Empire Online has recently put up a feature which showcases all the Best Picture winners at the Oscars since the awards started back in 1928. It's a good read although a very long one since they felt the need to give each movie its own full page which means plenty of clicking of the "next" button.
So to save time and energy Screen Rant provides you with the much shortened version of the list, which makes it much easier to skim over and take in (thanks to www.tif.ro for the original short list, although we've shortened it even more).
My question for you, the welcomed and much loved Screen Rant reader, is how many of the Best Picture winners have you seen? This is all just a bit of fun but if you feel in the mood for a little list-motivated film discussion then tally up those which you have seen and post them (and any accompanying thoughts you may have) in the comments section.
1928 - Wings, Sunrise1929 - The Broadway Melody1930 - All Quiet on the Western Front1931 - Cimarron1932 - Grand Hotel1933 - Cavalcade1934 - It Happened One Night1935 - Mutiny on the Bounty1936 - The Great Ziegfield1937 - The Life of Emile Zola1938 - You Can't Take It With You1939 - Gone With The Wind1940 - Rebecca1941 - How Green Was My Valley1942 - Mrs. Miniver1943 - Casablanca1944 - Going My Way1945 - The Lost Weekend1946 - The Best Years Of Our Lives1947 - A Gentleman's Agreement1948 - Hamlet1949 - All The King's Men1950 - All About Eve1951 - An American in Paris1952 - The Greatest Show on Earth1953 - From Here to Eternity1954 - On The Waterfront1955 - Marty1956 - Around the World in 80 Days1957 - Bridge Over The River Kwai1958 - Gigi1959 - Ben Hur1960 - The Apartment1961 - West Side Story1962 - Lawrence of Arabia1963 - Tom Jones1964 - My Fair Lady1965 - The Sound of Music1966 - A Man For All Season1967 - In The Heat of the Night1968 - Oliver1969 - Midnight Cowboy1970 - Patton1971 - The French Connection1972 - The Godfather1973 - The Sting1974 - The Godfather Part 21975 - One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest1976 - Rocky1977 - Annie Hall1978 - The Deer Hunter1979 - Kramer Vs. Kramer1980 - Ordinary People1981 - Chariots of Fire1982 - Gandhi1983 - Terms of Endearment1984 - Amadeus1985 - Out of Africa1986 - Platoon1987 - The Last Emperor1988 - Rain Man1989 - Driving Miss Daisy1990 - Dances With Wolves1991 - Silence of the Lambs1992 - Unforgiven1993 - Schindler's List1994 - Forrest Gump1995 - Braveheart1996 - The English Patient1997 - Titanic1998 - Shakespeare in Love1999 - American Beauty2000 - Gladiator2001 - A Beautiful Mind2002 - Chicago2003 - Lord of the Ring: The Return of the King2004 - Million Dollar Baby2005 - Crash2006 - The Departed2007 - No Country for Old Men2008 - Slumdog Millionaire
Whatever you think of the validity of the Oscars (the film that wins the Best Picture category every year being one of the most debated topics each and every year) you have to admit that pretty much any of those films which have won the little gold man are at least worth a watch. You may think it didn't deserve to win and another should have won instead (which will always happen) but they are at least decent movies.
Looking at the list myself my final tally comes to 28 out of 81 movies and as a self-confessed film geek I consider that a bit of a disgrace (well, perhaps disgrace is a bit of a stong word but you get my drift). Like probably the large majority of you, most of the films I've seen have been the recent ones. The further back the years go the less and less I've seen (the earliest one I've seen is Rebecca from 1940), but I very much aim to change that...
So can anyone top a whopping 28 out of 81?