Movies That Didn't Win Oscars But Should Have

The Top Ten
1 Fight Club

Fight Club is a great film that is not only very stylish and has great acting, but also serves as an intelligent critique of both capitalism and its alternatives. It holds up 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. Thank you both, Pitt and Norton.

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

This definitely should have gotten an award! This movie was amazing!

3 12 Angry Men
4 The Shawshank Redemption

The only reason this movie didn't win Oscars is that it had the unfortunate coincidence of coming out in the same year as "Forrest Gump."

I think the film should have won Best Picture at the Oscars instead of Forrest Gump.

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

5 Psycho (1960)

One of my favorite horror films of all time! It really deserved it!

6 The Shining

This is a movie whose greatness is overlooked because it's a horror film. I personally believe it is also a fantasy film, with a stunning performance by Jack Nicholson and a very underrated one by Shelley Duvall. That combination makes this my favorite movie.

I believe it should have been nominated for the 1981 Oscars and won Best Picture and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for Nicholson.

It's a shame that this movie didn't win an Oscar. It should have won Best Picture, Best Actor (Jack Nicholson), and Best Soundtrack. Come on! Jack was at his best in this movie, and the soundtrack was like nothing ever heard before. How could they ignore that back then?

It's also sad to see movies like Twilight and Pirates of the Caribbean come before The Shining. What a shame!

7 A Clockwork Orange
8 It's a Wonderful Life
9 Remember the Titans

This Denzel Washington performance was AMAZING! I cried for ten minutes after the movie. It was so sad.

10 Taxi Driver
The Contenders
11 Alien 3

Yes, it was not as good as Alien or Aliens, but in 1992, Alien 3 was the best sci-fi movie with unique visual effects.

12 The Good The Bad & The Ugly
13 Seven

I came here intending to add Seven to the list. It's good to see someone else beat me to it.

How Seven wasn't considered for Oscar nods is beyond me. (They usually ignore creepy films, though.) Brad Pitt's best performance ever. Morgan Freeman's best since Shawshank. Fincher made a movie that was completely original. I've never seen anything like it before or since, and I think the story is as good as it gets.

The acting, art direction, editing, and screenplay were all superb. The screenplay! How could it have been better? It was as good as cinema gets. The story had the best twist-ending of a movie ever.

14 Twilight

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

15 Stand By Me
16 The Truman Show

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

Nominated for three, it should have won Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Original Screenplay.

17 Singin' in the Rain
18 American History X
19 Ghostbusters
20 Toy Story
21 Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
22 Casino Royale
23 Cinderella Man
24 Memento

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

25 Goodfellas
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