Movies That Didn't Win Oscars But Should Have

The Top Ten

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

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

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.

2 Fight Club Fight Club Product Image

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.

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.


3 The Shawshank Redemption The Shawshank Redemption Product Image

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."

How is this not in the top five? It's only the highest rated movie on the imdb

Why is pirates of the caribbean higher than this?

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

4 Psycho (1960) Psycho (1960) Product Image

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

5 12 Angry Men 12 Angry Men Product Image
6 The Shining The Shining Product Image

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 A Clockwork Orange Product Image
8 Remember the Titans Remember the Titans Product Image

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

9 It's a Wonderful Life It's a Wonderful Life Product Image

-Best Picture

10 Alien 3 Alien 3 Product Image

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

The Newcomers

? Edward Scissorhands Edward Scissorhands Product Image

At least it should've been nominated for Best Original Score and Production Design

The Contenders

11 Taxi Driver Taxi Driver Product Image
12 Seven Seven Product Image

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.

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 The Good The Bad & The Ugly Product Image
14 Twilight Twilight Product Image

My Favourite Movie!

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

15 Stand By Me Stand By Me Product Image


16 The Truman Show The Truman Show Product Image

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).

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

17 Ghostbusters Ghostbusters Product Image
18 Singin' in the Rain Singin' in the Rain Product Image
19 Toy Story Toy Story Product Image

It actually won a special award

20 Casino Royale Casino Royale Product Image

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

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

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

25 Hoosiers Hoosiers Product Image
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