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  • Tom O’Neil
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    #154759

    This was fun to do — and interesting as an exercise in self-reflection. Just 5 years ago I had a very different list. Shakespeare in Love was near the top of that list, but when I watched it again recently, I thought, “It’s …. OK.” I wouldn’t have put “Oliver!” in this lineup back then, but when saw it again a while back, it won my heart utterly. Meantime, All Quiet on the Western Front holds up surprisingly well as a smart modern film

    1.) Slumdog Millionaire
    2.) All About Eve
    3.) Gone with the Wind
    4.) Annie Hall
    5.) Titanic
    6.) The Sound of Music
    7.) The Godfather
    8.) Oliver!
    9.) West Side Story
    10.) All Quiet on the Western Front

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    CanadianFan
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    #154761

    Wow, you adore Slumdog that much? I, too, love Titanic and Annie Hall.

    I’m way too young to comfortably rank anything before the year 2000, so I’ll just rank those:

    1. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003)
    2. The Departed (2006)
    3. 12 Years a Slave (2013)
    4. No Country for Old Men (2007)
    5. Argo (2012)
    6. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
    7. The King’s Speech (2010)
    8. Million Dollary Baby (2004)
    9. The Artist (2011)
    10. A Beautiful mind (2001)
    11. Gladiator (2000)
    12. Crash (2005)
    13. Chicago (2002)
    14. The Hurt Locker (2009) 

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    Tom O’Neil
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    #154762

    Wow, you adore Slumdog that much? I, too, love Titanic and Annie Hall.

    I’m way too young to comfortably rank anything before the year 2000, so I’ll just rank those:

    1. The Lords of the Rings: Return of the King (2003)
    2. The Departed (2006)
    3. 12 Years a Slave (2013)
    4. No Country for Old Men (2007)
    5. Argo (2012)
    6. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
    7. The King’s Speech (2010)
    8. Million Dollary Baby (2004)
    9. The Artist (2011)
    10. A Beautiful mind (2001)
    11. Gladiator (2000)
    12. Crash (2005)
    13. Chicago (2002)
    14. The Hurt Locker (2009) 

    Yea! I’m sooo glad to see you rank “Hurt Locker” so low. That film was a sham. Chicago and Gladiator certainly deserve to be near the bottom, too. I don’t know about Crash — It’s been so long since I’ve seen it. Gotta re-watch it. I like your choice of LOTR at top. I don’t adore the film, but I concede that it’s a cool choice. Slumdog for me, baby — I think it’s the perfect film, so smartly capturing man’s two greatest pursuits: love and money.

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    babypook
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    #154763

    Hmmm….well, many of my favorites didnt win and some werent even nominated, but from the winners:

    These are in chronological order:

    All Quiet on the Western Front

    Gone With The Wind

    On The Waterfront

    The Godfather

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

    Annie Hall

    The Last Emperor

    Forrest Gump

    Titanic

    The Return of The King

    Restricting it to ten is quite something. I just stopped at 2003. From then to now the only winner that might make my list is The King’s Speech.

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    rstang00
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    #154764

    Jeez. Only 10? Yikes.

    1. Million Dollar Baby
    2. The Godfather II
    3. The Departed
    4. No Country for Old Men 
    5. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
    6. Slumdog Millionaire
    7. Argo
    8. Chicago
    9. The Silence of the Lambs
    10. American Beauty

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    KT
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    #154765

    I stand with Lawrence of Arabia as the best best picture winner of all time. One film that I would say I wish I directed. I was crying at how gorgeous the restored blu-ray DVD is. It seriously looks like it was made this year. It has basically everything and is one of the all time great directorial feats.

    Others (somewhat ranked):
    The Godfather
    Casablanca
    On the Waterfront
    The Godfather Part II
    The Deer Hunter
    Titanic
    The Silence of the Lambs
    The Best Years of Our Lives–don’t forget it! It’s on Coppola’s top 10 and is a genuinely emotional snapshot of post-WWII America.
    Schindler’s List
    Gone with the Wind
    The Last Emperor
    Rebecca
    Annie Hall
    Lord of the Rings
    How Green Was My Valley

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    K-Hole
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    #154766

    I have not seen every “best picture” winner yet, so I might be leaving out some good ones / bad ones, nevertheless, here are my picks for “best” and “worst,” in alphabetical order:

    BEST
    All About Eve
    The Best Years of Our Lives
    The Bridge on the River Kwai
    Casablanca
    The French Connection
    The Last Emperor
    Lawrence of Arabia
    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
    On the Waterfront
    The Silence of the Lambs

    WORST
    Argo
    A Beautiful Mind
    Braveheart
    Crash
    Rain Man
    Rocky
    Slumdog Millionaire

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    Cheshire
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    #154767

    I’m going to start this off by saying I haven’t seen alot of best picture winners and out of all the ones I’ve seen I don’t hate any of them, so my top 10 needs improvement. I’m just ranking the ones I’ve seen in full, not in just parts.
     1) Amadeus (1984)
     2)
    All About Eve (1950)
     3)
    The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
     4)
    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
     5)
    Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
     6)
    12 Years a Slave (2013)
     7)
    The King’s Speech (2010)
     8)
    The Artist (2011)
     9)
    Titanic (1997)
    10)
    Chicago (2002)
    11)
    Shakepeare in Love (1998)
    12)
    The Sound of Music (1965)
    13)
    Braveheart (1995)
    14) Argo (2012)
    15)
    The English Patient (1996)

    Man I need to do some catch up. 

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    Couch Potato
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    #154768

    Past the ’70s, I haven’t seen many of those Best Pictures. I do have to catch up.

    1. Lawrence of Arabia
    2. The Silence of the Lambs
    3. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
    4. The Godfather: Part II
    5. Unforgiven
    6. Casablanca
    7. All About Eve
    8. From Here to Eternity
    9. In the Heat of the Night
    10. West Side Story

     My next five:

    11. Schindler’s List
    12. No Country for Old Men
    13. The Godfather
    14. Ordinary People
    15. Slumdog Millionaire 

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    Strong & Silent Type
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    1-American Beauty
    2-Titanic
    3-ForrestGump
    4-Annie Hall
    5-Schndler List
    6-Million Dollar Baby
    7-Midnight Cowboy
    8-One Flew Over The Cuckoos  Nest
    9-Unforgiven
    10-Amadeus

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    Junk
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    #154770

    My top 10-

    1. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (I know, but hell I consider this as BP winner and I’m a sucker of this classic)

    2. LOTR: Return of the King

    3. Forrest Gump

    4. Titanic 

    5. The Departed 

    6. On the Waterfront

    7. The Silence of the Lambs

    8. No Country for Old Men

    9. Kramer Vs. Kramer

    10. Rocky
     

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    babypook
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    #154771

    I have not seen every “best picture” winner yet, so I might be leaving out some good ones / bad ones, nevertheless, here are my picks for “best” and “worst,” in alphabetical order:

    BEST
    All About Eve
    The Best Years of Our Lives
    The Bridge on the River Kwai
    Casablanca
    The French Connection
    The Last Emperor
    Lawrence of Arabia
    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
    On the Waterfront
    The Silence of the Lambs

    WORST
    Argo
    A Beautiful Mind
    Braveheart
    Crash
    Rain Man
    Rocky
    Slumdog Millionaire

    LOL!!! What about The Greatest Show on Earth? Or, Cimarron? I’m soft on Rocky; nice effort from a guy like Sylvester Stallone and Avidsen, but it’s when you never forget the film(s) it beat that year….

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    Oh, the youth! I’ll do just the 2000s/2010s as wel; the personal picks are out of the line-up:

    1) No Country for Old Men  (Personal pick: this or There Will Be Blood)
    2) Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Personal pick: this or Lost in Translation)
    3) The Departed (Personal pick: this or Letters from Iwo Jima or Little Miss Sunshine)
    4) Million Dollar Baby (Personal pick: this)
    5) Slumdog Millionaire (Personal pick: this)
    6) Argo (Personal pick: Silver Linings Playbook)
    7) The King’s Speech (Personal pick: The Social Network (lol))
    8) The Hurt Locker (Personal pick: Inglorious Basterds) 
    9) The Artist (Personal pick: The Tree of Life)
    10) 12 Years a Slave  (Personal pick: American Hustle)
    11) Gladiator (Personal pick: Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon or Traffic)
    12) Chicago (Personal pick:The Two Towers)
    13) A Beautiful Mind (Personal pick: In the Bedroom, Fellowship of the Ring, or Gosford Park) 

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    K-Hole
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    [quote=”Thespian”]I have not seen every “best picture” winner yet, so I might be leaving out some good ones / bad ones, nevertheless, here are my picks for “best” and “worst,” in alphabetical order:

    BEST
    All About Eve
    The Best Years of Our Lives
    The Bridge on the River Kwai
    Casablanca
    The French Connection
    The Last Emperor
    Lawrence of Arabia
    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
    On the Waterfront
    The Silence of the Lambs

    WORST
    Argo
    A Beautiful Mind
    Braveheart
    Crash
    Rain Man
    Rocky
    Slumdog Millionaire

    LOL!!! What about The Greatest Show on Earth? Or, Cimarron? I’m soft on Rocky; nice effort from a guy like Sylvester Stallone and Avidsen, but it’s when you never forget the film(s) it beat that year….

    [/quote]

    THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH
    Strike One: Directed by Cecil B. DeMille
    Strike Two: Whitewashes that whole cruelty-to-circus-animals thing (I assume)
    Home Run: Gloria Grahame as “Angel” — which sounds like witty casting!
    I haven’t seen this movie and although I have heard that it stinks, because of Miss Grahame’s appearance, I am not ready to write it off just yet.

    CIMARRON
    Also not seen and not ready to write it off just yet, mainly because of Irene Dunne’s appearance. I hate when Miss Dunne plays a wet blanket (like in Life with Father) but in some movies she can be quite the hilarious scene-stealer, although Cimarron does not exactly sound like a comedy!

    ROCKY
    I stand by my opinion of this movie, which comes off as a parody of itself. It retains a good reputation to this day, but go back and re-read the NYTimes review, which called Rocky “a sentimental little slum movie.” Now what more recent Oscar-winner does that remind you of?

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    CAROL-CHANNING
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    1. The Sound of Music
    2. Amadeus
    3. Ordinary People (C’mon.  Where’s the Ordinary People love on this thread??)
    4. West Side Story
    5. The Apartment
    6. Terms of Endearment
    7. Slumdog Millionaire
    8. Chicago
    9. The Silence Of the Lambs
    10. American Beauty

    HONORABLE MENTIONS:
    Annie Hall
    Titanic
    The Departed
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    Forrest Gump
    Midnight Cowboy 

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