Most Overrated Oscar Winning Movies


The Top Ten

1 Slumdog Millionaire

This movie did not deserve to be Best Movie of 2008! I was disgusted when Dark Knight didn't get nominated for Best Picture! This is so much worse

I enjoyed the film quite a bit. The acting was good, the direction was strong, and the resolution was satisfying. It was a contrived and manipulative film but I feel that it was the best of the available nominees. Yes, The Dark Knight was the superior film. - miketheratguy

This movie is total crap. If made by an Indian director in Hindi - it would have been a total flop. Just because it was made in English by a famous director, and had included exaggerated western stereotypes of India - it became a hit. Even Rehman's music in that movie is at best average compared to his other works.

What on earth happened to Danny Boyle? I miss the years when he made great films such as Trainspotting and Shallow Grave. This film had too many events and too little time to show them all. So everything in this film feels fake.

2 Titanic

Titanic was an amazing cinematic achievement. To focus exclusively on the romantic aspect of the plot (to be fair its worst element, no question) is to ignore the technical brilliance that defined pretty much every other inch of the film. Titanic was epic, sweeping filmmaking on a massive scale. The fact that the romance was weak shouldn't distract so much from the fact that the rest of the movie wasn't. - miketheratguy

Just a plain boring cheesy romance... I was so glad when the ship finally began to sink...

Hey everyone, let's make a film about two people having a relationship on a boat. Yay for massive gross! Probably the most overrated film I've seen, perhaps Lost In Translation.

Rose still loves Jack even as an old lady who had been married for years. She would rather be with the guy she was with on a boat for a few days rather than her lifetime husband. She basically cheated her spouse her entire life. - olliv

3 The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King

I understand that fantasy isn't everyone's thing, book purists had some complaints, and the multiple epilogues were taxing (though, if the films are viewed as a single 9 or 12 hour work, that decision is more understandable). If, however, someone honestly feels that this film didn't deserve the award recognition that it received, then I would argue that that person doesn't understand filmmaking. - miketheratguy

NUMBER 3! ARE YOU KIDDING ME! All the oscars that his film was awarded were well deserved by it. This movie was awesome and doesn't deserve to be on the most overrated films list.

Simple-minded fantasy schlock with some satisfactory scenes; wildly overrated

Who put this on this list? What is Godfather doing here?!

4 Avatar

Avatar didn't win best picture, The Hurt Locker did. The movie's pretty overrated all the same. - miketheratguy

I thought it was a good movie to be honest.

Certainly deserved awards in technical categories but that's it.

Dances with Wolves, but with giant Smurfs from space, how original.

5 American Beauty

This movie basically defines the term "Oscar bait" by being a pretentious, quirky, artsy-fartsy film that wants to appear deeper and more important than it actually is. That said I don't have a problem with it winning best picture, I feel that it was a well-made, well-acted film that was just as enjoyable as any other up for the nomination that year. - miketheratguy

Its probably the most pretentious, ham-fisted, self-important movie about a pedophile, an airhead wife and brainless teenagers I have ever seen. Hardly worthy of a best picture. Nothing about this movie is Beautiful. If you think so. You haven't watched many movies.

I think this movie should be the most overrated one not slumdog millionaire.. it's good but not as much as they think...

I love this movie. it's my favorite movie of all time but only kevin spacey deserved oscar for it not her tightarse wife. so wasted one oscar.

6 The Artist

I had never heard of it and I watch a lot of movies/films

5 Words: Worst movie ever

7 Milk

The best picture of 2008 was Slumdog Millionaire. Milk was merely nominated. - miketheratguy

Milk didn't win best picture moron

This moving was interesting and well made, but best picture, seriously?

Gay people's movie :P

8 Forrest Gump

1994 was an extremely competitive year. Quiz Show was intellectual and fascinating, Pulp Fiction was boldly fresh and confident, The Shawshank Redemption was richly satisfying, and Four Weddings And A Funeral exists too but no one cares. It's easy to say now, with 25 years of hindsight, that Forrest Gump wasn't the important contribution to cinema that some of the other films were (and for the most part, it really kind of isn't), but at the time it was a massively audience-pleasing epic, a huge moment in feel-good pop culture, and sometimes that's enough. Should it have won? Probably not, but 1994 was a gentler, simpler time (no pun intended). - miketheratguy

This movie was great, but the Shawshank Redemption should have won the Oscar.

Shawshank was way better

Overly long, silly and boring!

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9 The King's Speech

Boring and overrated, an expensive masterpiece theatre episode

What was the big deal about this movie? I watched it because it won an oscar - and I was left wondering if I am missing something big time - as I just could not see why it was oscar worthy. I had this experience with couple of other oscar winners - E.G. 'silver lining playbook', 'slumdog millionare', etc... To me oscars has lost credibility - think it's a I kiss your ass you kiss mine situation at the oscars... no one looks critically at the work... all fake...

10 The Avengers

The Contenders

11 Pulp Fiction

Pulp Fiction didn't win best picture (I'm seeing a pattern here) but I do agree that it's a bit overrated. It's fresh, funny, electric filmmaking. No question. But it's also overlong, much of its dialogue is completely unimportant (I get it, we all like the medieval thing and the royale with cheese but the vast majority of jabbering between Bruce Willis and any female character could have been cut without changing anything), and it's arguably not Tarantino's best film. Pulp Fiction was one of the best movies of its time, but I nonetheless feel that its flaws are too often gleefully ignored. - miketheratguy

Not a bad movie but certainly not a groundbreaking or unique film like many critics said and wrote about it. Everything in that movie was copied from B-movies from the fifties, sixties and seventies ( who were really groundbreaking and unique ). Not very Original but entertaining.

This movie is amazing. People probably can't keep up with the stories going on.

Worst movie ever made what the hell is this crap really about.

12 The Hurt Locker

The movie is simply boring even for one time viewing. This movie clearly gets momentum due to the hate-avatar attitude of critics lately. Even "up in the air" is a better movie. How come "saving private ryan" gets snubbed and "hurt locker" awarded? What?

Agree totally. This movie is VERY forgettable.

It must 1 on list. Titanic, The lord of the rings, slumdog are good movies. They should won the oscar. - Ayarkoko

I tired of the hate this movies starting to get

13 The Dark Knight

It's unbelievable that Ledger won an award for playing an overrated clown. What's worst was that the effort Ledger put in that stupid role played a role in his death.

Depends on the list, it never got an oscar for best picture. - zxm

Too Much OVERRATED - oldfashionedmickeymousecol1995

14 Out of Africa

Meryl Streep is the most overrated actress. This oscar winning movie proves it.

-very boring, nearly fell asleep. The characters are unsympothetic, the plot comes and goes and it is hard to keep track of what is going on although the movie is incredibly slow

Like all Mryl Streep movies, BORING!

15 The Danish Girl
16 Star Wars: The Force Awakens

This movie deserves the praise it gets. Those bored with it can go back to their precious prequels.

It didn't win an oscar and I wish it did - Lucasw14

17 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
18 La la Land
19 The Social Network

Jesse Eisenberg was maybe nominated but he surely didn't deserve it. This actor is boring and so annoying to hear ( speaks in all his movies way too fast like he's on methamphetamine ). The movie itself didn't reveal anything exeptional or new and was very slow ( I felt almost asleep ) build up to show us the story. I was like almost thinking "when do you getting to the point ". In one word ; OVERRATED!

Why is this on the list of overrated movies? This is a good movie! Jesse Eisenberg was nominated for an oscar! - Jetticus12

, is this a movie.. what the hell I'm lost

I actually liked this movie. - Icantbelieveitsnotbutter

20 Gravity

One of the worst movies I have ever seen...and I've seen plenty! I can't believe that there are so many "diamonds" on this list and that was nowhere till now!

21 The Queen

so boring and what is lord of the rings doing here?

22 Lion King

This movie is garbage and does not deserve to win awards.

23 Frozen

Oh wow! Someone is so blinded by their hatred for this movie and their love for The Stupidest Pice of Corporate Propagated Crap Ever- sorry, The Lego Movie- that their forgot that THE TWO CAME OUT IN SEPARATE AWARD SEASONS and WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN UP AGAINST EACH OTHER. Big Hero 6 is the movie you should be blaming for Play Sessions With Those Foot-Injuring Wastes of Plastic: The Movie not getting its undeserved Oscar.

"Most overrated movie in history"? Try the "Star Wars" prequel trilogy. And I don't even like "Frozen", I just acknowledge that there are worse and more overhyped movies.

The Wind Rises should have won! It was a master piece!

The Lego movie should have won best animated picture instead of this crap. - ArpstaAmy333

24 Gladiator
25 Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
26 The English Patient

This an awful boring and soulless film

27 Elizabeth
28 The Iron Lady

I can't believe that a movie who nobody cares about can win an oscar. Honestly, who cares about corrupt politicians ( they even didn't show that in this movie and instead they were praising her ). The critics ( who are as usual affraid to write something bad about a movie when Meryl Streep plays in it ) said that this was a movie about the woman behind her political career. In other words they meant ; it's a crap movie but we can't write anything bad about it because Meryl Streep is in it and we have to keep our reputation of serious critics. Get real! Like this is a movie who everybody will talk about in twenty years as a masterpiece!

29 Dances with Wolves

Man was this a boring movie! - MoldySock

30 Shakespeare In Love

Completely forgettable film. Artfully made, nowhere near the cinematic achievement that was Saving private Ryan. - miketheratguy

Really, the picked this crap over saving private Ryan! You got to be kidding me! Needs to be number 1!

Saving private Ryan was amazing! But this movie starring a terrible actress get picked over it!

31 A Beautiful Mind

I love Jennifer Connelly as an actress but she shouldn't won an oscar for THAT movie. An overrated movie and not so good in fact.

Lord of the Rings Fellow Ship of the rings deserved that OSCAR! - roblist

Lord of the rings fellow ship of the rings licks balls. it's a best movie ever

Films script was done by akiva goldsman who also wrote batman anf robin believe it or not

32 Crash

Zootopia is unfortunately not on this list, so I voted for its live-action, R-rated counterpart.

33 Terms of Endearment
34 Hugo

This was a forgettable movie

35 The Godfather Part II

As I said with the first Godfather movie, too long, but not very bad.

36 L.A. Confidential

It's supposed to be a film noir genre (in color this one ) but even the " not best " film noir of the forties is better than this one. Kim Bassinger ( although a very talented actress ) doesn't has that forties film noir femme fatale kind of presence in this movie. If you like the film noir genre go for the real thing ( any movie will do ) but you can easely skip this one. Too overrated!

It's not what's it's all cracked up to be.

37 Gosford Park
38 Argo
39 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

2 hours of retarded people

40 Birdman

This film is liked and disliked by many people. I liked it because Naomi Watts gives a good performance and she's one of my favorite actresses. As for the movie, if you expect an action movie about a superhero ( birdman ) then you will be for sure dissapointed. The movie is more dramatic and is about the flaws and problems of the characters. The camera work is exeptional and the lightning / photography very well done. Maybe overrated for the story ( but it's without a doubt watchable ) but certainly not overrated for the filmtechnique and the actors / actresses acting skills.

Agreed. - zxm

I couldn't stand watching this movie,it was so boring,I have no clue why anyone likes this movie.

41 Moonlight

Just because it had some black gay guy as a main character doesn't mean it had to win Best Picture. It only won for the sake of diversity and as retaliation to OscarsSoWhite.

This had no right winning Oscars. The only reason it did is this; everyone was coerced into voting for this movie to reverse the so-called Oscars so white backlash the previous year. If the voters didn't vote for Moonlight not only would the Academy be accused of racism but also of homophobia. In layman's terms the Academy were sucking up to the LGBT crowd. - jezza0

42 The Godfather

People put this movie and the lord of the rings on the list are just drunk or mad

Not a bad movie, but it's too long!

Put the godfather and LOTR?

The Godfather, sereosly? Overrated? It was the second fu**king best movie ever produced! Do people rate on it because its old, or because they are not old enaugh to understand it?

43 Rocky

This is a fantastic film and people call this overrated because they like raging bull better

44 Chinatown
45 Chicago

Worst best picture winner ever

Lol as someone from chicago this movie sucks!

46 12 Years a Slave

When I saw this movie win the best picture at the oscars, I thought "I have to see this movie" so I rented it and saw it, after it was finished, I was glad it was over, yes it's boring, there's not even any witty dialogue that people always brag about for this movie, it felt like it was a few big scenes and that was it. I felt the same way about Gravity but at least the ending was epic. People think if a movie has to have a great deal with religion, past events, or a true story, then it's automatically brilliant, while actual talented movies get booed for what they R. I'm tired of critics hyping the crap out of overrated movies.

Lets make a movie about slavery, then we put an overrated director who is black, and then we pay the critics to review this film as 5/5. Yup, that makes sense. Then we win 3 oscars, so in 10 years people can say "Most overrated movie ever"

This movie is historically accurate and Steve McQueen is not overatted

Historically inaccurate. Self righteous and sanctimonius rubbish.

47 Big Hero 6

Let me guess: you're bitter because this won and "The Overly-Long Lego Commercial"- sorry, "The Lego Movie"- wasn't even nominated.

This movie is awesome!

I hated this movie so much

48 Selma
49 Back to the Future

How can anyone say that Back to the Future is overrated when it clearly deserves praise?

50 Iron Man 3

This movie is pretty dumb. The Mandarin twist I absolutely hated.

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1. Gladiator
2. Forrest Gump
3. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
1. Avatar
2. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
3. La la Land
1. Slumdog Millionaire
2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
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