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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Every Best Picture Winner I Have Seen, Ranked in Order of My Enjoyment

The Oscars are almost here, and I love lists, so I thought now was a perfect time to rank the Best Picture winners I have seen in order. Some thoughts:

-I was a little disappointed that I hadn't seen more of the winners. Biggest omissions are Gone With the Wind, Lawrence of Arabia, The Deer Hunter, and Schindler's List.
-Going through the list it really strikes you how unrepresentative the Best Picture Oscar is of the best movies of all-time. I can tell you that Goodfellas, Citizen Kane, Fargo, Social Network, and many others would be high up on this list if awards voters had been a little smarter.
-Crash is one of the stupidest movies I've ever seen.

Here they are, 40 Best Picture winners, ranked for your entertainment:

1. Casablanca
2. The Apartment
3. The Godfather
4. On the Waterfront
5. The Bridge Over the River Kwai
6. The Godfather, Part II
7. The Sting
8. All About Eve
9. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
10. You Can’t Take It With You
11. Annie Hall
12. The Lost Weekend
13. Patton
14. The Silence of the Lambs
15. Rocky
16. Unforgiven
17. The French Connection
18. West Side Story
19. In the Heat of the Night
20. American Beauty
21. Gandhi
22. From Here to Eternity
23. Marty
24. The Departed
25. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
26. No Country for Old Men
27. Going My Way
28. Rain Man
29. Braveheart
30. The Life of Emile Zola
31. Forrest Gump
32. The Sound of Music
33. My Fair Lady
34. The King’s Speech
35. The Hurt Locker
36. Titanic
37. Slumdog Millionaire
38. Driving Miss Daisy
39. The Greatest Show on Earth
40. Crash

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