Academy Award Winners For Best Picture  
Year Winner My Winner Dad's Winner
1927-28 Wings Metropolis The General
1927-28 Sunrise Sunrise Sunrise
1928-29 Broadway Melody Man With The Movie Camera Man w/ the Movie Camera
1929-30 All Quiet On The Western Front All Quiet On The Western Front All Quiet on the Western front
1930-31 Cimarron M M
1931-32 Grand Hotel I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang I am a Fugitive from a Chain gang
1932-33 Cavalcade Gabriel Over The White House Gabriel Over the WH/King Kong
1934 It Happened One Night It Happened One Night It Happened One Night
1935 Mutiny On The Bounty Mutiny On The Bounty Bride of Frankenstein
1936 Great Ziegfeld Modern Times Fury/Modern Times/My Man Godfrey
1937 Life Of Emile Zola A Day At The Races The Awful Truth
1938 You Can't Take It With You Adventures Of Robin Hood Alexander Nevsky
1939 Gone With Wind Mr. Smith Goes To Washington The Rules of the Game/Wizard of Oz
1940 Rebecca Grapes Of Wrath Grapes of Wrath
1941 How Green Was My Valley Citizen Kane Citizen Kane
1942 Mrs. Miniver This Gun For Hire To Be or Not to Be
1943 Casablanca Casablanca Casablanca
1944 Going My Way Double Indemnity Miracle of Morgan's creek
1945 Lost Weekend Lost Weekend Detour
1946 Best Years Of Our Lives It's A Wonderful Life Best Years of Our lives/Big Sleep
1947 Gentleman's Agreement Out Of The Past Body and Soul
1948 Hamlet Treasure Of The Sierra Madre Fallen Idol/Fort Apache/Lady from Shanghai
1949 All King's Men Thieves' Highway Third Man/12 o'clock high/White Heat
1950 All About Eve Rashomon Sunset Blvd
1951 An American in Paris Day The Earth Stood Still Day The Earth Stood Still
1952 Greatest Show on Earth Ikiru Singin' in the Rain/Big Sky
1953 From Here to Eternity Shane Shane
1954 On The Waterfront Seven Samurai Seven Samurai
1955 Marty Night Of The Hunter Rebel W/o a Cause
1956 Around The World In 80 Days Killing The Searchers/Killing
1957 Bridge Over The River Kwai Paths Of Glory Written on the Wind/Seventh seal
1958 Gigi Vertigo Sweet Smell of success/Vertigo
1959 Ben-Hur Rio Bravo Imitation of Life
1960 Apartment Spartacus Psycho/La Dolce Vita
1961 West Side Story Yojimbo Yojimbo
1962 Lawrence of Arabia Sanjuro To Kill a Mockingbird
1963 Tom Jones Great Escape Great Escape
1964 My Fair Lady Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb Dr Strangelove
1965 Sound Of Music Cincinnati Kid Repulsion
1966 A Man For All Seasons Good, The Bad, And The Ugly The Good, the Bad and the Ugly/Battle of Algiers
1967 In The Heat Of Night Graduate Bonnie & Clyde/El Dorado
1968 Oliver! 2001: A Space Odyssey 2001 a space odyssey/Night of the living Dead
1969 Midnight Cowboy Wild Bunch Wild Bunch/Easy Rider
1970 Patton Love Story M*A*S*H*
1971 French Connection Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory A Clockwork Orange
1972 Godfather Godfather Godfather
1973 Sting Papillion Amarcord/Amerikan Grafitti
1974 Godfather Part 2 Godfather Part 2 Godfather Part 2
1975 One Flew Over Cuckoo's Nest One Flew Over Cuckoo's Nest Jaws
1976 Rocky Taxi Driver Taxi Driver
1977 Annie Hall Star Wars Star Wars
1978 Deer Hunter Dawn Of The Dead Deer Hunter
1979 Kramer vs. Kramer Breaking Away Apocalypse Now
1980 Ordinary People Empire Strikes Back Empire Strikes Back
1981 Chariots of Fire Das Boot Raiders of the Lost Ark
1982 Gandhi Koyaanisqatsi none
1983 Terms of Endearment A Christmas Story The Right Stuff
1984 Amadeus Terminator Paris, Texas/Once Upon a Time in Amerika
1985 Out of Africa Back To The Future Back to the Future
1986 Platoon Ferris Bueller's Day Off Blue Velvet
1987 Last Emperor Planes, Trains, And Automobiles The Untouchables
1988 Rain Man Die Hard Die Hard
1989 Driving Miss Daisy Do The Right Thing Do The Right Thing
1990 Dances With Wolves Goodfellas Goodfellas
1991 Silence of Lambs Silence of Lambs Silence of the Lambs/Beauty and the Beast
1992 Unforgiven Unforgiven Unforgiven
1993 Schindler's List Menace II Society Short Cuts
1994 Forrest Gump Pulp Fiction Pulp Fiction
1995 Braveheart Heat Heat
1996 English Patient Fargo Fargo
1997 Titanic Boogie Nights Boogie Nights
1998 Shakespeare in Love Pi Saving Private Ryan
1999 American Beauty Magnolia Magnolia
2000 Gladiator Dark Days Memento
2001 A Beautiful Mind Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring Black Hawk Down
2002 Chicago Bowling For Columbine City of God
2003 Lord of Rings: Return Of The King Fog Of War Elephant/Fog of War
2004 Million Dollar Baby Miracle/Aviator none
2005 Crash Cache Munich
2006 Departed Little Miss Sunshine Departed/Little Children
2007 No Country For Old Men 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days No Country for Old Men
2008 Slumdog Millionaire Slumdog Millionaire Wrestler
2009 Hurt Locker (500) Days Of Summer Hurt Locker
2010 King's Speech Inception True Grit
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Haven't Seen  
for each year I'll choose what film I would have chosen as best picture (chosen from all films released that year,  
not just those that were nominated). I'm not necessarily picking my favorite film, rather the one that I think should  
be considered the year's best. As a result there is a slight tendency towards the epic, since that seems to be the academy's M.O.