Screen Shot 2022-06-16 at 8.17.16 AMThis is the final grouping of 50 to count down the 1000 Greatest Films of the first Century of Film (1912-2011).

The original introduction can be found here.  Other parts can be found here.

The films in this portion rate at a 98 down through Modern Times and a 99 after that.

After some other posts, there will be an update that covers the years 2012-2016.  Then after some other posts, there will be another update that will cover the years 2017-2021.


“And now all that is over, and that’s the hardest part.  Today everything is very different.  No more action.  I have to wait around like everyone else.  I’m an average nobody.  I get to live the rest of my life like a schnook.”  (p 284)

My Top 10

  1. GoodFellas
  2. The Grifters
  3. Dances with Wolves
  4. Presumed Innocent
  5. The Hunt for Red October
  6. Reversal of Fortune
  7. White Hunter Black Heart
  8. Misery
  9. Mr. & Mrs. Bridge
  10. Awakenings

note:  Once you get past the top two, it’s not nearly as strong as 1989 but it would hard to be that good.  There is, however, a large number of films on my list outside of the Top 10 (barely making the list but making it nonetheless) which are all listed down at the bottom.


Michael's descent into darkness is captured in this amazing shot by Gordon Willis.

Michael’s descent into darkness is captured in this amazing shot by Gordon Willis.

You can read more about this year in film here.  The Best Picture race is discussed here, with reviews of all the nominees.  First there are the categories, followed by all the films with their nominations, then the Globes, where I split the major awards by Drama and Comedy, followed by a few lists at the very end.  If there’s a film you expected to see and didn’t, check the very bottom – it might be eligible in a different year.  Films in red won the Oscar in that category (or Globe, in the Globes section).  Films in blue were nominated.  Films with an asterisk (*) were Consensus nominees (a scale I put together based on the various awards) while those with a double asterisk (**) were the Consensus winners.

I’m listing the top 8 in the categories but only the top 5 earn Nighthawk nominations.  I’ve dropped it from 10 because in a lot of categories I only have 8 or fewer listed.

Nighthawk Awards:

  • Best Picture
  1. The Godfather  *
  2. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie  *
  3. Sleuth
  4. Cabaret  **
  5. Deliverance  *
  6. Play It Again, Sam
  7. Murmur of the Heart
  8. The Emigrants  *


Still one of the best openings ever.  Oh, and still the best film ever made and by default, the #1 film on the Best Picture list.

Still one of the best openings ever. Oh, and still the best film ever made and by default, the #1 film on the Best Picture list.

Back in 2009, I did a long series of histories of all the Academy Awards categories (you can find a full list here).  The final thing I did was a ranked list of all 468 Best Picture nominees.  When I revised all those posts in 2010 I only added in the 2009 Best Picture nominees to the ranked list rather than redo the list.  There was a reason for that – for a long time, that one post was by far the most popular thing I had ever put up.  There were stretches where it accounted for almost 20% of the hits on the entire site.  But that changed drastically with Google’s changing of how images come up.  But still I didn’t revise it, because by then, I was in the middle of a project that began on 9 March 2010 and only finished on 6 March 2013 – a year by year look at Best Picture in every year.  So I wanted to wait until the project was done. (more…)


Michael in both the darkness and the light in The Godfather (1972) – still the best film to ever win Best Picture at the Academy Awards.

Here we have 85 years of Oscar winners.  Though, because of the two winners in 1928 there are actually 86 winners that are ranked.

This list covers a complete ranking of all 86 of those films, from the very worst to the very best.  This will be followed by two more lists: a complete ranking of all the Best Picture years and a complete ranking of all 503 films that have earned Best Picture nominations (not including the 3 that can’t readily be seen). (more…)

The rabbits prepare to defend their warren in Watership Down (1978) - the best animated film since the 50's

1970  –  1979

Total Films I’ve Seen:  755

Films That Make the Top 5 in Any Category:  38

Best Film Not to Make the Top 5 in Any Category:  Mean Streets

Film of the Decade:  The Godfather

Worst Film of the Decade:  Caligula

Worst Best Picture Nominee of the Decade:  Love Story

Worst Film of the Decade Made by a Top 100 Director:  The Brood (more…)

A collage of many great scenes from The Godfather (1972)

The 45th Academy Awards for the film year 1972.  The nominations were announced on February 12, 1973 and the awards were held on March 27, 1973.

Best Picture:  The Godfather

  • Cabaret
  • Deliverance
  • The Emigrants
  • Sounder

Most Surprising Omission:  Sleuth

Best Eligible Film Not Nominated:  The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

Best English Language Film Not Nominated:  Sleuth

Rank (out of 82) Among Best Picture Years:  #18 (more…)

Where were all you people who love this film back in 1994? You certainly weren't with me in the theater on opening night.

Here’s a little random post while I finish working on some of my other posts.  These are all numbers from the IMDb.  It is kind of a representation of quasi-popular opinion on Best Picture nominees.  It’s popular opinion because these are numbers based on IMDb ratings and votes, something which anyone can do.  On the other hand, you have to care enough to at least register and do the voting.  So, kind of a mix of those who care about films and those who have too much time on their hands when they’re on the web.

So, here are some stats on films that were nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars.

Since the numbers on all of these tend to change, I’ll let you know that all these of numbers were pulled on April 29, 2010.

I’ve added a little updated inspired by one of the comments.  It’s at the end.


Francis Ford Coppola

Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) explains to his girlfriend Kay (Diane Keaton) what his father does for a living in Coppola's The Godfather (1972)

Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) explains to his girlfriend Kay (Diane Keaton) what his father does for a living in Coppola’s The Godfather (1972)

  • Born: 1939
  • Rank: 24
  • Score: 663.70
  • Awards: Oscar / 2 DGA / BAFTA / 2 Golden Globes / NSFC / NBR
  • Nominations: 4 Oscars / 5 DGA / 2 BAFTA / 5 Golden Globes
  • Feature Films: 24
  • Best: The Godfather
  • Worst: Tonight for Sure

Top 5 Feature Films:

  1. The Godfather – 1972
  2. Apocalypse Now – 1979
  3. The Godfather Part II – 1974
  4. The Conversation – 1974
  5. The Cotton Club – 1984

Top 10 Director Finishes (Nighthawk Awards):

  • 1966 – 7th – You’re a Big Boy Now
  • 1969 – 10th – Rain People
  • 1972 – 1st – The Godfather
  • 1974 – 2nd – The Godfather Part II
  • 1974 – 3rd – The Conversation
  • 1979 – 2nd – Apocalypse Now
  • 1984 – 4th – The Cotton Club
  • 1990 – 8th – The Godfather Part III


Sunset Boulevard (1950) - the greatest film ever made

Sunset Boulevard (1950) - the greatest film ever made

Here we have it. Oscar day is upon us. And for those of you who have been reading these posts for the last month, thanks, and I hope, if you like film, you’ll keep reading. For the next year, I’ll be doing a countdown of the 100 Greatest Directors of All-time, doing one every few days or so. I’ll also continue to do regular film posts and the Family News page will come back to the front, if you’re here to read about Thomas, Veronica and me.

Okay, so that was last year.  The Top 100 Directors are now all completed as can be seen here. This next year involves further work on my Year in Film series, my Top 100 Novels and, starting this week, an in-depth look at all the Best Picture nominees.

Anyway, for the last post, since I have seen 461 475 of the 468 478 films that have been nominated for Best Picture, I am giving a comparative ranking of all the films nominated for Best Picture.