As you know tomorrow is the 84th Annual Academy Awards, and there's a decent list of films have been nominated for several different awards, but the mother of all awards is the coveted Best Picture. So as of right now we have 83 movies that have taken home the top prize. I made it a goal earlier in life to see everyone of them, and I am happy to tell you that I have.
I thought is would be an appropriate time to share with you my top 10 favorite Academy Award winning Best Picture films so far. This was seriously a very hard list to compile because I love so many of them, but here we go.
I watched this movie in theaters more times than any other film. I watched it 13 times during its theatrical run, and it remains one of my favorite films of all time.
2. The Godfather Parts I and II
Yes, I am including both films as it's part of a single epic mob story. I love that both of these films won. As much as I like both, I have to say Part II is my favorite.
3. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
We all know that the award given for this film was an award for the entire trilogy. This had to win as it's one of the best and most epic movies ever made.
As a fan of westerns it was awesome to see Clint Eastwood win for this one, after all, he is the ultimate badass cowboy.
5. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
I've always been fascinated with the history of mental health, and I love the inspiring story that this movie told. Jack Nicholson was amazing in it, and it's one of my favorite movies ever.
6. The Silence of the Lambs
This truly is one of the most terrifying movies of all time. This is classified as a horror thriller and is the only horror film ever awarded the top prize at the Oscars.
7. The French Connection
This is an intense, relentless, intelligent and incredibly fast-paced action film that is perfectly executed.
8. The Deer Hunter
This is one hell of a heavy movie, but it's also a film that I enjoy watching. There are so many layers to the story and characters that it requires multiple viewings.
This is an incredibly well written film that was made on a beautifully grand scale. From the costumes to the setting to the epic music, this movie makes me melt.
10. Forrest Gump
This is just one of those unforgettable films that everyone loved. I have yet to meet someone that doesn't like Forrest Gump. It is just a great story that is told wonderfully.
And because it's so hard to stick with just 10, here are some honorable mentions:
On the Waterfront
West Side Story
The Hurt Locker
The Bridge on the River Kwai