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From 'Godfather' to 'Cimarron': The 84 Best Picture Winners as Ranked by the Nerds of IMDb.com

I realized too late that yesterday's post about IMDb rankings of every best picture winner since 1927 should've included the entire list as sorted by ranking. Here it is, with my notes:

RANK MOVIE IMDb RATING VOTES NOTES
1 The Godfather (1972) 9.2 535,083 But of course.
2 The Godfather, Part II (1974) 9.0 336,575 But of course II.
3 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) 8.9 501,289 NERDS!

Schindler's List (1993) 8.9 375,193 Overrated. Is it just me and David Mamet on this one?
5 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) 8.8 300,314 Yep.
6 Forrest Gump (1994) 8.7 446,991 Wow. Most people are as dumb as Forrest — and not nearly so nice.

The Silence of the Lambs (1991) 8.7 344,094 It's not bad but not top 10.

Casablanca (1943) 8.7 209,989 Tied for sixth. I'd have it higher.
9 The Departed (2006) 8.5 368,308 Way lower. Sorry, Marty.
10 American Beauty (1999) 8.5 389,392 Lower. Sorry 1999 me.
11 Lawrence of Arabia (1962) 8.5 98,407 About right.
12 Gladiator (2000) 8.4 397,268 Lower.

Braveheart (1995) 8.4 327,548 Should've been Apollo 13.

Amadeus (1984) 8.4 128,078 I could see this again right now.

The Sting (1973) 8.4 85,891

The Apartment (1960) 8.4 49,785

The Bridge On the River Kwai (1957) 8.4 76,003

On the Waterfront (1954) 8.4 52,369 Higher.

All About Eve (1950) 8.4 43,955 This one, too.

Rebecca (1940) 8.4 45,011 Hitchcock's only best picture winner. And it's Selznick's.

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1928) 8.4 15,384 Never seen it. Bad me.
22 Unforgiven (1992) 8.3 135,496 I'd say it deserves to be higher, but I keep hearing Clint's voice saying “Deserve's got nothin to do with it.”

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) 8.3 21,793 Hasn't aged well. Unfortunately.

It Happened One Night (1934) 8.3 32,375 To be honest, this neither.
25 The King's Speech (2010) 8.2 155,972 This one will go down.

Slumdog Millionaire (2008) 8.2 269,582 You, too.

No Country For Old Men (2007) 8.2 274,692 This one will go up.

Million Dollar Baby (2004) 8.2 204,335 I liked the ending.

Platoon (1986) 8.2 145,818 Haven't seen since 1986.

The Deer Hunter (1978) 8.2 117,540 Tied with Deer Hunter. Appropriate.

Annie Hall (1977) 8.2 87,916 “Alvy Singer! Am I right?” This is top 5 for me.

Ben-Hur (1959) 8.2 76,925 Have I ever seen this? Without commercials?

Gone With the Wind (1939) 8.2 106,428 Once the mightiest. Now kinda like its title.
34 Gandhi (1982) 8.1 71,833 Gandhi ...

Rocky (1976) 8.1 143,362 ... and Rocky duking it out at 8.1.

The Lost Weekend (1945) 8.1 14,287 Money's on “Gandhi.”

All Quiet On the Western Front (1930) 8.1 28,205 The highest-ranked pre-GWTW movie. I need to see it again.
38 Crash (2005) 8.0 217,777 Oh, fuck you.

A Beautiful Mind (2001) 8.0 202,651 Really?

Dances With Wolves (1990) 8.0 94,144 Eh.

Rain Man (1988) 8.0 165,428 Meh.

Patton (1970) 8.0 49,384 Yeah.

Midnight Cowboy (1969) 8.0 42,805

In the Heat of the Night (1967) 8.0 26,928

A Man For All Seasons (1966) 8.0 14,614

You Can't Take It With You (1938) 8.0 10,500
47 The French Connection (1971) 7.9 42,667 Definition of 'gritty.'

The Sound of Music (1965) 7.9 68,810 Oh, Julie. Higher.

My Fair Lady (1964) 7.9 35,262 Oh, Audrey. Higher.

From Here To Eternity (1953) 7.9 19,141 Oh, Burt. Eh.

Hamlet (1948) 7.9 6,557 O that this too too solid film should melt...

How Green Was My Valley (1941) 7.9 8,993

Mutiny On the Bounty (1935) 7.9 9,276 The third Gable on the list.
54 The Last Emperor (1987) 7.8 33,160 Colors. I remember exquisite colors.

Ordinary People (1980) 7.8 20,192 For a while I was Tim Hutton.

Wings (1927) 7.8 3,792 Never seen.
57 The Hurt Locker (2009) 7.7 137,683 Is this the pro-“Avatar” vote or something?

Kramer Vs. Kramer (1979) 7.7 40,353 What's this movie like now? Anyone?

West Side Story (1961) 7.7 37,371 Git your ass up there.

Marty (1955) 7.7 8,028

Mrs. Miniver (1942) 7.7 6,058
62 All the King's Men (1949) 7.6 5,597

Grand Hotel (1932) 7.6 7,300
64 Titanic (1997) 7.5 336,027 Great spectacle. I'd have it higher.

Oliver! (1968) 7.5 12,026 Consider yourself/ About right.
66 Driving Miss Daisy (1989) 7.4 30,411 A better movie than people remember.

Gentleman's Agreement (1947) 7.4 5,688 Movies about prejudice don't age well, do they?

Going My Way (1944) 7.4 4,143

The Life of Emile Zola (1937) 7.4 2,376
70 Shakespeare In Love (1998) 7.3 97,391 Will never live it down.

The English Patient (1996) 7.3 72,322

Terms of Endearment (1983) 7.3 21,085 Wasn't this better that this?
73 Chicago (2002) 7.2 99,936 Shouldn't the fishnets alone boost its rating?

Chariots of Fire (1981) 7.2 20,114 “Chariots of Eggs”

An American In Paris (1951) 7.2 11,808 So, SO wrong to be down here.
76 Out of Africa (1985) 7.0 25,363
77 Tom Jones (1963) 6.9 4,857

Gigi (1958) 6.9 7,472

The Great Ziegfeld (1936) 6.9 2,583
80 Around the World In 80 Days (1956) 6.8 9,129 So dull.
81 The Greatest Show On Earth (1952) 6.7 5,186 Yep. But where's its buddy, “Crash”?
82 The Broadway Melody (1929) 6.4 2,466
83 Cavalcade (1933) 6.3 1,426
84 Cimarron (1931) 6.1 1,744

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TOMORROW: My choices....


Posted at 07:15 AM on Thu. Feb 23, 2012 in category Movies - The Oscars  
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COMMENTS

Extra-strength UncleVinny wrote:

No comment on “A Man for All Seasons”? What a great movie. I own and re-read the play from time to time, too. Love me some Robert Bolt.

Comment posted on Thu. Feb 23, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Erik wrote:

Vinny: Saw it about 15 years ago and liked it but wasn't over- or underwhelmed. Do I need to see it again? Or do I need to see “Cimarron” or “Cavalcade” or “Mutiny on the Bounty”?

Comment posted on Thu. Feb 23, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Daniel Davenport wrote:

A few thoughts: I'm with you on Schindler's List - it should be lower, not low, it's a good movie, but lower. I've seen King's Speech twice and No Country for Old Men twice, and I felt as thought King's Speech retained its poignancy on the second viewing and No Country didn't. If this experience is not absurdly anecdotal, then they might go in different directions than the ones you've surmised. There is something quietly beautiful to King's Speech that I did not give enough credit to on the first viewing.

Comment posted on Thu. Feb 23, 2012 at 02:22 PM

Erik wrote:

Daniel: I would say it's personal more than absurdly anecdotal. Mine's the same. For me, TKS felt too simplistic, but, you're right, there is something touching about a man trapped in a role (prince/king) in which he is forced to speak but trapped in a body that doesn't allow him to. My view of the film may still be colored by the trailer, which gave away the goods in two minutes. On the other hand, it was a movie in which it was easy for a two-minute trailer to give away the goods. It fit nicely, snugly, in its genre.

NCFOM, on the other hand, upended its genre, and movies in general, as the Coens often do. The rebel hero dies and we don't even see it. The lawman retires and has bad dreams. Evil incarnate lives.

Comment posted on Thu. Feb 23, 2012 at 02:41 PM

Extra-strength UncleVinny wrote:

I feel terrible, can't locate my copy of A Man for All Seasons. And I bought it in England! Bummer. I think it might be better reading than watching... but I don't remember for sure. Anyway, Paul Scofield is always a rollickin' good time.

Comment posted on Thu. Feb 23, 2012 at 03:54 PM

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