Top 10 Best Picture Snubs

Have a movie that you think should have won Best Picture, but lost to something else? Vote here!

The Top Ten

1 Citizen Kane (lost to How Green Was My Valley)

Come on, it's Citizen Kane. About half the film critics in the world consider it the best American movie ever. - Virtuoso

2 Dr. Strangelove (lost to My Fair Lady)

Kubrick's classic was the best of his films to be nominated for the Oscar, and it's a shame that the genius never won. - Virtuoso

3 Pulp Fiction (lost to Forrest Gump)

There's nothing wrong with Forrest Gump. But Pulp Fiction is a Tarantino film, which means its entertaining, stylish, and quotable. - Virtuoso

4 High Noon (lost to The Greatest Show on Earth)

This was just a fail. Go to AFI's list of top movies and look at High Noon. It's one of the best westerns ever. - Virtuoso

5 Saving Private Ryan (lost to Shakespeare In Love)

The Big Lebowski also came out that year. - BeatlesFan1964

6 The Dark Knight (lost to Slumdog Millionaire)

It wasn't even nominated and is #4 on IMDB's best movies of all time. Certainly my favorite movie of all time.

7 The Thin Red Line (lost to Shakespeare in Love)

Dare I point out that Shakespeare in Love's biggest threat was actually Elizabeth.

8 Goodfellas (lost to Dances with Wolves)

Dances with wolves is seen in every worst best picture winners list not because its bad film but because it beat goodfellas and rightfully so, goodfellas is one of the greatest movies of all time

9 Apollo 13 (lost to Braveheart)
10 The Shawshank Redemption (lost to Forrest Gump)

Forrest was good but it's crystal clear Shawshank was the best. Sometimes the best things are left for the test of time I guess.

The Contenders

11 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (lost to Gandhi)

Okay, Ben Kingsley's performance is stellar, but it doesn't make the whole film better than one of Spielberg's greatest. - Virtuoso

12 Brokeback Mountain (lost to Crash)
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14 The Full Monty (Lost to Titanic)

The smart and cheeky British film about the plucky Chip & Dales led by Robert Carlyle lost to some big boat.

At least Full Monty was nominated. Chasing Amy was a masterpiece. - BeatlesFan1964

The Full Monty got screwed, on the other hand Titanic did at least prevent that borefest L. A Confidential winning.

15 Taxi Driver (Lost to Rocky)
16 King Kong (lost to Cavalcade)
17 The Social Network (lost to The King's Speech)

They were both excellent films, but "The Social Network" was just a little bit more well-made. - Virtuoso

18 2001: A Space Odyssey (lost to Oliver)

There is evidence that 2001 was never even a real contender. The fact that it couldn't get nominated ahead of Rachel Rachel says it all. Back then the Best Picture race was considered a duel between The Lion in Winter and Funny Girl.

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19 The Pianist (Lost to Chicago)
20 Ghost (lost to Dances With Wolves)
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Top Remixes

1. The Dark Knight (lost to Slumdog Millionaire)
2. The Shawshank Redemption (lost to Forrest Gump)
3. Saving Private Ryan (lost to Shakespeare In Love)
1. Citizen Kane (lost to How Green Was My Valley)
2. Dr. Strangelove (lost to My Fair Lady)
3. High Noon (lost to The Greatest Show on Earth)



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