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Rod's Best Picture Picks

These are the films that I would pick as the best movie of the year (as well as some runners up). Sometimes these movies were the actual winners of various awards shows, sometimes they weren't even nominated.

For me, a "best picture of the year" doesn't necessarily need to be a drama - if an action movie is the most well-crafted, memorable, and impactful movie the year it was released, it's the best picture.

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  • Searching
  • A Ghost Story
  • The Handmaiden
  • Anomalisa
  • Ex Machina
  • Her
  • The Avengers
  • Contagion
  • The Social Network
  • Moon
  • Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father
  • There Will Be Blood
  • The Departed
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • The Pianist
  • The Devil's Backbone
  • Traffic
  • The Matrix
  • The Truman Show
  • Contact
  • Trainspotting
  • Se7en
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • Jurassic Park
  • Unforgiven
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • GoodFellas
  • The Abyss
  • Die Hard
  • RoboCop
  • Platoon
  • Back to the Future
  • Amadeus
  • A Christmas Story
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • Alien
  • The Deer Hunter
  • Star Wars
  • Taxi Driver
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • Chinatown
  • The Exorcist
  • The Godfather
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Patton
  • The Wild Bunch
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • The Graduate
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • The Sound of Music
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • West Side Story
  • Psycho
  • Ben-Hur
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
  • 12 Angry Men
  • The Ten Commandments
  • Rebel Without a Cause
  • Seven Samurai
  • Julius Caesar
  • High Noon
  • A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Sunset Boulevard