1941: How Green Was My Valley (beat Citizen Kane, The Maltese Falcon, Suspicion)
Citizen Kane, considered by many as perhaps the greatest film ever made!
1944: Going My Way (beat Double Indemnity, Gaslight)
Double Indemnity and Gaslight are two seminal films. Not sure the same can be said for Going My Way.
1965: The Sound of Music (beat Doctor Zhivago)
Doctor Zhivago was pretty epic and I’d have leaned that way – but I’m sure my mom, who watches The Sound of Music whenever it airs, would disagree.
1976: Rocky (beat All the President’s Men, Bound for Glory, Network, Taxi Driver)
I mean, Rocky was a seminal film as well, but it wasn’t a better movie than any of the aforementioned.
1979: Kramer vs Kramer (beat Apocalypse Now)
Apocalypse Now is another film that makes many critics’ Top 10 lists.
1980: Ordinary People (beat Raging Bull, The Elephant Man)
With all due respect to perfectly Ordinary People, Raging Bull was a tour de force.
1981: Chariots of Fire (beat Raiders of the Lost Ark)
Chariots of Fire was perfectly fine, but Raiders was tremendous.
1985: Out of Africa (beat The Color Purple, Prizzi’s Honor, Witness)
This selection was a bit of a head scratcher. I’d have gone Witness.
1990: Dances with Wolves (beat Goodfellas)
Goodfellas is not just one of the greatest gangster movies ever made, but certainly one great movie. Dances with Wolves…meh.
1994: Forrest Gump (beat Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption)
Lotsa love for Forrest Gump. I found it hokey but understand respect the opinion of those who enjoyed it…but The Shawshank Redemption is one of the greatest movies ever made.
1996: The English Patient (beat Fargo)
I thought I was the only one who found The English Patient insufferable until I saw that Seinfeld episode. Fargo is magnificent.
1998: Shakespeare in Love (beat Saving Private Ryan)
Missed this one when I was putting together this list, but someone reminded me about this outrageous choice.
Agree? Disagree? What did I miss?