volumes about how out of touch you are. Go back to the basement of your women's studies building and keep working on living as an eternal victim.

  • star jonestown | March 10, 2014 6:41 PM

    Re what Dr. Jane said:


    If it is, it's my favorite comment of the year, anywhere. It combines so many reactionary, hot-button sentiments into one old-fashioned, indignant demand for a refund.

    Also, this list was lame: the comments regarding the movies were glib, made by folks who effectively have no qualifications (it's just a bunch of opinions thrown up in the air), and there is no reason to pay attention to it.

  • ParcaMortem | March 5, 2014 6:28 PMReply

    What's the point of making a list of harsh subjective ratings? For any film, there's soneone who loves them, someone who hates them, and opinions by posers. A better list would be of categories of general public perception, e.g. "forgotten", "controversial", "average Oscar bait", "love/hate", "generally enjoyed", "influential", and "classics". That tells a better story.

  • Scotty R | March 5, 2014 4:09 AMReply

    I'm sure glad you guys at The Playlist watch films and don't make em.

  • ian | March 5, 2014 12:56 AMReply

    I'm here for the rants. #blessed

  • Joe Dealey | March 4, 2014 2:06 PMReply

    Ah yes, the Rulers Of All Highness have imparted definitive wisdom regarding MMMOOOOOVIEEESSS, the singular business endeavor where they have absolutely no legitimate input.

    God Bless America.

  • Mark Pope | March 4, 2014 12:25 AMReply

    Correction. The first year of the Academy Awards there was no best picture award category. According to IMDB Wings won for Best Production for its special effects. Sunrise by Murneau won three Oscars including Unique and Artistic Picture and Best Cinematography. Murneau was gay and so unliked that the only person from Hollywood that attended his funeral in 1931 was Greta Garbo, so the fact that some straight men decided a year after the awards to claim Wings actually won best picture and for you to go along with that is ignorant and or revisionist. Sunrise is a masterpiece, and Murneau was the mentor to many of the greatest filmmakers that came after him including Borzage, John Ford, Alan Dwan and Raoul Walsh.

  • Andre Rosa | June 4, 2014 7:30 PM

    Umm, Wings did win best picture, but the award was referred to as Outstanding picture when the Academy was first created. Just saying.

  • Robert | March 3, 2014 8:39 PMReply

    I thought Woody Allen was the comedian, the I found you ranked 'Annie Hall' number 5.
    Now that's funny!

  • Mike O | March 2, 2014 12:45 AMReply

    Thanks for putting American Beauty, one of the finest films ever made, so low on your list. You saved me the trouble of having to finish reading it and the trouble of having to take it seriously AT ALL. I still very much remember why I "lost my shit" over it. Its one of the most richly drawn, bittersweet and life affirming movies ever made!

  • Riley | February 28, 2014 4:22 PMReply

    I'm sorry but there is just no way Titanic is a better movie than the Departed. Titanic IMO is up there as one of the most overrated best picture winners of all time. I will say it is a truly awful movie. Let the hate towards me begin :)

  • Dave from Chicago | February 28, 2014 3:25 PMReply

    I disagree with your assessment that "American Beauty" is "by no means bad". It's beyond bad, it's infuriatingly awful. It's a sneering movie that revels in the most facile stereotypes. It makes the most sophomoric points possible with the subtlety of a sledgehammer to the face. It's beyond pretentious, it's patronizing. It's the kind of eyerollingly awful movie an annoying, privileged undergraduate would make in their first term at Bard while Mommy and Daddy back at home in Winnetka are footing the bills.

  • Dave from New York | March 1, 2014 10:55 PM

    Chicago sucks.

  • Lynette | February 28, 2014 5:07 AMReply

    This list took a lot of guts so I commend you, and everyone's always going to have their own opinions...but seriously, GLADIATOR #27???! That is a travesty. It's odd, because your Top 10 are well it's unlikely you suffer from head trauma or a substance abuse problem that would lead you to make such a fumble as Gladiator's 27th ranking. So I'm stumped. :)

    When Gladiator won best picture it was also tragic --- beating out "Traffic" and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." I have no words.

  • ian | March 5, 2014 12:54 AM

    were you not entertained?

  • Dave the Third | March 4, 2014 12:07 AM

    Haha, yeah it does.

  • M. | February 27, 2014 11:16 PMReply

    Good list I would say Godfather pt. 1 or Casablanca deserve the top spot. On the Waterfront should be higher, undoubtedly a Kazan masterpiece.

  • Gregory Lamberson | February 27, 2014 3:46 PMReply

    This is a particularly inane article (or list). Context is everything, and as wrong headed as some choices may seem today (and seemed then), denigrating films for "aging" poorly is ridiculous.

  • Pete | February 27, 2014 1:04 PMReply

    Chicago ahead of American Beauty? Hahahaha! One of the worst movies ever even nominated for Best Picture ahead of an instant classic that is still relevant over 14 years later!? This list is garbage. I'm going to print it out and burn it.

  • todd | February 27, 2014 12:47 PMReply

    Stopped reading after seeing Forrest Gump at 77. Eat balls.

  • james | February 27, 2014 9:33 AMReply

    anyone who says GWTW is an hour too long is not qualified to pick "best" films.

  • Harry | February 27, 2014 3:40 AMReply

    All I cared about on your list was number one and you hit it perfectly. Lawrence of Arabia was simply the best of the Best Pictures. The cinematography by Fred Young was classic, the screenplay by Robert Bolt is one the best ever and the music score by Maurice Jarre is my favorite of all-time. The technical aspects were all world-class, but the most incredible achievement was the acting, especially by Peter O'Toole--the greatest performance ever in cinema. When the reconstructed version engineered by David Lean was released in 1989, several film critics picked it as the best film of the year--19 years after its release. Steven Spielberg wanted to be a neurosurgeon, until he saw Lawrence and found his passion. Great film, great pick--thank you!

  • M. | February 27, 2014 11:21 PM

    Whoa Peter O'Toole -- the greatest performance ever in cinema? that is VERY questionable.

  • Thomas | February 26, 2014 7:50 PMReply

    "Annie Hall" may be #5 on this list but AFI still says "Star Wars" was a better movie

  • Daniel | February 26, 2014 7:42 PMReply

    How Green Was My Valley and The Best Years Of Our Lives are both amazing movies that should be higher ranked than Gladiator, Chariots Of Fire, Dances With Wolves, Gandhi, Slumdog Millionaire and all the other pieces of middle-brow mediocrity you placed between the former pair and their deserved spots in the top twenty.

  • lostjack | February 26, 2014 6:36 PMReply

    Agreed. Some of these commenters take hyperbole to new heights.

  • jonnybon | February 26, 2014 6:29 PMReply


  • Burk | February 26, 2014 5:07 PMReply

    Decent list. It's the comment section that's one of the worst ever.

  • Rich Corle | February 26, 2014 4:57 PMReply

    One of the worst rankings or list I've ever seen on any site. There is no rhyme or reason to it and the dartboard analogy is accurate. Just awful film taste happening here. Platoon is absolutely godawful btw.

  • Roberto | February 26, 2014 4:43 PMReply

    This is patetic! This list sucks and the person who wrote it also sucks! I never read so many bullshit about the oscar movies in my life.

  • Lyn Jensen | February 26, 2014 2:15 PMReply

    I'm not sure what the five best Best Movies are but here are the five worst: (1) "Terms of Endearment," a bad afternoon soap opera that wastes its stars (2) "The English Patient," two hrs. of bad soap opera and 40 min. of WWII spy clichés, (3) "Slumdog Millionaire," the overwhelming stench of poverty porn, (4) "The Godfather, Part II," so obviously just an excuse to squeeze more $ from the original, (5) "The Deer Hunter," demeaning to our Vietnam experience and offensive to lovers of truly great war movies!

  • No, THis is what *I* THINK | February 26, 2014 2:00 PMReply

    Far and away the best feature about movies ever written on the Internet, ever, ever, ever. Every pick 100% correct.

  • Xian | February 26, 2014 12:55 PMReply

    Considering the excellent "No Country For Old Men" was up against the equally excellent "There Will Be Blood" (one of the great American films about America, ever), and in a year when Fincher's "Zodiac" was (gasp!) not nominated over more trite fare, is saying a LOT about the Coen's (arguable) masterpiece. It's only going to grow in stature over time.

  • jonnybon | February 26, 2014 6:31 PM

    But Not Country for Old Men is the greater film.

  • pat | February 26, 2014 2:01 PM

    Or it might suffer the fate of "How Green was my Valley", a good film forever criticized for winning over a 'greater' film.

  • cyberczar | February 26, 2014 12:35 PMReply

    Any list that doesn't have "How Green Was My Valley" as #85 and "An American In Paris" as #84 can't be taken seriously. Also, punishing Forrest Gump for beating Shawshank is cathartic, but #77, really? It wasn't the best movie the year it won, but it's not THAT bad.

  • JOHNC | February 26, 2014 3:53 PM

    Have you seen all the winning movies? If you think these two are at the bottom of the barrel, I don't know what. And I would have thought "Pulp Fiction" losing to "Forrest Gump" was the bigger calamity, but then I've never understood the "Shawshank" love.

  • Daveylow | February 26, 2014 12:19 PMReply

    Can't agree with the placement of several of the movies at all. My Fair Lady is placed much too high. Though I did agree Crash belongs at the bottom of the heap.

  • marcelo deugarte | February 26, 2014 10:44 AMReply

    I liked the Top Ten immensely--very glad West Side Story made the cut. My only change would be All About Eve being included in the Ten as well, and maaaaybe The Apartment being left off.

  • Kokolo | February 26, 2014 8:54 AMReply

    Quite possibly the worst movie related list I have ever seen. And trust me, I have seen countless. LOL the opinion of the playlist staff will not hold much credit with me. I mean An American in Paris over ... well anything really, and the rest: hahahahaha

  • hahaha | February 26, 2014 5:35 AMReply

    Schindler's List is #6? LMAO. So it' sbetter than On the Warrforont and Full Metal Jacket? HAHAHAHAHA.

  • Sean C. | February 26, 2014 10:48 AM

    "Full Metal Jacket" didn't win Best Picture.

  • James Wright | February 25, 2014 8:24 PMReply

    Possibly the WORST -Worst to Best Best Picture List I'ver ever seen! Whoever wrote this article knows nothing about Oscar Winners. Any and all Oscar voters would disown this critic..LOL :)

  • Jerry | February 25, 2014 8:02 PMReply

    This list sucks. Seriously. Titanic better than The Departed? Is that a joke? Slumdog Millionaire better than The Sting? Gladiator better than Patton? What in gods name, who is the idiot who devised this? My 12 year old cousin, wasn't it?

    Also, it seems like the only reason you put Hurt Locker at #25 is because Kathryn was the first woman to win. That is beyond stupid. That movie is extremely forgettable, bland, and cliche, and to rank it better than Unforgiven is... wait for it.... unforgivable.

    I'm here all day, thank you.

  • MishuPishu | February 26, 2014 12:13 AM

    Totally agree with you on "Hurt Locker". That movie was about 100 minutes too long. It was basically the same intense scene over and over again with some filler in between showing generic male damaged/bonding sequences. Beyond the bomb disposal scenes, there was nothing notable about that film.

  • Mass | February 25, 2014 7:50 PMReply

    Wow, how is Network not in the top 5? Are you crazy??

    OHHHH!! Yeah. I forgot, Network didn't win best picture. It somehow lost to the completely inferior film that is ROCKY! Dope! Of course. Silly me.

  • Dr. Obvious | May 30, 2014 9:33 AM

    Network is a top 5 all-time movie but too mentally advanced for many people. At least Rocky was a solid movie and not a piece of garbage like some other winners.

  • D'Artagnan | February 25, 2014 6:47 PMReply

    I disagree with a lot on that list, but I so agree with your number 1 pick.

  • Aksel | February 26, 2014 4:05 AM

    I would never put that movie in my top 10. Top 25 maybe, well shot, good acting, but it's completely ignoring the fact that Lawrence (the real one) was quite a controversial figure. Politically, ideologically I hate this movie :)

  • daniel | February 25, 2014 5:19 PMReply

    Unforgiven not in top five? YOU CRAZY.

  • Adam Roffman | February 25, 2014 5:03 PMReply

    I find myself agreeing with most of the assessments made in your list and I while the exact order is of course debatable, I think you nailed the top 22 films in the list. I might order them slightly differently, but I think they are the best 22 films in the list. I get kind of depressed looking at #'s 23-100 and thinking that those were called the best films of their given years.

  • James | February 25, 2014 4:41 PMReply

    Great list! However one nitpick - only the bloated Italian TV version of The Last Emperor (which was briefly marketed, incorrectly as "The Director's Cut" in the 1990s) lasts 3:45:00. The theatrical version, which is also the director's cut, per Bertolucci's comments on the Criterion DVD, lasts 2:40:00.

  • Milano | February 25, 2014 4:24 PMReply

    Well done. Nice job.

  • ihatethislistsoangryyyy | February 25, 2014 4:13 PMReply

    I'll have to rewatch Lawrence of Arabia. I remember being head over heels for the first half and then finding the second half anti-climactic. My same reaction to Dr Zhivago.

  • cory everett | February 25, 2014 3:57 PMReply

    "This list is in the wrong order!" - The Internet, Also Me.

  • Murphy | February 25, 2014 3:54 PMReply

    The idea that "Titanic" and "Terms of Endearment" are better than "The Departed" is absurd. All are good films but "The Departed" is so loaded with unseen quality and meaning that can get lost underneath the action and profanity. It's one of the most underrated Best Picture Winners. Also, "The French Connection" is way too high on this list. While it was new for the time, the 1971 film was ultimately lazy and basic, bringing no real substance with it, thus not deserving of the prize or a high place on this list. There, I'll leave now.

  • Pierre | February 25, 2014 3:01 PMReply

    Oof. Some of these make me a little bit depressed.

  • Brian | February 25, 2014 1:43 PMReply

    I was going along with most of your choices, but then you dissed THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES which is among the best Hollywood movies ever made. There goes your credibility. I'm guessing you did not re-watch it before doing this list.

  • WOW | February 25, 2014 11:32 AMReply

    LOTR def. need's to be in the top 25

  • Q_Q | February 25, 2014 12:37 PM

    Now you're overreacting, it's very good, but not THAT good.

  • JD | February 25, 2014 9:53 AMReply

    A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS should be in the top ten Best Picture winners. Get a clue.

  • PEDRO | February 25, 2014 9:21 AMReply

    I like the list, although I do not agree with a lot of things, especially the place attributed to "Out of Africa". Despite the colonial ambiance and the somewhat paternalist tone, the film is a masterpiece. Beautifully directed by Sydney Pollack, "Out of Africa" is lavishly romantic and moving. Nearly every scene is unforgettable and story never lapses into pretentiousness and sentimentality. The soundtrack is haunting; it remains in your ears for a very long time. If this is not enough, Meryl Streep gives one of her best performances; she is mesmerizing as Karen Blixen.

    I always thought of "Out of Africa" as a true and instant classic. In my opinion, "Out of Africa" is not worse than "A Beautiful Mind", "The Sound of Music", "Chicago", "Braveheart", "Kramer versus Kramer", "The King's Speech", "Chariots of Fire" (for me, the worst Oscar winner ever!), "Shakespeare in Love", "Slumdog Millionaire", "Argo" (comprehensive, intelligent and uncontroversial American propaganda with a leftish tone), "The Departed", "The Artist", "Rain Man", and "Titanic".

    P.S. Why is "Forrest Gump" so down on the list? Why are you considering of "Chariots of Fire"? Gosh, is "Gandhi", one best biopics ever made, really worse than "Argo" or, more shockingly, "Titanic" and "Rain Man"? Why is "Ben Hur" in the middle of the list?

  • j | February 25, 2014 7:03 AMReply

    Good list - entertaining read. Don't agree with all of them (personally I rate Forrest Gump - it maybe occasionally cloying but it works well on that gutpunch emotional level that cinema should always aim for) - but anyone who gets personally offended by these journalists' subjective opinions needs to find a more constructive way to channel their anger. Good work Playlist, thanks.

  • Heather | February 25, 2014 6:21 AMReply

    I agree with this list a lot more than I've agreed with other ones like this. While I would never put Rocky so high, I also wouldn't put Driving Miss Daisy so low (especially below Crash). I'm happy with the placing of Forrest Gump. A film I never liked, so happy to see it wasn't ranked so high. I feel like the Sting, Ben-Hur and Titanic could've been a lot higher (a few of my personal favourites) but it's not bad placements overall. Same with Argo and the Artist

  • Mark | February 25, 2014 4:58 AMReply

    Chariots of Fire, Return of the King, The King's Speech, Titanic, Gandhi, Slumdog Millionaire, Shakespeare in Love and Argo are all better than Braveheart?


  • Josh | February 28, 2014 4:28 PM

    Braveheart is awful. But... it is better than Titanic and Shakespeare in Love

  • Murphy | February 25, 2014 3:56 PM

    Aside from Chariots of Fire and Titanic, yes

  • Roman | February 25, 2014 2:23 AMReply

    People have already expressed their disagreement about The Return of the King, but I'm curious as to how you find less emotional and focused than its predecessors. There are dozens of scenes that are deeply moving.

  • shark | February 25, 2014 5:11 PM

    IT IS SO LONG. I don't think I could bear to sit through the film again due to its length and how many times it ends. I'm surprised and pleased to see it placed so relatively low. Also happy to see The Departed in the middle and American Beauty near the bottom. Some excellent correct opinions here. :)

  • M. | February 25, 2014 11:36 AM

    The first felt more concise, tight, and developed. It was it's own micro-chasm of Tolkien-esque brilliance, a new live-action rendition being introduced for the first time.

  • Josh Labron | February 24, 2014 11:52 PMReply

    EXTREMELY disagree about A Beautiful Mind, LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE that film!

  • Ray H | February 24, 2014 10:07 PMReply

    The Artist is way too high. Belongs in the bottom ten. I watched Mrs. Miniver for the first time recently and thought it was very bland and generic work - a dumbed down look at how Americans viewed British life complete with some inexplicable American accents. Also watched Wyler's The Best Years of Our Lives again just yesterday and I'm happy to report it holds up very well.

  • Brian | February 25, 2014 5:49 PM

    Glad someone else noticed the inexplicable placement of The Artist. Granted, I haven't seen them all, but of all the many that I have seen, only Crash is worse.

  • Jamal | February 24, 2014 9:05 PMReply

    so crash ain't #1? obvisly yall don't get that movie cuz its prolly one of the best i ever seen.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | February 24, 2014 9:57 PM

    I must disagree. "Brokeback Mountain" is a *much* better film than "Crash" and should've won that year. I've re-watched "Brokeback" dozens of times over the years and it never loses its power. I left the theater satisfied after watching "Crash," but I couldn't even finish re-watching it a second time -- on basic cable. I kept thinking, "Why did I love this movie?"

  • Jimbo | February 24, 2014 6:29 PMReply

    Slumdog Millionaire better than American Beauty? Serious LOLs.

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  • CineFile | February 24, 2014 6:14 PMReply

    Why do y'all read lists if you hate them? Do I agree with all the choices here? Of course not. Is it fun to read and have a think about? Yes. That's why I clicked on it. Everyone needs to calm down. Nice work Indiewire, I found this entertaining.

  • bohmer | February 24, 2014 7:18 PM

    And to be honest, who really cares about the Oscars, they stopped meaning something to me before I really got to cinephilia in my late teens. It's just a glamour party where we remember the most consensual "good" films we saw that year...The winners certainly mean nothing at all, the nominations is still a bit fun.

  • The Human Formula | February 24, 2014 6:14 PMReply

    Luckily these picks are personal opinions selected by the author of this post. My selection would be very different from this list. Liking or disliking any film will always be based on one's personal preference and opinions.


  • Kate | February 24, 2014 4:23 PMReply

    You rate Rain Man above The Sting? C'mon!!!!

  • Tyler | February 24, 2014 4:03 PMReply

    This is good. nice job indiewire (Though I'd argue The Departed is one of Scorsese's finest). looking forward to part 2

  • Bear Hop | February 24, 2014 3:43 PMReply

    Return of the King worse than Titanic?

    ... what?

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