Personal Ratings of Best Picture Winners

So I guess it is safe to say I have been on a movie watching rampage recently – more specifically watching the movies that not only were nominated for Best Motion Picture but actually ended up winning the award like this year’s Slumdog Millionaire (rated 8.5/10).

First let me get out of the way that I have not seen either of The Godfather films that won the award and I have only seen three movies in the stretch of 20 years spanning from 1969 to 1988. However, I have seen nine of the 10 that won from 1959-1968 and 1999-2008 as well as a total 30 of the past 50 award winners. I am sure as I watch more of these films the list will continue to change and hopefully the next time I post a list like this, I’ll have watched the other 20 that are left off. 

When I first started to think about ranking them, I did not want to give too many films a perfect score as that leaves very little wiggle room to adjust for a following movie if it exceeds expectations or sets the bar even higher. I don’t think I had much of a problem with that as I watched the movies with The Departed being the only one getting a perfect 10/10 and only one other scored above a 9.0 which was The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King at 9.5. 

The more I watch the older movies, the bigger fan I become of them.  As of now, 12 of the top 22 movies that I have rated were produced in 1989 or earlier… that is 20 years is old at the earliest. Two of those movies I have even ranked in my top 6 (Annie Hall and Driving Miss Daisy) which both got a solid 9.0 out of 10. 

Take a look through the list of those that I have seen and let me know what you think. Also, to view the list by year, look after the break, and let me know which ones I should see next from the list. Currently I have Chicago and The French Connection lined up before I hit the weekend.



Here is the list sorted by year starting with the most recent winners and going down all the way to 1959. The red highlighting indicate the Best Picture winner from that year that I have yet to see.

By Year

3 Replies to “Personal Ratings of Best Picture Winners”

  1. The departed on top? Nice. No country for old men 4.5 though?! Thats crazy talk right there.

    You should really see The Deer Hunter. Its amazing.

  2. You seriously need to watch those Godfather movies lol. I only watched them in the last year, but they rank high on my list of favs now.

    Good list though, love The Departed and LOTR:RotK

  3. lol the only movie i say were the departed, lord of the rings return of the king, slumdog millionaire, a beutiful mind gladiator, god father, rocky, titanic and i have brave herat but to lazy to open it

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