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10 Oscar Nominated Movies That Should Have Won Best Picture

With the Oscar nominations due out Tuesday, it felt like the perfect time to make an Oscar centric list. A few years ago I posted a list of the 10 best Oscar winning movies so why not whip a list of the movies that should have won Best Picture? Of course this is entirely an opinionated conversational piece. 

1. Goodfellas- I like “Dances With Wolves,” but it doesn’t even remotely compare to what is arguably Martin Scorsese’s best film (not to mention one of the best mafia movies).

2. Citizen Kane- They say hindsight is 2020 and that’s definitely the case here. “How Green Is My Valley” is fine, but “Citizen Kane” has since gone on to be regarded as one of the best films ever made.

3. Star Wars- It’s all subjective, but “Annie Hall” winning over “Star Wars” still irks me. It’s not even one of Woody Allen’s best films in my humble opinion. “Star Wars” changed the movie industry and showed what cinema could be. 

4. The Wizard Of Oz- It’s easy to see why the epic and technically stunning “Gone With The Wind” won, but “The Wizard Of Oz” is a near perfect and timeless movie (not to mention one of the best movies ever made). 

5. Brokeback Mountain- I’ll be blunt- “Crash” is the worst Best Picture winner in Oscar history. To this day, it’s baffling that it won over Ang Lee’s groundbreaking drama.

6. Fargo- “The English Patient” has not stood the test of time, but the Coen Brothers oddball crime film sure has. 

7. Raiders Of The Lost Ark- “Chariots Of Fire” is a quality drama that is the type of film that appeals to Oscars voters, but let’s be real, ‘Raiders’ is an action-adventure classic. 

8. Pulp Fiction- It’s no secret that 1994 was a grand year for film. “The Shawshank Redemption” was an instant classic and the Best Picture winner “Forrest Gump” is a beloved movie as well. Perhaps it was too edgy for some voters, but “Pulp Fiction” broke new ground in the indie film world and made Quentin Tarantino a household name.

9. Boyhood- I may be biased as a Richard Linklater fan, but “Boyhood” remains a one of a kind film. Aside from resurrecting Michael Keaton’s career (which I applaud), “Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance)” has been largely forgotten.

10. Apocalypse Now- “Kramer Vs. Kramer” is a perfectly solid adult drama, but Francis Ford Coppola’s layered psychological war movie is a cherished classic.

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