Movies That Didn't Win Oscars But Should Have

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The Top Ten

1 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

"you will always remember this as the day that you ALMOST captured captain Jack Sparrow" - LaurenLauren

of course! this movie was so special and it gave a new reputation to pirate movies!

pirates can capture titanic thats why they should have won at least one Oscar award.
but you know only non fictional movies can be nominated to win Oscar.

This is the only good pirates movie. Saw the third one, it was awful, my parents said the second one was awful... And I haven't seen the fourth.

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2 Fight Club

Great film which is not only very stylish and has great acting, but also is an intelligent critique of both capitalism & its alternatives. Holds up very nicely, and should have been nominated for a few more of the big awards. But no. Instead tosh like American Beauty won, and this film wasn't fully appreciated until years later. Such a shame. - Mrveteran

It is a great movie, that will make you think. But if you are a punk head, for sure you will never like it. Thanks you both Pitt, and Norton.

so overlooked. funny, and clever, fight club doesn't have one boring second.

THIS IS BELOW TWILIGHT?!

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3 The Shawshank Redemption

Why is pirates of the caribbean higher than this?

Clearly one of the best all-time and a strong fan favorite!

Please vote for this, not pirate of the carribbiens! This needs to be #1

The only reason this movie didn't rack up on Oscars is because it had the unfortunate coincidence of coming out the same year as "Forrest Gump."

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4 Psycho (1960)

One of my favorite horror films of all time really deserve it!

5 12 Angry Men
6 The Shining

It was a shame that this movie didn't win an oscar, it should win it for best picture, and best actor Jack Nicholson, and best Soundtrack come on, jack was at his best in this movie, and the soundtrack is something never heard in a movie, how they could ignore those things at that time? It's a shame too see that twilight and pirates of the Caribbean coming before than shining... Sad world!

One movie that it's greatness is underlooked because it is a horror and I personally do think that it is a fantasy film to. With a stunning performance by Nicholson and a very underrated performance by Shelly Duvall. That is what makes this movie my favorite, and I believe for the 1981 oscars it should have been nominated and won best picture and best performance by an actor in a leading role to Nicholson.

7 A Clockwork Orange
8 Remember the Titans

This Denzel Washington performance was AMAZING! I cried for 10 minutes after the movie, it was so sad

9 It's a Wonderful Life

-Best Picture

10 Alien 3

I agree on " Irina2932 " comment but a " should have " winning oscar, that's another story.

Yes, it was not as good as Alien or Aliens but still in 1992 Alien3 was the best SCI-FI movie with unique visual effects - Irina2932

The Contenders

11 Taxi Driver
12 Seven

I came on here with the intention of leaving Seven on the list. Good to see someone else beat me to it.

How Seven wasn't considered for Oscar nods is beyond me. (They usual ignore creepy films though. ) Brad Pitt's best performance EVER. Morgan Freeman's best since Shawshank and Fincher made a movie that was totally original. I've never seen anything like it before or since, and I think the story is as good as it gets. The acting. The art direction. Editing. Screenplay. The screenplay! How could it have been any better? It was as good as cinema gets. The story itself was the best twist-ending of a money ever. - corebare32

Twilight at 4? Really? I think this list just lost all credibility. Se7en is one of the all time greatest films.

13 The Good The Bad & The Ugly
14 Twilight

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My Favourite Movie!

Well it won some awards at least, although MTV Movie Awards & Razzies are hardly impressive. - Mrveteran

15 Stand By Me

I LOVE THIS MOVIE HOW DID IT NOT WIN AN OSCAR

16 The Truman Show

Rightfully nominated for Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Ed Harris), and Best Original Screenplay. It should have been nominated for Best Picture and Best Actor (Jim Carrey). - BeatlesFan1964

could someone please explain to me how the winners are chosen at the oscars? gambling?

Nominated for three, should of won best director, actor, and original screenplay - nomercyz182

17 Ghostbusters
18 Singin' in the Rain
19 Toy Story

It actually won a special award - Lucasw14

20 Casino Royale

Walk the line did win an acadmy award. By rule of eligibility this should be higher.

21 American History X
22 Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
23 Cinderella Man
24 Hoosiers
25 Memento

It is a miracle that this didn't win Best Original Screenplay, or Best Director.

26 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

It won Best Original Screenplay, and Kate Winslet was nominated for Best Actress. Jim Carrey and the film itself should have been nominated. - BeatlesFan1964

I know it won Best Original Screenplay, but it should of won Best Picture. It wasn't even nominated! -

27 Marvel's The Avengers

Should've won the visual effects award. - Lucasw14

28 Scarface
29 Field of Dreams
30 Eight Men Out
31 Constantine
32 Transformers

Should've won the visual effects award - Lucasw14

33 The Harry Potter Series
34 Trainspotting
35 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
36 Armageddon
37 The Breakfast Club
38 Star Wars: The Force Awakens
39 The Day the Earth Stood Still

Sci-Fi doesn't get enough awards

40 Groundhog Day
41 Jackie Brown

Considering what an awards juggernaut Tarantino is, it's a shame that this went overlooked while his weaker work a decade later got all the glory. At the very least, Pam Grier should have got a Best Actress nod, since her performance is great and is one of the most underrated of the 90s. - Mrveteran

Its only nomination was Best Supporting Actor (Robert Forster). It should have been nominated for Best Actress (Pam Grier) and Best Adapted Screenplay. - BeatlesFan1964

42 Warrior
43 The Intouchables
44 Goodfellas

Lost to Dances with Wolves; so unfortunate

Joe Pesci won for Best Supporting Actor. - BeatlesFan1964

45 The Color Purple
46 Straight Outta Compton

Very underrated

47 American Hustle
48 Magnolia

So Amazing. It was nominated for 3 oscars but didn't win any. It should have been at least nominated for Best Picture, but of course it wasn't. American Beauty won Best Picture that year, and in my opinion in was just as good.

49 That Thing You Do!
50 Reign Over Me

A man who lost his family in the September 11 attack on New York City runs into his old college roommate. Rekindling the friendship is the one thing that appears able to help the man recover from his grief.

Director and writer: Mike Binder
Stars: Adam Sandler, Don Cheadle and Jada Pinkett Smith

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1. A Clockwork Orange
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