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Letterboxd's Picks for Best Picture

A good companion piece to the recent list made by letterboxd staff. It is often said that The Academy doesn't always choose the nominee that *actually* deserves Best Picture. And according to the average ratings of the nominees on Letterboxd, that is true about 76% of the time!
Some Notes:
--Decades Ranked Highest Average to Lowest: 1970's (3.86), 2010's (3.80), 1990's (3.79), 2000's (3.75), 1980's (3.66), 1960's (3.65), 1940's (3.63), 1950's (3.58), 1930's (3.4)
--26% of the time the highest rated film won, 20% of the time it was at or almost (in even numbered nomination years) in the exact middle , and 16% of time the winner was the lowest
--The decade that had the most "correct" winners are…

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  • 7th Heaven

    1

  • The Patriot

    2

  • All Quiet on the Western Front

    3

  • The Front Page

    4

  • Shanghai Express

    5

  • I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

    6

  • It Happened One Night

    7

  • Les Misérables

    8

  • Dodsworth

    9

  • The Awful Truth

    10

  • Grand Illusion

    11

  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

    12

  • The Great Dictator

    13

  • Citizen Kane

    14

  • The Magnificent Ambersons

    15

  • Casablanca

    16

  • Double Indemnity

    17

  • Mildred Pierce

    18

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    19

  • Great Expectations

    20

  • The Red Shoes

    21

  • The Heiress

    22

  • Sunset Boulevard

    23

  • A Streetcar Named Desire

    24

  • High Noon

    25

  • Roman Holiday

    26

  • On the Waterfront

    27

  • Marty

    28

  • Giant

    29

  • 12 Angry Men

    30

  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

    31

  • Anatomy of a Murder

    32

  • The Apartment

    33

  • Judgment at Nuremberg

    34

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    35

  • America America

    36

  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    37

  • The Sound of Music

    38

  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    39

  • The Graduate

    40

  • The Lion in Winter

    41

  • Z

    42

  • Five Easy Pieces

    43

  • A Clockwork Orange

    44

  • The Godfather

    45

  • Cries and Whispers

    46

  • The Godfather: Part II

    47

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    48

  • Taxi Driver

    49

  • Star Wars

    50

  • The Deer Hunter

    51

  • Apocalypse Now

    52

  • Raging Bull

    53

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

    54

  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    55

  • The Right Stuff

    56

  • Amadeus

    57

  • The Color Purple

    58

  • Hannah and Her Sisters

    59

  • Broadcast News

    60

  • Rain Man

    61

  • Dead Poets Society

    62

  • GoodFellas

    63

  • The Silence of the Lambs

    64

  • Unforgiven

    65

  • Schindler's List

    66

  • The Shawshank Redemption

    67

  • Sense and Sensibility

    68

  • Fargo

    69

  • Good Will Hunting

    70

  • Saving Private Ryan

    71

  • The Green Mile

    72

  • Gladiator

    73

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    74

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    75

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    76

  • Million Dollar Baby

    77

  • Brokeback Mountain

    78

  • The Departed

    79

  • There Will Be Blood

    80

  • Slumdog Millionaire

    81

  • Inglourious Basterds

    82

  • Inception

    83

  • The Help

    84

  • Amour

    85

  • Her

    86

  • Whiplash

    87

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    88

  • Moonlight

    89

  • Call Me by Your Name

    90

  • Roma

    91

  • Parasite

    92