Auditing the one category that contains both The Godfather and Crash.
There have been eighty-two films to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards, ranging from 1928’s Wings to last year’s The Hurt Locker. Some have been worthy of the film industry’s highest honor; others, not so much. Below are all the winners, ranked from least deserving to most.
82. Crash (2005)
One of the weakest years for movies in recent history also gives us the worst film to ever win Best Picture. When Brendan Fraser and Ludacris steal the show, you know there’s a problem.
Up Against: Brokeback Mountain, Capote, Good Night and Good Luck, Munich
81. Cimarron (1931)
Very racist and very bad. The award should have gone to Skippy, the only Best Picture-nominee based on a comic book.
Up Against: East Lynne, The Front Page, Skippy, Trader Horn
80. Dances with Wolves (1990)
A terrible film, especially when you put it right next to Goodfellas. In light of Waterworld, The Postman, et. al., Dances with Wolves now looks like the first in a long line of Kevin Costner vanity projects. It’s about as subtle as a buffalo.
Up Against: Awakenings, Ghost, The Godfather Pt. III, Goodfellas
79. Chicago (2002)
The only good thing about Rob Marshall directing the next Pirates of the Caribbean film is that he won’t be able to screw up a classic musical. Only he could take the fun and sex out of Chicago.
Up Against: Gangs of New York, The Hours, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Pianist
78. Ordinary People (1980)
I guess this ordinary film beating out Raging Bull and The Elephant Man is one of those you-had-to-be-there moments, because thirty years later, I don’t get it.
Up Against: Coal Miner’s Daughter, The Elephant Man, Raging Bull, Tess
77. Around the World in Eighty Days (1956)
It’s a fun film — certainly better than the 2004 remake starring Jackie Chan — but fun doesn’t necessarily mean best. (If it did, Starship Troopers would have won Best Picture in 1997.)
Up Against: Friendly Persuasion, Giant, The King and I, The Ten Commandments
76. The Broadway Melody (1929)
An awkward year for Hollywood. None of the Best Picture nominees are very memorable (a full copy of The Patriot doesn’t even exist), largely because the movie industry was switching from silent to sound. As for why Broadway Melody won: well, something’s gotta take the prize.
Up Against: Alibi, The Hollywood Revue of 1929, In Old Arizona, The Patriot
75. Going My Way (1944)
Bing Crosby was unstoppable in the 1940s. He sold millions of records and his movies were big hits. But Going My Way isn’t one of his best; it’s too sweet to be anything more than heartwarming, and definitely not Oscar-worthy.
Up Against: Double Indemnity, Gaslight, Since You Went Away, Wilson
74. Braveheart (1995)
If the Academy could have one do-over, they’d probably choose Apollo 13 or Babe over Braveheart, due to star Mel Gibson’s recent, um, troubles. They should have gotten it right in the first place.
Up Against: Apollo 13, Babe, Il Postino, Sense and Sensibility
73. Cavalcade (1933)
It was ambitious for its time, with a story that takes place over thirty-four years, so the Academy couldn’t help but give it an award. But it’s obvious that Cavalcade tried to do much, and ended up with too little in the quality department.
Up Against: 42nd Street, A Farewell to Arms, I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang, Lady for a Day, Little Women, The Private Life of Henry VIII, She Done Him Wrong, Smilin’ Through, State Fair
72. The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
The only reason Greatest beat the far superior High Noon was because of High Noon‘s producer/screenwriter, Carl Foreman, who was blacklisted at the time. Another proud moment in the history of the Oscars.
Up Against: High Noon, Ivanhoe, Moulin Rouge, The Quiet Man
71. Shakespeare in Love (1998)
It’s a shame that one of the very few lighthearted films to beat out its much weightier competitors was Shakespeare, winning over Saving Private Ryan and The Thin Red Line. It’s a cute movie, but that’s about it.
Up Against: Elizabeth, Life Is Beautiful, Saving Private Ryan, The Thin Red Line
70. Chariots of Fire (1981)
It’s a movie about running… and exactly as exciting as you’d think it’d be.
Up Against: Atlantic City, On Golden Pond, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Reds
69. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
1989: the year the entire Academy felt guilty about racism.
Up Against: Born on the Fourth of July, Dead Poets Society, Field of Dreams, My Left Foot
68. The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
Most musicals are way too long, but Ziegfeld is in a league of its own for overstaying a welcome. The film’s over three-hours long, which still isn’t enough to make us care about Florenz Ziegfeld, a fascinating real-life personality.
Up Against: Anthony Adverse, Dodsworth, Libeled Lady, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Romeo and Juliet, San Francisco, The Story of Louis Pasteur, A Tale of Two Cities, Three Smart Girls
67. The English Patient (1996)
During a screening of The English Patient, Seinfeld‘s Elaine Benes screams, “Quit telling your stupid story about the stupid desert, and just die already! Die!” I agree.
Up Against: Fargo, Jerry Maguire, Secrets & Lies, Shine
66. Gladiator (2000)
The lesser of Russell Crowe’s back-to-back Best Picture winning films, Gladiator is surprisingly boring for a film about people trying to kill other people. The best thing about it is The Sopranos episode where Ralphie starts screaming, “I have come to reclaim Rome for my people!”
Up Against: Chocolat, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Erin Brockovich, Traffic
65. Gigi (1958)
All pomp and no plot, Gigi was only made into a musical to capitalize on the success of My Fair Lady, then a massive Broadway hit. Where My Fair Lady had interesting characters, catchy numbers, and a story arc, Gigi had none.
Up Against: Auntie Mame, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Defiant Ones, Separate Tables
64. Forrest Gump (1994)
Too silly to be taken seriously. Any main character described as having “childlike innocence,” which is how producer Wendy Finerman described Forrest, does not deserve an Oscar — especially over Pulp Fiction.
Up Against: Four Weddings and a Funeral, Pulp Fiction, Quiz Show, The Shawshank Redemption
63. Out of Africa (1985)
As viewers learned in 2010 with The Tourist, two mega-famous movie stars coming together does not necessarily make a good movie. Out of Africa takes forever to get anywhere, and even when it eventually does, we’ve stopped caring.
Up Against: The Color Purple, Kiss of the Spider Women, Prizzi’s Honor, Witness
62. An American in Paris (1951)
The Academy must have been distracted with how bright this movie was. I can’t fathom another reason why it beat A Streetcar Named Desire.
Up Against: Decision Before Dawn, A Place in the Sun, Quo Vadis, A Streetcar Named Desire
61. Ben-Hur (1959)
No one could chew a scene quite like Charlton Heston, and Ben-Hur is his finest overacting accomplishment.
Up Against: Anatomy of a Murder, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Nun’s Story, Room at the Top
60. The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
Yet another film from the 1930s whose pacing is tough to take in 2011.
Up Against: The Awful Truth, Captains Courageous, Dead End, The Good Earth, In Old Chicago, Lost Horizon, One Hundred Men and a Girl, Stage Door, A Star Is Born
59. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
In 1979, Kramer vs. Kramer felt revolutionary, in that it showed a divorce from the equal perspectives of both mother and father. In retrospect, Apocalypse Now, a movie about a war that had ended four years prior, feels fresher.
Up Against: All That Jazz, Apocalypse Now, Breaking Away, Norma Rae
58. Titanic (1997)
It all seemed a lot more impressive in 1997. Maybe James Cameron can spruce up the special effects when Titanic‘s re-released in 2012?
Up Against: As Good As It Gets, The Full Monty, Good Will Hunting, L.A. Confidential
57. Rain Man (1988)
This would have been a much better film if Bill Murray had played Rain Man, with Dustin Hoffman taking on Tom Cruise’s role, as was originally suggested. Alas, it was not to be, and we instead we get a film that you might crying during, but instantly feel guilty about it.
Up Against: The Accidental Tourist, Dangerous Liaisons, Mississippi Burning, Working Girl
56. Tom Jones (1963)
Albert Finney gives one of the funniest performances in any film nominated for Best Picture. But that’s like saying Bob Dylan’s one of the greatest musicians from Duluth, Minnesota; there aren’t many other options. How the West Was Won should have, well, won.
Up Against: America, America, Cleopatra, How the West Was Won, Lilies of the Field
55. The Last Emperor (1987)
While it’s not a bad film per se, The Last Emperor‘s Best Picture win is why people make fun of the Oscars. It was an historical epic that said very little of relevance to its own time.
Up Against: Broadcast News, Fatal Attraction, Hope and Glory, Moonstruck
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
45. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
A realistic portrait of what it was like for World War II soldiers to return home. Many films have tried to top it but few, if any, have.
Up Against: Henry V, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Razor’s Edge, The Yearling
44. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
The Lord of the Rings series proved big-budget fantasy films could be popular with both critics and audiences alike, and Return of the King is the best of the trilogy. A win not only for Peter Jackson and Co., but also for nerds everywhere.
Up Against: Lost in Translation, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Mystic River, Seabiscuit
43. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
This film’s inaccurate presentation of John Nash’s life is tough to look past, but not as tough as knowing yet another Robert Altman film was denied an Oscar. Meanwhile, mental-health advocates were outraged by A Beautiful Mind‘s take on mental illness.
Up Against: Gosford Park, In the Bedroom, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Moulin Rouge!
42. Oliver! (1968)
Wedged between culture-defining films In the Heat of the Night and Midnight Cowboy, Oliver! was a welcome throwback to the musicals of old. Despite the film’s G-rating, Oliver Reed’s Bill Sikes is rather terrifying.
Up Against: Funny Girl, The Lion in Winter, Rachel, Rachel, Romeo and Juliet
41. Gentlemen’s Agreement (1947)
The movie was very controversial when it was released, due to its plot about a journalist (Gregory Peck) going undercover as a Jew to research anti-Semitism. That’s probably why it won — it’s more “important” than great.
40. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Major plot twists can often be distracting and unnecessary, but Million Dollar Baby‘s is pretty effective.
Up Against: The Aviator, Finding Neverland, Ray, Sideways
39. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Thanks to Danny Boyle’s unique directing style, Slumdog is a dazzling-looking film and nothing short of a modern-day fairy tale.
Up Against: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, Milk, The Reader
38. The Departed (2006)
Can you believe this was the first Martin Scorsese film to win Best Picture? That’s more or less the reason why the Academy chose The Departed, despite Marty having at least five superior films. It was also a weak year for film in general.
Up Against: Babel, Letters from Iwo Jima, Little Miss Sunshine, The Queen
37. A Man for All Seasons (1966)
A little too sincere for its own good, Man is not very exciting at this point. Only Orson Welles as a Cardinal keeps you awake, and he dies halfway through the film.
Up Against: Alfie, The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, The Sand Pebbles, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
36. Marty (1955)
Of Best Picture nominees named after their protagonists, Annie Hall and Gandhi might be better, but you’ve actually met people like Ernest Borgnine’s Marty.
Up Against: Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing, Mister Roberts, Picnic, Rose Tattoo
35. Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
The only film in Oscar to win Best Picture and only Best Picture (it lost in the other seven categories it was nominated in). I’m not exactly sure what that means.
Up Against: Alice Adams, Broadway Melody of 1936, Captain Blood, David Copperfield, The Informer, The Lives of a Bengal Lancer, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Les Misérables, Naughty Marietta, Ruggles of Red Gap, Top Hat
34. Hamlet (1948)
Olivier’s Hamlet was the gold standard of Shakespeare films for a long time, although The Treasure of the Sierra Madre has aged a lot better.
Up Against: Johnny Belinda, The Red Shoes, The Snake Pit, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
33. Amadeus (1984)
Choosing entertainment over truth, this biopic of Mozart and Salieri is undeniably powerful — but it’s tough to look past all the historical inaccuracies. I’m also pretty sure that it’s the only Best Picture winner to inspire a Fall Out Boy song.
Up Against: The Killing Fields, A Passage to India, Places in the Heart, A Soldier’s Story
32. Unforgiven (1992)
Clint Eastwood dedicated this movie to Sergio Leone, director of A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly, all of which starred Eastwood. While Unforgiven isn’t as good as those, Leone still would have been proud.
Up Against: The Crying Game, A Few Good Men, Howards End, Scent of a Woman
31. You Can’t Take It With You (1938)
It’s a Frank Capra film, so you know it’s going to be uplifting. But unlike Mr. Deeds Goes to Town and It’s a Wonderful Life, and thanks to a just-right performance from Jimmy Stewart, it’s not too schmaltzy.
Up Against: The Adventures of Robin Hood, Alexander’s Ragtime Band, Boys Town, The Citadel, Four Daughters, Grand Illusion, Jezebel, Pygmalion, Test Pilot
30. The Sound of Music (1965)
Critic Pauline Kael was fired from her job at McCall’s magazine because of her review of The Sound of Music, in which she called the film a “sugar-coated lie people seem to want to eat.” She might actually have had a point. That said, it’s a beloved classic full of unforgettable songs.
Up Against: Darling, Doctor Zhivago, Ship of Fools, A Thousand Clowns
29. No Country for Old Men (2007)
No Country for Old Men is a very good movie, but is it better than There Will Be Blood? Think of it this way: people are still saying “I drink your milkshake!” No one’s quoting Anton Chigurh anymore.
Up Against: Atonement, Juno, Michael Clayton, There Will Be Blood
28. West Side Story (1961)
Bernstein and Sondheim’s songs are so good (especially “Tonight” and “Gee, Officer Krupke”) that the uninspiring acting can be forgiven.
Up Against: Fanny, The Guns of Navarone, The Hustler, Judgment at Nuremberg
27. Gone with the Wind (1939)
Nominated in thirteen out of seventeen then-existing categories, the first film to receive five awards at the Oscars, the highest grossing movie of all-time when adjusted for inflation… the list of Gone with the Wind‘s accomplishments goes on and on.
Up Against: Dark Victory, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Love Affair, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Ninotchka, Of Mice and Men, Stagecoach, The Wizard of Oz, Wuthering Heights
26. All the King’s Men (1949)
This classic adaptation is nearly as good as Robert Penn Warren’s acclaimed novel, and leagues better than Sean Penn’s 2006 version.
Up Against: Battleground, The Heiress, A Letter to Three Wives, Twelve O’Clock High
25. Gandhi (1982)
When I picture Gandhi, I picture Ben Kingsley as Gandhi. If that’s not a sign of a successful performance, I don’t know what is.
Up Against: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Missing, Tootsie, The Verdict
24. The Sting (1973)
So witty and cool that the film even made ragtime music briefly popular again.
Up Against: American Graffiti, Cries and Whispers, The Exorcist, A Touch of Class
23. The Hurt Locker (2009)
An incredibly tense portrayal of what it means to be a U.S. soldier in the Iraq War. And to think, people actually thought Avatar deserved to win!
Up Against: Avatar, The Blind Side, District 9, An Education, Inglourious Basterds, Precious, A Serious Man, Up, Up in the Air
22. Platoon (1986)
It’s kind of amazing that the egos of Oliver Stone and Charlie Sheen were able to co-exist, but to their credit, they made a great film, boosted by Stone’s personal experiences serving in Vietnam.
Up Against: Children of a Lesser God, Hannah and Her Sisters, The Mission, A Room with the View
21. From Here to Eternity (1953)
The famous beach scene gets all the attention, but the real stars are Frank Sinatra, proving he was a real actor, and Ernest Borgnine as Fatso Judson.
Up Against: Julius Caesar, The Robe, Roman Holiday, Shane
20. In the Heat of the Night (1967)
An unflinching look at how racism affects a small town in Mississippi, Sidney Poitier offers up one of cinema’s greatest quotes: “They call me Mister Tibbs!” You can hear the anger in his voice just by reading the line.
Up Against: Bonnie and Clyde, Doctor Dolittle, The Graduate, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
19. It Happened One Night (1934)
It’s the earliest Best Picture winner that people still watch on a regular basis. Clark Gable’s bare-chested performance supposedly did severe damage to the undershirt industry.
Up Against: The Barretts of Wimpole Street, Cleopatra, Flirtation Walk, The Gay Divorcee, Here Comes the Navy, The House of Rothschild, Imitation of Life, One Night of Love, The Thin Man, Viva Villa!, The White Parade
18. The Apartment (1960)
The last black-and-white film to win Best Picture is even greater than the better-known Billy Wilder/Jack Lemmon collaboration Some Like It Hot.
Up Against: The Alamo, Elmer Gantry, Suns and Lovers, The Sundowners
17. My Fair Lady (1964)
While it’s a shame none of Stanley Kubrick’s films won Best Picture, the Academy at least gave the award to the greatest cinematic musical of all time.
Up Against: Becket, Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Mary Poppins, Zorba the Greek
16. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
In terms of famous villains, between Darth Vader and Heath Ledger’s Joker, there was Hannibal Lecter, who continues to terrify because he seems so real.
Up Against: Beauty and the Beast, Bugsy, JFK, The Price of Tides
15. Annie Hall (1977)
With all due respect to the unintentional comedy of Dances with Wolves, Woody Allen’s masterpiece is the funniest film to win Best Picture.
Up Against: The Goodbye Girl, Julia, Star Wars, The Turning Point
14. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Where most World War II films try to pack in as much content as possible, River Kwai focuses on a single project — building a bridge — and still becomes one of the genre’s finest movies. How? The talents of Alec Guinness and director David Lean.
Up Against: Peyton Place, Sayonara, 12 Angry Men, Witness for the Prosecution
13. Rebecca (1940)
The strongest film in an incredibly strong year, Rebecca has two stars: actor Laurence Olivier and director Alfred Hitchcock. Although from very different backgrounds, both brought something unique to this film, making a unique gothic masterpiece.
Up Against: All This, and Heaven Too, Foreign Correspondent, The Grapes of Wrath, The Great Dictator, Kitty Foyle, The Letter, The Long Voyage Home, Our Town, The Philadelphia Story
12. All About Eve (1950)
Before it was fashionable to do so, All About Eve was mocking the entertainment business. Celebrities should think twice before hiring fans as their assistants.
Up Against: Born Yesterday, Father of the Bride, King Solomon’s Mines, Sunset Boulevard
11. Rocky (1976)
It’s a great movie, with a (surprisingly, in light of its cartoonish sequels) downbeat ’70s tone, and every boxing film since has tried to copy its formula, but I can’t help feel bitter that it beat Taxi Driver.
Up Against: All the President’s Men, Bound for Glory, Network, Taxi Driver
10. The French Connection (1971)
Before starring in garbage like Runaway Jury and Welcome to Mooseport, Gene Hackman was a badass, and never did he break more rules or act more violent than in The French Connection, the first R-rated film to win Best Picture.
Up Against: A Clockwork Orange, Fiddler on the Roof, The Last Picture Show, Nicholas and Alexandra
9. Patton (1970)
Just because this was Richard Nixon’s favorite film doesn’t mean any less respect should be paid to George C. Scott’s performance as General Patton. One of the most commanding performances of all-time.
Up Against: Airport, Five Easy Pieces, Love Story, MASH
8. Schindler’s List (1993)
Although the idea of the Holocaust as Academy bait has become a joke (see: The Reader), remember a time when Holocaust films weren’t atrocious. Steven Spielberg somehow made a film about horrifying crimes that a) had mass appeal and b) wasn’t a travesty.
Up Against: The Fugitive, In the Name of the Father, The Piano, The Remains of the Day
7. The Deer Hunter (1978)
If the whole film had taken place in Vietnam, it would have ranked even higher. The scenes in Pennsylvania knock it down. Still, the Russian-roulette scene is one of the tensest ever filmed, and the cast is almost unbeatable.
Up Against: Coming Home, Heaven Can Wait, Midnight Express, An Unmarried Woman
6. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
The nearly four-hour running time might seem daunting, but it’s totally worth it. You’ll never think of Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi again.
Up Against: The Longest Day, The Music Man, Mutiny on the Bounty, To Kill a Mockingbird
5. On the Waterfront (1954)
The first of two Marlon Brando films in the top five, proving once and for all that he was a pretty good actor (except in The Island of Dr. Moreau).
Up Against: The Canine Mutiny, The Country Girl, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Three Coins in the Fountain
4. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
I’m not sure which is more impressive: how much better the movie is than the book, or how good Jack Nicholson is as Randall McMurphy.
Up Against: Barry Lyndon, Dog Day Afternoon, Jaws, Nashville
3. The Godfather (1972)
If you disagree with this selection, you clearly either a) haven’t watched this movie, or b) haven’t watched any movies. Coppola’s epic remains a milestone in film history, transforming a trashy pulp novel into a masterpiece.
Up Against: Cabaret, Deliverance, The Emigrants, Sounder
2. Casablanca (1943)
Old-fashioned? No doubt. Sentimental? Sure. But try to watch Casablanca and not fall for it all over again. It’s absolutely the greatest old-school Hollywood crowd-pleaser ever.
Up Against: For Whom the Bell Tolls, Heaven Can Wait, The Human Comedy, In Which We Serve, Madame Curie, The More the Merrier, The Ox-Bow Incident, The Song of Bernadette, Watch on the Rhine
1. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
How often is a sequel even close to as good as the original, let alone better? Especially when the original is already considered one of the greatest films ever made? Adding Robert De Niro to a cast that already included Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, and John Cazale, Francis Ford Coppola somehow managed to trump even his own considerable Part I for scope and resonance. Between Chinatown and Godfather II, was 1974 a great year for movies — or the greatest year for movies?
Up Against: Chinatown, The Conversation, Lenny, The Towering Inferno
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