For a better experience on MUBI, update your browser.

Best Picture Oscar Winners, from Best to Worst

by ShaKha
Best Picture Oscar Winners, from Best to Worst by ShaKha
I came across this list and I figured I’ve seen a lot of Best Picture winners. So, I decided to make a similar list. I say similar, I mean I copied Ally’s basic idea and changed the order. This list is, obviously, entirely subjective. I may come back later and give more in-depth reasons for some of my choices, but, for now, I’ll just give little write-ups where warranted. I once had a goal to watch every best picture winner. However, just like the time I decided to watch every film on the BBFC Video Nasties list, too much crap made me stop. I have seen a lot of them, though. Top 10 1) 1984 – Amadeus (The Best of the best) 2) 1946 – The Best… Read more

I came across this list and I figured I’ve seen a lot of Best Picture winners. So, I decided to make a similar list. I say similar, I mean I copied Ally’s basic idea and changed the order.

This list is, obviously, entirely subjective. I may come back later and give more in-depth reasons for some of my choices, but, for now, I’ll just give little write-ups where warranted. I once had a goal to watch every best picture winner. However, just like the time I decided to watch every film on the BBFC Video Nasties list, too much crap made me stop. I have seen a lot of them, though.

Top 10
1) 1984 – Amadeus (The Best of the best)
2) 1946 – The Best Years of Our Lives
3) 2007 – No Country for Old Men
4) 1987 – The Last Emperor
5) 1978 – The Deer Hunter
6) 1974 – The Godfather Part II
7) 1960 – The Apartment
8) 1999 – American Beauty
9) 1945 – The Lost Weekend
10) 1934 – It Happened One Night

1977 – Annie Hall
1969 – Midnight Cowboy
1972 – The Godfather
1954 – On the Waterfront
1955 – Marty
1929/1930 – All Quiet on the Western Front
1975 – One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest
1973 – The Sting
1993 – Schindler’s List
1940 – Rebecca
1986 – Platoon
____________________________________ (This is the cut off for films that could be considered great)

1991 – The Silence of the Lambs
1979 – Kramer vs. Kramer
1980 – Ordinary People
1971 – The French Connection
1942 – Mrs. Miniver
____________________________________ (This is the cut off for films that are really quite good, but not great)

1967 – In the Heat of the Night
1961 – West Side Story
2008 – Slumdog Millionaire
2006 – The Departed
1988 – Rain Man
____________________________________ (This is the cut off for films that are flawed, but still quite good)

1994 – Forrest Gump
1982 – Gandhi
1962 – Lawrence of Arabia
2010 – The King’s Speech
1947 – Gentleman’s Agreement
1949 – All the Kings Men
1943 – Casablanca
1985 – Out of Africa
___________________________________ (There is nothing wrong with these films, but This is the cut off for films that are not as good)

1998 – Shakespeare in Love
1966 – A Man for All Seasons
1957 – The Bridge on the River Kwai
1950 – All About Eve
1937 – The Life of Emile Zola
2009 – The Hurt Locker
1963 – Tom Jones
1992 – Unforgiven
1953 – From Here to Eternity
1970 – Patton
1931/1932 – Grand Hotel
1938 – You Can’t Take It with You
____________________________________ (This is the cut off for films that are okay. I can take them or leave them)

Below this line is the worst of the worst.
____________________________________
1995 – Braveheart
2000 – Gladiator
1964 – My Fair Lady
2002 – Chicago
2001 – A Beautiful Mind
1952 – The Greatest Show on Earth
1951 – An American in Paris
1939 – Gone with the Wind
1959 – Ben-Hur
2003 – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
1948 – Hamlet
1935 – Mutiny on the Bounty
10) 1976 – Rocky
9) 1989 – Driving Miss Daisy
8) 1983 – Terms of Endearment
7) 1996 – The English Patient (Kahn Souphanousinphone described it best: “long, boring, painful death”)
6) 1997 – Titanic
5) 1965 – The Sound of Music
4) 1958 – Gigi (I like Leslie Caron, but this was like a film made for potential paedophiles, especially the old man thanking heaven for little girls).
3) 2005 – Crash
2) 2004 – Million Dollar Baby
1) 1936 – The Great Ziegfeld (I saw this film when I was about 15 or 16. I made it through with the bare minimum of my sanity remaining. Years later, I attributed it to my immaturity due to age. I owe my 15 year old self an apology. My 20 year old self couldn’t even make it past the first hour).

I haven’t seen the following:

1990 – Dances With Wolves
1981 – Chariots of Fire
1968 – Oliver!
1956 – Around the World in 80 Days
1944 – Going My Way
1941 – How Green Was My Valley
1932/1933 – Cavalcade
1930/1931 – Cimarron
1928/1929 – The Broadway Melody
1927/1928 – Wings

I’m also going to make a list for the films that won the Palme D’Or, which I am more positive about, so look for that, invisible audience.

Read less