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Dback Ranks Oscar's Best Picture Winners: from 'Sunrise' (Best) to 'Gandhi' (Worst)

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

1. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1928)
2. Gone with the Wind (1939)
3. All About Eve (1950)
4. Casablanca (1943)
5. West Side Story (1961)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003)
7. Amadeus (1984)
8. Chicago (2002)
9. The Godfather (1972)
10. The Sound of Music (1965)

11. Gigi (1958)
12. The King’s Speech (2010)
13. Annie Hall (1977)
14. Schindler’s List (1993)
15. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
16. Rebecca (1940)
17. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
18. Ordinary People (1980)
19. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
20. How Green Was My Valley (1941)

21. The Hurt Locker (2009)
22. Midnight Cowboy (1969)
23. The Departed (2006)
24. Grand Hotel (1932)
25. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
26. American Beauty (1999)
27. No Country for Old Men (2007)
28. Shakespeare in Love (1998)
29. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
30. The Artist (2011)

31. Platoon (1986)
32. Oliver! (1968)
33. From Here to Eternity (1953)
34. Gladiator (2000)
35. The English Patient (1996)
36. Forrest Gump (1994)
37. Unforgiven (1992)
38. Terms of Endearment (1983)
39. The Deer Hunter (1978)
40. The Godfather Part II (1974)

41. The French Connection (1971)
42. Patton (1970)
43. It Happened One Night (1934)
44. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
45. My Fair Lady (1964)
46. Tom Jones (1963)
47. The Apartment (1960)
48. Ben-Hur (1959)
49. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
50. An American in Paris (1951)

51. All the King’s Men (1949)
52. Braveheart (1995)
53. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
54. Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)
55. The Sting (1973)
56. Dances with Wolves (1990)
57. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
58. Rain Man (1988)
59. Titanic (1997)
60. Going My Way (1944)

61. The Last Emperor (1987)
62. Chariots of Fire (1981)
63. Out of Africa (1985)
64. Crash (2005)
65. Ghandi (1982)

Dback's comment

When in doubt, consult Danny Peary's “Alternate Oscars” to get reminders of the many, many gems the Oscars didn't give Best Picture to, or oftentimes didn't even nominate.

My comment

Apparently someone doesn't like the '80s. Wow. Four of the five worst? And “Gandhi” the worst of the worst? Well, it was a bad decade for movies. My main memory of seeing “Ghandi”: everyone walking out the theater with peaceful, beatific expressions on their faces ... until we got into our cars and became our usual asshole selves.

OK, who's next?

Rank Oscar's best pictures from 1927 to today.


Posted at 04:40 PM on Wed. Feb 13, 2013 in category Movies - The Oscars  
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Reed wrote:

Thus ends the chance for infamous perfection for Crash. Darn close, but not quite a sweep.

Comment posted on Thu. Feb 14, 2013 at 12:08 AM

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