Friday, February 23, 2007

 

Comparing best best picture lists

Well, Rotten Tomatoes, claiming to tap a database of reviews, have ranked the "best reviewed" best picture winners from worst to best. Their results are questionable to say the least. (They also include Sunrise, but I'm not going to get into that argument again). The biggest crime is some of their insane rankings. According to their weird, weighted scale, The Apartment is only the 47th best reviewed best picture winner with a Tomatometer score of 88% while Wings end up as the 14th best reviewed, with a Tomatometer ranking of 100%. So, read on below to see how they rank 79 Oscar winners and then compare it to the best best picture survey we conducted here last year (not to be confused with our worst best picture survey). (Our rankings are in parentheses to the right of the title)

ROTTEN TOMATOES RANKING FROM 79 TO 1

79. The Greatest Show on Earth (72) (tie)
78. Cimarron (72) (tie)
77. The Broadway Melody (71) (tie)
76. Cavalcade 72 (tie)
75. The Great Ziegfeld (72) (tie)
74. Crash (58) (tie)
73. The Life of Emile Zola (72) (tie)
72. Forrest Gump (51) (tie)
71. Around the World in 80 Days (72) (tie)
70. A Beautiful Mind (61)
69. Gladiator (62)
68. Dances With Wolves (54)
67. Braveheart (44) (tie)
66. Out of Africa (67) (tie)
65. Going My Way (71) (tie)
64. Driving Miss Daisy (51) (tie)
63. Gigi (47) (tie)
62. The Sound of Music (29)(tie)
61. Tom Jones (50)
60. Titanic (43)
59. Mrs. Miniver (51) (tie)
58. Grand Hotel (65) (tie)
57. Chariots of Fire (34)
56. Oliver! (69)
55. A Man for All Seasons (47) (tie)
54. Chicago (55)
53. The English Patient (63) (tie)
52. How Green Was My Valley (27)
51. From Here to Eternity (25)(tie)
50. Ordinary People (29) (tie)
49. Gentleman's Agreement (44) (tie)
48. Gandhi (32)
47. The Apartment (7)
46. Platoon (39) (tie)
45. The Last Emperor (33)
44. The Deer Hunter (31)
43. Midnight Cowboy (16)
42. American Beauty (24)
41. Terms of Endearment (42)
40. Ben-Hur (41)
39. Rain Man (58) (tie)
38. Kramer Vs. Kramer (65) (tie)
37. My Fair Lady (56) (tie)
36. Million Dollar Baby (39) (tie)
35. Rocky (37)
34. You Can't Take It With You (47) (tie)
33. Hamlet (67) (tie)
32. Shakespeare in Love (38)
31. The Bridge on the River Kwai (19)
30. The Lost Weekend (35) (tie)
29. All The King's Men (58) (tie)
28. All Quiet on the Western Front (22)
27. Mutiny on the Bounty (56) (tie)
26. In the Heat of the Night (44) (tie)
25. The Sting (25) (tie)
24. The Silence of the Lambs (17)
23. It Happened One Night (9)
22. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (20)
21. West Side Story (18)
20. Patton (23)
19. Unforgiven (11)
18. Schindler's List (8)
17. Gone With the Wind (13)
16. The French Connection (28)
15. Amadeus (12)
14. Wings (70)
13. An American in Paris (35) (tie)
12. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (14)
11. Annie Hall (5)
10. Casablanca (1)
9. The Godfather Part II (3)
8. Lawrence of Arabia (6)
7. The Best Years of Our Lives (15)
6. Marty (63) (tie)
5. Rebecca (21)
4. Sunrise (not applicable)
3. All About Eve (4)
2. On the Waterfront (10)
1. The Godfather (2)


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Comments:
I'm always struck by how roughly 75% of the Academy's BP choices have been so thoroughly mediocre.

Marty? Patton? The Sting? Hamlet? You Can't Take It with You? Dances with Wolves? A Beautiful Mind? Trash? Driving Miss Daisy? My Fair Lady? Rain Man? Gandhi? Gentleman's Agreement? Going My Way? The Life of Emile Zola? Cavalcade? Titanic? Chariots of Fire? Forrest Gump? ROCKY?!!
Who could possibly make the claim that either of these is the best of anything?
 
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