My current Top 5

My current Top 5

3/09/2011

My Ranking of the Best Picture Winners


It's an almost historic moment at 'Fritz and the Oscars'!

Finally I will begin to cover another category -
the prestigious Best Picture!

To start this new adventure, I will post my personal ranking of all winners in this category.
My reviews will be, just as in the Best Actress Ranking, rather short and I will go into more details when I cover a certain year.

To refresh your memories, here are the movies
that wait to be ranked:

Wings (1928)
The Broadway Melody (1929)
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
Cimarron (1931)
Grand Hotel (1932)
Cavalcade (1933)
It happened one Night (1934)
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
You can't take it With You (1938)
Gone with the Wind (1939)
Rebecca (1940)
How Green was my Valley (1941)
Mrs. Miniver (1942)
Casablanca (1943)
Going my Way (1944)
The Lost Weekend (1945)
The Best Years of our Lives (1946)
Gentleman's Agreement (1947)
Hamlet (1948)
All the King's Men (1949)
All about Eve (1950)
An American in Paris (1951)
The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
From Here to Eternity (1953)
On the Waterfront (1954)
Marty (1955)
Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Gigi (1958)
Ben-Hur (1959)
The Apartment (1960)
West Side Story (1961)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Tom Jones (1963)
My Fair Lady (1964)
The Sound of Music (1965)
A Man for all Seasons (1966)
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Oliver! (1968)
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Patton (1970)
The French Connection (1971)
The Godfather (1972)
The Sting (1973)
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Rocky (1976)
Annie Hall (1977)
The Deer Hunter (1978)
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
Ordinary People (1980)
Chariots of Fire (1981)
Gandhi (1982)
Terms of Endearment (1983)
Amadeus (1984)
Out of Africa (1985)
Platoon (1986)
The Last Emperor (1987)
Rain Man (1988)
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
Dances with Wolves (1990)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Unforgiven (1992)
Schindler's List (1993)
Forrest Gump (1994)
Braveheart (1995)
The English Patient (1996)
Titanic (1997)
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
American Beauty (1999)
Gladiator (2000)
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Chicago (2002)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Crash (2005)
The Departed (2006)
No Country for Old Men (2007)
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
The Hurt Locker (2009)
The King's Speech (2010)


I have to say that I hesitated a long time before I started with these movies because usually the Academy is accused of poor choices in this category. So I was absolutely amazed how much I enjoyed this journey and how many of these movies are actually pretty wonderul. Various movies I expected in my Top 10 didn't even make my Top 20 simply because there is an emberassement of riches.

So, what are your predictions? What do you hope for?

I hope you all will enjoy this!

6 comments:

Louis Morgan said...

Well I will be really looking forward to your ranking Fritz.

Anonymous said...

Great! I hope Gone With the Wind, Rebecca, The Lost Weekend, It Happened One Night, All About Eve, The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Apartment, The Sound of Music, Titanic, Chicago, The King's Speech, The Lord of the Rings, The Departed, American Beauty, Driving Miss Daisy, The English Patient, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and The Silence of the Lambs are all near the top.

Sage Slowdive said...

It will be exciting :)

I'll just off on a limb and say GWTW and The English Patient will at least be in the top 5.

What's harder to predict is what will near the bottom...

Fritz said...

@Louis: Thanks, Louis!

@Anonymous: Well, that's a lot of wishes! :-) I don't think I can fullfil them all but let's see what I can do! :-)

@Sage: Thanks! And it's good to have some suspense! :-)

dinasztie said...

Although I know your taste when it comes to Actresses, I don't know how your ranking will look like. This is certainly exciting. I wonder what you thought about The King's Speech.

For me Annie Hall and The Godfather are the best and Oliver is the worst.

Anonymous said...

Great!But do you ranking films from worst to best or from your least favorite to your favorite?Either way Rain Man is among my least favorites and my worst ones:-)