Worst Best Picture

As of this writing, 92 movies have won the Academy Award for Best Picture. In 2014, I watched every movie that had won to that point and compared each one with Crash. I’d only seen a handful of them at the time, but now I watch every movie nominated and update this list yearly as a new movie is added. I still think Crash is the worst movie on this list. Each review covers the movie and the movie’s relationship to Crash. Was this necessary? Maybe. Did I gain a new appreciation for Crash? No.

In 2015 I attempted to rank them all here, but I don’t update the rankings every year. I still mostly stand by it, but it’s missing the more recent films. You can read my review of each one below or you can read my ongoing search for the best movie of all time here.

2020 – Parasite
2019 – Green Book
2018 – The Shape of Water
2017 – Moonlight
2016 – Spotlight
2015 – Birdman
2014 – 12 Years a Slave
2013 – Argo
2012 – The Artist
2011 – The King’s Speech
2010 – The Hurt Locker
2009 – Slumdog Millionaire
2008 – No Country for Old Men
2007 – The Departed
2006 – Crash
2005 – Million Dollar Baby
2004 – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2003 – Chicago
2002 – A Beautiful Mind
2001 – Gladiator
2000 – American Beauty
1999 – Shakespeare in Love
1998 – Titanic
1997 – The English Patient
1996 – Braveheart
1995 – Forrest Gump
1994 – Schindler’s List
1993 – Unforgiven
1992 – The Silence of the Lambs
1991 – Dances With Wolves
1990 – Driving Miss Daisy
1989 – Rain Man
1988 – The Last Emperor
1987 – Platoon
1986 – Out of Africa
1985 – Amadeus
1984 – Terms of Endearment
1983 – Gandhi
1982 – Chariots of Fire
1981 – Ordinary People
1980 – Kramer vs. Kramer
1979 – The Deer Hunter
1978 – Annie Hall
1977 – Rocky
1976 – One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest
1975 – The Godfather Part II
1974 – The Sting
1973 – The Godfather
1972 – The French Connection
1971 – Patton
1970 – Midnight Cowboy
1969 – Oliver!
1968 – In the Heat of the Night
1967 – A Man for All Seasons
1966 – The Sound of Music
1965 – My Fair Lady
1964 – Tom Jones
1963 – Lawrence of Arabia
1962 – West Side Story
1961 – The Apartment
1960 – Ben-Hur
1959 – Gigi
1958 – The Bridge on the River Kwai
1957 – Around the World in 80 Days
1956 – Marty
1955 – On the Waterfront
1954 – From Here to Eternity
1953 – The Greatest Show on Earth
1952 – An American in Paris
1951 – All About Eve
1950 – All the Kings Men
1949 – Hamlet
1948 – Gentleman’s Agreement
1947 – The Best Years of Our Lives
1946 – The Lost Weekend
1945 – Going My Way
1944 – Casablanca
1943 – Mrs. Miniver
1942 – How Green Was My Valley
1941 – Rebecca
1940 – Gone with the Wind
1939 – You Can’t Take It with You
1938 – The Life of Emile Zola
1937 – The Great Ziegfeld
1936 – Mutiny on the Bounty
1935 – It Happened One Night
1934 – Cavalcade
1933 – Grand Hotel
1932 – Cimarron
1931 – All Quiet on the Western Front
1930 – The Broadway Melody
1929 – Wings

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