1927-1939 Rank – 4th
Best Best Picture: It Happened One Night
Worst Best Picture:
Sure, this decade gave us some monumental films, but also a lot of mediocre ones (The Life of Emile Zola). (Jami's Note - You used to own Emile Zola!) “It Happened One Night” is perhaps the most perfect romantic comedy ever devised, while “
1940-1949 Rank 2nd
Best Best Picture:
Worst Best Picture: Gentleman’s Agreement
It’s hard to find a bad film in here. It was a race between “How Green” and “Gentleman’s”. Although the first is long a tedious, the second aged very badly, hence my pick. (Jami’s note – Gregory Peck is rolling over in his grave!) Also, “Valley” is gorgeously shot. For the rest of the movies, most are incredible
1950-1959 Rank – 6th (tie)
Best Best Picture: On the Waterfront
Worst Best Picture: Around the World in 80 Days
The 50’s were hit and miss. 5 films were brilliant, 5 were terrible. I had to go with “On the Waterfront” over “Eve” for sheer iconography. Although “Greatest Show” is one of the three very worst, “Around the World” is almost unwatchable. It even has a Three Stooges cameo! At least “Greatest Show” you can get drunk to. (Jami’s note – Ben Hur is the crappiest piece of crap ever and Around the World is somewhat enjoyable. He’s crazy)
1960-1969 Rank – 3rd
Best Best Picture:
Worst Best Picture: Oliver!
Once again, it’s a decade where not much went wrong. Many people hate “Tom Jones”. I don’t, and Jami must deal with that. (Jami’s note - OK) “Oliver!” is decent, but not really impressive. However, I had a hard time going with “
1970-1979 Rank – 1st
Best Best Picture: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Worst Best Picture: Kramer vs. Kramer
Holy crap! What a decade! The 70’s may not be good for much, but it’s a goldmine of movies. My choices were purely gut instincts. “Cuckoo” beat out everything else because it’s the only one that moves me on many emotional levels. “Kramer” drops away because it doesn’t age as well as the others. But choosing between “Patton”, both “Godfather”s, “Sting”, “Connection”, “Cuckoo”, “Annie Hall”, “Deer Hunter”, “Rocky” and “Kramer”, your guess is as good as mine. (Jami’s note – no, my guess is better. Kramer is still awesome and the painful Derr Hunter is a snooze fest)
1980-1989 Rank – 5th
Best Best Picture: Amadeus
Worst Best Picture: Chariots of Fire
The worst was a real close call between “Chariots” and “Miss Daisy”, but at least Daisy was entertaining. This decade had a lot of overlong prestige pictures (Gandhi, anyone?), but at least one biopic got is solidly right: “Amadeus”. This also is on a short list of the Best Best Pictures Ever.
1990-1999 Rank – 6th (tie)
Best Best Picture: Schindler’s List
Worst Best Picture: The English Patient
“Schindler” would have probably won it anyway, but it didn’t have a lot of competition. Like the 50’s, the decade was half good (“Shakespeare”, “Lambs”), half bad (“Dances with Wolves”, “Braveheart”). Ultimately “English Patient” won out (or lost) for being the most boring of the bunch. I still don’t get why it won.
2000-2008 Rank – Last
Best Best Picture: The Return of the King
Worst Best Picture: Crash
This decade could have been one of the best of all, but it was constantly upended by ridiculous choices. This was the hardest to pick a worst (so many to choose), but ultimately “Crash” was crappier than “Baby” or “Gladiator”. It was also hard to pick a best, even with the recent additions. The reason I went for “Return of the King” is because I ultimately think is will be regarded as more of a “classic” to the general movie-going public than others like “Departed”, “No Country” or “Slumdog”. To illustrate what could have been, imagine this possible Best Picture list, replacing some winners with other nominees in the same year.
2000 Traffic (or Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)
2001 A Beautiful Mind (or In the Bedroom, or Moulin Rouge) (Jami’s note- Moulin Rouge? … Seriously???)
2002 The Pianist (or Gangs of New York) (Jami’s note – Not Gangs of
2003 The Return of the King
2004 Sideways (or the Aviator, or Finding Nevereland)
2006 The Departed
2007 No Country for Old Men (or Juno)
2008 Slumdog Millionaire
Kind of makes you cry, doesn’t it?