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?
Alibi
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
Disraeli
The Divorcee
The Love Parade


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


1931/1932: What should have won?
Arrowsmith
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
Cleopatra
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
Dodsworth
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
Jezebel
Pygmalion
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
Ninotchka
Of Mice and Men
Stagecoach
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
Suspicion


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
Gaslight
Going My Way (winner)
Since You Went Away
Wilson


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


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
Crossfire
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)
Battleground
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
Ivanhoe
Moulin Rouge
The Quiet Man


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


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
Picnic
The Rose Tattoo


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


1957: What should have won?
12 Angry Men
The Bridge on the River Kwai (winner)
Peyton Place
Sayonara
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?
Fanny
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
Cleopatra
How the West Was Won
Lillies of the Field
Tom Jones (winner)


1964: What should have won?
Becket
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?
Darling
Doctor Zhivago
Ship of Fools
The Sound of Music (winner)
A Thousand Clowns


1966: What should have won?
Alfie
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)
Z


1970: What should have won?
Airport
Five Easy Pieces
Love Story
M*A*S*H
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?
Cabaret
Deliverance
The Emigrants
The Godfather (winner)
Sounder


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


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


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


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


1977: What should have won?
Annie Hall (winner)
The Goodbye Girl
Julia
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
Tess


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


1982: What should have won?
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Gandhi (winner)
Missing
Tootsie
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
Witness


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)
Moonstruck


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?
Awakenings
Dances with Wolves (winner)
Ghost
The Godfather Part III
Goodfellas


1991: What should have won?
Beauty and the Beast
Bugsy
JFK
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
Babe
Braveheart (winner)
Il Postino
Sense and Sensibility


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


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?
Elizabeth
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?
Chocolat
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Erin Brockovich
Gladiator (winner)
Traffic


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
Seabiscuit


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


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


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


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


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


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


2010: What should have won?
127 Hours
Black Swan
The Fighter
Inception
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
Hugo
Midnight in Paris
Moneyball
The Tree of Life
War Horse


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


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


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


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


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


2017: What should have won?
Call Me by Your Name
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
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
BlacKkKlansman
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Green Book (winner)
Roma
A Star is Born
Vice


2019: What should have won?
1917
Ford v Ferarri
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women
Marriage Story
Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood
Parasite (winner)

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


2021: What should have won?
Belfast
CODA (winner)
Don't Look Up
Drive My Car
Dune
King Richard
Licorice Pizza
Nightmare Alley
The Power of the Dog
West Side Story


2022: What should have won?
All Quiet on the Western Front
Avatar: The Way of Water
The Banshees of Inisherin
Elvis
Everything Everywhere All at Once (winner)
The Fabelmans
TÁR
Top Gun: Maverick
Triangle of Sadness
Women Talking


2023
American Fiction
Anatomy of a Fall
Barbie
The Holdovers
Killers of the Flower Moon
Maestro
Oppenheimer
Past Lives
Poor Things
The Zone of Interest

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