As much as all conscientious film lovers complain about them, lists, awards and canons of the sort archived on this page have a noble purpose in movie fandom and scholarship — they are a starting point, and they highlight lessons in cinema literacy that give us all a central point from which to begin all of our arguments. No one’s favorite movies are represented by the AFI list; individual lists are far more revealing than consensus lists. But without consensus lists, where would we even begin? In this spirit, one of the major goals of this blog will be to write up all of the films below, slowly but devotedly. As each review is posted, a link will be added below.

SOC is currently focused on the perusal of a list of 100 films that constitute the big-league titles of the 1930s, and the films that featured the performance receiving the annual Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Lists Project

Prior projects:
1930s CANON 1.0

Current project:
1940s CANON 1.0
Christmas in July (1940, Preston Sturges) [cap]
Fantasia (1940, various directors)
The Great Dictator (1940, Charles Chaplin)
His Girl Friday (1940, Howard Hawks)
The Philadelphia Story (1940, George Cukor)
Rebecca (1940, Alfred Hitchcock)
The Shop Around the Corner (1940, Ernst Lubitsch)
Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941, William Dieterle)
How Green Was My Valley (1941, John Ford)
The Lady Eve (1941, Preston Sturges)
The Little Foxes (1941, William Wyler)
The Maltese Falcon (1941, John Huston)
Sullivan’s Travels (1941, Preston Sturges)
Suspicion (1941, Alfred Hitchcock)
Casablanca (1942, Michael Curtiz)
Cat People (1942, Jacques Tourneur)
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942, Orson Welles) [cap]
To Be or Not to Be (1942, Ernst Lubitsch)
Day of Wrath (1943, Carl Theodor Dreyer) [cap]
I Walked with a Zombie (1943, Jacques Tourneur)
Le Corbeau (1943, Henri-Georges Clouzot)
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943, Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
Meshes of the Afternoon (SHORT 1943, Maya Deren & Alexander Hammid)
Ossessione (1943, Luchino Visconti)
Red Hot Riding Hood (SHORT 1943, Tex Avery)
Shadow of a Doubt (1943, Alfred Hitchcock)
Double Indemnity (1944, Billy Wilder)
Laura (1944, Otto Preminger)
Lifeboat (1944, Alfred Hitchcock)
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944, Vincente Minnelli)
The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1944, Preston Sturges)
Screwball Squirrel (SHORT 1944, Tex Avery)
To Have and Have Not (1944, Howard Hawks) [cap]
The Battle of San Pietro (SHORT 1945, John Huston)
Brief Encounter (1945, David Lean) [cap]
Children of Paradise (1945, Marcel Carne)
I Know Where I’m Going! (1945, Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger) [cap]
It’s A Wonderful Life (1946, Frank Capra)
Ivan the Terrible Part I (1945, Sergei Eisenstein) [cap]
Leave Her to Heaven (1945, John M. Stahl)
Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945, Robert Bresson)
Rome, Open City (1945, Roberto Rossellini)
Scarlet Street (1945, Fritz Lang)
Spellbound (1945, Alfred Hitchcock)
Beauty and the Beast (1946, Jean Cocteau)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946, William Wyler)
The Big Sleep (1946, Howard Hawks)
Cluny Brown (1946, Ernst Lubitsch)
Ivan the Terrible Part II (1946, Sergei Eisenstein) [cap]
A Matter of Life and Death (1946, Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
My Darling Clementine (1946, John Ford)
Notorious (1946, Alfred Hitchcock)
Paisan (1946, Roberto Rossellini)
Utamaro and His Five Women (1946, Kenji Mizoguchi)
Black Narcissus (1947, Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
King-Size Canary (SHORT 1947, Tex Avery)
The Lady from Shanghai (1947, Orson Welles)
Monsieur Verdoux (1947, Charles Chaplin) [cap]
Odd Man Out (1947, Carol Reed)
Out of the Past (1947, Jacques Tourneur)
Quai des Ofevres (1947, Henri-Georges Clouzot) [cap]
The Record of a Tenement Gentleman (1947, Yasujiro Ozu)
Bicycle Thieves (1948, Vittorio De Sica)
Force of Evil (1948, Abraham Polonsky)
Germany Year Zero (1948, Roberto Rossellini)
Key Largo (1948, John Huston) [cap]
La Terra Trema (1948, Luchino Visconti) [cap]
Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948, Max Ophuls)
Louisiana Story (1948, Robert J. Flaherty) [cap]
The Pirate (1948, Vincente Minnelli)
Red River (1948, Howard Hawks)
The Red Shoes (1948, Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
Rope (1948, Alfred Hitchcock)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948, John Huston)
Unfaithfully Yours (1948, Preston Sturges)
Women of the Night (1948, Kenji Mizoguchi)
Gun Crazy (1949, Joseph H. Lewis)
The Heiress (1949, William Wyler) [cap]
I Was a Male War Bride (1949, Howard Hawks)
Jour de Fete (1949, Jacques Tati)
Late Spring (1949, Yasujiro Ozu) [cap]
Orpheus (1949, Jean Cocteau)
Prison (1949, Ingmar Bergman)
The Reckless Moment (1949, Max Ophuls)
The Southerner (1949, Jean Renoir) [cap]
Stray Dog (1949, Akira Kurosawa)
The Third Man (1949, Carol Reed)
White Heat (1949, Raoul Walsh)


Oscars Project

Prior projects:

Current project:
(Note: the winners of this Academy Award are included in bold next to the numeration of each ceremony for the sake of completeness, but they aren’t actually a part of this viewing project; I already reviewed all of them here.)
1st Academy Awards / winner: Wings (1927, William A. Wellman)
The Racket (1928, Lewis Milestone)
7th Heaven (1927, Frank Borzage)
Sunrise (1927, F.W. Murnau)
Chang (1927, Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack)
The Crowd (1928, King Vidor)
2nd Academy Awards / winner: The Broadway Melody (1929, Harry Beaumont)
Alibi (1929, Roland West)
In Old Arizona (1928, Raoul Walsh & Irving Cummings) [cap]
Hollywood Revue (1929, Charles Reisner)
The Patriot (1928, Ernst Lubitsch) [LOST FILM]
3rd Academy Awards / winner: All Quiet on the Western Front (1930, Lewis Milestone)
The Big House (1930, George W. Hill)
Disraeli (1929, Alfred E. Green) [cap]
The Divorcee (1930, Robert Z. Leonard) [cap]
The Love Parade (1929, Ernst Lubitsch) [cap]
4th Academy Awards / winner: Cimarron (1931, Wesley Ruggles)
East Lynne (1931, Frank Lloyd)
The Front Page (1931, Lewis Milestone) [cap]
Skippy (1931, Norman Taurog)
Trader Horn (1931, W.S. Van Dyke)
5th Academy Awards / winner: Grand Hotel (1932, Edmund Goulding)
Arrowsmith (1931, John Ford)
Bad Girl (1931, Frank Borzage)
The Champ (1931, King Vidor)
Five Star Final (1931, Mervyn LeRoy)
One Hour with You (1932, Ernst Lubitsch) [cap]
Shanghai Express (1932, Josef von Sternberg) [cap]
The Smiling Lieutenant (1931, Ernst Lubitsch) [cap]
6th Academy Awards / winner: Cavalcade (1933, Frank Lloyd)
42nd Street (1933, Lloyd Bacon)
A Farewell to Arms (1932, Frank Borzage) [cap]
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1933, Mervyn LeRoy)
Lady for a Day (1933, Frank Capra) [cap]
Little Women (1933, George Cukor)
The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933, Alexander Korda)
She Done Him Wrong (1933, Lowell Sherman) [cap]
Smilin’ Through (1932, Sidney Franklin) [cap]
State Fair (1933, Henry King)
7th Academy Awards / winner: It Happened One Night (1934, Frank Capra)
The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934, Sidney Franklin)
Cleopatra (1934, Cecil B. DeMille)
Flirtation Walk (1934, Frank Borzage)
The Gay Divorcee (1934, Mark Sandrich)
Here Comes the Navy (1934, Lloyd Bacon)
The House of Rothschild (1934, Alfred L. Werker)
Imitation of Life (1934, John M. Stahl)
One Night of Love (1934, Victor Schertzinger)
The Thin Man (1934, W.S. Van Dyke) [cap]
Viva Villa! (1934, Jack Conway)
The White Parade (1934, Irving Cummings)
8th Academy Awards / winner: Mutiny on the Bounty (1935, Frank Lloyd)
Alice Adams (1935, George Cukor)
Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935, Roy Del Ruth)
Captain Blood (1935, Michael Curtiz) [cap]
David Copperfield (1935, George Cukor)
The Informer (1935, John Ford)
Les Miserables (1935, Richard Boleslawski)
The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935, Henry Hathaway)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935, William Dieterle & Max Reinhardt)
Naughty Marietta (1935, Robert Z. Leonard & W.S. Van Dyke)
Ruggles of Red Gap (1935, Leo McCarey) [cap]
Top Hat (1935, Mark Sandrich) [cap]
9th Academy Awards / winner: The Great Ziegfeld (1936, Robert Z. Leonard)
Anthony Adverse (1936, Mervyn LeRoy) – [cap]
Dodsworth (1936, William Wyler)
Libeled Lady (1936, Jack Conway)
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936, Frank Capra)
Romeo and Juliet (1936, George Cukor)
San Francisco (1936, W.S. Van Dyke) [cap]
The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936, William Dieterle)
A Tale of Two Cities (1935, Jack Conway)
Three Smart Girls (1936, Henry Koster)
10th Academy Awards / winner: The Life of Emile Zola (1937, William Dieterle)
The Awful Truth (1937, Leo McCarey)
Captains Courageous (1937, Victor Fleming) [cap]
Dead End (1937, William Wyler)
The Good Earth (1937, Sidney Franklin) [cap]
In Old Chicago (1937, Henry King) [cap]
Lost Horizon (1937, Frank Capra) [cap}
One Hundred Men and a Girl (1937, Henry Koster)
Stage Door (1937, Gregory La Cava) [cap]
A Star Is Born (1937, William A. Wellman)
11th Academy Awards / winner: You Can’t Take It with You (1938, Frank Capra)
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938, Michael Curtiz & William Keighley) [cap]
Alexander’s Ragtime Band (1938, Henry King)
Boys Town (1938, Norman Taurog) [cap]
The Citadel (1938, King Vidor)
Four Daughters (1938, Michael Curtiz)
Grand Illusion (1937, Jean Renoir)
Jezebel (1938, William Wyler) [cap]
Pygmalion (1938, Anthony Asquith & Leslie Howard)
Test Pilot (1938, Victor Fleming)
12th Academy Awards / winner: Gone with the Wind (1939, Victor Fleming)
Dark Victory (1939, Edmund Goulding)
Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939, Sam Wood) [cap]
Love Affair (1939, Leo McCarey)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939, Frank Capra)
Ninotchka (1939, Ernst Lubitsch)
Of Mice and Men (1939, Lewis Milestone)
Stagecoach (1939, John Ford)
The Wizard of Oz (1939, Victor Fleming)
Wuthering Heights (1939, William Wyler)
13th Academy Awards / winner: Rebecca (1940, Alfred Hitchcock)
All This, and Heaven Too (1940, Anatole Litvak)
Foreign Correspondent (1940, Alfred Hitchcock)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940, John Ford)
The Great Dictator (1940, Charles Chaplin)
Kitty Foyle (1940, Sam Wood) [cap]
The Letter (1940, William Wyler)
The Long Voyage Home (1940, John Ford) [cap]
Our Town (1940, Sam Wood) [cap]
The Philadelphia Story (1940, George Cukor)
14th Academy Awards / winner: How Green Was My Valley (1941, John Ford)
Blossoms in the Dust (1941, Mervyn LeRoy)
Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941, Alexander Hall)
Hold Back the Dawn (1941, Mitchell Leisen)
The Little Foxes (1941, William Wyler)
The Maltese Falcon (1941, John Huston)
One Foot in Heaven (1941, Irving Rapper)
Sergeant York (1941, Howard Hawks) [cap]
Suspicion (1941, Alfred Hitchcock)
15th Academy Awards / winner: Mrs. Miniver (1942, William Wyler)
49th Parallel (1941, Michael Powell)
Kings Row (1942, Sam Wood)
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942, Orson Welles) [cap]
The Pied Piper (1942, Irving Pichel)
The Pride of the Yankees (1942, Sam Wood)
Random Harvest (1942, Mervyn LeRoy)
The Talk of the Town (1942, George Stevens) [cap]
Wake Island (1942, John Farrow)
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942, Michael Curtiz)
16th Academy Awards / winner: Casablanca (1942, Michael Curtiz)
For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943, Sam Wood) [cap]
Heaven Can Wait (1943, Ernst Lubitsch)
The Human Comedy (1943, Clarence Brown) [cap]
In Which We Serve (1942, David Lean & Noel Coward) [cap]
Madame Curie (1943, Mervyn LeRoy)
The More the Merrier (1943, George Stevens) [cap]
The Ox-Bow Incident (1943, William A. Wellman)
The Song of Bernadette (1943, Henry King) [cap]
Watch on the Rhine (1943, Herman Shumlin) [cap]
17th Academy Awards / winner: Going My Way (1944, Leo McCarey)
Double Indemnity (1944, Billy Wilder)
Gaslight (1944, George Cukor) [cap]
Since You Went Away (1944, John Cromwell)
Wilson (1944, Henry King) [cap]
18th Academy Awards / winner: The Lost Weekend (1945, Billy Wilder)
Anchors Aweigh (1945, George Sidney)
The Bells of St. Mary’s (1945, Leo McCarey)
Mildred Pierce (1945, Michael Curtiz) [cap]
Spellbound (1945, Alfred Hitchcock)
19th Academy Awards / winner: The Best Years of Our Lives (1946, William Wyler)
Henry V (1944, Laurence Olivier) [cap]
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946, Frank Capra)
The Razor’s Edge (1946, Edmund Goulding) [cap]
The Yearling (1946, Clarence Brown)
20th Academy Awards / winner: Gentleman’s Agreement (1947, Elia Kazan)
The Bishop’s Wife (1947, Henry Koster)
Crossfire (1947, Edward Dmytryk)
Great Expectations (1946, David Lean)
Miracle on 34th Street (1947, George Seaton)
21st Academy Awards / winner: Hamlet (1948, Laurence Olivier)
Johnny Belinda (1948, Jean Negulesco) [cap]
The Red Shoes (1948, Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
the snake pit (1948, Anatole Litvak) [cap]
Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948, John Huston)
22nd Academy Awards / winner: All the King’s Men (1949, Robert Rossen)
Battleground (1949, William A. Wellman)
The Heiress (1949, William Wyler) [cap]
A Letter to Three Wives (1949, Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
Twelve O’Clock High (1949, Henry King) [cap]
23rd Academy Awards / winner: All About Eve (1950, Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
Born Yesterday (1950, George Cukor) [cap]
Father of the Bride (1950, Vincente Minnelli)
King Solomon’s Mines (1950, Compton Bennett & Andrew Marton)
Sunset Blvd. (1950, Billy Wilder)
24th Academy Awards / winner: An American in Paris (1951, Vincente Minnelli)
Decision Before Dawn (1951, Anatole Litvak)
A Place in the Sun (1951, George Stevens)
Quo Vadis (1951, Mervyn LeRoy)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951, Elia Kazan)
25th Academy Awards / winner: The Greatest Show on Earth (1952, Cecil B. DeMille)
High Noon (1952, Fred Zinnemann)
Ivanhoe (1952, Richard Thorpe)
Moulin Rouge (1952, John Huston)
The Quiet Man (1952, John Ford)
26th Academy Awards / winner: From Here to Eternity (1953, Fred Zinnemann)
Julius Caesar (1953, Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
The Robe (1953, Henry Koster)
Roman Holiday (1953, William Wyler)
Shane (1953, George Stevens)
27th Academy Awards / winner: On the Waterfront (1954, Elia Kazan)
The Caine Mutiny (1954, Edward Dmytryk)
The Country Girl (1954, George Seaton)
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954, Stanley Donen)
Three Coins in the Fountain (1954, Jean Negulesco)
28th Academy Awards / winner: Marty (1955, Delbert Mann)
Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955, Henry King)
Mister Roberts (1955, John Ford & Mervyn LeRoy) [cap]
Picnic (1955, Joshua Logan)
The Rose Tattoo (1955, Daniel Mann) [cap]
29th Academy Awards / winner: Around the World in Eighty Days (1956, Michael Anderson)
Friendly Persuasion (1956, William Wyler)
Giant (1956, George Stevens)
The King and I (1956, Walter Lang) [cap]
The Ten Commandments (1956, Cecil B. DeMille)
30th Academy Awards / winner: The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957, David Lean)
12 Angry Men (1957, Sidney Lumet)
Peyton Place (1957, Mark Robson)
Sayonara (1957, Joshua Logan) [cap]
Witness for the Prosecution (1957, Billy Wilder)
31st Academy Awards / winner: Gigi (1958, Vincente Minnelli)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958, Richard Brooks)
Auntie Mame (1958, Morton DaCosta)
Separate Tables (1958, Delbert Mann) [cap]
The Defiant Ones (1958, Stanley Kramer)
32nd Academy Awards / winner: Ben-Hur (1959, William Wyler)
Anatomy of a Murder (1959, Otto Preminger)
Room at the Top (1959, Jack Clayton)
The Diary of Anne Frank (1959, George Stevens) [cap]
The Nun’s Story (1959, Fred Zinnemann) [cap]
33rd Academy Awards / winner: The Apartment (1960, Billy Wilder)
The Alamo (1960, John Wayne)
Elmer Gantry (1960, Richard Brooks)
Sons and Lovers (1960, Jack Cardiff)
The Sundowners (1960, Fred Zinnemann)
34th Academy Awards / winner: West Side Story (1961, Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins)
Fanny (1961, Joshua Logan)
The Guns of Navarone (1961, J. Lee Thompson)
The Hustler (1961, Robert Rossen) [caps]
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961, Stanley Kramer) [caps]
35th Academy Awards / winner: Lawrence of Arabia (1962, David Lean)
The Longest Day (1962, Ken Annakin/Andrew Marton/Bernhard Wicki) [cap]
The Music Man (1962, Morton DaCosta)
Mutiny on the Bounty (1962, Lewis Milestone)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962, Robert Mulligan)
36th Academy Awards / winner: Tom Jones (1963, Tony Richardson)
America America (1963, Elia Kazan)
Cleopatra (1963, Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
How the West Was Won (1962, John Ford/Henry Hathaway/George Marshall)
Lilies of the Field (1963, Ralph Nelson) [cap]
37th Academy Awards / winner: My Fair Lady (1964, George Cukor)
Becket (1964, Peter Glenville) [cap]
Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964, Stanley Kubrick)
Mary Poppins (1964, Robert Stevenson)
Zorba the Greek (1964, Michael Cacoyannis) [cap]
38th Academy Awards / winner: The Sound of Music (1965, Robert Wise)
Darling (1965, John Schlesinger)
Doctor Zhivago (1965, David Lean)
Ship of Fools (1965, Stanley Kramer)
A Thousand Clowns (1965, Fred Coe) [cap]
39th Academy Awards / winner: A Man for All Seasons (1966, Fred Zinnemann)
Alfie (1966, Lewis Gilbert)
The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! (1966, Norman Jewison) [cap]
The Sand Pebbles (1966, Robert Wise)
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966, Mike Nichols)
40th Academy Awards / winner: In the Heat of the Night (1967, Norman Jewison)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967, Arthur Penn)
Doctor Dolittle (1967, Richard Fleischer)
The Graduate (1967, Mike Nichols)
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967, Stanley Kramer)
41st Academy Awards / winner: Oliver! (1968, Carol Reed)
Funny Girl (1968, William Wyler) [cap]
The Lion in Winter (1968, Anthony Harvey)
Rachel, Rachel (1968, Paul Newman)
Romeo and Juliet (1968, Franco Zeffirelli)
42nd Academy Awards / winner: Midnight Cowboy (1969, John Schlesinger)
Anne of the Thousand Days (1969, Charles Jarrott)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969, George Roy Hill)
Hello, Dolly! (1969, Gene Kelly)
Z (1969, Costa-Gavras)
43rd Academy Awards / winner: Patton (1970, Franklin J. Schaffner)
Airport (1970, George Seaton) [cap]
Five Easy Pieces (1970, Bob Rafelson) [cap]
Love Story (1970, Arthur Hiller)
MASH (1970, Robert Altman)
44th Academy Awards / winner: The French Connection (1971, William Friedkin)
A Clockwork Orange (1971, Stanley Kubrick)
Fiddler on the Roof (1971, Norman Jewison)
The Last Picture Show (1971, Peter Bogdanovich)
Nicholas and Alexandra (1971, Franklin J. Schaffner)
45th Academy Awards / winner: The Godfather (1972, Francis Ford Coppola)
Cabaret (1972, Bob Fosse)
Deliverance (1972, John Boorman)
The Emigrants (1971, Jan Troell)
Sounder (1972, Martin Ritt)
46th Academy Awards / winner: The Sting (1973, George Roy Hill)
American Graffiti (1973, George Lucas)
Cries & Whispers (1972, Ingmar Bergman) [cap]
The Exorcist (1973, William Friedkin)
A Touch of Class (1973, Melvin Frank) [cap]
47th Academy Awards / winner: The Godfather Part II (1974, Francis Ford Coppola)
Chinatown (1974, Roman Polanski)
The Conversation (1974, Francis Ford Coppola)
Lenny (1974, Bob Fosse)
The Towering Inferno (1974, John Guillermin)
48th Academy Awards / winner: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975, Milos Forman)
Barry Lyndon (1975, Stanley Kubrick)
Dog Day Afternoon (1975, Sidney Lumet)
Jaws (1975, Steven Spielberg)
Nashville (1975, Robert Altman)
49th Academy Awards / winner: Rocky (1976, John G. Avildsen)
All the President’s Men (1976, Alan J. Pakula)
Bound for Glory (1976, Hal Ashby)
Network (1976, Sidney Lumet)
Taxi Driver (1976, Martin Scorsese)
50th Academy Awards / winner: Annie Hall (1977, Woody Allen)
The Goodbye Girl (1977, Herbert Ross) [cap]
Julia (1977, Fred Zinnemann)
Star Wars (1977, George Lucas)
The Turning Point (1977, Herbert Ross)
51st Academy Awards / winner: The Deer Hunter (1978, Michael Cimino)
Coming Home (1978, Hal Ashby)
Heaven Can Wait (1978, Warren Beatty & Buck Henry) [cap]
Midnight Express (1978, Alan Parker)
An Unmarried Woman (1978, Paul Mazursky)
52nd Academy Awards / winner: Kramer vs. Kramer (1979, Robert Benton)
All That Jazz (1979, Bob Fosse) [cap]
Apocalypse Now (1979, Francis Ford Coppola)
Breaking Away (1979, Peter Yates) [cap]
Norma Rae (1979, Martin Ritt) [cap]
53rd Academy Awards / winner: Ordinary People (1980, Robert Redford)
Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980, Michael Apted) [cap]
The Elephant Man (1980, David Lynch)
Raging Bull (1980, Martin Scorsese)
Tess (1979, Roman Polanski)
54th Academy Awards / winner: Chariots of Fire (1981, Hugh Hudson)
Atlantic City (1980, Louis Malle)
On Golden Pond (1981, Mark Rydell) [cap]
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981, Steven Spielberg)
Reds (1981, Warren Beatty)
55th Academy Awards / winner: Gandhi (1982, Richard Attenborough)
E.T. the Extra Terrestrial (1982, Steven Spielberg)
Missing (1982, Costa-Gavras) [cap]
Tootsie (1982, Sydney Pollack)
The Verdict (1982, Sidney Lumet) [cap]
56th Academy Awards / winner: Terms of Endearment (1983, James L. Brooks)
The Big Chill (1983, Lawrence Kasdan)
The Dresser (1983, Peter Yates)
The Right Stuff (1983, Philip Kaufman)
Tender Mercies (1983, Bruce Beresford)
57th Academy Awards / winner: Amadeus (1984, Milos Forman)
The Killing Fields (1984, Roland Joffe) [cap]
A Passage to India (1984, David Lean) [cap]
Places in the Heart (1984, Robert Benton) [cap]
A Soldier’s Story (1984, Norman Jewison)
58th Academy Awards / winner: Out of Africa (1985, Sydney Pollack) [cap]
The Color Purple (1985, Steven Spielberg)
Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985, Hector Babenco) [cap]
Prizzi’s Honor (1985, John Huston) [cap]
Witness (1985, Peter Weir)
59th Academy Awards / winner: Platoon (1986, Oliver Stone)
Children of a Lesser God (1986, Randa Haines) [cap]
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986, Woody Allen)
The Mission (1986, Roland Joffe)
A Room with a View (1985, James Ivory) [cap]
60th Academy Awards / winner: The Last Emperor (1987, Bernardo Bertolucci)
Broadcast News (1987, James L. Brooks)
Fatal Attraction (1987, Adrian Lyne)
Hope and Glory (1987, John Boorman)
Moonstruck (1987, Norman Jewison) [cap]
61st Academy Awards / winner: Rain Man (1988, Barry Levinson)
The Accidental Tourist (1988, Lawrence Kasdan) [cap]
Dangerous Liaisons (1988, Stephen Frears) [cap]
Mississippi Burning (1988, Alan Parker)
Working Girl (1988, Mike Nichols)
62nd Academy Awards / winner: Driving Miss Daisy (1989, Bruce Beresford)
Born on the Fourth of July (1989, Oliver Stone)
Dead Poets Society (1989, Peter Weir) [cap]
Field of Dreams (1989, Phil Alden Robinson)
My Left Foot (1989, Jim Sheridan) [cap]
63rd Academy Awards / winner: Dances with Wolves (1990, Kevin Costner)
Awakenings (1990, Penny Marshall)
Ghost (1990, Jerry Zucker) [cap]
The Godfather Part III (1990, Francis Ford Coppola)
Goodfellas (1990, Martin Scorsese)
64th Academy Awards / winner: The Silence of the Lambs (1991, Jonathan Demme)
Beauty and the Beast (1991, Gary Trousdale & Kirk Wise) [cap]
Bugsy (1991, Barry Levinson)
JFK (1991, Oliver Stone)
The Prince of Tides (1991, Barbra Streisand)
65th Academy Awards / winner: Unforgiven (1992, Clint Eastwood)
The Crying Game (1992, Neil Jordan)
A Few Good Men (1992, Rob Reiner)
Howards End (1992, James Ivory) [cap]
Scent of a Woman (1992, Martin Brest) [cap]
66th Academy Awards / winner: Schindler’s List (1993, Steven Spielberg)
The Fugitive (1993, Andrew Davis) [cap]
In the Name of the Father (1993, Jim Sheridan) [cap]
The Piano (1993, Jane Campion)
The Remains of the Day (1993, James Ivory)
67th Academy Awards / winner: Forrest Gump (1994, Robert Zemeckis)
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994, Mike Newell)
Pulp Fiction (1994, Quentin Tarantino)
Quiz Show (1994, Robert Redford)
The Shawshank Redemption (1994, Frank Darabont)
68th Academy Awards / winner: Braveheart (1995, Mel Gibson)
Apollo 13 (1995, Ron Howard)
Babe (1995, Chris Noonan) [cap]
Il Postino (1994, Michael Radford & Massimo Troisi)
Sense and Sensibility (1995, Ang Lee) [cap]
69th Academy Awards / winner: The English Patient (1996, Anthony Minghella)
Fargo (1996, Joel Coen)
Jerry Maguire (1996, Cameron Crowe) [cap]
Secrets & Lies (1996, Mike Leigh) [cap]
Shine (1996, Scott Hicks) [cap]
70th Academy Awards / winner: Titanic (1997, James Cameron)
As Good as It Gets (1997, James L. Brooks) [cap]
The Full Monty (1997, Peter Cattaneo)
Good Will Hunting (1997, Gus Van Sant) [cap]
L.A. Confidential (1997, Curtis Hanson)
71st Academy Awards / winner: Shakespeare in Love (1998, John Madden)
Elizabeth (1998, Shekhar Kapur)
Life Is Beautiful (1997, Roberto Benigni)
Saving Private Ryan (1998, Steven Spielberg)
The Thin Red Line (1998, Terrence Malick)
72nd Academy Awards / winner: American Beauty (1999, Sam Mendes)
The Cider House Rules (1999, Lasse Hallstrom) [cap]
The Green Mile (1999, Frank Darabont)
The Insider (1999, Michael Mann) [cap]
The Sixth Sense (1999, M. Night Shyamalan)
73rd Academy Awards / winner: Gladiator (2000, Ridley Scott)
Chocolat (2000, Lasse Hallstrom)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000, Ang Lee)
Erin Brockovich (2000, Steven Soderbergh) [cap]
Traffic (2000, Steven Soderbergh)
74th Academy Awards / winner: A Beautiful Mind (2001, Ron Howard)
Gosford Park (2001, Robert Altman) [cap]
In the Bedroom (2001, Todd Field)
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001, Peter Jackson)
Moulin Rouge! (2001, Baz Luhrmann)
75th Academy Awards / winner: Chicago (2002, Rob Marshall)
Gangs of New York (2002, Martin Scorsese)
The Hours (2002, Stephen Daldry) [cap]
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002, Peter Jackson)
The Pianist (2002, Roman Polanski)
76th Academy Awards / winner: Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003, Peter Jackson)
Lost in Translation (2003, Sofia Coppola)
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003, Peter Weir)
Mystic River (2003, Clint Eastwood) [cap]
Seabiscuit (2003, Gary Ross)
77th Academy Awards / winner: Million Dollar Baby (2004, Clint Eastwood)
The Aviator (2004, Martin Scorsese) [cap]
Finding Neverland (2004, Marc Forster)
Ray (2004, Taylor Hackford) [cap]
Sideways (2004, Alexander Payne) [cap]
78th Academy Awards / winner: Crash (2004, Paul Haggis)
Brokeback Mountain (2005, Ang Lee)
Capote (2005, Bennett Miller)
Good Night, and Good Luck (2005, George Clooney)
Munich (2005, Steven Spielberg)
79th Academy Awards / winner: The Departed (2006, Martin Scorsese)
Babel (2006, Alejandro González Iñárritu) [cap]
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006, Clint Eastwood)
Little Miss Sunshine (2006, Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris)
The Queen (2006, Stephen Frears) [cap]
80th Academy Awards / winner: No Country for Old Men (2007, Joel & Ethan Coen)
Atonement (2007, Joe Wright) [cap]
Juno (2007, Jason Reitman) [cap]
Michael Clayton (2007, Tony Gilroy) [cap]
There Will Be Blood (2007, Paul Thomas Anderson)
81st Academy Awards / winner: Slumdog Millionaire (2008, Danny Boyle)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008, David Fincher)
Frost/Nixon (2008, Ron Howard)
Milk (2008, Gus Van Sant)
The Reader (2008, Stephen Daldry) [cap]
82nd Academy Awards / winner: The Hurt Locker (2008, Kathryn Bigelow)
Avatar (2009, James Cameron)
The Blind Side (2009, John Lee Hancock) [cap]
District 9 (2009, Neill Blomkamp)
An Education (2009, Lone Scherfig)
Inglourious Basterds (2009, Quentin Tarantino)
Precious (2009, Lee Daniels) [cap]
A Serious Man (2009, Joel & Ethan Coen)
Up (2009, Pete Docter)
Up in the Air (2009, Jason Reitman)
83rd Academy Awards / winner: The King’s Speech (2010, Tom Hooper)
127 Hours (2010, Danny Boyle)
Black Swan (2010, Darren Aronofsky)
The Fighter (2010, David O. Russell) [cap]
Inception (2010, Christopher Nolan)
The Kids Are All Right (2010, Lisa Cholodenko)
The Social Network (2010, David Fincher)
Toy Story 3 (2010, Lee Unkrich)
True Grit (2010, Joel & Ethan Coen)
Winter’s Bone (2010, Debra Granik)
84th Academy Awards / winner: The Artist (2011, Michel Hazanavicius)
The Descendants (2011, Alexander Payne)
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011, Stephen Daldry) [cap]
The Help (2011, Tate Taylor) [cap]
Hugo (2011, Martin Scorsese)
Midnight in Paris (2011, Woody Allen) [cap]
Moneyball (2011, Bennett Miller)
The Tree of Life (2011, Terrence Malick)
War Horse (2011, Steven Spielberg)
85th Academy Awards / winner: Argo (2012, Ben Affleck)
Amour (2012, Michael Haneke)
Beasts of the Southern World (2012, Benh Zeitlin)
Django Unchained (2012, Quentin Tarantino)
Les Miserables (2012, Tom Hooper) [cap]
Life of Pi (2012, Ang Lee)
Lincoln (2012, Steven Spielberg)
Silver Linings Playbook (2012, David O. Russell)
Zero Dark Thirty (2012, Kathryn Bigelow)
86th Academy Awards / winner: 12 Years a Slave (2013, Steve McQueen)
American Hustle (2013, David O. Russell)
Captain Phillips (2013, Paul Greengrass)
Dallas Buyers Club (2013, Jean-Marc Vallee)
Gravity (2013, Alfonso Cuaron)
Her (2013, Spike Jonze)
Nebraska (2013, Alexander Payne)
Philomena (2013, Stephen Frears)
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013, Martin Scorsese)
87th Academy Awards / winner: Birdman (2014, Alejandro González Iñárritu) [cap]
American Sniper (2014, Clint Eastwood)
Boyhood (2014, Richard Linklater)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014, Wes Anderson)
The Imitation Game (2014, Morten Tyldum) [cap]
Selma (2014, Ava DuVernay) [cap]
The Theory of Everything (2014, James Marsh) [cap]
Whiplash (2014, Damien Chazelle) [cap]
88th Academy Awards / winner: Spotlight (2015, Tom McCarthy) [cap]
The Big Short (2015, Adam McKay) [cap]
Bridge of Spies (2015, Steven Spielberg) [cap]
Brooklyn (2015, John Crowley) [cap]
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015, George Miller) [cap]
The Martian (2015, Ridley Scott) [cap]
The Revenant (2015, Alejandro González Iñárritu) [cap]
Room (2015, Lenny Abrahamson) [cap]
89th Academy Awards / winner: Moonlight (2016, Barry Jenkins) [cap]
Arrival (2016, Denis Villeneuve) [cap]
Fences (2016, Denzel Washington) [cap]
Hacksaw Ridge (2016, Mel Gibson)
Hell or High Water (2016, David Mackenzie) [cap]
Hidden Figures (2016, Theodore Melfi)
La La Land (2016, Damien Chazelle) [cap]
Lion (2016, Garth Davis) [cap]
Manchester by the Sea (2016, Kenneth Lonergan) [cap]