Indiewire Ranks the Best Best Picture Winners: What Do You Think?

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  • KT
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    The Playlist blog staff on Indiewire just posted their list of Every Best Picture Oscar Winner Ranked Worst to Best yesterday.

    What do they get right?  What is clearly wrong?
    With commentary: http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/every-best-picture-oscar-winner-ranked-best-to-worst-20140224?page=1#blogPostHeaderPanel

    85. The Greatest Show On Earth
    84. The Broadway Melody
    83. Driving Miss Daisy
    82. Going My Way
    81. Crash

    80. Cimarron
    79. Out of Africa
    78. Around the World in 80 Days
    77. Forrest Gump
    76. Cavalcade
    75. A Beautiful Mind
    74. The Life of Emile Zola
    73. The Great Ziefeld
    72. American Beauty
    71. Hamlet

    70. The Sound of Music
    69. Gigi
    68. How Green Was My Valley
    67. Gentleman’s Agreement
    66. Tom Jones
    65. Chicago
    64. Braveheart
    63. Grand Hotel
    62. Oliver!
    61. Kramer vs. Kramer

    60. All The King’s Men
    59. The Best Years of Our Lives
    58. The King’s Speech
    57. Chariots of Fire
    56. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
    55. A Man For All Seasons
    54. Million Dollar Baby
    53. Shakespeare in Love
    52. Ben Hur
    51. Mrs. Miniver

    50. The Sting
    49. Slumdog Millionaire
    48. Ordinary People
    47. Gandhi
    46. Argo
    45. The Departed
    44. The Artist
    43. Rain Man
    42. Titanic
    41. Rocky

    40. Dances With Wolves
    39. Terms of Endearment
    38. You Can’t Take It With You
    37. Mutiny on the Bounty
    36. From Here to Eternity
    35. Patton
    34. An American in Paris
    33. In the Heat of the Night
    32. The English Patient
    31. Wings

    30. Marty
    29. My Fair Lady
    28. Unforgiven
    27. Gladiator
    26. The Last Emperor
    25. Platoon
    24. The Hurt Locker
    23. The Silence of the Lambs
    22. Amadeus
    21. No Country for Old Men

    20. Midnight Cowboy
    19. Gone With the Wind
    18. The Deer Hunter
    17. The Lost Weekend
    16. Rebecca
    15. The Bridge on the River Kwai
    14. The French Connection
    13. All Quiet on the Western Front
    12. All About Eve
    11. It Happened One Night

    10. West Side Story
    9. On the Waterfront
    8. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    7. The Apartment
    6. Schindler’s List
    5. Annie Hall
    4. The Godfather
    3. Casablanca
    2. The Godfather Part II
    1. Lawrence of Arabia

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    Jason Travis
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    #143582

    Gone with the Wind should be top 5. 

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    KT
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    Apparently Lawrence of Arabia was the unanimous choice of the Indiewire staff.  That blu-ray release is an absolute must-own.  Incredible incredible image and audio quality.  I was blown away.  It might have looked too perfect…. I wonder what Lean would think if he saw it.

    I think The Best Years of Our Lives, Titanic, and Lord of the Rings were underranked on the list.  I think Gone With the Wind’s position is fair.

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    K-Hole
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    Argo (#46) is not a better film than Best Years of Our Lives (#59) or How Green Was My Valley (#68).

    Annie Hall (#5) is not a better film than One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (#8), On the Waterfront (#9), West Side Story (#10), All About Eve (#12), The French Connection (#14), Bridge on the River Kwai (#15), Silence of the Lambs (#23), or The Last Emperor (#26), etc., etc.

    That is just two of the absurdities on this list. But ranking Crash in the bottom five seems about right. Brokeback Mountain would never have been looked back on with the disdain that is now accorded Crash had it won BP that year.

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    Logan
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    How Green is probably 60 places too low.

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    KT
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    ^^^ Coincidentally, it’s on TCM at this very moment.  It’s way underranked on this list.  “Come and eat everyone!”  It doesn’t hold up as well as other BP winners, but the wedding scene and the end are powerful, as is the sense of nostalgia for the past that it captures.

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    DominicCobb
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    How Green Was My Valley is great. I think it has a bad reputation simply because it beat Citizen Kane and (too a lesser extent) The Maltese Falcon. And that’s really the only way it’s remembered today. Still, not even close to my favorite BP.

    I mostly disagree with their list, but it is nice to see places talking about serious Oscar history – not just the last fifteen years. 

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    endaugust
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    I wonder where they would rank 12YAS or Gravity on this list.

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    Halo_Insider
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    I’m actually a big fan of Kramer vs. Kramer. It didn’t deserve Best Picture over Apocalypse Now, but I think it’s very fine, well-acted film in its own right, and much better than quite a number of films ranked above it.

    Really surprised to see The English Patient ranked at #32, especially given how unpopular a decision that’s become. 

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    Bill Buchanan
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    Return of the King is way too low. Like, it’s bellow Slumdog, The Artist and Argo. Enough said.

    Also, Driving Miss Daisy, Forrest Gump and American Beauty are far from being among the 15 worst winners for Best Picture.

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    #143591

    Since I am short on time, I will come back to comment on more later but the first thing that caught my mind was the following:

    DRIVING MISS DAISY has no business being in the bottom five, and even two slots below CRASH at that.

    I, for one, LOVE that Gone with the Wind didnt make the top 10 because I find it overrated.

    I wish The Silence of the Lambs and Amadeus made it higher than they did.

    I also am happy Ordinary People didn’t rank any lower because I do think it is one of the most underrated and underappreciated Best Picture winners. It left a lasting impression on me in many ways even if Raging Bull was a strong achievement.

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    mafro987
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    #143592

    Slumdog and American Beauty are way too low, and Titanic ahead of Driving Miss Daisy really?? Shows these things are down to personal opinion.

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    #143593

    I know OOA gets a lot of hate, but I’d defintely rank it higher.
    And Terms od Endearment at #39? Yeah… no. But that’s just my opinion of course. 

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    ETPhoneHome
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    Return of the King is way too low. Like, it’s bellow Slumdog, The Artist and Argo. Enough said.

    Also, Driving Miss Daisy, Forrest Gump and American Beauty are far from being among the 15 worst winners for Best Picture.

    ^This. When I was reading this, I couldn’t believe some of the early placements. I’m not able to rank everything, having not seen 35 of them. That being said, the ones I have seen would be in a very different order.

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    Ghost
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    #143595

    Swap Hurt Locker and Return of the King and move Sound of Music and Kramer vs Kramer higher and it’s not a bad list

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