Best Picture

This page lists all Oscar nominees for Best Picture. Reviews of films on the original 1001 Films list are linked here.
As I finish each set of films for a given year and category, I will revisit those films and determine which film I think should have won and why. Those posts will be linked here as well.

Here's how I rank the winners.

Best Picture
1927/1928: What should have won?
Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
The Crowd
The Racket
Seventh Heaven
Sunrise (winner--Best Artistic Quality)
Wings (winner--Best Production)

1928/1929: What should have won?
The Broadway Melody (winner)
The Hollywood Revue of 1929
In Old Arizona
The Patriot

1929/1930: What should have won?
All Quiet on the Western Front (winner)
The Big House
The Divorcee
The Love Parade

1930/1931: What should have won?
Cimarron (winner)
East Lynne
The Front Page
Trader Horn

1931/1932: What should have won?
Bad Girl
The Champ
Five Star Final
Grand Hotel (winner)
One Hour with You
Shanghai Express
The Smiling Lieutenant

1932/1933: What should have won?
42nd Street
Cavalcade (winner)
A Farewell to Arms
I am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
Lady for a Day
Little Women
The Private Life of Henry VIII
She Done Him Wrong
Smilin' Through
State Fair

1934: What should have won?
The Barretts of Wimpole Street
Flirtation Walk
The Gay Divorcee
Here Comes the Navy
The House of Rothschild
Imitation of Life
It Happened One Night (winner)
One Night of Love
The Thin Man
Viva Villa!
The White Parade

1935: What should have won?
Alice Adams
Broadway Melody of 1936
Captain Blood
David Copperfield
The Informer
The Lives of a Bengal Lancer
Les Miserables
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Mutiny on the Bounty (winner)
Naughty Marietta
Ruggles of Red Gap
Top Hat

1936: What should have won?
Anthony Adverse
The Great Ziegfeld (winner)
Libeled Lady
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Romeo and Juliet
San Francisco
The Story of Louis Pasteur
A Tale of Two Cities
Three Smart Girls

1937: What should have won?
The Awful Truth
Captains Courageous
Dead End
The Good Earth
In Old Chicago
The Life of Emile Zola (winner)
Lost Horizon
One Hundred Men and a Girl
Stage Door
A Star is Born

1938: What should have won?
The Adventures of Robin Hood
Alexander's Ragtime Band
Boys Town
The Citadel
Four Daughters
Grand Illusion
Test Pilot
You Can't Take it with You (winner)

1939: What should have won?
Dark Victory
Gone with the Wind (winner)
Goodbye, Mr. Chips
Love Affair
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Of Mice and Men
The Wizard of Oz
Wuthering Heights

1940: What should have won?
All This, and Heaven Too
Foreign Correspondent
The Grapes of Wrath
The Great Dictator
Kitty Foyle
The Letter
The Long Voyage Home
Our Town
The Philadelphia Story
Rebecca (winner)

1941: What should have won?
Blossoms in the Dust
Citizen Kane
Her Comes Mr. Jordan
Hold Back the Dawn
How Green was My Valley (winner)
The Little Foxes
The Maltese Falcon
One Foot in Heaven
Sergeant York

1942: What should have won?
49th Parallel
Kings Row
The Magnificent Ambersons
Mrs. Miniver (winner)
The Pied Piper
The Pride of the Yankees
Random Harvest
Talk of the Town
Wake Island
Yankee Doodle Dandy

1943: What should have won?
Casablanca (winner)
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Heaven Can Wait
The Human Comedy
In Which We Serve
Madame Curie
The More the Merrier
The Ox-Bow Incident
The Song of Bernadette
Watch on the Rhine

1944: What should have won?
Double Indemnity
Going My Way (winner)
Since You Went Away

1945: What should have won?
Anchors Aweigh
The Bells of St. Mary's
The Lost Weekend (winner)
Mildred Pierce

1946: What should have won?
The Best Years of Our Lives (winner)
Henry V
It's a Wonderful Life
The Razor's Edge
The Yearling

1947: What should have won?
The Bishop's Wife
Gentlemen's Agreement (winner)
Great Expectations
Miracle on 34th Street

1948: What should have won?
Hamlet (winner)
Johnny Belinda
The Red Shoes
The Snake Pit
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

1949: What should have won?
All the King's Men (winner)
The Heiress
A Letter to Three Wives
Twelve O'Clock High

1950: What should have won?
All About Eve (winner)
Born Yesterday
Father of the Bride
King Solomon's Mines
Sunset Boulevard

1951: What should have won?
An American in Paris (winner)
Decision Before Dawn
A Place in the Sun
Quo Vadis
A Streetcar Named Desire

1952: What should have won?
The Greatest Show on Earth (winner)
High Noon
Moulin Rouge
The Quiet Man

1953: What should have won?
From Here to Eternity (winner)
Julius Caesar
The Robe
Roman Holiday

1954: What should have won?
The Caine Mutiny
The Country Girl
On the Waterfront (winner)
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Three Coins in the Fountain

1955: What should have won?
Love is a Many-Splendored Thing
Marty (winner)
Mister Roberts
The Rose Tattoo

1956: What should have won?
Around the World in 80 Days (winner)
Friendly Persuasion
The King and I
The Ten Commandments

1957: What should have won?
12 Angry Men
The Bridge on the River Kwai (winner)
Peyton Place
Witness for the Prosecution

1958: What should have won?
Auntie Mame
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
The Defiant Ones
Gigi (winner)
Separate Tables

1959: What should have won?
Anatomy of a Murder
Ben-Hur (winner)
The Diary of Anne Frank
The Nun's Story
Room at the Top

1960: What should have won?
The Alamo
The Apartment (winner)
Elmer Gantry
Sons and Lovers
The Sundowners

1961: What should have won?
The Guns of Navarone
The Hustler
Judgment at Nuremburg
West Side Story (winner)

1962: What should have won?
Lawrence of Arabia (winner)
The Longest Day
The Music Man
Mutiny on the Bounty
To Kill a Mockingbird

1963: What should have won?
America, America
How the West Was Won
Lillies of the Field
Tom Jones (winner)

1964: What should have won?
Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Mary Poppins
My Fair Lady (winner)
Zorba the Greek

1965: What should have won?
Doctor Zhivago
Ship of Fools
The Sound of Music (winner)
A Thousand Clowns

1966: What should have won?
A Man for All Seasons (winner)
The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming
The Sand Pebbles
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

1967: What should have won?
Bonnie and Clyde
Doctor Doolittle
The Graduate
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
In the Heat of the Night (winner)

1968: What should have won?
Funny Girl
The Lion in Winter
Oliver! (winner)
Rachel, Rachel
Romeo and Juliet

1969: What should have won?
Anne of the Thousand Days
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Hello, Dolly!
Midnight Cowboy (winner)

1970: What should have won?
Five Easy Pieces
Love Story
Patton (winner)

1971: What should have won?
A Clockwork Orange
Fiddler on the Roof
The French Connection (winner)
The Last Picture Show
Nicholas and Alexandra

1972: What should have won?
The Emigrants
The Godfather (winner)

1973: What should have won?
American Graffiti
Cries and Whispers
The Exorcist
The Sting (winner)
A Touch of Class

1974: What should have won?
The Conversation
The Godfather Part II (winner)
The Towering Inferno

1975: What should have won?
Barry Lyndon
Dog Day Afternoon
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (winner)

1976: What should have won?
All the President's Men
Bound for Glory
Rocky (winner)
Taxi Driver

1977: What should have won?
Annie Hall (winner)
The Goodbye Girl
Star Wars
The Turning Point

1978: What should have won?
Coming Home
The Deer Hunter (winner)
Heaven Can Wait
Midnight Express
An Unmarried Woman

1979: What should have won?
All that Jazz
Apocalypse Now
Breaking Away
Kramer vs. Kramer (winner)
Norma Rae

1980: What should have won?
Coal Miner's Daughter
The Elephant Man
Ordinary People (winner)
Raging Bull

1981: What should have won?
Atlantic City
Chariots of Fire (winner)
On Golden Pond
Raiders of the Lost Ark

1982: What should have won?
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Gandhi (winner)
The Verdict

1983: What should have won?
The Big Chill
The Dresser
The Right Stuff
Tender Mercies
Terms of Endearment (winner)

1984: What should have won?
Amadeus (winner)
The Killing Fields
A Passage to India
Places in the Heart
A Soldier's Story

1985: What should have won?
The Color Purple
Kiss of the Spider Woman
Out of Africa (winner)
Prizzi's Honor

1986: What should have won?
Children of a Lesser God
Hannah and Her Sisters
The Mission
Platoon (winner)
A Room with a View

1987: What should have won?
Broadcast News
Fatal Attraction
Hope and Glory
The Last Emperor (winner)

1988: What should have won?
The Accidental Tourist
Dangerous Liaisons
Mississippi Burning
Rain Man (winner)
Working Girl

1989: What shoud have won?
Born on the Fourth of July
Dead Poets Society
Driving Miss Daisy (winner)
Field of Dreams
My Left Foot

1990: What should have won?
Dances with Wolves (winner)
The Godfather Part III

1991: What should have won?
Beauty and the Beast
The Prince of Tides
The Silence of the Lambs (winner)

1992: What should have won?
The Crying Game
A Few Good Men
Howard's End
Scent of a Woman
Unforgiven (winner)

1993: What should have won?
The Fugitive
In the Name of the Father
The Piano
The Remains of the Day
Schindler's List (winner)

1994: What should have won?
Forrest Gump (winner)
Four Weddings and a Funeral
Pulp Fiction
Quiz Show
The Shawshank Redmption

1995: What should have won?
Apollo 13
Braveheart (winner)
Il Postino
Sense and Sensibility

1996: What should have won?
The English Patient (winner)
Jerry Maguire
Secrets & Lies

1997: What should have won?
As Good as it Gets
The Full Monty
Good Will Hunting
L.A. Confidential
Titanic (winner)

1998: What should have won?
Life is Beautiful
Saving Private Ryan
Shakespeare in Love (winner)
The Thin Red Line

1999: What should have won?
American Beauty (winner)
The Cider House Rules
The Green Mile
The Insider
The Sixth Sense

2000: What should have won?
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Erin Brockovich
Gladiator (winner)

2001: What should have won?
A Beautiful Mind (winner)
Gosford Park
In the Bedroom
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Moulin Rouge!

2002: What should have won?
Chicago (winner)
Gangs of New York
The Hours
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The Pianist

2003: What should have won?
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (winner)
Lost in Translation
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Mystic River

2004: What should have won?
The Aviator
Finding Neverland
Million Dollar Baby (winner)

2005: What should have won?
Brokeback Mountain
Crash (winner)
Good Night and Good Luck

2006: What should have won?
The Departed (winner)
Letters from Iwo Jima
Little Miss Sunshine
The Queen

2007: What should have won?
Michael Clayton
No Country for Old Men (winner)
There Will Be Blood

2008: What should have won?
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire (winner)

2009: What should have won?
The Blind Side
District 9
An Education
The Hurt Locker (winner)
Inglourious Basterds
A Serious Man
Up in the Air

2010: What should have won?
127 Hours
Black Swan
The Fighter
The Kids are All Right
The King's Speech (winner)
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter's Bone

2011: What should have won?
The Artist (winner)
The Descendants
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
The Help
Midnight in Paris
The Tree of Life
War Horse

2012: What should have won?
Argo (winner)
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

2013: What should have won?
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
12 Years a Slave (winner)
The Wolf of Wall Street

2014: What should have won?
American Sniper
Birdman (winner)
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

2015: What should have won?
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Spotlight (winner)

2016: What should have won?
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land (winner for a couple of minutes)
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight (winner)

2017: What should have won?
Call Me by Your Name
Darkest Hour
Get Out
Lady Bird
Phantom Thread
The Post
The Shape of Water (winner)
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

2018: What should have won?
Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Green Book (winner)
A Star is Born

2019: What should have won?
Ford v Ferarri
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Little Women
Marriage Story
Once Upon a Hollywood
Parasite (winner)

2020: What should have won?
The Father
Judas and the Black Messiah
Nomadland (winner)
Promising Young Woman
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7

CODA (winner)
Don't Look Up
Drive My Car
King Richard
Licorice Pizza
Nightmare Alley
The Power of the Dog
West Side Story

All Quiet on the Western Front
Avatar: The Way of Water
The Banshees of Inisherin
Everything Everywhere All at Once
The Fabelmans
Top Gun: Maverick
Triangle of Sadness
Women Talking

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