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Best Films Never to Win an Oscar

Posted by davidaarongray on April 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM


The Shawshank Redemption 1994

The Shawshank Redemption never got an Oscar, despite seven nominations. Pulp Fiction was also knocked out of the box by Forrest Gump in 1994. Fans avenged Shawshank by voting it the number two film of all time on IMdB (second only to The Godfather). Shawshank is also the highest rated film on Yahoo Movies. It was voted the best film never to have won Best Picture in a 2005 BBC poll.

Psycho 1960

In 1960, this iconic film was not nominated for Best Picture. Hitchcock was at least nominated, though he did not win either. Bernard Hermann wasn’t even nominated for one of the most frightening of all film scores. The screech alone should’ve won. Fans, smarter than Oscar voters, disagreed and voted Psycho #2 on their list of Best Movies.


Vertigo 1958

One of fans’ favorite Alfred Hitchcock films is the psychological thriller, Vertigo. It wasn’t even nominated for Best Picture, only for set design and sound. Didn’t win those either. To add insult to injury, Hitchcock himself … I can hardly bear to write it … never won an Oscar. HITCHCOCK NEVER WON AN OSCAR!!! And only one of his films (Rebecca) won Best Picture. Hitchcock was the best film-maker never to have been handed an Oscar, according to a poll of British movie viewers.


Once Upon A Time in America 1984

One of the last memorable epics to come out of Hollywood is Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in America starring Robert De Niro and James Woods. And I am talking about the original version with a running time of 227 minutes. Once Upon a Time in America was so heavily edited for its U.S. theatrical release, that the Italian film director was left inconsolable. He never made another film after Once Upon a Time in America. Unfortunately, the movie’s most interesting scenes are missing from the short version and the plot is kind of hard to understand. The full-length version of the crime drama explores the lives of a group of Jewish immigrants, chronicling their childhoods and years of glory as gangsters in America. Why Leone’s masterpiece never received an Oscar, let alone a nomination, remains a mystery.

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb 1964

The Shining 1980

Full Metal Jacket 1987

Gangs of New York 2002

Rear Window 1954

Easy Rider 1969

In the Name of the Father 1993

It's A Wonderful Life 1946

The Prince of Tides 1991

The Princess Bride 1987

Rebel Without A Cause 1955

Saturday Night Fever 1977

Reservoir Dogs 1992

A Few Good Men 1992

Field of Dreams 1989

Se7en 1995

His Girl Friday 1940

King Kong 1933

Touch Of Evil 1958

Sweet Smell of Success 1957

Taxi Driver 1976

The Thin Red Line 1998

The Truman Show 1998

Lolita 1962

North By Northwest 1959

Nixon 1995

Planet of the Apes 1968

Manhattan 1979

Memento 2000

Fatal Attraction 1987

A Clockwork Orange 1971

Deliverance 1972

The Conversation 1974

The Insider 1999

The Boxer 1997

The Unbearable Lightness of Being 1988

Categories: Fun Film Facts

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