I’ve tried to watch as many of the pictures that won the Oscar for “Best Picture” over the years. I’m wondering which movies you enjoyed viewing, completely agreeing with the “Best Picture” Oscar, and the movies you thought were completely unworthy (or disappointing and not live up to the hype) of the "Best Picture nod.
The first movie I’ll list didn’t even win the Oscar for 1941, but most people think it did. Citizen Kane is considered by many to be the greatest movie of all time, but it lost the Best Picture to How Green Was My Valley.
But I’ll start with Citizen Kane, because I was so looking forward to seeing this movie… I read all the information I could find on it, it always shows up in the top films of all time, and it really looked like a can’t miss. But for me, it did miss. It’s a good movie, and I understand completely that the film changed the way movies were made. It was a cutting edge film that demonstrated techniques seen for the first time on the silver screen. However, even knowing all that, I still found it hard to appreciate all of these things while watching the movie. I guess I’ve been saturated with everything that in 1941 was cutting edge.
Going to other movies that fit my categories:
Kramer vs. Kramer - 1979 - Beat Apocalypse Now and Norma Rae.
Ordinary People - 1980 - Beat Raging Bull
Forrest Gump - 1994 - Beat Pulp Fiction, Quiz Show and The Shawshank Redemption
**Marty **- 1955 - Decent, entertaining movie, but very short and not something I thought was so memorable as to win the Best Picture Oscar
Movies That Met or Exceeded Expectations
Mutiny on the Bounty - 1933
Gone With The Wind - 1939
**Casablanca **- 1943
The Bridge on the River Kwai - 1957
**Patton **- 1970
The Godfather - 1972
The Sting - 1973
One Flew Over The Cookoo’s Nest - 1975
**Amadeus **- 1984
The Last Emperor - 1987
**Braveheart **- 1995
A Beautiful Mind - 2001
The Departed - 2006
No Country For Old Men - 2007