Top 20 Favorite Best Picture Oscar winners


A little bit ago my friend Steve posted this link to my Facebook wall:

Worst-to-best Best Picture Winners.

An interesting little intellectual exercise that would be fun for most film buffs. Of course, things being subjective like they are, it seems like he underrates some good movies and overrates some bad ones. (And, as much as I didn't like it, I expect some of those early winners are probably worse than his bottom pick, Crash.)

So as an intellectual exercise, I decided to look at the list of Best Picture winners and rank them in my order of preference. Of course, I haven't seen them all. And some I haven't seen in years. In fact, after I got done with 10, I sort of felt like further ranking was pretty arbitrary nonetheless, here goes:

1. The Sting (1973)
2. Marty (1955)
3. The Apartment (1960)
4. The Godfather (1972)
5. Amadeus (1984)
6. Casablanca (1943)*
7. No Country For Old Men (2007)
8. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
9. On The Waterfront (1954)
10. The Godfather Part II (1974)

The next 10 in alphabetical order:

All The King's Men (1949)
Annie Hall (1977)
Gone With The Wind (1939)
The Hurt Locker (2009)
In The Heat Of The Night (1967)
It Happened One Night (1934)
The Last Emperor (1987) - especially the director's cut
The Lost Weekend (1945)
Rebecca (1940)
Rocky (1976)

What are your favorite/least favorites?!?!?

‎*(I'm giving CASABLANCA the benefit of the doubt. I haven't seen it in years, so maybe my tastes have changed, but it's got all the elements of a movie I would like better than NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN but not as much as AMADEUS [ha ha].)