‘Best Picture’ Bucket List

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Every year I make The Oscars a priority. For the past two years, I have gone to a Mexican restaurant with huge HD TVs with my friends to watch the final award show of the season. This is always a great option because we do not have televisions in our rooms, and we can eat and get work done during the commercial breaks (well, we can try). Yesterday’s show was really entertaining, and Seth MacFarlane reminded the world how talented he is.

One of my long-term movie goals is to watch all of the Academy Award Best Picture winners. Once I get through those, I will then attempt to watch all of the Best Picture nominees, but that won’t be anytime soon. After yesterday’s big winner, I have a total of 85 films to watch. So far, I have seen 25. I know that’s really weak, and I intend on tackling this goal as soon as I have some free time.

Below I have listed all of the past Oscar winners; I have crossed out the ones I have already seen…which Best Picture winners have you seen?

Academy Award Best Picture Winners

1928: Wings / Sunrise
1929: The Broadway Melody
1930: All Quiet on the Western Front
1931: Cimarron
1932: Grand Hotel
1933: Cavalcade
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
1940: Rebecca
1941: How Green Was My Valley
1942: Mrs. Miniver
1943: Casablanca
1944: Going My Way
1945: The Lose Weekend
1946: The Best Years of Our Lives
1947: Gentleman’s Agreement
1948: Hamlet
1949: All the King’s Men
1950: All About Eve
1951: An American in Paris
1952: The Greatest Show on Earth
1953: From Here to Eternity
1954: On the Waterfront
1955: Marty
1956: Around the World in 80 Days
1957: The Bridge on the River Kwai
1958: Gigi
1959: Ben-Hur
1960: The Apartment
1961: West Side Story
1962: Lawrence of Arabia
1963: Tom Jones
1964: My Fair Lady
1965: The Sound of Music
1966: A Man for All Seasons
1967: In the Heat of the Night
1968: Oliver!
1969: Midnight Cowboy
1970: Patton
1971: The French Connection
1972: The Godfather
1973: The Sting
1974: The Godfather Part II
1975: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
1976: Rocky
1977: Annie Hall
1978: The Deer Hunter
1979: Kramer vs. Kramer
1980: Ordinary People
1981: Chariots of Fire
1982: Gandhi
1983: Terms of Endearment
1984: Amadeus
1985: Out of Africa
1986: Platoon
1987: The Last Emperor
1988: Rain Man
1989: Driving Miss Daisy
1990: Dances with Wolves
1991: The Silence of the Lambs
1992: Unforgiven
1993: Schindler’s List
1994: Forrest Gump
1995: Braveheart
1996: The English Patient
1997: Titanic
1998: Shakespeare in Love
1999: American Beauty
2000: Gladiator
2001: A Beautiful Mind
2002: Chicago
2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2004: Million Dollar Baby
2005: Crash
2006: The Departed
2007: No Country for Old Men
2008: Slumdog Millionaire
2009: The Hurt Locker
2010: The King’s Speech
2011: The Artist
2012: Argo
2013: 12 Years a Slave

Time to start watching some movies, best enjoyed with any of these recipes.

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21 thoughts on “‘Best Picture’ Bucket List

  1. I have IMDb-top-250 on my “101 things in 1001 days” but maybe I should add this list to my bucket list too. They’re probably worth to watch.

    Gone with the Wind, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Ben-Hur, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Rocky, The Deer Hunter, Out of Africa, Rain Man, Dances with Wolves, The Silence of the Lambs, Schindler’s List, Forrest Gump, Braveheart, The English Patient, Titanic, Shakespeare in Love, American Beauty, Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind, Chicago, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Million Dollar Baby, Crash, The Departed, Slumdog Millionaire, The Hurt Locker, The King’s Speech, The Artist, Argo.

    Seems like I’ve seen 32 of those.

  2. I’ve reached a point where it’s actually easier for me to answer your question in reverse. I’ve seen every Best Picture winner except the following:

    AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS
    ALL THE KING’S MEN
    GOING MY WAY
    MRS. MINIVER
    YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU
    THE GREAT ZIEGFELD
    MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY
    CAVALCADE

    (and most of those are on my PVR just waiting for me to watch them)

    As for your list, I was left with two thoughts. One, remind yourself that they aren’t all going to be diamonds. There will be more than one instance where you’ll get forty minutes into a film and ask yourself “Why did this win Best Picture?”. It’s unfortunate, because you expect a certain thresh hold, but it’s inevitable.

    Two, for what it’s worth, these are the titles you have left to see that I would make the starting point – they’re handily the best of what you’re in for…

    CASABLANCA
    THE GODFATHER pt. 2
    ON THE WATERFRONT
    NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
    GENTLEMAN’S AGREEMENT
    SCHINDLER’S LIST
    THE LOST WEEKEND
    WEST SIDE STORY
    ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST
    THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

    Good Luck!

    • Wow, you have seen a lot of these movies! That’s great. Thanks for the advice – that’s super helpful in determining a starting point. Can’t wait to get started, and I’ll prepare myself to not expect diamonds every time. Thanks, again!

  3. This is awesome! A movie theater really close to me shows all the nominated movies for the current year the day before the academy awards. The nominees are worth a watch, not just the winners!

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  11. You MUST watch Casablanca! So many one-liners that we still hear today come from that film including “Round up the usual suspects” and “…this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” PLUS, i’m interested to see what you would pair it with food wise.

    • Great idea! I do really need to watch that…adding it to the top of my list. And I will definitely put some thought into what I would pair with it 🙂 Stay tuned!

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