Create Game Lists on
FilmCrave home
   Movies  Members
Search +
Searching... Close  
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
  Login Using Facebook

My Take On the Best of the Best Movies Ever, Part One

View Chris Kavan's Profile

By Chris Kavan - 03/13/13 at 12:05 PM CT

They get things wrong as many times as they get things right, but whether you believe in the process or not, the Academy Awards are a decent indicator of what makes a great film. So I decided to list and rank every Best Picture award winner (that I have seen, of course) and see where they would wind up. Now, this is different than my favorite movies list - I took many things into account - but the most important are how the affected me personally, whether I would watch them again and just overall enjoyability. I managed 47 out of the 85 winners (I should really have seen more by now, but what can I say?).

In the coming weeks, I will be counting down my list - starting from the worst and working up to the best. Also, look for my companion piece, The Worst of the Worst - where I'll be doing the same thing with the notorious Razzie Awards. Since I have an odd number, this first entry with be #47 - #40 - and the I'll do ten each other week until I hit my top pick. But here we are with my least favorite Best Picture winners:


 photo ShakespeareinLove_zps0f94c28c.jpg

I don't know what's worse - having to sit through this sappy romantic comedy or thinking about how, inexplicably, this was chosen over Saving Private Ryan. You would have to pry my eyes open Clockwork Orange style to get me to sit through this one again.


 photo TheKingsSpeech_zps6bbc93c3.jpg

I actually watched this one recently and I have to say, I don't get the love. It's a competent film to be sure, but it's just so bland and unremarkable that I don't understand how it was chosen over The Social Network (still my pick for 2010). Heck, I would rather watch Black Swan, Inception or even Toy Story 3 over this one. Just because it's British and historical does not a best picture make. But, hey, you do get to hear Colin Firth spout expletives in the movie's best scene - so it's got that going for it.


 photo ABeautifulMind_zps06867166.jpg

A theme you'll find throughout my selections is that I find umbrage with films that play fast and loose with history. This Ron Howard film is billed as a biography, but makes so many changes to the actual story, the label is nearly meaningless. Despite some decent performances from Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Ed Harris (amongst others) I just can't look past this issue because it kind of bothers me and detracts from the experience. I know movies are supposed to be escape and fiction - but not if you're advertising it as a true story.


 photo TheArtist_zps039c6003.jpg

The first silent movie to win since the original award in 1927/28 - The Artist takes a chance and it won - but I have to say, I consider the film more of a gimmick than worthy of a best picture. The Help or The Descendants or even Midnight in Paris - all are better in my opinion. I think in another 85 years, people will look back on this one and wonder why this was picked. Probably because of that dog - he's so darn cute!


 photo AmericanBeauty_zps099527a7.png

Sam Mendes take on suburban hell has great performances (especially Kevin Spacey) but I just was never enamored with the story. I just never felt a connection with the film - and also, if I ever say that a floating plastic bag is the most beautiful thing in the world, you do have permission to punch me.


 photo Gladiator_zps6231e002.jpg

Oh, that pesky history thing is coming up again. This is one of the more action-oriented and outright bloody best picture winners, but despite Russell Crowe at the top of his game - this reinvigorated swords and sandals for the next generation just doesn't feel like it fits in with the prestigious awards. It's fun, but I don't see it standing the test of time.


 photo Oliver_zps4b4555eb.jpg

While this is classic story and is musical I can watch, compared to other musicals that will show up later, it just isn't that impressive. I probably would have gone with Romeo and Juliet from this year - another classic tale - but I think more well done. This is a good film - but I wouldn't go far to say it's outstanding.

I'll be back same time next week with 40-31 of my list. And I'll have my Worst of the Worst starting on Friday. Comments, as always, are welcome!


Avoid spam Captcha: Sign Up + or Log In +   

View Ikkinbot's Profile


Wrote on 03/22/13 at 06:30 PM CT

American Beauty is one of my least favorite movies, I don't get why people like watching movies about people with no redeeming qualities.

Write on Profile +

View Looneymanthegreat's Profile


Wrote on 03/18/13 at 08:10 AM CT

So far so good. I have to agree that most of these movies are overrated, and shouldn't have won best picture. That said, I don't dislike any of the movies listed here, and I really like American Beauty. i just think that there were much better movies that came out those years.

Write on Profile +

Recent Blog Posts

All Posts

December 2018

November 2018

October 2018

September 2018

August 2018

July 2018

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

December 2016

November 2016

October 2016

September 2016

August 2016

July 2016

June 2016

May 2016

April 2016

March 2016

February 2016

January 2016

December 2015

November 2015

October 2015

September 2015

August 2015

July 2015

June 2015

May 2015

April 2015

March 2015

February 2015

January 2015

December 2014

November 2014

October 2014

September 2014

August 2014

July 2014

June 2014

May 2014

April 2014

March 2014

February 2014

January 2014

December 2013

November 2013

October 2013

September 2013

August 2013

July 2013

June 2013

May 2013

April 2013

March 2013

February 2013

January 2013

December 2012

November 2012

October 2012

September 2012

August 2012

July 2012

June 2012

May 2012

April 2012

March 2012

February 2012

January 2012

December 2011

November 2011

October 2011

September 2011

August 2011

July 2011

June 2011

May 2011

April 2011

March 2011

February 2011

January 2011

December 2010

November 2010

October 2010

September 2010

August 2010

July 2010

June 2010

May 2010

April 2010

March 2010

February 2010

Log In
Help on how to log into FilmCrave
Login with Facebook
Login with FilmCrave
What Members Are Doing
Movie Talk
New Movie Reviews
New Movie Lists
Top Movie List by Ben
Movies I've Watched by Chris Ghost
Movies of 2017 by Stoney McStonerson
Movies I Want To See Again by Rod
2014 Rated & Ranked by Chris Kavan
Book Adaptations by Zeljka
My Wish List by hoods_breath
To see: Golden Globe Best Pitcure Winners by Alex




Contact FilmCrave Public Relations    

Advertise and Business

Developer API

Contact Us


About us



Support FilmCrave

FAQ and Help

News and Press

Terms of Use


Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
Are you sure you want to delete this blog?