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Monday February 18, 2013

David Murphy Ranks the Best Pictures: from 'Lawrence of Arabia' to 'Crash'

Lawrence of ArabiaDavid Murphy Ranks the Best Pictures

1. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
2. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1928)
3. The Godfather Part II (1974)
4. The Godfather (1972)
5. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
6. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
7. Annie Hall (1977)
8. Casablanca (1943)
9. The Apartment (1960)
10. Patton (1970)

11. On the Waterfront (1954)
12. Oliver! (1968)
13. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
14. Schindler’s List (1993)
15. Unforgiven (1992)
16. The Last Emperor (1987)
17. West Side Story (1961)
18. The Deer Hunter (1978)
19. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
20. Rebecca (1940)

21. The French Connection (1971)
22. No Country for Old Men (2007)
23. Platoon (1986)
24. The Departed (2006)
25. Midnight Cowboy (1969)
26. The Hurt Locker (2009)
27. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
28. Rocky (1976)
29. An American in Paris (1951)
30. Amadeus (1984)

31. Ghandi (1982)
32. Out of Africa (1985)
33. From Here to Eternity (1953)
34. Ordinary People (1980)
35. The Sting (1973)
36. Terms of Endearment (1983)
37. All About Eve (1950)
38. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
39. Dances with Wolves (1990)
40. In the Heat of the Night (1967)

41. Tom Jones (1963)
42. Ben-Hur (1959)
43. Marty (1955)
44. Gone with the Wind (1939)
45. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003)
46. My Fair Lady (1964)
47. The Lost Weekend (1945)
48. All the King’s Men (1949)
49. A Man for All Seasons (1966)
50. How Green Was My Valley (1941)

51. Chariots of Fire (1981)
52. Rain Man (1988)
53. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
54. Mrs. Miniver (1942)
55. Titanic (1997)
56. Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)
57. Mutiny of the Bounty (1935)
58. It Happened One Night (1934)
59. Hamlet (1948)
60. The English Patient (1996)

61. Grand Hotel (1932)
62. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
63. The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
64. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
65. You Can’t Take it With You (1938)
66. The Sound of Music (1965)
67. Braveheart (1995)
68. Wings (1927)
69. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
70. Chicago (2002)

71. Gigi (1958)
72. Gladiator (2000)
73. American Beauty (1999)
74. Shakespeare in Love (1998)
75. Forrest Gump (1994)
76. The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
77. The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
78. Going My Way (1944)
79. Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
80. The Broadway Melody (1929)

81. Cavalcade (1933)
82. Cimarron (1931)
83. Crash (2005)

Haven't seen

The King’s Speech (2010)
The Artist (2011)

David's comment

Realized I hadn't seen the last two, but then I've been so disappointed in who wins the Oscars that it made it really hard to rank the films I just didn't like. I had to find the films I just thought had no business being on the list and start from there, meaning that from about Gone With the Wind down, those films are ones that I just don't care about at all.

Years ago, I decided I'd watch all of the Best Picture nominees, so I had to sit through Cimarron, Cavalcade, and those other early winners that really aren't very good. I still think Lawrence is the best film Hollywood has made, but most of the Top 20 became more of an enjoyability/achievement/theme discussion. Should something as huge as Lawrence go up against Annie Hall? Patton against Waterfront? I split the difference. But what bothers me the most is the way you can tell how much the Weinstein Bros. have influenced the process from the 90's on. My head hurts.

My comment

RE: Harvey Weinstein: Yep. He's pushing “Silver Linings Playbook” this year. We all want an SOB on our side but most of the time Harvey's on the other side. 

OK, who's next?

Rank Oscar's best pictures from 1927 to today.

Posted at 09:27 AM on Feb 18, 2013 in category Movies - The Oscars
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Sunday February 17, 2013

What's the Best Best Picture?

The best of the best pictures

As of now, 61 people have sent me their rankings of the Academy's choices for best picture from 1927 to 2011. That's about 55 more people than I thought we were going to get.

We'll crunch the numbers in more detail soon, but I thought I'd let you know the tally so far.

For the No. 1 slot? The best best picture? Nineteen different movies got votes.

Five movies got one vote each:

  • Gone with the Wind (1939)
  • The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
  • The Sound of Music (1965)
  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
  • The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003)

Two movies got two votes:

  • Amadeus (1984)
  • No Country for Old Men (2007)

Four movies got three votes:

  • The Apartment (1960)
  • Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  • Schindler's List (1993)
  • American Beauty (1999)

Four movies got four votes each:

  • Sunrise: A Tale of Two Humans (1928)
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
  • Annie Hall (1977)
  • Titanic (1997)

Two movies are tied for third place with five votes:

  • Casablanca (1943)
  • The Godfather (1972)

In second place, with six votes:

  • The Godfather: Part II

And leading the pack with eight votes:

  • All About Eve (1950)

“Eve” is surprising. So are the four votes both “Titanic” and “Sunrise” received: the former because I thought it wasn't well-liked; the latter because it's a silent film most of us (including me) haven't seen.

No complaints, by the way, if you haven't voted.

A few of these movies also made the worst list. Which we'll get to next.

the best of the best pictures

Posted at 02:24 PM on Feb 17, 2013 in category Movies - The Oscars
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Thomas Meier Ranks the Best Pictures: from 'Sunrise' to 'Broadway Melody'

Sunrise: A Tale of Two HumansThomas Meier ranks the Oscar winners for best picture

1. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1928)
2. Casablanca (1943)
3. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
4. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
5. All About Eve (1950)
6. Gone with the Wind (1939)
7. The Hurt Locker (2009)
8. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
9. Annie Hall (1977)
10. It Happened One Night (1934)

11. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
12. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
13. Schindler’s List (1993)
14. The Deer Hunter (1978)
15. West Side Story (1961)
16. How Green Was My Valley (1941)
17. The Godfather Part II (1974)
18. The Godfather (1972)
19. Rebecca (1940)
20. On the Waterfront (1954)

21. Out of Africa (1985)
22. Unforgiven (1992)
23. Platoon (1986)
24. Amadeus (1984)
25. An American in Paris (1951)
26. All the King’s Men (1949)
27. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
28. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
29. The Artist (2011)
30. Midnight Cowboy (1969)

31. Patton (1970)
32. Ordinary People (1980)
33. From Here to Eternity (1953)
34. The English Patient (1996)
35. Terms of Endearment (1983)
36. You Can’t Take it With You (1938)
37. Mutiny of the Bounty (1935)
38. The Departed (2006)
39. The French Connection (1971)
40. No Country for Old Men (2007)

41. American Beauty (1999)
42. Chariots of Fire (1981)
43. A Man for All Seasons (1966)
44. Shakespeare in Love (1998)
45. In the Heat of the Night (1967)
46. The Apartment (1960)
47. Tom Jones (1963)
48. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
49. The Last Emperor (1987)
50. Rocky (1976)

51. The Sting (1973)
52. Gigi (1958)
53. Hamlet (1948)
54. Titanic (1997)
55. Marty (1955)
56. The Sound of Music (1965)
57. Grand Hotel (1932)
58. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
59. Wings (1927)
60. The Lost Weekend (1945)

61. Crash (2005)
62. Ben-Hur (1959)
63. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003)
64. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
65. My Fair Lady (1964)
66. The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
67. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
68. Dances with Wolves (1990)
69. Ghandi (1982)
70. The King’s Speech (2010)

71. Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)
72. Oliver! (1968)
73. Mrs. Miniver (1942)
74. Gladiator (2000)
75. The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
76. Chicago (2002)
77. Forrest Gump (1994)
78. Rain Man (1988)
79. Braveheart (1995)
80. Cimarron (1931)

81. Cavalcade (1933)
82. The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
83. Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
84. Going My Way (1944)
85. The Broadway Melody (1929)

My comment

Another reader listing all 85 movies. Wow. Takes effort to do the '20s and '30s best pictures. Those don't just turn up every day on Turner Classics.

I like how Thomas' best and worst are like a metaphor for the 1920s: Riding high in 1928, the crash in 1929.

OK, who's next?

Rank Oscar's best pictures from 1927 to today.

Posted at 08:17 AM on Feb 17, 2013 in category Movies - The Oscars
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Friday February 15, 2013

Branimir Djurovic Ranks the Best Picture Winners: from 'The Godfather' to 'Cavalcade'

original poster for "The Godfather" (1972)Branimir Djurovic ranks the Oscar winners for best picture

1. The Godfather (1972)
2. Gone with the Wind (1939)
3. The Godfather Part II (1974)
4. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
5. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
6. Shakespeare in Love (1998)
7. Annie Hall (1977)
8. Midnight Cowboy (1969)
9. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
10. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1928)

11. The Deer Hunter (1978)
12. On the Waterfront (1954)
13. No Country for Old Men (2007)
14. Casablanca (1943)
15. Ben-Hur (1959)
16. The Departed (2006)
17. American Beauty (1999)
18. Unforgiven (1992)
19. Wings (1927)
20. Schindler’s List (1993)

21. Gladiator (2000)
22. It Happened One Night (1934)
23. Amadeus (1984)
24. The Apartment (1960)
25. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
26. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
27. Rocky (1976)
28. From Here to Eternity (1953)
29. In the Heat of the Night (1967)
30. Terms of Endearment (1983)

31. Platoon (1986)
32. Marty (1955)
33. The Last Emperor (1987)
34. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
35. Chicago (2002)
36. The Sting (1973)
37. The French Connection (1971)
38. The English Patient (1996)
39. My Fair Lady (1964)
40. Tom Jones (1963)

41. All About Eve (1950)
42. The Hurt Locker (2009)
43. Forrest Gump (1994)
44. Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
45. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
46. An American in Paris (1951)
47. The Sound of Music (1965)
48. Ordinary People (1980)
49. Hamlet (1948)
50. Rain Man (1988)

51. You Can’t Take it With You (1938)
52. Mutiny of the Bounty (1935)
53. Grand Hotel (1932)
54. How Green Was My Valley (1941)
55. Titanic (1997)
56. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003)
57. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
58. Gigi (1958)
59. Oliver! (1968)
60. Rebecca (1940)

61. The Artist (2011)
62. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
63. Dances with Wolves (1990)
64. West Side Story (1961)
65. Out of Africa (1985)
66. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
67. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
68. The King’s Speech (2010)
69. Crash (2005)
70. Chariots of Fire (1981)

71. Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)
72. All the King’s Men (1949)
73. Braveheart (1995)
74. Cimarron (1931)
75. The Broadway Melody (1929)
76. Cavalcade (1933)

Haven’t Seen

Ghandi (1982)
Patton (1970)
A Man for All Seasons (1966)
The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
The Lost Weekend (1945)
Going My Way (1944)
Mrs. Miniver (1942)
The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
The Great Ziegfeld (1936)

My comment

I can't believe so many people have seen “Cimarron”! Did anyone see the 1960 remake with Glenn Ford? It actually has a higher IMDb rating (6.3) than the 1931 best-picture winner (6.0).

OK, who's next?

Rank Oscar's best pictures from 1927 to today.

Posted at 07:45 PM on Feb 15, 2013 in category Movies - The Oscars
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Jorge Rodrigues Ranks the Best Picture Winners: from 'All About Eve' to 'Driving Miss Daisy'

All About Eve posterJorge Rodrigues ranks the Oscar winners for best picture

1. All About Eve (1950)
2. The Apartment (1960)
3. Annie Hall (1977)
4. The Godfather Part II (1974)
5. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
6. Schindler’s List (1993)
7. It Happened One Night (1934)
8. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
9. Rebecca (1940)
10. Casablanca (1943)

11. Gone with the Wind (1939)
12. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1928)
13. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
14. American Beauty (1999)
15. From Here to Eternity (1953)
16. All the King’s Men (1949)
17. The French Connection (1971)
18. Midnight Cowboy (1969)
19. The Godfather (1972)
20. On the Waterfront (1954)

21. The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
22. Patton (1970)
23. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003)
24. No Country for Old Men (2007)
25. The Deer Hunter (1978)
26. The Artist (2011)
27. West Side Story (1961)
28. Wings (1927)
29. The Departed (2006)
30. Gladiator (2000)

31. Ghandi (1982)
32. Amadeus (1984)
33. Unforgiven (1992)
34. Terms of Endearment (1983)
35. Ordinary People (1980)
36. Shakespeare in Love (1998)
37. The Last Emperor (1987)
38. The King’s Speech (2010)
39. Chicago (2002)
40. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

41. The English Patient (1996)
42. The Lost Weekend (1945)
43. Braveheart (1995)
44. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
45. The Hurt Locker (2009)
46. Mrs. Miniver (1942)
47. Crash (2005)
48. The Sound of Music (1965)
49. An American in Paris (1951)
50. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

51. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
52. Out of Africa (1985)
53. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
54. Hamlet (1948)
55. Platoon (1986)
56. Mutiny of the Bounty (1935)
57. In the Heat of the Night (1967)
58. Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)
59. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
60. A Man for All Seasons (1966)

61. You Can’t Take it With You (1938)
62. Titanic (1997)
63. Rocky (1976)
64. The Sting (1973)
65. Ben-Hur (1959)
66. Chariots of Fire (1981)
67. Oliver! (1968)
68. Marty (1955)
69. Going My Way (1944)
70. The Great Ziegfeld (1936)

71. Cimarron (1931)
72. The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
73. Cavalcade (1933)
74. The Broadway Melody (1929)
75. How Green Was My Valley (1941)
76. Grand Hotel (1932)
77. Dances with Wolves (1990)
78. Gigi (1958)
79. Tom Jones (1963)
80. Rain Man (1988)

81. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
82. Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
83. My Fair Lady (1964)
84. Forrest Gump (1994)
85. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

My comment

I've got nothing but love for “All About Eve.” When I first saw it, maybe 20 years ago, I was dazzled by its wit and wondered where ours had gone.

OK, who's next?

Rank Oscar's best pictures from 1927 to today.

Posted at 02:19 PM on Feb 15, 2013 in category Movies - The Oscars
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