Best Picture: The Final Ranking

After nearly two years, I’ve watched every Best Picture winner in order, written about them on here, and given my ideas about what should’ve won instead. But the winners were the winners, so I may as well rank them because everybody loves a ranked list. Those of you who checked out my Letterboxd lists over the years may already be somewhat familiar with this ranking as I updated it each week when I watched a new winner but for everyone else, enjoy! And please, for the love of god, don’t take it too seriously. I simply haven’t the energy. My opinions are just that and nothing more. But if you are one of the weirdos who thinks my opinions and film preferences are anything more than that or who takes them as a personal attack, then perhaps you do deserve whatever distress the following list will cause you. Read on friends!

Note: usually links go to a page with everything listed mentioning the words in the link but for this, all links will lead to the articles I wrote about the films.

94. West Side Story

93. American Beauty

92. Platoon

91. Nomadland

90. The Sound of Music

89. Cimarron

88. The Broadway Melody

87. Out of Africa

86. The Great Ziegfeld

85. The Greatest Show on Earth

84. Grand Hotel

83. Cavalcade

82. Driving Miss Daisy

81. You Can’t Take it With You

80. Wings

79. Gigi

78. Annie Hall

77. CODA

76. Crash

75. Forrest Gump

74. Chariots of Fire

73. Shakespeare in Love

72. Tom Jones

71. All Quiet on the Western Front

70. Ordinary People

69. Going My Way

68. Gone With the Wind

67. Rebecca

66. All About Eve

65. The French Connection

64. Kramer vs Kramer

63. How Green Was My Valley

62. The English Patient

61. A Beautiful Mind

60. Moonlight

59. No Country for Old Men

58. The Artist

57. Hamlet

56. Chicago

55. Parasite

54. An American in Paris

53. Midnight Cowboy

52. Terms of Endearment

51. Argo

50. Green Book

49. The Hurt Locker

48. Oliver

47. Braveheart

46. Dances With Wolves

45. Mrs. Miniver

44. Gentlemen’s Agreement

43. Mutiny on the Bounty

42. Slumdog Millionaire

41. The Life of Emile Zola

40. My Fair Lady

39. Around the World in 80 Days

38. In the Heat of the Night

37. Gandhi

36. Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

35. From Here to Eternity

34. The Apartment

33. The Best Years of Our Lives

32. Titanic

31. Spotlight

30. Patton

29. It Happened One Night

28. Million Dollar Baby

27. The Silence of the Lambs

26. The Deer Hunter

25. The Last Emperor

24. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

23. Rain Man

22. The King’s Speech

21. All the King’s Men

20. Ben-Hur

19. Amadeus

18. On the Waterfront

17. Rocky

16. 12 Years a Slave

15. The Lost Weekend

14. Gladiator

13. Casablanca

12. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

11. The Bridge on the River Kwai

10. The Godfather: Part II

9. Unforgiven

8. The Godfather

7. Schindler’s List

6. A Man for All Seasons

5. The Shape of Water

4. Marty

3. The Sting

2. The Departed

And at long last,

1. Lawrence of Arabia

It’s been fun going through all of this. Thanks to everyone who stuck it out to the end. Let me know what you think and please give me ideas for the next column!

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