Top Ten Movies Nominated for Best Picture But Didn't Win It

We all think to our self over the years "Oh that movie should've won Best Picture but it didnt" well here is a list of movies that I have compiled toghether, who have all been nominated for Best Picture but didn't win.

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The Top Ten

1 Saving Private Ryan

Yup. Best war movie. - codgtamk34

Considered the greatest War movie of all time, Tom Hanks leads a great cast of actors, Vin Diesel, Matt Damon, etc in this Action Drama, an inspirational story.

Lost to Shakespeare in Love - roblist

At the very least, the opening half an hour is one of the most intense battle scenes in cinema, and that alone deserved some recognition, especially when it lost to a bloody romantic comedy! - Mrveteran

Ironically most people complain that the Academy rarely awards comedies. - jezza0

This movie is an inspirational masterpiece, but lost to a movie starring that snob Gwyneth Paltrow!

2 The Shawshank Redemption

It is hard to understand why the film didn't receive universal acclaim from the very beginning. It took a number of years before people recognized how terrific it was. - BKAllmighty

Forest Gump was great, but Shawshank is fantastic. And fantastic beats great.

One of the best movies I have ever seen.

I Don't know I recon it was better then Forrest Gump, but really I can see why forrest won Fantastic!

3 Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope

The film that changed everything forever. - codgtamk34

The greatest Sci Fi of all time, winner of 6 Oscars, it was just missing one, Best Picture

This movie lost to Annie Hall - roblist

Annie Hall is a great movie of another genre, and has the sophistication and intelligence which the Oscar awards prefers over flash and mass audience appeal - Billyv

Annie Hall is actually the superior movie. Most of you guys probably haven't seen it. - BeatlesFan1964

Annie Hall didn't deserve for an Oscar and definitely was worse than star wars - dubbelvla

4 Apocalypse Now

A great war movie, in my opnion the best. It doenst highlight Action and visual effects in this movie, this looks at the insight of the Vietnam War and the traumatizing effects it had on the soldiers taking part, Francis Ford Coppolla is a masterpiece at directing long and interresting movies

Lost to Kramer vs. Kramer - roblist

5 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

This movie had a great cast of Characters, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Viggo Mortensen, Sir Ian McKellen, Hugo Weaving, Liv Tyler and Cate Blanchett

This movie lost to A Beautiful Mind - roblist

It was extreamly well done! It should have won without question

Very artistic and so entertaining

Fantastic film, and one of my favourites. I understand the Academy like to root for underdogs sometimes, but this wasn't the time for that. - Mrveteran

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6 Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

The best Indiana Jones there is, The greatest Adventure there is. Stunning visual effects, just like every single other Indiana Jones and Excellent sound, this was the beginning of one of the biggest Franchises in history, this is were the repuatation started

Lost to Chariots of Fire - roblist

7 Pulp Fiction

I my opinion Forest Gump is a great film
But not better then pulp fiction

8 The Full Monty

Robert Carlyle and his team of plucky out of work Brits attempt to put on a strip show ala The Chip 'n' Dale's in this funny Brit flick.

With unemployment on the rise this movie is even more relevant now than it was back in '97.

As Good As It Gets
Good Will Hunting
LA Confidential
And the Full Monty all lost to
Probably the toughest year in the Oscars.

I think this movie lost because the Oscars don't usually pick comedies, but it's a real shame they didn't.

My all time favourite movie.

9 Taxi Driver
10 Citizen Kane

It is known as one of the all time greats, yet it lost to a forgotten movie by John Ford.

C'mon! AFI grants this the Greatest film of all time, Orson Welles directs and acts this movie brilliantly, an excellent storyline and a great cast of Classic actors

Lost to How Green Was My Valley - roblist

Great movie. When I saw it, I was expecting to respect it, but not like it as much as I did. - BeatlesFan1964

Best film ever put out their. There is a controversy to why it didn't win.

The Newcomers

? Love Affair (1939)
? Wuthering Heights (1939)

The Contenders

11 Inception
12 La La Land
13 A Few Good Men

An unforgettable story starring Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise and Demi Moore I mean how can you forget one of the greatest quotes of all time

"You Cant Handle The Truth"

Lost to Unforgiven - roblist

Not a very good movie. Not bad. Not great. Nicholson was great though. - BeatlesFan1964

14 Inglourious Basterds
15 Silver Linings Playbook
16 Up

Of the 3 animated films nominated for it, Up deserved to win. - codgtamk34

17 Life of Pi
18 Black Panther
19 Toy Story 3
20 The Pianist
21 True Grit
22 Jaws
23 GoodFellas

A great mob flick, an excellent True Story on the lives of three mob men, Joe Pesci, plays his part so well

Lost to Dances With Wolves - roblist

24 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
25 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

A timeless masterpiece added to Peter Jackson's collection, his second movie on this list, the stunning sequel to the Fellowship of the Ring, considered one of the greatest sequels of all time

Lost to Chicago - roblist

I think the reason Chicago won was because Chicago made musicals hip again. Without Moulin Rouge and Chicago there wouldn't be a Mamma Mia film. However 2 Towers was the better film.

26 The Martian
27 Beauty and the Beast

The first ever animated movie to be nominated for Best Picture! HOW was this not already on here?!

Because the winner was The Silence of the Lambs, a better movie. Don't get me wrong though, Beauty and the Beast is fantastic. - BeatlesFan1964

28 Brokeback Mountain

Crash won instead of this?

29 Get Out
30 Avatar

Great visual effects and stunning sound, this movie was the sure favourite to win the award, only taking out 3 Oscars, This is the highest grossing movie of all time

Lost to The Hurt Locker - roblist

This should of won, I like it

31 Scarface

It should have been nominated. In fact, it should have won. - BeatlesFan1964

It wasn't nominated

32 Gravity

12 Years A Slave was great but you'll never find a movie this good for a while

33 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

An inspirational and sad story about a man aging backwards, another masterpiece by David Fincher, Brad Pitt is stellar in this movie, his best part yet

Lost to Slumdog Millionaire - roblist

34 The Green Mile

a timeless, inspirational and magical, don't forget funny story about a Cell Block and a prisoner who was sentenced for a crime he didn't commit, Must be Stephan King's greatest novel of all time

Lost to American Beauty - roblist

35 American Sniper
36 American Hustle
37 The Descendants
38 The Social Network
39 Doctor Zhivago
40 Django Unchained
41 Arrival
42 The Aviator

A great film highlighting the life of famous Aviator and Director Howard Hughes, Another Martin Scorses instant classic, excellent acting from Leo DiCaprio and Cate Blanchett

Winner of 5 Oscars

Lost to Million Dollar Baby - roblist

43 127 Hours

Lost to The King Speech

44 Mad Max: Fury Road
45 Anchors Aweigh

Features a dance sequence with Jerry Mouse.

46 Beasts of the Southern Wild
47 The Exorcist
48 Mary Poppins
49 A Clockwork Orange
50 The Help
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