A friend did this on Facebook and I thought I’d post mine here, as well. Comments welcome!
Copy & paste this list. Put an ‘X’ next to the Best Pictures that you’ve seen. Count them and post the number you’ve seen at the end of the list. Then post it on your Xanga page, if you’d like. (I’ve added comments after the ones I’ve seen.)
1928-1929 The Broadway Melody
1929-1930 All Quiet on the Western Front
1931-1932 Grand Hotel X
1934 It Happened One Night
1935 Mutiny on the Bounty
1936 The Great Ziegfeld
1937 The Life of Emile Zola
1938 You Can’t Take It with You
1939 Gone with the Wind X Like, how many times??? I love this movie!
1940 Rebecca X Another – Laurence Olivier is so mysteriously wounded!
1941 How Green Was My Valley X I just watched this a couple of months ago. Loved it.
1942 Mrs. Miniver X Saw this years ago – I need to rent it again. So very good.
1943 Casablanca X The only movie pairing better than Bogie & Bacall would have to be Bogie & Bergman.
1944 Going My Way
1945 The Lost Weekend X I tripped across this one looking through Blockbuster recommendations. Reminded me of “Days of Wine & Roses,” which I liked better.
1946 The Best Years of Our Lives X I love it when the girl goes to her beau and helps him take off the prosthetics, since he can’t do it himself. She clearly is saying “for better, for worse … forever”…
1947 Gentleman’s Agreement X Gregory Peck … great story, great movie, great actor … of course it won.
1949 All the King’s Men
1950 All About Eve X “Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.” Bette Davis is incredible, and ohmygoodness, what about that dress designed by Edith Head?
1951 An American in Paris X I love the scene at the very beginning where Gene Kelly is “folding” up his tiny apartment. Instead of moving furniture around, he turns it into a veritable ballet … he was a dancer with a capital “D” and an athlete with a capital “A” … I could watch him dance forever.
1952 The Greatest Show on Earth X There’s never been a movie made that Jimmy Stewart was in that I didn’t love. And to have Charlton Heston, too? What a bonus!
1953 From Here to Eternity X I saw this years ago, and need to rent it again.
1954 On the Waterfront
1956 Around the World in Eighty Days X I know I’ve seen this, but I’m having a hard time remembering details right now. (wanders off to Blockbuster to add it to my list …)
1957 The Bridge on the River Kwai X One of my favorite war movies. William Holden and Alec Guinness — they just don’t make men like these anymore.
1958 Gigi X
1959 Ben-Hur X Probably my favorite “epic” movie from the early days … I have a 2nd edition printing of this novel by Lew Wallace, inscribed to a “Miss Allie Haines, August 1887” … it is one of my prized possessions.
1960 The Apartment
1961 West Side Story
1962 Lawrence of Arabia
1963 Tom Jones
1964 My Fair Lady X This movie is full of delightful quotes: “Come on, Dover, move yer bloomin’ arse!” and “The French don’t care what they do actually, as long as they pronounce it properly. ” Also, “There even are places where English completely disappears; in America they haven’t used it for years” and
Professor Henry Higgins: By George, she’s got it. By George she’s got it. Where does it rain?
Eliza Doolittle: [sings] On the plain, on the plain.
Professor Henry Higgins: And where’s that sordid plain?
Eliza Doolittle: [sings] In Spain, in Spain.
1965 The Sound of Music X I do not know what it is, but the very beginning of the wedding scene, where you see her train from above, I cannot watch that scene without crying. Is that ridiculous, or what? Julie Andrews was so beautiful in this movie … not in that glamorous movie star way … it was her character, falling in love with a widower and his multitudinous children … making the commitment to love and care for them all.
1966 A Man for All Seasons X I need to watch this again – I know I’ve seen it, but it’s been years.
1967 In the Heat of the Night
1969 Midnight Cowboy
1970 Patton X I LOVE George C. Scott in this movie. And the music in parts is simply haunting.
1971 The French Connection
1972 The Godfather
1973 The Sting
1974 The Godfather Part II
1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest X Jack!
1976 Rocky X Gonna’ fly now!
1977 Annie Hall
1978 The Deer Hunter
1979 Kramer vs. Kramer
1980 Ordinary People X I watched this because Jim Hutton’s son was in it … I think his name is Timothy? LOL
1981 Chariots of Fire
1982 Gandhi X A recent movie for me. Ben Kingsley was incredible, of course.
1983 Terms of Endearment
1984 Amadeus X If I had to pick my very favorite “best picture” movie, this would be in my top five, possibly my top three. Yes, my top three. The acting (F. Murray Abraham is incredible, as well as Tom Hulce … ), the music, and the script … ah, the script:
Salieri: “But they showed no corrections of any kind. Not one. He had simply written down music already finished in his head. Page after page of it as if he were just taking dictation. And music, finished as no music is ever finished. Displace one note and there would be diminishment. Displace one phrase and the structure would fall.”
Salieri: I heard the music of true forgiveness filling the theater, conferring on all who sat there, perfect absolution. God was singing through this little man to all the world, unstoppable, making my defeat more bitter with every passing bar.
1985 Out of Africa X I liked it well enough.
1987 The Last Emperor X Ditto – I liked it well enough.
1988 Rain Man X Eh.
1989 Driving Miss Daisy X Great movie. I’m a big Morgan Freeman fan.
1990 Dances with Wolves X Eh.
1991 The Silence of the Lambs X Creepy. Shorty after AJ and I married, we spent the night at his dad’s house in Galveston. We watched this, and later when we’d turned in for the night, he reached over, touched my shoulder and asked me, “Are you a size 14?” I literally screamed. And then hit him. But now we laugh about it.
1993 Schindler’s List X I’ll never see a red coat the same way again … this movie
should be required viewing for anyone who claims the Holocaust did not happen, or that good people can’t make a difference (like Schindler did) …
1994 Forrest Gump X Great musical score.
1995 Braveheart X This is my number one favorite movie of all time. Followed by Amadeus and Titanic … ’nuff said.
1996- The English Patient X I need to see it again.
1997 Titanic X Wow.
1998 Shakespeare in Love X I enjoyed this movie a great deal, especially the way little lines from Shakespeare’s plays are strewn all throughout the movie … the whole idea of the Bard with writer’s block … I just loved it.
1999 American Beauty X What a waste of my time. Glad I caught it on t.v. and didn’t waste money on renting it.
2000 Gladiator X While this didn’t make my top three, it is definitely in my top five, just like the next one ….
2001 A Beautiful Mind X AJ and I saw this on our 10th anniversary. Not knowing the storyline when we walked in, it was especially meaningful that we saw a movie about a couple who managed to stay together through the overwhelming challenge of mental illness, and that it was a true story.
2002 Chicago X I like Renee Zellweger. The movie was okay.
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King X This one and its siblings (even though they are not “Oscar Winners”) would round out my top eight, followed by Gone With the Wind, above … I don’t know that I have a #10.
2004 Million Dollar Baby
2005 Crash X I began watching this prepared not to like it. I didn’t like it. But not in the way you think. I’m glad I watched it, but it left me feeling very unsettled. Which sometimes is a good thing.
2006 The Departed
2007 No Country for Old Men
2008 Slumdog Millionaire