Best Pictures 2018-1930

February 24, 2019

Tonight is the Oscars. Meh. Don’t really care. I have seen most of the movies nominated for best picture and, of the films nominated, I would give it to ROMA. Not my favorite movie of the year, but at least it was a unique and cinematic experience. That got me thinking about past years. And if I had to pick one film each year for my favorite movie, what would I choose? So, I did just that. Going back to 1940. Why? Mostly boredom and procrastination techniques (which I am an expert at.) I had to pick a film I had seen (duh) and thought was worthy enough to be considered my favorite of that year. Some years, I had nothing. I am looking at you 1965 and 1943. For the 1930s I just picked my favorite films for that decade. My Favorite movie of the year is listed first with an alternative below (if I had one).

Year
Best Movie
Alternate

2018
First Man
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
2017
Blade Runner 2049
It comes at night
2016
Midnight Special
Arrival
2015
Sicario

2014
Ex Machina
Edge of Tomorrow
2013
Her
The Worlds End
2012
Seeking a Friend For the end of the world
Moonrise Kingdom
2011
The Cabin in the Woods
Super 8
2010
The Fighter
Winter’s Bone
2009
The Road
(500) Days of Summer
2008
The Dark Knight
Cloverfield
2007
No Country For Old Men
Pan’s Labyrinth
2006
Children of Men
The Fountain
2005
Serenity
V For Vendetta
2004
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Shaun of the Dead
2003
Adaptation
LOTR: The Return of the King
2002
Road to Perdition
LOTR: The Two Towers
2001
The Royal Tenenbaums
LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring
2000
Almost Famous
High Fidelity
1999
American Beauty
Fight Club
1998
The Thin Red Line
The Big Lebowski
1997
Life is Beautiful
Good Will Hunting
1996
Swingers
Fargo
1995
Braveheart
The Usual Suspects
1994
Ed Wood
Immortal Beloved
1993
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
The NIghtmare Before Christmas
1992
Reservoir Dogs

1991
Beauty and the Beast
The Silence of the Lambs
1990
Goodfellas
Misery
1989
Crimes and Misdemeanors
Say Anything
1988
The Naked Gun
Die Hard
1987
Empire of the Sun
Princess Bride
1986
Hannah and Her Sisters
Little Shop of Horrors
1985
Brazil
Back to the Future
1984
Ghostbusters
The Natural
1983
A Christmas Story
Return of the Jedi
1982
Blade Runner
The Thing
1981
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Excalibur
1980
The Empire Strikes Back
Raging Bull
1979
Apocalypse Now
Manhattan
1978
Halloween
Watership Down
1977
Star Wars
Annie Hall
1976
Network
Carrie
1975
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
1974
The Godfather Part II
Young Frankenstein
1973
The Exorcist
American Grafitti
1972
The Godfather

1971
Harold and Maude
Willy Wonka and the Chocalate Factory
1970
Scrooge

1969
A Boy Named Charlie Brown

1968
2001: A Space Odyssey
Night of the Living Dead
1967
Cool Hand Luke

1966
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

1965
N/A

1964
Dr. Strangelove
Mary Poppins
1963
Charade

1962
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Trial
1961
Breakfast at Tiffany’s

1960
Psycho
Inherit the Wind
1959
North by Northwest
Some Like it Hot
1958
Touch of Evil
Vertigo
1957
Paths of Glory
12 Angry Men
1956
The Searchers

1955
Rebel Without a Cause
To Catch a Thief
1954
On the Waterfront
Rear Window
1953
Roman Holiday
The War of the Worlds
1952
Singin in the Rain
High Noon
1951
A Streetcar Named Desire
The Day the Earth Stood Still
1950
Sunset Boulevard
Harvey
1949
The Third Man

1948
Rope
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
1947
The Lady from Shanghai

1946
It’s A Wonderful Life
The Stranger
1945
The Picture of Dorian Gray

1944
Double Indemnity
Gaslight
1943
N/A

1942
Casablanca
The Magnificent Ambersons
1941
Citizen Kane
The Maltese Falcon
1940
The Great Dictator
Pinocchio
1930s
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Duck Soup

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