Top 10 Greatest Best Picture Oscar-Winning Movies

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Top 10 Greatest Best Picture Oscar-Winning Movies
Notations by Jennifer Kiley
Created Post on 3rd February 2014
Posted On Friday 7th February 2014


Top 10 Greatest Best Picture Oscar-Winning Movies

10. Bridge on the River Kwai [1957] HAVE SEEN Alec Guiness, William Holden. Japanese have taken British Soldiers prisoner, also American. POWs working with their Japanese captors. A bridge needs to be build to help further the war in the Japanese favor. It is a struggle. The film is a masterpiece from David Lean. He directed these other great films: Dr. Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia, The Passage to India, and if we go further back: Blithe Spirit, Great Expectation, Brief Encounter, and Oliver Twist. These are the films I have seen. All quite Brilliant.  !!!!! of 5

9. Gladiator [2000] HAVE SEEN Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix. A Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor’s corrupt son. He goes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.  !!!!! of 5

8. No Country for Old Men [2007] HAVE SEEN Coen Brothers Film. Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin. Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and he finds more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.  !!!!! of 5

7. Casablanca [1942] HAVE SEEN Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Raines. This may be the best film ever made and the warmest romance. The title is a place like a weigh station. Everyone is trying to get out of Casablanca, back to any place where there is freedom. The Nazis are in control with the Vichy’s help. Rick [Bogart] runs a bar where everyone ends up sooner or later. Most famous lines in any movie. “Here’s looking at you kid.” !!!!! of 5

6. The Departed [2006] NOT SEEN Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson. Directed by Martin Scorsese. An undercover state cop who has infiltrated an Irish gang and a mole in the police force working for the same mob race to track down and identify each other before being exposed to the enemy, after both sides realize their outfit has a rat. With this group together, it would be well worth seeing. !!!!!? of 5

5. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest [1975] HAVE SEEN Jack Nicholson. Excellent and familiar cast for some. McMurphy [Nicholson] had a choice of a Mental Hospital or a Prison to serve his sentence. He thought playing at the Hospital would be more fun than bars. No one expected Nurse Ratsh@t. McMurphy and her locked and loaded the moment he crossed into her territory. Setting off patients was his game. Doing the most outrageous things. But he met someone more devious and controlling than he was. Great performances by the entire cast.  !!!!! of 5

4. Schindler’s List [1993] HAVE SEEN Liam Neeson as Schindler, Ben Kingsley – his role was to help Schindler make his list to decide who he would rescue from the fate of the concentration camps during WWII. Either Schindler rescued them or they were sure to die in those Nazi Death Camps. Ralph Fiennes plays the role of Commandant. He is ruthless, violent, a most despicable character. A brilliant film shot by Steven Spielberg. Black and White the perfect colors to make this film seem even more real.  !!!!! of 5

3. The Silence of the Lambs [1991] HAVE SEEN Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins. A film I was warned by many to stay away from, it would be too disturbing. I did just that. But there was an incredible curiosity about this film. I told myself some day I would see this. First, I will say it is one of the Best Films Ever Made. It did have disturbing scenes. Some too difficult to watch. I have since seen this film over 10 times and counting. It is so curious to watch Clarice Starling [Foster] being a newbie off the running path of the FBI. She is set up to investigate a case about ‘Buffalo Bill.’ He is a serial killer. The character was based on a real person, that the character Norman Bates in the film ‘Psycho’ was also based on. His name was Ed Gein. Anthony Hopkins won an Oscar for his role as Hannibal Lecter. He was only on the screen for a little more than 16 minutes. Trust me, it feels a lot longer. He is one spooky character. But the interaction between Clarice and Hannibal is exceptionally played by the two brilliant actors. It may be a disturbing film but if you can make it through, it is a brilliant film. !!!!! of 5

2. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King [2003] HAVE SEEN Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellan, to name a few. Director Peter Jackson. The Trilogy of LOTRs is completely brilliant. The Academy ended honoring all three by giving the final film the Best Picture Oscar. Each film deserved the Oscar separately. But it’s Hollywood. I am assuming most have heard of the Hobbits and Frodo Baggins. His journey is to take the RING filled with enormous power which corrupts and he is to throw it into a Lava Fire to destroy it. To destroy evil. !!!!! of 5

1. The Godfather II [1974] HAVE SEEN Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Robert Duvall, Lee Strasberg. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Vito Corleone growing up in NYC, starting as a child stranded on Ellis Island. His young adult life in 1920s New York is well portrayed by Robert De Niro, while his son, Michael, in the future, expands and tightens his grip on his crime [mob] family stretches from Lake Tahoe, Nevada to pre-revolution 1958 Cuba. A great deal of violence. The Kiss of death. The first two films of The Godfather in the Trilogy are Brilliant. I recommend highly to see The Godfather with Marlon Brando playing the title character. If you enjoy reading, Mario Puzo’s book of the same name is a magnificent read. I must admit I read it when I was very young but enjoyed every word on every page. !!!!! of 5

Honorable Mentions:

American Beauty [1999] HAVE SEEN Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening. A film that starts at the end and then tells you the story of how everything came to that particular conclusion. It is a funny, sexy, male fantasy involving the father. It’s hotter than ‘sex, lies and videotapes.’ The neighbors played by Chris Cooper and Alison Janney are rather creepy. Their son loves to make video tapes of everything. An intriguing hobby but it ends up getting the wrong people screwed. He has a side job, very lucrative. He, also, likes the neighbor’s daughter. This film is a riot and a half. It has some extremely, seriously, funny moments. Outrageous. If you haven’t seen this film, go out and find it now. Most of you will thank me for the recommendation. It’s Kitsch. I loved it. !!!!! of 5

The Deer Hunter [1978] HAVE SEEN Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, Meryl Streep. It starts off with the prep for a wedding, the ceremony, and suddenly all the guys are off to Vietnam. It is crazy over there. Christopher Walken’s character goes crazy and gets involved in Russian Roulette. One bullet. Gun to head. Maybe a shout or a stare. Pull the trigger. Lots of betting goes on. Others are messed up becoming POWs. Living in cages submerged up to their shoulders in water. It is a long film. There is an interesting lesson De Niro’s character tries to get across to his buddies while they go out deer hunting. He uses only one bullet. Either it’s a clean kill or the shot isn’t taken. It’s a weird correlation between deer hunting and Russian Roulette. A film worth the time spent in watching. !!!!! of 5

Gone With the Wind [1939] HAVE SEEN Scarlett O’Hara played by Vivien Liegh, Rhett Butler played by Clark Gable, Melony played by Olivia De Havilland. This is one powerful film. Part of takes place during the Civil War in the US. Then the recovery. People try to get on with their lives. The majority revolves around the relationship between Rhett and Scarlett. She is a fiery woman and he is just as stubborn a man. They are fire and fire together. It is well worth the time to view this amazingly filmed Spectacular. !!!!! of 5

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