OFCS names The Godfather the best Oscar Best Picture ever


The members of the Online Film Critics Society — of which I am one — have jointly ranked the 86 movies that have won the Academy Award for Best Picture. This is our top 10:

1. The Godfather (1972)
2. Casablanca (1943)
3. The Godfather Part II (1974)
4. Sunrise (1927/28)
5. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
6. It Happened One Night (1934)
7. All About Eve (1950)
8. Annie Hall (1977)
9. On the Waterfront (1954)
10. All Quiet on the Western Front (1929/30)

Links go to my reviews. The rest of the OFCS list is at Online Film Critics Society. (You’ll see how current we can be: newly minted Best Pic 12 Years a Slave is on the list, at No. 23.)

Read more about the Oscar Best Pictures, including fascinating trivia nuggets for each Best Picture and the other nominees each were up against, in these OFCS posts:

“The Best of the Best Picture Oscar Winners, Part 1” (counting down from 86 to 66)
“The Best of the Best Picture Oscar Winners, Part 2” (65 through 51)
“The Best of the Best Picture Oscar Winners, Part 3” (50 through 36)
“The Best of the Best Picture Oscar Winners, Part 4” (35 through 21)
“The Best of the Best Picture Oscar Winners, Part 5” (20 through 1, with additional commentary on the top 10, including one by yours truly)

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Fri, Mar 07, 2014 3:47pm

So this presents a daunting challenge: Go back and watch at least some of the hordes of movies I haven’t seen, taken not only from the list of winners, but the lists of movies that the winners beat, which is included in the main list. I have just now put in a request for Sunrise with the library. This ought to keep me busy for a long, long, long time. Dang.

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  althea
Fri, Mar 07, 2014 4:29pm

You can watch Sunrise on YouTube:


The film is in the public domain, so this isn’t piracy.

(Now I need to review that one.)

I haven’t seen all the nominees!

Fri, Mar 07, 2014 4:00pm

The section on It Happened One Night features the poster for Mutiny on the Bounty. Oops!

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  Bluejay
Fri, Mar 07, 2014 4:28pm

Ha! I hadn’t noticed. I’ll let them know.

Dr. Rocketscience
Dr. Rocketscience
Fri, Mar 07, 2014 6:58pm

A shame there isn’t any commentary on anything but the top 10. Particularly the bottom 20.

Sun, Mar 09, 2014 10:06pm

Sunrise didn’t win Best Picture or its equivalent Outstanding Picture. It won an Academy Award for Unique and Artistic Production. It seems that number four on the list shouldn’t be eligible at all.

Tonio Kruger
reply to  MoiveFan
Sun, Mar 09, 2014 10:29pm


MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  MoiveFan
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 1:56pm

Lots of people who think about these things consider it an equivalent to Best Picture. As, clearly, the OFCS organizers do.