Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Top 10 Favorite Best Picture Winners (1970-2015)

Throughout this month, I have decided to do a series of Oscar-related articles in antecipation to the 89th Academy Awards ceremony on February 26. On Monday I told you mtop 10 favorite Best Picture winners from 1929 to 1969, so today I thought I would do the same, but with the winners from 1970 to 2015. As I said in the previous post, please bear in mind that this is my own personal opinion, which of course is limited to the films I have seen so far.

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#10: 12 Years a Slave (2013)
Directed by Steve McQueen | Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor (Solomon Northup), Michael Fassbender (Edwin Epps), Lupita Nyong'o (Patsey) and Paul Dano (John Tibeats) | Fox Searchlight Pictures | 134 minutes

Solomon Northup: I don't want to survive. I want to live.


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#9: The Sting (1973)
Directed by George Roy Hill | Starring Paul Newman (Henry "Shaw" Gondorff), Robert Redford (Johnny "Hooker" Kelly), Robert Shaw (Doyle Lonnegan) and Eileen Brennan (Billie) | Universal Pictures | 129 minutes

Doyle Lonnegan: Your boss is quite a card player, Mr. Kelly. How does he do it?
Johnny "Kelly" Hooker: He cheats.


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#8: A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Directed by Ron Howard | Starring Russell Crowe (John Nash), Jennifer Connelly (Alicia Nash), Ed Harris (William Parcher) and Paul Bettany (Charles Herman) | DreamWorks and Imagine Entertainment | 135 minutes

John Nash: Find a truly original idea. It is the only way I will ever distinguish myself. It is the only way I will ever matter.


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#7: The English Patient (1996)
Directed by Anthony Minghella | Starring Ralph Fiennes (Count László Almásy), Kristin Scott Thomas (Katharine Clifton), William Defoe (David Caravaggio) and Juliette Binoche (Hana) | Miramax Films | 162 minutes

Count László Almásy: I just wanted you to know: I'm not missing you yet.
Katharine Clifton: You will.


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#6: Out of Africa (1985)
Directed by Sydney Pollack | Starring Robert Redford (Denis Finch Hatton), Meryl Streep (Baroness Karen von Blixen) and Klaus Maria Brandauer (Baron Bror Blixen) | Universal Pictures | 161 minutes

Denis Finch Hatton: You're ruined it for me, you know. Being alone.



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#5: Ordinary People (1980)
Directed by Robert Redford | Starring Donald Sutherland (Calvin Jarrett), Mary Tyler Moore (Beth Jarrett), Timothy Hutton (Conrad Jarrett) and Judd Hirsch (Dr. Tyrone C. Berger) | Paramount Pictures | 124 minutes

Dr. Berger: A little advice about feelings, kiddo: don't expect it always to tickle.


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#4: Rain Man (1988)
Directed by Barry Levinson | Starring Tom Cruise (Charles "Charlie" Babbitt), Dustin Hoffman (Raymond "Ray" Babbitt), Valeria Golino (Susanna) and Jerry Molen (Dr. Bruner) | United Artists | 133 minutes

Charles "Charlie" Babbitt: What you have to understand is, four days ago he was only my brother in name. And this morning we had pancakes.


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#3: Titanic (1997)
Directed by James Cameron | Starring Leonardo DiCaprio (Jack Dawson), Kate Winslet (Rose DeWitt Bukater) and Gloria Stuart (Rose Dawson Calvert) | Paramount Picture and 20th Century Fox | 195 minutes

Jack Dawson: I'm the king of the world!


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#2: Schindler's List (1993)
Directed by Steven Spielberg | Starring Liam Neeson (Oskar Schindler), Ralph Fiennes (Amon Göth), Ben Kingsley (Itzhak Stern) and Embeth Davidtz (Helen Hirsch) | Universal Pictures | 197 minutes

Itzhak Stern: This list... is an absolute good. The list is life.


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#1: Forrest Gump (1994)
Directed by Robert Zemeckis | Starring Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump), Robin Wright (Jenny Curran), Gary Sinise (Lieutenant Dan Taylor) and Sally Field (Mrs. Gump) | Paramount Pictures | 142 minutes

Forrest Gump: My momma always, "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."


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And there you have it. My top 10 favorite Best Picture winners from 1970 to 2015. Did I name some of your favorites? Were you surprised by my choices?

4 comments:

  1. What a fun idea!! I may copy it ;)

    Soo...the only one I've seen on this list is A Beautiful Mind... I want to see The Sting and will watch Forrest Gump one of these days...

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    1. "Forrest Gump" is one of my favorite films of all time. "The Sting" is great fun. Robert Redford and Paul Newman were an awesome team. :)

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  2. Ah I love Forrest Gump! :) It once was my #1 favourite, now it's #5 ;))

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